Launching the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana from Jharkhand, Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Sunday said the scheme would transform India into a medical hub in the future while slamming the Congress for ignoring the health of poor people for the past 60 years due to votebank politics. Besides, PM Modi also launched 10 wellness centres in Jharkhand and laid the foundation stones of medical colleges in Chaibasa and Koderma.
Being touted as the world’s largest health protection scheme, PMJAY will allow a beneficiary to take cashless benefits from any public/private empanelled hospitals across the country. The scheme covers health conditions and surgical procedures encompassed in over 1,350 packages that include practically all secondary and tertiary conditions requiring hospitalisation, barring a few such as organ transplantation.
Praising the launch of an ambitious health insurance scheme by PM Modi as historic, BJP president Amit Shah Sunday remarked that the government has given the ‘poor the right to live with dignity’ with its plethora of schemes. He said the poor people are at the focus of the Modi government’s projects.
National Health Agency (NHA), the apex body implementing the PMJAY scheme, last week launched a website and a helpline number to help prospective beneficiaries check if their name is there in the final list. One can visit the website mera.pmjay.gov.in or call up the helpline (14555) to check their enrolment.
PM Narendra Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana in Ranchi. Here are the highlights.
PM says goal is to set up 50,000 wellness centres across Jharkhand in next four years
The government is prioritizing affordable as well as preventive health care. 'The scheme will not have any distinguished plans on the basis of sect or caste. There will be no discrimination based on any race or any fraternity,' says Modi. PM says the goal is to set up 50,000 wellness centres across the state in the next four years. 'Today only 10 wellness centres have been launched here. Now, around 40 such centres are working in Jharkhand and the number has reached 2,300. The goal is to prepare 50,000 centres across the state in the next 4 years,' he says. PM Modi ends his speech.
Instead of vote bank politics, Congress should have concentrated on empowerment of poor: PM Modi
In a veiled dig at the Congress, PM Modi says the health of poor people has been ignored for the past 60 years due to votebank politics. But now the country is working to get rid of poverty, says Modi. "Those who chant the name of poor, had they done something concrete for them 50 years ago, the situation would have been different. I have lived in poverty and realise the pain of a poor man. Even in the Asian Games, those who have brought us medals are players who have spent their childhood in villages, in poverty. But when they got an opportunity, they brought medals for the country. Instead of vote bank politics, they should have concentrated on empowerment of poor," says PM Narendra Modi.
Ayushman Bharat scheme will transform India into a medical hub in the future, says Modi
PM Narendra Modi says that the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PMJAY) is being given different names by people, like 'Modicare', but for him, it is an opportunity to serve the poor. "I would like congratulate my entire team, who are involved in the Ayushman Bharat scheme," says PM. Modi says the Ayushman Bharat scheme will transform India into a medical hub in the future. "I hope that no citizen of my country needs to go to a hospital but if you do, Ayushman Bharat is at your service," he says. The Ayushman Bharat programme will be funded with 60 per cent contribution coming from the Centre and remaining from the states.
Number of beneficiaries of PMJAY equal to total population of European Union, says Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi says PMJAY is a game-changer and the number of beneficiaries of this scheme is equal to the total population of the entire European Union. "A government scheme on such a grand scale is not being carried out anywhere in the world. Even the last person standing in the queue should get better health facility. More than 50 crore people will get an insurance up to Rs 5 lakh. This is the world’s first such scheme," says Modi.
PMJAY does not exclude a person on account of pre-existing illnesses
Unlike private insurance schemes, PMJAY does not exclude a person on account of pre-existing illnesses. The size of the family is no bar. There is also no need for formal enrolment; families that are listed with defined deprivation criteria on the Socio Economic and Caste Census database are automatically enrolled. All that is required is a proof of identity, which could be Aadhaar or any other government-issued identity card.
Modi handing out e-cards to a few of the beneficiaries
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now handing out e-cards to a few of the beneficiaries. Modi had announced the ambitious scheme from the ramparts of the Red Fort during his Independence Day speech.
Prime Minister @narendramodi launches health protection scheme "Pradhan Mantri Jan-Aushadhi Yojana" (PMJAY), and 10 health and wellness centres in Jharkhand. https://t.co/BwvpLjvECQ #AyushmanBharat pic.twitter.com/TWJqLLvwqu— BJP (@BJP4India) September 23, 2018
PMJAY launched in Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu launched Ayushman Bharat scheme in Itanagar on Sunday.
