PM Modi presents slippers to tribal woman in Chhattisgarh

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The insurance scheme was approved by the Union Cabinet on March 21 with budgetary support of Rs 10,500 crore.

Under Ayushman Bharat, the government will open 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres by 2022, which will be equipped to treat a host of diseases, including blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and old-age illness.

Modi also inaugurated the Van Dhan Yojana, which aims at empowering tribal communities, besides dedicating the Bhanupratappur-Gudum railway line to the nation by flagging off a train between Dalli Rajhara and Bhanupratappur. At the inauguration of the health and wellness centre, he will interact with Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers.

The Ayushman Bharat has twin missions.

#11:03 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Chhattisgarh's Jagdalpur.

The prime minister said his government was working with new ideas for the development of 115 backward districts of the country as he asked each district to come up with its own model of development according to their available resources.

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He also appealed to the people from the backward districts to join a mass movement with a different approach laced with information technology for the transformation.

PM Modi was in Bijapur to inaugurate the first health centre under Ayushman Bharat Scheme. PM Modi will leave New Delhi by an Air Force plane at around 9:20 am and reach Jagdalpur at 11:30 am.