On Thursday The National Health Agency has made clear that the news reported by media about Adhaar being mandatory for beneficiaries under its Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme is not true. Regarding the scheme, The National Health Agency further said that the biometric identification is not mandatory but it is desirable. And coming up with an identity card as identity proof in order to avail the benefits of the scheme is completely up to the choice of the beneficiaries, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare clarified.

It was earlier reported by media that the beneficiaries of the scheme who are not coming up with Aadhaar card as their identity proof will have to submit a proof in order to make sure that they have applied for the scheme and are a part of it. But the ministry on 4th of this month has declared the report to be false and has clarified that no such thing is mandatory under its Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme.

The government regarding the false notification that has been spread by the media said that “It merely enables the implementation agencies to ask for the beneficiary’s Aadhaar card to authenticate their identity. There shall be no denial of benefit for want of Aadhaar number”. The government further said that use of Aadhaar card for its Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme is desirable and not mandatory.

Following this Union Health Minister JP Nadda said that services to all eligible beneficiaries will be provided by the government whether they have Aadhar cards or don’t have.

Our sources even said that other identifications such as ration card and voter ID card can also be used by the people if they do not have Aadhar cards.

Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme was launched as a part of National Health Protection Mission and was announced by the government during the 2018-19 budget. The scheme came into attention as it promised to provide health coverage to around 50 crore individuals for secondary and tertiary care. As per our sources, the scheme is soon going to be launched by August 15.

“Furthermore, it also makes the implementation agencies accountable for setting up of Aadhaar enrolment centers for beneficiaries who are not yet enrolled at convenient locations,” the government said.

As per our sources, the healthcare scheme will provide up to  Rs 5 lakh per family per year to over 10 crore poor families as the insurance amount covered under the policy.