Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced the launch of world’s largest government-funded programme – the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan. It will be launched on the birth anniversary of Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay on 25th of next month.
Ayushman Bharat, CEO Indu Bhushan has said, the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan under Ayushman Bharat is ready to be rolled out on 25th of next month.
Talking to AIR, Mr Bhushan said, 29 states and UTs are on board so far, while seven states and UTs such as Delhi, Kerala, Odisha and Punjab are yet to give approval for implementation of the scheme.
India to launch AyushmanBharat yojana from 25 Sept, national mammoth scheme includes cashless health assurance of ₹5 lakh per yr to 10 crore families. PM Modi assured that the scheme would be extended towards Middle Income Families in coming years. Is this global biggest health scheme may be a role model for world.
Announcing this from the ramparts of historic Red Fort after unfurling the tricolour on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day, Mr Modi said, it is high time to ensure that the poor gets access to good quality and affordable health care.
The healthcare initiative will have a positive impact on 50 crore Indians under Ayushman Bharat. The Prime Minister informed that the government has decided to provide five lakh rupees health care insurance cover for the poor and vulnerable under the programme and in future it can be extended to the low middle class. Mr Modi said, it is essential to ensure that poor people are free from the clutches of poverty due to which they cannot afford healthcare.
The Prime Minister said, India is proud of its scientists, who are excelling in their research and are at the forefront of innovation.
Amid applause from people present at the Red Fort, Prime Minister said, India will send a manned mission Gaganyaan and become the fourth country to send a human being into space.
Mr Modi said, Indian astronaut, be it son or daughter, will go into space in Gaganyaan by the year 2022.
Mr Modi also announced that women officers commissioned in short service in the Armed Forces will get the opportunity for permanent commission like their male counterparts.
On women safety, Mr Modi said, there is a need to free the society and country from this disgusting mentality of rape.
The Prime Minister also called for giving wide publicity to the cases in which rapists were awarded the death sentence, saying it would instill fear in people with demonic mindset. He said, the society needs to feel a million times more pain a rape victim endures.
He spoke about fast-track trial of rape cases in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan where the convicts were condemned to death within days. Mr Modi said, the rule of law is supreme for us and there can be no compromise with this.
On Triple Talaq, Mr Modi said, the government is trying to end the practice but there are some people who do not want it to end. He said, the practice of Triple Talaq has caused great injustice to Muslim women and the Government will ensure that justice is done.
Prime Minister Modi said there is a need to ensure social justice for all and create an India that is progressing rapidly. Mr Modi said, the recently concluded Parliament session was devoted to social justice with measures being taken to protect the interests of Dalits, deprived people, tribals, women and the backwards.
Mr Modi said, many parts of the nation witnessed a good monsoon but at the same time parts of India have been affected by floods. He said, his thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives due to floods in various parts of India.
The Prime Minister said, the demand for higher MSP was pending for years. From farmers to political parties to agriculture experts, everybody was asking about it but nothing happened. He said, his Government took the decision on increasing MSP.
The Prime Minister said India will be the engine of growth for the world economy for the next three decades as the sleeping elephant has started to run on the back of structural reforms like GST.
He thanked the business community for the success of the GST and for making it a reality. Mr Modi said, from being seen as among the fragile five, India is now the land of reform, perform and transform. He said the government is poised for record economic growth.
The Prime Minister said, earlier it was red tape in India now it is red carpet. He said, India has become a multi-trillion dollar investment destination. The government has the power to take tough decisions because national interest is paramount for it.
Mr Modi said, AFSPA has been completely withdrawn from Tripura, Meghalaya and many parts of Arunachal Pradesh and the states are seeing historic peace. He said, from 126 districts, Left Wing Extremism is now restricted to 90 districts. He said, the government is working to ensure peace across the nation.
Turning to Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Modi said, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had shown the path of Insaniyat, Kashmiryat and Jamhuriyat.
He said, government does not believe in bullet and abuse and all the problems of the State can be resolved by embracing people. The Prime Minister said, the Centre is committed to the development of all sectors and all the sections of Jammu and Kashmir.
He also said, preparations for the long-standing panchayat and local body elections are underway to further strengthen democracy in the State.
