Days after being awarded the first Philip Kotler award for his leadership, Narendra Modi Government on Thursday added another feather to its list of feats when its flagship programme Ayushman Bharat was appreciated by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
“Congratulations to the Indian government on the first 100 days of @AyushmanNHA. It’s great to see how many people have been reached by the program so far. @PMOIndia”, Gates tweeted on the occasion of completion of first 100 days of the Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
His tweet came in response to Union Health Minister J P Nadda’s tweet: “In just first 100 days of #AyushmanBharat, 685000 beneficiaries availed free health care & the number is rising rapidly.”
The appreciation holds significance months ahead of parliamentary elections for the Modi Government which seeks to create a major impact on the people at large with its medical insurance scheme, meant to serve millions of urban poor.
Gates also congratulated the Government for providing healthcare benefits to 6.85 lakh people in such a short span of time.
In May 2018, Gates had advocated the Aadhaar scheme, saying the Aadhaar technology does not pose any privacy issue.
He also appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for fully “embracing” the scheme, which was initiated during the previous UPA regime.
On January 13 this year, Director General of World Intellectual Property Organisation Francis Gurry praised the Centre’s health scheme Ayushman Bharat and congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on its success.
On January 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley termed Ayushman Bharat a “game changer” in healthcare and said on an average 5,000 claims are being settled every day since its rollout on September 23, 2018.
The total number of hospitals covered by this scheme is 16,000. More than 50 percent of the implementing hospitals are in the private sector.
The Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana aims to provide a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10.74 crore poor families.
In 2014, Gates had praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on building more toilets in the country.