Narendra Modi woos Dalits, tribals in Maoist-hit Bijapur

Modi had last undertaken a metro journey on September 7 in 2015 | ANI

Mr Modi said Babasaheb enshrined the rights of weaker and marginalised sections of society in the Constitution and it was the responsibility of the government to realise them. "If we have new targets, we need new ways", Modi said explaining the significance of holding this event in Bijapur. They have come from outside to your state.

The prime minister was in Bijapur to inaugurate a health and wellness centre at the primary level, the first of 1.5 lakh such proposed centres at the village level across the country under the Ayushmaan Bharat scheme. The scheme aims to provide footwear to Tendu leaves (tendupatta) collectors to facilitate their smooth movement in the forest area.

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"If Bijapur district can witness development in just 100 days, why cannot others?" he wondered. Earlier, he launched India's first wellness centre under Ayushman Bharat in Chhattisagrh.

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In fact, the government has selected 115 such backward districts across the country, which are still deprived of development. Bastar Inspector General said, "This is Naxal-prone area and Prime Minister's visit is a challenge for police.

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Modi during his visit flagged off a passenger train through video conferencing with an all-woman staff - railway loco pilot, assistant local pilot, station superintendent, train guard, train ticket examiner, and ticket counter in-charge are taken up by women. He was accompanied by CM Raman Singh.

"Bijapur is among the 115 aspirational districts identified in January this year".

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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always batted for women empowerment in his speeches. Modi said the government was working on a dual strategy to develop Naxal-affected regions by developing them also trying to bring back the misguided youth back into the mainstream.

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