NHA to Integrate Welfare Scheme Databases to Strengthen PM-JAY Coverage

The Union Department of Health said on Monday that the National Health Authority (NHA) is working on integrating the 2011 Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) Beneficiary Database with the the National Food Security Act (NFSA) so that beneficiaries can seek information regarding their rights. under AB PM-JAY using their ration card number.

The NHA is responsible for the implementation of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri–Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY). The scheme provides health insurance of up to ₹5,000,000 per family per year, for secondary and tertiary care related hospitalizations.

The ministry added that the NHA is also working on a proposal to use fair price stores or ration stores to provide information about the program and entitlements under the program to eligible recipients.

“This will provide an additional path for beneficiaries with the existing common service center, UTI-ITSL, etc., for the creation of cards. This will make the beneficiary identification process very convenient,” the ministry said.

Based on Aadhar

He added that existing data on beneficiaries available from various public social protection schemes can only be used meaningfully if a common identifier is available. “Aadhaar being a common identity across the majority of government databases will enable this integration. In addition, Aadhaar also guarantees certainty regarding the identification of beneficiaries via e-KYC. e-KYC enables paperless service delivery in a targeted manner,” the ministry said.

The NHA has worked with various ministries implementing social protection programs to strengthen various aspects of program implementation, including beneficiary awareness campaigns, enrichment of the beneficiary database (SECC 2011) , etc., the statement said.

Enriching the database of beneficiaries under ABPM-JAY would mean adding additional parameters to the database to facilitate research. The majority of beneficiaries of the ABPM-JAY of the SECC 2011 are also eligible for the services of the national food security portal.