The Prime Minister said, the OROP demand was pending for decades, and the Government was able to take a decision in this regard as people of the country and brave army personnel had faith in the govenrment. He said the government will always take decisions in the interest of the nation.
Mr Modi said, the government is making efforts to fulfill the needs and aspirations of the people and both Centre and the state governments should work together in this direction.
He said, if the current government had continued at the same pace at which toilets were being built in 2013, the pace at which electrification was happening in 2013, then it would have taken the decades to complete them.
He said, the country is proud of what it has achieved and at the same time, it also have to look at where it come from.
Mr Modi said, there was a time when Delhi was supposed to be too far for North East but today the government has brought Delhi to the doorsteps of North East.
Mr Modi said, with a ‘Beej Se Bazar Tak’ approach, the government is is bringing remarkable changes in the agriculture sector. The aim is to double the income of farmers by 2022. He said, due to Swachh Bharat mission, lakhs of children are leading healthier lives.
The Prime Minister said, the government will not spare the corrupt and those who have black money as they have ruined the nation. He said, Delhi’s streets are free from power brokers. He said, the honest taxpayers of the country have a major role in the progress of the nation.
It is due to them that so many people are fed, the lives of the poor are transformed. The Prime Minister said, in today’s India there is no place for nepotism. He said, the Centre has ensured that environmental clearances are done transparently.
Our correspondent reports that the unfurling of the tri-colour was synchronized with the 21 Gun Salute.
The National Flag Guard comprising 32 men and one officer each from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police were present the Rashtriya Salute at the time of unfurling of the National Flag.
Seven hundred cadets of the National Cadet Corps drawn from 16 schools of the Delhi Directorate comprising the Army, Navy and Air Force wings participated in the flag hoisting ceremony this year.
The cadets took part in the singing of patriotic songs and the National Anthem along with the school children.
Three thousand 500 girls from 36 schools of Delhi Government sang the National Anthem and five thousand boys from 72 schools witnessed the event. On this occasion, these school children displayed the formation of ‘Bharat.
After concluding his speech, Mr Modi met children present at the Red Fort premises. The ceremony was concluded with the release of Tricolour ballons.
Earlier, he paid floral tributes to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat.
The nation is celebrating its 72nd Independence Day today. The main function was held in New Delhi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the tri-colour and addressed the nation from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort.
In Jammu and Kashmir, Independence Day is being celebrated across the state with patriotic fervor and gaiety.
In Jammu region the main function was held at Mini-stadium Parade Ground in the winter capital city of Jammu where Advisor to J&K Governor B B Vyas hoisted the Tricolor and take salute of the march past.
Speaking on the occasion Vyas reiterated that peace is prerequisite for progress and lauded the role of security forces for the efforts in restoring normalcy in the state.
Vyas stressed on channelizing the youth energy of the state in constructive and nation-building activities and highlighted the measures taken by the government for the development of youth and women empowerment.
The advisor also emphasized the strengthening of democratic institutions at root level said that state government is going to conduct Panchayat and Local Body elections in the state.
A scintillating cultural bonanza, featuring patriotic and culture themes besides message against the social evils was also presented by the children drawn from various schools of the city and its peripheries.
In Sikkim, the people celebrated 72nd Independence Day in grand manner. The Medals and state Meritorious Service Awards have also been conferred during a state level function in Gangtok today.
The Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling unfurled the National tricolour at Palzor Stadium and took salute of jawans from Sikkim police and other paramilitary forces on the occasion. He also reiterated his government commitment to eliminate Tuberculosis by the year 2022.
Mr. Chamling on the occasion said that state has adopted Positive and pro-poor initiatives to cover the weaker section with more focus on the marginalised people.
Along with the rest of the nation Arunachal Pradesh also celebrated the Independence Day. Unfurling the flag, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that his government has worked with the spirit of ‘Team Arunachal’ where every effort has been made to involve everyone. He said in a span of two years, his government took more than 320 decisions.
In Orissa, all the Ministers of the State hoisted National flag in different districts on the occasion of Independence Day. In view of prediction of heavy rain and thundershower over most places of state the contingent of parade was limited within Police and Para-military forces.
