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.
Decision to develop forests over the vacant mines is commendable: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
Chief Minister inspected the magnificent man-made forest developed over the vacant mines of Nandini
Mr. Baghel planted a banyan plant under Jan Van Program
More than 83 thousand saplings have been planted here
This man-made forest is a great example of how a mining-based project can be turned into a natural habitat, an example for environmental re-conservation or ecological restoration
A magnificent man-made environment heritage of the country has been developed over the vacant mines of Nandini in Durg district. This man-made jungle at Nandini was inspected by Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today. This project has been developed over the land of vacant mines of Nandini at the cost of Rs 3.30 crore. During his inspection visit today, Chief Minister also planted a banyan sapling under Jan Van programme. It is noteworthy that DMF and other heads have been utilized for development of this forest. This project was prepared with the objective of environment conservation, on Chief Minister’s instructions. This project is a great example of how the non-functional mining areas can be utilized to develop natural habitat.
On the occasion, Chief Minister said that it is a commendable step towards conservation of environment. In this man-made forest, medicinal plants have been planted and orchids have been developed over 100 acres. He added that this man-made forest is a major initiative towards environment conservation and pollution control.
Forest and Climate Change Minister and In-Charge Minister of Durg District Mr. Mohammad Akbar said on the occasion that we have taken several major steps to preserve nature including the Lemru Project, plantation on riverbanks, and others. He congratulated people of the district on development of the magnificent man-made forest.
PHE Minister Shri Guru Rudra Kumar, Higher Education Minister Mr. Umesh Patel also planted saplings on this occasion. It is noteworthy that there are already many teak and gooseberry trees in Nandini's forest spread over an area of 17 km. Now 83,000 saplings have been planted in the area, with the funds sanctioned under DMF-ADB. On this occasion, PCCF Mr. Rakesh Chaturvedi gave detailed information about the project and congratulated the officials engaged in the implementation of this project. CF Mrs. Shalini Raina also congratulated the project team. Collector Dr. Sarveshwar Narendra Bhure and DFO Mr. Dhammsheel Ganveer gave detailed information about the project to Chief Minister. They informed that 83000 saplings have been planted in the area under the project. In 3 years, this area will be fully developed as a forest. Mr. Ganveer said that trees with long life span such as Peepal, Banyan have been planted here, along with the medicinal trees like Harra, Behada, Mahuva. On this occasion, PCCF Forest Conservation Mr. Narasimha Rao, MD of Minor Forest Produce Mr. Sanjay Shukla, IG Mr. Vivekanand Sinha, and other officers were present. BSP CEO Mr. Anirban Dasgupta was also present on the occasion.
Ideal habitat for birds- The entire project has been developed in such a way that it will serve as an ideal habitat for birds as well as a bird park. There is a huge wetland here, which will be utilized as breeding ground for Whistling Ducks, Open Billed Starks etc and other birds.
Development of Eco-tourism – Special arrangements would be made for tour of this man-made forest. Necessary action plan has also been made to make this forest one of the best tourist places of not only Chhattisgarh but the entire country.
Considering the geographical condition of Chhattisgarh, construction of 4000 kms of rural roads should be approved : Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
Secretary of Rural Development Ministry, Government of India, Mr. Nagendra Nath Sinha meets Chief Minister
Detailed discussion on progress of rural development schemes held
More resources should be made available to Chhattisgarh for rural development schemes
During the meeting with Secretary, Rural Development Ministry of Government of India, Mr. Nagendra Nath Sinha today, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel requested sanction of nearly four thousand kms of rural roads, considering the special geographical conditions of Chhattisgarh. He also requested for provision of more resources to Chhattisgarh for implementation of rural developments schemes. Mr. Sinha discussed in detail about the progress of rural development schemes in Chhattisgarh with Mr. Sinha.
