The right-wing talking heads have put the cost of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's financial inclusion plan at over Rs 100,000 crore. In his maiden Independence Day address to the nation, Modi announced that every household will be brought under banking net and they will also be given an insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh.
Ayushman Bharat or Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) completed one year on 23 September 2019. A game-changer initiative with technology at the core has led to medical services accessible to poor of India at the same time augmenting healthcare facilities and capacities and giving rise to an ecosystem around emerging business opportunities particularly in the HealthTech sector. A first of its kind national scheme, which is end-to-end technology enabled has brought all stakeholders onto a single platform. How the learning can be replicated in other government schemes? What makes the scheme to deliver? What are the ensuing business opportunities being created? And so on... writes Gyanendra Keshari
Far-fetched promises have been made by the successive governments and major political parties to eliminate poverty, end social and gender discrimination and make the society more inclusive. This is the election season and tall promises are made again. Most of the promises related to inclusion have been repeated election-after-election. But the millions of people are left at the margins even after over 70 years of independence, says Gyanendra Keshri