' Shaala Pravesh Utsav' from 1 April
59 lakh children will get free books in schools
Generic medicines will be provided at cheaper cost
Raipur, 13 March 2016
Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh said that ' Shaala Pravesh Utsav' (School Entrance Festival) will be celebrated from 1 April to 13 April in the entire State. He was addressing the monthly Akashvani 'Raman Ke Goth' broadcast to the entire Chhattisgarh. He also announced financial assistance of Rs Two lakh fifty thousand to the traders who are willing to open Jan Aushadi Kendras (Shops) to sell high-quality cheap drugs to the patients. There is a proposal to open 100 Jan Aushadi Kendras in the entire State.
Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh added that Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi during his recent visit to Chhattisgarh had launched revolutionary model of selling high-quality cheap life saving drugs. He addressed the seventh episode in Hindi and Chhattisgarhi. He paid homage to legendary saint-poet late Pawan Deevan and greeted the citizens on the ensuing Holi festival and World Water Day at the start of the programme. A lot of excitement and enthusiasm was evident among the masses regarding the 'Raman Ke Goth' in the far-flung regions, workers, students, youth,women, farmers and aam admi.
Dr. Raman Singh called upon the listeners to ensure kids over the age of six years are compulsorily admitted to schools during the 'Shaala Pravesh Utsav' from 1 April to 13 April. The new academic session will begin from 1 April. The State Education Department is ensuring that the students of Standard -1 to Standard 10th are provided text-books free of cost before the commencement of the new academic year. The books are in English, Hindi, Urdu and in Sanskrit language also. About 2 crore 91 lakh text-books will be distributed to 89 lakh school children free of cost in the entire state. He called upon the failed candidates not to get demoralized and work hard to come out in flying colours. He added the doors of future are not closed to the students who got less marks in some subjects. Cases of suicides had been reported from some parts of state . He called upon the students to be bold and not get discouraged. Dr. Raman Singh said that all the great men have failed at some time or the other but carried on with their determination to achieve their goals. Lessons can be learnt from failures and the seeds of success can be found there itself.
Chief Minister added that if the students have any lingering doubts about their results they can contact him directly on phone no: 0771-2331001. He called upon the students that life is very precious and he will do whatever is possible to them to succeed in life.
'Raman Ke Goth' also mentioned the Budget (2016-2017 ) which is to be implemented from 1 April.The Budget of Rs . 70 thousand crore had laid stress on education. About Rs 13 thousand crore had been allocated for Education sector. Rs 2 thousand crore had been set apart for the drought-affected farmers of the state. About Rs 150 crore had been allocated for providing paddy seed free of cost to the farmers. Rs 700 crore was set apart for the 'Swachch Bharat Mission'. Rs 400 crore will be spent on villages and Rs 300 crore on cities. The mission is to 'Subke Saath Subka Vikas' and the 2.50 crore citizens have a lot of hope in their dreams being fulfilled in the near future.
Dr. Raman Singh wished the listeners on the auspicious occasion of ensuing 'Holi' festival and appealed to the concerned citizens to conserve water . World Water Day is being observed on 22 March. The common citizens should take pledge to plant trees and preserve water. He urged the people to sink differences and celebrate festival of colours with enthusiasm. He appealed to them not to cut trees and not to play with harmful colours. He remembered poet-saint Mr. Pawan Deewan who passed away on 02 March. Dr. Raman Singh called him the jewel of Chhattisgarh and precious son of the State. Pawan Deewan represented the masses in true spirit. He contributed a lot in the development of Chhattisgarh. It was his ardent desire to build a temple in the name of Sri Ram's mother Maa Kaushalya Devi. The State will fulfill the sant's desire.
Dr. Raman Singh in his broadcast had also given a detailed presentation of the various social welfare schemes of the State Government and steps taken for women's empowerment. He also mentioned the exemption in Stamp Duty if the property is purchased in the name of women. Dr. Raman Singh while referring to the 'Noni Suraksha Yojana' said that the State Government deposited Rs Five thousand for five years in the name of poor couple's two daughters and it can be encashed at the age of 18 years. The amount realized will be Rs 1 lakh per daughter. Education is free of charge for girls from Standard-1 to college degree.
Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh stressed upon the need for birth and death registration as it is a crucial document for the family. The document is essential for availing of the various benefits of the State Government. The certificates are provided free of cost at gram panchayats, nagar panchayats, nagar palikas and nagar nigam offices and all State Government hospitals.