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Arvind Kejriwal meets PM Modi, invites him to visit ‘mohalla clinics’ and schools in Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. File

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

The Delhi Chief Minister asserts that he would examine the possibility of integrating the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat programme with government’s health scheme.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and invited him to visit ‘mohalla clinics’ and schools in Delhi. Further, Mr. Kejriwal asserted that he would examine the possibility of integrating the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat programme with Delhi government’s health scheme.

Mr. Kejriwal, who has been a vocal critic of Mr. Modi, also assured the Prime Minister of full cooperation, changing his stand less than a month after the BJP registered a thumping victory in the Lok Sabha elections.

Since the Aam Aadmi Party came to power in 2015, there have been several confrontations between the Centre and Mr. Kejriwal. The AAP national convener, his ministers and Party leaders have often accused the Modi government of creating hurdles for the AAP-led Delhi government.

The meeting in Parliament House was the first since the general election results were announced on May 23.

“Assured full cooperation of Del [Delhi] govt. [government] To develop Delhi, capital city of India, it is imp [important] that Del govt n [and] Centre work together (sic),” Mr. Kejriwal tweeted.

“Ayushman Bharat was briefly discussed. Informed Hon’ble PM that Delhi Govt’s Delhi Health scheme is much bigger and wider in scope. However, assured him to examine if Ayushman Bharat scheme cud also be integrated into our scheme (sic),” the Delhi CM said in a series of tweets.

Mr. Kejriwal’s assurance to the Centre is being seen as a shift in his stand over the implementation of the Central government’s health-care scheme in Delhi.

Earlier this month, the Delhi CM had said that the AAP government’s health-care scheme was “ten times bigger and comprehensive” than the Ayushman Bharat Yojana.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain too had said that the Ayushman Bharat scheme would not be implemented in the national capital.

Under the ‘Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY)’, the government aims to provide health protection cover to 50 crore poor people. So far, about 26 lakh poor patients have benefited from the scheme by availing treatment in hospitals.

According to Mr. Kejriwal, he also invited the Prime Minister to visit ‘mohalla clinics’ and government schools in Delhi.

Mr. Kejriwal further sought the Centre’s support in executing the Delhi government’s ambitious project of setting up a plant to store Yamuna water during monsoon season.

“Del govt plans to store yamuna water during rainy season. One season’s water sufficient to meet one year’s Delhi’s water needs. Requested Centre’s support (sic),” he tweeted.

Mr. Kejriwal said since Delhi faces an acute water shortage, particularly in summer months, the project will ensure water stored during a single monsoon season will fulfil the city’s water requirements for the next two years.

The project has been recommended by several expert groups, including a study by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi.

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