Chhattisgarh is far ahead than national average in terms of male-female population ratio, says Chief Minister
Toll free helpline number for women- 1091 launched in every district
Raipur, 9 October 2016
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that in Chhattisgarh, we all are turning 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao' campaign initiated by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi into a public movement. Chhattisgarh is far ahead than national average in terms of male-female population ratio. Chhattisgarh has 991 female to per thousand 1000 male. He said- this ratio also indicates the better condition of women in the state. Chief Minister was addressing people in his monthly radio programme- 'Raman Ke Goth', aired from Raipur centre of Akashwani today. Dr Raman Singh extended hearty wishes of Shardiy Navratri and International Girls' Day to people of state. People gathered in localities, chaupals and other public places to keenly listen to Chief Minister's radio programme.
Dr Raman Singh greeted people on Vijaydashmi, Karwachouth, Dhanteras, and Dipawali, and extended warm wishes for 'Rajyotsav'- Chhattisgarh State Formation Day to be celebrated on November 1. In the today's episode of 'Raman Ke Goth', Chief Minister gave detailed information about steps and initiatives taken by State Government for socio-economic development and betterment of women in state. Dr Singh said- it is necessary to have toilets built at home so as to guard modesty of women. It is important to build toilets and also ensure regular use of the same. I request men to take the initiative in this direction.
He emphasized on how cleanliness is related to prosperity in Indian culture and appealed people to acknowledge the significance of cleanliness in the festival of Dipawali. About the upcoming Rajyotsav 2016, Dr Singh said that Gem of India and Ex-Prime Minister Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayi gave us the gift of this state. Regarding better socio-economic condition of women in Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister said that in 13 out of 27 districts in state, population of women is more that population of men. This indicates the better status of women in state and also the respect for daughters, sense of equivalence and their awareness towards their rights. Dr Singh said that we in Chhattisgarh have taken the tradition of 'kanya bhoj' during Navratri a step ahead towards malnutrition eradication and nutrition secretary. Dr Singh further said that we have turned Prime Minister Mr. Modi's 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao' campaign into a public movement in Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh Government has initiated 'Noni Suraksha Yojana', under which a bank account is opened in the name of every girl child born in a BPL family and a fixed amount is deposited in that account. The beneficiary girl child receives Rs one lakh in her 18th year of age. Chhattisgarh has made arrangements for free girl education from standard 1 to graduation level. Many initiatives have been taken for providing employment and self-employment opportunities to women. Women Self-Help Groups have been linked to various schemes of low-interest loan facility, ration shop, aanganbadi, malnutrition eradication, uniform stitching etc.
Toll Free Helpline 1091 for Women in Every District
Dr Raman Singh said- Toll free helpline 1091 for women has been initiated in every district of the state. Women may call for help on this number in any situation of crisis and register complaint. For prevention of domestic violence and family disputes, Women Advisory Centre has been established under Superintent of Police in each District Headquarters. Special investigation units have also been established in sevent districts of the state, for investigation of cases related to crime against women. In this way, women in Chhattisgarh are being provided social, financial and legal support, so that they may come forward to take up the profession of their choice and become financially independent.
Female Health Worker of Naxal-affected area praised
Chief Minister said- Many women in Chhattisgarh have earned recognition and fame in their respective fields, but there are also many of the kind, who are working, achieving and setting milestones in anonymity without any expectations for name and fame. In the context, Dr Singh mentioned about female health worker of naxal-affected Bijapur district Chandrakanta Neelam, who is posted in sub-health centre of village Saknapalli (Bhopalpatnam block). Chief Minister said- Neelam doesn't count hours of her duty, instead she has worked day and night to promote institutional deliveries in 11 villages. She has made a team of mitanins and aanganbadi workers, who maintain record of entire details about pregnant women. With her efforts and dedications, vaccination and institutional deliveries in these villages has improved by 25 per cent in two years.
Chief Minister appeals to set 10 goals this Dussehra
Greeting people on Vijaydashmi, Dr Raman Singh said- this festival holds great significance in Indian Culture. The way 10 heads of Ravana were symbol of 10 kinds of evils, the same way society has scope of improvement in many fields. In the context, Dr Singh appealed people to set 10 goals on the occasion of Dussehra. He said- I wish that we all should finalize any 10 goals that may include education, health, skill development, infrastructure development, scientific awareness, culture, employment and entrepreneurship etc. We should make time-bound action plan for these goals and work on it to achieve new heights of success.
Bastar Dussehra is not about Ravana Dahan
Dr Singh said- though across the country and abroad there is a tradition of Ravana Dahan on the occasion of Dussehra, but Bastar Dussehra doesn't revolve around this tradition. Moreover, Bastar Dussehra is known for its 75-day long celebration. Magnificent chariot of Ma Danteshwari is pulled by thousands of tribal people. Lakhs of tourists, from across the country and abroad, visit Bastar to witness the festivities of Bastar Dussehra.
Dr Singh wished for 'Healthy Chhattisgarh' on Dhanteras
About the festival of Dhanteras celebrated before Dipawali, Chief Minister said that this festival is about devotion to Lord Dhanvantari. Yoga, Ayurveda, Naturopathy etc are those Indian medical practices, which are being adopted by people across the world nowadays. I seek blessings from Lord Dhanvantari to help us succeed in becoming 'Healthy Chhattisgarh. We are promoting Yoga and Ayurveda, and parallel running important schemes for modern health facilities.
Exemplary initiative taken in Kanker district under Chirayu Yojana
In his radio programme aired today, Dr Raman Singh mentioned about the exemplary initiatives taken by district administration and health department in Kanker district under Chirayu Yojana. He said- During my recent visit to Kanker, I was pleased to see health department's initiative of integrating various schemes. Dr Singh said- in Kanker district, health check up of children enrolled in aanganbadi centres as well as school students of standard 1-12th was done. Nearly 16 thousand children were given medical treatment, and 412 children were selected for operations. Operation of 101 children has already been done. This includes 38 cases of heart operation. Besides, 13 operations of cataract and hearing impairedness were also done. Operation of more than 300 children will be done in next eight months. Chief Minister said- other districts should taken inspiration from Kanker district and work dedicatedly to provide maximum benefits of health schemes to people.
Cleanliness Revolution in the country
Talking about Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi's Clean India Mission in today's episode of 'Raman Ke Goth', Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said- Dipawali is the festival in which Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity Lakshmi is worshipped. Dr Singh said- In our culture, cleanliness is considered to be the sign of prosperity. This is the reason why we clean our houses, shops, offices and factories before Dipawali. But we often tend to forget the importance of maintaining cleanliness in public places. Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has realized this and reminded us about the importance of cleanliness and hygiene through this mission, which is now turning into cleanliness revolution.
Initiative of 'Bunch of Fools' in Raipur lauded
In today's episode of Raman Ke Goth, Dr Singh lauded the efforts of a group named 'Bunch of Fools' for maintaining cleanliness in public places of capital city Raipur. He said that initiative of this group of young people is exemplary and inspiring. He said- this group cleans public places and beautifies them with paintains and drawings. Bunch of Fools is doing this noble work voluntarily and bearing the expenses themselves.
Take Dipawali as the opportunity to promote cleanliness
He said- Dipawali should be considered as the opportunity to promote cleanliess. We all should contribute in preventing noise, air and water pollution. We should avoid use of fire crackers and use traditional 'diya' made by locan artisans, instead of imported lightings and decorative products. In this way we can contribute to 'Make-in-India' and 'Start-up-India' campaign.