‘Country cannot progress without welfare of labourers and backwards’


Dedicates and lays foundation of development works costing Rs. 127 crore at Bamori of Guna

Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal The President Ramnath Kovind has said that it is a reality that no country can progress without the welfare of poor, labourers and backwards, skill is needed in their work also. In the same manner, the work of tendu leaf collection is a skillful work. The tendu leaf collectors and their families accomplish this work skillfully through traditional knowledge. This work has become a medium for their livelihood and has stopped destruction of forest also. The President Kovind was addressing the convention of labourers of the unorganized sector and tendu leaf collectors at the remote place Bamori of district Guna today. Kovind dedicated and laid foundation of development and construction works costing Rs. 127 crore at village Bamori. He also gave an amount of Rs. One crore in the form of bonus to 10 thousand tendu leaf collectors. Addressing the programme, the President said that we can safeguard our future generation by conserving forest and good utilization of forest produce. Nobody knows forest better than tribal and forest dwellers, forest is protector and medium of their livelihood. They protect each other and hence, the responsibility for their welfare is rest with the society and the state.

Mission Mode Scheme for Bamboo products

Moreover, the President stated that it is a matter of pleasure that Mukhyamantri Tendupatta Sangrahak Kalyan Sahayta Yojana has been launched by the Minor Forest Produce Federation in Madhya Pradesh. Scholarship is being given by the federation under the Eklavya Chhatravratti Yojana for the education of tendu leaf collectors’ children. He further mentioned that the minimum support price scheme for 24 minor forest produce has been implemented by the Union Government so that people dependent on forest for livelihood should get reasonable price and to bring improvement in their life. This scheme will facilitate forest dwellers to get reasonable price. Moreover, the Government of India has also started Mission Mode Scheme in connection to bamboo and products made from it. Processing centers based on minor forest produce are being run by the Minor Forest Produce Federation, he added. Kovind said that the unorganised sector constitute over 80 percent of the labour sector of the country, especially labourers engaged in agriculture and construction sector. There is an important need for social security of labourers of unorganized sector. A social security code is being made by the Union Government for the labourers of the unorganized sector so that they should not face any problem, if they fall sick, become handicap and when they grow old. Lauding Madhya Pradesh government, Kovind said that the state government is doing work in this direction since earlier. Special attention has been paid by the state government on small and village industries in the state. As a result about 6 lakh people have got employment during the last 2 years in the state through small industrial units. He also mentioned about the improvement came in the life standard of the labourers from the welfare schemes started in the state under the leadership of the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Madhya Pradesh is the only state, where fees of poor children will be borne by the state government 

Governor Smt. Anandiben Patel, while addressing the programme said that several schemes have been started by the Madhya Pradesh Government for the welfare and upliftment of poor and the benefits of the schemes are reaching needy. She congratulated CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his cabinet for the schemes being implemented for the welfare of all the sections of the society. Smt. Patel, while urging the villagers told them that education is the only medium to get rid of poverty so they must send their children for studies. Moreover, Smt. Patel said that the people who have achieved top positions in various fields; they all belong to poor and labourer families. They all have achieved the positions with their hard work. She further mentioned that Madhya Pradesh government has taken the responsibility to bear fees towards higher education of poor children belonging to general category, this kind of scheme is not in implementation in any state of the country. Smr. Patel stated that an amount of Rs. 12 thousand is being deposited by Madhya Pradesh government in the bank accounts of women labourers of the unorganized sector after the child birth.On the lines of this scheme, an amount of Rs. 6 thousand is being given by the union government in the bank accounts of pregnant women labourers.

Madhya Pradesh government is working focusing poor, farmers and labourers

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the President Kovind has created history first time by visiting the remote area of Guna district. He has been accompanied by the First Lady of the country. He mentioned that today is the remarkable day for Guna district. Chouhan mentioned that work is being carried out for the farmers and labourers besides all the sections of the society. He said that it was the belief of Mahatma Gandhi and Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya that welfare of person, who is standing at the last line of the society, should be carried out first. The state government is working in the same direction. He stated that residential plot will be given to each poor houseless family of the state. Law has been enacted in the state in this regard. Pucca houses will be given to all the houseless families within 4 years under the Pradhanmantri Awas and Mukhyamantri Awas Yojana. Mentioning about the welfare schemes being implemented in the state, the Chief Minister said that the government has intention to transform the life of poor. Madhya Pradesh is not only the state of the country but of the world, which has implemented maximum number of schemes for the welfare of poor. Chouhan said that foot wears, sarees to women and cold water bottle are being given to tendu leaf collectors. He further mentioned that fees towards the higher education of engineering, medical. I.I.T. and other courses of poor students of all the sections of the society will be borne by the state government. Chouhan stated that an amount of Rs. 4 thousand is being deposited in the bank accounts of those pregnant women of labourers families, who are 6 to 9 months pregnant and Rs. 12 thousand for nutritious food after the delivery. An amount of Rs. 17 crore will be deposited this year in the bank accounts of women for this in the state. Moreover, CM Chouhan mentioned that arrangement has been made to give Rs. 2 lakh to family, in case of death of a labourer under the age of 60 years and Rs. 4 lakh in case of accidental death. Wife of the President Smt. Savita Kovind, Minister for Higher Education Jaibhan Singh Pawayya, Chairman Minor Forest Produce Federation Mahesh Kori, President of M.P. Asangathit Karmkaar Mandal Sultan Singh Shekhawat and MLA Mahendra Singh Sisodiya were also present in the convention.