Press Communique- Budget 2021-22 : Raipur, 01 March 2021

Press Communique- Budget 2021-22 : Raipur, 01 March 2021

1 Government of Chhattisgarh Department of Finance 1 st March, 2021

Press Communiqué Budget-2021-22

Today Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel presented budget for the year 2021-22 in the assembly.

The budget is slated to take the state to newer heights in every sphere, expressing the sentiments embodied in the core mantra of "Garhbo Nava Chhattisgarh".

The budget defines various dimensions of the concept of development with every letter of the word HEIGHT in English.

This includes H-Holistic development, E-Education (equal opportunity for all), I-Infrastructure (supplement of development), G- Governance (sensitive and effective administration), H-Health (healthy body-greatest wealth) and TTransformation (change: for the government & public).

This budget ensures the prosperity of farmers and economically weaker sections of the state, economic progress of villages, new dimensions of quality and progress in education, expansion of health and medical facilities, welfare of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and backward classes, holistic development of women and children, creation of new opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship for the youth, rapid development of rural and urban infrastructure and a feel of sensitive administration for the people: with this, it is dedicated to the people of the state.

Budget at a glance (Rs. In Crore) Sl. No Items 2020-21 (Budget Estimate) 2021-22 (Budget Estimate) 1 Total Receipts 96,091 97,145 2 Total Expenditure 95,650 97,106 3 Revenue Expenditure 81,400 83,028 4 Capital Expenditure 13,814 13,839 5 Revenue Surplus (+)/Deficit (-) 2,431 -3,702 6 Fiscal Deficit 11,518 17,461 2 1. Status of economy 1.1 As per the quick estimate, 5.12 percent growth is expected in the State's GDP against 5.32 percent (projected initially) in 2019-20 at constant price.

This is higher than 4.2 percent growth at national level. 1.2 In the year 2020-21, the agriculture sector is projected to grow at 4.61 percent, industrial sector at (-) 5.2 percent and service sector at 0.75 percent. The growth in these sectors is satisfactory as compared to 3.4 percent, (-) 9.6 percent and (-) 8.8 percent respectively at national level. 1.3 State's gross domestic product (GSDP), at current prices, is estimated to increase from 3,44,955 crore in the year 2019-20 to 3,50,270 crore in 2020-21, which is 1.54 percent more than previous year.

State's gross domestic product is much better compared to a decline of (-) 7.7 percent at national level. 1.4 The per capita income is estimated at Rs 1,04,943 in year 2020-21 as compared to 1,05,089 in 2019-20, which is only 0.14 percent lesser to previous year.

The national level per capita income, during same period, is projected to decline by 5.41 percent. 1.5 In Union Budget 2021-22, share in central taxes for the state has decreased by 4,128 crore as compared to budget provision of current year 2020-21. H-Holistic Development First letter of word HEIGHT, H is indicative of Holistic Development. Farmers, workers, forest-dwelling brothers, mothers and children are equally benefited from this overall development.

This concept of development ensures modernization of big cities alongwith better basic facilities in villages of remote inaccessible areas.

In the process of development, we encourage the use of modern technology for good governance, as well as make full efforts to preserve our culture and traditions to keep them thriving. 1. For the prevention of Corona infection, additional budget of 670 crores made available to Health Department.

6 RT-PCR labs and 18 TrueNAT labs were established for testing immediately. 30 Covid dedicated hospitals and 178 Covid Care Centers were established for treatment of corona infected patients. 3 2. Godhan Nyay Yojana implemented to convert Gobar (cowdung) into Godhan (cow-wealth). There is a provision of 175 crores in scheme. 3. Rural Industrial Park will be set up in rural areas, a la PauniPasari scheme in urban areas, to convert a plurality of specific creative arts into empolyment opportunities, in different areas of the state.

Facility of operation and marketing of traditional business activities will be available here. 4. C-Mart stores will be set up inside and outside the state to provide all Chhattisgarhi products under one roof.

Local agricultural products of Chhattisgarh like Dheki ka Kuta rice, edible oil extracted from Ghani, Kodo, Kutki, from maize to all kinds of pulses, variety of forest produces, like tamarind, mahua, harra, bahera, amla, honey and products made from them like terracotta, bellmetal, bamboo crafts, leather crafts, iron crafts, Kosa silk and Chhattisgarhi cuisines will be available in these stores and will be known as unique Chhattisgarhi brands.

Arrangements will also be made to provide more dividends to local producers through the scheme.

Justice to Farmers 1. Provision of 5,703 crores for Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana. 2. Provision of 150 crore under CHIRAAG scheme for nutrition and improvement of economic condition of farmers in selected 7 development blocks of 7 tribal dominated districts of Bastar division and 14 blocks of Mungeli district. 3. Provision of 2,500 crores for free power supply to agricultural pumps under Krishak Jeevan Jyoti Yojana.

Approximate 5.50 lakh farmers will be benefited. 4. Provision of 150 crores for the energization of agricultural pumps. 5. 31,712 solar pumps under Solar Sujala scheme have been installed so far since formation of the government. 530 crore provision in this budget. 6. Target to distribute short term agricultural loans of 5,900 crores to farmers at zero interest rate.

Provision of 275 crores for payment of interest subvention. 7. This year, a target has been set to provide grants for multi-year fruit orchids in 5,000 hectare area, vegetable production in 4,500 hectare and 4 floriculture in 1300 hectare area. Provision of 495 crores in the budget for horticultural crops. Justice to Cattle-Ranchers 1. Godhan Nyay Yojana has been launched to make Gothans employment-oriented.

Gothan committees have paid 80 crore to cattle ranchers to buy cow dung at 2 Rs/Kg. 2. SHGs have prepared 71,300 quintal vermi compost from cow dung so far. 3. At present, about 60,000 members of 7,841 Self-Help Groups have earned income of Rs 942 lakh from vermi compost production, community vegetation, cow-dung lamps etc. 4. Provision of 175 crores for Gothan Yojana.

Justice to Fishermen 1. To promote fisheries, it will be accorded the same status as agriculture.

171.20 Crore provision for fisheries activities in the budget. 2. In view of possibilities of employment in fisheries sector, provision of 28 crores to fishermen for constructing ponds on their own land. 3. More than 2 lakh fishermen are being provided employment by developing 95 percent of the available water areas for fisheries.

Justice to Traditional Workers 1. Telghani Development Board, Leather Craftsman Development Board, Iron Craftsman Development Board and Rajak-kar Development Board will be set up to revive rural business skills. 2. More than 50,000 beneficiaries have got employment in Kosa farming and textile manufacturing. 60,000 families have got employment through handloom weaving. 3. In view of employment potential in lac farming, it's been accorded the agriculture status for convenience of interest free loan.

Support to Workers 1. For the purpose of online maintenance of data related to workers registered under the Unorganized Workers Safety and Welfare Board and 5 to provide quick benefits of various schemes, various App designing and State level Help-Desk Centers will be set up. 2. Provision of 61 crore for welfare of unorganized workers, contract laborers, cleaning workers and domestic working women. 3. Provision of 56 crore for State Insurance Hospital Scheme and 48 crore for Employees State Insurance Hospitals. 4. A new justice scheme will be started to assist rural agricultural landless laborers. Assistance to Forest Dwellers 1. So far, 4 lakh 36,619 individual forest rights documents have been distributed, including 24,827 new forest rights papers. 2. The benefit of Kisan Nyaya Yojana has been extended this year to forest dwellers holding forest rights papers, by according them the same status as farmers. 3. In a special initiative by the state government for the first time, 2,175 community forest maintenance rights have been given to Gram Sabhas.

