Raipur : Nearly 5.50 lakh people got employment after formation of new government in Chhattisgarh : In last 10 months, 5.10 lakh people in rural areas, 10,460 in industrial sector and 10,502 people got employment in government service
After formation of the new government under the leadership of Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, nearly five lakh 41 thousand 259 people have got employment in a span of 10 months from January to October, 2019. This includes five lakh 10 thousand 117 of rural areas got employment in rural areas, 20 thousand 502 people got jobs in government sector and 10 thousand 640 people got employment in industrial sector.
State Government has launched Narva, Garva, Ghurva and Bari Scheme for strengthening rural economy. Under this scheme, self-employment and employment opportunities are being created for people of rural areas. Many other schemes are also being conducted to create maximum employment opportunities for as many people as possible. Nearly 2 lakh 29 thousand 374 women got employment under Chhattisgarh State Livelihood Mission. State Government is purchasing fabric required for government use from State Weavers Cooperative Society. This decision of state government has provided employment to nearly 51 thousand weavers. About 32% of the population in Chhattisgarh are tribal people and their means of livelihood depend on forests. Large number of tribal people engaged in collection of minor forest produce have got employment through tribal self-help groups. To enhance income of tribal people in state, State Government is procuring minor forest produce through 3500 women groups in 821 haat bazaars. This has provided employment to nearly 42 thousand women.
Around 900 women groups of state have been given the assignment of stitching uniforms for school students, providing employment to nearly nine thousand women. About 35 thousand forest dwellers have got employment in making vermi-compost in cowsheds, about five thousand villagers got employment in collection of mahul leaves, manufacturing of fabrics, jute, 'pattal and plates, and five thousand people have got employment in making tree-guard and baskets. Under National Rural Livelihood Mission, nearly 61 thousand 991 people have got employment in manufacturing of organic medicines, fertilizers, 22 thousand 762 people have got employment in non-agriculture sector. In the same way, the cowsheds constructed under Narva, Garva, Ghurva, Bari Yojana, women groups are manufacturing vermi-compost and fodder. Each cowshed has 14-15 women employed. Nearly 27 thousand 990 women have got employment in chowsheds, and in the same way, nearly 16 thousand women have got employment under Suposhan Abhiyan of Women and Child Development Department. These women earn nearly Rs 2750 every month from these jobs. In this way, nearly five lakh 10 thousand 117 people have got employment while empowering rural economy sector.
In this way, nearly 20 thousand 502 people got employment in government sector. In last 10 months, 5441 teachers, 4000 assistant teachers, 2767 lecturers in schools, 1200 assistant teachers in science lab, 410 english teachers, 306 teachers for English teachers and 1420 people have been recruited on various other posts. 3682 constables have been recruited under Police Department. Through CGPSC, recruitment has been done on 503 posts and recruitment is process for 1972 posts. 250 Patwaris have been recruitment in Revenue and Calamity Management Department, 228 Lab Technicians have been recruited under Health Department, recruitment has been done on 177 posts of Helper grade-3 and Computer Operators in High Court and 118 Sub-Engineers (Civil) have been recruited under PWD Department.
In the industrial sector, nearly 10 thousand 640 people have got employment opportunities in last 10 months. The facilities and encouragement that is being provided by State Government for industries has led to significant progress in industrial sector, while the entire nation is going through recession. In last 10 months, 441 got employed under 2 units of Ultra-Mega Industries, 1520 skilled labourers and 948 unskilled labourers have been hired. In the same period, 170 people in management, 551 skilled labourers and 194 unskilled labourers have been hired for a mega industry, and 73 management people, 192 skilled labourers and 431 unskilled labourers have been hired in seven major industries established in the state. In the same way, 274 small industries have been established, for which 570 people have been hired for management along with 1138 skilled labourers and 2146 unskilled labourer. Likewise, 248 people have been hired for management along with 493 skilled labourers and 836 unskilled labourers for 215 micro industries established in the same duration.
