Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel writes to Union Defense Minister, requests early establishment of pending army camp in Bilaspur
1000 acres of land allocated to Ministry of Defense for Army Cantonment, says CM
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has written a letter to Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, requesting setting up of long pending army camp at Bilaspur at the earliest.
Drawing the attention of the Union minister towards the development of the state, the Chief Minister has written that the state has allocated about 1000 acres of land to the Ministry of Defense for the establishment of the Army Cantonment in Bilaspur. The process of setting up this army camp is pending.
Initially, requirements of the airstrip were stated along with it for setting up the Army Cantonment. In view of the aviation requirements of the region, the state government has developed the airstrip and completed the necessary procedure. Bilasabai Caveen Airport, Bilaspur is now recognized by DGCA in 3C VFR category. Now this airstrip is available to cater to the aviation related requirements of Civil Aviation and the Army.
The Chief Minister has written that commercial passenger services are starting from Bilaspur on March 1. The state government is keen on setting up an army camp at Chakrabhata, Bilaspur. The establishment of army cantonment in the state will not only speed up the proper development of this area, but also the opportunities for army service will be readily available to the youth of the state. The presence of Army Cantonment in the state is also expected to be helpful in the direction of eradication of Naxal extremism.
Mr. Baghel has said that in view of the benefits to the State Government and the Central Government from the establishment of the Army Cantonment, the State Government wants to urge the Ministry of Defense to expedite its establishment. In this direction, the state government is also ready to consider other related requirements of the Ministry of Defense and the Army. In this context, the State Government is ready to work with the Ministry of Defense and I look forward to your cooperation.
The Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel joined the Chief Minister, Shri Bhupesh Baghel through video conferencing from his residence office in Raipur at the sixth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today.
The Chief Minister, Shri Bhupesh Baghel joined the Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel through video conferencing from his residence office in Raipur at the sixth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog in New Delhi today. Chief Secretary Mr. Amitabh Jain, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Subrata Sahu, Principal Secretary, Commercial Tax Department Mr. Gaurav Dwivedi, Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Siddharth Komal Pardeshi are present.
Chief Minister directs District Collector to make proper arrangements for saving paddy stock in procurement centers from rainwater
Mr. Baghel gives instructions to evaluate crop damage due to rainfall and to provide financial aid as per the provisions of RBC
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has instructed all the district collectors to make proper arrangements for storage of paddy in procurement centers so as to protect the stock from damage due to untimely rainfall. Chief Minister has said that the paddy stock should be properly covered and there should be a proper drainage system in the centers so that the paddy in the lower part is not spoiled. Chief Minister has also instructed Food Department officials to expedite the custom milling of paddy from the procurement centers.
It is noteworthy that this year, 8 thousand platforms have been constructed in the paddy procurement centers to protect paddy from damage due to rainwater. Chief Minister has also instructed the District Collectors to evaluate the damage due to unseasonal rains, if any, and provide financial assistance to the affected people under the provisions of Revenue Book Circular.
Record sale of plots under RDA's Kamal Vihar scheme
118 plots worth Rs 52 crores sold in one day through tender
Significant increase in plot sales due to exemption in guide line rate and registration fee by Chhattisgarh government
Under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, the state government has taken several steps aimed at providing relief to the general public, including reduction in the market price of land (guide line rate) by 30 percent, concession in registration fee and lifting of ban on purchase and sale of small plots. Owing to these measures the registration of state plots and houses has increased significantly. The Kamal Vihar scheme of Raipur Development Authority is receiving a very good response as a result of above decisions. On February 12, Raipur Development Authority received Rs 52 crore from the sale of 118 plots through the tender, which is a record for the sale of plots in itself. A total of 118 plots were sold under the Kamal Vihar scheme, including 108 commercial plots, 9 residential plots and one plot for public / semi-public use. Sale of so many plots under Kamal Vihar Yojana and the amount of Rs 52 crore received, is a record in itself.
It is worth noting that total income by the sale of commercial purpose, mixed, public and semi-public purpose plots in the year 2018-19 was one crore 84 lakh, which in the year 2019-20 reached Rs. 5 crore 70 lakh. Under the guidance of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel and Minister of Housing and Environment Mr. Mohammad Akbar, the concession offered and invitation of tender for the sale of plots of Kamal Vihar scheme has received good response. This is the reason that a total of 118 plots were sold for various purposes in one day through the tender, due to which the authority has received an income of Rs 52 crore.
