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Govt to provide funds for check dams

The Times of India News Service

SURENDRANAGAR: During his recent visit to Halwad, Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel said the government would contribute 60 per cent funds to build check dams to accumulate rain water.

Forty per cent local funds would help in making villages self-sufficient as far as water was concerned.

Patel said 3,200 new ST buses would be started and a fleet of another 3,200 buses would be added in a year. This will boost public transport facilities.

Seven thousand villages have been transformed under the gokul gram scheme, while another 3,000 villages will be covered under the scheme soon. Fifteen thousand primary schools have been built and handed over to school administrations and 32,000 teachers have been appointed.

Patel stressed that this year no new taxes had been imposed and whatever little was imposed was for famine relief. He said that Rs 3,000 crore had been earned as revenue following checks and 110 tax evaders jailed.

A desh bhakti vijay utsava was organised at the Chotila bus depot where animal husbandry minister Kiritsinh Rana was the chief guest. The depot was awarded Rs 25,000 by the state government as no accidental deaths had occurred during the year. The depot staff presented the amount to Sainik Welfare Fund and the families of Kargil war heroes' Dilipsinh and Ashoksinh's families were presented trophies and certificates of honour.

MLA and GSFC chairman I K exhorted the staff to contribute to the welfare of state and the nation. ST board directors including Dasharathsinh Rana, district BJP president, handed over the cheque for Rs 25,000 to district collector P S Shah.

The Gram Technology Institution, Gandhinagar, has organised a consciousness camp at Kharaghoda for the Agarias (salt labourers) and their families to evolve ways and means to supplement their income. Scientists of Central Marine Salt and Chemical Research Institute, district level officers and chairman of Agarias' co-operatives will remain present.

BJP president Rajendrasinh Rana and animal husbandry minister Kiritsinh Rana attended the Sadguru Brahmanand Swami Gyansatra at Swaminarayan Gurukul at Surendranagar, where Ajay Shah presented a research paper on small distance and multipurpose train routes.

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