Ram Van Gaman Marg opened in Chhattisgarh for the country and the world : Shri Ram is in the hearts of the people in Chhattisgarh: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
*Chhattisgarh is becoming the stronghold of culture*
*Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel inaugurated the renovation and beautification work of Mata Kaushalya temple premise in Chandkhuri*
*Chief Minister inaugurated Ram Van Gaman tourism circuit*
*Three-day cultural event commences with beautiful performances*
*National and international level artists and Manas manadalis staged mesmerizing performances*
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today inaugurated the first phase of Ram Van Gaman Tourism Circuit Project at Chandkhuri, the city of Mata Kaushalya. Inaugurating the three-day grand event organized on this occasion, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that Lord Shri Ram has a very deep connection with Chhattisgarh. Lord Shri Ram is in the heart and soul of Chhattisgarhis. We Chhattisgarhia people, know and believe Lord Shri Ram as Mata Kaushalya's Ram, Bhancha Ram, Vanvasi Ram, Shabri's affectionate and kind Ram. The program was presided over by the Minister of Public Works, Home and Tourism, Mr. Tamradhwaj Sahu.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that the profound influence of Lord Shri Ram can be seen and heard in the lifestyle, folk culture and folk songs of Chhattisgarh. Lord Shri Ram had spent about 10 out of 14 years of his exile period in Chhattisgarh. On this occasion, while paying homage to Chandkhuri, the city of Mata Kaushalya, Chief Minister extended greetings of Navratri festival to the people. He said that not only Chandkhuri, entire Chhattisgarh is the maternal home of Lord Shri Ram.
Referring to the colorful cultural and religious programs to be organized for three days during Navratri festival at Chandkhuri, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that the artists of national and international repute along with the local artists of Chhattisgarh would perform during in this event. Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel also gave detailed information about Ram Van Gaman tourism circuit and said that Ram Van Gaman tourism circuit of about 2260 km is being developed from Harchouka in Sitamarhi in Koriya district to Ramaram in Sukma. Chief Minister said that the culture heritage constitutes and important part of Chhattisgarh state's identity. He said that Chhattisgarh Government is conserving and promoting the faith centers of every section of society. He informed about the efforts being made for the development of Ghotul and Devgudis to preserve the tribal culture and traditions in Bastar region from the archaeological Buddhist site in Sirpur. He said that Chhattisgarh is emerging as the cultural hub. He added that the government is making consistent efforts to promote the culture of Chhattisgarh, its religious, archaeological sites, tourist places, and the 5000-year old ancient theater in Ramgarh of Sarguja at global-level. Referring to Dongargarh, the city of Maa Bamleshwari, Chief Minister said that we are working to beautify al the places of religious and archaeological importance. He said that some people are trying to disturb the age-old tradition of peace and harmony in Chhattisgarh, but they will never succeed. Chhattisgarh has deep roots of tolerance, love and harmony.
Public Works, Home and Tourism Minister Mr. Tamradhwaj Sahu congratulated Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel for the development and construction of Ram Van Gaman tourism circuit. Urban Administration Minister Dr. Shiv Kumar Dahria and Food and Culture Minister Mr. Amarjeet Bhagat also addressed the program.
On this occasion, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, Ministers, MPs, Parliamentary Secretaries, Legislators, officers of corporations and divisions and thousands of devotees present on this occasion enjoyed the bhajans presented by Padma Shri Kabir brothers and the performance of Manas Mandali of Nand Kumar Sahu.
*51 feet high statue of Lord Shri Ram unveiled*
After arriving at the ancient Mata Kaushalya temple of Chandkhuri, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel prayed for the prosperity and prosperity of the people of the state and performed the customary rituals. On the occasion, Chief Minister unveiled a 51 feet tall statue of Lord Shri Ram, in the backdrop of light and fire show. It is worth mentioning that the renovation and beautification work of Kaushalya Mata Temple has been done at the cost of Rs 15 crore 45 lakh. A 51 feet tall Shri Ram statue has been established in the temple premise. Along with the grand gate in the premises, beautification of the pond around the temple, construction of attractive pathways, and plantation has been done. The temple is surrounded by beautiful gardens, in the middle of the pond there is an attractive statue of Goddess Lakshmi pressing the feet of Lord Vishnu on the Sheshnag bed, and the sculpture depicting 'samudra manthan' are the main centers of attraction for the devotees.
