Ranchi: Chief Minister Champai Soren said that at present women are not dependent but are self-reliant and independent in every matter. Now women are able to do everything equal to men. There are countless inspiring examples of women in our country among all of us.
Our women sisters and daughters have made invaluable contributions in many fields including social reform, politics, economy, education, science and research, business, sports and armed forces. Our hardworking sisters and daughters of Jharkhand are making important contributions to the economy of the state as well as the economic development of the country.
From this platform, I would like to appeal to all the women self-help group sisters present here that you should recognize your talent and move forward with confidence. This government will always stand with you at every step and in every situation.
Just as the government led by former Chief Minister Hemant Soren stood with you didis, in the same way we too will stand with you in all your sorrows and happiness. Chief Minister Champai Soren said these things while addressing the program “State Level Exposure and Capacity Building Camp-cum-Women Mahasammelan of Sakhi Mandal Women” organized at Morhabadi Maidan.
Chief Minister Champai Soren said that the sisters and daughters of our SHG group are continuously doing better work in giving right direction to the family as well as the society and the state. About 30 thousand women of Sakhi Mandal of the state are participating in Mahila Mahasammelan. Similarly, in other four divisions also, about 45 thousand sisters and daughters of Sakhi Mandal of the state are associated with this program.
The Chief Minister said that our society gives important importance to the contribution of women. This conference is an important step for women’s respect and equality in society. The Chief Minister said that we need to understand that women are the cornerstone of our society and without their contribution our society is incomplete.
The Chief Minister said that in the last 4 years, under the leadership of former Chief Minister Hemant Soren, the Rural Development Department is continuously implementing development related schemes in the state through Sakhi Mandal. Also, work is being done with commitment to empower women.
The Chief Minister said that since the year 2019 till now, Rs 8 thousand 247 crore has been made available to about 1 lakh 40 thousand SHG groups through bank credit linkage. Whereas before the year 2019, this amount was only Rs 642 crore. Our government has been continuously promoting small and big rural entrepreneurship in the state through women self-help groups. Chief Minister Champai Soren said that in the last 4 years, many ambitious schemes have been launched for the men and women living in rural areas.
Phool Jhano Ashirwad Yojana has also emerged as an important scheme. Through this scheme, women associated with the liquor business are being linked with respectable employment. Identified women are being given interest free loans of up to Rs 50 thousand for alternative employment. So far, more than 33000 women in the state have taken advantage of this scheme and started a respectable life. Women are the pivot of the rural economy.Our government is moving ahead with the aim of including the state in the category of developed states by empowering women.
The Chief Minister said that our government is trying to qualitatively increase the income of rural families by connecting them with one or more means of employment. To increase income, labourers and farmers are being linked to farming as well as non-agricultural means.
Chief Minister Champai Soren said that we will carry forward the thinking of former Chief Minister Hemant Soren at any cost. We will extend the benefits of Abua Awas Yojana to our poor needy families deprived of PM Awas Yojana. Under the Aapki Yojana, Aapki Sarkar, Aapke Dwar campaign, more than 30 lakh applications have been received for the Abua Awas Yojana. Our government will work to provide residential housing to 20 lakh eligible families. Our government understands very well the plight of those who live in mud and straw houses. We will provide three-room permanent houses to such families under all circumstances so that they can live a dignified life.
The Chief Minister said that we believe that food, clothing and shelter are absolutely essential for human life. Our government will fulfill the aspirations of former Chief Minister Hemant Soren and provide everyone with the right to food, clothing and shelter. Chief Minister Champai Soren said that many works are being done for qualitative improvement in the education system in the state. Our government has done the work of converting many government schools in the state into schools of excellence. The ‘lamp’ of education always shines.
Former Chief Minister Hemant Soren has tried his best to ensure that children of all sections of the community, including tribals, indigenous people, Dalits, backward classes, minorities, get quality education. The state government is now committed to providing quality education to the poor children here. In the coming days, thousands of government schools will be converted into Schools of Excellence. The state government has launched the Marang Gomke Transnational Scholarship Scheme for the children of all sections of the society, including tribals and Dalits, to study abroad.
Under this scheme, every year 50 children are sent by the state government to many institutions abroad for higher education, where after obtaining degrees, they are joining jobs as per their goals. The Chief Minister said that our government has increased the scholarship amount for students studying in schools by three times. More than 9 lakh girl students in the state have been linked to Savitribai Phule Kishori Samriddhi Yojana.
Earlier there was a provision to link one girl child per family with this scheme, which our former Chief Minister Hemant Soren has changed and made a provision to link all the girl children of the family with this scheme. The Chief Minister said that our government will continue to work in the future to provide better education to the children of Jharkhand.
The Chief Minister said that Guruji Credit Card Scheme is a better scheme of the state government. Now those students who were facing financial problems for higher education will now be provided education loans under this scheme. Now our children will also be able to become doctors, engineers, lawyers, BDO, CO and other government officers. Guruji Credit Card Scheme will prove helpful in improving the future of the students.
Chief Minister Champai Soren said that many such schemes have been implemented under the leadership of former Chief Minister Hemant Soren, which have directly benefited the people of Jharkhand. The Chief Minister said that before the year 2019, the condition of farmer brothers in the state was not good. From 2019 till now, under the leadership of former Chief Minister Hemant Soren, our government has provided Kisan Credit Cards to 21 lakh farmers.
Farmers also got the benefit of the agricultural loan waiver scheme in the state. Fruit trees were planted under Birsa Green Village Scheme in more than 1 lakh acres of land. The work of supplying water to farmers’ fields is going on. The Chief Minister said that the Sarvajan Pension Scheme was implemented in the state. Timely pension amount is being provided to all old men and women, disabled people and widows. Our government will now work to provide 125 units of free electricity to the people of Jharkhand.
Former Chief Minister Hemant Soren brought a provision of giving 75% reservation for jobs in the private sector to the local youth of all sections of the community, including the tribal natives here. Now 75 youth working in all the private industrial institutions established in the state will be from our state.
The Chief Minister said that in rural areas, repair and construction work of 15 thousand kilometres of rural roads is being done to connect the villages with the city. An assistance amount of Rs 825 crore was provided among 55 thousand Mahila Sakhi Mandals in the program by Chief Minister Champai Soren.