Mamata Benerjee government opts out of the Ayushman Bharat scheme, accuses PM of taking all the credit

West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee has decided to opt out of the Ayushman Bharat health protection scheme, accusing the central government of taking all the credit for it. The West Bengal CM accused the Prime Minister of using government post offices for political campaigning. “He is sending letters to people across Bengal through post offices claiming that they are behind this health scheme,” she alleged.

The CM further went on to say that her state would not contribute for the Ayushman Bharat scheme. According to the current framework, centre will make 60% contribution in Ayushman Bharat scheme, while the remainder will have to be made by the respective state government.

“We will no longer contribute to Ayushman Bharat. Why should we contribute to Ayushman Bharat if the Prime Minister’s face is on the letterhead with a picture of lotus, instead of the symbol of the Indian government,” she added. She levelled the allegation of spreading a culture of loot on the Modi government. “They finished the CBI, the RBI, the banks and are promoting the culture of loot,” the CM said.

Banerjee did not stop her attacks on the Prime Minister here, but went on to make comments about his English. “He (the Prime Minister) gives such speeches. But he can’t speak English. He uses teleprompters. Media knows. We know. You just see the screen, read and speak…That’s a teleprompter. We don’t use all that,” she said.

Mamata Banerjee led Government in West Bengal has for long been accused of changing the names of central government schemes in West Bengal. Such as Ajeevika (National Rural Livelihood Mission) has been renamed as Anandadhara (State Rural Livelihood Mission) or Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) renaming as Banglar Griha, so on and so forth.