Part of: Prelims and GS II – Health
Context Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched the ‘Ayushmaan CAPF’ Scheme health cards at the national level in New Delhi.
- ‘Ayushmaan CAPF’ Scheme was earlier launched on pilot basis in Assam in January this year to provide health care services to all Central Armed Police Force (CAPFs) personnel and their dependents.
- It is a joint initiative of the Home Ministry, Health Ministry and National Health Authority (NHA).
- The health card distribution will be undertaken in all CAPFs and the number of cards distributed will be displayed on the website of Home Ministry on a daily basis.
- The distribution of about 35 lakh cards will be completed by December this year.
- The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) refers to seven security forces in India under the authority of Ministry of Home Affairs.
- Assam Rifles (AR)
- Border Security Force (BSF)
- Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
- Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
- Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
- National Security Guard (NSG)
- Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)
- Each of the seven has its own cadre of officers, but they are headed by officers of the Indian Police Service.