Raipur : Raise the issue of permission for procurement of 32 lakh metric tons of rice from Chhattisgarh in central pool, in the larger interest of farmers : Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
Chief Minister addressed meeting of MPs of Chhattisgarh
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said in his address to the meeting of Chhattisgarh MPs held at Mantralaya Mahanadi Bhavan that Member of Parliaments from Chhattisgarh should rise above the party politics and come together for farmers' interest to raise the issue of Central Government's permission for paddy procurement from farmers at minimum support price of Rs 2500 per quintal and procurement of 32 lakh metric tons of rice from Chhattisgarh for central pool. The meeting was attended by State's Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey, Member of Lok Sabha Dr Jyotsana Mahant, Mr. Deepak Baij and Member of Rajya Sabha Mrs. Chhaya Verma, Chief Secretary Mr. RP Mandal, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gaurav Dwivedi , Principal Secretary Agriculture and Agricultural Production Commissioner Dr Maninder Kaur Dwivedi, Secretary of Food Department Dr Kamalpreet Singh.
Chief Minister said in the meeting that in this meeting related to farmers of Chhattisgarh all the MPs of the state have been invited. Some MPs could not attend the meeting because of previous engagements. Mr. Baghel said that in 2014 Central Government led by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi had said that the rice procurement will not be done from the State Governments that are providing bonus to farmers on paddy procurement at support price, for central pool. But despite that rice was being procured for central pool from farmers by slackening the aforementioned provision for last two years. In year 2019-20, we have requested Prime Minister to slacken the provision this year as well and procure 32 lakh metric tons of rice from Chhattisgarh, because this year inflow of paddy in large quantity is expected. We have written letters in the context to Prime Minister and Central Food Minister, but they have responded with disagreement letter, stating that procurement of paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal would disturb the market.
Chief Minister said in the meeting that procurement of paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal in Chhattisgarh has flourished the market. He requested all the MPs, farmers and businessmen to write letters to Prime Minister requesting slackening of the provision to procure 32 lakh metric tons of rice from Chhattisgarh for central pool.
Chief Minister said in the meeting that in larger interest of farmers, State Government would procure paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal from farmers this year as well. This year, nearly 85 lakh metric tons of paddy procurement is expected. Chief Minister said that we have kept the promise of procuring paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal in year 2018-19. This year also we would procure paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal.
Rise above Party Politics to Support Farmers' Interest : Mr. Baghel appealed in the all-party meet of MPs today
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel appealed the MPs to rise above party politics to support interest of farmers of Chhattisgarh at the all-party meet held at Mantralaya today. Representatives of various political parties responded positively to the request of Chief Minister.
Chief Minister said in the meeting that if rice is not procured for central pool from Chhattisgarh, it would adversely affect farmers and economy of the state. He said that state government is providing Rs 2500 per quintal to farmers against paddy procurement from its own resources. Central Government has to only provide permission for the same. In the meeting, MLA of Chhattisgarh Janata Congress Mr. Dharamjeet Singh said that his party had praised state government's decision to procure paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal from farmers, as it brought relief to farmers and improved their financial status. He showed his support towards farmers' interest. Mr. Keshav Chandra of Bahujan Samaj Party said that he supports state government in bringing justice to the farmers. Mr. CR Bakshi of CPI and Mr. RDCP Rao of CPI (M) and Mr. Sonu Goswami of NCP also supported the stand of State Government on this topic.
Direct Dialoge with Farmers and Farmer Unions
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel had direct dialogue with farmer unions and farmers from various districts of the state regarding procurement of paddy at support price. Chief Minister gave them detailed information about government's decisions and steps for paddy procurement at support price.
Farmers welcomed the decisions of the government and said that this is first time ever that farmers have been called for meeting at Mantralaya. They thanked Chief Minister and told that paddy procurement at Rs 2500 per quintal has significantly improved their financial condition and has encouraged youngsters to take interest in farming. Chief Minister appealed farmer unions and farmers to request farmers, businessmen and various organizations related to agriculture to write letters to Prime Minister requesting procurement of rice from Chhattisgarh for central pool. Farmers and organizations welcomed this request of Chief Minister and agreed to support the cause.
