Raipur : Chief Minister unviels development works worth Rs 108 crore for Balod district
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today inaugurated and laid foundation of 187 development works worth nearly Rs 108 crore 75 lakh at Panch-Sarpanch Krishak Sammelan held in village Singhola of Daundi block of Balod district. This includes inauguration of 55 construction works worth Rs 14.79 crore and foundation laying of 132 construction works worth Rs 93.95 crore. On the occasion, Mr. Baghel distributed goods and cheques to beneficiaries of various government schemes. Home Minister Mr. Tamradhwaj Sahu, Agriculture and Water Resource Minsiter Mr. Ravindra Choubey and Women and Child Development Minister Mrs. Anila Bhendiya and other public representatives were present.
Vision, Hard-Work and Determination should be our motto : Mr. Bhupesh Baghel : Chief Minister pays courteous tribute to Ex-Prime Minister late Mrs. Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary
Chief Minister attended volunteer group meet
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today paid courteous tribute to Ex-Prime Minister late Mrs. Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary and said that Mrs. Indira Gandhi showed us the path of far-sighted vision, hard-work and determination. We should make this our motto for development of the country. He said that we aim to build prosperous Chhattisgarh, for which participation of everyone is important. Chief Minister was addressing 'Vikas Sammelan'- the meet of voluntary groups of 'Vaani' organization working in Chhattisgarh, organized at New Circuit House on the occasion of Mrs. India Gandhi's birth anniversary.
Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey, Food Minister Mr. Amarjeet Bhagat, MLA Duo Mr. Mohan Markam and Mr. Satyanarayan Sharma, Chief Editor of Dainik Deshbandhu Mr. Lalit Surjan, Advisors to Chief Minister Mr. Pradeep Sharma and Mr. Rajesh Tiwari were present as special guests of the programme. Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that the volunteer groups and individuals who want to get associated with government schemes are more than welcome. Voluntary organizations should provide self-employment training to people in rural areas and ensure that maximum number of people get benefitted by the schemes.
Talking about Ex-Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Chief Minister said that she dedicated her life for welfare of poor and weaker sections of the society and sacrificed her life to maintain the unity and integrity of the country. Mrs. Gandhi's far-sighted vision and determination led the nation towards a new direction. She led the country competently even during the challenging circumstances. Success of green revolution made the country self-dependent in food production.
Mr. Baghel said that Mrs. Gandhi took difficult decisions such as nationalization of banks, discontinuing pensions of royalty. Bangladesh, India becoming nuclear power, are some of her major achievements. She was active in the freedom movement of India right from childhood. Mrs. Indira Gandhi was known as 'iron lady' for her courage and leadership qualities. Despite being a strict and disciplined leader but she had soft-heart for tribal people, women and poor people. On the occasion Chairman of Vaani Mr. Yogendra Pratap Singh, Vice-Chairman Mr. Basant Yadav also addressed the programme.
Raipur : Chief Minister Mr. Baghel writes letter to Prime Minister once again : Requested paddy procurement at Rs 2500 per quintal in Chhattisgarh, and accepting 32 lakh tons of rice from state for central pool, again
Requested slackening of conditions under MoU this year as well so that State Government may provide proper value of the yield to farmers
Chief Minister requested Prime Minister to provide meeting appointment soon for discussion on this urgent financial issue of national-level
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has once again written letter to Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi requested procurement of paddy in Chhattisgarh at Rs 2500 per quintal and inclusion f 32 lakh metric tons of rice from Chhattisgarh into central pool. Chief Minister stated in his letter that Every year, a large quantity of paddy is procured under Decentralized Procurement Scheme in Chhattisgarh state for state's requirement and central pool. I have written letters to you dated 05/07/2019, 25/10/2019 and 30/10/2019, requesting hike in minimum support price of paddy to Rs 2500 quintal and procurement of 32 lakh metric tons of rice from Chhattisgarh for central pool.
