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Nation celebrates Ambedkar Jayanti, PM Modi launches ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme at Bastar's Bijapur

Along with the celebration of the 127th birth anniversary of Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the first phase of Ayushman Bharat health programme from Bijapur in Chhattisgarh, inaugurating the first health centre under the Scheme at the naxal affected district 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 said that the Ayushman Bharat scheme will go a long way in ending social imbalance, and ensuring social justice in the country. He said that in the first phase of this scheme, an effort would be made to bring about a sea change in primary healthcare. He said sub centres and primary health centres at 1.5 lakh places in the country would now be developed as Health and Wellness Centres. He said the aim is to complete this task by 2022. He said these Health and Wellness Centres would function like a family doctor for the poor. 

He said the next target of Ayushman Bharat would be to provide financial assistance of upto Rs. 5 lakh to the poor, for medical treatment.

There were many inaugurations bringing benefits to the people by the Prime Minister Modi. As the first prime minister visiting the tribal district of Bijapur, he inaugurated a new rail line flagging off a passenger train between Gudum and Bhanupratapur, bringing north Bastar region on railways' map.

The first phase of the Bastar Internet Scheme was also inaugurated; under the scheme which has a massive network of 40,000 km long fibre optics spread across seven districts of the tribal region.

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 which include 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.

Taking the opportunity, Prime Minister Modi asserted that the Constitution protects the rights of the down-trodden and he also urged the youth to not resort to violence for their rights. Moreover, outsiders mislead the youth and use them as their 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.

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.


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