Raipur : Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh suggests solution the problem of pollution due to stubble burning : Agriculture should be brought under MNREGA, Stubble should be turned into manure
Chhattisgarh has already started turning stubble into fertilizer through cowsheds
To solve the problem of heavy pollution due to burning of stubble in national capital New Delhi every year, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has suggested measures such as linking agriculture with MNREGA and conversion of stubble into organic fertilizer.
Chief Minister said that every year in the month of September-October, nearly 35 million tons of stubble is burnt in Punjab and Hariyana. There are two reasons for this- to cultivate wheat crop immediately after paddy crop, and unavailability of cheaper system to burn stubble disposable, though farmers are aware that this process adversely affects the fertility of the land and also causes severe pollution. According to a survey, burning of stubble causes increase in pollution-level of Delhi by 42-46%, making the residents of Delhi 50% more prone to diseases such as asthma, cough and other diseases. It is certainly a dangerous situation. On one side, farmers are burning an important raw material they can utilize for making organic fertilizers because of financial crisis and people of Delhi are suffering health problems due to the same. If Central Government gives instructions that through MNREGA planning this stubble should be converted into organic fertilizers instead of being burnt, then it would not only manufacture a large quantity of organic fertilizer but would also prevent pollution. 100kg of stubble can manufacture nearly 60kg pure organic fertilizer. This means nearly 35 million tons of stubble can be converted into 2 crore 10 lakh tons of organic fertilizer. This would not only improve fertility of agriculture land in Punjab and would also decrease the chances of cancer.
Labourers should be hired under MNREGA to collect stubble. Conversion of stubble into vermi-compost and fertilizer should also be supported under MNREGA. Farmers should be trained and encouraged to make fertilizer out of stubble. This will help in reducing input cost of agriculture as well as pollution. This will promote organic farming in Hariyana and Punjab. It would be difficult to stop farmers from stubble burning through rules regulations or government-administration.
Chief Minister said that cowsheds have been constructed in 2000 villages in Chhattisgarh, where conversion of stubble into organic fertilizers is being done by young rural entrepreneurs. This can be a complete solution to the stubble burning problem. Agriculture is a cyclic process, under which every by-product should be reused in some way or the other in the process of cultivation , only them farming culture can be saved and human health can be protected. MNREGA and Cowshed tradition can play an important role in this.
There is no measure of GDP growth, Chhattisgarh government is first thought: CM Bhupesh Baghel
Raipur. On Chhattisgarh State Foundation Day, the three-day Rajyotsava has been started in Raipur. The program has been organized at Science College ground in Raipur from 1 to 3 November. The Rajyotsava was inaugurated by CM Bhupesh Baghel. During this, CM Baghel addressed the people of the state. Along with this, the booklet of the new industry policy 2019-24 was also released. In the inauguration program Chhatisgarhi Culture was scattered.
In the inaugural function of Rajyotsav at the Science College ground in Raipur, CM Bhupesh Baghel (CM Bhupesh Baghel) said - The state government's policies have created an atmosphere of enthusiasm in the state. Gross Domestic Product is not a measure of development anywhere. The goal of the state government is to develop inclusiveness and give work to every hand. In this, people of villages, poor, farmers, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and backward sections should get the benefit of development. The Chief Minister said that today it is a matter of discussion in the whole country that Chhattisgarh is untouched by the nationwide economic recession. The economic model of Chhattisgarh is discussed all over the country. For the first time the people of the state have realized that there is a Chhattisgarh government in the state.
Very old history
CM Bhupesh Baghel said that the history of Chhattisgarh is not only 19 years old. Even when Chhattisgarh was a part of CP & Berar and Madhya Pradesh, the heart of Chhattisgarh beats for Chhattisgarh. Our forefathers like Dr. Khubchand Baghel, Pandit Sundar Lal Sharma, Thakur Pyarelal Singh fought with public awareness for Chhattisgarh. Dr. Khubchand Baghel was the first visionary of the state of Chhattisgarh. Today's map of Chhattisgarh is a map of his dreams.
