| Chief minister Tarun Gogoi and panchayat and rural development minister Rakibul Hussain at a skills development training demonstration unit in Kamrup district on Friday. Picture by UB Photos |
Guwahati, March 15: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today announced his government will soon launch a new programme called rural employment generation scheme, in order to create new areas of employment generation for rural youths.
Gogoi spoke about the scheme while handing out financial aid to about 5,000 youths and women during the credit disbursement programme organised under the Chief Minister’s Jeevan Swaniojan Yojana at the State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) in Kahikuchi on the outskirts here.
While bank loans amounting to Rs 4.52 crore were disbursed to 195 self-help groups for distribution to 708 beneficiary families, incentives amounting to Rs 119.30 lakh were distributed among 4,772 beneficiaries.
Gogoi also awarded 20 best performing individuals and self-help groups across the state with incentives in the form of cash and kind.
The chief minister said, “Jeevan Swaniojan Yojana has so far benefited more than 50,000 youths in the state. More individuals are now able to earn a living by engaging in different activities like horticulture, animal husbandry, dairy farming, handicrafts and handloom production, beauty business and garment designing, masonry, carpentry, plumbing and food processing under the scheme. The people have been able to acquire different employment generation skills and this will help them to employ others, thereby showing them a way to earn a livelihood too.”
“We will soon launch the rural employment generation scheme to generate jobs for rural youths through various skill development activities. This will ensure they too get equal opportunities just like their urban counterparts. We plan to set up training centres providing vocational training in different districts. We will be sending selected women and youths to attend special training in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore,” the chief minister said.
Gogoi also announced the state government is also keen on launching a new scheme to provide housing for the homeless in the state.
Gauhati West legislator Hemanta Talukdar took the occasion to bring to the notice of Gogoi the problems plaguing his constituency. “A few villages in my constituency are facing the problem of waterlogging. The authorities of the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport are acquiring land in the area, but they are not bothering to create a proper drainage system to flush out the excess water. A few roads in the area are also in a bad state,” he said.
State panchayat and rural development minister Rakibul Hussain was also present on the occasion.