Provide better facilities for teaching-studying in Government English Medium Schools: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
Current status of English Medium Schools in the State reviewed
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has given instructions to ensure better teaching and studying arrangements in the English medium schools sanctioned by the State Government. These schools should be equipped with better infrastructure and facilities to impart high-quality education to children, directed Chief Minister. Mr. Baghel has also directed the officials concerned to sanction funds from DMF for construction of necessary infrastructure in English Medium Schools. Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel was reviewing the current status of the schools sanctioned and run by School Education Department, in a meeting held at his residence office. The meeting was attended by School Education Minister Dr Premsai Singh Tekam, Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Rajesh Tiwari, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Subrat Sahu, Principal Secretary School Education Dr Alok Shukla, Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Siddhartha Komal Singh Pardeshi, Director Public Instruction Mr. Jitendra Shukla, Deputy Secretary Ms Saumya Chaurasiya and other senior officials.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that he is happy to learn about the tremendous response in terms of admission of children in these Government-sanctioned English Medium Schools in District Headquarters of the state. He said that parents have started approaching these schools for admission. He directed the officials concerned that the quality of education in these Government English Medium School should not be compromised under any circumstances. This will be the only parameter of success for this initiative. He added that initially, we were planning to open on Government English Medium School in each District Headquarter, but later we decided to sanction 40 schools. But considering the demand of parents and children and also the enthusiasm of local administration, the number of Government English Schools has been increased to 51. Chief Minister said that in the upcoming academic session, state government is planning to open one Government English School in each of the block headquarters of the state. Mr. Baghel directed the officials of Education Department to make proper arrangements for teaching-studying in all these 51 schools and to simultaneously start planning for the 146 English Medium Schools to be opened in all block headquarters in the upcoming academic session. Officials were directed to pay special attention towards appointment and training of principals and teachers in these English medium schools.
At the onset, Principal Secretary of School Education Department, Dr. Alok Shukla gave detailed information about the deputation of principals, recruitment of teachers and the infrastructure development works being done in government English medium schools, through a powerpoint presentation. He said that so far 51 government English medium schools have been approved in the state, out of which highest number of schools have been approved for Durg district i.e. 10. Likewise, 4 schools have been sanctioned in Balrampur district, 3 schools each in Raipur, Korba and Bilaspur, Janjgir-Champa, Bemetra, Korea, and two each in Gorela-Pendra- Marwahi and Surguja districts, and one school each has been sanctioned for the remaining districts. He gave information about the arrangement of science laboratory, library, music and art room, robotics lab, computer and language lab, sports ground and indoor games in these schools. He further said that considering the space available in schools, better infrastructure can be built for laboratory, library and sports. He informed that the posting of Principals for English Medium Schools has almost been completed on deputation. Teachers are being recruited by school committees. He informed that qualified and experienced principals and teachers are being recruited for these schools. The recruitment process will be completed by the end of October. It was informed in the meeting that 27 thousand 741 children have been admitted in government English medium schools so far and their online class has also started. Infrastructure development work is being done in English medium schools at the cost of Rs 128 crore. He said that Rs 81 crore more is required for infrastructure development and requested the Chief Minister to sanction this amount from DMF.
Promote production of fish seeds, bamboo craft and naturopathy in state: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today reviewed the action plan for providing skill development training to the youth in rural areas, with an objective to develop gauthans as livelihood centers. While reviewing the action plan in a meeting held at his residence office, Mr. Baghel said that along with fishery, production of high quality fish seeds should also be promoted in the state. He also talked about encouraging bamboo handicraft, plantation of medicinal herbs and naturopathy in the state. Chief Minister said that there is an immense potential of employment in these sectors. Promoting the aforementioned activities will generate more employment for people and improve their income. In the meeting, School Education Minister Dr Premsai Singh Tekam, Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Rajesh Tiwari, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Subrat Sahu, Principal Secretary School Education Dr Alok Shukla, Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Siddhartha Komal Singh Pardeshi, Director Public Instructions Mr. Jitendra Shukla, Deputy Secretary Ms Saumya Chaurasiya and other senior officials were also present.
