Guwahati: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday launched the government’s healthcare programme for the Central Armed Police Forces, ‘Ayushman CAPF’ at a function here in Guwahati. Also Read - From PM Modi to Amit Shah: Top Leaders Who Received Jabs On Day 1 of Stage II COVID Vaccine Drive

Shah ceremoniously distributed the ‘Ayushman CAPF’ health cards among some personnel from the seven Central Armed Police Forces here. Also Read - Prove Corruption Charges or Face Criminal Defamation Suit, Narayanasamy Hits Back at Amit Shah

He said the CAPFs had three prime concerns — the existing health coverage was not comprehensive, the satisfaction of housing was not there and long duty hours without leaves due to non-timely recruitment. Also Read - Police Denies Permission To JP Nadda's 'Poriborton Yatra' in Bengal' Barrackpore, BJP Says Will Move Court

“Our government is addressing all the three concerns. For the health issue, we’ve launched the ‘Ayushman CAPF’ today. This will give health insurance benefit to around 50 lakh people,” Shah said.

By May 1, the ‘Ayushman CAPF’ process will be completed by offering health cards to all the personnel of the seven central police forces, he added.

The home minister said the government and the forces are trying to increase the satisfaction ratio to 55 per cent by 2022 from 36 per cent two years ago, and further take it to 65 per cent by 2025.

“We’ve completed the examination process for 50,000 recruitments. Now, we’ll start the process again to hire another 50,000 persons in the CAPFs. Our target is one hiring against one departure in five years. With this, everyone will be able to stay home for 100 days in a year,” he added.

An MoU was signed between the National Health Authority (NHA) and Union Home Ministry in presence of Shah, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai and state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at the CRPF Group Centre in Guwahati.

Under the initiative ‘Ayushman CAPF’, around 28 lakh personnel from Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), Assam Rifles and NSG and their families will be covered by the ‘Ayushman Bharat: Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana’.

CRPF Director-General AP Maheshwari expressed his gratitude for bringing the CAPFs under the scheme.

The Home Minister also virtually inaugurated Sashastra Seema Bal’s (SSB) 168 quarters, a 10-bed hospital and an administrative building located at different places of Assam.

(With inputs from PTI)