With polls in mind, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday announced that laptops would also be provided to students of private schools in Madhya Pradesh in September.
He made this announcement during the Yuva Sammelan organised here at Lal Parade Ground, which saw the participation of 37,000 youngsters, as per official claims, from across the state.
After the earlier announcement that Class 12 students of government schools who have secured over 85% would be provided laptops, there was resentment among the students of private schools, who even questioned ‘Kya woh humare maama nahee hain’ (is he not our uncle)?
This forced the CM to announce that students of private schools will also be provided laptops at a separate function to be organised in September.
He said that instead of laptops, students would be provided Rs. 25,000 for buying laptops of their choice.
Besides distributing cheques to meritorious pass out students of Class 12 from government schools, he also distributed cheques to five students from private schools as a token gesture ahead of the September function.
The cheques will be distributed to nearly 2,100 students of government schools.
In his address, Chouhan urged the youth that through entrepreneurial efforts in which state government would provide them all possible support, they should contribute in the development of Madhya Pradesh and the country.
Chouhan highlighted various youth-oriented schemes his government has started to provide employment opportunities for the youth from all social strata.
He also stressed that youth should avail the self-employment loan schemes started in the state as the government itself would act as the guarantor for them.
“I won’t allow financial impediments to come in the way of your education. Whenever I see the list of the IAS exam results, it pains me to see very few names from MP. I know you have the potential to be the best in the country and I am here to help you realise your full potential. In the next five years, I want to produce five lakh entrepreneurs in the state. Main MP ke dharti se Tata, Birla and Ambanis jaise business giants paida karna chahta hoon. (I want to produce entrepreneurial giants like Tatas, Birlas and Ambanis on the soil of MP),” he said while addressing the mammoth gathering.
Earlier, minister for commerce and industries and employment Kailash Vijayvargiya, who presided over the function, highlighted the achievements of the state in various sectors. In his address, he appreciated the way Shivraj Singh Chouhan has worked hard day and night to make MP a top ranking state when it comes to growth rate.
Surprisingly, from the platform of a government function, Vijayvargiya, urged youth to support Shivraj Singh Chouhan and highlight CM’s achievements in their respective areas when they go back.
“I want to give you a new slogan. Ek Baar Dil se… Shivraj Singh Chouhan.. Shivraj Singh Chouhan..Ek baar phir se… Shivraj Singh Chouhan... (From the heart…once again Shivraj Singh Chouhan).
Under the Mukhya Mantri Swarojgar Yojana, Chouhan distributed loan approval letters to 90 youngsters.
Chouhan also released a booklet on successful entrepreneurs under the selfemployment scheme and another booklet on e-lecture programme prepared by technical education department.
In the end, Chouhan visited the stalls in the exhibition.
Water resources and finance minister Jayant Malaiya, school education minister Archana Chitnis and SC, ST welfare minister Kunwar Vijay Shah, mayor Krishna, MLAs Jitendra Daga, Dhruv Narayan Singh, Vishwas Sarang and chief secretary R Parasuram were present on the occasion.