Chhattisgarhi culture is untouched, Minister dances
On the first day in the Rajyotsava, Chhattisgarhi culture and culture were scattered. Many cultural programs were presented by folk artists including Arpa Pari's Dhar, Sua dance, Bastar's tribal folk dance, Raigad's Kathak gharana, Pandwani. State Industries Minister Kavasi Lakhma also danced during the presentation of the folk dance of Bastar. On November 2, the second day of the Rajyotsava will be attended by Governor Anusuiya Uike as the chief guest.
Thanks to the Governor, now BJP MP should also write a letter to PM Modi- CM Bhupesh Baghel
Raipur. This is the first Diwali of the Congress government of the state. In such a situation, CM Bhupesh Baghel reached PCC President Mohan Markam and Rajiv Bhavan with the ministers. Where in the press conference held, he has again met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of paddy procurement and said about the condition of farmers. At the same time, he has also appealed to the BJP MPs and leaders of the state to write a letter to PM Modi on this issue.
Bhupesh Baghel said, Deepawali this time is different. We won the Dantewada and Chitrakote by-elections. In Dantewada, after 11 years, he won by 11 thousand votes. Record was also made in Chitrakote. After 12 years in Bastar, one party has got 12 seats. Congratulations to the people of Bastar for this, who put a stamp on our work. We paid attention to trust, development and security. In Bastar, we started development from Lohandiguda. We made changes in the amount of DMF of Bastar that used to be monkey.
CM further said, we considered the person as a unit. There is a widespread impact of malnutrition in the state. That is why we have launched a campaign of a well-educated Cg. If we want to make strong Cg then women and children will have to be strengthened. The crop is good in Cg. Paddy will be purchased from November 15. Its preparation is complete. In this case, he had written a letter to the Prime Minister in the seventh month and met Paswan (Union Food Minister) only in the 9th month. We requested to purchase paddy from the center. For two years, the Center had relaxed the rule. This year too, we requested to relax the rules. The center did not give permission. Will thank the governor. I told him yesterday that you also write a letter to the Prime Minister and today he has written a letter to the Prime Minister. I want to thank them. I will try to meet the Prime Minister again and deal with the condition of the farmers. I appeal to BJP leaders and MPs to write letters to the Prime Minister.
Raipur: Special article: Initiative to bring national and international recognition to sportspersons: Sports Development Authority and Sports Excellence Center in every district
Khelbo, Ladbo, Garbo Nava Chhattisgarh
New initiative is being taken by the Government of Chhattisgarh to provide recognition to the sportspersons at the national and international level. It has been decided to implement the Center of Sports Excellence (Sports Academy) through the Chhattisgarh Sports Development Authority under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel and Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Mr. Umesh Patel. The youth festival is also being organized by the state government to promote traditional sports. A new sports policy has also been formulated to provide better sports facilities to the players. For the physical and mental development of the students in the schools, a contract has been signed by the School Education Department with the Tennwik Society, partnered by cricketer Anil Kumble.
The Sports Excellence Centers (Sports Academy) will be started in every district of the state through the Chhattisgarh Sports Development Authority formed under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister. Here players will have facilities of education as well as sports. Players will get all the facilities in this residential academy for free. Public sector and private sector industries will participate in the operation of the academy. The main objective of the authority is to coordinate in sports related departments and conduct international level sports events along with policy decisions in the field of sports. Apart from mobilizing the necessary resources for the Games, this authority will conduct the monitoring of sports excellence and monitoring of sports schools and various activities related to sports. The Authority's Deputy Chairman, Sports and Youth Welfare Minister and all ministers will be members.
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel has also announced a prize in the name of martyrs of Jheeram Valley to encourage sportspersons. As per the new provisions, the incentive amount of Rs 2 lakh for gold medal in individual sports, Rs 1.50 lakh for silver medal and Rs 1 lakh for bronze medal will be given to the medal winners in National Youth Game. Similarly, it has been announced to give one lakh rupees for gold medals, 75 thousand rupees for silver medals and 50 thousand rupees for bronze medal in sports games. It is noteworthy that 87 players of the state participated in 6 sports and received 10 medals in the Khelo India Youth Games held in Pune this year. (State players got 1 Badminton 2 in Individual Sports Boxing, 3 in Swimming, Weightlifting 2 in total and 8 boys in Kabaddi, 1-1 in Girls category) by the School Education Department. Physical development of students studying in class III to X in 30 schools of four districts Mahasamund, Kabirdham, Jagdalpur and Rajnandgaon 23 games have been selected for.