Plantation of fruitful trees on forest land distributed in the form of Community Forest Charter will be encouraged. 4. During the current season, 4.74 lakh quintals of 52 types of minor forest produce have been collected at a minimum support price of Rs 112 crore. According to the data released by TRIFED New Delhi, Chhattisgarh ranks first among states for purchasing minor forest produce at minimum support price. 5. Kodo, Kutki and Ragi will be procured in scheduled areas of the state, like other minor forest produce, at minimum support price. 6. "Shaheed Mahendra Karma Tendu Leaf Collectors Social Security Scheme" has been launched to provide protection to 12.50 lakh Tendu Leaf Collector families in the event of accidental death or accident.

There is a provision of 13 crores for this. 7. Provision of 359 crores for local development programs and 170 crores for development of basic amenities in tribal areas 6 Support to Journalists 1. In case of accidental death of journalists, the amount of assistance given is increased from 2 lakhs to 5 lakhs. Nutrition and Safety for Women and Children 1. Kaushalya Maternity Scheme will be launched to improve the nutrition of women.

State will give a lump sum assistance of Rs 5 thousand at the time of birth of second girl child. 2. Provision of 47 crores in budget for Integrated Child Protection Scheme for child care, safety and protection related works. 3. Provision of 732 crores in special nutritional food scheme, 39 crores for improvement and construction of Anganwadis.

Assistance to the Elderly and Differently-abled 1. For monthly pension to destitute and elderly, provision of 343 crore in Social Security Pension Scheme, 190 crore in National Old Age Pension Scheme and 170 crore in Chief Minister Pension Scheme. 2. Provision of 70 crores in Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme and 98 crores in Sukhad Sahara Pension Scheme. 3. Provision of 12 crores in Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme. 4. Provision of 2 crore for construction of integrated new building with facilities for various institutions for differently abled. 5. Provision of Rs 75 lakh for setting up helpline and redressal of grievances of senior citizens. 6. Provision of 1.5 crore for the establishment of Adarsh Rehabilitation Center at all five divisional headquarters. 7. Provision of 3.13 crore for the establishment of 'Half Way Home' in Raipur and Durg for rehabilitation and training of persons treated with mental illness. 8. Ashram-cum-Rehabilitation Center will be set up for rehabilitation of third gender persons.

For this, a provision of 76 lakh has been kept in the budget. This will be the first center of its kind in the country. 7 Modernization of Cities 1. Provision of 10 crores in the Mukhyamantri Mitan Yojana for the home access service of various government services. 2. Under Chief Minister Urban Slum Health Scheme, 60 mobile ambulances and Dai-Didi clinics are being operated in 14 municipal corporations. Through this, the facility of free trial, treatment and drug distribution is being provided. There is a provision of 50 crores in budget. 3. Chhattisgarh has been receiving the award for being the cleanest state in the country for two consecutive years. Dedicating it to the cleanliness didis, their honorarium has been increased from 5,000 to 6,000 rupees. 4. By upgrading SLRM centers, 377 Godhan Nyay-cum-Cow Dung Purchase Centers are being set up in the urban bodies. 5. In order to provide better housing to urban poor families, "Mor Zameen-Mor Makaan" and "Mor Makaan-Mor Chinhari" schemes have been awarded by Government of India in January 2021.

There is a provision of 457 crores under Housing Scheme for All. 6. As of December 2018, 23,876 tap connections were given for clean drinking water in 9 cities included in Amrit Yojana.

This number has now increased to one and a half lakh. Provision of 220 crores for Amrit Mission Scheme. 7. Provision of 482 crores for infrastructure development works in urban areas, and 119 crores for water augmentation schemes. 8. Provision in budget for water supply system in 16 new villages included in the Bilaspur Municipal Corporation area.

Village Development: Availability of Livelihood and Basic Facilities 1. Provision of 1,603 crore in budget for Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme. 2. Provision of 400 crores under Chhattisgarh State Rural Livelihood Mission. 3. Chhattisgarh has got first place in Rurban ranking released by Government of India.

Provision of 100 crores in budget for the scheme. 8 4. 70 percent houses out of 10.97 lakh sanctioned houses have been completed under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Rural). Chhattisgarh ranks second in the implementation of scheme.

Provision of 1,500 crores for this scheme in this budget. 5. Chhattisgarh has got second position in the category of ODF plus panchayats. State has received a performance grant of 68.42 crore for excellent works in the field of cleanliness. 6. Provision of 400 crores for Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) scheme. 7. Provision of 2,067 crore under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. 8. Mukhyamantri Dharsa Development Scheme is being started to convert dharsa into pucca road to facilitate farmers to access the fields.

There is a provision of 10 crores in budget for this. 9. Water conservation work will be done by selecting 441 drains at a cost of 392 crore in forest areas from CAMPA. Encouraging Modern Technology 1. Provision of 236 crore has been made for expansion of electronics and information technology services. 2. To prevent illegal mining of minerals, mining surveillance system has been implemented through modern space technology and remote sensing image.

Development of Art, Culture and Tourism in Chhattisgarh 1. Separate Directorate of Archaeological Department will be set up to give impetus to study, discovery and maintenance of archaeological heritage of State. 2. Along with construction of archives building for digitization and display of records related to Chhattisgarh, digitization and mobile app will be developed.

There is a provision of 6 crores in budget for this. 3. Chhattisgarh Culture Council has been formed for the preservation and promotion of various arts and disciplines in the state. 4. Chhattisgarh Cultural Zone to be constructed on the lines of Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal in Nava Raipur. 9 5. Provision of 1 crore for construction of a human museum for displaying order of human development, living, festivals, ancient art, traditional genres. 6. Provision of 2 crore for short film, documentary and other works for conservation & promotion of Chhattisgarhi folk art and dances. 7. A grant of up to 5 lakh will be given for construction and preservation of Devguri site, a symbol of faith in tribal culture. 8. Provision of 6 crores for construction of the Shaheed Veeranarayan Singh Memorial and Museum and for the demonstration work of lifestyle of tribes. 9. Provision of 5 crores for arranging display of tribal culture in gallery of newly constructed tribal museum. 10. In view of reverence and popularity of general public towards Sri Ram Van Gaman Tourism Circuit, Provision of 30 crores to give impetus to the identified works.

Conservation and Development of Natural Resources 1. Provision of 206 crores for improvement work of degraded forests in an area of 36 thousand hectares.

Provision of 7 crores for plantation of 15 lakh plants under river bank plantation program for conservation of rivers. E-Education (Education - Equal Opportunity for All) 1. To provide quality education through English medium to children in government schools, the scheme of Swami Atmanand English Medium Schools has been started.

There is a provision in budget for 119 new English medium schools. 2. A national level boarding school will be set up in Nava Raipur on selffinancing model. 3. Provision of 01 crore for setting up B.Ed.College in Kanker. 4. Provision of 5.85 crore as new item for Padhna Likhna Abhiyan. 5. 7 new colleges will be set up in Village Nagpur District Korea, Village Sanna District Jashpur, Village Bankimangra District Korba, Village Nawagaon Nava Raipur, Risali District Durg, Saragaon District Janjgir Champa and Naveen Kanya College in Surajpur, Balrampur and Gobra Nawapara District Raipur. 10 6. New graduate courses in 14 colleges & post-graduate courses in 15 colleges will be started . 7. Provision of 6.80 crore for setting up of boys & girls hostel in Manpur, Balrampur, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Mahasamund, Korba, Dantewada, Sukma, Bijapur. 8. One new pre-matric boys & girls hostel for Backward Classes will be set up in Balrampur and one pre-matric Scheduled Caste Boys Hostel in Patan District Durg. 9. Provision of 372 crores for operation of hostels for students belonging to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and 281 crores for construction works under Gurukul Upgradation Scheme. 10. New buildings will be constructed for government colleges in Nikum district Durg, Bhatagaon district Raipur, Watgan district Balodabazar, Amadi district Dhamtari, Chirko district Mahasamund and Narharpur district Kanker. 11. New ITIs at Village Tekari, Block Arang and Village Navara Development Block Takhatpur will be set up. 12. Provision of 1 crore 80 lakh for establishment of an innovation hub in the campus of Chhattisgarh Regional Science Center and 20.55 crore for furniture, machines & equipment in 40 polytechnic institutions. I-Infrastructure (Infrastructure - Supplemets of Development) Roadway 1. Chhattisgarh Road and Infrastructure Development Corporation will undertake construction of 3,900 km long roads & bridges at a cost of 5,225 crore. Provision of 150 crores as assistance to corporation for this. 2. Provision of 100 crores in budget under Mukhyamantri Sugam Sadak Yojna. 3. Construction of 24 routes of 826 km length is under progress in Phase3 project with Asian Development Bank assistance. 31 roads of 1,275 km length are being surveyed under Phase-4 ADB project. Provision of 940 crore in budget for these projects. 11 4. Road Safety Construction Scheme is being started for road safety to reduce loss of life and property due to vehicle accidents.

