25 March, New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said, an extensive exercise on agricultural reforms is being undertaken across the country to ensure that the farmers get a fair price for their crop.
Sharing his thoughts in the 42nd edition of his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio, Modi said, Government is connecting local village mandis to wholesale markets and subsequently with the global market. He said, 22,000 rural haats in the country will be upgraded by creating the necessary infrastructure.
Modi said, India has now moved ahead from the conventional approach in the health sector. All departments and ministries are working together for Swasth Bharat and stress is being laid on affordable health along with preventive health. Extensive work is also going on to set up Health Wellness Centres across the country. Sanitation coverage has almost doubled and risen to around 80 percent.
Referring to Ayushman Bharat Yojana, Modi said, government and insurance companies will jointly provide 5 lakh rupees for treatment to about 10 crore families. Modi appealed to the listeners of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme to provide information about Jan Aushadhi Kendras to the needy ones as it will cut their expense on medicines. He said, the cost of heart stent for heart patients has been reduced to 85 per cent and knee implants cost has also been regulated and reduced by 50 per cent to 70 per cent.
Modi also said, a target has been fixed to make the country TB-free by 2025 and sought people’s co-operation to create awareness on it. He also called upon the youth to start a Fit India Movement. Modi said, Yoga has attained worldwide recognition as a measure of preventive health care and has now become a mass movement.
The Prime Minister asserted that India has emerged as a bright spot in the global economy and the whole world is looking at India as a hub for investment, innovation and development.
Modi also remembered the architect of the Constitution Dr B R Ambedkar whose birth anniversary is on the 14th of next month. He said, the campaign of Make in India is progressing successfully in consonance with Dr. Ambedkar’s dream of India as an industrial super power.
The Prime Minister said, the Centre has adopted co-operative federalism in all aspects of governance and going one step further adopting competitive cooperative federalism. Modi asked people to send suggestions on MyGov open forum for 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi which will begin this year. The Prime Minister extended his best wishes to the people on the forthcoming festive season.