Narendra Modi woos Dalits, tribals in Maoist-hit Bijapur


He said that after the first phase of Ayushman Bharat scheme, the next target will be to cover around 50 crore poor deprived population for their serious ailments by providing them Rs 5 lakh as financial security every year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday broke his long silence over the rape-and-murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Kathua January this year, saying "no culprit will be spared" and that "our daughters will definitely get justice". While launching the scheme he said, "In around 1.5 lakh villages, sub centres and primary health centres will be developed as Health and Wellness centres". The communities, which were denied their rights, have woken up now.

Prime Minister Modi said he had chosen Bijapur to celebrate this day because as one of the NITI Aayog's 115 "aspirational districts", it had performed the best in a three-month span. But at least think about those who are leading them. If Bijapur can see development in 100 days then why can't the other districts witness the same?

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Chhattisgarh now boasts of over 11,583 VLEs who are working at the Gram Panchayat level across the 27 districts of the State.

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.

Modi also inaugurated a railway line and a passenger train between Gudum and Bhanupratapur, bringing north Bastar region on India's railway map.

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Like everyone else, Union Health Minister JP Nadda, who was standing next to the Prime Minister when he decided to make it a memorable moment for the woman, was also taken aback.

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. With the opposition blaming the Prime Minister for not responding on the issues that have been shaking the nation, Modi made some sensational comments. This is an insult to their sacrifice, Modi said.

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