The prime minister 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”, the Prime Minister said.
While interacting with a cancer patient Ramesh Lal from Jammu, who is a beneficiary of the scheme, during the launch, PM Modi said: “Ayushman Bharat has made your life ‘ayushman’. I urge you to tell everyone you meet about this scheme and its benefits.”
Union Home Minister 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.