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PM asks states to set up anti-fraud units to check malpractice in Ayushman Bharat scheme

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NEW DELHI, August 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all states to establish anti-fraud units and to take strict action against culprits involved in frauds relating to Ayushman Bharat scheme. PM has also directed the department dealing with disabled persons under social justice ministry to develop a mobile application where the disabled can upload pictures of the problems that they face.
PM’s directions came during his last web-based interaction with the secretaries in central government and chief secretaries from states, PRAGATI. According to the minutes of the meeting, Modi asked the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) to develop the app so that persons with disabilities can share their difficulties and the department concerned can be directed to take quick action. Sources said Modi had asked the department to share the actual changes that have happened on ground rather than sharing how much fund has been used and what all steps have been taken.
Taking note of the reports of frauds relating the Ayushman Bharat scheme, PM has asked states to nominate an officer who can share the nature of fraud in their states with others so that their counterparts can take preventive measures.
Sources said PM took note of a few of the recent cases where insurance companies were allegedly in connivance with local hospitals were doing the fraud under the scheme, which aims to benefit nearly 10 crore vulnerable families.
Recently, there were reports of alleged frauds in hospitals across Uttarakhand.
According to the minutes of PRAGATI meeting, PM has also asked the housing ministry to make the credit-linked subsidy scheme beneficiaries tracking system (CBTS) functional by September end. This will help government track whether the beneficiaries getting interest subsidy under PM Awas Yojna were actually building homes and staying there. (Courtesy: TNN)