Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (AP,) on the 2nd of December, visited Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh and launched the YSR Aarogya Asara scheme.
During the launch event, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy also refuted the allegations raising question about launching schemes only for christians.
For the past few days, opposition parties like the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy of launching schemes only for Christians as he is a Christian.
The comments came after the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) increased the financial assistance provided to individuals going for Christian pilgrimages.
The YSRCP enhanced the financial assistance provided to Christian pilgrims from an amount of Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 60,000.
The BJP criticised this move of Jagan Mohan Reddy and described it as “deplorable” and as “a case of State sponsored religious conversions.”
During the launch of the YSR Arogya Asara scheme, Jagan Mohan Reddy said he was hurt by the allegations against him regarding his caste and religion. He said, “My religion is humanity.” He further added, “Various accusations have been made against the rule of the State. The oppositions is not able to digest good deeds of the government.”
Jagan Mohan Reddy gave a reference to the Party manifesto and said, “They (YSRCP) thought their manifesto was the Bible, the Koran and the Gita.”
The YSR Arogya Asara Scheme would help provide financial assistance of Rs. 5,000 per month to patients undergoing treatment. Mr. Reddy said the scheme would help in providing medicines of World Health Organisation (WHO) standard in all government hospitals.
The medicines would be available from April 2020 and the medical cards would be provided to beneficiaries from the 1st of January 2020.
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