Bhopal, Not only glitter will return to traditional haat-bazaars in Madhya Pradesh, rural products will also re-appear with a bang. Integrated efforts on the lines of China are being undertaken for providing large-scale livelihood and employment to rural people of the state. In this context, a summit was held at Bhopal by State Livelihood Forum and India-China Economic and Cultural Council on Saturday. Commerce & Industries Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya was the chief guest at the function which was presided over by Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Gopal Bhargava. Chinese embassy’s Economic & Commerce Advisor Wang Hejun was also present on the occasion of dedication of Haat of India Document Vision, website and logo “Dynamic Madhya Pradesh”. Chief Secretary R. Parasuram and General Secretary of India-China Economic and Cultural Council Mohd. Saqib were also present.
Kailash Vijayvargiya said that India and China are two most populous countries of the world. Haat of India will become an effective platform for production of traditional products through modern and latest techniques and provide them international market. Vijayvargiya said that Madhya Pradesh government has adopted the philosophy of Ekatm Manav-vaad of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay for ensuring poor people’s prosperity. For this purpose, initiative is being taken to provide better livelihood sources in remote villages. China has achieved unprecedented progress through rural entrepreneurship. Working on these lines, quality of state’s rural products will be improved and provided international market.
Rural Development Minister Gopal Bhargava said that Madhya Pradesh has witnessed unprecedented development during last 10 years. Maximum number of villages have been connected with all-weather roads and every village in the state has electricity. Madhya Pradesh is also an ideal state from law & order viewpoint. Taking cue from China, effective efforts will be made for expansion of livelihood and employment possibilities in state’s rural areas through Haat of India. Bhargava said that Mukhyamantri Gram Haat-Bazaar Yojana has been implemented to give modern shape to traditional rural haat-bazaars for which Rs. 300 crore has been provisioned.
Chief Secretary R. Parasuram said that it is major challenge to provide opportunities of permanent livelihood in rural areas. With change in world scenario, it has become necessary to achieve this target by increasing pace of activities for economic development. For this, Haat of India has been conceptualised for development of village industries on the lines of China. He said that economic ties between India and China have strengthened during last some years and export-import have increased constantly. The state will try to adopt the same innovations through which China’s rural products have gained a new identity in international market.
At the outset, Additional Chief Secretary Panchayats & Rural Development Smt. Aruna Sharma said that effective initiative of give fillip to development of labour-oriented industries in rural areas of the state through State Livelihood Forum. Efforts will be made through generation of large-scale employment through rural industries and special attention will be paid to price control and products’ quality to keep pace with international market through rural industries. Through Haat of India mode, planned efforts will be made to provide trained human resources to rural industries. Smt. Sharma said that buyer-seller meet will be held under Haat of India at Bhopal from December 20 to 23, 2013.
Chinese embassy’s Economic & Commerce Advisor Wang Hejun said that the situation of industrial development in rural areas of the state is like that prevailed in China about 20 years ago. For economic development, China preferred rural cottage industries and gave a new identity to rural products with quality. Wang Hejun said that China will extend every possible assistance for progress of cottage industries in state’s rural areas, skill development training to artisans and marketing of rural products.
India-China Economic and Cultural Council’s General Secretary Mohd. Saqib and Additional MD TRIFAC V. Kiran Gopal threw light on major achievements made by Madhya Pradesh in infrastructure development. CEO State Livelihood Forum L.M. Belwal, officers of various industrial organisations, bankers and officers of Rural Development Department also attended the function, conducted by Shawahiq Siddiqui.