Strengthening of the means of Livelihood and Financial Empowerment of People are the foundation of Chhattisgarh’s Development Model: Baghel

Strengthening of the means of Livelihood and Financial Empowerment of People are the foundation of Chhattisgarh’s Development Model: Baghel

Raipur: In the 23rd episode of the monthly radio programme 'Lokvaani' aired today, Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel addressed people of the state on the topic "Chhattisgarh Model of Entrepreneurship and People Empowerment".

In this episode aired on the birth anniversary of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the great freedom fighter and the first Prime Minister of independent India, chief minister said that Pandit Nehru was fond of children, which is why we celebrate Pandit Nehru’s birthday as Children's Day. Children used to call him Chacha Nehru. He wanted to see the new generation of the country flourishing under the umbrella of his faith. Pandit Nehru had unwavering faith in the new generation.

Addressing children of the state, Chief Minister said- "Dear children, I would like you to read, learn about the biography and works of Pandit Nehru and to make sincere efforts to follow his footsteps. Pandit Nehru laid the foundation of a new and modern India, he established huge factories, dams, modern educational institutions for science and technology. Today, these institutions are serving as the path paver for a brighter future of youngsters in the country, producing great doctors, engineers and experts in various fields.

In the today’s episode of Lokvaani on the topic -"Chhattisgarh Model of Entrepreneurship and People's Empowerment", Chief Minister said that the strategy we adopted to strengthen the means of livelihood and to empower people of the state financially has gained recognition as ‘Chhattisgarh model’. We kept ourselves away from the race of ostentatious development and paid attention to the basic needs, which resulted in development of permanent means of livelihood and improvement of overall living standard in the state. Be it the initial period of recession or the COVID crisis and lockdown, we managed to put nearly Rs 80 thousand crores in the pockets of farmers, forest dependents, laborers, women's groups and youth through DBT, under various public welfare schemes. And they did not just lock that amount in the vault, instead they utilized this money to meet their needs and do better works. In this way, we as people have collectively maintained the liquidity of state's economy. As a result, various kinds of innovative businesses were started, while the traditional skills and traditional employment opportunities got a new direction in the state.

Baghel also discussed in detail the innovations being done at the local level to create new opportunities of livelihood and employment for the people. Kamla Rajwade, a resident of Kenapara of Surajpur district, told in her message in Lokvaani that the initiative taken by the district administration to convert the closed mine of Kenapara into a pond and floating restaurant has changed the lives of hundreds of people. She is working as a life guard there. In this regard, Chief Minister further said that the closed mines are unsafe, after discussing with the local fishermen's groups, possibilities of its better use were explored.

Baghel said that our cities can become prosperous only when the villages of our state prosper. This is the path of development for Chhattisgarh. This is the measure of success for Chhattisgarh model. Chief Minister said that the steps we took to change the face of agriculture in Chhattisgarh, the initiatives taken to cultivate new resources in villages with the new technology and to improve the traditional livelihood, by taking inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi’s traditional development, Pt Nehru’s modern development model, Mrs. Indira Gandhi’s model of determination, and Mr. Rajiv Gandhi’s model of change through technology, have yielded successful results. Mr. Baghel also mentioned about Vivek Kumar Tiwari, a resident of village Kusmi of Bemetara district, who is practicing fishery by constructing a pond in the field, Mr. Shakeel Hussain of Binauri village of Bilaspur district, who cultivates bananas through mulching method, and the benefits of papaya cultivation in Bedmapara, Munga and Mamadpal villages of Bastar.

Chief Minister appreciated the initiative taken by four youths of Bastar- Ayush Srivastava, Gaurav Kushwaha, Rishabh Jain, Suyash Sankhla for starting the e-commerce platform 'Loka Bazar'. Such innovative initiatives taken by youth of Bastar will not only economically empower the people of remote villages but will also provide a good market for the products of rural region. Referring to the success of Dhamtari's young ITI professional Gopal Chitalia in Lokvani, Mr. Baghel said that our new industrial policy for IT sector has attractive provisions, and more youngsters should come forward to take advantage of it. 

Chief Minister said that Chhattisgarh Government has taken several steps to revive the glory and prestige of being a Chhattisgarhiya, which includes the declaration of public holidays on indigenous festivals such as Hareli, Teeja-Pora, Karma Jayanti, International Day of Indigenous People and Chhath Puja. Even today, Chhattisgarh is an agriculture-oriented state with the traditional value of donating from the new yield of crop. This is the reason why Chherchhera Punni-Shakambhari Jayanti has been declared as public holidays. On the occasion, Chief Minister extended greetings and wishes to the people of the state on Devuthni Ekadashi, Namdev Jayanti, Gurunanak Jayanti, Birth Anniversary of Indira Gandhi and Dr Syedna Sahab.

Baghel said that social harmony and unity among all religions and community is our strength, and to maintain this harmony and peace, we should make collective efforts to show mutual respect. May our Chhattisgarh remain a stronghold of all-religion equanimity, said Chief Minister. I have alerted the administration so that no anti-social element can ever disturb the harmony of our state. We will neither ignore nor spare those who try to disturb our communal harmony.