Raipur: Chief Minister Attended Press Club Raipur's New Year Meeting


Raipur: Chief Minister Attended Press Club Raipur's New Year Meeting

Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel arrived at the Press Club in Moti Bagh today and attended the New Year Meeting. On this occasion, he congratulated the office-bearers of the Press Club and the representatives of the electronic and print media on the new year. The President of Press Club, Mr. Damu Ambedare and the officials welcomed the Chief Minister and congratulated the New Year and best wishes. On this occasion, a newspaper published under the title 'Best State' was also released. The program included Home Minister Mr. Tamradhwaj Sahu, Senior Journalists Mr. Ramesh Nayyar, Mr. Kaushal Kishore Mishra, Mr. Shankar Pandey, Ramesh Sharma, Mr. Pannalal and Mr. Triraj Sahu, Press Club Treasurer Ms. Shagufta Sirin, Executive Member Mr. Sanjay Shukla, Mr. Manoj Nayak, Mr. A large number of journalists were present, including Javed Khan.




Raipur: Agriculture Minister handed over the award of agricultural work to Chhattisgarh to Chief Minister Mr. Baghel


Raipur: Agriculture Minister handed over the award of agricultural work to Chhattisgarh to Chief Minister Mr. Baghel

Chief Minister dedicates the award to the farmers of the state's Annadata

Agriculture Minister Shri Ravindra Chaube met Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel at his residence office here this evening and handed over the award of Krishi Karman received to Chhattisgarh. During this time two progressive farmers of the state, Shri Virendra Kumar Sahu and Mrs. Aditi Kashyap were also with him. The Chief Minister extended his congratulations and best wishes to the Agriculture Minister and both the farmers for the award. Mr. Baghel expressed happiness for the Krishi Karman Award received by Chhattisgarh and dedicated the award to the farmers of the state's Annadata. Chhattisgarh has been awarded with an amount of five crore rupees, trophy and citation in the form of Krishi Karman Award.

    It is known that Chhattisgarh was awarded the Krishi Karman Award by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 2 January in Tumkur, Karnataka for the highest production of food grains. Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Chaubey received the award on behalf of the state. Chhattisgarh has been selected for this award by the Government of India for the highest food grain production under total food production category-2 in the year 2016-17. In the award ceremony held in Karnataka, the Prime Minister also honored two progressive farmers of the state, Shri Virendra Kumar Sahu of village Belauri under Dhamtari district and Mrs. Aditi Kashyap of village Paliguda under development block Kawardha. As a prize, he was given a sum of Rs. 2 lakh and a citation. On this occasion, Agriculture Minister Shri Taman Singh Sonwani and other departmental officers were present along with the Agriculture Minister.




Raipur: Chief Minister praised products prepared from forest produce by self-help groups


Raipur: Chief Minister praised products prepared from forest produce by self-help groups

Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel today observed and appreciated various products prepared from forest produce by self-help groups of various forest divisions at Aranya Bhawan in Nava Raipur. Exhibitions of lacquer bangles, tea from Jashpur, honey, Chyawanprash, various medicinal plants, organic rice and organic products, etc. were organized in the products of self-help groups of Jashpur, Kawardha, Surajpur forest areas. Stalls were set up by the Forest Management Committee Sarudih of Jashpur forest division, Danikundi committee of Marwahi forest division, Van-Dhan self-help group Danikundi, Surajpur forest division and Kukadoor forest committee of Kawardha forest division. Bellmetal and iron craft artefacts were kept in the stall of Jitku-Mitku Forest Handicraft Art Committee Raipur. The chief minister also inquired from the group members regarding the products at the stalls.


    Members of self-help groups, including Tribal Development Minister Dr. Premasai Singh, Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Pradeep Sharma and Mr. Vinod Verma, Principal Secretary of Forest Department Mr. Manoj Kumar Pingua, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Rakesh Chaturvedi were present on the occasion. The Chief Minister reached Aranya Bhavan to attend a one-day discussion on the theme 'Revolutionary change towards forest based climate enabled livelihood'.




