Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first health center under Ayushman Bharat Scheme on April 14 in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur. He also visited Jangala Development Hub, situated in a panchayat that has emerged as a model panchayat. He interacted with local Champions of Change' in this Left Wing Extremism-affected district especially post the launch of Aspirational District program on January 5.

Under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme, the government will open 1.5 lakh health and wellness center by 2022, which will 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 (NHPS) and the work is on to finalize parameters for identifying beneficiaries and hospital entitlement. On January 5, Modi had asked officials to devote these coming three months in developing these less develop districts and had said he would like to visit one of these areas which would be well-performing.

He inaugurated the first phase of the Bastar internet scheme under which a 40,000 km long network of fiber optics cables would be spread across seven districts of the tribal region. The districts are Bijapur, Narayanpur, Bastar, Kanker, Kondagaon, Sukma, and Dantewada. Modi, who is the first PM to visit the tribal district of Bijapur, also inaugurated a new rail line and a passenger train between Gudum and Bhanupratapur, bringing north Bastar region on railways' map.

The PM also inaugurated bank branches in seven villages and visited rural BPO center developed under the India BPO promotion scheme. The BPO center is provided internet by the Bastar internet scheme. He also laid foundation stones for road and bridge projects worth over 1700 crore.  – Business Standard


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