Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in two major events today, reports have said. One, the inauguration of Sikkim’s first and India’s 100th airport. And two, the launch of the world largest healthcare scheme - Ayushman Bharat.
Located 30 km from Gangtok, the airport will boost Sikkim’s economy by making the state more accessible for tourists. Currently, tourists headed for Gangtok by air fly to Bagdogra and travel for more than four hours by road to reach the city.
When the first commercial plane lands on the airport, it will become the 100th operational airport in the country. According to a news report, SpiceJet has been granted permission to fly to the airport from Kolkata under the Civil Aviation Ministry’s regional connectivity scheme Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik. On 11 March, a 78-seater Spicejet test flight landed at the airport for the first time.
A 19-seater Dornier 228 aircraft of the Indian Air Force had made a successful landing at the airport in Sikkim on 6 March this year.
Modi will also travel to Ranchi for the launch of Ayushman Bharat. The scheme, being touted as the world’s largest, aims to cover over 10 crore families (50 crore beneficiaries) and provide health cover up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year.
Ahead of the country-wide roll-out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme, the Center has started its outreach programme. Orders have been issued to the states to start informing people visiting hospitals about the scheme to create awareness about what it offers.
The government has already started the pilot run of the scheme in Chhattisgarh. According to Dinesh Arora, deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ayushman Bharat, personalised beneficiary letters from the Prime Minister with family cards for the scheme were distributed to some people in Rathu block in Ranchi on Wednesday. According to the Business Standard, the government has started the pilot run of the scheme in 1,033 hospitals across the state.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.