Raipur: If income from forests increases, the love of forest dwellers will increase even more: Shri Bhupesh Baghel


Raipur: If income from forests increases, the love of forest dwellers will increase even more: Shri Bhupesh Baghel

Chief Minister joins' Forest based climate enabled livelihood
In the discussion on the topic 'Revolutionary change towards

Practical approach to be adopted in the implementation of forest and environmental law

Tribal is the owner of forests: Forest department's job is to manage forests

NGOs cooperate in the work of empowering tribals

Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has said that if the income of forest dwellers living in the forests increases, their love for the forests will increase even more. Today, we need to enrich the forests with trees and plants of such fruitful species, which on one hand increase the income of the forest dwellers and on the other the needs of the animals and birds living there. He said that the tribals are the owners of the forests, the job of the forest department is to manage the forests. The Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, addressed a one-day discussion on 'Revolutionary change towards forest based climate enabled livelihood' at Aranya Bhawan in Nava Raipur today. Tribal Development Minister Dr. Premasay Singh, Advisor to Chief Minister, Mr. Pradeep Sharma and Mr. Vinod Verma, Principal Secretary of Forest Department, Mr. Manoj Kumar Pingua, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Rakesh Chaturvedi, Forest Department officials, subject experts and villagers in large numbers Was present on the occasion. The discussion was organized under the joint aegis of Forest Department and Oxfam Society.
    The Chief Minister said that it is the responsibility of educated people more than the forest dwellers to save the forests. The focus of the state government should be on how to make the life of the forest dwellers happy. Along with saving the forests, attention has to be paid to how to increase the income of the forest dwellers. Along with this, work will also have to be done in the direction of value addition in small forest produce. Mr. Baghel said that in such districts of the state where there is more forest, the percentage of irrigation in the state ranges from zero to 5 percent. If there is no rain due to lack of irrigation facilities, then the crop is wasted, as well as the water level is also low there. If we go to the forests of the urban area in the month of February, the leaves of most trees fall, the biggest reason for this is the falling water level in the forests. He said that we have to adopt a practical approach towards the implementation of the Forest Act and Environment Act for the development of forest areas. There should be at least irrigation projects allowed, so that there can be dams, barrages and anicuts. When water is taken from the irrigation canals to the village, the water level remains in the entire area. It also affects flora. Today we worry a lot about global warming but we are not worried about the ill effects of falling water level in the forests. He said that water conservation works will also have to be done to maintain the water level, the Narva project of the state government can be very helpful in this. The river drains will be charged scientifically in this project. In which maps available through satellite will be used. The Chief Minister said that today the state government is ready to give tribals and forest dwellers their rights, NGOs should also cooperate shoulder to shoulder with the state government in this task.
    Mr. Baghel said that the state government has started leasing individual and community forest rights to the forest dwellers. It was blocked for some time. He said that community forest rights have been given on 8000 acres in 9 villages of Kondagaon district and 12500 acres in Jabra village in Dhamtari district. He said that the forests are unable to meet the need of the forest dwellers today due to unbalanced exploitation. Now, wild animals like elephants, lions and monkeys are leaving the forest and heading towards the cities. To avoid this, the forests will have to be re-enriched, so that every need of animals and birds and forest dwellers can be met. He said that 44 percent of the land area in Chhattisgarh is forest, which is 12 percent of the country's forests. Chhattisgarh is giving oxygen to the entire country, but in return, the tribals here are getting the sting of poverty and illiteracy.
    Advisor to the Chief Minister Shri Pradeep Sharma informed about the importance of Narva, Garwa, Ghurwa and Bari schemes in the discussion. He said that 52 percent of the livelihood of forest dwellers in Bastar region is based on forests. The untimely rainfall caused by climate change changes the pattern of flowering of forest produce, thereby reducing the production by affecting their productivity, thereby reducing the income of the forest dwellers. Principal Secretary of Forest Department Mr. Manoj Kumar Pingua said that different departments have different views regarding the Forest Rights Act, but all are aimed at the prosperity of the forest dwellers. He said that the entire life of traditional forest dwellers and their culture is based on forests. They used to give more than they used to take from the forests, they do not cut trees, they take care of when to break fruit and forest produce. Traditional arrangements can be preserved through the Narva, Garwa, Ghurwa and Bari schemes. This will benefit us in times to come. He stressed the need to focus on water and land conservation, proper exploitation of forests and processing of forest produce. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Shri Rakesh Chaturvedi said that since ancient times human beings have co-existence with nature. Through joint management committees, work is being done in the direction of conserving and managing forests and benefiting them from the income from forests. He said that after the implementation of the Forest Rights Act, our entire focus was on giving individual forest leases, the work of community rights papers remained neglected while it is most important.




