New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY SEHAT to extend coverage to all residents of Jammu & Kashmir on Saturday, 26th December, through video conference. Union Ministers Amit Shah, Harsh Vardhan, Jitendra Singh, and the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Manoj Sinha were present on the occasion, according to a press statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. The Prime Minister also interacted with the beneficiaries from the region. He recalled the special bond that Atal Bihari Vajpayee had with J&K and said that the former Prime Minister’s dictum of ‘Insaniyat, Jamhuriyat and Kashmiriyat’ will always guide the country.
Talking about the PM-JAY SEHAT scheme, Prime Minister Modi said getting free treatment up to Rs. 5 lakh under this scheme would improve the ease of living. At the moment, about 6 lakh families of the state are receiving the benefit of Ayushman Bharat Scheme, noted PM Modi, adding that all 21 lakh families will receive the same benefits after the SEHAT scheme. He added another benefit of this scheme would be that treatment is not limited to government and private hospitals in J&K only. Rather, treatment can be availed from thousands of hospitals empanelled under this scheme in the country, as per the press statement from the PMO.
The Prime Minister termed the extension of the coverage of Ayushman Yojna to all the residents historic and expressed happiness seeing J&K take these steps for the development of its people. Prime Minister Modi said that the development of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is one of the biggest priorities of his government. “Whether it is about women empowerment, opportunities for the youth, upliftment of the dalits, exploited and deprived, or it is the question of the constitutional and fundamental rights of the people, our government is taking decisions for the welfare of the people,” the Prime Minister declared.
PM Modi congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir for strengthening democracy. He said the election of the District Development Council has written a new chapter and complimented the people for reaching the voting booth despite the cold and the Covid-19 pandemic. He said that on the face of every voter in Jammu and Kashmir, there was an expectation for development, adding that he saw the belief of a better future in the eyes of every voter in J&K. These elections in Jammu and Kashmir also showed the strength of democracy in our country, remarked PM Modi. On the other hand, the Prime Minister pointed out that despite the Supreme Court’s order, panchayat and municipal elections in Puducherry are not being carried out. This despite the fact that the tenure of those elected has ended in the year 2011, PM Modi observed.
The Prime Minister said that, during the Covid-19 pandemic, about 18 lakh LPG cylinders were refilled in Jammu and Kashmir and more than 10 lakh toilets were built in J&K under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Its purpose is not limited to just building toilets, but it is also an attempt to improve people’s health, remarked PM Modi, adding that along with the rural road connectivity, efforts are on for providing piped water to every household in Jammu and Kashmir within next 2-3 years.
The Prime Minister said the setting up of IIT and IIM in Jammu and Kashmir would help in providing quality higher education to the students here. He said two AIIMS and two cancer institutes are also being built in J&K. Paramedical students will also receive training in these institutes, according to the PMO.
Prime Minister Modi said the youths of Jammu and Kashmir are getting loans easily and moving on the path of peace. The people who are living in J&K for many years are now getting domicile certificates, said PM Modi, noting in conclusion that people of economically weaker sections in general category are getting reservation now, as are the hill dwellers and people living in border areas.
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