Ayush­man Bharat to gen­er­ate 11 lakh jobs in next 5-7 yrs: PM

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New Delhi: Call­ing Ayush­man Bharat a rev­o­lu­tion­ary step to­wards a new In­dia, PM Naren­dra Modi said the health in­sur­ance scheme is ex­pected to gen­er­ate over 11 lakh new jobs be­cause of the de­mand aris­ing out of it in the next five to seven years.

Modi was pre­sid­ing over the vale­dic­tory func­tion of Ar­o­gya Man­than, a two-day event or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Health Author­ity mark­ing the first an­niver­sary of Ayush­man Bharat. The gov­ern­ment’s flag­ship scheme, de­signed to pro­vide free an­nual health cover worth Rs 5 lakh to 50 crore peo­ple, was also rolled out by the PM in Septem­ber last year from Ranchi.

Modi said the scheme is a great achieve­ment and will be ex­em­plary for the world as it has stirred hope among poor peo­ple of the coun­try help­ing them re­cover from ill­nesses. “In the last one year, if any one per­son’s land, house, jew­ellery or any other items was saved from mort­gage or sale for med­i­cal treat­ment, then this is a huge suc­cess of Ayush­man In­dia,” he said.

Modi stated that pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments tried to launch many health schemes, but none of them were suc­cess­ful. “In­dia’s poor couldn’t avail the best health in­fra­struc­ture and re­mained de­void of qual­ity health­care ser­vices. But with Ayush­man Bharat, peo­ple are now able to avail best treat­ment even in their non re­sid­ing states. In last one year, about 50,000 poor could avail the ben­e­fit un­der PMJAY out­side their district and state where they could get bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

Modi also stressed on the need to make the scheme fraud-free and said ef­forts are on to make it fool­proof and bring about im­prove­ments to serve the peo­ple bet­ter. High­light­ing his gov­ern­ment’s ini­tia­tives to­wards im­prov­ing health in­fra­struc­ture and med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try, Modi said many new hospi­tals will be set up in fu­ture and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties will in­crease.

Modi said the scheme needed to be made fraud-free. Ef­forts are on to make it fool­proof, he said

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