*Devotees would get 'darshan' of Lord Shri Ram at every step of the Ram Van Gaman tourism circuit*
Chief Minister today officially inaugurated the Ram Van Gaman Tourism Circuit Project, which was launched to develop the places related to the exile period of Lord Shri Ram in Chhattisgarh as a world-class tourist destination. Chhattisgarh has its own identity in the whole world as the 'Nanihaal' of Lord Shri Ram. Through this tourism circuit, devotees would be able to experience the memories of Lord Shri Ram from Koriya district to Sukma. Sitamarhi Harchauka (Koriya), Ramgarh (Sarguja), Shivrinarayan (Janjgir-Champa), Turturiya (Balodabazar), Chandkhuri (Raipur), Rajim (Gariyaband), Sihawa Saptarishi Ashram (Dhamtari), Jagdalpur (Bastar) and Ramaram (Sukma) are being developed at a cost of Rs.133 crore 55 lakh under Ram Van Gaman Tourism Circuit Project. This tourism circuit will not only boost the rural tourism in the state, but would also unleash the path to new global tourism opportunities.
School Education Minister Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam, Forest Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar, Industries Minister Mr. Kawasi Lakhma, Women and Child Development Minister Mrs. Anila Bhendia, Revenue Minister Mr. Jaisingh Agrawal, Public Health Engineering Minister Mr. Guru Rudra Kumar, Higher Education Minister Mr. Umesh Patel, Culture Minister Mr. Amarjeet Bhagat, Rajya Sabha MP Mrs. Chhaya Verma, Lok Sabha MP Mr. Sunil Soni, Chhattisgarh State Gau Seva Commission Chairman Rajeshree Mahant Dr. Ram Sundar Das, State Women Commission Chairman Mrs. Kiranmayi Nayak, Chairman of Chhattisgarh State Mineral Development Corporation Mr. Girish Devangan, Chairman of State Civil Supplies Corporation Mr. Ram Gopal Agarwal, Chairman of Chhattisgarh Housing Board Mr. Kuldeep Juneja, Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Chintamani Maharaj, MLAs- Mr. Vikas Upadhyay, Mr. Satyanarayan Sharma, Mr. Dhanendra Sahu, Mr. Brijmohan Agarwal, Mrs. Anita Sharma, Chairman of Chhattisgarh Tourism Board Mr. Atal Srivastava, Vice President Mrs. Chitralekha Sahu, Member Mr. Naresh Thakur, Mr. Mr. Nikhil Dwivedi, District Panchayat Raipur President Mrs. Domeshwari Verma, District President Arang Mr. Khilesh Devangan, Member Mr. Dinesh Thakur, City Panchayat Chandkhuri President Mr. Ravi Shankar Dhivar, Kaushalya Mata Mandir Committee President Mr. Galav Sahu, attended the program as special guests.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel inaugurates the works of renovation, beautification and infrastructure development at Mata Kaushalya temple premise in Chandkhuri
Amidst the beautiful light and fire show, 51 feet high statue of Lord Shri Ram was also unveiled
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today inaugurated the infrastructure development, renovation and beautification works done in Mata Kaushalya temple premise at Chandkhuri near capital Raipur, under Ram Van Gaman tourism circuit. Mr. Baghel also unveiled the 51 feet tall magnificent statue of Lord Shri Ram built at the entrance of the temple premise, amidst a beautiful light and fire show. On the occasion, Chief Minister prayed for the happiness and prosperity of the people of the state and performed the customary rituals to worship Mata Kaushalya and the Lord Shri Ram at the ancient temple situated in the middle of Jalsen pond in Chandkhuri.
