Chhattisgarh emerging as a new hope of the Nation
In the sixth episode of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel’s radio programme Lokvani, he wished people of Chhattisgarh Happy New Year 2020. Mr. Baghel said in his address to the listeners of the programme that with your support and best wishes, we would succeed in changing the face of Chhattisgarh. We are referring the first year of our government’s tenure as ‘Seva Aur Jatan Ka Ek Saal’ (A Year of Servitude and Efforts). I feel satisfied to say this on the occasion of first year completion, we have succeeded in associating people of rural areas, farmers, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and other weaker sections of the society with the development. From education to employment, to providing opportunities to youth for all round development to providing a secured future, we have taken every step. State Government’s multidimensional efforts and initiatives have saved Chhattisgarh from the repercussions of worldwide recession, instead in this phase, Chhattisgarh has achieved new milestones.
Young talent of Chhattisgarh to be staged at Youth Fest
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel mentioned about the pleasant coincidence of Swami Vivekananda Jayanti, and acknowledged the young talent of the state. He said that Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary is celebrated as Youth Day. In last one year of our tenure, Chhattisgarh’s prestige and glory has enhanced manifolds. Swami Vivekananda was a kind, practical and great social reformer. He always envisioned for youth to stay away from orthodox ways and to polish their talents and qualities, so that they may establish social harmony and become aware of their social obligations. His call to ‘Arise, Awake and Stop Not Until the Goal is Achieved’ inspires youth to dedicatedly pursue and achieve their goals. I am glad to say that many generations made this call of Swami Vivekananda their life’s motto. To motivate our new generation to make this vision of Swami Vivekananda come true, we have organized Youth Fest. This mega event started from October 15, 2019 at block-level. Competitions in 25 different categories were organized. And now, state-level Youth Fest will be organized from January 12-14, 2020. This three-day youth fest will mark colourful presentation of Chhattisgarh’s culture, youth power and young talents. I believe that events like this are platforms of cultural exchange and opportunity for youth to widen their horizon.
Nation’s Biggest Health Service Scheme launched
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that continuing our efforts to bring relief to people, we launched the biggest Health Service Scheme of the nation on January 1, 2020 in the state. Dr Khubchand Baghel Health Support Scheme and Chief Minister’s Special Support Scheme will cover every member of all 65 lakh families of the state. Chhattisgarh has become the first state of the country to provide financial aid of up to Rs 20 lakh to needy people under Chief Minister Special Health Support Scheme, so that poverty doesn’t come in the way of medical treatment. This scheme would cover medical treatment of liver transplant, kidney transplant, cornea transplant, heart transplant, hemophilia, thalassemia, cancer, heart diseases, aplastic anemia, cochlear implant, sickle cell anemia, acid attack victims, muscular dystrophy and other such diseases which were not covered in other health schemes. Through Dr Khubchand Baghel Health Support Scheme, government would provide cashless medical treatment facility worth upto Rs 5 lakh to 56 lakh families. Earlier, 42 lakh families were being benefited under health schemes. Chief Minister said that previous schemes did not cover the expenses of medical tests during the treatment of diseases, which the patient and his family had to bear. Our government has rectified this and has particularly covered the expenses of medical tests along with the cost of medical treatment.
Shikshakarmis to be regularized soon : Recruitment process of 15 thousand lecturers nearing completion
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that with completion of one year of State Government, implementation of new initiatives and new schemes has already begun. In response to the questions of the listeners regarding merging of shikshakarmis, Chief Minister Baghel said that regularization orders are being released for the Shikshakarmis, on completion of their eight years of service. Likewise, regularization order for nearly 8000 Shikshakarmis will be released this month. 1885 posts of Shiksha Mitan or guest teacher has been sanctioned, and the authority for recruitment has been given at local level. Recruitment process of nearly 15 thousand lecturers is nearing completion. Ever since our government came to power, some or the other elections were being held and code of conduct was effective, but now the official works would pace up. Decision to constitute Junior Selection Board in tribal areas has been taken so that youth of these regions get the opportunity to be hired for government services at local level. Youth belonging to extremely backward tribal areas will be given the benefit of direct recruitment. We are not only creating employment opportunities in government sector, but are in industries under New Industrial Policy. We are also providing various reliefs and benefits to encourage entrepreneurship.
Eight Model Colleges to be started : Agricultural colleges in Marra and Saja
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that we have taken several steps to improve quality of higher education in state. Recruitment of Assistant Professors, which was pending since long time, has been started. This will benefit nearly 1400 youth by providing them dignified means of livelihood. Girls College will be opened in Balod, Model Degree Colleges will be opened in Dantewada, Kondagaon, Bijapur, Sukma, Narayanpur, Mahasamund and Korba, Agricultural Colleges will be opened in village Marra of Durg district and village Saja of Bemetara district. 14 new pharmacy colleges have been opened in the state. Nation’s first “Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Course’ has been started in IIIT Nava Raipur. For advanced sports training facilities in state, Chhattisgarh Sports Authority has been constituted. We have decided to utilize CSR funds for polishing young talents of the state.
Chhattisgarh Irrigation Development Authority : Promoting Food Processing Unit
Last one year will be remembered for various reliefs and major decisions as well as achievements. In the new year, we are formulating various mega schemes and developing infrastructure. Chhattisgarh Irrigation Development Authority has been constituted to develop better irrigation capacity in state. We have different parameters for industrial development. We aim to ensure value addition to our resources and produces. For this, we have made provisions to promote food processing units under New Industrial Policy. This will create employment and self-employment opportunities at local level.