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Prime Minister on Friday took a metro ride to 26, where he dedicated to the nation. "The government is committed to protect your rights", he said.

The PM reiterated that the Centre is committed to fulfil the aspirations of the people of the region and is working on a series of development projects including construction of roads, a steel plant, airport and railway corridors in Bastar and adjoining areas. "If we have new targets, we need new ways", Modi said explaining the significance of holding this event in Bijapur.

Chhattisgarh now boasts of over 11,583 VLEs who are working at the Gram Panchayat level across the 27 districts of the State.

He also presented a pair of slippers to a tribal woman under the Charan-Paduka (footwear) Scheme for collectors of Tendu leaves.

The Prime Minister said preparations are on for the ambitious second flagship programme under Ayushman Bharat, which is called National Health Protection Scheme, which will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage upto Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.

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The government aims to develop these centres by 2022.

He added that it was a great privilege for him to be in Chhattisgarh on the occasion of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar's birth anniversary.

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always batted for women empowerment in his speeches. He also appealed to the people from the backward districts to join a mass movement with a different approach leveraging information technology for transformation.

He said the Centre has identified 115 most backward districts in the country to give a special focus on their development. "They are not residents of your state, keep themselves safe but get your children killed", Modi said.

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