Telangana is returning through the implementation of the center’s health scheme

KCR visited Prime Minister Modi and Union Interior Minister Amit Shah (File) this month

Hyderabad:

The K Chandrashekar Rao government in Telangana has taken another turn with its decision to link the Aarogyasri state health scheme to Aayushman Bharat.

Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar informed the prime minister during a video conference with all top state bureaucrats that Chief Minister Telangana has made a decision in this regard.

Telangana was one of five states that refused to implement the central government’s flagship health scheme when it was launched in September 2018.

The state, along with Odisha, Delhi, Kerala and Punjab, have said their own health system is better and will not implement the core program until its concerns are addressed.

Aarogyasri, Telangana had said, covers 70 percent of the state’s population, while Ayushman Bharat will receive only 80 lakhs.

However, it was speculated that at the time, just before the state elections, Mr Rao’s government was unwilling to allow the Central Scheme, believing it would have a BJP advantage.

However, his current decision to line up with Aarogyasri was the second time in the same month that the chief minister overturned a decision. His party backed the Indian bandh on December 8 against agricultural laws, and its ministers even took part in protests blocking highways. But apparently he had no secondary thoughts.

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The chief minister announced that purchases from villages will be stopped this season. Agriculture Minister Niranjan Reddy said agricultural laws should be given the chance to run for at least a few seasons to know their impact.

Mr Rao visited Delhi earlier this month when he met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Secretary Amit Shah, sparking speculation about his party’s rapprochement with the BJP. Mr Rao has always argued that his party is not aligned and, before last year’s general election, tried to form a third front.

Former Minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir criticized the state government for the decision.

“CM KCR first adopted the drama of opposition to the new agricultural laws of the BJP government and even supported the closure call given by farmers’ organizations. Then it took a reverse quota and announced support for controversial agricultural laws. KCR also took a U- to implement the implementation of Ayushman Bharat Yojana in Telangana, which he had earlier opposed, on the pretext that Aarogyasri was more comprehensive and better, so instead of adopting the dramas of rivalry to deceive people, KCR should officially merge TRS with BJP, “he said. said.

Ahead of the municipal elections, KCR said in the second week of December that it would relaunch efforts for a third front and even host a meeting of leaders, but would post elections for the local body, in which the BJP made major gains, the minister said. boss did not make any effort in this direction.

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