Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan recently announced the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) scheme would be made available in 100 cities by 2022.
As per the official data till 2014 the CGHS services, initiated in 1954 from Gol Market in Delhi had reached only 25 cities.
Since NDA taking reins in 2014, the scheme has been extended to as many as 71 cities, he said.
“The progress that we have achieved under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be clearly seen. We are aggressively witnessing reforms in every area of the health sector,” Vardhan said after inaugurating a state-of-the-art CGHS Bhawan at Sector 13 in R K Puram in New Delhi.
The Union minister also launched the annual health check-up scheme for CGHS beneficiaries, who are pensioners of the age of 75 years and above.
“CGHS services should be made available in 100 cities by 2022, when the prime minister also wishes to deliver a New India to all citizens,” Vardhan said.
The new bhawan is the CGHS’s headquarters and houses the administrative section, the CGHS Card section, and a state-of-the-art wellness centre.
“The scheme has the potential of becoming one of the best in the world. I wish to have an internal brainstorming session among senior CGHS doctors to evaluate the possibilities of further improvement of the scheme, for strengthening the transparency and adding further reforms” the minister said.