While providing information about the geographical location of Chhattisgarh to Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, Chief Minister said that Chhattisgarh is a bigger state than Tamil Nadu and Bihar. The settlements/hamlets in Chhattisgarh are located far and wide. Therefore, about four thousand kms of road should be approved to connect the these settlements/hamlets. Chief Minister also demanded more funds for Chhattisgarh under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
Chief Minister further said that Chhattisgarh is yet to receive nearly Rs 4500 crores from Central Government, under various heads including GST. COVID crisis has led to significantly decline in revenue collection. Under these circumstances, Chhattisgarh should be provided more resources for rural development schemes, said Chief Minister. During his meeting with Chief Minister, Mr. Sinha discussed in detail about various scheme including PMGSY, Prime Minister Rural Housing Scheme, NRLM, etc. On the occasion, Chief Minister’s Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Subrat Sahu, Additional Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh Panchayat and Rural Development Department Mrs. Renu G Pillai, Joint Secretary of Rural Development Ministry Government of India Mr. Ashish Goyal, Secretary Chhattisgarh Panchayat and Rural Development Department Mr. Prasanna R, CEO PMGSY Mr. Alok Katiyar were also present.
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'.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel attends Rath Yatra Parv celebration
Mr. Baghel performed customary rituals and prayed Mahaprabhu Jagannath for the peace and prosperity of people in the state
Vaccination is necessary to prevent the third wave of COVID crisis: Chief Minister
Chief Minister requested people to wear masks, practice social distancing and sanitization rules, while enjoying the celebration of Rath Yatra Parv
On the occasion of Rath Dooj, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel worshipped Mahaprabhu Jagannath, Mata Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra ji and performed customary rituals at his residence office. Mr. Baghel prayed to Mahaprabhu Jagannath for happiness, prosperity and health of the people in the state. Mr. Baghel extended warm wishes of the Rath Yatra festival to everyone.
While virtually attending the celebration at Jagannath Temple situated at Gayatri Nagar, Chief Minister had ‘darshan’ of Mahaprabhu Jagannath and attended Rath Yatra Mahotsav. On the occasion, Mr. Baghel said that Bhagwan Jagannath is connected with the cultures of both Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The tradition of taking out Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath on this day has been going on in the cities of Chhattisgarh for centuries. This connection between the Utkal culture and the culture of Dakshin Kosala is unbreakable. It is believed that the original place of Lord Jagannath is Shivrinarayan-tirtha of Chhattisgarh, from where he got established in Jagannathpuri. In Treta Yuga, Lord Shri Ram had accepted the sweet berries as gift from Mata Shabri in Shivrinarayan, where we have temple of Nar-Narayan at present. There has been Triveni Sangam in Shivrinarayan since Satyug, where Mahanadi, Shivnath and Jonk rivers meet. In order to develop the places related to the exile period of Lord Rama in the form of tourism-pilgrimage in Chhattisgarh, the government is developing Ram-van-gaman-circuit and Shivrinarayan has also been included in this scheme. The development and beautification of Shivrinarayan will further strengthen the cultural connection of Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
Mr. Baghel said that Devbhog is also an important area associated with Lord Jagannath in Chhattisgarh. Even when Lord Jagannath left Shivrinarayan and got established in Puri, the tradition of sending rice for his ‘bhog’ from Devbhog was upheld.
He said that the history of Bastar is also inextricably linked with Lord Jagannath. In 1408, King Purushottamdev of Bastar went to Puri to get blessings from Lord Jagannath. In his memory, the festival of Rath Yatra is celebrated there as Goncha-Parva. The festival has gained popularity across the world. Lord Jagannath is also seated in Podi village of Koriya district in North Chhattisgarh.
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that this time is a difficult time for the entire world. COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of pain to all of us. We have lost a lot during the first and second wave of Corona. But the crisis is not over yet. Experts are warning us about the third wave of this pandemic. Mr. Baghel prayed to Lord Jagannath for protection from this crisis and this pandemic. He appealed the people to follow the rules of wearing masks, social distancing and sanitization while enjoying the Rath-Yatra festival. Only by following the rules will you be able to keep yourself and your family safe. Those who have not yet got the corona vaccine, they should get the vaccine as soon as possible, said Chief Minister.
On this occasion, Forest Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar, Industries Minister Mr. Kawasi Lakhma, Food Minister Mr. Amarjeet Bhagat, Women and Child Development Minister Mrs. Anila Bhendia, Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Pradeep Sharma, Chief Secretary Mr. Amitabh Jain, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Mr. Ajay Singh. , Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. Subrat Sahu were present at the Chief Minister's residence.
