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PM Narendra Modi rolls out healthcare and wellness scheme Ayushman Bharat Yojna

15 April 2018

PM Modi said the Ayushman Bharat scheme is not limited to providing a health service, but also invites inputs from society too. He also appealed to the people from the backward districts to join a mass movement with a different approach leveraging information technology for transformation. It is the duty of the government to take care of your rights.

The prime minister was in Bijapur to inaugurate a health and wellness centre at the primary level, the first of 1.5 lakh such proposed centres at the village level across the country under the Ayushmaan Bharat scheme.

"I seek to remove the "backward" label from the 115 districts and call them Aspirational Districts", said the PM. He asked the parents and the guardians of the youths not to get their children be misled by the outsiders (giving the impression the leadership among Maoist cadres are from outside the Chhattisgarh state).

"If Bijapur district can witness development in just 100 days, why cannot others?" he wondered.

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The PM inaugurated a new rail line and a passenger train between Gudum and Bhanupratapur, bringing north Bastar region on railways' map.

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

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh chaired the programme while Health Minister J P Nadda was the chief guest on the occasion. "It would soon be recognised as an economic hub", he pointed out. This hugely symbolic gesture of the Prime Minister was welcomed by a thunderous applause from the audience.

Welcoming those who had gathered here in Halbi, a local dialect, Modi gave a charan paduka to a woman and hearing aid to another woman.

PM Narendra Modi rolls out healthcare and wellness scheme Ayushman Bharat Yojna