Bhopal, June 8 : Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Saturday instructed officers concerned to draft a proposal vis-a-vis granting unemployed rural youth a right to utilise unused government land for horticulture as this would keep them productively engaged, it was officially learnt.
While reviewing the Panchayat and Rural Development Department at Mantralaya, the Chief Minister observed that the measure would generate large-scale work opportunities.
“By giving them permission for a fixed period, jobless youngsters may be encouraged to produce cash crops so as to benefit themselves in a shorter time,” he averred.Self-help groups promoted under the National Rural Livelihoods Mission must be provided loans at 12 per cent interest instead of the prevailing 24 per cent, Mr Nath said, adding that numerous SHGs fall into a debt trap – owing to high rate – rather than earning profits. He directed assessment of the arrears burden on SHGs and submission of a report.
“Non-urban homeless should be given land ownership titles besides financial assistance to help them construct dwelling units. A campaign to distribute titles ought to be launched and a time-bound programme chalked out,” he said and issued related orders.The Chief Minister emphasised that children must receive food to their liking under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme with nutritional value as the priority.
“Scattered habitations should be considered for status as revenue villages – that will benefit residents as they shall be covered under state and central welfare schemes; make a robust policy for maintaining rural roads; a practical blueprint is imperative for Take Home Ration; training under skill development ought to be more focussed on ensuring employment rather the number of trainees; regular evaluation must be undertaken with regard to how many young people actually obtained jobs; Open Defecation Free status should be regularly appraised; pay greater attention to water conservation activities where public participation is the key to success,” he added. (UNI)