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Ayushman Bharat cover for Uber cab drivers

The Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) has joined hands with Uber to extend health cover to their driver and delivery partners.

The facility will not be available in Delhi, Odisha and Telangana — States that have not joined AB-PMJAY. “About 30-40% of the driver partners would be eligible for healthcare services under the health insurance scheme,” a PMJAY spokesperson said.

Under the agreement, Uber, under its Uber CARE initiative, will help set up common service centres (CSCs) at Partners Seva Kendras. “This is a pilot study,” the PMJAY spokesperson said. The CSC’s entrepreneurs will verify eligibility and issue e-cards to drivers with benefits worth Rs. 5 lakh to each family per year.

National Health Agency CEO Indu Bhushan said: “Through this partnership with Uber, we hope to reach out to lakhs of people and their families in the driver and delivery community.”