This year also, the process of paddy procurement is about to begin, to financially empower the farmers of Chhattisgarh. But Government of India's Food Ministry informed on 24/10/2019 that Government of India would not procure rice/paddy for central pool from the states that provide bonus on minimum support price fixed by Government of India. I would like to draw your attention towards the fact that payment of proper value of their yield has resulted in prosperity and accelerated development in rural areas. Chhattisgarh remained untouched by the recession across the state in the fields of construction, automobiles etc. This also indicates that hike in minimum support price has positive effects on financial condition of farmers and also boosts overall economy, stated Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel in his letter.
Chief Minister mentioned about the several attempts made by him to meet Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi personally but he has not been provided an appointment till date. Chief Minister stated that following the suggestions received from PM office, I met Honourable Union Agriculture Minister on 14/11/2019. Besides, I met Union Food Minister again on 14/11/2019 and made aforementioned request. But till date, Government of India has not reconsidered its decision regarding procurement.
Mr. Bhupesh Baghel stated in the letter that Chhattisgarh is known as 'rice bowl'. Government of India's decision may have adverse effects on procurement along with other long-term negative impacts. In the context, I had a detailed discussion with all the MPs, all the political parties and various farmers organizations on 05/11/2019. During the discussion, individuals, political parties and farmers organizations had unanimously supported procurement of paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal. It is sad that none of the representatives from Bharatiy Janata Party participated in this discussion.
Chief Minister further said that in this situation, I request you again to kindly issue necessary directive-instructions for procurement of paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal in Chhattisgarh and to accept 32 lakh metric tons of paddy from Chhattisgarh for central pool. If under any circumstances, Government of India does not increase the support price, then conditions of para-1 of Procurement MoU should be slackened, as it was done in year 2017 and 2018, so that state government may provide proper value of farmers' yield at its own expense. I request you to kindly provide appointment for meeting as soon as possible to address this extremely important financial issue of national interest, state Mr. Bhupesh Baghel in the letter.
Raipur : Chhattisgarh Government to extend Mining Lease of NMDC : Mr. Bhupesh Baghel : CMD of NMDC Mr. Baijendra Kumr meets Chief Minister
NMDC and CMDC to conduct diamond mineral prospecting operations in Saraipali
Chhattisgarh Housing Board to build residential project worth nearly Rs 1200 crore in Nagarnar
NMDC to pay the balance amount of Rs 600 crore related to mining to State Government
The CMD of NMDC Mr. Baijendrakumar today met the Honble Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel. HCM has assured of extending complete support to the NMDC. NMDC is a Navaratna PSU and was started by the first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Today being the foundation day of NMDC and the company entering in to the 61st year after completing its Diamond Jubilee year, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel congratulated the NMDC and appreciated its role in the nation building and its support to the state of Chhattisgarh. On this occasion, Mr. Baghel assured NMDC that the state government will give extension to NMDC’s mining leases that expires on March 2020. Chief Minister has also announced that there will be joint venture Diamond - mineral prospecting operations by NMDC and CMDC in Saraipali Tahsil of Mahasamund district. The housing project worth 1200 Cr in the Nagarnar Steel Plant of NMDC will be constructed by the Chhattisgarh Housing Board. CMD, NMDC has assured that the payments to the state government as per the demand raised by the state on the mining issues to the tune of Rs. 600 Cr will be paid to the state government
In the Cabinet Meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today at his residence office, following important decisions were taken. Chhattisgarh Goovernment has decided to launch a new health scheme to provide quality treatment facilities to all the citizens of the state.
1. Under Dr Khubchand Baghel Health Support Scheme, all the government healthcare schemes including Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana, Chief Minister Health Insurance Scheme, Sanjeevani Sahayta Kosh, Mukhyamantri Bal Hriday Suraksha Yojana, Mukhyamantri Bal Shravan Yojana and National Child Health Programme (Chirayu) Yojana will be integrated.
Under this scheme, along with the beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana, all the 'priority' and 'antyoday' ration card holders will be provided health services worth up to Rs 5 lakh and other ration card holders will be provided medical treatment facility worth nearly Rs 50 thousand.
