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CM for upgrading rural artisans? skills

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan has emphasised upon making sincere efforts by the government machinery to upgrade the skills of rural artisans in Madhya Pradesh.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2006 02:04 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan has emphasised upon making sincere efforts by the government machinery to upgrade the skills of rural artisans in Madhya Pradesh.

The Chief Minister was addressing a state-level symposium on small entrepreneurship development organised by the Marketing Development Centre of India at Hotel Jehan Numa Palace here on Wednesday.

The CM said suitable arrangements would be made for proper marketing of their products, ensuring them of remunerative returns.

Chouhan said till three decades back, the farm implements including ploughs used to be made by local artisans in villages, whereas now the mechanisation of agriculture has rendered them jobless. “Efforts would be made to re-establish their skills, so that employment could be provide to them,” he said.

He said while heavy industry is the need of the hour, it is a fact that it could not strengthen the rural economy because participation of village workers limited in it.

Adding further, the CM said the State Government is formulating schemes and programmes in consultation with the people concerned and a ‘Vanvasi Panchayat’ would be organised on January 6 and a ‘Yuva Panchayat’ on January 12 at Bhopal. A Youth Mission would be launched to augment employment opportunities for the youths in the State, he added.

Panchayats and Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said a self-help group movement would be carried out in rural areas to provide self-employment to the people in villages. Out of 3.5 lakh self-help groups, over 2.5 lakh are in rural areas, including 1.21 lakh groups of women.