Necessary provision in budget for this. 5. Provision of 102 crores for construction of 12 new railway over bridges & under bridges and 151 new medium bridges under Jawahar Setu Yojana. Provision of 310 crore for construction of 6 state roads, 5 urban routes, 20 main district roads and 435 rural roads. Provision of 92 crores for construction of 119 rural roads under NABARD's Rural Infrastructure Development Fund. 6. Provision of 12 crores in budget for construction of 104 roads & 16 bridges for providing better traffic facilities to Naxal-affected rural areas.

Airway 1. Efforts are being made to connect Ambikapur area by air soon and provision for construction of airstrip in Korea district in this year's budget. Irrigation 1. Ground Water Conservation Fund will be created to implement ground water promotion works on priority basis.

The amount of water collected from industries using ground water and industries using water as raw material will be deposited in this fund. 2. Provision of 152 crore in budget for 4 major irrigation projects ArpaBhainsajhar, Kelo reservoir, Rajiv Samoda Nisada diversion and Sondhur reservoir. 3. Provision for 4 micro irrigation schemes, 5 solar micro irrigation schemes and 8 lift irrigation schemes in budget. 4. Provision of 70 crores in budget for rehabilitation and improvement of major, medium and small dams. 5. Ahiran-Kharang Link, Chapratola Feeder Reservoir, Rehar Atem (Zinc) Link Project will be implemented by Chhattisgarh Infrastructure Development Corporation.

For this, there is a provision of 5 crore assistance to the corporation.

Clean drinking water 1. A target has been set to supply pure drinking water to 45.48 lakh rural households of state through tap connections by year 2023. 12 2. Provision of 850 crores in Jal Jeevan Mission Scheme to provide tap collection facilities to households for drinking water. 3. Provision of 106 crores for maintenance of tube wells and 32 crores in rural water supply scheme by pipes and 70 crores for supply of drinking water in villages. 4. Provision of 45 crores for new water supply schemes in urban areas. 5. Provision of 11 crore in Minimata Amritdhara Nal Yojana and 10 crore for tubewell mining in Gothans. Industry 1. For establishment of new foodpark, identification of land in 110 development blocks and occupation of land in 45 development blocks has been received by Industries Department. Provision of 50 crores for this. 2. In order to promote establishment of forest produce, herbal and food processing industries in backward areas, new Industrial Policy 2019-24 provides for Vananchal Udyog Package. 3. Gems & Jewelery Park is being established on 10 acres of land in Pandri District Raipur on public-private partnership basis at a cost of 350 crores. 4. Provision of 65 crores for establishment of new industrial areas and 10 crores for upgradation of infrastructure in industrial areas. Energy 1. Provision of 45 crores in Chief Minister Majra-tola Electrification Scheme to reach power lines to remaining mercury-tolons of electrified villages. 2. In order to provide irrigation facilities to fields situated on banks of rivers, work of extension of power line along rivers will be done. 3. Provision of 25 crores for construction of new substation, transformer capacity addition and line expansion works under Chief Minister's Power Infrastructure Development Scheme. 4. Provision of 50 crores in SCADA scheme for supervisory control in industrial areas. 5. Provision of 100 crores in Chief Minister Urban Electrification Scheme for electrification works of urban areas. 13 Agricultural infrastructure 1. An exhibition plant will be set up in village Godhi district Bemetra for research work on bio-ethanol production. Raw materials like surplus paddy or maize will be used for the production of biofuels in plant. 2. New Energy Education Park will be set up in village Patan district fort. Rural people will be encouraged to use alternative energy in various works of agricultural work and daily life through Energy Education Park. 3. Keeping in view the convenience of farmers, 725 new committees have been formed by reorganizing the Primary Agricultural Credit Cooperative Society. In this way, the number of committees in state has increased from 1,333 to 2,048. 4. Provision of Rs 3.63 crore for lump sum assistance of 50,000 rupees to each committee for paddy procurement and other arrangements. 5. For protection of paddy, 7,556 platforms have been constructed in cooperative societies under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA scheme.

G-Governance (Administration-sensitive and effective) To make administration sensitive, strong, accountable and effective, new units are being formed by dividing large administrative units on the basis of area and population. Revenue administration 1. 11 new tehsils and 5 new subdivisions will be formed in this budget. Formation of new tehsils 1. Saragaon, 2. Nandaghat, 3. Suhela, 4. Sipat, 5. Biharpur, 6. Chando, 7. Raghunathpur, 8. Siriya, 9. Chahal, 10. Ajgarbahar, 11. Barpali and Subdivision Offices. Formation will be done in 1. Lohandiguda, 2. Bhaiyathan, 3. Pali, 4. Marwahi and 5. Tekpal. 2. Computerized copies of Khasra Panchasala and B-1 will be provided to the patwaris. This will facilitate the matching of records on the spot and in Girdawari work. Provision of 3 crores for this. 3. Monthly stationery allowance payable to the patwaris will be increased by Rs 250. Provision of 3.48 crore in budget for this. 4. New rain gauge centers will be set up in all tehsils. Provision of 1.5 crore in budget for this. 14 5. Drone based survey of rural population area under ownership plan . Police administration 1. 'Bastar Tigers' special force will be formed in all districts of Bastar division. Priority will be given to local youths from inside villages in the force. 2. Police forces will be benefitted of information about inner area and forest of youth during the anti-Naxal operation. There is a provision of 92 crores for the recruitment of 2,800 persons in the police. 3. Provision of 1 crore 35 lakh for creation of 20 new posts for establishment of cyber forensic lab in state police headquarters. 4. In Raipur-West and Janjgir-Champa for effective civil security system and to speed up Naxal operations, new offices of a total of 5 additional Superintendents of Police will be set up in Manpur District Rajnandgaon, Bijapur (Naxal Operation) and Bhanupratappur District Kanker. 5. Residential buildings of police personnel will be constructed at Gorella-Pendra-Marwahi. 6. 10 police checkpost buildings will be constructed in the state. 7. Provision in budget for approval of 2,200 new posts of women home guards for protection of girls residing in girls hostels and ashrams. 8. Provision of Rs. 1.42 crore for creation of 48 new posts required to upgrade Sub Jails in District Narayanpur and District Bijapur into District Jail and new Sub Jail in Bhatapara. 9. 10 barracks of 50 undertrials capacity each will be constructed in 06 jails of the state. 10. To motivate government servants who have performed well, a scheme will be started to reward them with State Civil Service Medal and State Police Service Medal. H-Health (Health: Healthy Body - Biggest Wealth) Keeping the promise of universal health services, efforts have been made to upgrade health centers in urban and rural areas of the state, development of modern facilities as well as access to health services to various settlements. 15 1. Provision of 63 new posts and provision of 01 crore for establishment of Virology Lab in 09 Government Medical Colleges. 2. Provision of Rs. 01 crore for upgradation of Community Health Center Ramanujganj in 100 bed-hospital and Community Health Center Rakhi (Nava Raipur) in 50-bed hospital with approval of additional posts. 3. Provision of Rs 1.50 crore for establishment of new community health center in village Sanna, district Jashpur and Shivrinarayan, district Janjgir-Champa and 30 bed hospital in Risali area of Bhilai. 4. Free health checkup, medical facility and distribution of medicines are being made available to villagers through Mukhyamantri Haat Bazar Clinic Scheme in Vananchal and remote areas.

