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Chhattisgarh is following the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi : Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel

Chhattisgarh is following the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi : Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel

Chhattisgarh state was flourishing even during the COVID crisis

Chief Minister addressed the programme organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce

”Chhattisgarh is steadily pursuing the path shown by Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi. We envision India as a nation with the economy so strong that it can sustain any crisis or calamity. COVID crisis has made us realize the importance of sustainable development”, said Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel while virtually addressing the programme organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce. He further said that sustainable development is not a new concept. Our father of nation Mahatma Gandhi had also guided us towards this vision of balanced and sustainable approach towards development.

Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that the economy of Chhattisgarh remained relatively stable during the entire period of crisis. There has been significant growth in the state, not only in field of agriculture but in various other sectors including automobiles as well. The unemployment rate remained steady. Even at present, the unemployment rate in Chhattisgarh is only 3.8 percent. This is half of the national average of 7.6 percent. We have consistently performed well in terms of GST collections as well. One of the major reasons behind this achievement is the far-sighted vision and consistent efforts of Chhattisgarh Government to strengthen the rural economy, long before the pandemic struck. As soon as the government came to power in December 2018, we immediately took several decisions in the interest of farmers, first being the decision to make the farmers debt free, to provide them fair value for their labour and crop and to ensure them their rights. Resultantly, rural economy remained strong, farmers had money even in times of crisis, so there was shortage of neither demand nor buyers in the market. Chhattisgarh continued to flourish even during pandemic. Later we made arrangements for input subsidy on crops under Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana. Debt relief gave a whole new confidence to the farmers, while input subsidy empowered them financially. In last three years, there has been significant increase in the number of farmers in the state, while the area under cultivation has also expanded, resulting in remarkable hike in the production. Last year, we had procured 92 lakh metric tons of paddy from 22 lakh farmers, this year this figure may reach 10 million tons. For the Kharif season 2019-20, we had given input subsidy of Rs 5628 crore to 18 lakh farmers last year. This year 22 lakh farmers are being provided the input subsidy of Rs 5702 crore for Kharif year 2020-21. Expanding the scope of Kharif 2021 Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, we have included all the Kharif crops, minor cereal crops, horticulture crops and plantation under the scheme, said Chief Minister in his address to the programme.

He added that during the COVID crisis, State Government had launched another important scheme of Godhan Nyay Yojana on July 20, 2020. Under this scheme, dung is procured from farmers and cattle rearers at Rs 2/kg and it is further utilized to produce vermin compost and super compost. Chhattisgarh has nearly 20 thousand villages and in almost every village, a large number of people are getting benefitted by the scheme, mostly women. This scheme has paved a new path of livelihood and income for the villagers. Till date, cow dung worth more than Rs 102 crore has been procured. Through this scheme, we are not only making an immediate arrangements for the employment and income of farmers and villagers, but we are also creating a permanent system through rural empowerment under Suraji Gaon Yojana. The scheme revives ancient practices of irrigation, livestock, employment, promotion of organic farming and nutrition through Narva-Garwa-Ghurwa and Bari programmes.

Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that more than 10 thousand gauthans are being built across the state, under this scheme. So farm construction of more than 6000 gauthans has been completed. Gauthans are being developed as rural industrial parks to further expand the scope of livelihood, production and entrepreneurship for farmers. Today our villages have emerged as new production centers. There is no dearth of mineral resources in Chhattisgarh. Mineral based industries have always had immense potential. Although the state has been prosperous in terms of agriculture and forest resources, mineral-based industrial sectors have not been given attention till now. Our government has taken effective steps in this direction. Under the new industrial policy, we are promoting agriculture and forest based industries. Value addition of agricultural and forest products is being done at the local level. Besides strengthening the procurement system of minor forest produce, we are procuring 52 types of minor forest produce in Chhattisgarh at support price. This has strengthened the economic condition of the villagers even in the forest areas.




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