Bommai launches a series of social programs to mark the first anniversary of his government Bommai launches a series of social programs to mark the first anniversary of his government Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday launched a series of social measures, including Swami Vivekananda Yuvashakti Yojane which aims at the empowerment of rural youth, to mark the first anniversary of his government. Under the Swami Vivekananda Yuvashakti scheme, a youth self-help group would be established in each of the 28,000 villages with a seed capital of ₹1.5 lakh for each group, the chief minister said during a meeting. press conference. The program would also aim to enable about five lakh youths to embark on self-employment in addition to linking their SHGs to banks and markets, he said. The other programs that have been launched Thursday include providing 75 units of free energy a month to 25 lakh poor SC/ST families at a cost of ₹700 crore, construction of 8,000 classrooms under Viveka school infrastructure improvement scheme, Babu Jagjivan Ram self-employment programme, transformation of 100 primary health centers into community health centres, Sthree Samarthya program to empower Sthree Shakti groups, extension of the Vidya Nidhi scholarship program to children of weavers, fishermen and taxi drivers, in addition to the Punya Koti program to adopt cows in goshalas or donate ₹11,000 annually to care for them. For All Communities At the launch of the programs, the Chief Minister promised to strengthen the economy of the state through comprehensive programs so that they contribute to the development of all communities and classes. Listing the achievements of his government over the past year, he said that emphasis had been given to the welfare of all sections, especially the SC/ST and the poor. Serious efforts have also been made to eliminate the regional imbalance, he said. He maintained that people in the state would give him “10 out of 10” for his performance over the past year. Bommai, who abruptly canceled Janotsava’s program to be held in Doddaballapur to mark his government’s first anniversary, maintained that he followed his conscience in taking such a decision. “I have decided to cancel the program following the angst among BJP workers over the murder of Hindu activist Praveen,” he said. On Cabinet Expansion When asked about the state of cabinet expansion, the Chief Minister said there was a need for the party to take a stand on this. “I will come to a proper decision in this regard in consultation with the central leaders of the party perhaps during my next visit to Delhi,” he said.