Besides, Mayor of Raipur Municipal Corporation Mr. Ejaz Dhebar, President of Chhattisgarh Housing Board Mr. Kuldeep Juneja, Director of Gayatri Temple Mr. Purandar Mishra and public representatives virtually attended the celebrations at Jagannath Temple Gayatri Nagar, Raipur.
State government determined to provide the benefits of government schemes to the last person of the society: Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
First meeting of State Level Sustainable Development Goals Steering Committee chaired by Chief Minister
“State Indicator Framework” and “Baseline and Progress Report 2020” released
On the lines of State Indicator Framework, 'District Indicator Framework' will also be finalized soon
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has said that State Government's plans and development agenda are linked to Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations. State Government aims to leave no one behind when it comes to development. State government is determined to provide the benefits of government schemes to even the last person of the society. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel was addressing the first meeting of State Level Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Steering Committee, constituted to review the Sustainable Development Goals, at his residence office here today. Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations General Assembly include ending poverty, protecting the environment, reducing economic inequality and ensuring peace and justice for all.
Chief Minister said in the meeting that state government is making efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through public welfare schemes such as mid-day meal, Chief Minister's Food Security Scheme, Universal Public Distribution System, Haat Bazar and Mohalla Clinic Scheme, Mahtari Jatan Yojna, Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay, Suraji Gaon Yojna, Godhan Nyay Yojana etc. Chief Minister released the "State Indicator Framework" prepared by State Planning Commission for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal and the "Baseline and Progress Report 2020" based on the same. In the meeting, he directed the departments to work expeditiously to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Chief Minister said that with the 'State Indicator Framework' prepared by Chhattisgarh State Planning Commission, systematic evaluation and monitoring can be done to achieve the targets, which will improve the implementation of departmental plans, programs and improve the ranking of the state. In this framework, 275 indicators have been determined to evaluate 17 targets and each indicator has been mapped to the departments, and various schemes have also been mapped. The indicators determined for each SDG target by the Planning Commission will help the departments to ensure timely completion of all targets and systematic evaluation of the same.
Mr. Baghel said that soon the District Indicator Framework would also be finalized on the lines of the State Indicator Framework. All the districts would be ranked on the basis of their performance. Chief Minister said that the NITI Aayog has recently released “SDG India Index”, in which Chhattisgarh has been ranked in the category of “Performer” state with 61 marks. The state has secured the highest position in the entire country in terms of gender equality.
Chief Minister said that the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) was adopted by the international community in the 70th meeting of United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015. In this meeting, the community had resolved to start the program of sustainable development by accepting 17 goals, 169 sub-goals and 231 indicators. Our country India is also determined to acheive each of the SDG. Similarly, Chhattisgarh is also determined to achieve the goals under this nega campaign of human welfare.
Chief Minister said that in order to ensure the participation of everyone in the campaign to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, State Planning Commission organized workshops of civil society, business organisations, teachers of universities, subject experts and youth to create awareness about the campaign.
Minister for Planning, Economics and Statistics, Shri Amarjit Bhagat said that the State Indicator Framework prepared by Planning Commission will be helpful in effectively implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in the state. Planning Commission has also prepared the progress report, in which indicator wise progress has been stated. He advised the heads of departments and district officers to monitor various schemes on the basis of this framework. He said that despite the lockdown, the State Planning Commission has made a commendable effort to prepare this framework in coordination with the concerned departments. Forest Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar pointed out the need for quality data collection, improving the ranking of the target-wise state in the index.
State Planning Commission's Deputy Chairman Mr. Ajay Singh gave information about the efforts made for achievement of sustainable development goals, assessment, determination of institutional structure, committees constituted for monitoring and monitoring at the state and district level. He said that for better implementation of SDGs, two committees have been constituted at the state level under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel and Chief Secretary, and at the district level committees have been constituted under the chairmanship of District Collector.
Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Pradeep Sharma informed in the meeting that so far only a few states have finalized the 'SDG Indicator Framework and Progress Report’. The state of Chhattisgarh has been placed in the category of performer in the index. And the state has a great potential for improvement. Indicator framework prepared by Chhattisgarh on priority basis will enable all the sectors to be effectively activated for all round development.
