Modi launches Ayushman Bharat Yojana


Bijapur (Chhattisgarh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appealed to the Maoist youth to shun their guns and join the mainstream for development in which the government would protect their rights.

"The Ayushman Bharat scheme is not limited to simply providing a service, but also invokes public participation so that we can create a healthy, capable and content New India", PM Modi said after launching the scheme. "In Chhattisgarh we have witnessed revolutionary changes in health services".

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Referring to himself, the PM said, "If today this brother of yours, who is the son of a poor woman and hails from a backward community, is the Prime Minister of the country then it is because of Babasaheb". "Earlier, there were only 2 medical colleges but now there are 10 medical colleges", he said.

Under Ayushman Bharat, the govt has made a decision to transform 1.5 lakh sub health centres to health and wellness centres in a bid to provide comprehensive primary healthcare. PM Modi said the objective of these centres is not only to treat patients, but they will help prevent spreading illness. It would be connected to the district hospital for advanced tele-medical consultations. "Around 2.5 lakh patients have benefited through it".

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He also inaugurated a new rail line and a passenger train between Gudum and Bhanupratapur, bringing north Bastar region on railways' map. The prime minister's visit to the state coincides with the birth anniversary of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar.

"He will visit a model Anganwadi Centre, and interact with Anganwadi workers and beneficiary children of Poshan Abhiyan", a statement from the prime minister's office said. Another BJP Twitter explained that under PMGSY, more than 2700 KM roads will be built.

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