2. Chief Minister Special Health Support Scheme- for the diseases that are not covered under the schemes, for the beneficiary whose name is not on the list, or in case if the financial aid provided under the new scheme is not sufficient for treatment, Cabinet has decided to launch Chief Minister Special Health Support Scheme as an expansion of Sanjeevani Sahayta Kosh is being expanded to support those families. Under this scheme, medical facilities worth Rs 5 lakh to 20 lakh will be provided to each beneficiary family on recommendation of Chief Minister.
- Chhattisgarhi Song written by Dr Narendra Verma- "Arpa Pairi Ke Dhar Mahanadi hai Apaar" was approved to be declared as state song.
- Action plan for concession in prices of unsold residential and commercial building built under various schemes, concession in penalty interest and capital interest on balance amount of rented residential buildings under Chhattisgarh Housing Board's self-funded rent housing schemes was approved. Under this action plan, prices of the buildings will be reduced by 15-20% on the basis of the duration for which the said unsold residential or commercial property has been vacant since the time of construction.
- Likewise, under self-funded scheme, concession in interest will be provided if the lump sum deposit of pending amount is made. In case of Rent Scheme as well, concession on penalty interest would be provided on lump sum deposit of the pending amount.
- Cabinet has decided to start a new sector in Chhattisgarh District Mineral Trust Rule-2015 for ensuring availability of houses, daily-use goods, clothes for women and children, etc. for mining affected people. Maximum 5% of the amount received for priority sectors can be utilized for aforementioned works.
- Cabinet has decided to allot free land to AIIMS, Raipur in Nava Raipur, Atal Nagar. Draft of the MoU to be signed by NRDA with AIIMS Raipur for allotment of land to be allotted in Sector-40 was approved.
- Cabinet has decided to utilize the rice available with Chhattisgarh State Civil Supply Corporation in various schemes conducted by State and Central Government's departments and organizations.
- Necessary amendments to be done in Chhattisgarh State Rural and Other Backward Area Development Authority Fund Rule-2012 were approved and new works such as education, health, nutrition etc were included.
- Cabinet has decided to establish Gem and Jewelry Park in Raipur city.
- Decision to halve the existing entrance fee of Nandanvan Jungle Safari Nava Raipur has been taken. Free Entry for visitors of age below 12 years and for disable people.
Up to Rs 20 lakh treatment facility under Chief Minister Special Health Assistance Scheme
Two new health schemes to provide better and quality treatment facilities to the people of the state: 56 lakh families get treatment up to Rs. 5 lakhs under the Dr. Khubchand Baghel Health Assistance Scheme.
In order to provide better and quality treatment facilities to all the citizens of the state, the Government of Chhattisgarh has decided to introduce two new health schemes in the meeting of the Council of Ministers held at the residence office today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel. Dr. Khubchand Baghel will be known as Health Assistance Scheme and Chief Minister Special Health Assistance Scheme.
All the priority and Antyodaya ration card-holding families have been included in the new scheme along with the families covered under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana under Dr. Khubchand Baghel Health Assistance Scheme, which has about 56 lakh families with health insurance facility up to 5 lakh rupees. Will get Other ration card holders will get treatment up to Rs 50 thousand. All the schemes that provide other health facilities prevalent in the state under this scheme are included in this new scheme Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, Chief Minister Health Insurance Scheme, Chief Minister Bal Hriday Suraksha Yojana, Chief Minister Bal Shravan Yojana and National Child Health Program (Chirayu) Scheme. Will happen.
Under this new scheme, all the ration card holders families of the state will be able to get health benefits in any government or registered hospital without cash treatment. The scheme will be implemented on the trust model by the state nodal agency established under Directorate Health Services, ie the state will act as the payer for the implementation and convenience.
