Gujarat Chief Minister inaugurates statewide 11th Garib Kalyan Mela from Porbandar

Posted on 03, Jan 2019

In deference to Mahatma Gandhi’s concern for the poor, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today launched the 11th statewide 3-day Garib Kalyan Mela from the Mahatma’s birthplace at Porbandar

Assistive kits costing up to Rs.25,000, totalling Rs.1.61-crore, were disbursed directly to 3,414 beneficiaries, eliminating middlemen from the process, adding the total during the year to Rs.11.12-crore to 15,467 beneficiaries in Porbandar.

Nearly Rs.2,307-crore assistive kits is scheduled to be handed over directly to 11.83-lakh poor beneficiaries in 39 fairs across the state over the next three days.

Speaking on the occasion, he said this assistance is no charity by the state government but a means to opens the doors of development for the poor. He said that 5-litre stainless steel pressure cooker, besides cooking gas connection, will be distributed to 5-lakh women beneficiaries as a different initiative this year.

Mr. Rupani released a booklet on Save Water Campaign and appointed two children as campaign’s ambassador. He also laid the foundation stone of the Rs.119-crore 64-km long Porbandar-Ranavav-Kutiyana bulk pipeline. The state government is also setting up 10 desalination plants along the 1,600-km long coastline on PPP model, with a capacity of 20 MLD, to ensure the region is free from water problem. He said the previous Congress government didn’t care for the water scarcity.

Water Supply Minister Kunwarjibhai Bavaliya, MLA Babubhai Bokhiria also spoke on the occasion. State Water Supply Board Member-Secretary Tushar Dholakia delivered welcome address and Collector Mukesh Pandya proposed a vote of thanks.

Those present on the occasion included In-charge Minister Ishwarsinh Patel, District Panchayat President Nieshbhai Mori, Porbandar Nagarpalika President Ashokbhai Bhadreya, WASMO CEO Manish Mankad, among others.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani inaugurated  the 11th statewide  Garib Kalyan Mela from the coastal district of Porbandar

Nearly Rs.2,307-crore assistive kits will be handed over directly to 11.83-lakh poor beneficiaries in 39 fairs, through transparent means, with a view to eliminate middlemen, to be held at different municipal corporations, municipalities, taluka and prant places in all the 33 districts during the next three days.

The assistance up to Rs.20,000 aimed at making the poor self-reliant will be in the form of sewing machine, kits for certificate holder masons, plumbers and welders, cottage industry kits up to Rs.47,000 to mainly Sakhi Mandal (women’s self-help groups), besides cooking gas connections and 5-litre stainless steel pressure cooker s added this year.

Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel presents at Mehsana and Ahmedabad . Similar itinerary has been prepared for other Ministers, Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of statutory Boards and Corporations, Mayors and party functionaries, who will fan out across the state to attend Garib Kalyan Mela at different places.

About 23,889.62-cr has been distributed to 1.34-crore poor beneficiaries in 1,491 such fairs during the previous ten years, it being started in 2009 by the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The beneficiaries included 13.92-lakh scheduled castes and 34.59-lakh tribal, women comprising 62.55-lakh

Source: Information Department, Gujarat