Expressing concern over high percentage of poverty in Chhattisgarh, President APJ Abdul Kalam on Wednesday asked the state government to work jointly with the private entrepreneurs to explore its rich mineral resources for the economic development.
"About 45 per cent of the people of the state are living below poverty line, which is above the national average and the state government should work to bring that to zero level in the next nine years," Kalam said after giving awards to various personalities on the concluding day function of the seven-day long rajyotshav (foundation day).
He said he can visualise a situation for Chhattisgarh in 2015, when the per capita income of the people would be Rs 75,000 against the current income of Rs 17,500.
For the economic prosperity of the people, Kalam suggested cultivation of bamboo along with jatropha, which is used for extraction of bio-diesel.
Highlighting the mineral deposits of the state, Kalam asked the state government to have public-private initiative programme for exploration of minerals and especially diamond so that Chhattisgargh can be acknowledged as a diamond producer of the world, Kalam said.