Govt. gets ready to include ASHA and Anganwadi workers/helpers in its Ayushman Bharat scheme

Syllabus: GS-I

Subject: Society and Social Justice

Topic: Social sector – Health 

Issue: Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs)

 Context: The central government decided to to include Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and Anganwadi workers and helpers in the free cover for health treatment under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme.

Asha workers:

  • ASHA workers are volunteers from within the community.
  • They are trained to provide information and aid people in accessing benefits of various healthcare schemes of the government.
  • The role of these volunteers under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
  • first established in 2005.
 Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY):


·         Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) will provide a cover of up to Rs. 5 lakhs per family per year, for                secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.

·         Nodal ministry: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW)

·         The cover will include pre and post-hospitalization expenses. It will also cover all pre-existing conditions..

·         The scheme covers over nearly 40% of the population targeted towards poorest and the vulnerable.















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