Ambedkar Jayanti Highlights: President Kovind, Venkaiah Naidu launch book on Dalit icon's life

15 April 2018, 12:13 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a visit to Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh, extended his greetings to the nation on the auspicious occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti.

Launching a series of developmental projects the prime minister claimed that Bijapur will no longer be known as a backward district.

As per an official statement, PM Modi has dedicated the Bhanupratappur-Gudum Railway Line via video conference to the nation.

The prime minister has flagged off a train between Dalli Rajhara and Bhanupratappur on Dalit icon Bhimrao Ambedkar's 127th birth anniversary. The passenger train will bring the north Bastar region on railways' map.

Besides these, he has inaugurated various other programmes, including a dialysis centre at Bijapur Hospital and a Health and Wellness Centre in Jangala.

The inauguration of both the centre mark the launch of the Union government’s ambitious Health Assurance Programme Ayushman Bharat. 

Ayushman Bharat aims to provide an amount of Rs 5 lakh to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation.

Later in the day, Modi has unveiled the first phase of the Bastar Internet scheme under which a 40,000-km-long network of fibre optics cable would be spread across the seven districts of the tribal region.

This was PM Modi's fourth visit to Chhattisgarh.

Here are the Highlights on Ambedkar Jayanti:

# 08:19 PM: President Ram Nath Kovind & Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu launched a book 'Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar-Vyakti Nahin Sankalp' at Rashtrapati Bhawan. President said book covered the inspiring life of Dr. Ambedkar. It also referenced how PM Modi had been inspired by the life&message of Dr. Ambedkar.

#06:40 PM: Madhya Pradesh: President Ram Nath Kovind took part in a function in Mhow on the 127th birth anniversary of  Dr BR Ambedkar, earlier on Saturday. Governor Anandiben Patel and CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan were also present.

#02:54 PM: Today, I took a ride on the e-rickshaw of Savita Sahu Ji. She told me that she lost her husband in violence by Naxals and then she chose the path of empowerment. The government helped her and now she is living a life of dignity: PM Narendra Modi in Bijapur.

#02:22 PM: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar pays tribute to the Dalit icon on his 127th birth anniversary.

#02:21 PM: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and other state leaders pay tributes to Ambedkar.

#02:20 PM:

#02:06 PM: If Bijapur can see development in 100 days then why can't the other districts witness the same? I came here to assure you that with all the development projects now Bijapur district will no longer be known as a backward district: PM Narendra Modi.

#01:58 PM: I salute the security personnel who are playing an important role in infrastructure development in Chhattisgarh: PM Narendra Modi in Bijapur

#01:49 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents a pair of slippers to a tribal woman under the Charan-Paduka (footwear) Scheme in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur. The scheme aims to provide footwear to Tendu leaves (tendupatta) collectors to facilitate smooth movement in the forest area.

#01:45 PM: PM Narendra Modi at the launch of India's first wellness centre under Ayushman Bharat in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur.

#01:44 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stones of various projects of central and state government in Bijapur.

#01:12 PM: Chhattisgarh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch of India's first wellness centre under Ayushmaan Bharat, in Bijapur.

#12:46 PM: Union minister Maneka Gandhi and some BJP leaders paid floral tributes on his 127th birth anniversary.

#12:04 PM: BJP President Amit Shah paid tributes to BR Ambedkar at BJP office located on Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg in Delhi.

#11:41 AM: I want to tell Modi Ji and his govt that commemorating places related to Baba Saheb's life and inaugurating schemes in his name, will in no way lead to the development of Dalits: BSP Supremo Mayawati on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti.

#11:03 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Chhattisgarh's Jagdalpur.

#10:30 AM: Ahmedabad: Ruckus at an event on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti as MLA Jignesh Mevani's supporters tried to obstruct BJP MPs and members from garlanding BR Ambedkar's statue.

#10:24 AM: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath pays tribute to Consitution maker B R Ambedkar on his 127th birth anniversary.

#9:23 AM: Congress President Rahul Gandhi and senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani paid tributes to BR Ambedkar at Parliament House.

#9:20 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and others paid tributes to BR Ambedkar at Parliament House in New Delhi.

#8:50 AM: Greetings on Ambedkar Jayanti. Pujya Babasaheb gave hope to lakhs of people belonging to the poorest and marginalised sections of society. We remain indebted to him for his efforts towards the making of our Constitution, PM Modi tweeted on Ambedkar Jayanti.

#8:45 AM: On the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti, PM Modi greets nation; says the country remains indebted to him for his efforts towards the making of  Constitution.

#8:40 AM: PM Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the Ayushman Bharat- National Health Protection Mission in Chhatisgarh on Saturday.

#8:35 AM: PM Narendra Modi will visit Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district on the birth anniversary of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar. PM Modi will leave New Delhi by an Air Force plane at around 9:20 am and reach Jagdalpur at 11:30 am. Post that he will take a helicopter to reach Jangla by 12:25 pm.

#8:30 AM: On Friday, PM Modi boarded the train at the Lok Kalyan Marg metro station to participate in the event, where he inaugurated the Dr Ambedkar National Memorial at 26, Alipur Road, on the eve of the Dalit icon’s birth anniversary.

#8:25 AM: On the eve of Ambedkar Jayanti,  PM Narendra Modi travelled to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar National Memorial and back by the Delhi Metro.

#8:20 AM: Security has been beefed up in Uttar Pradesh in view of Ambedkar Jayanti to prevent any possible attempt at inciting violence, with political parties drawing up separate plans for the occasion.

#08:06 AM: A statue of BR Ambedkar in Richhpal Garhi village of Bisrakh in Greater Noida was found damaged on Thursday - Read the full story here

First Published: Saturday, April 14, 2018 10:39 AM
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