CHHAPRA: Highlighting the works done in the past four years by the NDA government at the centre and its ‘no-corruption’ track record, state health minister Mangal Pandey on Wednesday said it has introduced a number of reforms that have been widely appreciated by the people of the country including Swachch Bharat mission, demonetisation, implementation of goods and services tax (GST), Ujjwala Yojna, among others.
Talking to the media persons at Chhapra circuit house, Pandey said a large number of people have been benefitted with the health schemes of both the central and the state government.
“Both Narendra Modi and chief minister Nitish Kumar in Bihar have added new chapters in the health sector. With a view to building a ‘fit and healthy India,’ the centre has undertaken various efforts to reach out to the poor and needy. PM Modi’s ‘Ayushman Bharat’ is a huge step towards realising this goal which aims to provide Rs 5 lakh medical coverage to an underprivileged family for a year. Apart from this, five lakh health and wellness centres would be set-up, and primary health centres would be upgraded. Cost of life-saving medicines and cost of treatment too have been reduced with the interference of the central government,” said the minister.
“Life style of around 22 crore poor people in the country has improved in the last four years. Around 35 crore people have opened their bank accounts under Jan-Dhan Yojna and 1,8,500 villages have been electrified and the rest will be electrified by 2022. The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana has made women self-reliant, and triggered social transformation as free cooking gas connections were provided to poor families.,” said Pandey.
Asserting that BJP’s return to power in 2019 is “not a challenge but a certainty”, the health minister today projected the next Lok Sabha polls as a contest between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to “remove corruption and poverty” and the opposition’s single-point agenda of defeating him.