Mamata Banerjee says West Bengal won’t pay for Ayushman Bharat, asks Centre to fund health scheme6Photo© firstpost.com

Mamata Banerjee says West Bengal won’t pay for Ayushman Bharat, asks Centre to fund health scheme

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the state would not contribute to the Centre’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat health scheme, ANI reported.

“My state will not contribute 40% of the funds for the Ayushman scheme,” she said at a rally in Nadia district. “The Centre has to pay the full amount if it wants to run the scheme.”

Banerjee asked why the state was expected to fund a part of the programme when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was allegedly claiming credit for it, NDTV reported. “Why should we contribute to Ayushman Bharat if the prime minister’s face is on the letterhead with a picture of lotus instead of the symbol of the Indian government?” she asked.

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