For this, there is a provision of 13 crores in the budget. 5. Provision of 300 crore for construction of new medical colleges Kanker, Korba and Mahasamund is in the budget. 6. Provision of 17.50 crore for construction of 25 sub-health centers, 10 primary health centers and 02 community health centers. 7. Chandulal Chandrakar Memorial Medical College, Durg will be turned into Government Medical College. T-Transformation (change: for the governance-public) The pride of local festivals, which were getting extinct, like Hareli, Teeja-Pora, Gaura-Gauri, Matar and Govardhan Pooja has been restored by organizing these festivals as public events . 1. The faith in Chhattisgarh Mahtari has been turned into a living form by according the status of State Anthem to the song "Arpa Pairi Ke Dhar" composed by Acharya Narendra Dev Verma, . 2. Similarly, public sentiments have been honored by announcing public holidays on festivals like Mata Karma Jayanti, World Tribal Day, Chhath Puja. 3. Arrangements have been made to take administration to the people by improving the tradition of public walking to the government offices. 4. Efforts are being made at a rapid pace to change the capital of Chhattisgarh, Nava Raipur from a forest of concrete to a vibrant 16 populated city.

Provision of 355 crore in budget for implementation of various schemes of Nava Raipur. 7. Budget Estimate for Year 2021-22 7.1 Total revenue receipts for year 2021-22 are estimated at 79,325 crores. Out of this, the state's revenue is 35,000 crores and receipt from center is 44,325 crores. 7.2 The estimated gross expenditure for year 2021-22 is 1,05,213 crore. The net expenditure is estimated at 97,106 crore after deducting the repayment of loans and recoveries from gross expenditure.

Revenue expenditure is 83,028 crore and capital expenditure is 13,839 crore. Capital expenditure is 14 percent of total expenditure in year 2021-22. 7.3 Provision of 38 percent for social sector, 39 percent for economic sector and 23 percent for general services sector. 8. Fiscal Status 8.1 Revenue Deficit of 3,702 crore has been estimated in the budget. 8.2 Fiscal deficit is estimated at 17,461 crore, which is 4.56 percent of State's gross domestic product. 8.3 Total expenditure for the year 2021-22 is estimated at 97,106 crores as against the total receipts of 97,145 crores. Savings of 39 crores is estimated as a result of these financial transactions. The budget deficit of 1,916 crore is estimated at the end of year 2021-22, including anticipated deficit of 1,095 crore for year 2020-21. 9. Tax proposal There is no new tax proposal for 2021-22. ----00---- 17 Annexure-I Budget (2021-22) At a Glance Particulars Amount (Rs. Crore) Total Receipts 97,145 Total Expenditure 97,106 Total Fiscal Deficit 17,461 (4.56 percent of GSDP) Expenditure Particulars Value Revenue Expenditure 83,028 (85.50%) Capital Expenditure 13,839 (14.50%) Development for ST Areas 34% Development for SC Areas 13% Social Sector Expenditure 38% Economics Sector Expenditure 39% Details of Social Sector Expenditure Particulars Value School Education 15.9 % Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe Development 2.4 % Health 5.9 % Women & Child Development 2.3 % Details of Economic Sector Expenditure Particulars Value Food And Civil Supplies 5.0 % Panchayat & Rural Development 9.1 % Public Works 6.6 % Irrigation 2.9 % 18 Annexure-II Economic Growth Economic Survey Year 2020-21 - Advance estimates (at constant prices) Growth RateChhattisgarh National Level Economic Growth Rate (-)1.77 % (-)7.7 % Agriculture 4.61% 3.4 % Industry (-)5.28 % (-)9.6 % Service 0.75 % (-)8.8 % Per Capita Income (at current prices) Rs. 1,04,943 (Decline of 0.14%)

Photo: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today finalized the budget for the financial year 2021-22 in his office hall located in the Vidhan Sabha complex here.

Photo: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today finalized the budget for the financial year 2021-22 in his office hall located in the Vidhan Sabha complex here.

Raipur 1 March 2021

The Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, finalized the budget for the financial year 2021-22 in his office hall located in the assembly premises here today.

Famous Indian cricketer Gundappa Vishwanath met courtesy of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel

Famous Indian cricketer Gundappa Vishwanath met courtesy of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel

Invited for the inaugural function of the Road Safety World Series Cricket League by presenting the first ticket to the Chief Minister

In his residence office here today, the famous Indian cricketer Mr. Gundappa Vishwanath paid a courtesy call to Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel for the Road Safety World Series Cricket League starting on March 5.
      It is known that in order to increase public awareness about the importance of road safety, Road Safety World Series Cricket Tournament is being organized from March 5 to 21 at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in Nava Raipur. During this time there will be a total of 15 matches, in which veteran players from different countries are joining. Shri Vishwanath invited the Hon'ble Chief Minister for the opening ceremony of the league and also presented the first ticket of the match. Shri Vishwanath presented a cricket bat to the Chief Minister Mr. Baghel as a memento. Senior sports journalist Mr. Devashish Dutta was also present on the occasion.

We will not allow them to deceive the food providers : Mr. Bhupesh Baghel

We will not allow them to deceive the food providers : Mr. Bhupesh Baghel

Selling surplus paddy wouldn't be necessary, if Central Government accepts 60 million metric tons of rice

New industrial policy is attracting more investments in Chhattisgarh

Better law and order in the state has boosted people's faith in the system, Chhattisgarh's policing is the second best in the country

Chandulal Chandrakar Memorial Medical College being acquired for betterment of students and health care

Government would not allow disinvestment of Nagarnar Steel Plant

Motion of gratitude passed in Legislative Assembly on Governor's address

Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly passed vote of thanks on the Governor's address. Earlier, responding to the discussion held in the House today, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that this country and the state belongs to 'Annadaata' (food providers). We will not let the farmers be deprived of their rights under any circumstances. We will not allow deceit with the food providers.

Chief Minister said that people, who were talking about paddy procurement at support price during the discussion here, have their government in Delhi. Farmers are agitating for their demand regarding procurement of crops at support price, more than 2 hundred farmers have died, but government is not paying any attention. He further said that three laws are being forced on the farmers despite their disapproval. He said that we have sincerely taken care of the interests of farmers in Chhattisgarh.

    Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that I frequently write letters to Central Government regarding the interests of Chhattisgarh, commenting about which the opposition members today referred to me as a journalist. But this would not stop me. I would continue to write letters to  for the rights, interests and welfare of tribals, youth, farmers, scheduled castes, tribes and the entire Chhattisgarh state. We have created 263 new procurement centers to make the process more convenient for farmers. Paddy procurement was done efficiently and systematically in the 2300 paddy procurement centers of the state, despite the shortage of gunny bags. Mr. Baghel said that when Central Government had agreed to deposit 60 lakh metric tonnes of rice from Chhattisgarh in the Central Pool, the opposition members said that the Central Government should be thanked for the decision. Responding to which, I said that the day Central Government lives up to its promise to allow deposit of the entire 60 lakh metric tonnes of rice in the central pool, the whole House will thank them. He said that presently, Central Government has allowed deposit of only 24 lakh metric tonnes of rice. So the opposition should take up the task of getting the permission from Centre for deposit of entire 60 lakh metric tonnes of rice in the central pool.

