New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused a major Opposition party of preventing beneficiaries under the Ayushman Bharat scheme from availing its benefits at a government hospital in Amethi.

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Addressing a rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior, the Prime Minister exclaimed, “There is a hospital in Amethi whose trustee is a person from ‘naamdar family’, a few days ago a poor man went there for treatment with his Ayushman card, hospital denied him treatment because he was carrying the Ayushman Bharat card given by Modi.”

Alleging that a political family was barring people from availing services under the scheme, PM Modi lamented how a poor old man was turned away from the hospital even though he possessed an Ayushman Bharat card.

Ayushman Bharat or the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) aims to provide health insurance of upto Rs 5 lakh per family every year for secondary and tertiary care and hospitalisation through a network of Empanelled Health Care Providers (EHCP). The scheme targets covering more than 50 crore people in India.

PM Modi’s allegations find basis over a video tweeted by Union minister Smriti Irani, wherein two men allege that their paternal uncle died after he was denied admission to the hospital on showing the Ayushman Bharat card.

Reacting to this allegation, Director of the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in Amethi SM Choudhary said, “It is a baseless allegation, we’ve treated 200 patients under the scheme so far.”

He also said that the concerned patient was not carrying the Ayushman Bharat card and therefore could not be admitted under the scheme.