Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing a public meeting at sericulture farming workshop and dialogue programme in Balichoki of district Mandi today said that the state government had taken an important initiative for ensuring prosperity and self-employment potential of the people of the state engaged in sericulture.

He said that the construction work was underway at a cost of Rs. 494 lakhs to benefit the weavers of Resham weaving under Balichoki center. A provision of Rs. 50 lakh had also been made for pest training through this center. Currently 30 women weavers were receiving training in Balichoki and they were being given Rs. 300 per day. He said that Rs. 318 lakh had been released for the construction of silk seed production Center at Thunag. In addition, Rs. 160 lakh had been approved for the establishment of silk center at Bagachanogi, Dhim Kataru and Saroa.

Jai Ram Thakur said that for the first time, the state government has released an amount of Rs. 3 crore for general category families this year for rearing, out of which Rs. 52 lakh had been sanctioned for the Seraj area while 416 lakhs had been released to the farmers belonging to scheduled caste for construction of sericulture building. He said that the State Government was endeavouring to start the vanished Oak Tussar sericulture scheme. An amount of Rs. 25 lakh had been released for clusters of 200 farmers and an oak tusser seed production center at Gadagushaini.

The Chief Minister said that the organization of the workshop has given an opportunity to the farmers to get information about the various schemes launched by the Central and State Government for the development of the industrial industry, which will definitely benefit them. He presented checks worth Rs. 1.25 lakh per farmer to five farmers for construction of silk rearing farm, while 200 farmers of the state are being benefited from this scheme. He also provided checks of Rs. 40 thousand each to four farmers for silk insect pest tool and 200 farmers would be benefited under this scheme also. He provided the first instalment of Rs. 75 thousand each to nine persons for construction of houses under the Home Grant Scheme. In addition, 45 sewing machines were also distributed under the follow-up programme.

The Chief Minister honoured the outstanding Roshani Devi of Ballychoky region. He thanked Govind Ram for donating ten biswa land for pest breeding center and Lok Raj for donating five biswa land. He said that the State Government was committed to the development of the state. During the Covid crisis, the government took responsibility of protecting the lives of 2.50 lakh people stranded in other states by providing rail and bus facilities and bringing them into the state. In addition to providing high level health facilities for better treatment to the corona infected patients, tireless efforts have also been made for the health of the people of the state. He said that during the Corona transition period, the State Government has benefited the people under the beneficial schemes of crores of rupees and during this period, the inauguration and foundation stone laying of Rs. 350 thousand crores has given impetus to the development work in the State.

MLAs Jawahar Thakur and Surender Shourie, President of BJP Seraj Mandal Bhagirath Sharma and President of Panchayat Samiti Balichoki Sher Singh Thakur also spoke on the occasion.


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