Kathua and Unnao rape cases: PM Narendra Modi breaks silence

Kathua and Unnao rape cases: PM Narendra Modi breaks silence

Modi's two-day Sweden trip beginning April 16 will mark the first visit by an Indian PM to the Nordic nation in 30 years.

However, some members of the Indian community have said that this time, there will be a "strong counter-protest" by pro-India groups to welcome Modi.

The company also said it will build the world's most modern aerospace facility in India, besides creating a local supplier base of ancillary systems.

He said over 100 districts in the country including Chattisgarh's Bijapur remained backward even after 70 years of independence.

Paying tributes to Ambedkar on his 127th birth anniversary, Modi said the Dalit icon was highly educated and could have easily led a lavish life in any developed country.

Appealing to Maoists, Modi referenced Ambedkar and said, "I want to tell the youth who have taken to the path of violence that Babasaheb has given us the Constitution, all the protection you want is in the Constitution".

"They are struggling despite Indian state terrorism in the presence of a huge military and might on ground here", he said.

"They keep themselves safe in jungles and keep your kids in the front and leave them to die".

Our sense of shame is all the more acute because our younger colleagues who are still in service, especially those working in the districts and are required by law to care for and protect the weak and the vulnerable, also seem to have failed in their duty.

The prime minister was in Bijapur to inaugurate a health and wellness centre at the primary level, the first of 1.5 lakh such proposed centres at the village level across the country under the Ayushmaan Bharat scheme.

The Prime Minister will have a brief stopover in Berlin on his way back home on the 20th of this month. These districts, if encouraged, can be turned into models of development.

"The aspirations and hope of people are associated with Ambedkar's name", he said.

"If the district administration, the public representatives and the people will join hands in a mass movement, then, unprecedented results can be achieved". Under the scheme, Van Vikas Kendras will be set up to ensure better marketing and value addition to forest produce. He mentioned the Ayushman Bharat and Gram Swaraj programmes, saying these will empower the weaker sections. The government aims to quip these centers to treat a variety of diseases, including diabetes, blood pressure, cancer and old-age illness.

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