Tourism Minister Mr. Tamradhwaj Sahu, Forest Minister Shri Mohammad Akbar, School Education Minister Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam, Urban Administration and Development Minister Dr. Shivkumar Dahria, Women and Child Development Minister Mrs. Anila Bhediya, Culture Minister Mr. Amarjeet Bhagat, Industries Minister Mr. Kawasi Lakhma, Rajya Sabha MP Mrs.. Chhaya Verma and Chairman of Gau Seva Aayog Mahant Mr. Ram Sundar Das, several parliamentary secretaries, MLAs and local public representatives were also present in the inauguration program held at the temple premises.
Shaheed Mahendra Karma Tendupatta Social Security Scheme: Payment of more than Rs 24.46 crore in 1652 cases
An important decision has been taken by the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel with the objective of providing social security to the forest dwellers tendu patta collectors. Under this, under the guidance of Forest and Climate Change Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar, Shaheed Mahendra Karma Tendupatta Social Security Scheme is being efficiently operated in the interest of Tendupatta collectors Raipur: Shaheed Mahendra Karma Tendupatta Social Security Scheme: An amount of more than Rs. is payment. Under the scheme, an amount of Rs 24 crore 46 lakh 45 thousand has been paid in 01 thousand 652 cases till July in the state.
Under this, in 95 cases under forest divisional-wise Bijapur, Rs. 21 lakh 20 thousand in 13 cases of Sukma, Rs. 63 lakh 15 thousand in 36 cases of Dantewada and Rs. 08 lakh 60 thousand in 06 cases of Jagdalpur. amount is approved. Similarly, in 46 cases of West Bhanupratpur, Rs 58 lakhs, in 101 cases of East Bhanupratpur Rs. 01 crore 51 lakhs 90 thousand, in 10 cases of Kondagaon Rs.
In 29 cases of Narayanpur forest division, Rs 46 lakh 10 thousand, in 150 cases of Kanker Rs 02 crore 09 lakh 10 thousand, in 22 cases of hair length Rs 32 lakh 10 thousand and in 06 cases of Marwahi Rs 10 lakh 30 thousand. Is. 32 lakh 20 thousand rupees in 27 cases of Bilaspur, 89 lakh 10 thousand rupees in 57 cases of Korba, 30 lakh 20 thousand rupees in 24 cases of Katghora, 01 crore 81 lakh 65 thousand rupees in 118 cases of Raigarh. Apart from this, Rs. 01 crore 17 lakh 10 thousand in 72 cases of Dharamjaygarh, Rs. 26 lakh 60 thousand in 15 cases of Janjgir-Champa, Rs. 28 lakh 10 thousand in 20 cases of Khairagarh and Rs. 01 crore 19 lakh 30 thousand in 99 cases of Rajnandgaon. Approved amount of Rs.
Similarly, in 21 cases of forest divisional Balod, Rs 36 lakh80 thousand, in 15 cases of Kawardha Rs 25 lakh 20 thousand, in 55 cases of Dhamtari Rs 65 lakh 80 thousand and in 226 cases of Gariaband amounting to Rs 03 crore 05 lakh is approved. . An amount of Rs.03 crore 30 thousand has been approved in 197 cases of Mahasamund, Rs.22 lakh 40 thousand in 18 cases of Balodabazar, Rs.50 lakh 60 thousand in 26 cases of Surguja and Rs.56 lakh 40 thousand in 30 cases of Surajpur. Apart from this, Rs. 01 crore 14 lakh 65 thousand in 63 cases of Balrampur, Rs. 18 lakh 55 thousand in 15 cases of Korea, Rs. 24 lakh 90 thousand in 14 cases of Manendragarh and Rs. 22 lakh 25 thousand in 16 cases of Jashpur Nagar. is allowed.
It is worth mentioning that with the objective of providing social security to the tendu patta collecting families in the state, this scheme is operational from last 5 August 2020. Under this scheme, the head of the registered collector family engaged in tendu leaf collection, whose age is between 18 to 50 years on the date of death, on his normal death, a grant-in-aid of Rs. In case of accidental death, an additional amount of Rs.2 lakh is provided. A grant-in-aid amounting to two lakh rupees in case of complete disability and one lakh rupees in case of partial disablement due to accident is provided to the accidental eligible tendu patta collector.
