Security tightened for PM Modi’s visit to Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Bijapur

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Bijapur:  Security force has been deployed for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bijapur district, where he will inaugurate first health centre under Ayushman Bharat Scheme on April 14 – Ambedkar Jayanti.

On April 9, Naxals targeted a bus ferrying security personnel with an improvised explosive device (IED) that left two DRG jawans dead and five others injured in Bijapur’s Kutru area.

Bastar Inspector General said, “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.” The Naxalites have opposed Modi’s Bijapur visit and put up pamphlets in the interior area asking people to boycott his programme.

According to Niti Aayog CEO, Prime Minister Modi will be the first prime minister to visit tribal district Bijapur.The Prime Minister will be visiting Bijapur district’s Jangala Development Hub, situated in a panchayat that has emerged as a model panchayat.

Prime Minister Modi would be interacting with people, local ‘Champions of Change’ including officials of the district administration, who despite all odds and being at the epicentre of Left Wing Extremism have performed very well, especially post the launch of Aspirational District programme on January 5, 2018.

The Prime Minister would also launch Health and Wellness Centre component of the Ayushman Bharat Programme in this panchayat as part of the visit.

The Ayushman Bharat has twin missions. First, creating a network of Health and Wellness Centres to deliver comprehensive primary healthcare close to the community, and second: to provide insurance cover to 40 per cent of India’s population that is most deprived.

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