PM Modi visits health & wellness centre in Jangla

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Babasaheb Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar's work for the upliftment of the marginalised communities at a public meeting in Bijapur in Chhattisgarh on Saturday.

The lady was one of the thousands of women covered under the scheme launched more than a decade earlier to provide slippers to people engaged in collecting Tendu leaves in Chhattisgarh.

"Ayushman Yojana is a game-changing health initiative, aimed at creating facilities to treat a host of communicable and non-communicable diseases, mainly in rural areas". "There were only two medical colleges in Chhattisgarh, but now the figure has reached to 10", he said.

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"Our aim is prevention than cure", Modi said. He added that there will be electricity connection in every household in the district. "Around 2.5 lakh patients have benefited through it".

Prime Minister Modi also inaugurated a new rail line and a passenger train between Gudum and Bhanupratapur, bringing north Bastar region on railways' map.

Modi's visit to the state coincides with the birth anniversary of Dalit icon Dr B R Ambedkar.

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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.

"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. He launched the Vandhan Yojana, unveiled a new dialysis machine in the district and construction of 1,882-km roads to be built at a cost of Rs 1,703 cr besides construction of bridges over the Indravati River and the Mingachal River.

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