PM to dedicate ‘Ayushman Bharat Yojna’ from Bijapur today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Apr 2018 09:10:18


Staff Reporter,


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be dedicating the ‘Ayushman Bharat Yojna’ to the nation from Jaangla in Bijapur on Saturday. This will be his fourth visit to Chhattisgarh as Prime Minister and second visit to Bastar region.The Prime Minister will be landing at Jagdalpur at 11 am and will proceed to Jaangla in Bijapur by helicopter. The visit is approximately of two and half hours. The Prime Minister will be dedicating Bhanupratappur Railway Station and flag-off train service between Bhanupratappur to Dalli Rajhara from there. Apart from these, the Prime Minister will be dedicating first phase of ambitious Bastar Net Project, roads and bridges constructed at a cost of Rs 1,043 crore under ‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna’, two bridges over river Indravati and river Darbha at Mingachal, ‘Nal-Jal Yojna’ in Bijapur, 735 kms long roads constructed at a cost of Rs 658 crore and bank branches and ATMs in Bastar divisions.

The Prime Minister will be launching the ambitious ‘Ayushman Bharat Yojna’ from Chhattisgarh in Bijapur district through video conferencing. During his visit to Bijapur on April 14, the Prime Minister will be dedicating ‘Sankalp Sthal’, built in memory of Martyrs who laid down their lives fighting Left Wing Extremism. The Prime Minister will also handover the keys of houses built under Prime Minister Housing Scheme to 100 beneficiaries and will distribute residential lease-deeds to 100 beneficiaries. During his visit to Bijapur, the Prime Minister will also dedicate development works worth Rs 150 crore.

Under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme, two initiatives will be launched. The scheme has been aimed at making path breaking interventions to address health holistically, in primary, secondary and tertiary care systems, covering both prevention and health promotion. Under this scheme, 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres will bring health care system closer to the homes of people. These centres will provide comprehensive health care, including for non-communicable diseases and maternal and child health services. These centres will also provide free essential drugs and diagnostic services.

The second flagship programme under Ayushman Bharat is National Health Protection Scheme, which will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage upto Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation. This will be the world’s largest government funded health care programme. These two health sector initiatives under Ayushman Bharat Programme will build a New India 2022 and ensure enhanced productivity, well being and avert wage loss and impoverishment. These schemes will also generate lakhs of jobs, particularly for women.

The leaders who will grace the occasion are Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda, Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, MP Dinesh Kashyap, Ministers Ajay Chandrakar, Brijmohan Agrawal, Kedar Kashyap, Punnulal Mohle, Prem Prakash Pandey, Rajesh Munat, Ramsheela Sahu, Ramsewak Paikra, Bhaiyyalal Rajwade, Mahesh Gagda, Dayaldas Baghel apart from BJP State President Dharamlal Kaushik and senior party office-bearers.  Keeping in view that the area where the programme is being held is LWE-infested, elaborate security arrangements have been made in order to avoid any kind of untoward incidents. Keeping into count the threats issued by Maoists, the state and central police administration have thrown a wide security cover in the ground and in air to ensure the programme is conducted without any hindrance. 

Modi to visit ‘model panchayat’ Jaangla

The Hitavada State Bureau,


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Jaangla in Bijapur on Saturday, situated in a panchayat that has emerged as a model panchayat, where he would be interacting with people, local ‘Champions of Change’ including officials of the district administration, who despite all odds and being at the epicenter of Left Wing Extremism have performed very well, especially post the launch of Aspirational District programme on January 5, 2018. The Prime Minister would also launch Health and Wellness Centre under the Ayushman Bharat Programme in this panchayat. With this, on April 14, from Bijapur district, the nation will take a historic leap by creating a strong primary healthcare foundation reaching the very doorsteps of communities, leading the way for a robust health system. It may be mentioned that the Ayushman Bharat has twin missions. First, creating a network of health and wellness centres to deliver comprehensive primary healthcare close to the community, and second, providing insurance cover to 40 per cent of India’s population, that is most deprived, for secondary and tertiary care including for instance, hospitalisation costs.

Bijapur despite being affected with Left Wing Extremism, it represents a community full of aspirations of a youthful nation. In a short span of time, it has made spectacular progress in health, nutrition, education and creation of livelihood opportunities. Difficult places require innovative solutions and this district, which has ranked among the top 5 performing districts on the basis of percent change in key indicators, has taken series of innovative measures. This has been achieved on the back of best practices such as the creation of a well-functioning hospital with doctors recruited on competitive salaries from different parts of the country by utilising the flexibility provided under the National Health Mission, running of schools for LWE-affected children in portable cabins and various measures to improve livelihood opportunities. These measures amply demonstrate the spirit of cooperative federalism wherein if the Centre, State and District administration work as a team, rapid transformation for creation of a New India by 2022 is an achievable.

The Aspirational District programme is an innovation in governance that covers about 15% of India’s population and is reflective of the priority of the Government to provide for the poorest of poor. The initiative was taken keeping in view the urgent requirement for enhancement of the Human Development Index and the reduction in the significant inter-state and inter-district variations in development.There are three core aspects that frame the structure of the programme- Convergence (of Central and State Schemes), Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers and District Collectors), and Competition among districts.

Driven primarily by the States and instituted for the States, this initiative focuses on the strength of each district, and identifies the attainable outcomes for immediate improvement, while measuring progress, and ranking the selected districts. It was decided that the baseline ranking for the 115 aspirational districts is based on 49 indicators across five sectors that includes health and nutrition (30% weightage) through 13 indicators, education (30%) through 8 indicators, agriculture and water resources (20%) through 10 indicators, financial inclusion and skill development (10%) through 10 indicators, and basic infrastructure (10%) through 7 indicators. As of April 1, 2018 districts have started entering data. To help evaluate  progress and the success of initiatives introduced by the Central Government in collaboration with the States, a delta ranking of these districts will be displayed every month from May 2018 on the dashboard based on the “incremental progress” to be monitored on a real-time basis.