( pic : Bihar CM Nitish Kumar)

Satish Aditya
Bettiah :   CM Nitish Kumar on December 31, 2020, said that Bihar is marching towards  self reliance and he is very happy to see around 400 migrant skilled labourers including women becoming owners  of their trade at Chanpatia   Bazaar  in West Champaran District in North Bihar. They have turned disaster triggered in the wake of  Covid-19
into an  opportunity by their  strong will power  during last 5 months and now the abandoned old Bazaar Samiti godown at Chanpatia Bazaar  has turned into textile manufacturing hub, the Chied Minister said.

Nitish Kumar accompanied by Deputy CM Renu Devi,  Water Resources Minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar, and senior officials of Industry department  reached  Chanpatia and visited the Bazar Samiti godown where 400  skilled labourers  of the area were  manufacturing Sari, Salwar, Track Suits, Shawl, Woolen garments, Pyjama, Jackets, Bags, and other readymade garments.

( pic : Bihar CM Nitish Kumar)

Archana Kushawaha, a skilled labourer while talking to the Chief Minister said they were working in Surat in textile
manufacturing units and during lockdown they returned home but West Champaran DM Kundan Kumar helped them and  now they were in no mood to leave Bihar. “We  are  producing readymade garments and even supplying
on orders  to  foreign countries like Dubai, Spain, and Qatar,” she said  Other workers too said, ” We are feeling better and now we are giving employments to others.”

Nitish assured  the workers  that the government will extend all possible technical help  to them to develop their units here. He  said such units should be developed in all districts for  giving  employment to youth.The Chief Minister said he has decided to establish technical training camps in all district  to provide skill training to unemployed youth. Nitish also reviewed the progress of construction of NH-28B at Madanpur.

Sitaram  Rai, a worker said that Covid 19 has taught them many lessons including staying connected to your roots. He and his friends have started manufacturing cricket bats here. He dwelt  at length how he plans to set up a new cricket manufacturing unit at his village Parsauni with the support  of the district administration. Earlier, they were working in Anantnag in J&K.