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Prime Minister meets the beneficiaries of PM-JAY Scheme in Jharkhand

Dr. Sangeeta Soi
Dr. Sangeeta Soi

Pradhan Mantri Jan ArogyaYojana (PM-JAY) aims to reduce the financial burden on poor and vulnerable groups arising out of catastrophic hospital episodes and ensure their access to quality health services. The scheme envisions health assurance of 5 lakh rupees per family per year, to benefit over 50 crore people, and is the world's biggest health assurance scheme. 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. 

Ayushman Bharat Yojana or Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) or National Health Protection Scheme or ModiCar is a centrally sponsored scheme launched in 2018, under the Ayushman Bharat Mission of MoHFW in India. The scheme aims at making interventions in primary, secondary and tertiary care systems, covering both preventive and promotive health, to address healthcare holistically. It is an umbrella of two major health initiatives namely, Health and Wellness centres and National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS). Indu Bhushan is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Dr Dinesh Arora is the Deputy CEO of Ayushman Bharat Yojana.  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Hazaribagh said that it is this land of Jharkhand that witnessed the launch of Ayushman Bharat Yojana that has benefitted lakhs of people across India including thousands from the state. Modi rolled out the Pradhan Mantri Jan ArogyaYojana-Ayushman Bharat from Ranchi on September 23, 2018, and termed it a “game-changer initiative to serve the poor“. 

Regarding the same Prime Minister visited Ranchi in Jharkhand on 17 February 2019. There he interacted with select beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat Yojana. Governor of Jharkhand Ms Draupadi Murmu and CM of Jharkhand Shri Raghuvar Das was also present on the occasion. 

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