Similarly, it has been decided to start the Chief Minister Special Health Assistance Scheme for the treatment of rare diseases by expanding the Sanjeevani Sahayak Kosh. In this case, after the approval of Hon'ble Chief Minister, treatment facility up to a maximum of Rs 20 lakh will be provided. Chhattisgarh is the first state in the country to provide such a huge amount for the treatment of its citizens.
Similarly, it was decided to allot free land to All India Institute of Medical Sciences Raipur (AIIMS) at Nava Raipur, Atal Nagar. High quality treatment is available to the patients on this land at a discounted rate and School of Public Health, Outreach Center, Oncology Unit, Research Center and Center of Excellence will be established to conduct research on various diseases. For this, an area of 204771.12 square meters of land will be allotted free of cost by the new Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) in village Uparwada. MOU to be done from AIIMS Raipur in respect of land. The draft was also approved in the meeting of the Council of Ministers.
Raipur: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel paid courtesy call on Rajasthan Chief Minister Mr. Ashok Gehlot: Chief Ministers discussed in detail the schemes and development works conducted in both the states.
The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, during his stay in Jaipur met courtesy of Rajasthan Chief Minister Mr. Ashok Gehlot at his office there today. The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Shri Gehlot informed him in detail about the schemes and development programs being run by the Government of Rajasthan. Appreciating the work of the Rajasthan government, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel gave detailed information about the Suraji village scheme being run to strengthen the rural economy in Chhattisgarh and the steps and decisions taken for the development of backward areas of the state. Chief Minister of Rajasthan Shri Gehlot praised the work being done in Chhattisgarh for rural and urban development, welfare of all sections including farmers.
Raipur : Nearly 5.50 lakh people got employment after formation of new government in Chhattisgarh : In last 10 months, 5.10 lakh people in rural areas, 10,460 in industrial sector and 10,502 people got employment in government service
After formation of the new government under the leadership of Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, nearly five lakh 41 thousand 259 people have got employment in a span of 10 months from January to October, 2019. This includes five lakh 10 thousand 117 of rural areas got employment in rural areas, 20 thousand 502 people got jobs in government sector and 10 thousand 640 people got employment in industrial sector.
State Government has launched Narva, Garva, Ghurva and Bari Scheme for strengthening rural economy. Under this scheme, self-employment and employment opportunities are being created for people of rural areas. Many other schemes are also being conducted to create maximum employment opportunities for as many people as possible. Nearly 2 lakh 29 thousand 374 women got employment under Chhattisgarh State Livelihood Mission. State Government is purchasing fabric required for government use from State Weavers Cooperative Society. This decision of state government has provided employment to nearly 51 thousand weavers. About 32% of the population in Chhattisgarh are tribal people and their means of livelihood depend on forests. Large number of tribal people engaged in collection of minor forest produce have got employment through tribal self-help groups. To enhance income of tribal people in state, State Government is procuring minor forest produce through 3500 women groups in 821 haat bazaars. This has provided employment to nearly 42 thousand women.
Around 900 women groups of state have been given the assignment of stitching uniforms for school students, providing employment to nearly nine thousand women. About 35 thousand forest dwellers have got employment in making vermi-compost in cowsheds, about five thousand villagers got employment in collection of mahul leaves, manufacturing of fabrics, jute, 'pattal and plates, and five thousand people have got employment in making tree-guard and baskets. Under National Rural Livelihood Mission, nearly 61 thousand 991 people have got employment in manufacturing of organic medicines, fertilizers, 22 thousand 762 people have got employment in non-agriculture sector. In the same way, the cowsheds constructed under Narva, Garva, Ghurva, Bari Yojana, women groups are manufacturing vermi-compost and fodder. Each cowshed has 14-15 women employed. Nearly 27 thousand 990 women have got employment in chowsheds, and in the same way, nearly 16 thousand women have got employment under Suposhan Abhiyan of Women and Child Development Department. These women earn nearly Rs 2750 every month from these jobs. In this way, nearly five lakh 10 thousand 117 people have got employment while empowering rural economy sector.
