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Indian PM Modi launches health insurance scheme for J&K residents

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme (Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY SEHAT) for the residents of Jammu and Kashmir, via video conferencing.
Talking about the Jammu and Kashmir Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY SEHAT scheme, PM Modi said that getting free treatment up to 5 lakh rupees under this scheme would improve the ease of living.
“About 6 lakh families of the state are getting the benefit of Ayushman Bharat Scheme. All 21 lakh families will now get the same benefits after the SEHAT scheme,” he said.
PM Modi further said that another benefit of this scheme would be that treatment is not limited to government and private hospitals in Jammu and Kashmir only. “Rather, treatment can be availed from thousands of hospitals empanelled under this scheme in the country.”
PM Modi termed the extension of the coverage of Ayushman Yojna to all the residents as “historic” and expressed happiness seeing Jammu and Kashmir take these steps for the development of its people.
PM Modi said that the development of the people of Jammu and Kashmir was 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”, he said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha also participated in the virtual event.
Amit Shah said that PM Modi wishes to see speedy development in Jammu and Kashmir and improvement in the standard of living of people. He presses that democracy should reach the grassroots levels and wishes peace and security for people of the state.
“Nearly 229 govt hospitals and 35 private hospitals have been listed under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. Under this scheme, people of Jammu and Kashmir will be able to avail free medical facilities up to Rs 5 lakh,” Shah said.
Commenting on the recently held DDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir, PM Modi said, Jammu and Kashmir has won Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of ‘gram swaraj’.
“The people of Jammu and Kashmir have voted for strengthening democracy in the state. People of all walks of life came out and voted for development in DDC elections,” he said.

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