In meeting, Principal Secretary Dr Alok Shukla informed in detail about the action plan prepared for skill development activities under Skill Development and Livelihood Scheme. He said that sufficient funds are available for skill development training and using these funds, nearly 15 thousand to 20 thousand youngsters will be provided training for various kinds of self-employment. He said that keeping in view of gauthans built in villages under Suraaji Gaon Yojana, training in veterinary, organic fertilizer production, manufacturing of various goods from cowdung, nursery work, gardening, fishery, poultry, bamboo craft, medicinal herb farming etc has been proposed. More courses will be added to the training curriculum as per the local needs and circumstances.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that fishermen in the state purchase better quality of fish seeds from other states. Hence, the fishermen should be provided training in high quality fish seed production in state. In those districts of the state, where bamboo is found in abundance, people should be provided training in bamboo craft with the help of skilled instructors. Chief Minister also gave instructions to encourage farming of medicinal herbs in forest regions of the state and also to establish Naturopathy Training and Treatment Centre.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel writes letter to Union Aviation Minister Requests for connecting Bilaspur to Delhi, Mumbai, Korlkata air route
Mr. Baghel thanked Union Minister for commencing Hyderabad-Jagdalpur-Raipur flight service
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has thanked Union Minister of State (I/C) for Civil Aviation Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri for commencing Hyderabad-Jagdalpur-Raipur flight service and for recognizing Jagdalpur of Chhattisgarh as an important center. In his letter, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel requested Union Minister of State Mr. Puri to connect Bilaspur, ‘Nyaydhani’ as well major commercial and industrial city of Chhattisgarh, to Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata air route via flight services.
Chief Minister stated in the letter that Bilaspur is a major hub of trade and commerce in the northern region of Chhattisgarh state. Bilaspur connects the northern districts of the state. South Eastern Coal Field Limited Headquarters, South East Central Railway Zonal Headquarters, and Raipur Railway Division is situated in Bilaspur. Bilaspur is one of the important centers of power production in the country. NTPC in Seepat and many Power Production Plants in Korba and Janjgir-Champa are also situated close to this city. Besides, there are many industrial areas near Bilaspur, which have important contribution to the economy of the state. Chief Minister stated that if Bilaspur is connected to metro cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata via air services, the regional air connectivity would improve. And it would also boost nation’s economy, trade, commerce, tourism, and health sectors and promote the socio-economic activities.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel expresses deep condolence on sad demise of Freedom Fighter Mr. Kanhaiya Lal Agrawal
Late Mr. Agrawal to be bidden last adieu with State Honour
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has expressed deep condolence on sad demise of freedom fighter Mr. Kanhaiya Lal Agrawal. Chief Minister has prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace and has empathized with the grief-stricken family of late Mr. Agrawal. Last rites of late Mr. Kanhaiya lal Agrawal will be performed in Rajnandgaon with State Honour.
It is known that 100-year-old freedom fighter Mr. Kanhaiya Lal Agrawal passed away today in Rajnandgaon. He was the leader of various public movements in Rajnandgaon. He was actively associated with progressive writers association, Bharatiy Jan Naty Sangh and All India Peace and Unity Organization. Last year on August 20, he was felicitated on his 100th birthday in presence of Chief Minister Mr. Baghel. This year on January 3, he was felicitated for his contribution and services at the National Summit of APSO held at Raipur.
'Nava Chhattisgarh, Hamar Vikas Mor Kahani’ to be the subject of Lokvaani’s upcoming episode: people can get their questions recorded on September 23, 24 and 25 between 3pm-4pm
11th episode of Lokvaani to be aired on October 11
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel will be talking about “Nava Chhattisgarh, Hamar Vikas, Mor Kahani” (New Chhattisgarh, Our Development, Our Story) on the upcoming episode of Lokvaani8
People can get their questions about the topic recorded on telephone numbers of Akashwani Raipur – 0771-2430501, 2430502, 2430503 on September 23, 24, 25 between 3pm and 4pm. 11th episode of Lokvaani-Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel’s monthly radio programme- will be aired on October 11 from all the centers of Akashwani in Chhattisgarh, FM radio and regional news channels from 10.30am to 11am.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel grants financial aid of Rs 6 lakh for treatment of two patients
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has sanctioned Rs 6 lakh from discretionary fund for treatment of two people suffering from critical diseases. Chief Minister has directed the Districts Collectors concerned to ensure payment of the aid sanctioned for treatment of the patients.
As per the information received from General Administration Department, Chief Minister has sanctioned Rs 5 lakh for treatment of Mr. Subhash Chandra Kesari, father of Mr. Hridesh Kesari resident of Dayalband, Bilaspur city and Rs one lakh for treatment of Aditya Jangade, son of Mrs. Arti Jangade, resident of village Amartal of Janjgir-Champa district.
In-depth discussion in the cabinet regarding the determination of procedure on the directions of the High Court in the matter of reservation for economically weaker section of OBC and general category
New database will be prepared under the guidance of Patel Commission by considering the database of the ration card prevailing in the state as basis
All families deprived of having a ration card will get a chance
Online and offline applications for making ration card will be taken
New database will be available in public domain
List of families with ration cards will be published
Claims and objections will be received in Gram Sabha and Urban Body Wards
Approval of new prepared list of universal PDS will be done in Gram Sabha and Urban wards
In the cabinet meeting held through video conferencing under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel in his residence office, a detailed discussion was held to collect class wise updated data for disposal of pending cases in the Hon'ble High Court held in relation to providing 27% reservation to the Other Backward Classes and reservation upto 10% to economically weaker sections of general category of the state in public services. In the meeting, it was decided that the updated data will be prepared under the guidance of the Patel Commission, considering the ration card database currently in use in the state. Approval of this data will also be done in the Gram Sabha and the Ward Sabhas of the Urban Bodies.
