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Ayushman Bharat Yojana to bring 'paradigm shift' in health sector: Modi

Press Trust of India  |  Itanagar 

today said the Centre is taking up the Ayushman Bharat Yojana on mission mode to provide quality and affordable health care to nearly 50 crore people across the country.

He said the scheme, billed as the world's largest government-funded health care programme, is a path-breaking initiative and would bring a "paradigm shift" in the health sector.

Modi was addressing a public rally at the Indira Gandhi Park in this capital after laying the foundation stone of the & Medical Science.

"The scale of this scheme is un-parallelled and it will bring a paradigm shift in our health sector. It is time to give a health care system that makes quality treatment affordable within a limit of Rs 5 lakh per family," he said.

Modi asked the to frame a new health policy and work to attract private investments in the sector.

The health care programme was announced by in his Budget for 2018-19.

Clad in traditional tribal attire, Modi also announced that the New Delhi-Naharlagun Express would now be called "Arunachal Express". The frequency of the train, connecting the national capital to the state, would also be increased from one to two days a week.

The train, he said, will connect the "people of the state with mainland India".

Referring to the BJP-led NDA government's crusade against corruption, Modi said the government has been able to curb corruption through the (DBT) scheme.

"The Centre has saved Rs 54,000 crore through Aadhaar-enabled direct benefit transfer of about 400 government schemes," he added.

The also dedicated the to the people of the state and unveiled the plaque of the State Convention Centre before leaving for poll-bound Tripura, where he will address campaign rallies.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 14:05 IST