PM Modi inaugurates first health center under Ayushman Bharat Scheme
(Sourced from PTI)
PM Narendra Modi has inaugurated the first health center under Ayushman Bharat Scheme in Bijapur district, Chhattisgarh today. He also inaugurated the first phase of the Bastar Internet scheme under which a 40,000km-long network of fiber optics cable would be spread across the seven districts of the tribal region. The districts covered are Bijapur, Narayanpur, Bastar, Kanker, Kondagaon, Sukma, and Dantewada. Here's more.
Under Ayushman Bharat Scheme, the government aims to open 1.5 lakh health and wellness centers by 2022, which would be equipped to treat a host of diseases, including blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and old age illnesses. Under this, the government has prepared the broad contour of National Health Protection Scheme and work is on to finalize parameters for identifying beneficiaries and hospital entitlement.
Modi inaugurated a new rail line and a passenger train between Gudum and Bhanupratapur, bringing north-Bastar region on railways' map. He also inaugurated bank branches in seven villages and visited rural BPO center developed under the India BPO promotion scheme. The Bastar Internet scheme provides Internet to the BPO center. He also laid foundation stones for road and bridge projects worth over Rs 1,700cr.
This was the Prime Minister's fourth visit to Chhattisgarh, where assembly elections are due later the year. He had visited Dantewada in May 2015, Naya Raipur and Rajnandgaon in February 2016, and Naya Raipur in November 2016.