In the cabinet meeting, it was decided to prepare class-wise updated data through a new process regarding the disposal of the adjournment given by the Hon'ble High Court on the reservation ordinance of the Government of Chhattisgarh. This new data will be prepared using the ration card prevailing in the state as the basis, so that the data of the left out people can also be collected class wise. All the ministers including the Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, said that the database prepared by the Food Department on the basis of the ration card prevalent in the state is credible and talked about including the missing families in this database. Currently, 99 percent of the prevalent ration cards are linked to the Aadhaar numbers and bank accounts of the families concerned. The Government of Chhattisgarh is going to adopt a new procedure to collect completely transparent and reliable data to provide a solid basis for the adjournment of the Honorable High Court in the case of OBC reservation, under which the list of ration card holders currently in circulation will be published publically in the wards of gram panchayats and urban bodies. In this regard, along with resolving the claim and objection, a fresh application will also be taken to prepare ration card of the missing families. The names of ineligible people will also be deleted from the list. The government will also provide the facility of applying online / offline for the missing families to prepare ration cards. In this regard, a new guide line will also be released under the guidance of Patel Commission.
In the meeting, the Secretary of the Food Department gave information about ration card data in the context of Other Backward Classes through powerpoint presentation, and said that currently 66 lakh 73 thousand 133 ration cards are prevalent in the state, with a total of 2 crore 47 lakh 70 thousand 566 members. At present, 31 lakh 52 thousand 325 ration cards belong to other backward class families, whose members number one crore 18 lakh 26 thousand 787, which is 47.75 percent of the numbers benefited. The number of prevailing ration cards in the general category is 5 lakh 89 thousand and the number of members is 20 lakh 25 thousand 42, which is 8.18 percent of the number of members benefited in the state through ration cards. He informed that this database has been collected as per the guidelines of the government from time to time under the process of making and renewing ration cards. This data is reliable. Taking this as the basis, if the data of the left out families is included in it, then the latest class-wise data of the state will be prepared.
Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel directed to issue new guidelines soon to collect the correct data of all sections. He said that the state government has decided to provide 10 percent reservation to the economically weaker sections of the general class. At present, the number of ration cards issued to the general category is only 8.18 percent of the number of beneficiaries in the state. It is likely to increase with the fresh application of left out families. The percentage of general category is expected to increase from 8.18 to 11-12 percent. On this basis, the basis of providing 10 percent reservation to the economically weaker sections of the general class will be strengthened. Minister Mohammad Akbar and Other ministers including Minister Mr T.S. Singhdev, said that the ration card data prevailing in the state has been collected since 2003, following the rules and procedures of making ration cards and the guidelines and procedures issued by the government from time to time. It is completely reliable. They agreed on the class-wise data upgradation process as per the suggestion of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel.
In the meeting, it was decided to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation on October 2, in a brief manner in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Jayanti program will have programs based on the concept of sanitation, self-reliance, sanitisation of villages and Suraji Gaon while ensuring the maintenance of physical distancing and safety measures and Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel's letter will be read out.
’One Nation-One Market’ ordinance of Central Government is unfavourable for the farmers: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
Chhattisgarh Government provided financial aid of Rs 70 thousand crore to poor, labourers, farmers and forest dwellers during the period of corona crisis
Chief Minister unveiled development works worth Rs 332 crore for Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has expressed concern that Central Government’s ordinance of ‘One Nation-One Market’ is unfavourable for the farmers. This will ruin the ‘mandi’ system, which is not beneficial for either farmers or traders. Maximum of the farmers are small marginalized farmers. This ordinance, if passed, will further lead to the exploitation of farmers. These farmers are not capable of travelling all the way to other states for selling their agricultural produce. This will also deprive farmers from receiving minimum support price for their crop. Chief Minister further said that the amendment done by Central Government in the Essential Goods Act will create problems will make it difficult to take action against hoarding and inflation. Contractual farming will only favour the private companies. Entry of private companies into Cooperative sector will result in multinational companies, industrialists taking over the cooperatives institutions, which will further lead to exploitation of farmers.
