National News-Daily Digest: 2 Key Updates
1. PM Narendra Modi to launch PMJAY in Jharkhand; 22 states ready
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) at a public rally in Jharkhand on September 23. However, of the 29 states on board, about 22 may see rollout of the scheme.
The decision on the launch venue has been taken keeping in mind the state of preparedness of the state and also a clear directive from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) that the event should not be held in one of the three poll-bound states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
PMJAY, announced in the Union Budget this year as the National Health Protection Mission, will provide an annual health cover of Rs 5 lakh to 10.74 crore families. In his Independence Day speech, Modi rechristened the scheme as Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan — since then the name has been changed again to PMJAY — and also said that the national rollout would happen on September 25. Modi also announced pilots in several districts.
PMJAY is the tertiary healthcare arm of the flagship health programme Ayushman Bharat. The preventive healthcare arm — with a target of setting up 1,53,000 health and wellness centres — was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi in Chhattisgarh in April. So far, about 2,200 of these centres have become functional.
2. PM Modi, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, CMs of West Bengal and Tripura, jointly dedicate three projects in Bangladesh
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, Chief Minister of West Bengal – Ms. Mamata Banerjee, and the Chief Minister of Tripura – Shri Biplab Kumar Deb inaugurated three projects in Bangladesh, via video conference.
External Affairs Minister of India, Ms. Sushma Swaraj, and the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, also joined the video conference from Delhi and Dhaka respectively.
These include: (a) 500 MW additional power supply from India to Bangladesh, through the existing Bheramara (Bangladesh) – Baharampur (India) interconnection. (b) Akhaura – Agartala Rail Link (c) Rehabilitation of the Kulaura-Shahbazpur section of Bangladesh Railways.