PM Narendra Modi launches 'Ayushman Bharat' - Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday rolled out an ambitious Ayushman Bharat scheme that aims to provide a Rs 5 lakh insurance to over 50 crore Indians.
The scheme has been touted a world's largest healthcare programme ever announced till date.
"People are calling the scheme Modicare, and by other names, but for me, it is an opportunity to serve the poor. This scheme that comes into effect from Sunday, is the world’s biggest health assurance scheme and will be a game changer," said Modi.
"The number of beneficiaries of this scheme is roughly equal to the population of the European Union, or the population of America, Canada and Mexico, taken together." The PM added that it will be a case study for countries across the world.
Recalling his slogan, Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that the policy is for all and free from communal or caste lines.
"The programme will not differentiate between people, based on religion, caste, location. The poor of my country must get all facilities that the rich enjoy."