Taking a leaf out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s book, state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has introduced localised versions of the PM’s village adoption, skill development and girl child empowerment schemes in the state budget 2015-16.
While Modi had asked members of Parliament to adopt villages, Mungantiwar has announced the Aamdar Adarsh Gram Yojna (Legislator Ideal Village Scheme) for the state. Under the project, every legislator will be encouraged to adopt a village and spend half the money required for its development from his or her development fund. The remaining 50% will be contributed by the state government.
The skill development programme has been rechristened as the Pramod Mahajan Skill Development programme, after the late BJP leader. “It is on the lines of the Centre’s Skill India programme put forward by the PM. We promise to train the youth in their subject of interest, and give jobs to 75% of them,” said Mungantiwar, admitting the state is building on the national agenda set by Modi.
Under the scheme, 5 lakh youngsters will be trained annually, with focus on construction, manufacturing, textiles, automobiles, health services, banking, industrial, medicinal production and agri processing.
Similar to the Centre’s Beti Padhao Beti Bachao, the state has launched a Rs200-crore Mazi Kanya Bhagyashree Yojana to educate the girl child and make the women welfare schemes better.
Opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said, “Many of the schemes have been lifted from the Centre. There are no original ideas.”