Every single home in country will have energy access by April 2019: FM Piyush Goyal

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Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has said, by March-April this year, India will take energy access to every single home in this country, about a decade ahead of the deadline of the Strategic Development Goals 2030. He said, Ayushman Bharat initiative will cater to about 40 per cent of all the people of India. He was addressing India Showcase event of Global Fund 6th Replenishment Meeting organised by Ministry of Health in New Delhi today.

He said, the Government is working to provide free health care to 500 million Indians. He said, it will define the efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 much faster than the slated time lines.

Mr Goyal said, with massive scale-up of Ayushman Bharat in last four months, a million people have benefited from free health care initiative. He said, Government is aiming at creating a healthy society, with an environment of health assurance and support of necessary health infrastructure.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda said, India has made significant progress in combating Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV AIDS. He said, WHO World Malaria Report of 2018 validated India’s recent strides against Malaria. Mr Nadda said, India is the only country among the 11 highest malaria burden countries that saw significant advancement in reducing the disease burden.

He said, India witnessed a 24 per cent decrease in 2017 compared to 2016. The Health Minister said, India has targeted to eliminate Tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of Sustainable Development Goal target. French Health Minister Ms Agnes Buzyn, Deputy Director General of World Health Organisation Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Executive Director of Global Fund Peter Sands and Ambassdor of Luxembourg Jean Kugener were also present on the occasion. (AIR NEWS)