The chairman of the Authority Mr. Subhash Dhuppad has thanked all buyers of commercial plots for this unprecedented sale of Rs 52 crore in one day.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel to inaugurate Mainpat Mahotsav on February 12
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel will inaugurate Mainpat Mahotsav on February 12. As per the tour schedule of Chief Minister Mr. Baghel, he would leave from Police Parade Ground in Raipur at 2pm via helicopter and reach Mainpat in Sarguja district at 3pm, where he would inaugurate the Mainpat Mahotsav. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel would return to Raipur at 5.20pm. This three-day festival is being organized from February 12 to February 14, 2021 at Ropakhar water reservoir near Mainpat.
Along with the purchase of 93 lakh tons of paddy grain, also: 7 thousand 606 pucca platforms built to prevent weather, rats and termites from crop failure in the storage centers.
Cheap, traditional and unique tricks adopted at the initiative of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
By adopting cheap, traditional and unique tricks of crop protection, Chhattisgarh has shown a cult and many kaja proverbs. Every year a large quantity of paddy purchased in the collection centers was spoiled due to moisture, rain, hail, rats and termites, while this time special pucca platforms were built in these centers to prevent this damage is. These platforms have been constructed under the Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme during the Corona-period. This also created employment opportunities on a large scale.
On the initiative of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, this new arrangement has been made in Chhattisgarh to protect the paddy purchased from farmers this year. A total of 7606 platforms have been constructed in all the districts. The state government has purchased a record paddy worth more than 93 lakh metric tons this year. Since Chhattisgarh became a separate state, it has purchased most of the paddy from farmers. It is also a big challenge to preserve such a large amount of paddy purchased. Large number of pucca platforms made this year in paddy collection centers are helping to keep them safe.
Three thousand sacks can be placed on each platform. As per the requirements of the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department in the collection centers, the platforms of 10.6 meters in length and seven and a half meters width have been made for this. Provision of bolts and plates with eight pedestals has also been made for future sheds in these platforms built at a cost of two lakh rupees. The R.C.C. in the platforms Balconies have also been built under the floor to protect against sand-stuffing and rats.
In order to preserve paddy, a total of 378 in various storage centers in Balod district, 597 in Balodabazar-Bhatapara, 85 in Balrampur-Ramanujganj, 221 in Bastar, 430 in Bemetara, 123 in Bijapur, 380 in Bilaspur, 22 in Dantewari, Dhamtari. 333, 132 in Durg, 254 in Gariaband, 60 in Gorella-Pendra-Marwahi, 711 in Janjgir-Champa, 47 in Jashpur, 363 in Kanker, 269 in Kabirdham, 114 in Kondagaon, 157 in Korba, 76 in Korea, Mahasamund 488, 351 in Mungeli, 32 in Narayanpur, 469 in Raigad, 786 in Raipur, 465 in Rajnandgaon, 66 in Sukma, 118 in Surajpur and 79 in Sarguja are built.
Car sales increase in Chhattisgarh as compared to last year : Automobile sector continues to shine
Chhattisgarh government schemes slow down recession
Chhattisgarh's automobile sector continues to shine. More cars have been sold in the state in January 2021 as compared to January 2020. In January last year, where 4523 cars were sold in the state, 4644 cars have been sold in this month, this year. This number is more than the number of 4233 cars sold in the month of December last year.
It is noteworthy that there is a recessionary atmosphere in the country due to the Corona crisis, but the state has remained untouched by its impact. During this period, the automobile sector of the state as well as other sectors have registered steady growth. The markets here have been shining bright due to the schemes implemented by the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel to strengthen the rural economy and increase the income of farmers and forest dwellers. This year, the government has procured more than 93 lakh metric tonnes of paddy at the support price, which has broken the record for the last 20 years. Along with this, under the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, 19 lakh farmers are being benefited by the transfer of Rs. 5750 crore at the rate of Rs. 10 thousand per acre, into their bank accounts. Under this scheme, the government has decided to pay the relief amount in four installments, of which 4500 crore rupees have been paid in three installments.