In this way, nearly 20 thousand 502 people got employment in government sector. In last 10 months, 5441 teachers, 4000 assistant teachers, 2767 lecturers in schools, 1200 assistant teachers in science lab, 410 english teachers, 306 teachers for English teachers and 1420 people have been recruited on various other posts. 3682 constables have been recruited under Police Department. Through CGPSC, recruitment has been done on 503 posts and recruitment is process for 1972 posts. 250 Patwaris have been recruitment in Revenue and Calamity Management Department, 228 Lab Technicians have been recruited under Health Department, recruitment has been done on 177 posts of Helper grade-3 and Computer Operators in High Court and 118 Sub-Engineers (Civil) have been recruited under PWD Department.
In the industrial sector, nearly 10 thousand 640 people have got employment opportunities in last 10 months. The facilities and encouragement that is being provided by State Government for industries has led to significant progress in industrial sector, while the entire nation is going through recession. In last 10 months, 441 got employed under 2 units of Ultra-Mega Industries, 1520 skilled labourers and 948 unskilled labourers have been hired. In the same period, 170 people in management, 551 skilled labourers and 194 unskilled labourers have been hired for a mega industry, and 73 management people, 192 skilled labourers and 431 unskilled labourers have been hired in seven major industries established in the state. In the same way, 274 small industries have been established, for which 570 people have been hired for management along with 1138 skilled labourers and 2146 unskilled labourer. Likewise, 248 people have been hired for management along with 493 skilled labourers and 836 unskilled labourers for 215 micro industries established in the same duration.
Raipur : Raise the issue of permission for procurement of 32 lakh metric tons of rice from Chhattisgarh in central pool, in the larger interest of farmers : Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
Chief Minister addressed meeting of MPs of Chhattisgarh
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said in his address to the meeting of Chhattisgarh MPs held at Mantralaya Mahanadi Bhavan that Member of Parliaments from Chhattisgarh should rise above the party politics and come together for farmers' interest to raise the issue of Central Government's permission for paddy procurement from farmers at minimum support price of Rs 2500 per quintal and procurement of 32 lakh metric tons of rice from Chhattisgarh for central pool. The meeting was attended by State's Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey, Member of Lok Sabha Dr Jyotsana Mahant, Mr. Deepak Baij and Member of Rajya Sabha Mrs. Chhaya Verma, Chief Secretary Mr. RP Mandal, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gaurav Dwivedi , Principal Secretary Agriculture and Agricultural Production Commissioner Dr Maninder Kaur Dwivedi, Secretary of Food Department Dr Kamalpreet Singh.
Chief Minister said in the meeting that in this meeting related to farmers of Chhattisgarh all the MPs of the state have been invited. Some MPs could not attend the meeting because of previous engagements. Mr. Baghel said that in 2014 Central Government led by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi had said that the rice procurement will not be done from the State Governments that are providing bonus to farmers on paddy procurement at support price, for central pool. But despite that rice was being procured for central pool from farmers by slackening the aforementioned provision for last two years. In year 2019-20, we have requested Prime Minister to slacken the provision this year as well and procure 32 lakh metric tons of rice from Chhattisgarh, because this year inflow of paddy in large quantity is expected. We have written letters in the context to Prime Minister and Central Food Minister, but they have responded with disagreement letter, stating that procurement of paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal would disturb the market.
Chief Minister said in the meeting that procurement of paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal in Chhattisgarh has flourished the market. He requested all the MPs, farmers and businessmen to write letters to Prime Minister requesting slackening of the provision to procure 32 lakh metric tons of rice from Chhattisgarh for central pool.
Chief Minister said in the meeting that in larger interest of farmers, State Government would procure paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal from farmers this year as well. This year, nearly 85 lakh metric tons of paddy procurement is expected. Chief Minister said that we have kept the promise of procuring paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal in year 2018-19. This year also we would procure paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal.
Rise above Party Politics to Support Farmers' Interest : Mr. Baghel appealed in the all-party meet of MPs today
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel appealed the MPs to rise above party politics to support interest of farmers of Chhattisgarh at the all-party meet held at Mantralaya today. Representatives of various political parties responded positively to the request of Chief Minister.