Similarly, the head of a registered collector's family engaged in tendu patta collection, whose age is between 51 and 59 years on the date of his death, will be paid Rs. Grant-in-aid is provided. In case of complete disablement in accident, 75 thousand rupees and in case of partial disablement grants-in-aid amounting to 37 thousand 500 rupees are provided to the accidental eligible tendu leaves collectors.
Chief Minister names the road from OCM Chowk to City Kotwali Chowk in Raipur city after social worker Shri Inder Chand Dhadiwal
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has named the road from Pandit Vidyacharan Shukla Chowk (OCM) to Kotwali Chowk in Raipur city after the social worker and senior leader Late Shri Inderchand Dhadiwal. Chief Minister made this announcement in a program organized at Netaji Subhash Stadium, Raipur today. Mr. Baghel paid a humble tribute to Late Shri Dhadiwal, and recalled his invaluable contribution in the development of the city. Mayor of Municipal Corporation Raipur, Mr. Ejaz Dhebar presided over the programme.
In his brief remarks, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel paid tribute to late Shri Dhadiwal, saying that he was dedicated his entire life to social welfare and service. Shri Dhadiwal was an eminent politician and a devoted social worker. And today, to preserve his memories, we have decided to name the road from OCM Chowk to Kotwali Chowk in Raipur city after Shri Dhadiwal, said Chief Minister.
In this program organized on account of Late Shri Inderchand Dhadiwal's first death anniversary, Member of Rajya Sabha Mrs. Chhaya Verma, senior MLA duo Mr. Satyanarayan Sharma, Mr. Dhanendra Sahu, Chairman of Chhattisgarh State Mineral Development Corporation Mr. Girish Devangan and Chairman of Municipal Corporation Mr. Pramod Dubey, Mrs. Sarojini Inderchand Dhadiwal, Mr. Ramesh Varlayani, Mr. Gajraj Pagaria, Mr. Satish Jain and other family members, councilors, aldermen and a large number of common people were present.
Rajiv Yuva Mitan Clubs will be constituted in every gram panchayat and urban body of the state: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
Every club to be provided a grant of Rs one lakh rupees every year for various creative activities
Chief Minister attends Yuva Sammelan
In the estmeemed presence of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel as Chief Guest, Rajiv Yuva Mitan Club Chhattisgarh organized the first youth conference (Yuva Sammelan) at Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Auditorium Raipur today. On this occasion, the talented youth of the state, who have brought laurels to the society, state and country by with their achievements in various fields, were also felicitated.
Chief Minister said that inspired by the vision of Ex-Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi, Chhattisgarh Government is working towards the development, empowerment and progress of youth in the state. We will realize the dream of 'Gadbo Nava Chhattisgarh' with the participation of youth. It is important to guide and channelize the 'Yuva Shakti' (power of youngsters) towards better opportunities of education and employment.
He said that Rajiv Yuva Mitan Club scheme has been started with the objective of connecting the youth of the state with creative works, to help them develop leadership skills and to make them aware of their social responsibilities. Under this scheme, 13 thousand 269 Rajiv Yuva Mitan Clubs will be formed in gram panchayats and urban bodies. Youth in the age group of 15 to 40 years will be included in this club. Members of this club will participate in social and creative activities as well as implementation of government schemes and programs. Chief Minister said that former Prime Minister Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi started the information revolution in the country and played an important role in promoting computers. Suffrage to the youth, provided a special opportunity to the youth to move forward through the three-tier Panchayati Raj system.
Bastar MP Deepak Baij on the occasion said that state government is making continuous efforts for the welfare and development of every section of the society. Various schemes and programs of Chhattisgarh government are creating positive change in the lives of people.
On the occasion, Chief Minister felicitated Chollywood superstar Sriprakash Awasthi, mountaineers Mr. Chitrasen Sahu and Ms Naina Singh Dhakad, singers Ms Aaru Sahu, Mr. Rishi Raj Pandey and Mr. Sahdev Dirdo, Mr. Kajol Srivas, Mr. Yogesh Kathulia, silver medalist in Para Olympics, UPSC selected Mr. Akash Shri Shrimal and Mr. Akash Shukla and Top Ten rank holders of CGPSC exam including Mr. Neeranidhi Nandeha, Mrs. Srishti Chandrakar, Mr. Sonal David, Mr. Gagan Sharma, Ms. Ruchi Shardul, Ms. Varsha Bansal, Ms. Harshalata Verma, Mrs. Ashree Mishra, Mr. Akash Shukla and Mrs. Madhulika Diksena.
