Bhubaneswar: Two days after announcement of the Biju Swasthya Kalyana Yojana (BSKY), the Odisha Government today disapproved implantation Centre’s Ayushman Bharat programme in the State.

Health Minister and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena on Thursday said that Odisha will not implement Centre’s Ayushman Bharat programme.

Biju Swasthya Kalyana Yojana (BSKY) is a better scheme as it covers 70 lakh families while Ayushman Bharat also known as Modicare was only meant for 61 lakh families, said Jena.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced yet another popular scheme Biju Swasthya Kalyana Yojana, named after his father Biju Patnaik, one of the architects of modern Odisha, for providing health assistance to 70 lakh families.

This health assurance scheme will be launched on August 15.

Ayushman Bharat, which was announced in Union Budget 2018-19 by the NDA Government, was a health insurance scheme covering 10 crore families of the country, including 61 lakh from Odisha with Rs 5 lakh insurance coverage a year.

Under the BSKY, each family will be provided secondary and tertiary cashless health care assistance up to Rs 5 lakh every year. About 70 lakh families are targeted to benefit under the scheme in the State.