The Ministers have described the development and welfare majors taken by the State government in their speeches.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar unfurling tri-colour at Gandhi Maidan in Patna said the government will not compromise with corruption and law and order. He said his government is committed to rule of law.
Addressing the gathering the Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Devendra Kumar Joshi said in Port Blair that in the recent years the Islands have made rapid progress towards creation of basic infrastructure facilities and economic and social development.
He said, major developmental project will be executed with the co-operation of Niti Aayog in the sectors like tourism.
The Lt. Governor said that to improve connectivity the work for laying under sea cable has been awarded and is expected to be completed in twenty-four months time.
Punjab, Haryana and their joint capital Chandigarh today celebrated the Independence Day amid tight security arrangements.
Patriotic fervour and gaiety marked the occasion across the two states and the Union territory as flag hoisting ceremonies were held at district headquarters, educational institutes and other places.
Freedom fighters, who played a vital role in the struggle for independence, were remembered on the occasion.
In Assam, Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal unfurled the tri-colour at Khanapara in Guwahati. In his speech, the Chief Minister said that government is committed to ensure that no genuine citizens is left out from the NRC. He said that government is also keeping eye that no illegal citizens is included in the NRC list.
The Chief Minister expressed gratitude to 55 thousand state government employees for their dedication for the NRC updation process. Mr. Sonowal hoped that Indo- Bangladesh border to be sealed soon. He said fight against corruption would be continued in Assam.
Independence day celebrated with much fanfare in Himachal Pradesh. The state level function was held at Indora in Kangra district where Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur unfurled national flag and took salute of the parade.
In Uttar Pradesh, On Independence day Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath appealed to the people of state to join the Prime Minister’s new India mission. A huge plantation drive is on in State in which over 9 crore sapling will be planted today.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh unfurled the national flag at Raipur and said, with the support of the Central Government, the decisive battle against Naxalism in Chhattisgarh is continuing to be a success.
Chief Minister said that the government has taken all possible measures to increase the number of security forces, quality and firepower.
In Nagaland main celebration of Independence Day was held at Secretariat Plaza in Kohima with Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio unfurling the tri-colour and taking salute from 24 marching contingents.
The major attraction of the celebration was the participation of 9th IRB Mahila Battalion Manipur Police and dance display by Nagaland Adolescent Girls Club, besides cultural performance by different Naga tribes.
In his address, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said India has emerged as a vibrant republic and is among the fastest growing economies of the world. Rio said that with Indian economy blooming, Nagaland can be equal and proud partner in India’s growth story.
He emphasized on the need to have lasting peace and conducive environment for investors without compromising on the history, customs and culture of the Nagas.
Independence Day is being celebrated across Goa today. At the main state-level function held in Panaji this morning, speaker of the Goa legislative assembly Pramod Sawant unfurled the national flag, took the salute and reviewed the parade.
He was the chief guest at the programme in the absence of chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently in the US for a health check-up.
Addressing the people of Goa on behalf of Mr Parrikar, Mr Sawant said, Goa is leaping ahead under the visionary guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He said, several infrastructure projects including bridges, highways and airport are currently being implemented in Goa. He added that the state government’s recently launched IT policy intends to make Goa an IT hub.
Mr Sawant said that Goa government is focused on self employment in many areas including IT, agriculture and start-ups. He urged citizens to make plastic free and said a clean Goa is the dream of the state government.
Minister of state (independent charge) for Ayush Shripad Naik and Goa housing minister Jayesh Salgaonkar were also present at the occasion. In a recorded message, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government for the state’s progress.
Mr Parrikar thanked the central government for its financial assistance in launching several infrastructure projects including the bridges over the Mandovi and Zuari rivers; national highway projects; and the Mopa airport.
In Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today unfurled national flag at district town Surendranagar in state-level ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rupani announced that Vanod village in Surendranagar district will get a new industrial estate over 350-hectare land.
He said the new industrial estate will benefit entire Gujarat.
The CM said that fourth phase of Gujarat government’s ‘Seva Setu’ drive will begin on August 24 in which government officials will visit clusters of villages to solve the pending issues of people.
He further announced that the government will release 85 prisoners who are in jails.