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Andhra Pradesh, Telangana states now tussle over Arogya Sri
Narendra Ch | 21 Jan 2015

After row over ascertaining authority over conduct of EAMCET and sharing of river waters, now Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state governments now locking in one more episode of confrontation on administrative matters.


The problem started with the Andhra Pradesh and the Telangana governments have appointed their own Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) for the ArogyaSri scheme.The Telangana government has appointed IAS officer Buddaprakash M Jyothi as the CEO and the AP government gave the additional charge of CEO to Lav Agarwal, the  Commissioner of Health & Family Welfare.

 

Three days after K Dhananjaya Reddy was withdrawn from Aarogyasri Trust as CEO by the AP government and posted Lav Aggarwal in his place, Telangana government too reacted sharply. Though there was no reaction from Telangana government in the last eight months, but immediately after AP replaced the CEO, the Telangana government out of some apprehensions about the trust, appointed Jyothi Buddha Prakash as CEO from Telangana side.

Aarogyasri Trust was not included in the AP Reorganisation Act either under ninth or tenth schedule. Now, both the states should sit together and bifurcate the trust. As a CEO Dhananjaya Reddy submitted the proposal for division of the Trust. But, AP and Telangana did not look into the matter till date. According to sources, Telangana officials felt that AP did not inform them about the change of CEO.

Now, there are two heads for the Trust. Andhra Pradesh contends that until the bifurcation takes place, Telangana has no right to appoint CEO to the body. 

The Chandrababu Naidu government renamed the Rajiv ArogyaSri scheme as the NTR Vaidyaseva last November and increased the insurance cover from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh for each family under the scheme. The government also added 100 more diseases under the ambit of the rechristened scheme. This takes the number of ailments covered under NTR Vaidyaseva from 938 to 1,038.

The health ministry officials of the two States maintain that there will not be any problem regarding the flow of funds, as the two governments have put in place separate system of accounts. Sources said the employees of the two governments in the Trust are already getting salaries separately.