Raipur. The first meeting of the Chhattisgarh Other Backward Classes Advisory Council under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was held at the Chief Minister’s residence office today. Addressing the meeting of the Advisory Council, the Chief Minister said that the Advisory Council has been formed to advise the state government for the protection, welfare and all-round development of the interests of the Other Backward Classes. He said that all the classes included in the other backward classes should take maximum advantage of the schemes run by the government. Special attention should be paid to the educational, social, economic development, business and employment of the society.
Encourage to start new activities in Gauthans and Ripa
Chief Minister Baghel said that income-generating activities are being conducted to provide employment to people in Gauthans and Rural Industrial Park. Also suggest more new activities that can be conducted here. He said that in areas where there is good production of vegetables, attention should be paid to the activities related to the trade of vegetables such as installation of dryers and packing.
Welcoming all the members present in the first meeting, the Chief Minister said that efforts have been made to give representation to maximum sub-castes and regions of OBCs in the council. Appreciating the efforts made by Hardiya Sahu Samaj to encourage mass marriages and the efforts made by Sonkar Samaj in the field of education, he said that these societies have created their own distinct identity in both these fields. The Chief Minister said that similarly, there are skilled people associated with business and employment in other sections as well. The society should also encourage them and increase their identity.
Tribal and Scheduled Castes Development Minister and Council Vice President Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam, Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu, Urban Administration Minister Dr. Shivkumar Dahria, Parliamentary Secretaries Parasnath Rajwade and Vinod Sevenlal Chandrakar, MLAs Dhanendra Sahu, Dr. Vinay Jaiswal, Council members including Ramkumar Yadav, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Subrat Sahu, Secretary Tribal and Scheduled Caste Development Department DD Singh, Commissioner Shammi Abidi were present.
Urged to increase the number of hostels for OBC students
In the meeting of the Advisory Council, all the members thanked for forming the council for the interests of the Other Backward Classes and giving representation to all the classes in it. It was informed in the meeting that on the special initiative of Chief Minister Baghel, in the year 2023-24, 15 new post matric hostels have been approved for the students of other backward classes. These include 8 boys and 7 girls hostels. In the meeting, the members suggested to increase the number of hostels for the education of the children. It was also suggested by the members that coaching for PET, PMT, PSC and competitive examinations should be arranged in the hostels for the children of other backward classes in the state.