Interview

Chhattisgarh Emerging as Glowing Sun within the Dark Clouds of Recession

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Bhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh

The vision of ‘Gadhbo Nawa Chhattisgarh’ is strengthened with the key indicators like housing, health, education and management of water, waste, traffic etc with a smart approach, says Bhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh, in an exclusive interview with Arpit Gupta of Elets News Network (ENN). He also speaks on multiple citizen welfare initiatives, on health, education, skill building and employment among others, for the holistic development of Chhattisgarh.

How has been the journey so far since you took over as the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister? What do you see as the greatest accomplishment of Chhattisgarh Government?

I feel like we began our efforts from the scratch. We poured substantial amount of efforts in agriculture and rural areas as these were the sectors that needed immediate attention and revival. Waiving off loans of farmers and other such schemes of our government have turned these sections as our strength. This resulted in a boom in Chhattisgarh automobile sector while rest of the country is facing recession in the same sector. Also, our Labour Participation Rate has increased as compared to last year and Unemployment Rate has decreased, as the data from Central Ministry suggests. It is very significant for us that Chhattisgarh has emerged as a glowing sun in the times of dark clouds of recession.

Please tell us more about the Chhattisgarh Government’s vision for ‘Gadhbo Nawa Chhattisgarh’ and its flagship programme ‘Narwa, Garuwa, Ghurwa and Baari ‘?

‘Gadhbo Nawa Chhattisgarh’ is our vision to eliminate outdated, exhausted practices of previous Government that were nothing but a burden on people. We have instead introduced a new system of public welfare oriented governance in which every idea we have, every draft we make, every scheme we consider, is for the benefit of larger section of society rather than profiting a limited group of people. ‘Gadhbo Nawa Chhattisgarh’ is leading Chhattisgarh on the way of transformation and development.

The vision of ‘Gadhbo Nawa Chhattisgarh’ is strengthened with the key indicators like housing, health, education and management of water, waste, traffic etc with a smart approach. ‘Narwa, Garuwa, Ghurwa, Baari’ is a flagship of ‘Gadhbo Nawa Chhattisgarh’. ‘Narwa (rivulets and streams), Garuwa (livestock), Ghurwa (compost) and Baari (farms)’ is an innovative vision to revive the agricultural economy. While Narwa is ensuring water conservation, Garuwa is focusing on livestock development, Ghurwa i.e. compost is being used for cultivation of vegetable and fruit backyard, Baari.

“Narwa, Garuwa, Ghurwa, Baari’ is a flagship of ‘Gadhbo Nawa Chhattisgarh’. ‘Narwa (rivulets and streams), Garuwa (livestock), Ghurwa (compost) and Baari (farms)’ is an innovative vision to revive the agricultural economy.”

Chhattisgarh is one of the foremost mineral rich States in the country. How are you planning to make the State the best investment destination?

Qualitative mineral is certainly our strength. Putting our core sector in restricted list by previous government definitely blocked our chances to explore the area. We have opened new doors by promoting the mineral based, core sector industries in our State. Our focus is also on developing various non-polluting industries that will provide ample job opportunities to youth but won’t destruct environment.

What is Chhattisgarh Government’s approach in linking education and employability to make youth of Chhattisgarh employable?

We are focusing on job-oriented education. We have started many courses in colleges that will help the youth in acquiring good jobs immediately after they finish their college. We are planning to link industries to educational institutes so that maximum students get campus placements. Our new policy will focus on trained and proficient human resource. We have also planned several food parks to process our agro and herbal produce which will generate enormous employment opportunities for them.

“We have planned universal healthcare system for upgrading Government owned health institutes right from Primary Health Centres to District hospitals. Our vision is to impart free health care facilities to all citizens.”

Better healthcare facilities contribute to the livability index of any place. What are upcoming plans of the government to strengthen public healthcare system?

We have planned universal healthcare system for upgrading Government owned health institutes right from Primary Health Centres to District hospitals. Our vision is to impart free health care facilities to all citizens. Many areas in our state are situated amongst dense forests and are hard to reach. Health care establishments are not yet possible in such places. We have started ‘Mukhyamantri Haat Bazaar Clinic Yojna’ for such areas where medical staffs, along with essential medical equipments and medicines, go to villagers’ weekly market and provide health care to them on the spot. We are also initiating ‘Mukhyamantri Urban Slum Health Scheme’ from October 2, 2019. Our medical team will visit slum areas to provide medical facilities to people living in slums in city.

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