West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s tirade against the Narendra Modi government does not seem to end. West Bengal has now become the first state in the country to opt out of ‘Modicare’, the Central government’s ambitious healthcare insurance plan, that was announced in the Union Budget earlier this month.
While announcing the state government’s decision to opt out of the healthcare scheme, also slammed the Centre for not consulting the states before unveiling the plan.
“The Centre has drawn up a health plan in which 40% of the fund has to come from states. But why should the state spend on another programme when it already has its own? A state will have its own scheme if it has the resources,” the CM said while addressing a public meeting in Krishnanagar.
“We have done it even after the Centre takes away Rs 48,000 crore a year for debt-servicing the loan liability left behind by the preceding CPM government,” she added. She pointed out that the Bengal government had already enrolled 50 lakh people under its own Swasthya Sathi programme.