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  • NGOs willing to work in the field of food processing and value addition of forest products will get all possible support: Mr. Bhupesh Baghel

    Chief Minister joins PEN IIT Global E-Conclave

    Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has said that the State Government will extend all possible support to NGOs wishing to work in the field of food processing, value addition of minor forest produce and forest medicines and skill upgradation of youth of Naxal affected areas. The Chief Minister today joined 'PEN IIT Global E-Conclave' through video conferencing from his residence office here. He said that there is a lot of potential to work in these areas in Chhattisgarh. Institutions wishing to work in these areas are welcome in Chhattisgarh.

        Talking with Rajya Sabha MP Shri Jairam Ramesh in the Conclave, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that 44 percent of Chhattisgarh has forest cover. It has a rich wealth of minor forest produce and forest medicines. Apart from these, there is good production of fruits, flowers, agriculture and horticultural crops in Chhattisgarh. There are many products including Kodo-Kutki, which are in demand all over the world, if there is value addition in these products of Chhattisgarh, then the local youth, women will get good employment opportunities and the producers will get good value for their price. Mr. Baghel also urged Penn IITs to cooperate in value addition and marketing of finished products.

        Mr. Baghel called for the Naxalite challenge in the Global e-Conclave to provide measures for prevention and prevention of Kovid-19 infection, to sustain economic activities during lockdown, to provide employment and income to laborers and forest dwellers from collection of MNREGA and minor forest produce. Detailed information on the strategy of the state government to deal with. The Chief Minister said that to promote the trade of agro-horticulture, small forest produce and forestry in Chhattisgarh, the Buyers-Sellers Meet was organized by the state government, in which 128 institutions from many countries participated. The state government has taken initiative from the Union Ministry of Aviation to provide cargo transportation facilities in Raipur.
        The Chief Minister said that in Chhattisgarh production of lac is also done on a large scale. To promote it further, lac production has been given the status of farming. The state government is also seriously considering giving agriculture status to Cosa production. A tender has also been called for setting up a plant for the production of ethanol from paddy and sugarcane. Even today, 70 percent people in the state depend on agriculture. There is a lot of potential to set up plants for food processing and value addition in all the development blocks of the state.

    The Chief Minister said that during the lockdown, necessary economic activities were continued in Chhattisgarh. MNREGA works were started on a large scale, with a maximum of 26 lakh people employed. The work of collection of small forest produce also continued, the global recession did not affect Chhattisgarh due to measures like purchase of paddy for 2500 rupees, debt relief of farmers. It was the effort of the state government that money should come to the people.

    Regarding the prevention and prevention measures of corona infection, the Chief Minister said that people coming from abroad were identified and placed in home quarantine. Around six and a half million workers and others returned to Chhattisgarh during the lockdown. Work has started in almost all industries of Chhattisgarh, in which one and a half lakh people have got employment. Chhattisgarh produced the largest number of steel during lockdown. During the lockdown, the Chief Minister's Suraksha Abhiyan was also continued. As a result, the number of malnourished children decreased by 13 percent. The Chief Minister gave information about Suraji village scheme ‘Narva, Garuva, Ghurwa and Bari’ scheme, Godhan Nyaya Yojana, tree plantation campaign in Global Conclave. The Chief Minister said that the tribals have increased confidence in the state government. The state government has returned 4200 acres of land acquired from 1700 tribals in Lohandiguda, after testing the revoked forest rights pattas, and has again started distributing forest rights certificates to the eligible beneficiaries. So far, four and a half lakh forest rights leases have been distributed in the state. Mukhyamantri Haat Bazaar Clinic Scheme was launched to provide better health facilities in all areas including tribal areas, which yielded good results. Schools in Sukma that had been closed for 13 years were re-started. In Bastar and Surguja, Junior Service Selection Board was formed for the recruitment of local youth to the third and fourth class posts.


  • Meant Jyotiraditya Scindia, not Sachin Pilot: Congress' PL Punia's 'slip of tongue' over Rajasthan Dy CM joining BJP

    Minutes after making a statement that "Sachin Pilot is now in BJP", PL Punia, AICC General Secretary In-charge of Chhattisgarh, on Monday tweeted a clarification that it was a "slip of the tongue".

    Punia tweeted, "It is clear in the video that question was asked about Scindia Ji and my reply was about Sh Scindia and by slip of tongue I took Sachin Pilots' name instead of Scindia. The mistake is regretted."

    Earlier in the day, speaking to ANI, when asked about BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia's tweet claiming Pilot was sidelined in the Congress, Punia had said, "Sachin Pilot is now in BJP. What is the attitude of the BJP towards Congress and everyone knows that. We don't need a certificate from BJP. In Congress, every political leader and worker is respected." A meeting of the Congress Legislature Party is taking place in Jaipur today.


    While Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has blamed the BJP for attempting to destabilise the State government by poaching MLAs, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot has been camping in Delhi to speak to the party leadership regarding the political turmoil in the State.

    A controversy broke out in Rajasthan after Special Operation Group (SOG) sent a notice to Pilot to record his statement in the case registered by SOG in the alleged poaching of Congress MLAs in the State.


  • China raises flood response to second-highest level

    BEIJING: China's Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) on Sunday raised the emergency response for flood control to Level II, the second-highest in the response system, as heavy downpours continued to lash vast stretches of the country.

    Since July 4, alert-triggering floods have been observed in 212 rivers nationwide, among which 19 topped previous water level records, according to the MWR.

    The water level in Taihu Lake, the country's second-largest freshwater lake, has risen above the alert level for 15 consecutive days, said the MWR.

    China's State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters also lifted the emergency response to Level II later Sunday, following its last upgrade from Level IV to Level III on Tuesday.

    The announcement came after Poyang Lake, China's largest freshwater lake located in the eastern province of Jiangxi, saw its water level at the Hukou station nearing the guaranteed level of 22.5 meters at 4 p.m. on Sunday, indicating an extraordinary emergency of flood control.

    Due to severe flooding, the headquarters, the Ministry of Emergency Management, and the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration on Sunday allocated disaster-relief supplies like tents, blankets, and fold-up beds to the provinces of Jiangxi, Hunan, and Guizhou.

    By noon on Sunday, floods in 27 provincial regions, including Jiangxi, Anhui, and Hubei had resulted in the deaths or disappearance of 141 people, and 2.25 million emergency relocations this year. Around 28,000 homes were flattened and 3.53 million hectares of crops affected, with the direct economic loss at 82.23 billion yuan (about 11.76 billion U.S. dollars).

    China has a four-tier flood control emergency response system, with Level I representing the most severe.