Yesterday India celebrated its 72nd Independence day. The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi unfurled the national flag at Red Fort and addressed the country for the fifth and last time this tenure. He mentioned about how his initiatives on Clean India, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna, Mudra Loans and GST have been successful in moving India forward. Keeping this in mind, his government now has shifted its focus on “Health For All”.  

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (Ayushman Bharat) is a new large scale health insurance initiative which aims to benefit many rural citizens of India. This scheme will be launched on September 25th, 2018 which also happens to be the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.  With this scheme, coverage of 5 lakhs will be provided per family annually which benefits many of the poor Indians in the rural and semi urban areas. According to the latest Socio-economic caste census data, there are around 50 crore people who will benefit from this scheme.

 Why is this scheme needed?

Our PM rightly mentions that in poor families, when someone falls sick, it hurts the balance of the entire family’s income and savings. Hence this scheme will aim on such families and reduce their burden as much as possible.

What is covered?

According to a study by the Public Health Foundation of India in May 2018, Indians pay more than three fourths of the total healthcare costs all by themselves.  Due to this, many are pushed below the poverty line. Hence more than 1000+ medical and surgical packages which fall under 25 specialties are covered.

These specialties include chemotherapy, neurosurgery, cardiology and many more. Out of the few benefits, fees such as consultation fees, medicines, diagnostic tests, food for patients, basic hospitalization expenses will be covered. This scheme will be implemented by a joint effort of central, state and district level.   

Who has signed up for this?

For the first stage, Manipur, Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Daman and Diu, West Bengal, Chattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh. This program will be tested on these states and union territories. Slowly, the whole of India shall be covered. If a state wishes to opt out of this, they can do so. Currently only Odisha has opted out of this scheme.

Overall, this scheme which is also referred to as “Modicare” does look promising and if executed well can shape healthcare in India. With access to such quality healthcare, the country will now be able to work on its way of progress.

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The word “Loan” plays a huge part of more than 60% in a middle class Indian’s life. Whenever you want to opt for a home loan to purchase a new home, renovate the old home or invest in an under construction property, the main concern we have is toward the correct lender. With the best deals in the market being offered by every lender, it is a tough choice for the average customer to make and hence we must place more emphasis on finding that correct lender which can solve all of your problems.

Hence keeping the needs of the customer as the highest preference, RK Group has ventured into the home finance business by launching “Wonder Home Finance Ltd.” under a license received from the National Housing Bank. With this, Wonder Home Finance can now help customers in purchasing their dream homes. They will commence their business by setting up 29 new branches across the state of Rajasthan. Post that, they will begin operations in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh till the end of this financial year 2018-19.

RK group has been in the industry for a very long time and hence they will use their name and history to their advantage to gain customers. Their work is in line with the Pradhan MantriAwasYojana where they aim to provide finance to lower and middle-class segment of the society in semi-urban and rural areas.

The launch was held in Jaipur in a press conference with the media where Shri. Ashok Patni, Chairman of the RK Groupmentioned about their plans to deliver the best services to their customers and give them a good experience. They also support the vision of the government of “Housing for all by 2022”.

Sanjay Singh Rajawat the CEO and Director of WHFL mentioned about their aim of maintaining a customer friendly process. They aim to expand their services in the neighbouring states near Rajasthan and soon all over India. They believe that the process of getting your dream home is tough and hence they would be with the customers on each step of the process to make it simple for them.

Raunak Singh Mohnot, CFO, Head – Strategy & MarketingofWHFL in his speech mentioned about the confidence they have with their brand and how soon their customer centric approach would take them way ahead in this business.

Overall, purchasing a home is not an easy task. The same can also be said about choosing your lender. WHFL can solve both these problems as they not only have a user friendly process but also help you every step of the process in order to ensure that you get your dream home quickly.

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Visiting Sahara Star has always been a pleasant experience. It always has this positive vibe that adds as a catalyst to my happiness. They happen to showcase food festivals all throughout the year. This is good for any foodie who loves, breathes and looks for new cuisines to devour.

The Earth Plate is now showcasing a new food festival; “Streets of India” where they have on display food from a variety of streets in India like Hyderabad, Mathura, Amritsari, Mumbai, Kolkatta, South India etc You will find a variety of food + desserts to choose from.

We tried a few items which were nothing short of amazing. I made it a point to try most of the items that I have never tried because devouring all the food would take me 2 days at least. Anyway, here are some of the classics I tried;

This is the Aloo Chaat from the “Mathura Chaat” stall. I have always wanted to visit north India only for the food they serve. This is because I believe their street food there is second to none. The variety is also something that stands out from the rest. They have a live counter where the chaat is prepared.

Next, we tried the “Kheema Tawa” live counter. Here you can find different meat like Boti, Kaleja, Bheja, Gurda etc which will be prepared live on tawa and then served with sliced onions and fried Pav. I tried the Boti and Bheja and yes, it was prepared really well.

Next, we tried the counter with the cold cuts. Here the frozen items were kept on display and you could choose as per your preference. From fish, chicken and lamb, I opted for butter garlic prawns and herbed spiced lamb. This was prepared and served with 3 different dips. As usual, my love for lamb was justified. They prepared it well. When it comes to cooking lamb, beef and pork, if you don’t cook it well, the result is not good. Here, I can happily say they have done a good job.

Post this, we visited the Kolkata stall. I have always adored Kolkata and the people there. They are calm, chilled out and have some amazing food varieties. The momos and paranthas and tea is exceptional. Here at the food festival, we tried chicken momos which were decent enough and we tried the mughlai chicken parantha. This is highly recommended. They serve this with mustard sauce and the result is amazing.

They also had a Lucknow stall which had all the kebabs you could find. Veg or Non veg, they have all of it on the skewers waiting for you to choose. I tried the Chicken Zaffrani Kebab which is termed to be masaledaar and a bit spicy. I loved it. It felt like we were getting lucky with our choices. But I didn’t mind.

Moving from counter to counter and choosing the next cuisine was really a tough task. With such a huge spread, it can get confusing as to what you want to eat next! Anyways, we narrowed it down to the “Appam and Dosa” stall next which is the specialty of South India. We tried the chicken appam served with chutney. As usual, it’s made really well. Requesting you to have this immediately as if kept for long, the appam tends to get hard and it’s not good then.

At the end of this, we went on to try the spread for desserts. They have a huge variety with over 25 options. There is a stall separately just for jalebi and rabdi. Yes, and it is totally worth it. Below you can find pictures of few of the desserts that I happened to try!

Blueberry cheesecake

 

Malpua

 

Kesar special

 

 

Macaron special

Apart from this, they have a good set of options for mocktails like the pink guava, blue curacao, buttermilk, jaljeera and lassi for the end of the meal.

Notably, for a price set at 1999+tax per person this is a steal of a deal. Unfortunately this ends on 15th August 2018 which is just 3 days from tomorrow. Hence I urge you to go ahead and have your fill of street food all over India. You will not be disappointed. They have something for everyone. Taste wise, this is an event you must not miss.

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