Committees at Dist level soon to monitor jobs for locals: CM

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Nagpur, May 20 (UNI) The Maharashtra government will shortly form committees at the district level to monitor the number of local people employed in industries there, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said today.

Speaking to newspersons at Chandrapur in Vidarbha region of the state, Mr Deshmukh said the committees would be headed by the district collectors concerned. A government resolution (GR) had been issued way back in 1973 specifying the number of local people to be employed in industries, he said.

The GR specified that 80 per cent of the skilled workforce and 75 per cent of unskilled workers in an industrial unit should be local people. However, the GR was not being implemented properly and the government was, therefore, thinking of issuing a fresh one, he said.

Earlier, speaking at a function to felicitate former member of parliament (MP) Naresh Pugalia on his 61st birthday, Mr Deshmukh said the city of Chandrapur would soon have a government medical college.

He said the government would sanction the college in view of the rapid industrialisation of the city and the menace of naxalism in the area. The district administration should send a proposal, which the government would sanction without delay.

The government would also take steps to develop the Mata Mahakali temple in Chandrapur as a place of pilgrimage, the Chief Minister added.

Later, Mr Deshmukh laid the foundation stone for the new administrative building and commercial complex of Chandrapur Municipal Council, as well as that for a water reservoir of the civic body. The administrative building and commercial complex is being constructed at a cost of Rs 5.44 crore, while the water reservoir at Rs 1.24 crore, according to an official release.

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