Ayushman Bharat will address your hopes & aspirations: PM Modi

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo - PTI

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Photo – PTI

Inaugurating the first health centre under Ayushman Bharat Scheme in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur, Prime Minister Modi told that the initiative will address the hopes and aspirations of every Indian. The government aims to open 1.5 lakh health and wellness centre by 2022 under the scheme.

The centres under Ayushman Bharat Scheme will be equipped to treat host of diseases, including blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and old-age illness, the Prime Minister told.

Also under the scheme, the government has prepared the broad contour of the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) and the work is on to finalise parameters for identifying beneficiaries and hospital entitlement.

The Prime Minister said Babasaheb Ambedkar had a key role to play in the establishment of “aspiration” in the hearts and minds of crores of people.

“Bijapur is one of the over 100 aspirational districts in the country, which have got left behind in the development journey,” he said adding he wants to convert these districts, hitherto labelled as “backward” into aspirational and ambitious districts.

“…Ayushman Bharat scheme will go a long way in ending social imbalance, and ensuring social justice in the country… in the first phase of this scheme, an effort would be made to bring about a sea change in primary healthcare,” he said.

The sub centres and primary health centres at 1.5 lakh places across the country would now be developed as Health and Wellness Centres, Modi said.

The government aims to complete this task by 2022, he said adding that these Health and Wellness Centres would function like a family doctor for the poor.

“The next target of Ayushman Bharat would be to provide financial assistance of upto Rs. 5 lakh to the poor, for medical treatment,” the Prime Minister said.

He also visited Jangala Development Hub, situated in a panchayat that has emerged as a model panchayat. There he interacted with local Champions of Change’ in this Left Wing Extremism-affected district especially post the launch of Aspirational District programme on January 5.

The Prime Minister then inaugurated the first phase of the Bastar Internet scheme under which a 40,000-km-long network of fibre optics cables would be spread across seven districts of the tribal region. The districts are Bijapur, Narayanpur, Bastar, Kanker, Kondagaon, Sukma and Dantewada.

Modi, who is the first prime minister to visit the tribal district of Bijapur, also inaugurated a new rail line and a passenger train between Gudum and Bhanupratapur, bringing north Bastar region on railways’ map.

He also inaugurated bank branches in seven villages and visited rural BPO centre developed under the India BPO promotion scheme. The BPO centre is provided Internet by the Bastar Internet scheme. He also laid foundation stones for road and bridge projects worth over Rs 1,700 crore.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Health Minister JP Nadda were also present on the occasion.

(With inputs from PTI)