PM Modi launches wellness project in Maoist area

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The News:

  • PM Narendra Modi has flagged off the much-anticipated Ayushman Bharat scheme.
  • He also flagged off the first passenger train in the heart of Maoist-affected territory in Chhattisgarh.


  • This is the first time that any Prime Minister has visited a remote, insurgency-affected region .
  • Ayushman Yojana is a game-changing health initiative, aimed at creating facilities to treat a host of communicable and non-communicable diseases, mainly in rural areas. These centres will function like family doctors for people in villages.
  • He launched India’s first wellness centre under Ayushman Bharat at Bijapur, Chattisgarh.
  • PM Modi also flagged off a train on newly-built 17-km tracks between Gudum and Bhanupratappur. The tracks link north Bastar to the railway map.


About Ayushman Bharat

  • Ayushman Bharat scheme is aimed at interventions to address health holistically, in primary, secondary and tertiary care systems, covering both prevention and health promotion.
  • Two major components of Ayushman Bharat are:
  1. Health and Wellness Centre
  • The National Health Policy, 2017 had envisioned Health and Wellness Centres.
  • Under this, 1.5 lakh centres will bring health care system closer to the homes of people.
  • These centres will cater to non-communicable diseases and maternal and child health services.
  • They will also provide free essential drugs and diagnostic services.
  • The scheme aims to transform sub-centres and primary health care centres into health and wellness centres where facilities such as teleconsultation would be provided.
  • The 2018-19 Budget has allocated Rs.1200 crore for this flagship programme.
  • Contribution of private sector through CSR and philanthropic institutions in adopting these centres is also envisaged.
  1. NationalHealth Protection Scheme:-
  • It will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries)
  • It provides coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.
  • This will be the world’s largest government funded health care programme.

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