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On his Bijapur visit, PM Narendra Modi recalls his e-rickshaw ride with Savita Sahu, a victim of Naxal violence

Making an appeal to Maoists to shun violence, PM Modi said it is the government's duty to protect the rights of every citizen.

Reported by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: April 14, 2018 18:37 IST ]
PM Modi speaking during his Bijapur visit.
Image Source : PTI

PM Modi speaking during his Bijapur visit.

Speaking during the launch event of Ayushman Bharat Scheme in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underlined that the government is doing everything possible to develop and bring prosperity to backward regions. 

Making an appeal to Maoists to shun violence, PM Modi said it is the government's duty to protect the rights of every citizen. 

The prime minister even recalled his ride on an e-rickshaw which was driven by a woman who lost her husband in a Naxal attack. PM Modi stressed on how the woman chose the path of empowerment after the personal tragedy. 

"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," he said.

PM Modi also gifted a pair of slippers to a tribal woman to launch the Charan-Paduka (footwear) Scheme. The scheme aims to provide footwear to rendu leaves (tendupatta) collectors to facilitate smooth movement in the forest area.

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