Regional (M.P & C.G)

Commercial places in urban and rural areas for leather craftsmen

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that suitable spaces will be earmarked for commercial activities of leather craftspersons in urban bodies. Better training will be imparted to them. Apart from training expenses, allowance will also be provided to trainee leather craftspersons. Social security scheme will be chalked out under which they will be registered and provided identity cards, scholarships will be given to their children and assistance for maternity, treatment and marriage. Assistance will also be provided in case of death of family head. Shri Chouhan was addressing Charm Shipli Panchayat at his residence here today. About 3 thousand leather craftspersons from all over the state were present on the occasion.

Shri Chouhan said that a grand Sant Ravidas Memorial will be constructed at Ujjain. The State Government will help market products manufactured by leather craftspersons. Depots will be set up at Indore and Gwalior to provide raw material to them. Places will be earmarked for leather craftspersons in small shopping centres to be established in rural areas. Places in such complexes will be allotted to leather craftspersons where such complexes are available. Craftspersons will be imparted training as per current demand in eminent skill development institutions including Footwear Development Institute, Chhindwara, CEDMAP, Central Leather Research Centre, Chennai and MAPCOST.
The Chief Minister said that laptops will be given scheduled castes students of medical and engineering courses. Besides, upto Rs. 15 lakh annual scholarship will be provided for pursuing education abroad. The State Government will give guarantee on upto Rs. 25 lakh bank loan and also provide 5 percent interest subsidy for 5 years under Mukhyamantri Yuva Swarozgar Yojana. Youths of leather craftspersons’ families having engineering degree will be registered as A category contractors. Mangal Bhawans will be constructed in every development block. Loan upto Rs. 10 thousand on zero percent interest rate will be provided to leather craftspersons for self-employment on which the State Government will provide 50 percent subsidy. Besides, a separate scheme will also be chalked out to provide upto Rs. 5 lakh capital. As many as 20 clusters of leather products will be established in the state. Under social security scheme, registration of all leather craftspersons will be made and identity cards will be issued to them. For education of their children, labour scholarship will also be given to them side by side with scheduled caste scholarship. On delivery in family of craftsperson, wife will be given one and a half months’ wages and husband 15 days’ wages apart form Rs. 1000 for nutritious diet. Family of a craftsperson will be given assistance for treatment. Assistance of Rs. 75 thousand will be given if head of family dies in accident and Rs.20 thousand for natural death. Assistance of Rs. 15 thousand will be given for daughter’s marriage. Rent will be reimbursed if five students rent an accommodation on Chhatragrih Yojana.
The Chief Minister said that leather craftspersons should lead a better life and contribute to progress of country and state through their skill. He said that BPL and Antyodaya families will be provided wheat at the rate of Rs. 1 per kg and rice at Rs. 2 per kg from June 1. Patta of land on which poor families are residing will be given to them. He said that development is meaningless unless its benefit reach the poor.
Cottage and Village Industries Minister Shri Kailash Vijaywargiya said that glimpse of real democracy are seen in Madhya Pradesh. Madhya Pradesh has taken initiative to chalk out schemes on the basis of suggestions emerging in public dialogue. He said that Madhya Pradesh is pioneer in development under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The state leads in the country in agriculture. He said that inflation has increased due to policies of the Union Government.
Madhya Pradesh Khadi Gramodyog Board Chairman Shri Satyanarayan Sattan said that the Chief Minister has ensured development of all sections. Former Union Minister Shri Satyanarayan Jatia said that all problems are being redressed gradually. He said that the Chief Minister does this work with full capacity since he is sensitive and understand spoor people’s problems.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister released a booklet containing information about village industry schemes. The Chief Minister felicitated Shri Satyanarain Jatia, Shri Satyanrayan Sattan, Shri Narayan Kesri, Shri Indresh Gajbhiye and Shri Lal Singh Arya for their long-standing social services.
At the panchayat, representatives of leather craftsperson community put up their suggestions. Shri Khilam Singh of Raisen suggested skill development of craftspersons. Shri Jaswant Rai of Bhopal said that free stalls should be allotted to leather craftspersons at exhibitions held by Handicraft Development Corporation and Gramodyog Deparment. Shri Shyam Pendharkar suggested to chalk out Charmkar Gumti Yojana and provide shoe polishing machines to leather craftspersons. Sushri Sandhya said that government should cooperate with the craftspersons to provide basic amenities such as allotment of land etc. to set up new work after training.
Shri Radhecharan Ahirwar of Vidisha said that products of leather craftspersons should be purchased by government. Shri Suresh Gaikwad of Betul suggested to set up Leathercraft Development Corporation. Shri Bhagwati Shinde of Betul, Shri Ramesh of Burhanpur, Shri Hari Singh Goyal of Kannaud, Shri Rakesh of Ratlam and Shri Dhanraj of Narsinghpur also put forth their suggestions.
Minister of State for Scheduled Castes Welfare Shri Harishankar Khatik, Minister of State for Urban Administration Shri Manohar Untwal, Madhya Pradesh Handicraft and Handloom Development Corporation Chairman Shri Madhav Singh Dangi, Chief Secretary Shri R. Parasuram, Principal Secretary Gramodyog Smt. Kanchan Jain, Managing Director of Khadi & Village Industry Board Smt. Shikha Dube Smt. Veera Rana, Commissioner Sericulture Shri S.D. Pateriya and large number of leather craftspersons were present on the occasion

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