MLA Shri Devendra Yadav, Mayor of Raipur Municipal Corporation Mr. Ejaz Dhebar, Chairman of State Mineral Development Corporation Mr. Girish Devangan, Chairman of Chhattisgarh Building and Other Construction Workers Board Mr. Sunny Agarwal, Chairman of State Youth Commission Mr. Jitendra Mudaliar, Municipal Corporation Raipur Chairman Mr. Pramod Dubey, public representatives from different areas of the state and a large number of young students were present in the programme.
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.
Development works will be conducted in tribal areas of the state as top priority : Chief Minister Mr. Baghel
People of Pakhanjur, Antagarh and Koyalibeda regions paid courtesy call on Chief Minister
Sanction of Rs 20-20 lakh for construction of Sarva Adivasi Samaj buildings in four places
Community building for Bengali community and Manjhi community approved
People expressed their gratitude to Chief Minister for the approval of forest rights lease, construction of Devgudi and Ghotul
In his address to the delegation of people from Pakhanjur, Antagarh Koyalibeda area of Kanker district at his residence office today, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel assured that the development works in Pakhanjur, Antagarh and Koyalibeda areas will be conducted on priority bases, and there would be no shortage of funds. On this occasion, Chhattisgarh Handicrafts Development Board Chairman Mr. Chandan Kashyap and MLA Mr. Anoop Nag were present along with the large numbers tribal people from the aforementioned tribal areas.
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that the government is committed to ensure the rights of water, forest and land to the tribal community. Besides forest rights lease, State Government has taken several initiatives in forest areas to provide employment to the tribal communities through collection and processing of forest produce. Regarding the demands of the delegation, Mr. Baghel said that all the demands including paddy procurement centre, fair price shop, godown, college, hostel etc in Pakhanjur, Antagarh and Koyalibeda areas would be met and sanctioned as priority, after examining. He assured that the construction of bridges-culverts and appointment of teachers in these areas would be done soon from D.M.F. item. In the context of establishing ethanol plant in Pakhanjur area, he said that if industrialists come forward to establish ethanol plants in this area, permission would be given.
On the occasion, Chief Minister announced sanction of Rs 20 lakh each for construction of four Sarv Adivasi Samaj buildings in Pakhanjur, Koyalibeda, Antagarh and Amabeda. Likewise, Rs 20 lakh each have been sanctioned for construction of community building for Bangali Samaj in Pakhanjur and community building for Majhi Samaj in Gadpratappur in Pakhanjur-Koyalibeda areas. He sanctioned Rs one lakh to Mr. Santosh Kirtaniya of Bandegaon in Pakhanjur for the publication of the literature written by him. At the meeting, people from Pakhanjur, Antagarh and Koyalibeda region thanked Chief Minister for the construction of Devgudi and Ghotul and for the preservation of tribal culture. They also thanked Mr. Baghel for the approval of forest rights leases.
Divyang Craftsman presents his wooden artwork with state anthem carved on it to Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
Chief Minister sanctions Rs one lakh as financial aid from discretionery funds to the craftsman
Divyang Craftsman from Bemetara Mr. Dilharan Sinha and his wife Mrs Kalindri Sinha paid courtesy call on Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today at his residence office. On the occasion, he presented his artwork (state anthem carved on wood) to Chief Minister. On this wooden artwork, Mr. Diharan Sinha has also carved the signature of Dr. Narendra Dev Verma, the composer&lyricist of Chhattisgarh’s state song. Appreciating the fine craftsmanship, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel sanctioned an amount of Rs one lakh from discretionery funds to promote wooden art.