Central Government approves purchase of 24 lakh tonnes of rice from Chhattisgarh, this condition laid in letter


Central Government approves purchase of 24 lakh tonnes of rice from Chhattisgarh, this condition laid in letter

The central government has informed the state that 24 lakh tonnes of rice will be purchased from FCI Chhattisgarh.

Raipur. A big decision has come in the ongoing paddy purchase dispute between the Chhattisgarh government and the Modi government at the center. The central government has agreed to buy rice from the central pool of the state. According to a letter issued by the Center, the government has agreed to buy 24 lakh tonnes of rice from Chhattisgarh. Also, the Center has asked the government to buy rice at the expense of not giving bonus. The central government has informed the state that 24 lakh tonnes of rice will be purchased from FCI Chhattisgarh. Be aware that the issue of rice procurement from the state was mired in controversies. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel (CM Bhupesh Baghel) himself wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi (Pm Narendra Modi) on this issue and met the leaders in Delhi. Now after this letter, the state government is considering it as a major victory.

Central government has said this

At the same time, even before the paddy purchase started, the Center had written a letter that if the state government gives bonus to farmers in the same way, then it will not buy paddy. This letter had put the government in trouble because about 38 lakh metric tonnes of paddy is consumed in the state. Above this, concern was raised about what the government would do about 49 lakh metric tonnes of paddy being purchased.

CM Bhupesh Baghel wrote the letter

Please tell that the state government has set a target of purchasing 87 lakh metric tonnes of paddy this time. It has been told that till last year, the central government was buying 24 lakh metric tonnes of rice from Chhattisgarh including Arva and Usna rice, which the state government was demanding to increase to 32 lakh tonnes. But instead of increasing the purchase quota, the central government had stopped the purchase itself. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the paddy purchase began in Chhattisgarh. In this, it was requested to fix a support price of Rs 2500 per quintal for paddy purchase and to give consent to the central government for the purchase of paddy on the support price.




Raipur : More than 37 hundred kms of Roads to be constructed under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna


Raipur : More than 37 hundred kms of Roads to be constructed under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna

Proposals to be sent to Government of India

 

 Under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, , as many as 356 roads of total distance 3737 kms  will be constructed in 23 districts the state. This includes construction of 26 roads of 249.53 km in Balod district, 18 roads of 187.49 km in Baloda Bazar district, 6 roads of 66.82 km in Balrampur district, 4 roads of 75.78 km in Bastar district, 13 roads of 91.24 km in Bemetara district, 29 roads of 254.81 km in Bilaspur district, 13 roads of 108.98 km in Dhamtari district, 15 roads of 99.75 km in Durg district, 10 roads of 111.06 km in Gariyaband district, 15 roads of 154.46 km in Janjgir-Champa, 6 roads of 85.24 km in Jashpur district, 21 roads of 206.59 km in Kanker district, 18 roads of 200.23 km in Kawardha district, 8 roads of 81.08 km in Kondagaon district, 15 roads of 167.15 km in Korba district, 18 roads of 264.97 km in Koriya district, 15 roads of 159.51 km in Mahasamund district, 12 roads of 125.91 km in Mungeli district, 15 roads of 201.51 km in Raigarh district, 11 roads of 85.60 km in Raipur district, 38 roads of 342.15 km in Rajnandgaon district, 17 roads of 251.03 km in Surajpur district and 13 roads of 166.40 km in Sarguja district will be constructed. Today in Mantralay 'Mahanadi Bhavan' under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Mr. R.P. Mandal, 26th meeting of state level standing committee under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna was held. In meeting, committee approved the proposal related to road construction. These proposals will be sent to the Government of India for further approval. In the meeting, Mr. Mandal gave instructions to pace up the bridge construction work and also emphasised on compliance to the quality standards.

