The Chhattisgarh government will set up rural industrial parks in the state. In the first year of the project, there will be 300 such parks. This move aimed to strengthen the rural economy and make the “gauthan” (cattle shed) a centre of livelihood. The project will be launched on Gandhi Jayanti, October 2. The first such park in Chhattisgarh came up in Kulgaon, Kanker district, which has been named Gandhi Gram.
Rural industrial parks:
- The district administration, along with women’s self-help groups, has developed the park.
- The forest department has started a residential training centre, based on the value addition of minor forest produce. Chhattisgarh has set up 8,404 gauthans of the 10,624 sanctioned.
- The state government is procuring cow dung at Rs 2 a kg for making vermicompost. Production will increase once the 300 parks take shape.
- The state government has been developing basic infrastructures, such as interlocking, cement/concrete roads, dormitories, residential rooms, kitchen halls, building sheds for women’s self-help groups, and underground irrigation pipelines. The government is planning to use District Mineral Foundation (DMF) funds for this.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Chhattisgarh Capital: Raipur;
- Chhattisgarh Chief Minister: Bhupesh Baghel;
- Chhattisgarh Governor: Anusuiya Uikey.