Mr. Sinha told Chief Minister that he is physically-disable and wood craft is his only means of livelihood. He told that he has carved the national anthem of India, the state song and the preamble of the constitution on the wood. Mr. Sinha told that his wife Mrs. Kalindri helps him in making the artifacts. He also expressed his desire to pass on his skills to the younger generation and other disable people. He said that he can contribute in promoting the wooden art and craft, with the help of government.
Chhattisgarh is setting a great example in the field of Gau Seva and Gau Sanrakshan (cow protection): Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
Godhan Nyay Yojana: An amount of Rs 5.24 crore released to the cattle farmers, gauthan committees and self-help groups
Success initiatives such as Godhan Nyay Yojana have made Chhattisgarh a model state for the country, in terms of Gau Seva Gau Sanrakshan (Cow service and protection), said Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel in a program organized at his residence office today.
On the occasion, Mr. Baghel transferred a total amount of 5 crore 24 lakhs to the bank accounts of cattle farmers, Gauthan committees and self-help groups, under Godhan Nyay Yojana.
Chief Minister said- “I am glad that the seemingly simple scheme such as Godhan Nyay Yojana is yielding extraordinary results. This scheme is not just about procuring dung and selling manure. This scheme has greatly contributed towards the causes of women empowerment, enterprise development, increasing income of farmers, agriculture land reform, increased productivity, decreasing agricultural input cost, livestock development, prevention of open grazing, and enhancement of crop and milk production. On this occasion, Chief Minister paid Rs. 1 crore 72 lakh to cattle rearers, cow dung vendors, Rs. 2 crore 4 lakh to Gauthan committees and Rs. 1 crore 48 lakh to self-help groups, thus transferring a total of Rs. 5 crore 24 lakh to the bank accounts of beneficiaries.
Chief Minister further said that so far 51.27 lakh quintals of cow dung has been procured in the state and Rs 102.54 crore has been paid against the same. Moreover, 6 lakh 11 thousand 547 quintals of vermi compost and 1 lakh 66 thousand 370 quintals of super compost produced from the dung procured have been already sold. He said that pastures are being developed in all the Gauthans for green fodder supply. So far, fodder plantation work has been completed in 4 thousand 744 Gauthans over a total area of 10 thousand 838 acres.
Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey said that the Gauthans are being constructed in the villages of the state at a rapid pace. He added that beside the production of vermi compost, other allied economic activities should also be encouraged in the gauthans being developed as Rural Industrial Parks.
Industries Minister Mr. Kawasi Lakhma, Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Pradeep Sharma, Chairman of Chhattisgarh State Mineral Development Corporation Mr. Girish Devangan, Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Subrat Sahu, Agriculture Production Commissioner Mr. Kamalpreet Singh and Special Secretary Dr. S. Bharathidasan were also present on the occasion.
Agriculture Production Commissioner Dr. Kamalpreet Singh informed that the number of approved Gauthans in the state has now gone up to 10 thousand 113. As many as 6 thousand 170 gauthans have already been built and made operational. A total of Rs 57 crore 43 lakh has been distributed to the Self Help Groups and Gauthan Samitis as dividends and payments. Beneficiaries of this scheme include 45 percent women and 79 thousand 435 landless farmers, 48.10 percent of the Other Backward Classes, 40.58 percent of the Scheduled Tribes, 7.82 percent of the Scheduled Castes. This scheme has become a strong medium for economic empowerment of the weaker and the backward sections of the society.
Chhattisgarh needs air cargo facility to make better contribution towards the country's exports: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
There is a need to balance demand and supply in business
Chhattisgarh is rich in natural resources and has limitless potential for industry and trade
Chief Minister inaugurates two day 'Vanijya Utsav' (commerce fest)
While inaugurating the two-day ‘Vanijya Utsav’ (Commerce Fest) in capital city Raipur today, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that Chhattisgarh is rich in natural resources and has all kinds of minerals available abundantly. Chhattisgarh has immense scope in the field of commerce and industry. Chhattisgarh can play an important role in the country’s export scenario. As Chhattisgarh is a landlock state, hence the air cargo facility is important for exporting the products manufactured in the state. Chhattisgarh Government has been demanding Government of India to provide air cargo facility in the state for a long time. Chief Minister said that Chhattisgarh has no shortage of water, forest and land. Besides being the ‘bowl of paddy’, Chhattisgarh contributes 74% of the minor forest produce collection in the country. Medicinal herbs are abundantly available in the state, and processing-value addition to these herbs will help in promoting industry, commerce and export. This two-day event of 'commerce fest' is being organized under the joint aegis of Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Government of India and Chhattisgarh Commerce and Industry Department under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. In this event, Shephixel Kolkata, DGFT, CSIDC Customs and others concerning Ministry of Commerce are participating. The inauguration program was presided over by Chhattisgarh's Commerce and Industry Minister, Mr. Kawasi Lakhma.
