Droupadi Murmu commends India’s healthcare achievements in parliamentary address, Health News, ET HealthWorld
New Delhi: Draupadi Murmuthe President of India illuminated the advancements in healthcare delivery and subsequent welfare policy that aided the Indian population’s access to affordable healthcare and basic necessities that enhance personal health, during her parliamentary address. Notifying both houses of the parliament about the achievements and milestones that India has achieved under her tenure from 2014 to 2022, Murmu motivated the members of the parliament, and the masses at large to perform their part in advancing India during the Amrit Kaal of 25 years. , which is the period of the golden centenary of independence and the making of a developed India.
Commending the ruling government, she highlighted how its collective efforts enabled the country to deal with the biggest calamity in 100 years and the complications that arose thereafter, highlighting that India is in a much better position compared to other countries that are still plagued by the repercussions from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Praise the pharmaceutical industries of India, the President notified that within the last two years, India has administered more than 220 crore vaccine doses. She said, “While India is taking its ancient methods like Yoga and Ayurveda to the whole world, on the other hand, it is also strengthening the country’s new identity as the Pharmacy of the World.” This achievement can also be attributed to the Make in India and the Atmanirbhar Bharat campaigns, which directly catapulted India’s manufacturing capacity, playing a major role in placing India center stage in the global healthcare industry.
To strengthen India’s healthcare system, Droupadi Murmu pointed out in her address the multiple avenues that the government has attributed focus and effort to including alleviating the financial burden from communities stricken with poverty. She said, “A major cause of poverty is illness. A serious ailment completely shatters the morale of a poor family, leaving generations in debt. To free the poor from this worry, a nationwide Ayushman Bharat Yojana waslaunched. Under this scheme, more than 50 crore countrymen have been provided with the facility of free treatment. The Ayushman Bharat Yojana has saved crores of poor from becoming poorer, preventing them from spending Rupees 80,000 crore. Today medicines are being made available at very low cost in about 9,000 Jan Aushadhi Kendras spread across the country. As a result, about 20,000 crore rupees of the poor have been saved in the past few years. That is, from Ayushman Bharat and Jan Aushadhi schemes alone, the countrymen have got assistance worth Rupees one lakh crore.”
Droupadi Murmu also highlighted that to further aid the poor, the government undertook various initiatives to improve their access to basic necessities. These initiatives could allow for equitable access to fundamental necessities which could lead to an overall improvement in their quality of life and boost immunity. Some of these initiatives that she singled out were: The Jal Jeevan Mission under which about 11 crore families have been covered with piped water supply; the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana under which the government has spent about 3.5 lakh crore rupees for free food grains to the poor; the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign which directly led to improved health of women; the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan and the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana succeeded in saving the lives of both mother and child; the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan under which separate toilets were constructed for girls in government schools and sanitary pads were provided to school girls, enabling improved hygiene and reducing the risk of infections or diseases; and the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana under which the network of rural roads was increased to more than 7 lakh km by 2021-22, which is proven by organizations like the world Bank to have had a very positive impact on employment, agriculture, education and To install health in villages.
The President then notified both the houses that in India, almost one medical college has come up every month in the last eight to nine years. Talking about social infrastructure, she relayed that more than 260 medical colleges have been opened under her tenure from 2014 to 2022. The number of graduate and postgraduate seats for medical students has also doubled in the country.
Murmu also brought focus to the government’s initiatives for ensuring a greener India, which can dramatically decrease pollution levels in India, a debilitating public health concern that has crippled the Indian population and healthcare delivery systems in the country. “Reducing pollution in our cities is our top priority. Therefore, work is underway on a very large scale for electric mobility. Under the FAME scheme, more than 7,000 electric buses are being added to public transport by the central government in many cities of the country, including the capital city of Delhi. In the last eight years, the metro network in the country has increased more than 3 times. Today, metro projects are underway in 27 cities,” she said.
“The government has increased the solar power capacity by almost 20 times in the last eight years. Today, India ranks fourth in the world in renewable energy capacity. The country has already achieved the target of making 40 per cent of its electricity generation capacity from non-fossil fuel sources, nine years ahead of the target,” added Murmu.
President Droupadi Murmu concluded his address by laying focus on India’s G20 presidency in the year 2023-24, which will be a tremendous catalyst in India’s exponential advancement. With a significant focus on healthcare, G20 could prove to be a lucrative opportunity to showcase India’s potential and culture on a global scale, through the efforts of the entire country.