    Chief Minister said that more people have started taking interest in agriculture as a result of our policies. He said that in year 2015-16, 13 lakh 17 thousand 583 farmers were registered, out of which 11 lakh 5 thousand 556 farmers sold paddy. 16.1 percent farmers could not sell paddy. Similarly, in 2016-17, 14 lakh 51 thousand 88 farmers were registered, out of which 13 lakh 27 thousand 944 farmers sold paddy. 8.5 percent farmers could not sell paddy. In 2017-18, 15 lakh 77 thousand 332 farmers were registered, 12 lakh 6 thousand 224 farmers sold paddy and 23.6 percent farmers could not sell paddy. Whereas in year 2020-21, 21 lakh 52 thousand 475 farmers were registered. 20 lakh 53 thousand 483 farmers sold paddy i.e. 95.38 percent of the paddy purchased from farmers. This time, farmers produced paddy in 24 lakh 86 thousand 665 hectare area in the state, which is much higher than the year 2015-16.

Chief Minister said that some opposition members are raising questions as to why the state government is selling the surplus paddy. I want to say that if Centre allows the contribution of 6 million metric tons in the central pool, we will not have to sell paddy or rice outside. He said that we procure paddy for the central government. There was a time when there was shortage of food grains in the country, and then took place the Green Revolution, and our farmers accepted that challenge. The country has become self-supporting and today, when we have surplus food grains, the Centre is unable to make arrangements for its disposal. He said that our government has increased the wage rate for tendupatta collection from Rs 2500 to Rs 4000 per standard bag, and also the number of 7 minor forest produce procured at support price has been increased to 52. Besides, we are also doing value addition to minor forest produce. We have resolved the pending cases of Forest Land Right certificates. Chhattisgarh is the first state in the country to distribute forestland right certificates to the forest dwellers. We have given 9 lakh 3 thousand 520 acres in 4 lakh 33 thousand individual cases and 37 lakh 870 acres in 41 thousand 16 community cases, thus totaling 46 lakh 4 thousand 399 acres of forest land.

    Chief Minister said that we implemented the new industrial policy in year 2019, as a result 1249 industries were established in the state. There was capital investment of Rs 16 thousand 986 crores in these industries and 22 thousand people got employment. Similarly, 104 MoUs were signed for mega industrial projects, which would lead to a capital investment of Rs 42 thousand 417 crore. He said that we had to go nowhere to attract investment. We believed in the industrialists of the state. Chief Minister said that we have set the goal to establish 200 food parks. 111 locations have been already identified for food parks.

    Responding to the irrigation-related questions of the opposition, Chief Minister said that Arpa-Bhainsajhar could have been a major project, but it was made mediocre. In the last two years, due to better management of water resources in the state, actual irrigation has increased from 9 lakh 68 thousand hectare to 13 lakh hectare, which is a record in itself. He said that the previous government spent Rs 18 thousand 225 crore to increase irrigation capacity during its tenure of 15 years, but the actual irrigation capacity improved by only 16 thousand hectares. Speaking about the law and order of the state, Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that we have been successful in establishing better law and order in the state. Naxalite activities in the state have significantly reduced. Schools which were closed for 13 years have been reopened. Several achievements have been made in various sectors including health, education, nutrition, malaria eradication. People have gained confidence in the governance. There is law and order in the state. In India Justice Report 2020, released by Tata Trusts, Chhattisgarh's policing has been ranked second in the country.

He said that in our tenure, Central Government owes us Rs 14 thousand 73 crore  as Chhattisgarh’s share in central taxes. From year 2004 to present, Centre owes total of Rs 15 thousand 154  to Chhattisgarh. Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that Chhattisgarh has right to its shares in the central taxes.
Chief Minister said that education system in Chhattisgarh during corona crisis was praised by both NITI Ayog and Prime Minister. 52 English Medium Schools have been opened on the name of Swami Atmanand to prepare the students in the state for all kinds of competitive exams.  
Chief Minister said that during the tenure of the old government, the sand mines were operated by the Panchayats. Numerous complaints were received back then. Today we have made arrangements to operate these mines through tenders. Revenue of Rs 25 crores have been collected only from the tender. 25 percent of the income generated from the operation of mines will be made available to the panchayats. Chief Minister said that we have acquired Chandulal Chandrakar Memorial Medical College to improve health facilities and to protect the interest of students.

A resolution to disapprove the disinvestment of the Nagarnar Steel Plant has also been passed in this House. We will not let the sentiments of people in Bastar get hurt, said Mr. Baghel. He said that this plant should be operated by public sector companies like NMDC or CMDC. Unilateral disinvestment will not be allowed. Chhattisgarh Government is working dedicatedly to save this steel plant. He said that before the COVID crisis, there were only 151 ventilators in Chhattisgarh, which has now been increased to 514. Similarly, the number of ICUs has been increased from 53 to 406, the number of oxygen beds has now been increased to 1668.

 Chief Minister said that Government of India should arrange for free COVID vaccination of all 135 crore people in the country, instead of focusing on only 3 crore people.. If the central government refuses to do so, then we would arrange for COVID vaccination of people in the state at our own expense, said Chief Minister. He said covaxine has been used for only one percent of people in 11 states. Chhattisgarh has decided to use this vaccine only after the third trial.

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel meets Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel meets Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal

Reiterates demand for procurement of 40 LMT rice in FCI, also takes up reimbursement of pending food subsidies

Union Minister gives assurance of reimbursing food subsidies worth Rs 4832 crore

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel today met Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal and reiterated his demand of increasing the permitted amount of 24 lakh metric tonnes of rice to be procured under the central pool in FCI to 40 lakh metric tonnes in the Kharif marketing year 2020-21. He also requested the Union minister to reimburse pending food subsidies for the year 2019-20 and 2020-21 of Rs 5214.97 crore.

Union Minister assured the chief minister of reimbursing food subsidies worth Rs 4832 crore.

Chhattisgarh Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey and Food Minister Amarjeet Bhagat also accompanied the chief minister during the meeting here. 

The chief minister also said that in the interest of farmers of Chhattisgarh, the Centre should give permission for procurement of 40 lakh metric tonnes of rice in the Food Corporation of India at the earliest as 92 lakh metric tonnes of paddy have been procured from 20.53 lakh farmers on the support price in Chhattisgarh in the Kharif marketing year 2020-21, as on 31 January 2021, under the decentralized procurement scheme.

Mr Baghel emphasized that in the meeting of the Food Secretaries of the Government of India for the Kharif Marketing Year 2020-21 in-principle consent was given for taking 60 lakh metric tonnes of rice to the central pool for Chhattisgarh, due to which it is possible to resolve about 89 lakh metric tonns of paddy currently acquired.

He maintained that the Food Department has been allowed by the Government of India to take only 24 lakh metric tonnes of rice (16 lakh metric tons of usna and 8 lakh metric tons of arva) under the central pool in the Food Corporation of India in the Kharif year 2020-21. The state's PDS will require 20 lakh metric tons of rice and in addition to this, the stock of 3 lakh metric tons of rice will be kept by the Civil Supplies Corporation. In this way, it will be possible to dispose of 70.50 lakh metric tonnes of paddy from 47 lakh metric tonnes of rice which is being acquired. 

Secretary to the chief minister, Siddharth Komal Pardesi and Chhattisgarh Food and Civil Supplies Secretary Kamalpreet Singh were also present in the meeting.

Chief Minister pays tribute to the Hero of Freedom Movement Chandra Shekhar Azaad on his death anniversary

 Chief Minister pays tribute to the Hero of Freedom Movement Chandra Shekhar Azaad on his death anniversary

Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has paid tribute to the Hero of Freedom Fighter Mr. Chandrashekhar Azad on his death anniversary on February 27. Chief Minister said that Shri Chandrashekhar Azad inspired thousands of youth even today. His patriotism and courage was exemplary. Shri Azad did not surrender to the British Government till his last breathe. He sacrificed his life for the country. His sacrifice did not go in vain, rather it sparked the courage in thousands of youth to join the revolution.


