PM Modi visits health & wellness centre in Jangla

Sergio Conner
April 15, 2018

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".

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. Under Ayushman Bharat scheme, government aims to set up 1.5 lakh wellness centre by 2022 that will leverage on comprehensive primary health care for preventive, promotive and curative care.

In the second phase of the scheme, a health insurance cover of Rs 500,000 would be provided to 500 million people across the country.

The scheme was launched by PM Modi at Jangla village in Bijapur.

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Modi, who is the first prime minister 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. Under this scheme, a 40,000 kilometre optic fibre network would be spread across seven districts of the tribal region of the state. The districts are Bijapur, Narayanpur, Bastar, Kanker, Kondagaon, Sukma and Dantewada. "In Chhattisgarh we have witnessed revolutionary changes in health services".

Chhattisgarh now boasts of over 11,583 VLEs who are working at the Gram Panchayat level across the 27 districts of the State. He was accompanied by CM Raman Singh.

As per the incremental performance ranking of aspirational districts, Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh) came on top followed by Bijapur and Mewat (Rajasthan).

According to a government press release, senior government officials of the rank of additional secretary and joint secretary have been designated as officers-in-charge to coordinate the efforts of the Centre and states in addressing the specific developmental needs of these districts.

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