Published On: Sun, Nov 23rd, 2014


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Dehradun: Chief Minister Harish Rawat has made it clear that his Government’s main emphasis is on how to create opportunities for the unprivileged. The State’s youths would be imparted skills so that they could compete in these days of cut- throat competition for job, he said.

He also expressed hope that the hand, which is seeking job, will create job for others in future. CM Rawat said so while addressing a programme organised Rajiv Gandhi Army (RGA) in Dehradun on Saturday. The programme was hosted to pay tribute to the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

The CM said that his Government is principally for the poor. To help them, we have been running several welfare schemes in the State. We have decided to take Sarvbhaum swasthya yojna in 2015 under which the poor will get cashless medical facility up to Rs 30000.

For the old age pension, physical disability pension and widow pension, the amount is now  Rs 800 per month. Along with this, income limit has been increased to Rs 4000 from Rs 1000.

We have also made amendment in the norms of pension eligibility. The State has decided to give ration at subsidized price to the APL and BPL as well. Youths are being trained to become skilled so that they would get jobs easily and later turn entrepreneurs.

The State Government has taken several initiatives to curtail mother and infant mortality ratio and we are working on how to empower aanganwadi centres all the more. Even we have decided to provide mid- day meal to the elderly women at Aaganwadi centres.

We have organized sankalp diwas (pledge day) to commemorate late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s birth anniversary. We have to take a pledge that we all would do something for the betterment of the poor people. He reminded that Indira Gandhi was a champion of the poor which is why she is acknowledged as national idol by the foreigners.

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