From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network
Bengaluru, Mar 23: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday launched the State Government’s ambitious programme of Swami Vivekananda Yuva Shakti Scheme.
The function organised by the State Youth Empowerment, Sports Development, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Department at the Sri Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru.
The Chief Minister also released the Second Instalment of Special Community Corpus Fund under the Stree Samarthya Scheme and distributed the benefits to the children of Auto and Taxi Drivers as part of Vidyanidhi and also to sheep rearers.
Youth Empowerment and Sports Minister K C Narayana Gowda as well as ministers Prabhu Chouhan and Dr C N Ashwath Narayan, Congress MLA Rizwan Arshad and others were present.
Bommai, in his speech, said it is possible to create a good society when work is accorded necessary honour and dignity.
Swami Vivekananda had advised the youth that they can achieve anything as they have the innate power, the Chief Minister said pointing out that the youth need determination and commitment to achieve and they will be successful with hardwork.
Under the Swami Vivekananda Yuva Shakti Scheme, he said as many as 12,000 Yuva Sanghas will be formed and the youth will be provided training in skill development, assured marketing and bank finance facilities to enable them to become self-employed and lead a dignified and self-reliant life.
The Chief Minister said the State Government has already distributed Rs 50,000 financial assistance to 10,000 women sanghas under the Stree Samarthya Scheme and the second instalment of Rs 50,000 will be released shortly. As many as 20,000 Sanghas have already received money in their bank accounts. Financial allocation has been made for distributing Rs 1,000 to each woman as announced in the budget.
The Children of Auto and Taxi Drivers are provided funds under the Vidya Nidhi scheme for education, which is also being extended to children of sheep rearers. The sheep rearers will be provided with Rs 355 crore to enable each sheep rearer to purchase 20 sheep by releasing Rs 1.31 lakh and these schemes will have multiplier effect and benefit society, he said.
The Chief Minister later inaugurated the new renovated building of the Bengaluru City University.
Speaking to media persons later, Bommai asked AICC General Secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala to read history of reservation first in response to the latter’s demand for Chief Minister’s resignation for not submitting any formal proposal on increasing the reservation quota of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
“Congress party has no moral or political right to speak about reservation,’’ he said accusing the opposition party of insulting Dr B R Ambedkar.
He said the State Government has already passed the necessary legislation for increasing the reservation quota for SC/STs and the necessary process has already commenced.
The State Cabinet has already approved and sent the proposal to the State Governor and the government is committed to getting the proposal included in the 9th Schedule of the Constitution. The State Legal Department is already pursuing the subject, he added.