Providing employment opportunities to youth is our priority: CM Bhupesh Baghel

Unemployment Allowance Scheme: Chief Minister transferred more than Rs 31.71 crore to the accounts of 1.22 lakh beneficiaries as the fourth installment

More than Rs 112 crore paid so far as the unemployment allowance

Raipur ( | Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that youth of the state now have access to skill development training as well as great job opportunities in the state. “I extend my best wishes to all the youngsters who have received the appointment letters today. We aim to provide employment to the youth soon after they complete their skill-development training”, said Chief Minister while addressing the online transfer program of the fourth installment of unemployment allowance.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel transferred an amount of Rs. 31 crore 71 lakh directly to the accounts of 01 lakh 22 thousand 625 beneficiaries of the state as the fourth installment under Unemployment Allowance Scheme, at his residence office today. Summing up the four installments of unemployment allowance for the months of April, May, June and July, so far an amount of Rs 112 crore 43 lakh 30 thousand has been transferred to the accounts of the beneficiaries. Today, the unemployment allowance of four months was transferred to the remaining 147 beneficiaries of the month of April, allowance of three months was transferred to the accounts of the remaining 373 beneficiaries of the month of May and the allowance of two months was provided to the remaining 3028 beneficiaries of the month of June. At the programme, Chief Minister symbolically gave the job offer letters to the beneficiaries who have completed the skill development training.
In his address to the program, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that it is our priority to connect the youth of the state with employment and we are making consistent and consolidated efforts to make it happen. He said that MoU for a project worth Rs 1188.36 crore for modernization of 36 ITIs of the state has been signed. With the implementation of this project, youngsters will be provided training in 06 new technical trades as well as 23 short term courses. Completion of this project will facilitate skill development training to nearly 10 thousand youth every year, make them employable for various industries. We have waived off the fees for the competitive examinations of PSC and Vyapam and now the unemployment allowance is helping the unemployment youth to prepare better for the exams.
Chief Minister said that we have started direct communication with the youth of the state. We believe that the support of the youth is necessary for the progress and development of the state. Through this initiative, we are getting an opportunity to learn about the hopes, aspirations and opinions of the youth regarding their future and regarding the development of the state. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel further said that with the aim of providing maximum employment to the youth, recruitment for 41 thousand government posts is in progress. We have fulfilled our promises to the youth. As soon as the ban on recruitment was lifted, we released the advertisements for recruitment on government jobs. Moreover, we are also providing skill development training to the youth so as to enhance their employability. The work of connecting trained youth with employment is also going on simultaneously. He said that the previous government had distributed Rs 98 crore as unemployment allowance in 13-14 years. We have distributed more than 112 crore as unemployment allowance in four months.

Deputy Chief Minister Shri T.S. Singhdeo said that the state government has taken into account the interest of all the sections of the state. Through unemployment allowance, youth are being empowered to build a better future for themselves and for the state. School Education Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey said that most of the beneficiaries of ‘Berojgari Bhatta Yojana’ (Unemployment Allowance Scheme) are from rural areas. Nearly 82 percent of the rural youth are being benefitted under the scheme. Planning will play a big role in shaping their future. Home Minister Mr. Tamradhwaj Sahu also addressed the program.

Beneficiaries of the scheme from different districts of the state also participated in the program through video conferencing. Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Mr. Umesh Patel. Secretary Technical Education and Employment Mr. Topeshwar Verma, Secretary Skill Development Mrs. Shammi Abidi, Director Employment and Training Mr. Avnish Sharan also marked their online presence on this occasion.

All the sections of the state are being benefitted under the government schemes

With the implementation of various schemes aimed at socio-economic upliftment, State government is providing benefits to all the sections of the state. Farmers, cattle herders, landless labourers and women of the state are getting direct benefits due to the expansion of the NYAY schemes of the government. Through Rajiv Gandhi Kisan NYAY Yojana, till date an input subsidy of Rs 20 thousand 102 crore has been provided to 23.42 lakh farmers of the state. Through the Godhan NYAY Yojana, Rs 525 crore has been paid so far to the beneficiaries, villagers, farmers, cattle herders and cow dung vendors, Gauthan committees and women self-help groups.

Through the Rajiv Gandhi Landless Agricultural Labourer Justice Scheme i.e. Rajiv Gandhi Bhoomiheen Krishi Mazdoor NYAY Yojana, Rs 589 crore 39 lakh has been paid to 5 lakh 63 thousand landless labourers in urban and rural areas of the state. Chhattisgarh government has also waived agricultural loan of Rs 9 thousand 270 and irrigation tax of Rs 325 crore for the 17.82 lakh farmers of the state, which was outstanding for years. Chhattisgarh Mahila Kosh’s overdue loan of Rs 12.77 crore outstanding on women self-help groups has also been waived off. Fulfilling its promise, the Chhattisgarh government has increased the procurement rate of tendupatta from Rs 2,500 per standard bag to Rs 4,000. Now, in place of seven minor forest produce, 67 minor forest produce are being procured at support price. Chhattisgarh ranks first in the country in terms of the collection of minor forest produce. 74 percent of the country’s minor forest produce is collected in Chhattisgarh. In the last five years, Rs 2486 crore has been paid to tendupatta collectors and Rs 356 crore to minor forest produce collectors.