CMAAY a boon for state’s patients

The Chief Minister Arogya Arunachal Yojna (CMAAY), which is completing five years since its inception, is emerging as one of the most popular government schemes. Under the CMAAY, health assurance of upto Rs 5 lakhs per family per year for secondary and tertiary healthcare hospitalisations is provided. The enrollment number is rising quickly with the Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) having the highest enrollment of 46,229, followed by Upper Subansiri (42,014), West Siang (41,204), East Siang (39,787) and Papum Pare (33,161_. As most of the hospitals in the state still lack good modern facilities, the patients prefer to go outside for treatment.

The NEIGRIHMS (Shillong), the B Barooah Cancer Institute (Guwahati), the CMC (Vellore), and the Tata Memorial Hospital & Research Institute (Mumbai) are some of the hospitals where maximum number of CMAAY card holders prefers to undergo treatment.

However, in a huge thumb-up to the lone medical college of the state, the TRIHMS, the number of CMAAY card holders preferring to take treatment in this hospital is rising. The CMAAY is one of those schemes which truly benefit the people on the ground. It is a known fact that most of the government schemes fail to truly benefit those for whom they are was meant. Corruption and nepotism are the main failure of the government schemes. Considering its popularity, the state government should extend all-out support to the the state health agency which is implementing the CMAAY in the state. This scheme needs to continue and also improved, if needed, for the betterment of the poor people of the state.