In his first online interaction on social media platform Facebook on Saturday, Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh said ‘skill with knowledge’ can pave way for the social development simultaneously with economic growth.
The initiative on the FB was aimed to establish direct link between Singh, who is CM since 2003, and citizens interested in Chhattisgarh and wanting to learn about the state government’s plan. Responding to questions on Facebook, Singh’s hour-long interactive online session focused on information, education and communication (IEC) on the state’s vision of linking the skill development with employment generation. He also predicted future possibilities on these in Chhattisgarh.
Singh, the first chief minister to have invited Facebook users to submit questions and suggestions, personally answered the queries using hashtag #RamanConnects. He replied to nearly 70 questions (out of 550 posted ), two from United States of America and one each from Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. He is slated to cover a single topic every month under his FB programme.
“We have put the spotlight on skill development with focus on youths in our first live programme on social media through Facebook. I also sought suggestions for improvement. The need is to have training keeping in perspective both - jobs and development together,” the chief minister said.
“We were overwhelmed. The CM has responded to around 70 questions online in the given duration. The remaining questions shall be converted into frequently asked questions (FAQs) to be posted on the official portal of the chief minister later,” Rajat Kumar, joint secretary to the chief minister, who supervised the programme, told Hindustan Times.
During the interaction, the chief minister informed US-based Deepali Saraogi about the state’s site that carry the details of persons skilled in different trades after she offered her company’s assistance to help in employment for skilled and non-skilled labour besides professionals.
The CM faced volley of questions on the schemes aimed to benefit the youths and the unemployed. Some even raised their demands, appeals and shared grievances. Many offered their suggestions.
He stated that 1.32 lakh teachers would be part of the state’s special drive – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam quality education campaign -- to enhance the standard of education in the state. Chhattisgarh will ensure skill development programmes for youths interested to work in medical and construction fields.
Chhattisgarh is the first state to have enacted a law to provide ‘skill development’ as a right for the youth in 2013.