Bid to check BSKY fraud in Odisha


Bhubaneswar, April 11: With incidents of frauds relating to Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) being reported in some parts of the State recently, Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department on Tuesday asked district administrations and hospitals to sensitize beneficiaries.

In a letter to all Collectors, Municipal Commissioners, SPs, Bhubaneawar and Cuttack DCPs and Chief District Medical and Public Health Officers, H&FW Department Principal Secretary Shalini Pandit asked them to crack down the fraudulent activities.

“BSKY is a path breaking scheme to provide universal health coverage, with special emphasis on the health protection of economically vulnerable families and women,” said Pandit.

Under component 2 of the scheme, all 96.5 lakh families of Odisha having ration card (NFSA/SFSS card) are provided with BSKY annual health coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family and additional Rs 5 lakh for the women members of the family, at empanelled private hospitals, she said.

“In view of recent incidents reported regarding exploitation of beneficiaries by nefarious elements, all concerned may be sensitized about the scheme,” she said.

The BSKY Smart Health Card once issued to a beneficiary does not require renewal, as it is auto renewed annually through BSKY IT platform. Similarly, the beneficiary does not have to pay anyone or go to any office for renewal of the card as the same is auto renewed by the IT platform at the back-end, she said.

“Further, All NFSA/SFSS beneficiaries having valid ration card can avail benefit under BSKY at empanelled private hospital, without a BSKY card. Recharge of the balance in the card is also done automatically on the 1st of September every year through BSKY IT platform,” she added.

She asked the Collectors and SPs to sensitise all field workers and beneficiaries on the above points so that nefarious elements do not exploit beneficiaries in the name of renewal of BSKY card or recharge of balance in the BSKY card.

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