NHPS a gimmick, says Chidambaram

NHPS a gimmick, says Chidambaram

Context:

Former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has dubbed the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) as a gimmick alleging that it was introduced without any proper planning

Details:

  • Criticising the Centre for the scheme, P. Chidambaram wondered how it will provide funds for it.
  • He also mocked at the Centre’s move to ask the States to bear 40% of the expenditure on NHPS
  • He has asked why the State governments should bear it when they have healthcare programmes of their own.
  • Further, he has argued that the NDA government has been unable to reduce the fiscal deficit “significantly” since coming to power in 2014.

About NHPS:

The NHPS aims to provide health insurance coverage to 10 crore families with an insurance ceiling of up to Rs. 5 lakh per family.

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