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Mahatma Gandhi Rural Industrial Park Scheme: Know all about the programme launched by Chhattisgarh govt to support poor

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Mahatma Gandhi Rural Industrial Park Scheme: Know all about the programme launched by Chhattisgarh govt to support poor

Named after the father of the nation, the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Industrial Park scheme has been designed to fulfil his dream of a self-reliant village.

New Delhi: Taking a step ahead to boost the rural economy, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has recently inaugurated the ambitious Mahatma Gandhi Rural Industrial Park scheme (MGRIP) and laid the foundation stone of 300 rural industrial parks in different districts of the state. The scheme is named after the father of the nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and signifies his dream of a self-reliant village. While inaugurating the scheme, CM Baghel stressed that the parks will play a pivotal role in realising Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of Gram Swaraj by creating self-reliant villages and will help a large number of women and youth of self-help groups in rural areas. “Gandhi ji has always stressed on the need to give respect to labour-intensive village-based small-scale industries, which have the potential to improve the rural and urban economies as well,” CM said.

About the scheme

Under the scheme, gauthans of the state will be developed as Rural Industrial Parks to provide employment and additional income sources to the poor rural families of the state. For this, various livelihood activities are being conducted here with the joint effort of the state government and the rural populace. These parks will function as rural production and service centres.

As many as 300 Rural Industrial Parks will be developed in the first phase of the scheme, and to achieve the goal, one to three acres of land has been reserved.

Two gauthans in each development block will be established as Rural Industrial Parks in the first phase. A provision of Rs 600 crore has been made for this scheme in the budget of the state government.

Meanwhile, Rs 1 crore each has been provided to all the approved rural industrial parks to make arrangements for the training of youths.

Benefits of the scheme

These parks will be equipped with electricity and water facilities, a working shed, and an approach road. Units for the manufacture of vermicompost, poultry, goat rearing, agricultural and horticultural crops, and processing of minor forest produce will also be set up in the gauthans developed under the Suraji Gaon Yojana.

Flour-mill, pulse mills, and oil mills will also be established under the initiative. It will help a large number of women and youth of self-help groups in rural areas to get a good means of income along with employment.

This move of the state government will help in improving an individual’s financial condition, which in turn affects the society in a positive way.

The youths of rural areas who want to start their own industries should also be provided co-working space in the Rural Industrial Park where state-of-the-art technology will be used for processing and value addition process of agricultural, horticultural and minor forest produce, the finished goods will be marketed at national and international level.

What is gauthan?

A gauthan is a dedicated plot of land, held in common by each village, where all the unused parali (paira in Chhattisgarhi) is collected through parali daan (people’s donations). Furthermore, these parali (stubble) are converted into organic fertiliser by rural youth. So far, nearly 8,408 gauthans are actively operating in the state, out of which 3,089 gauthans have become self-reliant. The Raigarh district has a maximum of 279 self-reliant gauthans.

 

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