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NHA to integrate database of caste census beneficiaries with NFSA portal

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NHA to integrate database of caste census beneficiaries with NFSA portal

  • National Health Authority (NHA) is working to integrate the database of Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011 beneficiaries with the National Food Security Act (NFSA) portal.
  • It will help beneficiaries to seek information regarding their entitlements under the AB PM-JAY using their ration card number.
  • NHA is also working on a proposal to use Fair Price Shops or ration shops for providing information related to the scheme and entitlement under the scheme to eligible beneficiaries.

Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri–Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY)

  • It is world’s largest health insurance scheme fully financed by the central government
  • It provides health assurance of up to ₹5 Lakhs per family per year, for secondary and tertiary care-related hospitalizations.
  • Coverage: These benefits are available to around 10.74 crore poor and vulnerable families (almost 50 crore people).
  • At the point of service, the recipient has cashless access to health care services.
  • The National Health Authority (NHA) is the nodal organisation in charge of the AB-PMJAY scheme's statewide rollout and implementation.

National Health Authority

  • It is the apex body responsible for implementing India’s flagship public health insurance/assurance scheme ‘Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana’.
  • It is the successor of the National Health Agency, which has been functioning as a registered society since 23rd May, 2018.
  • It is governed by a Governing Board chaired by the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare.
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO), an officer in the rank of Secretary to the Government of India manages its affairs
  • Functions: Formulation of various operational guidelines related to PM-JAY, model documents and contracts to ensure standardisation and interoperability
  • Coordination with various State Governments on a regular basis for implementation of PM-JAY, etc.

Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011

  • It was an exercise to obtain data about the socio-economic status of various communities.
  • It was conducted for the first time since 1931
  • Components: survey of the rural and urban households and ranking of these households based on pre-set parameters and caste census.
  • Only the details of the economic conditions of the people in rural and urban households were released.
  • The caste data has not been released in public domain till now.

National Food Security Act 2013

  • It is an Act of the Parliament which aims to provide subsidised food grains to approximately two thirds of India’s 1.2 billion people
  • It includes the Midday Meal Scheme, Integrated Child Development Services scheme and the Public Distribution System.
  • Under the provisions of the bill, beneficiaries of the Public Distribution System (or, PDS) are entitled to 5 kilograms (11 lb) per person per month of cereals
  • Beneficiaries: Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) households which are headed by widows or disabled persons or persons aged 60 years or more with no assured means of subsistence or societal support and Priority Households (PHH) identified by the state governments

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