Ranchi: Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said that Jharkhand’s economy could be strengthened through Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of village-oriented industries.
Rural development is directly connected to development of the state, he said before a gathering after inaugurating Khadi and Saras Mahotsava 2017 at the Morabadi ground.
“The mother tongue and indigenous products are the fundamental necessity for development. The state government is committed to follow Mahatma Gandhi in the true sense.
Promotion of Khadi Gramodyog and khadi products are a big leap in this direction. Keeping this in view, the government is trying to stop migration of workers and planning to establish small, medium and big scale industries in Jharkhand,” the CM said.
Das said that the next budget will be employment oriented. We are making the youths of the state skilled and making them capable enough to get employment. Women will also be trained. They will also be given cows for self-employment as dairy farms will be opened in every block very soon.
The CM said that Jharkhand will excel in lac, handicraft and silk production and very soon, the government will form a board or directorate for this purpose. “For qualitative improvement, lac and silk will be produced on a large-scale under supervision of experts. Rural men and women will be connected with these activities and the products will be branded and given exposure in the national and international markets. Very soon, an entrepreneur fraternity will be formed and products will be branded by it,” he said.
Appreciating the chairmen of Odisha and Maharashtra Khadi Boards who participated in the fair, the CM said that these officials were coordinating with Jharkhand which is a good sign.
The CM congratulated the people on giving positive response to cashless campaign and making cashless transaction. He said that the campaign will prove to be a strong tool in reining in corruption and black money. He appealed the adept people to train at least five persons on cashless transaction.
Congratulating people for adhering to the cashless campaign whole-heartedly, Urban Development Minister CP Singh said that Khadi could be related to indigenous, self employment and self reliance. Hence it should be adopted and promoted, he said.
Jharkhand Khadi Board Chairman Sanjay Seth said that more than 550 stalls have been opened in 11 hangers. The people visiting the fair will be given free Wi-Fi facilities and e- PoS machines have been installed to promote cashless campaign and help people transact.
MP Mahesh Poddar, Padma Shree Ashok Bhagat, Maharashtra Khadi Board Chairman Vishal Chordia, Odissa Khadi Board Chairman Tejeshwar Parida, MLAs Naveen Jaiswal, Ram Kumar Pahan, Gangotri Kujoor and other people were present on this occasion.