I am PM because of Ambedkar: PM Narendra Modi

15 April, 2018, 21:37 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Prez VP lead nation in paying tributes to Dr Ambedkar on birth anniv

"I want to convince the country that no criminal will survive, justice will be done".

Before addressing the gathering, Modi presented a pair of slippers to a tribal woman - one of the beneficiaries of "Charan Paduka" scheme. "In all the districts of the country, the rule providing for allocation of a part of the income from mining to local tribal folk has been implemented", said PM Modi.

"I am confident that these visits to Sweden and United Kingdom will be useful in enhancing our engagement with these countries", Modi said prior to his visit to Sweden.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other political leaders in the state today paid tributes to Dalit icon Dr B R Ambedkar on his 127th birth anniversary.

After unveiling several pro-poor programmes, including launch of "Ayushman Bharat" scheme in Maoist-affected Baster region of Chhattisgarh, the Prime Minister, who began and ended his speech with "Jai Bheema", vowed to transform 115 "aspirational districts" of the country into "ambitious districts" by adopting different strategies, including a "mass movement".

"The first phase of Ayushman Bharat has been launched as Health & Wellness Centre (HWC)".

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Ayushman Bharat Yojna aims to cover 10 crore poor families and provide a cover of Rs 5 lakh per family a year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation.

"I have come here to tell you that your government at the Centre will support all your aspirations".

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.

"Ambedkars Constitution had provided many opportunities for development of these districts but still they remained backward", the prime minister said.

Under the scheme, Van Vikas Kendras will be set up to ensure better marketing and value addition to forest produce.

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