Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Sep 2018 11:10:31



THE response of 27 states and Union Territories to the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY) is laudable. To be launched by the Prime Minister on September 23 and coming into actual effect from September 25, the project could be a gamechanger for over 10 crore poor and middle class people as far as healthcare is concerned. The proposed Rs. 5 lakh worth of insurance cover per family would ensure that none of the needy families would suffer on account of healthcare for want of financial support.

Since healthcare has become very expensive, especially in private sector, this kind of financial support was the dire need for the suffering poor and middle class families. According to latest indications, the response to ambitious programme is equally good from both state healthcare facilities and private sector. That should give much needed boost to the mission. Since Independence this is one of the biggest healthcare programmes in the country. For it to succeed there is need for involvement of all sections of the society, including corporates.



UNION Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley should never have called Congress President Mr. Rahul Gandhi a ‘clown prince’, no matter what Mr. Gandhi has talked about Rafale deal or anything else. In plebiscitary politics, such epithets may be treated as acceptable. Yet, when a man as important as Mr. Jaitley calls Mr. Gandhi a ‘clown prince’, he only sanctifies any such monikers. This may sound good to popular ears, but it is not a decent thing to indulge in in a democratic situation.

For, once such epithets start flying around, there would never be any limit to what people would say to others. That will achieve only one outcome -- spoiling the atmosphere in  senseless manner and beyond repair. Calling names to Mr. Rahul Gandhi has become a national pastime even on social media. And unfortunately, most such epithets are uncalled for in the long run. For, when he is called names, Mr. Gandhi and Congress also hit back equally senselessly and shamelessly. This must be avoided. And this is true for both sides.