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Ayushman Yojana fraud comes to fore in Himachal, private hospital creates 69 fake cards

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The Himachal Pradesh vigilance department has uncovered a fraud involving the creation of fake cards allegedly by a private hospital to avail monetary benefits under Ayushman Yojana, a government-funded healthcare programme, in Una.

An investigation by the vigilance department found out that a total of 69 cards were found to be fake, with 45 of these being classified as Arogya Mitra cards and 24 being created using fraudulent identification.

The investigation was launched following a complaint by a woman who accused the manager of the private hospital of creating the fake cards. The vigilance department seized records from the hospital and the government department concerned, leading to the busting of the fraud. Cardholders who were found to be having fake cards were also included in the investigation. They alleged that the hospital illegally charged them for the services despite they having genuine health cards.

The manager of the private hospital is now facing a criminal case and the investigation is ongoing. The possibility of the involvement of a criminal gang in the scheme has not been ruled out. The Ayushman Yojana programme, which aims to provide healthcare coverage to eligible families, currently covers around five lakh families in Himachal Pradesh.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Dharam Chand Verma, of the Vigilance department, has said that “investigation has been started by registering a case against the manager of the private hospital.” The fraud has raised concerns about the integrity of the Ayushman Yojana and the potential for abuse of the system. Authorities have assured that they will take necessary steps to ensure that such incidents do not happen in the future.

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