Chhattisgarh government is moving ahead with a clear vision, strategy and action plan to achieve the goals set by Niti Aayog, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said today. He said over 20 thousand youths of Naxal affected regions of state were given training in skill development. Cleanliness drive under Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan has increased up to 84 per cent in the state and state will become an open defecation free state by October 2, 2018.
The Chief Minister said that Chhattisgarh with the help of its resources is working on a rapid action plan to increase mobile and internet connectivity in remote tribal areas. He was speaking at the governing council meeting of Niti Aayog at New Delhi. PM Modi presided over the meeting, attended by union ministers and chief ministers.
The chief minister said the state is getting good results from the innovations started under the inspiration and guidance from the prime minister. He said Chhattisgarh is the first state to make legislation and give right to skill development for youths. Taking the skill enhancement programme to a different level the government started livelihood colleges in every district. Seeing the necessity of skill development, the state government is spending over Rs 400 crore from its budget annually.
For effective implementation of Swachh bharat, the state government has worked on the strategy of providing encouragement amount to the beneficiaries only after three months of toilet construction. Drawing attention towards the unused toilets, the chief minister urged that a proposal to make unused toilet usable should be sanctioned.
He said that under the vision document 2030, the state government is working on achieving five targets. The state is focusing on removal of poverty, strengthening the panchayats, providing nutrition, health facilities, quality education, safe drinking water and strengthening infrastructure. Supporting GST, the chief minister said we are moving fast towards its implementation.
On digital India, the chief minister said that the state has created a digital army of about 16 lakh people, who make the citizens aware about digitalization and cashless transactions. He said that more than 10 lakh cc cards have been distributed among the farmers and 10 thousand merchants have been brought on board UPI based digital payment app BHIM and Aadhar based digital payment system. Under SKY scheme 1700 towers will be set up in rural areas and 45 lakh people will be distributed smart phones. For connecting seven districts through broadband, the state is spreading 900 km long OFC network.
He said to encourage digital payment in rural areas regional rural banks should be given mobile and internet banking permission by the RBI. Efforts have been made to improve irrigation for farmers under ‘Saur Sujla’ and ‘Lakshya Bhagirathi’ schemes. In order to double the income of farmers, the state has formulated state level task force. These steps are improving the financial status of farmers. Additional chief Secretary N Baijendra Kumar was also present at the meeting.
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