            In the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Mr. Amitabh Jain, Principal Secretary Forest Mr. Manoj Pingva, Principal Secretary Chief Minister Secretariat  Mr. Gaurav Dwivedi, Secretary Mineral Mr. Anbalgan P. Chhattisgarh Rural Road Development Agency engaged in technical work including Mr. Alok Katiyar CEO of Development Agency were present.

 
 



Raipur : Special Article : Ray of Hope to Turn Dreams of Our Ancestors into Reality Appears


Raipur : Special Article : Ray of Hope to Turn Dreams of Our Ancestors into Reality Appears

Paddy and Farmers run the economy of the state

Cabinet took number of important decisions in one year

 

Within two hours of swearing in, the new government took everyone by surprise by taking several big decisions. Actually, Paddy and Farmers are the topics that are related to every household in the state. If you look at the first year of the State Government's tenure, State Government has successfully saved the state's economy from adverse effects of nationwide recession. New Government launched the nation's biggest health scheme, under which financial aid of Rs 20 lakh will be provided for medical treatment. Besides, several other decisions such as launch of Dr Khubchand Baghel Health Aid Scheme, Universal PDS, Loan waiver, paddy procurement at the rate of Rs 2500, electricity bill of 46 lakh people halved were taken.For the first time in the country, initiative to bring Journalist Security Law  for protection of the fourth pillar of democracy - media representatives has been taken. Moreover, Samman Nidhi for senior mediapersons in state has been further revised.

 

Under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, Cabinet is taking one important decision after the other to fulfill the ancestors' pledge of 'Gadhbo Nava Chhattisgarh'. 'Arpa Pairi Ke Dhaar' written by Dr Narendra Verma was declared the State Song on the occasion of Rajyotsav, as per the decision of the Cabinet. Now this song will be sung at the opening of all government programmes and events.  Government holiday has been declared on the local festivals and teej, which reflects the culture of the state and encourages common people to take pride in the same. In the same sequence, Cabinet has also decided to develop important places of 'Shri Ram Van Gaman Path' as tourist destinations. Reservation in government jjobs and educational services has been increased from 12% to 13% for SC category, from 14 to 27% for OBC and 10% for financially weaker section of the society.

Country's biggest health scheme has been launched in Chhattisgarh, under which medical aid worth up to Rs 20 lakh is being provided. To provide insurance cover to 56 lakh people of the state, Cabinet has decided to launch Dr Khubchand Baghel Health Aid Scheme. On November 15, it was decided in the cabinet meeting that under this new scheme, financial aid worth up to Rs 5 lakh will be provided for medical treatment of various diseases. This scheme will be implemented on trust mode. Considering the heavy expenses on treatment of critical diseases, Cabinet has decided to launch Special Health Aid Scheme to cover treatment of those diseases, which have not been included under Dr Khunchand Baghel Health Aid Scheme. Under this scheme, financial aid in the range of Rs 5 lakh to maximum Rs 20 lakh will be provided for medical treatment of critical diseases.

To promote horticulture education, Cabinet has decided to establish Horticulture and Forestry University in the name of Mahatma Gandhi in Paatan, near capital city Raipur. This decision will help in associating farmers to horticulture crops, encourage the youngsters to do start up in agro business and to promote research in horticulture sector. It has also been decided that a new university will be opened in Raigarh in the name of late Mr. Nand Kumar Patel. Under RTE, students of only up to 8th standard were provided free education and textbooks. But the Cabinet decided to provide the same benefit to students of 9th to 12th standard as well.

