Under the government’s Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP), if any patient needs government help to treat TB then it must be mandatory to show Aadhar card. The Union Health Ministry has issued this rule.
According to the official notification, if a person wants to take advantage of this scheme made by government, then it will be necessary to verify the Aadhar number. It also means that under the central government scheme, without Aadhar card, any patients suffering from TB will not be provided with cash facility.
Under RNTCP, under the National Health Mission, cash assistance is provided for the treatment of TB and it is beneficial for TB patients as well as private healthcare providers and treatment assistants. This official notification will be applicable to all states and Union Territories excluding Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir.
According to 2015 data, there are about 28 lakh TB cases in India. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) recently said that compared to the earlier estimates, TB epidemic is very high in India. WHO has also claimed that India is among the six countries where from 1 crore 40 million patients 60% are TB patients.
The central Health Ministry has instructed TB patients that if they don’t have Aadhar card they should enroll till 31,August. In such a case, till the patients gets the Aadhar number, he can get government assistance to treat the TB by showing the nomination receipt, Voter ID card or PAN card of the Aadhar.