C G Cabinet meeting

C G Cabinet meeting

Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today chaired the Cabinet Meeting at the main committee room of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly premise today, where following important decisions were taken: -
1. Cabinet has decided to purchase Ayurvedic medicines, processed foods obtained from the processing of minor forest produce, and herbal products manufactured by Chhattisgarh State Minor Forest Produce Association.
   In case the products are not available with State Minor Forest Produce Association, government departments can obtain clearance from the Association and purchase those products from the market.
   Regarding the products manufactured by Chhattisgarh State Minor Forest Produce Association or through Public Private Partnership, Cabinet has decided to relax the tender invitation as per the provision of Chhattisgarh Warehousing Rules.
Decision to constitute a six-member committee under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary / Principal Secretary Forest and Climate Change Department to determine the selling price has also been taken.
2. Cabinet has decided to procure kodo-kutki and ragi at support pricein the scheduled area of the state.
3. The Nineteenth Annual Report of Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020) was approved for table in the Legislative Assembly.
4.Regarding the disposal of unclaimed paddy procured at support price in Kharif marketing year 2019-20, Cabinet has taken following decision- for disposal of the estimated 2.27 lakh metric tonnes of paddy remaining in the post-drought collection center, the target of depositing the remaining 1.72 lakh ton paddy for custom milling has been cancelled and permission to deposit the additional 60,000 tons of rice out of the remaining quantity of 92,000 tons to Chhattisgarh State Civil Supplies Corporation in the State Pool, against the previously set target of 28.55 lakh tons of rice in Chhattisgarh State Civil Supplies Corporation.

5. In the Kharif marketing year 2020-21, 92 lakh metric tons of paddy has been procured at support price. Government of India had given permission to deposit only 24 lakh metric tons of rice in Food Corporation of India. After meeting the requirement of 24 lakh MT under State PDS, 20.5 lakhs metric tons of unallocated paddy is remaining (Surplus), which Cabinet has decided to resolve through committee-level auction. The cabinet sub-committee constituted for paddy procurement and custom milling will approve the highest bid received in the auction. Food department has been authorized to invited the bids for selling price of rice available in the Civil Supplies Corporation.
6. The draft of Chhattisgarh Electricity Charges (Amendment) Act 2021 was approved in the cabinet meeting.
7. Cabinet ratified the decision taken by Company’s Board of Directors to shut down both the 120 MW units of Chhattisgarh State Power Generation Company Limited in Korba. In the same sequence, Cabinet has authorized Energy Department to take the decision on alternative use of the vacant land available as a result of the closure of the power plants.
8. Cabinet has decided to slacken the TP Rules for transport of minor forest produce in the state. As per this decision, state government has given this exemption to all unspecified minor forest produce except wood, minerals, wildlife products and tendu patta.


Gauthan will be developed as Rural Industrial Park : Mr. Bhupesh Baghel

Gauthan will be developed as Rural Industrial Park : Mr. Bhupesh Baghel

Chief Minister transfers an amount of Rs 4.94 crore to bank accounts of more than 1.54 lakh cattlemen as 14th installment under Godhan Nyaya Yojana

Amount of Rs 80.42 crores paid so far under Godhan Nyaya Yojana

Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today transferred Rs 4 crore 94 lakh to the bank accounts of one lakh 54 thousand 423 cattlemen, as 14th installment of Godhan Nyaya Yojana. Adding this the amount of 14th installment, State Government has paid total Rs 80 crore 42 lakh rupees to cattle rearers under Godhan Nyaya Yojana. Chief Minister transferred the 14th installment today after chairing the cabinet meeting. On the occasion, Mr. Baghel said that through various activities like mushroom production, poultry farming, fisheries, goat rearing, rice mill, kodo-kutki and lac processing in Gothans under Godhan Nyaya Yojana, thousands of people have got employment. To connect more women and villagers with employment-oriented activities under Godhan Nyay Yojana, we would develop gauthans as Rural Industrial Parks, thereby realizing the vision of Suraaji Gaon, said Chief Minister Mr. Baghel.

Chief Minister said that nearly 6 lakh quintals of vermi compost has been produced by women self-help groups in Gauthans. Vermi compost production would be done on a larger scale in days to come. Soon, vermi compost production would reach 12 lakh quintals. Presently, vermi compost is being produced in 65 thousand vermi stitches in Gauthans. If 20 lakh quintals of vermi compost is produced in a year, then the business of vermi compost alone will be of Rs. 2 thousand crores. And if we include other economic activities conducted Gauthans, then the size of the trade in Gauthans would be even bigger. Mr. Baghel said that women self-help groups should be linked to minor forest produce processing activities in Gauthans. He said that proper steps should be taken actively to ensure sale of the products manufactured in Gauthans, including vermicompost. Departments have been directed coordinate and support the development of Gauthan.

On this occasion, Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey said that payment for the dung procured under Godhan Nyaya Yojana is being done fortnightly. For the sale of vermi compost prepared in Gauthan, an action plan has been chalked out in collaboration with other departments including the cooperatives. He said that multi-utility centers and CG Marts should be developed in Gauthans of all the districts, to facilitate sale of manufactured goods. Around 59 thousand 942 women members of nearly 8 thousand women self-help groups are conducting various economic activities in the gauthans. Minor forest produce  processing will also be included under the economic activities in Gothans, right from Sarguja to Bastar.

    Agriculture production commissioner Dr. M. Geeta said that women self-help groups have earned Rs 10 crores so far from various income-oriented activities being conducted in the gauthans, including Vermi compost production, mushroom production, community garden, fish farming, goat rearing, poultry, making of decoratives such as vases, diya etc using cow dung, incense sticks etc. They have earned around Rs one crore from vermi compost production alone. She informed that the number of self-supporting Gothans has increased from 226 to 251 in the state.

In the meeting, Home Minister Mr. Tamradhwaj Sahu, Health Minister Mr. T.S. Singhdev, Forest Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar, School Education Minister Dr. Premasai Singh Tekam, Revenue Minister Mr. Jaisingh Agrawal, Urban Administration and Development Minister Dr. Shivkumar Dahria, Public Health Engineering Minister Guru Rudrakumar, Food Minister Mr. Amarjit Bhagat, Industry Minister Mr. Kawasi Lakhma, Minister of Women and Child Development, Mrs. Anila Bhendia, Chief Secretary Mr. Amitabh Jain, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Subrat Sahu, Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Siddharth Komal Singh Pardeshi, Secretary of Urban Administration and Development Mrs. Alarmel Mangai D, Deputy Secretary to Chief Minister in Secretariat Ms. Soumya Chaurasia were also present.

Testing flight arrives on the runway of Bilaspur Airport: Bilaspur to Delhi Air service to commence from 01 March : Bilaspur Airport to be named 'Bilasa Devi Kenvat Airport'

Testing flight arrives on the runway of Bilaspur Airport: Bilaspur to Delhi Air service to commence from 01 March : Bilaspur Airport to be named 'Bilasa Devi Kenvat Airport'

Chief Minister grants the demands of Chhattisgarh fishermen society

Two flights to be operated from New Delhi to Bilaspur on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

First flight will leave Delhi and reach Bilaspur at 3.20 am via Jabalpur and will return to Delhi via Bilaspur at 3.45 pm via Prayagraj

Second flight will reach from Delhi to Bilaspur at 4 pm via Prayagraj and will return from Bilaspur to Delhi at 4.30 pm via Jabalpur

As a result of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel’s efforts, flight service from Bilaspur to Delhi and from New Delhi to Bilaspur will commence from March 1. Air Alliance testing flight aircraft made its first arrival today at Chakarbhata Airport in Bilaspur. Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has said that the first arrival of testing flight at the run-way of Bilaspur Airport is a matter of joy for all of us today. Chief Minister also said that this airport of Bilaspur will now be known as Bilasa Devi Kenvat Airport. On the request of Chairman of Chhattisgarh Fishermen Society and Fishermen Welfare Board Mr. M.R. Nishad, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel agreed to change the name of this airport from Bilasa Bai Kevantin to ‘Bilasa Devi Kenvat’.

