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Raipur : ’Nava Chhattisgarh’ is being built with participation and cooperation of public: Chief Minister Mr. Baghel

Raipur : ’Nava Chhattisgarh’ is being built with participation and cooperation of public: Chief Minister Mr. Baghel

Administrations have been given the permission to conduct district-level public welfare schemes and campaign

District Administration are being empowered to work as per the sentiments, expectations and demands of localites

A new path is being paved for district-level development

21st Episode of Lokvaani aired today

 In the 21st episode of ‘Lokvaani’- the monthly radio programme of Chief Minister- aired today, Mr. Bhupesh Baghel greeted people of the state with ‘Jai Johar’ and spoked on the topic of ‘Paving New Path of District-level Development with Special Strategy’. Under this new strategy, problems are identified based on the local conditions and circumstances, solutions are found and implemented to bring relief to the public. In the same sequence, District Administrations are being empowered and sensitized to work as per the sentiments, expectations and demands of the localites. In this way, each person in the state is being empowered and their participation in the development of the state is being ensured to achieve the vision of ‘Nava Chhattisgarh’. 
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that this time, Lokvaani is being aired on the auspicious occasion of many holy festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Nava Khai and Vishwakarma Jayanti. He requested people to take proper precautions while celebrating these festivals and to take forward the great legacy of social unity, harmony and peace through these celebrations.
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that considering the importance of administrative units in the districts, we have constituted five new districts in a short span. We have also given open permission to conduct district-level public welfare schemes, programmes and campaigns, so as to accommodate the vision, expectations and demands of localites in the development strategy. Administrations are being sensitized and informed about the problems of common people and they have been given the ‘free-hand’ to work as per the local needs to ensure inclusive development.

Chhattisgarh Millet Mission for Kodo-Kutki and Ragi Crops
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel further said that State Government has been taking several innovative steps in Chhattisgarh to save the people of the state from incoveniences due to global pandemic and to continue to expand the facilities for them. He further told that State Government has taken the ‘Chhattisgarh Millet Mission’ initiative to provide better value and facilities to the farmers for producing minor cereal crops. Under this mission, an extensive action plan has been made for enhancing the production and processing of such crops. Millet crops have good nutrition value but are often not given the due importance, because of which millet producing farmers don’t get the fair price of their produce. Keeping this view, State Government has taken the necessary initiative. Millet processing units have already been set up and made operational in Dantewada, Sukma, Kanker districts under Bastar Division in the state, but soon a large number of such units will be established across the state. During the expansion of Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana, State Government decided to provide exchange grant of Rs 10 thousand per acre to the farmers who cultivate Kodo-Kutki-Ragi instead of paddy. This grant would be additional to the income they earn by selling the produce. 
Mr. Baghel said- “I had announced in Vidhan Sabha that Kodo-Kutki and Ragi crops grown in tribal region will be procured at support price. I am happy to inform that we have set the support price for Kodo-Kutki at Rs three thousand per quintal and for Ragi at Rs 3377 per quintal. Arrangements for procurement of these produces through minor forest produce association have also been made. 
Further in the bid to expand public facilities in Chhattisgarh, I had given instructions that besides taking up big projects of road, irrigation, electricity or any major infrastructure, attention should be paid towards the completion of incomplete projects on priority so that the public can get the benefit of the money invested in that project. I am glad that serious initiative has been taken to realize this vision in Durg district. The Sipcona Canal is said to be one of the longest canals in Asia, which was reportedly left incomplete since year 2008. If attention had been paid to the lining, cleaning and repairing of this canal, the farmer brothers and sisters would have got a lot of benefit from the investment made in this scheme. 
I am glad that with District Administration’s initiative in this direction, Sipcona canal will now become lifeline for 51 villages instead of only 22. As a result of the new strategy adopted, 51 villages will receive the water-supply, whereas earlier only 22 villages could have received the water supply. Irrigation facility will be provided in 1259 hectares in 7 villages of Gunderdehi block in Balod district and 10, 252 hectare in 44 villages of Patan block in Durg district. Mr. Baghel said that it is an excellent model to provide greater benefits from smaller investment. Irrigation Department and MNREGA have also been converged for this project, which would provide employment to a large number of people. 

Nandini Mines to be developed as extensive eco tourist spot
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel informed that earlier there was a limestone quarry over a 2500 acres of land in village Nandini situated at a distance of 25 km from Durg city. No mining activities have been conducted in this mine for years. District administration has made an action plan to develop a forest in this area, which will not only help resolve the industrial pollution problem of Durg-Bhilai but will also give a fillip to the efforts for environment conservation in the state. Plantation of more than 80 thousand saplings has been started in this area, which will lead to the development of multi-layered forest. Plantation of grass species will also be done here so that animals can get good quality fodder. The project also includes biodiversity conservation. This vast man-made forest area will become the habitat of wildlife and the entire region will become a center of attraction as a great eco-tourism destination.