Chief Minister said in the meeting that if rice is not procured for central pool from Chhattisgarh, it would adversely affect farmers and economy of the state. He said that state government is providing Rs 2500 per quintal to farmers against paddy procurement from its own resources. Central Government has to only provide permission for the same. In the meeting, MLA of Chhattisgarh Janata Congress Mr. Dharamjeet Singh said that his party had praised state government's decision to procure paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal from farmers, as it brought relief to farmers and improved their financial status. He showed his support towards farmers' interest. Mr. Keshav Chandra of Bahujan Samaj Party said that he supports state government in bringing justice to the farmers. Mr. CR Bakshi of CPI and Mr. RDCP Rao of CPI (M) and Mr. Sonu Goswami of NCP also supported the stand of State Government on this topic.
Direct Dialoge with Farmers and Farmer Unions
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel had direct dialogue with farmer unions and farmers from various districts of the state regarding procurement of paddy at support price. Chief Minister gave them detailed information about government's decisions and steps for paddy procurement at support price.
Farmers welcomed the decisions of the government and said that this is first time ever that farmers have been called for meeting at Mantralaya. They thanked Chief Minister and told that paddy procurement at Rs 2500 per quintal has significantly improved their financial condition and has encouraged youngsters to take interest in farming. Chief Minister appealed farmer unions and farmers to request farmers, businessmen and various organizations related to agriculture to write letters to Prime Minister requesting procurement of rice from Chhattisgarh for central pool. Farmers and organizations welcomed this request of Chief Minister and agreed to support the cause.
Raipur : Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh suggests solution the problem of pollution due to stubble burning : Agriculture should be brought under MNREGA, Stubble should be turned into manure
Chhattisgarh has already started turning stubble into fertilizer through cowsheds
To solve the problem of heavy pollution due to burning of stubble in national capital New Delhi every year, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has suggested measures such as linking agriculture with MNREGA and conversion of stubble into organic fertilizer.
Chief Minister said that every year in the month of September-October, nearly 35 million tons of stubble is burnt in Punjab and Hariyana. There are two reasons for this- to cultivate wheat crop immediately after paddy crop, and unavailability of cheaper system to burn stubble disposable, though farmers are aware that this process adversely affects the fertility of the land and also causes severe pollution. According to a survey, burning of stubble causes increase in pollution-level of Delhi by 42-46%, making the residents of Delhi 50% more prone to diseases such as asthma, cough and other diseases. It is certainly a dangerous situation. On one side, farmers are burning an important raw material they can utilize for making organic fertilizers because of financial crisis and people of Delhi are suffering health problems due to the same. If Central Government gives instructions that through MNREGA planning this stubble should be converted into organic fertilizers instead of being burnt, then it would not only manufacture a large quantity of organic fertilizer but would also prevent pollution. 100kg of stubble can manufacture nearly 60kg pure organic fertilizer. This means nearly 35 million tons of stubble can be converted into 2 crore 10 lakh tons of organic fertilizer. This would not only improve fertility of agriculture land in Punjab and would also decrease the chances of cancer.
Labourers should be hired under MNREGA to collect stubble. Conversion of stubble into vermi-compost and fertilizer should also be supported under MNREGA. Farmers should be trained and encouraged to make fertilizer out of stubble. This will help in reducing input cost of agriculture as well as pollution. This will promote organic farming in Hariyana and Punjab. It would be difficult to stop farmers from stubble burning through rules regulations or government-administration.
Chief Minister said that cowsheds have been constructed in 2000 villages in Chhattisgarh, where conversion of stubble into organic fertilizers is being done by young rural entrepreneurs. This can be a complete solution to the stubble burning problem. Agriculture is a cyclic process, under which every by-product should be reused in some way or the other in the process of cultivation , only them farming culture can be saved and human health can be protected. MNREGA and Cowshed tradition can play an important role in this.