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Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has announced the launch of the “Aaple Dawakhana” program, which aims to provide healthcare services to the general public in collaboration with Mumbai and expand it statewide. The Maharashtra Health Insurance Scheme, initiated by the state government, caters to the healthcare needs of all citizens. Under the robust Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MPJAY), which is already in place in the state, healthcare coverage ranging from Rs. 1.5 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs is provided. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde expressed his intention to extend the program’s reach.
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Following his participation in the state ministerial meeting on Wednesday, Shinde stated that the health insurance program benefits a total of 12.5 crore people in the state.
The Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MPJAY), a comprehensive health program, provides cashless services for identified diseases through a network of government and private service providers. The program covers beneficiaries holding various ration cards, including saffron ration cards, Antyodaya Anna Yojana ration cards (AAY), Annapurna ration cards, orange ration cards, and farmers’ families covered under the 14 districts facing emergencies.
The “Aaple Dawakhana” program, which provides healthcare services to the general public, will be launched in Mumbai and expanded across the state, as Chief Minister Shinde announced. With a budget of 210 crores, the program aims to set up a total of 700 clinics on a statewide basis. Shinde emphasized the establishment of a separate corporation for unorganized sectors, which has been approved by the state ministry.
“Under this system, employees working in the unorganized sector will be registered and provided various benefits aimed at the unorganized sector within the next two months,” Shinde informed.