Centre’s big health initiative ‘Ayushman Bharat Yojana’ will be taken up in a mission mode, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. He underlined that the aim of the scheme is to provide quality and affordable health care to nearly 50 crore people across the country.
The scheme, billed as the world’s largest government-funded health care programme, is being termed as a path-breaking initiative by the government that would bring a “paradigm shift” in the Indian health care sector.
“The scale of this scheme is un-parallelled and it will bring a paradigm shift in our health sector. It is time to give India a health care system that makes quality treatment affordable within a limit of Rs 5 lakh per family,” Prime Minister Modi said while addressing a public rally at the Indira Gandhi Park in Arunachal Pradesh.
He also laid the foundation stone of the Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Science at the state capital Itanagar.
The health care programme was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the General Budget for 2018-19 on February 1.
The prime minister also asked the state government to frame a new health policy and work to attract private investments in the sector.
Clad in traditional tribal attire, Modi also announced other initiatives taken up by his government for the north-eastern region. The New Delhi-Naharlagun Express would now be called “Arunachal Express”, he said, adding that the frequency of the train, connecting the national capital to the state, would also be increased from one to two days a week.
The train, he said, will connect the “people of the state with mainland India”.
Referring to the BJP-led NDA government’s crusade against corruption, Modi said the government has been able to curb corruption through the direct bank transfer (DBT) scheme.
“The Centre has saved Rs 54,000 crore through Aadhaar-enabled direct benefit transfer of about 400 government schemes,” he added.
The prime minister also dedicated the state civil secretariat to the people of the state and unveiled the plaque of the Dorjee Khandu State Convention Centre before leaving for poll-bound Tripura, where he will address campaign rallies.
(With inputs from PTI)