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PM to visit Naxal-infested Bijapur on Ambedkar Jayanti

PM to visit Naxal-infested Bijapur on Ambedkar Jayanti
New Delhi: Ahead of the impending Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will sound the poll bugle by his visit to the third worst Naxal-infested Bijapur district on Ambedkar Jayanti (14 April). This will be PM's second visit to the red zone.
During his visit PM will inaugurate two upgraded healthcare centers under much talked about health scheme by the incumbent government, Ayushman Bharat Yojana.
Last month, the government had announced 22 day-long special programmes on the occasion of birth anniversary of Dalit icon and the 'Father of the Constitution' Bhim Rao Ambedkar. Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar informed that PM will hold programmes in the district which has transformed earliest among 115 backward districts that the government identified.
The flagship scheme has been aimed at making path breaking interventions to address health holistically, in primary, secondary and tertiary care systems, covering both prevention and health promotion. Under this scheme, 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centers will bring health care system closer to the homes of people. These centers will provide comprehensive health care, including for non-communicable diseases and maternal and child health services. These centers will also provide free essential drugs and diagnostic services.
A 'Sankalp Sthal' will also be built in memory of martyrs who laid down their lives fighting Left Wing Extremism. The Prime Minister will handover the keys of houses built under Prime Minister Housing Scheme to 100 beneficiaries and will distribute residential lease-deeds to 100 beneficiaries. Another scheme will be unveilled— 'Van Dhan Yojana'. The scheme has been targeted towards empowering the tribals by training them in collecting and processing minor forest produce. The ministry of tribal affairs would also provide support for training tribals in adding value to products. The first training centre would be unveiled by Modi in Bijapur.
The political corridors see PM Modi's visit to this tribal zone as significant. Even the date has been chosen carefully, they feel. The poll bound state has 12.82 per cent SC population and 30.6 per cent are tribes.
On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stones of four sewerage projects, worth Rs 1,111.56 crore and aimed at creating a sewage-treatment capacity of 60 million litres daily (MLD) for Patna, at Motihari town of Bihar.
He is also scheduled to take part in an event to mark the conclusion of the centenary celebrations of the "Champaran Satyagrah" in Bihar. The projects in Patna include the laying of a 376.12-km sewer network in Saidpur and the Pahari sewerage zones, an official statement issued here said.
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