On the instructions of the Chief Minister, Sports and Youth Welfare Department to celebrate the development block, district and state level youth festival on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda with a view to provide special opportunities and platform to youth, to connect youth with cultural activities and to enhance their talent. The decision has been taken. The festival will be held between 15 October to 15 November at the development headquarters, between 15 November to 15 December at the district headquarters, and the state level festival in the capital Raipur from 12 to 14 January. The youth will showcase cultural talents in 18 genres at the festival. In addition to the 18 genres this year, the traditional Sua dance, Panthi dance, Karama Nacha, Sarhul Nacha, Bastariya folk dance, Raut Nacha, Phugdi, Bhanura, Gedi race, rock band (at state level) besides exposing Chhattisgarhi culture For traditional dress competition, Chhattisgarhi cuisine based food festival competition, Chhattisgarhi folk art and culture, historical heritage, traditional and tribal style SFTP Dropbox Account painting competition on the theme covers.
The All India Civil Services Sports Competition was successfully organized this year in the capital Raipur. In which 1581 employees of Government of India and State Government participated in hockey, athletics, weightlifting, power lifting and body building. In this competition, players of the state received 15 medals in Athletic and 12 in Power Games and brought laurels to the state. Similarly, Raipur Half Marathon was organized at the national level in February 2019, in which 20 thousand youth participated. Foreign youth also participated in the marathon. The winners were awarded prizes of Rs 33 lakh. This event will now be held every year.
To encourage sports in the state, a grant amount of more than Rs 38 lakh 65 thousand has been released for sports activities conducted by 23 state sports associations recognized by the Sports Department. Summer sports training camp was organized on summer vacation in all 27 districts of the state. Regular training in hockey, football, softball, kabaddi, cricket and volleyball games is being imparted regularly at Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg by the instructors posted in the department.
Raipur : Jaggery distribution to commence in Bastar region soon : Civil Supply Corporation Employees to get one-month salary as bonus along with dearness allowance of sixth and seventh pay commission
108 quality monitors to be hired from placement for rice procurement
Food Minister chairs meeting of Board of Directors
Food Minister and Chairman of Board of Directors, Civil Supply Corporation Mr. Amarjeet Bhagat today chaired 72nd meeeting of Board of Directors at the meeting hall in Mantralaya (Mahanadi Bhavan) today. It was informed in the meeting that jaggery distribution under Universal PDS will commence in Bastar region soon. Citizens will be provided jaggery at fair price from fair price shops.
In the meeting, it was informed that the officials-employees of Civil Supply Corporation will be provided one-month salary as bonus along with arrears of dearness allowance hiked from January 1, 2019 as per the rules under sixth and seventh pay commission. Likewise, it has also been decided that the uniform allowance provided to drivers, peon, security guard and others. Employees mot entitled todearness allowance will be provided vehicle allowance. It was also informed in the meeting that 108 quality monitor employees will be hired from placement agency for rice procurement work of kharif marketing year 2019-20. In the meeting, chickpeas distribution work was also reviewed. It was informed in the meeting that chickpeas will be distribution in 85 blocks of Bastar, Sarguja Division and Mada area. This year APL families will also be provided rice along with BPL families under Universal PDS and necessary arrangements have also been made for the same by Civil Supply Corporation. In the meeting, Food Minister Secretary Dr Kamalpreet Singh, Finance Department Secretary Ms Shehla Nigar and member of the board were present.
Raipur : Special Initiative of State Government to provide employment opportunities to Engineers : Mega Placement Camp commences today : More than 50 reputed national-international companies taking part
360 Engineers of government engineering colleges of state participate in the camp
To provide employment opportunities to youth of Chhattisgarh, two-day state-level mega placement camp has been organized under the guidance of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel. On the first day of the camp, nearly 360 engineers from government engineering colleges of Raipur, Bilaspur and Jagdalpur got their registration done and participated in the written test, group discussion and interviews organized by various companies. This includes 70 engineers of civil branch, 65 of mechanical, 19 of mining, 44 of electrical, 30 of computer science, 33 of information technology, 26 of electrical and electronics and 73 engineers of electronics and telecommunication.
