Chhattisgarh CM follows Modi, makes his radio debut

  • Ejaz Kaiser, Hindustan Times, Raipur
  • Updated: Sep 14, 2015 00:05 IST

Following in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s footsteps, Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh began his radio innings on Sunday, focusing on farmers, culture, education and welfare schemes.

The programme — ‘Raman Ke Goth’ (Raman talks) — was held in an interview format on All India Radio (AIR) and broadcast through five Akashvani centres across the state.

As the first chief minister in the country to engage in such a format, Singh took the opportunity to assure farmers of the state’s readiness to deal with a drought.

During his 15-minute programme, he referred to Chhattisgarh as the land of social and religious harmony with strong cultural values and shared his thoughts on the administrative activities and welfare schemes in the state.

The chief minister, who spoke in both Hindi and Chhattisgarhi dialect, promised quality education and urged the masses to actively support and contribute in maintaining cleanliness and healthy living.

Lauding his state’s performance in the welfare schemes flagged off by PM Modi, Singh said, “We have exceeded our targets on the PM Jan Dhan Yojana and social security insurance scheme.”

He also urged listeners to share their impression, expectations and suggestions about the programme with AIR.

The directorate of public relations (DPR) and the All India Radio had jointly worked out the outline of the programme. “The objective of the programme, which will be held on every second Sunday of the month, is to lead to greater transparency in governance and administration,” secretary-cum-commissioner (DPR) Ganesh Shankar Mishra said.

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