On March 18, 2021, Rajasthan Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot, announced that the much-anticipated Universal Health Scheme called “Mukhya Mantri Chiranjeevi Yojana” will be launched on 1st May 2021.

Ashok Gehlot also announced that, the registration for those who are not included in National Food Security Act, 2013 or the Socio-Economic Caste Census beneficiary list will start from 1st April 2021. Chief Minister further announced to increase the MLA Local Area Development fund from existing Rupees 2.25 crore to Rupees 5 crore annually.

Backdrop

This universal health coverage scheme was announced in the State budget speech on February 24, 2021. The government had announced this scheme with a budget outlay of Rs 3,500 crore. This budget was passed in order to ensure that healthcare is more accessible to citizens. Chief Minister also announced to set up the nursing colleges at 25 district headquarters. He also highlighted that, Public Health Colleges will also be established in all seven divisional headquarters.

Mukhyamantri Chiranjeevi Yojana

Under the Mukhyamantri Chiranjeevi Yojana, a cashless health services will be provided to all the families in Rajasthan. The families will get health services up to Rupees 5 lakh. This scheme was announced under the measures so as to reinforce the health infrastructure in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan Model of Public Health

It was announced during the state budget for 2021-22. Under this model, the Rajasthan government will bring the “Right to Health Bill” with the emphasis on the rights of patients. The state will take Preventive Care measures, Primary Care measures and Curative Care measures under the model. These measures will be taken in accordance with the recommendations of WHO. Under this Universal Health Coverage Plan, each family will get Rupees 5 lakh health cover. It will also cover the beneficiary of ‘Ayushman Bharat – Mahatma Gandhi Rajasthan Swasthya Bima Yojana’. The benefits can be availed for free.

Mukhyamantri Chiranjeevi Yojana in Rajasthan