Union Budget 2024: Healthcare cover under Ayushman Bharat to be extended to all ASHA, anganwadi workers; Skill India Mission trained, upskilled 1.4 cr youth

The Skill India Mission focuses on skilling, re-skilling and upskilling through short-term and long-term training programmes.

ByPTI

Published Feb 01, 2024 | 12:46 PMUpdatedFeb 01, 2024 | 12:46 PM

Sitharaman speaking in the parliament

The Union government on Thursday, 1 February, announced the extension of healthcare cover under Ayushman Bharat to all ASHAs and anganwadi workers.

Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri-Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) is the largest publicly-funded health insurance scheme in the world that provides coverage of ₹5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation.

Till 27 December last year, 55 crore people belonging to 12 crore families were covered under the scheme.

While presenting the interim Budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said it is the government’s priority to adequately and timely finance MSMEs.

Speaking about the Skill Mission India, Sithraman also added that as many as 1.4 crore youth were trained and upskilled under the Skill India Mission.

The mission focuses on skilling, re-skilling and upskilling through short-term and long-term training programmes.

Under the mission, the government, through more than 20 central ministries/departments, is implementing various skill development schemes across the country.

She also said there was macro-economic stability and the country’s economy is doing well.

The government is focused on more comprehensive GDP, governance, development and performance, she added.

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