- In a joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha ahead of the budget session, President Ram Nath Kovind said, 800 types of medicines are being given to the poor at cheaper rates through ‘Prime Minister’s Pharmaceuticals’ centres. The number of these centres has reached 3,000Under the ‘Deendayal Amrut Yojana’, over 5200 lifesaving branded medicines and surgical implants are being provided through 111 outlets at discounts ranging from 60% to 90%.
- New ‘National Health Policy’ has been formulated for providing better and affordable healthcare facilities to the poor and middle class.
- In addition, under the ‘National AYUSH Mission’, traditional methods of treatment, such as, Yoga and Ayurveda are being promoted.
- It is mandatory for every poor to get enough food to make effective the purpose of the law. Under the National Food Security Act, the provision of giving food grains at affordable rates to all states of the country is being made transparent and leakage proof.
As per President Ram Nath Kovind, “Through the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi’ Kendras, 800 different medicines are being made available to the poor people at affordable rates. More than 3 thousand such kendras have been established in the country.”
He further said,“The government has also taken a big step by amending the Maternity Benefit Act. It now provides for 26 weeks of paid leave in place of 12 weeks. Working women will now be able to devote more time towards their new-born children during their crucial formative years.”