Extending Diwali greetings to people of Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Sunday announced that the state government plans to recruit as many as 67,000 youths in its various departments by March 31 next year.
“This year, we are giving jobs to 67,000 youths through recruitment procedures and by March 31, they all will receive their appointment letters. This is our Diwali gift to the people of Gujarat,” he told a gathering at Limbayat in Surat. Rupani was in the city along with his deputy Nitin Patel, state cabinet ministers Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, Jayesh Radadiya and Nanu Vanani, Navsari MP C R Patil and others to inaugurate several projects.
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Addressing the crowd at Nilgiri Society ground in the area, the CM said: “We today handed over LIG houses to the beneficiaries, and also handed CNG auto rickshaws and solar lorries to the beneficiaries. Gujarat is the first state to set up CNG network in the country and we have also started CNG filling stations for the vehicles and we are providing CNG to the industries. This will also help reduce pollution.”
He also announced the state government has decided to give Rs 1,000 pension to widows, and also financial aid to those suffering from sickle cell anaemia in tribal-dominated areas to help them purchase nutritious food.
Recalling an incident in Odisha where a man carried the body of his wife for 12 km on his shoulder, Rupani said: “The Gujarat government has told all mamlatdars and medical superintendents of different hospitals that the state government will bear the expense of transportation of bodies of poor from hospital to the cremation place or their homes, so that family members peacefully carry out final rites of their dear ones.”
Winding up his speech, the CM recited a poem “Chalo Jalaye Deep Vahan, Jahan Abhi bhi Andhera Hein”.