Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during the launch of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) SEHAT scheme for all the residents of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, said the J&K people voted for strengthening democracy during the recently held DDC polls in J&K.
Ensuring top quality healthcare for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. https://t.co/RdKKRo33lhNarendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 26, 2020
He congratulated the J&K people for participating in the elections and voting for the UT's development. "There was a time, we were a part of the Jammu and Kashmir government but we broke the alliance. Our issue was that panchayat elections should be held and people be given their due rights to choose their representatives," he said during a video-conferencing.
The PM said even after the Supreme Court directed that Panchayati and municipal elections should be conducted in Puducherry, the elections are not being conducted there. "Those who keep on teaching me lessons on democracy are the ones who are running their govt there," he said.
He also spoke with beneficiaries of Centre's Ayushman Bharat Yojana. Ramesh Lal, a cancer patient from Jammu, said all five members of his family have Ayushman Bharat Golden Card, reported ANI. "Ayushman Bharat has made your life 'ayushman'. I urge you to tell everyone you meet about this scheme and its benefits," the PM said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today launch Ayushman Bharat 'PM-JAY SEHAT' scheme for the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir https://t.co/SvYVmxsB9MANI (@ANI) December 26, 2020
Speaking at the scheme launch event, Home Minister Amit Shah said nearly 229 government hospitals and 35 private hospitals have been listed under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. "Under this scheme, people of J&K will be able to avail free medical facilities up to Rs 5 lakh, said Shah.
J&K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha in Jammu told the PM that over 10 lakh J&K farmers have received financial help under PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme. "We are ready for COVID-19 vaccination. When a vaccine is available, we will be able to inoculate the identified persons," said Sinha. He also thanked the people of J&K for their participation in the DDC elections concluded recently. The elected DDC members will take oath on 28th December, he said.
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