The meeting was attended by Planning and Statistics Minister Mr. Amarjit Bhagat, Forest and Climate Change Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar, Industries Minister Mr. Kawasi Lakhma, Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Anila Bhendia, Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Pradeep Sharma and Mr. Rajesh Tiwari, Deputy Chairman of State Planning Commission. Mr. Ajay Singh, Chief Secretary Mr. Amitabh Jain, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Subrata Sahu, Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Siddharth Komal Singh Pardeshi, Member State Planning Commission Dr. K. Subramaniam, Member Secretary Mr. Anoop Kumar Srivastava, Joint Director of State Planning Commission Dr. Neetu Gourdia were present at the Chief Minister's residence. Agriculture Minister Shri Ravindra Choubey, School Education Minister Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam and Labor Minister Shri Shivkumar Dahria attended the meeting virtually.
Secretary General of the Indian Olympic Association, Mr. Rajeev Mehta pays courtesy call on Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel
*Chief Minister invited to attend Tokyo Olympics*
*Chief Minister congratulates all the members of India's Olympic-bound contingent*
A courtesy call on Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel was paid by the Secretary General of the Indian Olympic Association, Mr. Rajeev Mehta at his residence office here this evening. Mr. Mehta handed over the invitation letter to Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel to attend the 32nd Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan from July 23 to August 8, as the Dignitary of the Indian Olympic Association. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel gladly accepted the Tokyo Olympics invitation and while congratulating and wishing all the players representing India in the 32nd Olympics, he hoped that our players would take part in the Olympic Games with full enthusiasm and hoist the Indian flag. The Chief Minister said that Chhattisgarh Olympic Association General Secretary Shri Gurcharan Singh Hora will represent Chhattisgarh in Tokyo Olympics. Appreciating the efforts being made for the development of sports activities under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, Mr. Mehta said that many important sports events will be organized in Chhattisgarh in the coming days. Shri Gurcharan Singh Hora informed the Chief Minister regarding the election of the new executive committee of the Union Club involved in the development of sports in Chhattisgarh. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel congratulated and extended best wishes to all the members including the president of the newly formed union club, Mr. Hora. The CEO of Chhattisgarh Olympic Association, Mr. Bashir Ahmed Khan and treasurer, Mr. Sairam Jakhad were present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel wrote a letter to the Prime Minister : Urging Chhattisgarh to provide one crore doses of Kovid vaccine in the month of July
Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel has written a letter to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi urging Chhattisgarh state to provide at least one crore doses of Corona vaccine in the month of July. He has also apprised the Prime Minister that at present only 9,98,810 doses of corona vaccine are left in the state of Chhattisgarh which is sufficient for only 3 days. Despite repeated demands by the state, sufficient number of vaccines are not being provided to Chhattisgarh. The Chief Minister has also requested the Prime Minister to immediately direct the Union Health Ministry regarding the provision of corona vaccines to Chhattisgarh.
Chief Minister Shri Baghel has also informed the Prime Minister in a letter that the work of vaccination against Kovid-19 is going on at a fast pace in the state of Chhattisgarh. The state has so far received 100 percent first dose for frontline workers and 91 percent first dose for health care workers. Out of these, 71 percent of frontline workers and 70 percent of health care workers have been given the second dose. Similarly, the first dose of vaccine has been administered to 80 percent of the citizens in the state in the age group above 45 years. Although the vaccination for the age group of 18-44 years has started from May 1, yet in less than two months, 16 percent of the citizens in the age group of 18-44 years in the state have also been given the first dose of corona vaccine. Presently more than 3 lakh people are being vaccinated in Chhattisgarh every day.
The Chief Minister has also written in the letter that at present only 9,98,810 doses of corona vaccine are left in the state of Chhattisgarh which is sufficient for only 3 days. We have set a target for the state of Chhattisgarh that if we get sufficient number of corona vaccine doses from the Government of India, we will administer the first dose of vaccine to all eligible beneficiaries within a month. For this a massive public campaign is also being run in the state of Chhattisgarh.