Modi, who is the first prime minister to visit the tribal district of Bijapur, also launched a health insurance scheme, inaugurated a new rail line and a passenger train between Gudum and Bhanupratapur, bringing north Bastar region on railways' map. The footwear was presented under the Charan-Paduka (footwear) Scheme.
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".
PM Modi also spoke about how his government had taken measures to protect Dalits. The BPO centre is provided Internet by the Bastar internet scheme.
He said that after the first phase of Ayushman Bharat scheme, the next target will be to cover around 50 crore poor deprived population for their serious ailments by providing them Rs 5 lakh as financial security every year. 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.
According to a government press release, senior government officials of the rank of additional secretary and joint secretary have been designated as officers-in-charge to coordinate the efforts of the Centre and states in addressing the specific developmental needs of these districts.
It was the Prime Minister's fourth visit to Chhattisgarh, where assembly elections are due later in the year.
Beginning his speech in tribal dialect Halwi, the PM lamented that several parts of the country have still remained backward even seven decades after independence of India.
"Bijapur was labelled a backward district". I said ask your son where did he go?
"I seek to remove the "backward" label from the 115 districts and call them Aspirational Districts", said the PM. So were more than 100 other districts in the country. This is an insult to their sacrifice, Modi said.