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Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
26-November-2010 17:12 IST
Fund for Free Medical Facility to BPL Families
The Government of India has created Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN) in 1997 to provide financial assistance to the patients, living below poverty line(BPL), who are suffering from major life threatening diseases, to receive medical treatment in Govt. hospitals. The financial assistance to such patients is released in the form of ‘one-time grant’ to the Medical Superintendent of the hospital in which the treatment is being received.

Under the scheme of Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi, the Central Govt. also provides Grant-in-Aid to the States / Union Territories with legislature for State Illness Assistance Funds set up by them to the extent of 50 % of their contribution to the State Funds.

The contribution of the Central Govt. to the State Fund is subject to a maximum of Rs.5.00 crore to States with larger number and percentage of population below the poverty line and maximum of Rs.2 crore to other States & UTs with legislatures, whichever is less, in a year subject to overall availability of resources.

The Illness Assistance Fund at the State/UT level releases financial assistance to patients in their respective States/UTs upto Rs.1.5 lakh in an individual case and forward all such cases to RAN, where the quantum of financial assistance is likely to exceed Rs.1.5 lakh.

The Grant-in-Aid is provided to the State Govts from time to time upon fulfilment of certain conditions, viz., submission of utilisation certificates; list of beneficiaries indicating the illness and amount sanctioned in each case; Audit Report by the A.G. of the State Govt.; etc.

This information was given by Minister of Health & Family Welfare Sh. Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.