Wednesday, the twenty-seventh of January, began like every other day at the National Health Authority (NHA) office in central Delhi. By 9AM, the 200-odd employees of the agency began filing into the premises, readying for another day of work. The NHA, which falls under the Indian health ministry, is tasked with running the world’s largest public health insurance scheme—the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).

Even as the office began to buzz with activity, a phone call from the Prime Minister’s Office would soon change the mood. The contract of Indu Bhushan, the founding chief executive officer (CEO) of the NHA, would not be renewed once his three-year term ended on 31 January.


Maitri Porecha

Maitri writes about everything health for The Ken. For close to 10 years now, she has navigated hospital corridors in her search for a good story. In a past life, when she was not a journalist, she used to teach French at her neighbourhood school. Also an avid fan of forensics, she is always up for decoding mysteries in her free time.

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