Cabinet has decided to utilize District Mineral Fund to bring about positive change in lives of mining affected forest areas. Soon after swearing in, State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel announced procurement of paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal and loan waiver worth nearly Rs 12 thousand crore. The decision was taken in the first cabinet meeting and thereby the path for waiving off loans worth nearly Rs 12 thousand crores wa cleared. New Government believes that the issue of paddy procurement is related to the self-esteem of farmers and the state. Hence, in the cabinet meeting, decision to request centre to procure 32 lakh metric tons of rice and to provide permission to procure paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal was also taken,

To eradicate malnutrition and immigration from the state, Cabinet decided to provide food security to people without any discrimination. With implementation of Universal PDS, nearly 65 lakh families are availing the benefits of food security. In this way, a big promise made in the election manifesto has been fulfilled. Under this scheme, 3-5 member families are being providede 35 kg foodgrains. In the districts of Bastar Division, two kg jaggery is being distributed along with chickpeas to each of the families. In larger interest of sugarcane producing farmers of the state and to empower sugar factories here, Cabinet has decided to procure sugar for distribution under PDS from local cooperative sugar factories in the state.

To promote commerce and industry in the state, new industrial policy was introduced on the occasion of Rajyotsav. In this policy, agro and forest produce based industries have been given priority. Cabinet has decided to extend the duration of special relief package announced to help the steel industries overcome industrial and economic recession, and to promote establishment of bio-ethanol production plant. Decision to establish Gem and Jewelry Park in Raipur has been taken to pace up the jewelry business and commercial activities in capital city Raipur, the major industrial and commercial destination of Central India.

Setting one of its kind examples in the country, Chhattisgarh Government decided to return the lands of tribal people. Cabinet decided to return 4200 acres of land to 1700 farmers, when industry proposed was not set up after land acquisition. This land was acquired for setting up Steel Plant of Tata. Cabinet has decided to extend the duration of recruitment of employees for Grade III and IV in Korba district, along with Bastar and Sarguja Division.

Chhattisgarh District Mineral Trust Rule, 2015 has been amended to ensure utilization of DMF for education, nutrition and meeting other major needs of the mining-affected areas. For this, Governing Body has been constituted under the chairmanship of In-Charge Minister with MLAs as members.

Market value guideline rate for immovable assets in the entire state has been decreased by 30%. Likewise, registry fee has been increased from 0.8 to 4% of the guideline value. This decision has accelerated the activities in real estate market. Diversion process in urban areas has been simplified. "Pauni Pasari" Scheme has been started to provide means of livelihood to the local unemployed people of 168 urban bodies, engaged in traditional works such as pottery, wooden art, carpentary, etc.

Cabinet has taken a number of important decisions including formation of SIT for investigation of Jheeram Valley Incident, approval of pension for successors of Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh, withdrawal of cases purely related to political movements, increase in excise duty, 50 liqour shops shutdown, formation of Chhattisgarh Sports Development Authority, Formation of Additional Mid-Region Development Authority for Bastar and Sarguja, to give free hold on land lease provided to landless people in urban areas, and many other crucial decisions in the larger interest of common people of the state and for development of Chhattisgarh.




Raipur : Tribal Dance Fest taking shape of an international event : Folk artists from 23 states of India and International folk artists from six countries including Uganda, Belarus, Sri Lanka to perform in the event


Raipur : Tribal Dance Fest taking shape of an international event :  Folk artists from 23 states of India and International folk artists from six countries including Uganda, Belarus, Sri Lanka to perform in the event

Tribal Dance Fest to have a magnificent inauguration

1400 folk artists to mesmerize audience with tribal folk cultural performances

Tableaus based on Chhattisgarh's culture, tourism and industrial scenario

Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel reviews preparations of Tribal Dance Fest

 

 Tribal Dance Festival is taking magnificent shape of an international event, wherein international folk artists from 23 states of India and six other countries including Uganda, Belarus, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will portray respective tribal folk culture through their performances. This first-ever Tribal Dance Fest will have a splendid inauguration.

