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Garib Kalyan Mela at Chhota Udaipur: Guj CM appeals beneficiaries to effectively use the means of employment to end the stigma of poverty

On the second day of 2nd phase of the 8th edition of Garib Kalyan Mela, Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel participated in the ‘festival of empowering poor’ at Pavi Jetpur in tribal district Chhota Udaipur.

On this occasion, CM Smt Patel appealed to all the 6400 beneficiaries from Chhota Udaipur, Pavi Jetpur and Kawant Taluka to effectively use the means of employment worth Rs 11.33 crore provided to end the stigma of poverty.

CM Smt Patel shared that Rs. 12,000 crore worth welfare assistance which have already been distributed through 1078 GKM by the state government by now has transformed the lives of about 81 lakh beneficiaries in the state. She commended Shri Narendra Modi for this pro-poor initiative commenced during his tenure, wherein welfare assistance is directly handed over to the beneficiaries eliminating middlemen from the system.

Mentioning about historic decision of the state government, CM Smt Patel shared that for the first time in India, forest habitats are either declared as Revenue village or be merged with nearby Revenue villages. She also said that the rights of the land will be in the name of both husband and wife. The tribals will get various economical and social benefits due to this decision, she added.

CM Smt Patel also explained the benefits of vermicompost production to the women of Van Mandalis and told the SHG women to enhance their economic empowerment with the help of three tier system developed by the government.

CM Smt Patel emphasized on adoption of schools by the private educational institutes of tribal areas to improve the quality of education. She also congratulated Alembic Foundation for adopting 8 schools of Chhota Udaipur district. She expressed confidence that because of the commitment made by such institutes, children of such tribal area get quality education.

Talking about the importance of timely diagnosis and treatment of various critical diseases, she informed about free health check-up camps organized by the state government to diagnose and treat diabetes, breast and cervical cancer in women, mouth cancer in men. She exhorted them that ignoring early symptoms of such diseases can be risky. She also talked about state wide School Health Program to curb disabilities and deformities in children. She also appealed to the Sarpanchs and other elected representatives to actively spread awareness about health and other welfare schemes of the state government.

During the program, CM Smt Patel launched ‘TEJAS’ tablet to monitor nutrition level of children, a significant step towards malnutrition-free Chhota Udaipur. She also launched Chhota Udaipur district’s mobile app ‘SETU’ that will trace location of any daughter in distress and help rescue her. She also launched CCTV network in 6 taluka head quarters police stations.

On the sidelines of Garib Kalyan Mela, she inaugurated Jilla Seva Sadan constructed at the cost of Rs.25 crore at Chhota Udaipur and new Taluka Panchayat building built at the cost of Rs. 1.42 crore at Pavi Jetpur. She also launched a documentary CD on Chironji collection project of SHG prepared in association with Forest Department.

On this occasion, State Tribal Development Minister Shri Kantibhai Gamit, MP Shri Ramsinh Rathwa, MLA Shri Jayantibhai Rathwa, District Panchayat President Shri Rashmikant Vasava, District BJP President Shri Jasubhai Bhil, Presidents of Taluka Panchayats, the Maharaja of Chhota Udaipur Shri Jaipratapsinh Chauhan, District Collector, DDO, Forest Department officials, other dignitaries, social leaders, beneficiaries and local people in large number remained present.

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