Similarly, under the Godhan Nyaya Yojana of the State Government, a new source of income has developed in the villages with the purchase of cow dung for Rs. 2 per kg. So far, more than 35 lakh quintals of cow dung have been purchased by the government, in lieu of this, about 72 crore rupees have been paid to the farmers. Construction of 9050 Gothans have been sanctioned in villages under Suraji Gaon scheme, out of which 5195 Gothans have been completed. These Gothans are being developed as livelihood centers and income-generating activities are being conducted there, which has provided employment to thousands of people. Similarly, during the time of Corona crisis, the largest quantity of minor forest produce was collected in the forest areas of the state. During this period, 73 percent of the total minor forest produce collected in the country was collected in Chhattisgarh alone. The government not only increased the price of minor forest produce, but also increased the number of minor forest produce sold on support price from 07 to 52. During the lockdown, the state also made a record of providing employment to 26 lakh people a day under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
Tea gardens and bamboo industry of Chhattisgarh will get benefit of Assam's expertise
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel invited industrialists of Assam to establish tea and bamboo industry in Chhattisgarh
Delegation of industrialists of Assam presented special hand-crafted tea to the Chief Minister
On the second day of his two-day visit to Assam, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel met a delegation of Assam's industrialists in Jorhat today. He explained in detail the characteristics of Chhattisgarh with tea cultivation and bamboo and small forest produce based industries here. During the discussion, he invited these industrialists to set up tea and bamboo industries in Chhattisgarh. Representatives from various industries were present on this occasion along with tea producers. A delegation of industrialists from Assam also presented special hand-crafted tea to the Chief Minister.
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel told the industrialists of Assam that there is an industry friendly environment in Chhattisgarh. He said that in order to give new facilities to the industries in the state, a new industrial policy has been prepared after discussing with industrialists. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that Chhattisgarh has good prospects for horticultural crops as well as small scale crops. He invited the industrialists of Assam to establish tea and bamboo based industries and said that they would be given all possible help and encouragement.
The Chief Minister said that 44 percent forest is in Chhattisgarh. There is a large amount of hypnosis. At present, 52 minor products have been brought under the support price. In order to increase the income of forest dwellers in the state and to provide them continuous employment, the processing and value addition of micronutrients is being promoted. He said that Chhattisgarh is famous all over the country for paddy production. Sugarcane crop is also being taken on a large scale here. Now fruits and horticultural crops are also taken on a large scale in the state, their processing industries have immense possibilities here. The weather of Jashpur district is favorable for tea cultivation, tea plantation is being promoted there. He informed the industrialists of Assam about the possibilities of tea industry and invited them to invest in these areas.
Giving detailed information about the possibilities of setting up industries in horticulture and agriculture sector, the Chief Minister said that tomato is widely grown in many regions of Chhattisgarh. The tomato here goes to Pakistan. Bamboo is also being produced on a large scale in forest areas. The forest dwellers are being given employment through all these. In the field of bamboo crafts too, the industrialists here can set up industries by adding value. He said that various artistic objects are also prepared in Chhattisgarh. Bastar art is preferred here and abroad. Various crafts of the state are being encouraged. These craftsmen are also being encouraged to provide markets and value editions as per the time.
DMF brings new light in the life of the mining-affected residents in Chhattisgarh
DMF is now changing lives in mining affected areas
The affected are getting education and better employment opportunities
Priority given to the expansion of health facilities, drinking water, agricultural development, irrigation, food processing and environmental protection
Development plans being decided with participation of Gram Sabha members, local public representatives, Scheduled Tribes and women
Use of 50 percent amount of DMF in development of direct affected areas
The state of Chhattisgarh holds a special place in Indian in terms of mineral resources. The government is ensuring participation of mining lease holders for the interests and welfare of the people living in the area affected by mining operations. For this, the provision of the formation of the District Mineral Trust in the Mineral Act was made in the previous government. However, many shortcomings were being felt in this provision by the experts as the participation of public representatives was not being ensured. Moreover, the participation of local people was also minimal. Apart from this, proper utilization of funds was not being done for the welfare of the directly affected people. In simple words, those in need were not getting benefitted from the allotted funds. Several other similar shortcomings were also observed in the preceding provisions.
In order to overcome these shortcomings, and to provide proper benefits to the affected local people in the fields of health, education, environment and sanitation, the state government has made several important reforms in the old provision to provide benefits directly to the affected people.
The Chhattisgarh government has utilized the DMF fund significantly for development in the state. All sector including education, health, infrastructure development, electricity, water, sanitation, etc have been developed with the help of DMF fund in all districts of Chhattisgarh. The fund is also used in building Atmanand Government English-medium Schools in various districts of state. The cases of malnutrition have also reached all time low throughout the state with the help of DMF. Moreover, it has been used in improving the health infrastructure and providing relief to the people during Corona crisis. The changes can be felt in almost all the districts of state.
The primary steps taken by the government is to ensure representation of public representatives in the trust. For which, the minister in charge of the district has been appointed as ex-officio chairman of the governing council. Along with this, all the MLAs of the district have been appointed as its ex-officio members. Previously, according to the old provision, the Collector of the district used to be the chairman of the Governing Council.
