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Bhopal: ‘Kanyadan’ brides to get smartphone


BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has decided that henceforth, brides marrying under the state government’s ‘Kanyadan’ and ‘Nikah’ schemes will be gifted smart phones also. The decision was approved at the cabinet meeting held here on Tuesday.

Government spokesperson minister Narottam Mishra said the decision was a part of the government’s endeavour to promote PM Modi’s cashless campaign. The cabinet also decided to enhance the monthly aid given to inmates of leprosy homes from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000. The decision will benefit 108 families living in leprosy homes.

The cabinet also approved ‘Kaushalya Yojana’ for skill development of women. Under the scheme, two lakh women will be given short-term skill development training every year. A similar scheme was approved for youth also, under which 1.1 lakh youth will be trained.

The cabinet also approved revised pay scales for Mantralaya staff and for the officials in the personal staff of ministers with effect from July 30, 2013. The state government has enough stocks of fertilisers to last till 2019-20. Markfed has been appointed nodal agency for the sale of the stocks.The cabinet also approved a Rs-74 crore drinking water scheme for fluoride-affected blocks of Jhabua district.

CM displeased over ministers not joining Gramodaya campaign

At the cabinet meeting, the CM expressed his displeasure over ministers not joining the Gramodaya Se Bharat Uday campaign launched from April 14. Chouhan said the ministers should compulsorily join the campaign in districts under their charge. Chouhan will also participate in the sessions of Gram Sansads (village parliaments) being organised under the campaign once every week during the duration of the campaign.