Innovations in tribal region are yielding major positive results
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that the innovative steps taken in the tribal region for all-round development of Chhattisgarh have now begun to yield positive results. He further informed that Malaria-Mukt Bastar Abhiyan has brought great relief to people, and success of this campaign is being appreciated across the country. Certainly, the idea of saving Bastar from malaria and the way it was implemented, is considered an innovation. After the formation of our government, when we conducted a survey in seven districts of Bastar division, we found that the annual parasite index i.e. API was more than 10, which is a dangerous-level. Under the campaign, our health workers conducted door-to-door surveys and each and every individual was examined. Free medicines were distributed. Anti-mosquito medicines were sprayed in the houses. Medicated mosquito nets were distributed. These efforts led to a steady decrease in the rate of API. The positivity rate has come down from 4.6 per cent to 0.86 per cent in the last one year. The impact rate of malaria has reduced by 45 percent in the entire Bastar division. The effective implementation of the campaign has been appreciated by NITI Aayog and UNDP and has been described as exemplary for other aspirational districts of the country. I would also like to mention that 'Mukhyamantri Haat-Bazaar Clinic Yojna', an innovative step to provide healthcare services in far-flung areas, is also yeilding significant results. More than 11 lakh people were provided medical treatment under Mukhyamantri Haat-Bazaar Clinic Scheme. The campaign to eradicate malaria has proven to be a boon for women and children. It has benefited the security forces and the residents as well.
Likewise, the winds of change in Dantewada are also the outcome of innovative campaigns being conducted by the state government. Mr. Baghel spoke about Dannex Textile Factory, which was inaugurated on January 31, 2021, has provided employment to 300 families. Three more similar centers are being established, which will provide employment to nearly 1200 people. DANNEX brand has now entered the FPO sector, under which food and handicraft items are also being sold in Dantewada district. 

Innovation in the field of education is being lauded at national and international-level

Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that the global pandemic of COVID-19 has adversely affected the economy not only in our country but across the world. Under these circumstances, it was a challenge to continue the learning process of children. Chhattisgarh Government came up with ‘Padhai Tunhar Dwar’ programme for children, launched a portal named cgschool.in for online education, and even started ‘mohalla classes’ programme for areas where internet is not available. Teachers in our state also took innovative steps to teach their students, which helped the children to continue to learn and study. These efforts have been lauded at national and international-level. Chief Minister requested teachers to continue to do the innovations, like they did during the COVID-period, to make the learning process more interesting and practical. A major innovation in the sequence is the upgrading of government schools to boost the confidence of the students. 171 schools have been upgraded under Swami Atmanand English Medium School Scheme during the COVID period. This innovation will bring major transformation in the government schools of the state and change the lives of children from weak financial background. 

Suraaji Gaon Yojana has become the agent of positive change in rural areas

Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that Suraaji Gaon Yojana is creating major positive changes in rural life. Mr. Baghel appreciated the people coming up with innovative ideas for better implementation of the government schemes and programmes. While state government started the scheme to conserve the four ‘chinhari’ of Chhattisgarh i.e. Narva, Garua, Ghurua, Bari, people of the state added a new dimension to the scheme by creating new products and by coming up up with new employment ideas. 
There is a very unique situation regarding the availability of water in Chhattisgarh. In our region, the water stream does not flow from any of the glaciers of Himalayas. Our rivers and Narva are the sources of water for us. The number of rivers in the state Indravati, Mahanadi, Son, Shivnath, Atem, Mahan and Kelo etc. is limited, but the number of drains flowing from 2 to 11 kilometers is in thousands. In this way, Narva is our very important heritage. Certainly, due to the effect of climate change, water-level in the rivers and streams has gone down. That's why we focused on the 'Narva' project in time. So far, necessary improvement work has been done in about 32 hundred drains. We are working on a war footing to revive about 11,000 drains in the coming year.
I would like to inform that our efforts have begun to yield promising results. News of improving groundwater-level is being reports from various areas. Scientists have warned about the crisis due to climate change, but I believe that our preparedness for Narva Development will help us overcome every crisis. 

With the development of Garuva and Ghurva, new paths were carved and people started earning from the cow dung. So far, Rs 100 crore 82 lakh have been paid to the dung vendors, Rs 21 crore 42 lakh to women self-help groups and Rs 32 crore 94 lakh have been paid to Gauthan committees. 1 lakh 77 thousand 437 cattle farmers have been benefitted from Godhan Nyay Yojana, out of which the number of landless farmers is 79 thousand 435. The production of Vermi Compost, Super Compost and Super Compost Plus has exceeded 11 lakh quintals and about 8 lakh quintals have also been sold. This trend indicates that there is a rapid increase in awareness for the use of organic manure in Chhattisgarh. 1 thousand 634 Gauthans have become self-sufficient.

Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that our main objective is to empower the people, to ensure their participation in development and to achieve the vision of 'Nava Chhattisgarh'.


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