Ritwik Shukla & Avani Kapur
Ayushman Bharat, under the aegis of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), was launched by Government of India (GoI) on 23 September 2018. The programme consists of two initiatives: (1) The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY); and (2) The establishment of 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs). Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, this brief uses government data to analyse:
■ Past trends in GoI allocations, releases, and expenditures;
■ Eligibility and claims under PMJAY till September 2020; and
■ Number of operational HWCs, staff in-position, and footfall.