Has silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi become deafening?

Cheryl Sanders
April 15, 2018

Amid chaos on the Kathua and Unnao rape cases among various political parties, for deriving political mileage out of it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared the air on Friday. The scheme aims to provide footwear to Tendu leaves (tendupatta) collectors to facilitate their smooth movement in the forest area.

Attributing his own success to the Dr. Ambedkar, whose 127th birth anniversary was celebrated on Saturday, Mr. Modi said: "He played a big role in kindling aspirations of people like me".

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.

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. The BPO centre is provided Internet by the Bastar internet scheme. These two health sector initiatives under Ayushman Bharat Programme will build a New India 2022 and ensure enhanced productivity, well being and avert wage loss and impoverishment.

PM Modi announced that he will not call the districts in Chhattisgarh as "backward". Singh dubbed Prime Minister's visit as a historical moment for Chhattisgarh, saying it would inspire the state to fasten its pace of development. He also appealed to the people from the backward districts to join a mass movement with a different approach leveraging information technology for transformation.

"I want to make these districts not only "abhilashi" (aspirational) but also "mahtvakanshi" (ambitious) so that they emerge as a development model", he said.

He said over 100 districts in the country including Chattisgarh's Bijapur were backward even 70 years after the Independence. 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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