Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the fifth and the last Independence Day speech of his current term as the Prime Minister from the Red Fort on Wednesday. The speech for the first time was streamed live on Google and YouTube.
In his last Independence Day address, PM Modi announced the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan (Ayushman Bharat) and said the government's flagship scheme will be launched on September 25, on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.
"The healthcare initiatives of the government will have a positive impact on 500 million Indians," he said.
"It is essential to ensure that we free the poor of India from the clutches of poverty due to which they cannot afford healthcare."
The ambitious Ayushman Bharat-National
Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) aims to provide a coverage of Rs 500,000 per family annually, benefiting more than 100 million poor families.
According to a Business Standard
report, the nationwide rollout will have to wait as only six states - Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Haryana, Gujarat, West Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh - are currently on board for the pilot launch.