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Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel meets PM Modi; Discusses Census, G-20

Discussed the action plan for the G-20 group meeting to be held in Chhattisgarh

The Prime Minister mentioned the Holi festival organized at CM House to the Chief Minister

Raipur, TNINS

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday and discussed about several pending issues including speedy census, GST compensation and coal royalty.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister mentioned the Holi festival celebration organized at CM House. The Prime Minister said that we saw you singing Fag on Holi.

Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that he has urged the Prime Minister to conduct the census as soon as possible. He said that there is a problem in the selection of beneficiaries due to lack of census after 2011. Many eligible beneficiaries are being deprived of the benefits of the schemes. A letter was also written to the Prime Minister earlier in this regard.

During the meeting, CM Baghel presented a symbol of the Chhattisgarh state animal, ‘The Indian Wild Buffalo’ to the Prime Minister.

CM also discussed the action plan for the G-20 group meeting to be held in Chhattisgarh with the PM. 

CM Bhupesh Baghel informed that the fourth permanent finance working group meeting of G-20 is going to be held in Chhattisgarh in September. A discussion was held with PM Modi regarding its preparation. He told that guidance has also been received from the Prime Minister regarding the meeting.

CM Baghel said, "I have assured the Prime Minister of providing world-class arrangements for the guests of G-20."

According to CM Bhupesh Baghel, by hosting G-20, Chhattisgarh will get an opportunity to showcase the art and culture of the state in front of dignitaries across the world.

While appreciating the ongoing Millet Mission, Chief Minister also informed PM about starting of Millet Cafe in Raipur and other cities of Chhattisgarh following the suggestion given by him in the last meeting.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister also discussed with the Prime Minister the provisions of the budget presented in Chhattisgarh recently, in which light metro service from Nava Raipur to Durg, construction of Aerocity in Raipur was discussed with the Prime Minister. 

CM also discussed various pending demands including, GST compensation and coal royalty.

CM Baghel said that the recovery of additional levy from the coal blocks canceled by the Supreme Court in 2014 has been received by the Central Government. The Central Government has been requested several times to transfer the amount of Rs. 4170 crores recovered from the coal blocks of Chhattisgarh state to the state, but the amount is yet to be received. He requested the Prime Minister to transfer the amount to the state at the earliest. 

During the meeting, Mr Baghel told PM Modi that like other producing states, Chhattisgarh is also facing shortfall in commercial tax revenue after GST implementation. 

Rs 1375 crore is yet to be payable to the Chhattisgarh from the date of implementation till June 30, 2022. This amount should be given to the state soon, CM said.


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