After inaugurating and laying foundation of development works worth nearly Rs 332.64 crore for Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district, Chief Minister was addressing the inaugural-foundation laying programme via video conferencing from his residence office. On the occasion, Vidhan Sabha Speaker Dr Charandas Mahant presided over the programme. The programme was attended by all the ministers, MP Mrs. Jyotsana Mahant and other public representatives via video conferencing.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that protecting the interest of common people and ensuring their well-being is the top priority of our government. We have got this inspiration from our heritage. Following the policies and ideals of India’s first Prime Minister Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Chhattisgarh Government is working towards the betterment of poor, labourers, farmers and forest dwellers. He said that during corona crisis, Chhattisgarh Government has given direct financial aid of nearly Rs 70 thousand to the people through various public welfare programmes and schemes.
Chief Minister further said that entire world is struggling with this global pandemic. Many nations have adopted compassionate approach towards the farmers, poor and disaster victims, and has so managed to successfully control the disease. But the way decisions of demonetization, GST and lockdown was taken like a surgical strike, the condition has only worsened. And the adverse effects of these drastic decisions have emerged as a national calamity during corona crisis. If Central Government would have adopted more creative and compassionate approach, the nation would not have had gone through such a difficult time. Chief Minister said that Chhattisgarh Government adopted an innovative approach during this time of crisis, and gave direct financial assistance of Rs 70 thousand crore to farmers, labourers, poor, villagers and forest dwellers. He further said that he feels sad to notice how some people are trying to overlook the contribution of our forefathers, who made this nation self-dependent with their vision and leadership.
Chief Minister said that when the country achieved independence, condition of farmers and agriculture sector in the country was really bad. First Prime Minister Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru implemented the Essential Goods Act 1955, which had put end to the malpractice of hoarding and black marketing. Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri had constituted Agricultural Value Commission to determine the minimum support price for major crops. Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi transformed the conventional agriculture of India into a ‘Green Revolution’.He nationalized the banks for benefitting the farmers.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister referred to the Agricultural Produce Marking (Regulation) Act in the 1970s, under which Agricultural Marketing Committees were formed to provide farmers a remunerative price for their products. The purpose of these committees was to protect farmers from the market uncertainties and to prevent their exploitation. Market committees (mandi) were constituted under this act. In these mandis, the farmers get fair value for their produce. The farmers choose their representatives, who manage the mandi committee.
Chief Minister further said that considering the time of worldwide corona crisis as a good opportunity, Central Government has brought four ordinances for exploitation of farmers today. The Essential Goods Act has been amended under One Nation - One Market. And as per this amendment, the farmers are allowed to sell their produce in any part of the country, and farmers and traders will not have to pay tax outside the state mandi for the sale and procurement of the produce, which means the mandate of buying and selling crops in the mandi will be eliminated and the private mandis will be encouraged to take over.
Chief Minister said that similarly, with the amendment in Essential Goods Act 1955, production and sale of fertilizers have also been deregulated. Decision has been taken to remove the stock limit from products like oilseeds, pulses, potatoes, onions. Provision has been made to allow private equity in contractual farming and cooperative banks. It is our clear opinion that this ordinance brought by Central Government during the time of Corona crisi will adversely affect the farmers.
Chief Minister said that he strongly opposes the anti-farmer laws of Central Government. He said that there are two distinct models before the country today- one is the Chhattisgarhi model of inclusive development and public service at the time of disaster, and the second model is that of Central Government, which considers the disaster as an opportunity to serve selfish motives. He said that we are confident with our Chhattisgarhi model, which has given a new dimension to the development of the newly formed district Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi, by directly helping the needy in times of disaster
Chief Minister to unveil development works worth nearly Rs 332 crore for the newly-constituted district Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi
Chief Minister to inaugurate-lay foundation of 208 development works via video conferencing
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel will also do bhumipujan of Rs 179 works worth nearly Rs 248 crore 78 lakh in Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district. This includes newly sanctioned works such as Rajadih water reservoir worth Rs 12 crore 22 lakh, cement concrete lining works worth Rs 18 crore in canals of Ghagra, Upar Khujji, Gangapur water reservoirs, construction of three bridges on Son River worth nearly Rs 15 crore, nine road widening and repairing work worth Rs 143.78 crore for Joint District Office building,etc.
Chief Minister discusses with legal team over Mahanadi water dispute
Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel held a discussion with the legal team on the Mahanadi water dispute between Chhattisgarh-Odisha from a video conference in his residence office today. The Chief Minister asked the team members to keep the state's side firmly in connection with the use of Mahanadi water. He said that Mahanadi is the lifeline of Chhattisgarh. It has an important role in agriculture, industry and economy in the state. Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Shri Ravindra Choubey, Additional Chief Secretary Shri Amitabh Jain and Subrata Sahu, Secretary of Water Resources Department Mr. Avinash Champawat and Media Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Ruchir Garg were also present during this period. Legal team member Mr. A.K. Ganguly, Mr. Kishore Lahiri and Mr. Jagjit Singh joined the discussion from the video conference.