On the occasion of 72nd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch of govt’s flagship healthcare scheme.
During the Independence Day speech PM Modi announced that the ambitious Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) will be launched on September 25 on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.
It will provide coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10 crore poor and deprived families.
“The healthcare initiatives of the government will have a positive impact on 50 crore Indians,” he said.
“It is essential to ensure that we free the poor of India from the clutches of poverty due to which they cannot afford healthcare.”
The scheme aims to target poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational category of urban workers’ families, 8.03 crore in rural and 2.33 crore in urban areas, as per the latest Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) data, and will cover around 50 crore people.
Asserting that technology will play a crucial role in the implementation of the programme, he said in four to six weeks, testing of these technology tools under the scheme will start.
He said the Swachh Bharat Mission will enable lakhs of children in leading healthier lives.
(With agency inputs)