In this state-level mega placement camp held in Sejbahar Raipur based government engineering college, more than 50 reputed companies are participating. On the first day, Pie Information Software Company, Kinsuhb Pvt Ltd, Gold Star Steel Private Limited, Godavar Steel and Power and Limited, Raipur Automobile Dealer Association, Evac Alliance Limited, Career Point, Bajrang Power Limited,Gautam Plastics, Kamlesh Agrotech, Agla Kadam Ahuja Automobile, Interbridge Consulting, Thakre Consultancy Private Limited, SSS Engineering, ORI Plast Limited, Mahindra Swaraj, Teleperformance Solar Solutions, Nico Jaiswal and 25 other companies participated. On the second day of this camp i.e. on October 22, companies from across the country will take part.
Raipur : Chief Minister writes letter to Union Minister of Road Transport requesting speedy completion of National Highway construction works in Chhattisgarh
National highway construction works in Tatibandh Chowk Raipur, Bilaspur, Dhamtari, Ambikapur are incomplete
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has written letter to Union Road Transport and Highway Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari requesting speedy completion of pending construction works of various National Highways in Chhattisgarh. Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel mentioned about the need to accelerate the construction work of flyover in Tatibandh Chowk, widening of Raipur-Dhamtari Road, widening work of Bilaspur-Ambikapur, Champa-Korba-Katghora Road, and Kunkuri Road of Patthalgaon. Mr. Baghel said that incomplete construction of these roads is creating problems in public transport.
Chief Minister stated in the letter to Union Minister that NH-53 is situated in Tatibandh Chowk of Raipur city, which is the junction of Raipur-Durg, Raipur-Simga, Tatibandh-Amanaka and Tatibandh-Bhanpuri roads. During Chhattisgarh tour, Union Minister had announced construction of flyover worth Rs 100 crore on September 10, 2018, but the construction work could not be started even after one year of the announcement. Chief Minister said that as Tatibandh is one of the busiest squares of the city and junction has not been constructed as per the parameters, number of road accidents on this route is continuously increasing. He requested to start the construction of flyover as soon as possible so as to ensure smooth traffic movement.
Likewise, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel mentioned in the letter that road widening work of National Highway 30 Raipur-Dhamtari Road has been stopped from May 2018and the construction agency has left the road under-constructed at several places, which is creating problems in traffic movement. It is an important road that connects Raipur-Jagdalpur. Chief Minister also requested that the construction of Raipur-Dhamtari four-lane should also be started soon. Besides, he also mentioned how construction agency has left the widening and upgrading work of NH-43 Patthalgaon-Kunkuri Road incomplete. For last two years, people have been facing problems as Patthalgaon-Kansabel road has been dug out in between creating problems in traffic movement.
Chief Minister also mentioned in the letter about delayed construction works at NH-149, NH-111, etc which have been causing major inconvenience to public, requesting speedy completion of the road construction/repairing/upgrading works.
Raipur : Chief Minister gives instructions to provide all kinds of facilities to residential schools, hostels and ashrams : Mr. Baghel writes letter to Collectors, directing them to prepare a checklist and conduct sudden inspection of hostels
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has written letter to all the Collectors of the state, directing them to provide all kinds of facilities in residential schools, hostels and ashrams. He gave instructions to the Collectors to prepare checklist with DEOs, before conducting sudden inspection of residential school premises. Chief Minister stated in the letter that in days to come, he would himself conduct sudden inspection of ashrams and hostels. Chief Minister would also have meals which students to check the quality.
Chief Minister said that large number of students is enrolled in government ashrams, hostels and other residential schools. Government provides sufficient funds to provide necessary facilities in these campuses. Complaints have been received that in many places, such campuses have not been equipped with basic facilities and are not maintained well. Chief Minister has directed Collectors to be sensitive towards students living in government school campuses and provide them all kinds of facilities, nourishing them like a family member.