Opposition parties in Tripura on Tuesday called for an immediate rollback in the state government’s decision to hike tariffs for healthcare services and threatened to launch a statewide stir if their demand is not met.
The BJP-IPFT government, in a notification on Friday, set the daily charge for ICU beds at Rs 300 for Antodaya Annapurna Yojana (AAY) beneficiaries and Rs 600 for people above the poverty line (APL). It was free earlier.
AC cabins in state-run hospitals will cost Rs 700 per day whereas APL patients will have to pay Rs 50 per day for food in the hospitals. Earlier, free food was served to them.
The AC cabins used to cost Rs 400 earlier, as per Healthcare Department director P K Majumdar.
Similarly, different diagnostic tests would be charged at par with Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) rates for APL patients and 50 per cent of the CGHS rates for those under the Priority Group.
Protesting the move, Tapas Dey, vice-president of the Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC), said, “The decision is a direct attack on the people’s basic requirement. We have decided to organise protests in all the eight districts till the government rolls back its decision,” he said.
CPI(M), too, vowed to launch a stir over the issue.
“This government is trying to charge more for the facilities in government hospitals. This is not acceptable. We will launch a statewide movement,” CPI(M) state committee member Pabitra Kar said.