It is noteworthy that Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has been making consistent efforts for air connectivity to Bilaspur. Recently, during his stay in New Delhi, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel met Union Aviation Minister Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri and requested him to grant permission for air connectivity from Bilaspur to metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. In response to which Union Minister Mr. Puri had announced the commencement of air service from Bilaspur to Delhi.

Two flights of ATR 72 aircraft will operate from Bilaspur to Delhi on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The first flight will leave Delhi and reach Bilaspur at 3.20 am via Jabalpur and return to Delhi from Bilaspur at 3.45 pm via Prayagraj. (Delhi-Jabalpur-Bilaspur (1520-1545) -Prayagraj-Delhi). The second flight will reach from New Delhi to Bilaspur at 4 pm via Prayagraj and return from Bilalspur to Delhi at 4.30pm via Jabalpur (Delhi-Prayagraj-Bilaspur (1600-1630) -Jabalpur-Delhi). The aircraft of Air Alliance, a subsidiary of Air India, landed at Bilasa Devi Kenvat Airport in Chakarbhata, Bilaspur this afternoon to fly from Bilaspur to Delhi.

Chief Minister had also requested for air service from Ambikapur Airport and Jagdalpur Airport to the metro cities, in response to which Union Minister had assured of taking positive initiatives in the direction. Chief Minister has thanked Union Minister Mr. Puri for sending Air Alliance aircraft to start air services from Bilaspur to Delhi. He has said that the commencement of air services to Delhi will help in the economic progress, industrial development of Bilaspur and surrounding areas, while people will get to avail low cost air travel.

Raipur : Budget Session of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly commences with Governor Ms Uikey’s address

Raipur : Budget Session of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly commences with Governor Ms Uikey’s address

My Government has performed satisfactorily on all fronts, made new achievements in various sectors even during covid crisis”: Ms Uikey

No description available.

Budget Session of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly commenced today with the speech of Governor Ms Anusuiya Uikey. She said- “I welcome you all in the first session of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly in year 2021. I am happy that all of you are making collective efforts to realize the vision of ‘Gadhbo Nava Chhattisgarh’. COVID-19 pandemic had suddenly pushed the entire world into the darkness of uncertainty last year. I thank all of you for your cooperation in tackling this historic crisis faced by humanity. I am grateful for your help in providing relief to the people of the state. The New Year has begun with the hope and determination of overcoming this crisis and its effects. I wish you all the best for successfully fulfilling the dual responsibilities of meeting new goals while completing the development works affected by the pandemic.
In her address to the budget session today, Governor Ms. Uikey said that the past year was full of challenges such as food and livelihood of daily wager families, providing continuous nutritious diet to the malnutrition affected families, safe return and rehabilitation of migrant laborers, prevention of COVID-19 infection and treatment of infected people, maintaining public morale, maintaining natural pace of economic activities, and the challenge of motivating people to overcome fear and to take precautionary measures. I am happy that my government has performed well on all these fronts and the state has made new achievements in various sectors even during the pandemic.

Food grains supply to More than 67 lakh ration card holder families
Governor said that my government has worked with prudence in the state to overcome this difficult period. More than 67 lakh ration card holders families recieved foodgrains, sugar, salt, kerosene, jaggery as per their eligibility in Kondagaon district Bastar division. Distribution of fortified rice while adhering to the safety measures was ensured. Nearly 57 lakh Antyodaya, priority, Annapurna, single destitute and disabled card holders were provided free rice and chickpeas for 8 months as per their eligibility. Migrant workers and other citizens returned to their homes safely. To ensure food security in every village, two quintals of rice was made available in each of the 11 thousand panchayats of the state. These efforts yielded positive results.

Implementation of Mukhyamantri Suposhan Yojana continued even during the COVID crisis

Ms. Uikey said that my government launched Mukhyamantri Suposhan Abhiyan on 2 October 2019 to eradicate malnutrition in the state. And to ensure Implementation of this important scheme during the COVID crisis, 3 lakh 62 thousand beneficiaries of the scheme and more than 24 lakh beneficiaries of nearly 51 thousand aanganbadi centers were provided ready-to-eat nutritious food items at their doorstep. Ready-to-eat dry ration was delivered to the homes of more than 29 lakh beneficiary school students under Midday Meal Programme. Besides, the supply of hot-cooked food and other health facilities in aanganbadi centers were resumed from September 7, 2020 with proper precautionary measures.

Empowering Mothers
Governor said that as a result of my government's sheer commitment, 99 thousand children have been cured of malnutrition and 20 thousand women have been cured of anemia in one year. Schemes such as Mahtari Jatan Yojana, Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao Yojana, Saksham Yojana, Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivah Yojana, Swavalamban Yojana, Nava Bihan Yojana, Self-Aadhar Home Scheme, Ujjwala Griha Yojana, Swayamsevika Yojana, Chhattisgarh Mahila Kosh Yojana, Mahila Shakti Kendra Yojana etc. have been implemented smoothly, which has empowered the mothers and made them independent.

Chhattisgarh became the first state in the country to procure paddy from more than 95 percent of the farmers
Governor Ms Uikey said in her speech that my government has once again kept its promise to the farmers, by procuring paddy at support price despite the challenges. This year 21 lakh 52 thousand 980 farmers were registered, out of which 20 lakh 53 thousand 483 farmers sold their paddy. In this way, Chhattisgarh has become the first state in the country to procure paddy from 95.40 percent farmers in the state.  This year, there has been a new record in every aspect of paddy procurement such as total registered acreage, total paddy purchase area, the total amount of paddy acquired, crossing 92 lakh metric tons, which is nothing short of a miracle. With these achievements, a new phase of agricultural production and prosperity has begun in the lives of farmers and also for the entire state.

New steps being taken in the interest of farmers

Ms. Uikey said that as a result of state government’s steps in the interest of farmers, interest-free agricultural loans worth Rs 4 thousand 755 crore have been disbursed, which is a new record in itself. Kisan Credit Cards have been issued to about 16 lakh farmers. Primary Agricultural Credit Cooperative Societies have been reorganized to register 725 new societies, now the total number of societies has increased from 1 thousand 333 to 2 thousand 58. Innovative step of my government to established sugarcane-based ethanol plant as well as a paddy-based ethanol plant in Chhattisgarh has been acknowledged and appreciated at national-level. State Government wated to ensure that despite the bumper yield of paddy in the state, farmers should get proper value of their crop, hence, they decided to utilize paddy for other profitable ventures. Food parks and forest produce processing centers are being set up in each development block to ensure value addition to different crops in different regions of the state.
    Governor said that under Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, my government has provided direct financial aid to the farmers taking 14 crops including paddy, sugarcane and maize. In the first year, an amount of Rs 4500 crore has been deposited in the farmers' account in three installments, while the remaining installment of about Rs 1200 crore will also be paid in this financial year.
Chhattisgarh ranks first in the country in procurement of small forest produce

Governor said that apart from agriculture, forest resources also generate livelihood for a large population of the state. Therefore, my government has increased the number of minor forest produce procured at minimum support price from 7 to 52. Even in this difficult period, Chhattisgarh has secured the first rank in the country by procuring 72.5 percent of the total minor forest produce. Shaheed Mahendra Karma Tendupatta Collector Social Security Scheme is being implemented. Tendupatta collection remuneration has been increased from Rs 2500 to Rs 4000 per standard bag, while the continuation of bonus payment has brought a huge relief to lakhs of families.

Chhattisgarh appreciated at national-level for proper utilization of CAMPA fund

Ms. Uikey said that my government is dedicated towards conservation of forests and expansion of greenery in the state. Last year, 2 crore 23 lakh saplings were planted, including Ram Vangaman Path, plantation alongside of rivers. More than 16 thousand hectares of damaged bamboo forests were revived. Chhattisgarh has been lauded at the national level for proper utilization CAMPA fund.