The other significant change in the provision made by the Bhupesh-led government is the increased participation of local residents of the affected area. It is worth mentioning that in the previous provision, only those affected by mining were specially not given enough space in the Council. As per the amendment, the state government has decided to make provision for the appointment of at least 10 members of the Gram Sabha, residents of the directly affected area.
The state government further makes necessary changes in the preceding provisions. As per the amendments, 50 per cent of the amount received in the Trust will be used for the welfare of the directly affected area/persons.This has resulted in economic and social development of the residents. It is to be noted that in the previous provision, the entire district was considered affected and the amount was spent at will and only a part of the profit reached the needy.
As per the amended provisions, beneficiaries benefiting from the trust fund will be identified in order to prepare a five-year vision document as per the requirement of the affected area/residents, for an overall development of these areas. This work has already started in the Dantewada, Korba and Bastar districts. New sectors have been included in the works edited by the Trust Fund for sustainable livelihood, public transport, preserving cultural values and promoting youth activities. It is being implemented in Dantewada, Jashpur, Surguja and Kanker districts. Many important efforts are being made in the field of drinking water, health and education. Under the leadership of Bupesh-led government, the trust funds are being fully utilized in the state.Solar energy-based project in drinking water, health care facilities in government hospitals under health care, providing educational fees/hostel fees in government institutions for higher education to family members of directly affected areas in education as well as all competitive examinations. Provision has been made for coaching and residential training. Sankalp coaching in Jashpur district is an excellent example of this.
Apart from this, storage and processing units of agricultural products are being encouraged along with food processing, minor forest produce and forest processing. Additionally, organic farming is also being promoted and employment opportunities are being provided to women. Through this manure is being prepared for agriculture. Cleanliness of drains and intensive plantation works are being encouraged.Whereas previously, the description of only agricultural machinery/non-standard seeds were of prime focus. Now in infrastructure related works, only 20 percent amount is being used in sectors other than drinking water, health and education.
Monitoring of tasks amended by the trust is necessary. Hence, it has been decided to hold a meeting of the state level monitoring committee once a year. A provision has been made to set up a state level District Mineral Trust Cell to monitor the works of the trust.
The state government has issued instructions to spend the amount from DMF in this work to solve the problem of health, malnutrition in the affected areas and to make employment to agriculture works, the results are very encouraging. In Dantewada district, malnutrition has decreased by four per cent over the previous year. Similarly, 50 thousand patients have been treated free of cost in Dantewada at Haat Bazar Clinic since June 2019.
Human resources and medical supplies were absolutely required for the operation of Maharani Hospital, the largest government hospital in Bastar division. It was supplied from the DMF by the district administration there. Today, thousands of patients are receiving their treatment in this hospital. The district administration in Dantewada is preserving cultural values through Dantewada district DMF item. Under this, work is being done to preserve the priceless culture and heritage of the tribals by rejuvenating Devgudi in 143 gram panchayats of the district and developing it into a tourist center. This initiative is proving effective in further strengthening the tribal culture and values.
The DMF is helping to free Mungeli district from malnutrition. Under this, in 20 gram panchayat's 81 Anganwadi centers, malnourished children aged six months to three years and all children coming to Anganwadi, aged three to six years, for extra nutrition in addition to nutritious food, egg and bananas.
An amount of Rs 21, 67,200 has been approved for all these children under the DMF. About 2400 children of the district are being benefited from this scheme.
Under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel major success has been achieved in making District Mineral Trust Fund a medium for overall economic and social development of the mining-affected areas of the mineral-rich state and bringing positive change in people's living standards. On the initiative of the Chief Minister, new priorities have been fixed by amending the Chhattisgarh District Mineral Fund Trust rules and ensuring the participation of Gram Sabhas, local public representatives, Scheduled Tribes and women in the formulation and implementation of the development plan for mining affected areas.
According to the new amendment, the amount of DMF is being used in training, employment, upgrading of life, nutrition, etc.public utility works to develop means of education, health and livelihood in mining affected areas. Through this fund, the provision of teachers in schools, expansion of health facilities, drinking water, agricultural development, irrigation, food processing, environmental protection, pollution control, expansion of public transport facilities, sports, and other youth activities, aged and disabled welfare, culture protection along with other infrastructure development works are being done. The new government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, has set a new priority for the use of the amount of District Mineral Fund.
On March 9, 2019, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said in a discussion on the effective implementation of DMF that the use of the amount of DMF should be done on a priority basis for the development of mine-affected areas and improving the standard of living of the affected people with developing means of livelihood. Earlier large buildings and additional rooms were built with this amount. Lifts were installed at the swimming pool and district office. While the amount of this fund should have been used for the development of mining-affected areas.
