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Post at: Apr 16 2022

Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY)

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  • In the early march 2022,Odisha government distributed smart health cards to beneficiaries under its flagship Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana.
  • In august 2021, government had announced the provision of smart health cards for all beneficiaries and expanding the beneficiary base to cover 92.5 lakh families under BSKY.
  • The scheme initially had 71.69 lakh families as beneficiaries.


  • Every family which is enrolled,is eligible for Rs 5 lakh from the state government, while women get cover of Rs 10 lakh under this scheme.
  • Free health services for all (irrespective of income, status or residence) in all State Government health care facilities starting from Sub centre, PHC, CHC, Area, SDH, District Health Quarter Hospital and all Govt. Medical College Hospitals and Blood Banks.
  • All health services are free of cost, including free drugs, free diagnostics, free dialysis, free cancer chemotherapy, free OT, free ICU, in-patient admission etc., in all government health institutions up to district headquarters hospital level, for all persons.


  • Some of the differences involve the package cap, which is Rs 5 lakh a year under Ayushman Bharat but goes upto Rs 10 lakh under BSKY.
  • While BSKY covers over 90 lakh families, Ayushman Bharat can cover only 60 lakh families. 
  • Under the Ayushman bharat the premium payment expenditure is shared by the central and state governments while in BSKY it is totally on state government.

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