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Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that “India is not hungry for any post” at any of the international platforms.

Addressing the valedictory session of the international conference on ‘Yoga for Holistic Health’ here, the home minister said India, being the birth place of Yoga, never wanted to become a world leader in propagating Yoga but wanted everyone in the world to live in good health and peace.

“India is not hungry for any post. India has always practiced ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ which says the world is one family,” he said.

Indian sages and saints always looked beyond welfare of the countrymen. They always propagated the idea that the entire world was one family and worked for the welfare of all.

Talking about India and the world observing International Day of Yoga on Sunday, the minister expressed happiness saying that the entire world was in a festive mood.

“There was a festive mood not only in India but all over the world. The entire world has practised Yoga, which doesn’t belong to one religion or caste,” he said, adding that the entire credit for making International Yoga Day a reality goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rajnath Singh also observed that Yoga does not separate people from each other as it does not belong to any particular religion.

“There are people who relate it to a particular religion but it is not the case… on International Day of Yoga even Islamic countries participated in functions to observe the day,” Rajnath Singh said.

On the occasion, the minister also launched a scheme for voluntary certification of Yoga professionals, recognising that Quality Council of India (QCI) has expertise in developing such quality framework based on international best practices.

Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yasso Naik, and AYUSH Secretary Nilanjan Sanyal were among those who attended the programme.

 

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Modi also said the government has set a target to free India from tuberculosis by 2025

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  • In his latest ‘Mann Ki Baat’ Modi talks about health care
  • He presented stats of the healthcare sector
  • He talks about public awareness and development strategies

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the people to be more conscious about preventive health care because prevention was not only beneficial for a person but also for his or her family and society. Modi also said the government has set a target to free India from tuberculosis by 2025 and that the government and insurance companies will jointly provide Rs 5 lakh insurance cover to about 10 crore families per year.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of healthcare in his last Mann Ki Baat edition.

In his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, the Prime Minister said: “Preventive healthcare is the least costly and the easiest one as well. As much as we are conscious about preventive healthcare, it will be beneficial for the person, his family and society.” Modi also stressed on the need for sanitisation because “a healthy India is as vital as clean India”.

“I believe that healthy India and clean India are supplementary to each other. The country has moved ahead in the health sector with a conventional approach. Earlier, every health related work was the responsibility of the Union Health Ministry only. But in the current scenario, every department, state governments and other departments are working together for a healthy India.” He said the first necessity for a healthy life is cleanliness.

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“As all of us took up the responsibility, the result is that in the last four years or so, sanitation coverage has almost doubled and risen to around 80 per cent.”

Modi said yoga has attained worldwide recognition as a measure of preventive healthcare and urged people to start a movement right now. “Yoga Day will be celebrated on June 21. Can we start working from now to encourage people for Yoga?”

He said the government had opened over 3,000 ‘Jan Aushadhi Kendras (people’s medicine centre) and was working continuously to open more such centres. More than 800 medicines are being made available at these centres at an affordable price, he said.

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Narendra Modi presented stats regarding health care system in India. Wikimedia Commons

Citing some key steps of his government for patients, the Prime Minister said: “The cost for heart stent for the patients has been reduced to 85 per cent. Knee implants cost has also been regulated and reduced by 50-70 per cent. “Under ‘Ayushman Bharat Yojana’, the Indian government and insurance companies will jointly provide Rs 5 lakh for treatment to about 10 crore families or say 50 crore citizens per year.”

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He said MBBS seats in present 479 medical colleges have been increased to about 68,000 and new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are being opened in various states with a view to provide better treatment to people across the country.

“One new medical college will be set up for every three districts.” The Prime Minister said the government is working to make the country TB-free by 2025. “This is an enormous task. Your cooperation is needed to create public awareness. All of us will need to make united efforts to become TB-free,” Modi added. IANS