On the way, PM Modi interacted with the commuters.
"It will be a no-holds-barred interaction with Prime Minister Modi, in a manner and format never witnessed before", said Vijay Chauthaiwale, in charge of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Foreign Affairs Department.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being presented a traditional headgear during the inauguration of the Health and Wellness Centre to mark the launch of Ayushman Bharat, in Bijapur, Chhatisgarh on Saturday.
"I would like to tell the youth on the path of violence that the Constitution takes care of your rights". It is the government's responsibility to protect your rights. "You need not pick arms and destroy your lives", he said. "They have come from outside (referring to Naxal leaders from other states who are active in Chhattisgarh)", he said. But at least think about those who are leading them. They do not die.
PM Modi announced that he will not call the districts in Chhattisgarh as "backward".
Mentioning that Bijapur used to be regarded as a backward area once, he said that the district has earned a recognition across the country due to the pace of development and by courtesy of central schemes. "If all people of the district and local administration, public representatives make an effort together then something which has not be done in the past 70 years can be achieved in a short time", he emphasised.
"Ambedkars Constitution had provided many opportunities for development of these districts but still they remained backward", the prime minister said. "Each district faces its own challenges, and therefore, a different strategy is required in each case", he said.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated a new rail line and a passenger train between Gudum and Bhanupratapur, bringing north Bastar region on railways' map.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh chaired the programme while Health Minister J P Nadda was the chief guest on the occasion.
The districts are Bijapur, Narayanpur, Bastar, Kanker, Kondagaon, Sukma and Dantewada. "It would soon be recognised as an economic hub", he pointed out. He surprised thousands of people when he walked up to her, bent down and helped the bare-footed woman wear her new pair of slippers. The symbolic gesture was welcomed by a loud applause.
Like everyone else, Union Health Minister JP Nadda, who was standing next to the Prime Minister when he decided to make it a memorable moment for the woman, was also taken aback.