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CM attends state level celebration of 56th Gaurav Divas of Gujarat at Chhota Udepur

On the occasion of 56th Gaurav Divas of Gujarat, CM Smt. Patel attended the celebrations that took place in Chhota Udepur district. She engaged in direct dialogue with the citizens and announced a staggering amount of initiatives for all-round development of the district.

Gujarat CM Smt. Anandiben Patel today said that Gujarat Government is implementing Rs.40,000-crore Van Bandhu Kalyan Yojna for all round development of the forest people living in the state’s eastern belt from Ambaji in the north to Umbergaon in the south.

Speaking at the Van Bandhu Sammelan organized as part of the state-level Gujarat Gaurav Diwas at Kavant in the newly created Chhota Udepur district, she said that the project, meant for social, economic and educational upliftment of the forest people to improve their standard of life, is showing good results.

She said the government has started Dudh Sanjivani Yojana to eradicate malnutrition among children in 43 predominantly tribal talukas in the state’s eastern belt. This is beside free medical checkup of diabetes and other diseases in government dispensaries, free screening of 80-lakh women and treatment of 1,100 women cancer patients. She also mentioned that a shed would be cconstructed to store forest products.

CM Smt. Patel also unveiled a booklet written by Subhashbhai and published by Tribal Research Centre, and also a CD on soil health card prepared by Agriculture Department. She distributed assistance, documents to the beneficiaries.

Gujarat CM Smt. Anandiben Patel dedicated a solar-powered techno savvy Digital Anganwadi for children at Panwad in Kavant taluka by pressing a key in a tablet.

Talking about ushering Chhota Udepur in the solar age, CM Smt. Patel instructed the District Development Officer to equip Anganwadis which are in remote regions with solar power. She said that this should be a boon to energize bulbs, fans, CCTV, projector etc for areas where electricity has not yet reach. CM Smt. Patel also unveiled an app for Smart Anganwadis.

In subsequent phases, she said that the children will be provided fresh fruits, tablets, Internets, scientific instruments to increase scientific temper in collaboration with foundations.

Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today dedicated three development works worth Rs.9.37-crore and laid the foundation stone of two development works worth Rs.19.10-crore, totaling Rs.28.47-crore, to mark the state-level Gujarat Gaurav Divas at the newly created Chhota Udepur district.

She inaugurated a new Nursing College built at a cost of Rs.7.36-crore, a new Sports Complex costing Rs.87-lakhs, and the refurbished Darbar Hall of the erstwhile princely state of Fatehsinhji Maharaj rebuilt at a cost of Rs.1.33-crore. The Darbar Hall interiors made of lac were destroyed in a fire. The prince Virendrasinhji subsequently handed over the hall in decaying condition to Chhota Udepur Municipality in 1960. It has been refurbished now.

She laid the foundation stone of the District Panchayat Bhavan for the newly created district to be constructed at a cost of Rs.17.76-crore, and also Nagar Seva Sadan at a cost of Rs.1.33-crore.

As a part of the celebrations and to increase the speed of development, Gujarat Chief Minister Mrs. Anandiben Patel held meeting with leaders of various Non-Government Organizations to bring inclusive development in tribal area Chhota Udepur.

CM Smt. Patel said that the state government will fully co-operate with such NGOs if they make strong and result-oriented planning to bring about a transformation in the lives of rural population of Chhota Udepur district. She emphasized on eliminating evils like odd customs, addiction etc from the tribal community and appealed to prepare an action plan under various schemes of state government for providing permanent sources of income to tribal people. Moreover, she added that with rising level of education in tribal communities, they have finally begun to match steps with other communities and an effort should be made that the people living in tribal regions should take maximum benefits of the various welfare oriented schemes of the government and achieve economic prosperity.

She also elaborated about government’s consistent efforts for bringing economic empowerment in the forested tribal belt (from Ambaji to Umbergaon) under its flagship Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana. Representatives of the NGOs briefed CM Smt. Patel about various works undertaken under Mission Mangalam, Education, Health, Training etc in rural areas of Chhota Udepur. CM Smt. Patel was also briefed about a special project by World Bank to develop Kavant taluka.

CM Smt. Patel also attended a police parade organized on the occasion with Governor Shri O.P. Kohli. Various tableaux depicting the schematic information of various departments caused quite an attraction among the people on highways. People turned out in huge numbers to look at the parade and the tableaux.

On the occasion, CM Smt. Patel and Governor Shri O.P. Kohli also honored 15 distinguished individuals of the district who achieved success in various fields like sports, art, agriculture, security, protection, medical and social services, among others.

CM Smt. Patel announced development works worth Rs. 940 crore for Chhota Udepur on this day. A Water supply scheme worth Rs. 893 crore based on Hafeshwar basin was declared which would ensure that waters of Narmada reach to the citizens of 58 villages and 1 city of Chhota Udepur. Also, a bridge worth Rs. 33 crore would be constructed on the Orsang River between Tejgadh and Raysinpura. This bridge would prove to be immensely helpful for the 27000 strong rural population of 12 villages. To provide drinking water to Chhota Udepur district, a big check dam worth Rs. 6 crores would be constructed on the Orsang River.

Complete renovation of the main canal on the left bank of Sukhi Jalashaya Yojana would be done at a cost of Rs. 78.40 crore. Development works for modernization of small irrigation would be taken up at a cost of Rs. 3 crore. Also, to provide education to daughters of tribal families near their homes, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya would be set up in 3 acres at Haralpura in Chhota Udepur at a cost of Rs. 1.5 crore. Also, the government would set up a veterinary polyclinic in Chhota Udepur.

Tribal Welfare Minister Mangubhai Patel asked the tribal people to join the various schemes for the latter’s development. He said 83 lakh tribal youth have been screened for sickle cell disease, necessary before marriage in their community.

Member of Parliament Ramsinh Rathwa hailed the government decision to celebrate Gujarat’s Foundation Day in a tribal area and announcing schemes for them.

A booklet made by the District administration and the district information office of Chhota Udepur detailing the unique culture, identity, traditions, history, landscape and the development of the district was launched by CM Smt. Patel in the presence of Governor Shri O.P. Kohli.

To promote tourism in the district which has significant historical heritage, natural scenic beauty, unique tribal culture and much more, a tourism application developed under the guidance of Collector Shri Jenu Devan was launched by CM Smt. Patel.

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