Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana Current Affairs - 2020

USAID to provide 3 million USD for India’s PAHAL project

On May 1, 2020, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that it is to provide 3 million USD for India’s PAHAL project. PAHAL is Partnerships for Affordable Healthcare Access and Longevity.


Till now, USAID has provided 5.9 million USD. The funds that have been allocated recently are to be used to disseminate public health messages to the public, to provide care to the affected and to strengthen surveillance and case finding.

The USAID will also help National Health Authority to establish financial facility to mobilize resources from private sector. With this more than 20,000 health facilities will be benefitted that are enrolled in Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.


The United States Agency for International Development is responsible for administering foreign aid. With the budget of more than 27 billion USD, USAID is one of the largest financial aids in the world. USAID provides funds for poverty relief, disaster relief, technical cooperation and socioeconomic development.

PAHAL scheme

PAHAL scheme is a joint initiative of USAID and IPE. The main objective of the scheme is to provide quality and affordable health care solutions to urban poor. The main aim of the project is to reach 10 million poor in India by 2020. This will help reduce out of pocket expenditure of the underserved urban communities by 30%.

Ayushman Bharat: 50 Crore poor eligible for testing and treatment

On April 5, 2020, Union Health Minister Harsha Vardhan announced that over 50 crore vulnerable and poor citizens are eligible under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (Ayushman Bharat).


Under Ayushman Bharat, the testing for the poor and vulnerable, (that is the citizens eligible to claim benefits under the scheme) has been made free. The testing of COVID-19 in public facilities are already free. The hospitals empaneled under the scheme shall tie up with an authorized testing facility to test for COVID-19.

The tests are to be carried out according to the norms of ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research).

About Ayushman Bharat

The Scheme is currently being implemented by National Health Authority. Under the scheme, the beneficiaries are provided with Rs 5 lakhs (per family). The beneficiaries are identified from the SECC (Socio-Economic Caste Census). After, identification the beneficiaries are considered as insured. The insurance amount when in need are shared between the centre and the state in the ratio 60:40.