The Prime Minister, ShriNarendraModi, today launched
the health assurance scheme: Ayushman Bharat - PradhanMantri Jan
ArogyaYojana - at Ranchi, Jharkhand.
At the same event, the Prime Minister unveiled plaques
to lay the Foundation Stone for medical colleges at Chaibasa and Koderma. He
also inaugurated 10 Health and Wellness Centres.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that
this launch has been done with a vision to provide the poorest of the poor,
and the underprivileged sections of society, with better healthcare and
treatment. He said this scheme, which envisions health assurance of 5 lakh
rupees per family per year, will benefit over 50 crore people, and is the
world's biggest health assurance scheme.
He said the first part of Ayushman Bharat - the health
and wellness centres, was launched on BabasahebAmbedkar's birth anniversary,
and the second part - the health assurance scheme, is being launched two
days before DeendayalUpadhyay's birth anniversary.
The Prime Minister said that for the States that are a
part of PMJAY, people can get the benefit of the scheme in whichever of
these States they go to. He said more than 13,000 hospitals across the
country have joined the scheme so far.
The Prime Minister expressed confidence that through
the efforts of all those involved with PMJAY, and the dedication of the
doctors, nurses, healthcare providers, ASHAs, ANMs etc, the scheme would
become a success.
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu
has said that India considers Bhutan to be part of its own family. He was
addressing the gather after inaugurating the Bhutan Week, along with Her
Majesty the Queen Mother of Bhutan, SangayChoden, on the occasion of the
Golden Jubilee celebrations of the establishment of formal diplomatic
relations between India and Bhutan, here today. He was give the traditional
Bhutanese welcome on his arrival at IGNCA.
The Vice President said that India-Bhutan partnership is
anchored on utmost trust, goodwill and mutual understanding at all levels. It is
a celebration of the shared values that we cherish and we feel Bhutan is part of
our family, he said.
Calling India & Bhutan equal partners in their endeavor to
achieve peace, prosperity and development of our two peoples, the Vice President
lauded the contribution of people on the both sides for strengthening
The Vice President said that India Bhutan partnership is
multi-faceted and encompasses several areas of cooperation in sectors such as
trade and economic ties, infrastructure development, security cooperation and
most importantly people to people contacts.