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Chhattisgarh to skill 20,000 people from Naxal-affected region

Just a day before this attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Raman Singh had said that more than 20,000 youth from the Naxal-affected regions of the State were being trained in skill development. 

Speaking at the Niti Aayog meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister had said that his government was working on a rapid action plan to increase mobile and internet connectivity in remote tribal areas.

He said Chhattisgarh was the first state to make legislation and give right to skill development for youths. Taking the skill enhancement programme to a different level, the government started livelihood colleges in every district. The State government was spending over Rs 400 crore from its budget annually on skill development. He suggested that an arrangement should be made by sector skill council to provide training of evaluators and trainers.

For effective implementation of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Mr Singh said Chhattisgarh would become an open defecation free state by October 2, 2018. The State government has worked on the strategy of providing encouragement amount to the beneficiaries only after three months of toilet construction. Drawing attention towards the unused toilets, the Chief Minister suggested that a proposal to make unused toilet usable should be sanctioned.

He said that under the vision document 2030, the State government was working on achieving five targets. The state is focusing on removal of poverty, strengthening the panchayats, providing nutrition, health facilities, quality education, safe drinking water and strengthening infrastructure.

Supporting GST, the Chief Minister said his government was moving fast towards its implementation. He suggested that e-portal by GSTN should be made easy and convenient for businessmen. He said that module of the form filled by businessmen should be provided to them in advance so that they get used to the new system.

On digital India, the Chief Minister said that the state has created a digital army of about 16 lakh people, who make the citizens aware about digitalization and cashless transactions. He said that more than 10 lakh cc cards have been distributed among the farmers and 10 thousand merchants have been brought on board UPI based digital payment app BHIM and Aadhar based digital payment system. Under SKY scheme 1700 towers would be set up in rural areas and 45 lakh people will be distributed smart phones.  He said to encourage digital payment in rural areas regional rural banks should be given mobile and internet banking permission by the RBI.

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