According to the amendment made in the Chhattisgarh District Mineral FoundationTrust rules at the initiative of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, now in-charge Minister is the head and Regional MLA is a member in Governing Council of DMF. Provision has also been made in the Governing Council to appoint at least 10 members of the Gram Sabha in the areas directly affected by mining operations. In Scheduled Areas, 50 percent of the members of Gram Sabha will be from Scheduled Tribes. With a view to empower women, provision has been made that 50 percent of Gram Sabha members will be women. According to the new rules, 50 percent of the amount received from the District Mineral Trust Fund will be used in the directly affected areas. A social audit of the amount of DMF amount will be conducted.
By using the amount of DMF, sustainable means of livelihood will be developed for the affected people in mining-affected areas. Chhattisgarh is the first state in the country, where high priority has been given to develop forest produce based livelihoods. Provision has also been made to constitute a state-level DMF cell for monitoring the functions of DMF. According to the new provisions, a maximum of 20 percent of the DMF amount can be used in the development of infrastructure in high priority areas. An average amount of Rs 1200 crore is deposited in the DMF every year.
Many important works are being done in different districts of the state using the amount of DMF. Atmanand government English medium school building, hospital building, medical facility extension, Anganwadi center building have been constructed in many districts. Super specialty hospital has been built in Bijapur district. Specialist doctors have been appointed. In Dantewada district, e-rickshaws have been provided to women with this fund for livelihood, assistance has been given for activities like mini-rice mill fisheries of women groups. In Haaram village of Geedam development block of Dantewada district, a garment factory has been established with DMF fund to provide a livelihood to women. There are also plans to set up similar garment factories in Dantewada, Barsur, and Bacheli, which will provide employment to about one thousand women.
After the amendment of the rules, various steps for public welfare are being taken with the use DMF funds such as, expansion of health facilities in government hospitals of the mining-affected area and getting the services of doctors, nurses. Arrangements are being made for nursing, medical education, engineering, law, management, higher education, vocational courses, technical education, payment of educational fees and hostel fees in government institutions, colleges and universities, as well as coaching and residential training of competitive examinations for the children of families living here with DMF fund.
There are various such examples in the state that strongly establishes that the amount of DMF is being used better in the Bhupesh-led government now than before. Along with this, its benefits are reaching the people directly affected by the affected areas.
The formation of Nagar Panchayat will accelerate the development of Chandkuri region: Minister Dr. Dahria
Urban Administration Minister attended the Madai Mela
Urban Administration Minister Dr. Shivkumar Dahria attended the Madai Mela organized in Chandkuri, the newly formed Nagar Panchayat of Arang Development Block. On this occasion, he said that although the identity of the Chandkuri region is already there, now after the formation of the Nagar Panchayat, the identity of the place will increase further. Being the only temple of Mata Kaushalya, the region has historical significance. The region is being developed from the tourism point of view by the government of Chhattisgarh. Minister Dr. Dahria said that Chandkuri has now become a Nagar Panchayat. Development of city panchayat will speed up development work here. The government will make available the amount for the development of the area. The chairman and officers have been posted in Chandkuri for conducting the functions of Nagar Panchayat. On this occasion, the people of Chandkuri gave a warm welcome to the minister Dr. Dhariya. People also thanked the Minister for making Chandkuri as a Nagar Panchayat and expressed his gratitude.
He said that through the Madai Mela, the work of saving the culture of Chhattisgarh is being done by the government. With the promotion of Chhattisgarhi culture, a government holiday has been started in Teej festivals here. Local people are also being given an opportunity in government jobs. He said that the Madai Mela is a festival of happiness in the village. The people of the village celebrate this fair by organizing it among themselves. Such an event should be held in the village and you all wish to live in peace and happiness in the city of Mata Kaushalya.
Minister Dr. Dhariya said that the state of Chhattisgarh has purchased the most paddy till date. He said that development works are being done in the state under the leadership of the Chief Minister. The electricity bill is also halved. Recruitment of local unemployed has also been started. 24 out of 36 promises have been fulfilled, soon the remaining promises will also be fulfilled. Shri Ravi Shankar Dhivar, President, Sarpanch Smt. Malti Dhivar, Shri Dinesh Thakur Former District President, Galav Sahu, Saurabh Chandrakar, Uttam Devangan, Parvati Nishad, Devendra Verma, Bharat Bhushan Sahu etc. were present.