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New Delhi, Oct 8: Three years after assuming the office of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will embark on his maiden visit to birthplace Vadnagar in Gujarat’s in Mehasana district on Sunday. Taking to Twitter, PM Modi apprised about his scheduled programme and asserted that his visit will bring back several memories from his childhood. Ahead of the Modi’s visit, the administration in Vadnagar was busy working on roads and ensuring cleanliness. Fire engines have also been deployed inside the railway station for cleaning of trees on its premises.

Prime Minister Modi is expected to inaugurate a medical college and hospital today having total bed capacity of 650.  He will also launch the Intensified Mission Indradhanush, to accelerate progress towards the goal of full immunization coverage. The mission will provide greater focus on urban areas and other pockets of low immunization coverage, the statement said.

The prime minister will also distribute e-tablets to health workers to mark the launch of ImTeCHO (Innovative mobile-phone Technology for Community Health Operations).

ImTeCHO is aimed at improving the performance of community health workers ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists) through better supervision, support and motivation for increasing coverage of proven maternal, newborn and child health interventions among resource-poor settings in India. The prime minister will then head towards Bharuch and lay the foundation stone for Bhadbhut Barrage, to be built over the Narmada River. He will flag off the Antyodaya Express between Udhna (Surat, Gujarat), and Jaynagar (Bihar).

Talking to news agency PTI, the prime minister’s elder brother Somabhai Modi said that there is a lot of excitement in Vadnagar as well as the nearby villages such as Badarpur and Molipur over the visit. The PM has dedicated himself to the service of the nation and everyone’s blessings is with him, Somabhai Modi said, adding that his father had built a house in Vadnagar in 1949 but it was destroyed in the 2001 earthquake, following which they sold the land.

The prime minister will return to Delhi on the evening of October 8.