New Delhi, August 16: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said he is ready to work with Union Government if they wish to improve the health services and education facilities in the country and appealed to the BJP-led Centre to not term free education and health care facilities as "freebies."
"We are ready to work with the Centre to improve health services and education. I also request Centre to stop calling them freebies," Kejriwal said.
He further emphasised that every child in the country should have access to high-quality, free education and that everyone should work together to make this a reality.
"Every child should get good and free education across the country. Every person should get good and free treatment for healthcare purposes. We should now start this work on a war footing basis. Only then, India will become the number one country," he added.
"I have only one dream - I want to see India as the most powerful country in the world. We want India to become a rich country. India will become rich when every Indian becomes rich. It cannot happen that the country is rich but the people are poor. I want to make every poor of India rich," Kejriwal further said.
"I have no problem with the rich people. I want to make every poor person as rich. How can a poor man become rich? We need to think that. The children of labourers, and farmers attend a government school. If the education provided to children by a government school is excellent, then the child will come out of poverty and help his family by pursuing a career as a doctor, engineer, business person," the AAP chief stated.
Arvind Kejriwal also stated that over 17 crore children in the country study in government schools, and most of the schools are in bad condition.
"Over 17 crore children in the country study in government schools - most of the schools are in bad condition. Parents do not have money (to educate their children) in private schools. If we make these schools good, every child will make his family rich. If all these families become rich, then India will also become rich."
Everyone must be provided with free and satisfactory medical care. Several governments are reluctant to issue insurance cards, but where are the good hospitals? We provided free treatment to 2.5 million Delhi residents. If it can happen in Delhi, it can happen throughout the country, he added.