West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that the 'Swasthya Sathi' heath scheme of the government will cover the entire population of the state, West Bengal. This decision will come into effect from December 1, 2020. In this scheme introduced by the government, all people of the state, irrespective of their religious affiliation, caste and creed or profession will be covered.
"Earlier, we had decided to enrol at least 7.5 crore people under 'Swathya Sathi'. I am announcing today that every family in West Bengal, every person, be it a child or an old man or woman, irrespective of their religious affinity will be covered under this scheme," Banerjee said in a report.
Under this scheme, every family will be provided with one smart card to avail the benefits of the scheme. The scheme was officially launched by Mamata Banerjee in the month of December, 2016. It is a basic health cover for secondary and tertiary care up to Rs 5 lakh per annum per family.