PM Modi launches ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme at Bastar’s Bijapur



The Prime Minister inaugurated the first health centre under the Scheme at the naxal affected district in Bastar region.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh chaired the programme while Health Minister J P Nadda was the chief guest on the occasion.

The Prime Minister also visited the Health and Wellness center. Under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme, the government aims to open 1.5 lakh health and wellness centre by 2022, which would be equipped to treat host of diseases, including blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and old-age illness.

Also under the scheme, the government has prepared the broad contour of the National Health Protection Scheme and work is on to finalise parameters for identifying beneficiaries and hospital entitlement.

Prime Minister Modi, who is the first prime minister to visit the tribal district of Bijapur, also inaugurated a new rail line and flagged off a passenger train between Gudum and Bhanupratapur, bringing north Bastar region on railways’ map.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated the first phase of the Bastar Internet scheme under which a 40,000-km-long network of fibre optics cable would be spread across the seven districts of the tribal region.

The districts are Bijapur, Narayanpur, Bastar, Kanker, Kondagaon, Sukma and Dantewada.

The Prime Minister Modi also inaugurated bank branches in seven villages and visited rural BPO centre developed under the India BPO promotion scheme. The BPO centre is provided Internet by the Bastar internet scheme.

He also laid foundation stones for road and bridge projects worth several hundred crore rupees.

Prime Minister Modi said that the Constitution protects the rights of the downtrodden. He appealed to the youth not to pick up guns to fight for their rights.

Prime Minister Modi pointed out that those misleading youth are outsiders who don’t die for a cause. Instead they use youngsters as shields to achieve their goals.

He urged people of Chhatisgarh to join the vikas yatra or development journey in the state instead. Prime Minister said that Bastar will lead the winds of change sweeping the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tributes to security forces who lay down their lives to ensure the fruits of development reach the last man in the queue. He said that a Memorial has been built to honour their sacrifices.

Prime Minister began his address by leading the crowds to chant Jai Bhim. Paying tributes to Dr BR Ambedkar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the fact that the son of poor parents is a Prime Minister today is also Babasaheb’s gift to the country. He said that those who have been left behind in the race of development are now seeking their rightful place in the country.

He urged people of Chhatisgarh to join the vikas yatra or development journey in the state instead. Prime Minister said that Bastar will lead the winds of change sweeping the state.

Prime Minister Modi said that he chose Bijapur to launch the Ayushman Bharat scheme because it has transformed over the last 3 months emerging as a shining example for the other 115 aspirational districts across the country.

Source: DD News


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