Nitish Kicks off PM's 'ModiCare' in Bihar; Promises Utmost Transparency

Nitish Kumar and other NDA leaders launching PM Modi's 'Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana' scheme at a function at Gyan Bhawan in Patna.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday, amid much fanfare, launched Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious health care plan known as 'Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (ABPMJAY)' at a function at Gyan Bhawan in Patna in the presence of Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon and a host of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal – U leaders.

Today's event was designed to coincide with the much bigger event in Ranchi where Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself launched the scheme that purports to cover millions of people across the nation under a health insurance program that will provide up to Rs. 5 lakh each year to a family while allowing them to receive treatment in even private hospitals.

Describing the scheme as 'the best program ever for the poor families, Kumar said that his government would implement the program down to the letter and with complete transparency.

The Chief Minister congratulated the Prime Minister for having the vision for such a scheme that he said was the largest government program ever for the benefit of the poor and downtrodden who had no safety net when it came to health care.

"Already more than 400 private and government hospitals in Bihar have been connected to this scheme and we will continue to monitor its implementation to ensure it does not lead to any financial irregularities as has been the case in the past in some other government schemes," he said.

Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon, in his address, showered praise on the Prime Minister saying the launch of this program was 'historical' and Narendra Modi, once again, had proved that he does what he says.

"First time in the Indian history, we have a Prime Minister who does what he says he is planning to do. We have not seen anything like this that was designed from the get go to bring social equality in the nation. It will benefit many people who have never seen Rs. 5 lakh in their entire life," he said.

Tandon, a longtime BJP member and activist, also spoke kindly about Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying while he remains a popular leader, he considered him a 'man deeply committed to his work'.

Others who also spoke on the occasion included Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, and Ram Kripal Yadav; Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chowdhary, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey, Bihar Legislative Council officialting chairperson Haroon Rashid and Bihar Health Department Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar.

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