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Security beefed up in Maoist-hit Bijapur, ahead of PM Modi's visit

Bijapur: A before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Naxal-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, massive security has been put in place. PM Modi will visit the state to inaugurate first health centre under Ayushman Bharat Scheme on April 14- the 127th birth anniversary of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar. He will be the first Prime Minister to visit tribal district Bijapur.

Modi is visiting the area at a time when Dalit politics is on boil in the country and a major number of population from the district belongs to the same.

“This is Naxal-prone area and Prime Minister’s visit is a challenge for police. Adequate security is being deployed to avoid any untoward incident,” said V Sinha, Inspector General (Bastar).

According to a Niti Aayog official, the Centre will open 1.5 lakh health and wellness centre by 2022, under the first phase of the scheme. The Centre has also prepared the broad outline of the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) and the work is on to finalise parameters for identifying beneficiaries and hospital entitlement.

PM Modi, during his visit, would be interacting with people and officials, who despite all adversities have performed very well. The Prime Minister would also launch Health and Wellness Centre component of the Ayushman Bharat Programme in this panchayat as part of the visit.

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