Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the first health centre under the National Health Protection Scheme, which aims to cover 100 million poor and vulnerable families across India.
The scheme, branded Ayushman Bharat and also known as Modicare, will create a primary-healthcare network and also cover annual costs of up to Rs 5 lakh a family for free treatment of serious illnesses.
Modi, the first prime minister to visit Bijapur, one of the 27 districts of Chattisgarh, also inaugurated the first phase of the Bastar Internet scheme, which will connect seven tribal districts in the state’s Maoist belt to the broadband world via 40,000km of fibre optic cable.
These seven districts—Bijapur, Narayanpur, Bastar, Kanker, Kondagaon, Sukma and Dantewada—are among the 16 in Chattisgarh and total of 106 across 10 states that have been affected by Left-wing extremism.
Modi also inaugurated a railway line and a passenger train between Gudum and Bhanupratapur, bringing north Bastar region on India’s railway map. Read More