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Jun 03, 2019
2:10PM

Smriti Irani, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsh Vardhan & Arjun Munda take charge of their ministries

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Smriti Irani today took charge as the Minister of Women and Child Development. Senior officials were also present on the occasion. Ravi Shankar Prasad also took charge as the minister of Law and Justice. 

Later talking to media, Mr Prasad said, Legal access, Legal adjudication and infrastructure are the three significant elements in justice delivery. He said, with the help of synergy of technology with legal procedure, his ministry will try to make legal access more effective.

On the other hand, Arjun Munda assumed the charge as Tribal Affairs minister and Renuka Singh took charge as Minister of state in the Tribal Affairs ministry.

Dr Harsh Vardhan takes charge as  Health Minister. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today said, he will write to the Chief Ministers of the five  States where Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY)  has so far been not  implemented.

Talking to reporters in New Delhi after assuming charge as  Health Minister, Dr Vardhan said, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal ,Odisha and Delhi have not implemented the scheme under which five lakh rupees annual  medical cover is provided to each  family  belonging to vulnerable sections for treatment. 

He said, he will try to convince the Chief Ministers to implement the scheme in the interest of the people. The minister said, so far 27 lakh people have  availed the benefits  under  the scheme. Dr Vardhan said, his Ministry will work extensively so that more and more eligible persons  get the benefits under the scheme.

 Dr Vardhan said, the government has also set a target of establishing 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness centres by 2022. He said, so far around 16 to 17 thousand  such Centres have come up. He said, his Ministry will also launch a campaign to provide healthcare facilities to the patients through these Centres.  Dr Vardhan said, his priority is also to ensure time bound completion of works of 21 new AIIMS.

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