A massive gathering at DK Centre at Itanagar for launch of world’s biggest universal health care scheme- popularly known as #ModiCare or the #PradhanMantriJanArogyaYojna This is indeed #AchheDin, a move to provide quality healthcare to over 10 crore families. #AyushmanBharat pic.twitter.com/Zn3aOHLZPk— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) September 23, 2018
Haryana's Amit Kumar was the first beneficiary of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana
Born at the Kalpana Chawla government hospital in Karnal on August 17, Karishma has a new name: Ayushman Bharat baby. Her father Amit Kumar became the first beneficiary of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) when the hospital was reimbursed Rs 9,000 for Karishma’s birth by Caesarean section. Haryana started PMJAY pilots in 26 hospitals in the state the same day as they were announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech. Hours later, Mousami, the wife of Amit Kumar, a labourer from Sarpuria village of Karnal, was admitted to the Kalpana Chawla hospital for delivery. Two days later, Karishma was born. Read the full story here.
PMJAY will bring a major change in India's healthcare, says JP Nadda
Union Health Minister JP Nadda said the scheme would bring a major change in India's healthcare. "This scheme will bring a major change in India's healthcare. The entire world is looking at Ayushman Bharat scheme. India is the only country in the world which has taken a big leap in making universal health effective. Crores of people who have not been able to afford healthcare until now will now be brought into the mainstream," he said.
World's largest healthcare scheme is here now in India, tweets Ravi Shankar Prasad
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says the world's largest healthcare scheme is now launched. "World's largest healthcare scheme is here now in India. Government led by PM Narendra Modi brings a comprehensive healthcare scheme for more than 10 Crore families, who will get upto Rs. 5 Lakh per year for hospital treatments," he tweeted. Now, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das is addressing the gathering.
Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana
PM Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana as well as 10 more health and wellness centres in Jharkhand through remote, taking the number of such proposed centres to 49. Beneficiaries of the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat insurance programme in Jharkhand have been sent a two-page customised letter from the prime minister outlining the importance and benefits of the project.
The government will send similar letters to 10.74 crore beneficiary families across the country gradually. The letters will have a photograph of Modi, a government official said.
PMJAY launched in Maharashtra
Devendra Fadnavis also launched PMJAY at Sahyadri Guest House today.
Health Minister JP Nadda calls PMJAY a mega health reform
Calling it a mega health reform, JP Nadda says the scheme will be paperless and cashless. Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said PMJAY is the world’s largest government-sponsored healthcare scheme covering a population size equal to the population of US, Canada and Mexico. "Benefits shall be available to 50 crore Indians in a purely cashless, paperless, portable and backed by a world-class IT infrastructure," he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at the Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi to launch the much-awaited public health insurance scheme Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna. The PM will also inaugurate 10 wellness centres, as part of the scheme, in Jharkhand. Health Minister JP Nadda is addressing the public meeting.
What is Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan?
The Centre’s flagship Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme renamed Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PMJAY), will provide a cover of Rs 5 lakh per family per year for inpatient care to 10.74 crore families at the bottom of the pyramid. This translates into more than 50 crore people, around 40 per cent of India’s population. Even though the scheme will be launched today, it will effectively be operational from September 25, the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay. Here is all you need to know about PMJAY
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das welcomes Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ranchi on Sunday. (Twitter: BJP)
PM Modi arrives in Ranchi to launch Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Ranchi to roll out the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). He will now proceed to Prabhat Tara ground, where the event will take place. Earlier, Modi said it was a historic day for the country and the government was committed to building a healthy and fit India. “I will be in Ranchi to mark the launch of PMJAY- Ayushman Bharat. During the programme, foundation stones for medical colleges in Chaibasa and Koderma will be laid. Health and wellness centres will also be inaugurated. We are committed to building a healthy and fit India,” he said.
I will be in Ranchi to mark the launch of PMJAY- Ayushman Bharat. During the programme, foundation stones for medical colleges in Chaibasa and Koderma will be laid. Health and wellness centres will also be inaugurated.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 23, 2018
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