On the occasion of India's 72nd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort spoke at length about the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Abhiyaan.
In the year 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, with the vision of a clean India. He remembered that at the time of the launch, there were several who mocked this campaign saying that the government has better jobs to look after. However, recently the WHO (World Health Organisation) said that with the Swachh Bharat campaign, India saved the lives of three lakh children.
“A few days ago, the WHO said that with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, India has saved the lives of three lakh children and which Indian would not like to be a part of such a campaign that saves lives. Saving lives is an ode to humanity,” he said.
October 2, 2018, will mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Talking about Gandhi, Modi said, “In his lifetime, Mahatma Gandhi gave more importance to cleanliness than India’s freedom.” PM Modi said that just like India got freedom through satyagrahis, we will get cleanliness from ‘swachhagrahis’.
Stressing on the importance of good health, he said that every individual should receive proper medication. For this, the government has launched the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Abhiyaan.
“Under this scheme, 10 crore families that is 50 crore people, including families from lower, middle and upper middle class will be receiving Rs 5 lakhs as an annual health insurance cover,” he said.
For better transparency, the scheme is technology driven and will begin testing for the same from Wednesday, August 15. He said that the scheme will be launched on September 25, 2018, on the occasion of Deendayal Upadhyaya's birth anniversary.
Talking about the expected result of the Abhiyaan he said, “The poor would not have to deal with troubles caused due to unstable health and they will not have to take money from money-lenders. This will also bring employment opportunities to the youth in the field of health, with more and more hospitals opening in tier two and three cities”
Talking about the poverty in the country, he said that according to an International report, around five crore poverty-stricken citizens have been removed from the below poverty line status.