Chhattisgarh has been awarded 11 distinct awards by Central Government for better implementation of Panchayat and Rural Development schemes
Governor said that my government has made several innovations by addressing the immediate needs of people with Panchayat and Rural Development schemes, for which Government of India has awarded Chhattisgarh with 11 distinct awards. Under the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA, 100% of the human days target approved under labour budget was achieved in year 2019-20, and in year 2020-21, 81 percent of the target has been met, which again marks the steps towards a new record. In the last 10 months under MNREGA, the workers have been paid Rs 2 thousand 590 crore as wages so far. This year, 100 days of employment has been provided to 2 lakh 17 thousand 291 families till date.
He said that with the convergence of MNREGA with various schemes, various works of Anganbadi centers, gauthans, vermi compost unit (tank), pasture, paddy collection platforms in paddy procurement centers, development of Narva etc. are being done.
Ms. Uikey said that under Chhattisgarh State Rural Livelihood Mission 'Bihaan', 20 lakh women with financially weak background have been included in the self-help groups. This has not only changed their lives, but has also transformed their villages by converting traditional employment into new opportunities. As many as 3 thousand 500 women have become home access banks as BC Sakhi in various districts, this is also boosting morale and creative potential of rural women, which is a pleasant sign.

Chhattisgarh holds top rank in implementation of various national schemes and programs
Governor said that my government has implemented various national schemes and programs diligently, resultantly Chhattisgarh holds top rank in the country for implementation of 'Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission' and second rank for implementation of 'Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Rural)' and 'Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural ) '. As 86 gram panchayats of the state have achieved ODF status, Chhattisgarh has secured second rank in the country in this criterion as well. In the ‘Cleanliness Survey 2020', the state has received the first prize for being the cleanest state. 14 urban bodies of Chhattisgarh have also received awards in various categories at the national level. The credit for this success goes to Swachhta Didi, Commandoes and other activists working at the ground-level.
Governor said that my government has done meaningful work in the direction of providing better housing facility to the poor and for making the cities slum-free, under 'Mor Zameen-More Makaan' and ‘Mor Makaan-Mor Chinhaari’ schemes, for which Government of India has conferred award on Chhattisgarh.     
He said that the progress of 'Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana' in last two years has been remarkable. Sanction of 5 thousand 600 km of roads and 26 bridges for construction in the next three years has proves the efficiency of my government. In addition, initiatives such as 'Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana and Vikas Yojana', 'Mukhyamantri Gram Gaurav Path Yojana' are also playing important role in development of better infrastructure in villages.

Network of roads and bridges being developed
Governor said that my government started 'Jawahar Setu Yojana' with a new idea so that the network of roads and bridges could be completed. Around 200 construction works like these were started, out of which 29 works were completed. More than 2 thousand roads are being constructed under the 'Mukhyamantri Sugam Sadak Yojana to connect important government buildings and public places with all-weather roads. Various schemes and programmes such as ADB, Central Road Fund, L.W.E. Chhattisgarh Road Development Corporation etc have the common goal i.e. development of a network of better roads in the state at the earliest.

Expanding connectivity through aviation services as well
Ms. Uikey said that my government is not only making great efforts to connect the state with the major roadways of the country, but is also working consistently for the expansion of connectivity through aviation services. After Bastar, the state will benefit greatly from the commencement of inter-state aviation service from Bilaspur.

Formation of one district, two subdivisions and 24 new tehsils to take administrative services closer to the public

Governor said that my government has reorganized the large administrative units to bring the administrative services closer to the public. In the same sequence, a new district Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi, two development blocks- Takhatpur and Bade Bacheli, and 24 new tehsils have been constituted. The tehsils of divisional headquarters are being developed as model tehsils. Common people are being provided various facilities for easy settlement of revenue related matters. Innovations such as allocation and management of government land up to 7500 square feet, landowners rights, simplification of diversion cases, digitization of delicate and altered records, e-enrollment, mobile apps, e-funding, digital signature, have significantly improved the public services.
She said that to strengthen rural economy, my government has ensured proper involvement of Handicraft Development Board, Chhattisgarh Khadi Gramodyog Board, Chhattisgarh Mati-Kala Board and other silk-handicraft-weaving etc related organizations, which has polished the traditional art-craft skillls and has helps the artisans to earn better profits.

Children had access to education even during the COVID crisis
Governor said that my government emphasized on such innovations in education sector during COVID crisis, that children had uninterrupted access to education facilities. Under ‘Padhai Tunhar Dwar’ and ‘Padhai Tunhar Para’ programmes, more than 25 lakh children were provided education through online classes, mohalla classes, ‘Bultu Ke Bol’, etc. NITI Aayog and Honourable Prime Minister had lauded these initiatives. Meanwhile, the decision to start Swami Atmanand English Medium Schools in every district has been taken. In the first year, 52 government schools are being upgraded with new facilities and 31 thousand children have taken admission so far.

Various efforts being made to enhance higher education facilities

Governor said that in order to make higher education facilities accessible to as many youth as possible, my government has increased more than 4 thousand seats in various colleges in a year. Establishment of a dozen of higher education institutions apart from Bilaspur University and Shaheed Nand Kumar Patel University in Raigarh, would provide great opportunities of education and employment to the youth in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, food technology, dairy technology, fisheries, forestry.  The establishment of Mahatma Gandhi Horticulture and Forestry University in Durg district will help make Chhattisgarh a major center of research in this area.
Governor said that with the introduction of new courses in engineering colleges, 2% seat reservation for Scheduled Tribes, especially weaker tribes like Abujhmadia, Kamar, Pahari, Korwa, Birhor, Baiga, Bhujia and Pandas has also been done. Under 'Chief Minister Polytechnic Quality Development Scheme', employment-oriented education is being promoted.
She said that my government has made special efforts to expand medical education facilities in the state. New government medical colleges are being established in Kanker, Mahasamund and Korba districts, with 100-100 seats. The state government has also decided to acquire Chandulal Chandrakar Smriti Medical College in Durg district.

Dedicated Covid Hospital developed in all districts
Governor said that 'Dedicated Covid Hospitals' were developed in all the districts during COVID crisis, so that people could avail treatment facilities in their home districts. My government has set up a 'Center of Excellence State Tele Medicine Hub' and a state-of-the-art center for serious heart ailments at Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital Raipur. Apart from this, several steps have been taken to ensure health facilities from the district headquarters to the slums and hamlets through schemes like Hamar Hospital, Humar Lab, Deerghayu Yojana, Chemotherapy Facility, Free Dialysis Facility, Vigyan Mitan, Chief Minister Urban Slum Health Scheme, Dai-Didi Clinic etc. In this way, my government has paved the way for the doorstep delivery of health services.
    Ms. Uikey said that to develop the natural beauty, culture, tradition and public faith sites of the state as tourist destinations, 'Ram Van Gaman Tourism Circuit' is being developed, under which 75 locations have been marked for infrastructure development, Devguri development, and development of Sirpur as Buddhist tourist destination. Places like Satrenga, Sordha Dadar etc. are being developed as special tourist centers, which are creating new opportunities for local development and employment.
Various welfare decisions taken to sensitize policemen

Governor said that the police force in Chhattisgarh goes through multifaceted challenges, so while my government focused on sensitizing the policemen to the general public, it also took many welfare decisions to address the needs of security forces. Response allowance, increase in snack and meal rates, pulsing campaign, condolence program, compassionate appointment, ex-gracia amount for dependents of martyred soldiers increased from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 20 lakh, grace grant to dependent families of martyrs, etc. Other crimes including Naxal activities have come down in the state.
Governor said that my government has unwavering faith in the great democratic traditions and the glorious Constitution of our country. Issuance of a new guideline for the utilization of DMF is a striking example of my government's commitment towards optimal utilization of state resources in the right direction. The share received from royalty of major and minor minerals is being utilized for malnutrition eradication, health, education, agriculture, employment and beneficial activities.Governor said "I urge all the public representatives to actively participate in the developmental public welfare policies, schemes, programs, campaigns of the state government and help the people of their constituencies to get benefit of these government schemes."