On the occasion, artists from various states and the countries will march past in their traditional attires. This colourful cultural mega event is being organized from December 27 to 29 at Science College Ground from 10am to 8.30pm. Nearly 1400 artists of 151 art troupes from 23 states of the country and guest artists from six countries including Sri Lanka, Belarus, Uganda, Bangladesh will also participate. Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today reviewed the preparations for National Tribal Dance Fest and directed the officials concerned to ensure proper arrangements for comfort and convenience of the participant artists and guests as well as the audiences. Urban Administration Minister Dr Shivkumar Daharia was also present.

Secretary, Culture Department Mr. Siddhartha Komal Pardeshi informed that prizes for winners would be distributed on the concluding day of the event, which includes first prize of Rs 5 lakh, second prize of Rs 3 lakh, third prize of Rs 2 lakh and consolation prize of Rs 25 thousand. Each team will consist of nearly 50 artists. Mr. Pardeshi informed that artists can register for the event through the online registration system. Till now, 1310 artists have done online registration. The venue would have seating capacity of nearly 4000 people, along with food zone, shilp gram, book exhibition, stalls of forest produce, industrial promotion, Chhattisgarh's history, tourism, culture, cuisine, etc.

The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Amitabh Jain, DIG Mr. DM Awasthi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gaurav Dwivedi, Principal Secretary Mr. Manoj Pingua, Mr. Subrat Sahu, Secretary Mr. P Anbalgan and other senior officials.

 



Raipur : NTPC hands over cheque of Rs 25 crore to Chief Minister for Raigarh College


Raipur : NTPC hands over cheque of Rs 25 crore to Chief Minister for Raigarh College

Regional Executive Director of NTPC Mr. Vinod Choudhary and Managing Director HR Mr. M Ramesh today paid courtesy call on Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel at his residence office and handed over a cheque of Rs 25 crore for Medical College Raipur, under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). On the occasion, Health Secretary Mrs. Niharika Barik Singh was also present. Mr. Choudhary told Chief Minister that NTPC has to provide total Rs 100 crore under CSR, first installment of which has been given today in form of cheque.

 



Raipur: Special Monitoring Cell for Crime Against Women constituted for prevention of women crimes


Raipur: Special Monitoring Cell for Crime Against Women constituted for prevention of women crimes

Suffering women not to take effective action in police stations, email of cell and
Complain can be made on the help line number

DGP Shri DM Awasthi gave instructions in video conferencing for immediate action on women's crimes

On the instructions of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel on prevention of women crimes, DGP Mr. DM Awasthi today took a meeting of police officers of all the districts through video conferencing. He said that Special Monitoring Cell for Crime Against Women has been made at Police Headquarters level for in-charge monitoring of crimes related to women. In which cases of crimes against women such as murder, rape, molestation, acid attack and dowry death will be monitored. DIG, Neha Champawat has been made in charge of this cell at Police Headquarters. Shri Awasthi has also given instructions for the formation of such a cell in each district, in which a gazetted level police officer will be appointed as the nodal officer. Progress report of investigation of crimes against women will be sent to the police headquarters daily by the cell formed in the district. Mr. Awasthi said that if the affected women do not take effective action in the cell set up in the district, they can contact the help line number 9479191667 and email id of the cell formed in the police headquarters at eubachieu / hoopsbwau. I myself will monitor the actions taken by the said cell every 15 days.

    DGP Shri Awasthi directed that a woman cell should be formed in each police station in which the duty of women police officer should be imposed. So that the victim women can easily speak. He instructed that women help line numbers 1091 and dial 112 should be widely publicized by placing hoardings / flakes by identifying sensitive places in the district. Awareness should be spread in the rural areas also regarding the above numbers. Women patrolling teams should visit the sensitive places continuously and take immediate action on receiving any complaint. He said that crime research unit (P.S.A) is operated against women in 6 districts of Raipur, Durg, Rajnandgaon, Bilaspur, Janjgir-Champa and Raigad. 100% monitoring of female crimes by these units and inform the police headquarters daily about the progress of investigation. On this occasion, ADG Shri R.K. Vij, Mr. Ashok Juneja, Mr. Himanshu Gupta, Raipur IG Mr. Anand Chhabra, DIG Mr. O.P. Pal, AIG Mr. Mayank Shrivastava and police officers from all the districts were present.




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