Niti Ayog strengthened co-operative federalism: Dr. Raman Singh

Budget allocation should be as per geographical location: Chief Minister

 Separate meeting needed on Bastar development projects           


Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh today said that Niti Ayog constituted under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi had strengthened the concept co-operative federalism among all the states. Apart from this, the states are getting increased financial outlays for several developmental projects.

Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh expressed these views at a meeting with Niti Ayog Vice-Chairman Dr. Rajiv Kumar at Mantralaya (Mahanadi Bhawan). He welcomed the senior officers at the meeting. Dr. Rajiv Kumar appreciated the rapid implementation of various developmental projects in Chhattisgarh. Chief Minister while giving the details of geographical landscape of the state called upon the Ayog officials to allocate special budget to the state. The state can be categorized into three separate entities - Adivasi dominated Surguja, Jashpur as hilly region, second into Adivasi majority Bastar Division and plain region in between these two. The State Government had been making earnest efforts to develop the region with close co-operation of the Central Government.

Dr. Raman Singh called upon the Naiti Ayog officials not to implement Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) regarding the ration materials due to geographical angularities of the State. The ration card beneficiaries residing in the remote regions have to trek long-distances in Bastar areas to get their ration materials as the PDS shops are located at far-away places. Chief Minister revealed that habitats are located at long distances in Bastar and Surguja regions and expenditure is heavy in providing roads, electricity, tele-communications connectivity and drinking water augmentation. Naxalites violence is also another bottle-neck for rapid development of backward remote areas. A separate meeting should be held between the Niti Ayog experts and senior state Government officials on Bastar projects. Dr. Raman Singh said that 14 lakh poor families had been provided with domestic gas connections out of a target of 35 lakh poor women.

Chief Minister said that railway network of 600 kilometer is being laid across the State. Toilets had been constructed in 96 per cent of the houses under the Prime Minister 'Swachh Bharat' mission. Drinking water facility had been provided to 93 per cent of the villages. Electricity connections had been provided to 99 per cent of the households. An amount of Rs 1200 Cr had been deposited in the District Minerals' Fund (D.M.F.) as a part of the Prime Minister project. The authorities had launched Rs 3400 crore development works also under the Fund in the minerals' rich districts. Schools, hospitals, electricity, roads, drinking water and health facilities are being provided.

Dr. Rajeev Kumar while reviewing the  projects hailed the implementation of various social welfare schemes. He said that National Immunization programme, educational facilities for school children in Left-Wing Extremism affected districts, Rail Corridor Project to develop rapid network of train lines and supplying electricity to irrigation pumps under the 'Sour Sujla Yojana'.

Dr. Rajeev Kumar said that State authorities had been allocating free domestic gas connections to about 36 lakh poor families under the Prime Minister Ujjwala project. Chief Secretary Mr. Vivek Dhand, member of Niti Ayog Dr. Saraswat, Advisor to Ayog Mr. Anil Srivastav, Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Ajay Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Aman Kumar Singh and senior officers of several departments were also present.