Paying tribute to the martyr freedom fighters of the country, Chief Ministe Mr. Baghel said that the First Prime Minister of the country late Pt Jawaharlal Nehru’s contribution in the rebuilding of the nation can not be forgotten.
In the year 1955-56, Bhilai Steel Plant was established in Chhattisgarh. This plant became the backbone of Chhattisgarh's economy. Chief Minister further said that Chhattisgarh has thousands of varieties of paddy available, and it is known as the 'bowl of rice'. There is abundant production and storage of forest produce in Chhattisgarh. From iron ore to tin and alexandrite, all kinds of minerals are found in this state. Chief Minister also emphasized on the need to balance demand and supply in the business sector, as the imbalance leads to loss. Chief Minister said that 'Green Revolution' was started in the 70s to meet the demand of food grains. But at presesnt, the supply of food grains in the country is more than the demand (except for pulses and oilseeds). This is the reason why farmers have not been getting fair value for their produce.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel also informed about the efforts being made by the State Government to produce ethanol from the abundantly available paddy in the state, but there has been no progress in the directed as permission from Central Government is awaited. He said that if Central Government gives permission, we can utilize the surplus paddy available in the state. Foreign exchange spent on the import of petroleum can be saved and the farmers will get better price for paddy. This will also give a boost to the commerce and industry in the state. On this occasion, Chief Minister also informed about the construction of Gauthans in Chhattisgarh under Suraji Gaon Yojana and procurement of cow dung under Godhan Nyay Yojana and also about the products prepared from dung. Fertilizers produced from dung are promoting organic farming in the state. Now we are moving towards generating electricity from cow dung. Two entrepreneurs of the state have already given consent for electricity production from cow dung.
Referring to Chhattisgarh's new industrial policy 2019-24, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that we have made provisions of various facilities for the entrepreneurs to promote the industrial sector of the state. This has created a positive environment for industrial development in the state. 140 MoUs have been signed with industrial institutions and entrepreneurs with an investment of 65 thousand crores. Chief Minister said that agriculture and forest produce based industries are also being promoted in the state. He emphasized that Chhattisgarh can play its better share in the country's exports of US $ 700 billion, with availability of air cargo service. On the occasion, Chief Minister released the book 'Bamboo the Green Gold'.
While addressing the program, Commerce and Industry Minister Mr. Kawasi Lakhma said that Chhattisgarh Government has made a special package for agriculture and forest produce based industries. Establishment of the food park is in progress. He has urged the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Government of India to establish an export office in Chhattisgarh to promote exports. Chief Secretary Mr. Amitabh Jain said that low cost of products and high quality are the two essential things to promote exports.
The program was also addressed by Mr. Vikas Choubey, OSD, Government of India, Ministry of Commerce, Principal Secretary Industries Mr. Manoj Pingua. They said that the cooperation of entrepreneurs is necessary for boosting the export potential of the country. Mr. Pingua said that the export of Chhattisgarh was Rs 9,068 crore in the year 2019-20, which has increased to Rs 17,200 crore in the year 2020-21. Chhattisgarh is making steady progress in the field of exports. He gave detailed information about the efforts being made to promote industry and commerce in the state.
It is noteworthy that a two-day commerce fest is being organized on September 21 and 22 in the capital city Raipur, on the occasion of 75th anniversary of independence day . On this occasion, Secretary, Industries Department, Mr. Ashish Bhatt, Managing Director of CSIDC Mr. P. Arun Prasad, Shephixel Vice Chairman Dr. Lal Hingorani and other officials were present.