National Health Protection Mission: PM Narendra Modi to roll out Ayushman Bharat on September 23 from Jharkhand

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will roll out the Centres flagship Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission from Jharkhand on September 23, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said on Thursday. At the flagging-off ceremony of battery-operated bus services at AIIMS here, he said whatever budget is required to implement the Ayushman Bharat programme will be allotted by the government as it is committed to provide affordable healthcare to the people. The ambitious Ayushman Bharat scheme, touted as the worlds largest healthcare scheme, aims to provide a coverage of Rs five lakh a family annually, benefiting more than 10 crore poor families. Nadda flagged off the buses after MoUs were exchanged between the AIIMS director and INDIA TV chairman. Ten battery-operated buses were donated to AIIMS by INDIA TV as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative. Maintenance of these buses, including salary of the drivers and other support staff, for two years will be entirely borne by INDIA TV and the same can be renewed further. These buses will be used for intramural campus transport of visiting patients, patients attendants and also for AIIMS staff.