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MP Mrs. Sonia Gandhi addressed the people of Chhattisgarh on the occasion of ‘Sadbhavna Diwas’ to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mr. Rajiv Gandhi

*Mrs.Gandhi commends the Chhattisgarh Government for its exemplary farmer-welfare-oriented schemes*

*"Alleviating 40 lakh people out of poverty in just 5 years is our biggest achievement": Chief Minister Mr.Bhupesh Baghel*

*Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel online distributed Rs 2055.60 crore to the beneficiaries of various schemes

*Chief Minister dedicates 224 development projects worth Rs. 704 crore to Mahasamund district

*Chief Minister inaugurated 18 new tehsils and 13 subdivisional offices*

*Chief Minister announced to upgrade the Mahasamund Municipal Council to a Municipal Corporation and the Gram Panchayat Bhoring to a Nagar Panchayat

Raipur, TNINS 

The Chhattisgarh Government, led by Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, has realized the aspirations of former Prime Minister Late Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. The state government has made a commitment to enhance the quality of life for all societal sectors, classes, and communities. This endeavour truly stands as a tribute to Mr. Rajiv Gandhi. Member of Parliament, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, conveyed this sentiment in her video message during a program held in Mahasamund district to commemorate the birth anniversary of the late Bharat Ratna former Prime Minister, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi.

During the program, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel released an amount of Rs. 2,055.60 crore to beneficiaries of various state government schemes. Additionally, he dedicated 224 development projects worth Rs. 704 crore in the Mahasamund district. He announced the formation of 18 new tehsils and 13 new sub-divisional offices. He also announced to upgrade the Mahasamund Municipal Council to a Municipal Corporation and the Gram Panchayat Bhoring to a Nagar Panchayat. He also announced the construction of composite buildings in Mahasamund in next year's budget.

Mrs. Gandhi emphasised in her video message that maintaining agricultural progress is essential for poverty alleviation. The Chhattisgarh Government's resolute actions are turning Rajiv Gandhi's aspirations into reality, elevating the economic status of numerous farmers, and instilling hope and happiness. She commended the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan NYAY Yojana for providing not only subsidies but also exemplary decisions for farmer welfare, setting a benchmark for other states. These decisions have increased production and led to an unprecedented rise in farmers' income. Notably, the state government has also launched the Rajiv Gandhi Bhumiheen Krishi Mazdoor NYAY Yojana for agricultural labourers, ensuring economic assistance and support.

Recalling Mr.Rajiv Gandhi's vision, Mrs. Gandhi shared that Rajiv Ji believed India is an old country but a young nation. She highlighted his aspiration for a strong, self-reliant India to lead globally and serve humanity. She shared that, according to Rajiv Ji, a robust India requires empowered farmers; their strength bolsters the nation's self-reliance and independence. Rajiv Ji's unwavering connection with farmers underscored his belief that farmer's progress determines the country's progress.

Chhattisgarh Government alleviated 40 lakh individuals from poverty in five years*

Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel shared that recent NITI Aayog data revealed that the Chhattisgarh Government has alleviated 40 lakh individuals from poverty in five years. According to the report, there is a 23-25% poverty reduction in Kabirdham, Surguja, and Dantewada districts. Districts like Raipur, Dhamtari, and Balod now have poverty rates below 10%. Mr. Baghel shared that the state government has made consistent efforts to address the issue of poverty, and now these efforts have shown a positive impact, as evidenced by the NITI Aayog’s report.

The Chief Minister attributed these achievements to the NYAY Yojana’ for farmers, labourers, and tribals, bolstering the rural economy and enhancing education and health infrastructure. He stressed the pivotal role of empowered farmers in strengthening the economy. Notably, the paddy procurement system has been enhanced, ensuring timely payments to farmers and reflecting the state government's commitment to their welfare. Urban infrastructure expansion also played a key role in these advancements. 

Addressing the people present, the Chief Minister emphasised the state government's versatile health schemes, such as the Dr. Khubchand Baghel Swasthya Sahayata Yojana (providing up to Rs. 5 lakh for treatment) and the Mukhyamantri Swasthya Sahayata Yojana (offering up to Rs. 25 lakh for serious ailments). Illustrating their efficacy, he shared the case of a poor family whose child received treatment worth Rs. 19 lakh for a lung ailment. He highlighted the administration's commitment to quality healthcare and support systems. He shared that previously the state had only 6 medical colleges, which have expanded to 10 recently, and the state government has decided to open 4 more medical colleges, totaling 14 medical colleges in the state. 

Ration facilities have been extended to 74 lakh ration card holders, while 42 lakh families benefit from the ‘Bijli Bill Half Yojana’. The state government has established 377 English-medium and 349 Hindi-medium schools under the Swami Atmanand Excellent School Scheme to improve the quality of education. The state government has also prioritised the preservation of cultural heritage in the state. The Ram Van Gaman Path has been established, which is dedicated to Lord Shri Ram and showcases the state's natural beauty. Kaushalya Mata's temple has garnered national and international attention, contributing to cultural preservation. The Chief Minister concluded by applauding the government's commitment to safeguarding cultural heritage, facilitating healthcare, and fostering education.

*Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel online distributed Rs. 2055.60 crore to the beneficiaries of various schemes:*

Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has released online an amount of Rs. 2055.6 crore to the beneficiaries, that include cattle rearers, farmers, labourers, and villagers, of various schemes in a program organised in Mahasamund district on August 20. He has distributed Rs. 1810 crore as the second installment of the "Rajiv Gandhi Kisan NYAY Yojana" to beneficiaries. After the distribution of this amount, the input subsidy amount to 24.30 lakh farmers under this scheme has reached Rs. 21,912 crore in the state. Similarly, he has distributed Rs. 168.63 crore as the second installment of the 'Rajiv Gandhi Bhumiheen Krishi Mazdoor NYAY Yojana, and after this, the total amount distributed to 5.6 lakh beneficiaries has reached Rs. 758.03 crore. He has released an amount of Rs. 66.21 crore to Rajiv Yuva Mitan (RYM) clubs. The 13,242 RYM Clubs have received Rs. 132.48 crore to engage youth in creative pursuits. Furthermore, he has distributed Rs. 9.65 crore to beneficiaries of the 'Godhan NYAY Yojana'. After the distribution of this amount, a total of Rs. 551.31 crore has been distributed to women's SHGs, Gauthan committees, and villagers in the state. He has distributed Rs. 1.11 crore to gram panchayats in the non-scheduled area under the 'Mukhyamantri Parab Samman Nidhi Yojana'. With this allocation, a total of Rs. 6.11 crore has been distributed to 6,111 Gram Panchaya

*Chief Minister lays the foundation stone of Mahasamund Medical College worth Rs. 322 crore*

Chief Minister Mr. Baghel dedicated 224 development projects worth Rs. 704 crore to the Mahasamund district. He inaugurated 132 projects worth Rs. 71.08 crore. He laid the foundation stone and carried out bhumipoojan for 92 projects worth Rs. 632.88 crore, which includes the Mahasamund Medical College project worth Rs. 322.85 crore. The Chief Minister also inaugurated the Central Library building worth Rs 6 crore and various projects like the Physiotherapy Building at District Hospital Mahasamund, the Blood Bank, and the Hamar Lab at CHC Pithora. He distributed kits and cheques to the beneficiaries of various schemes and visited different stalls during the progr

*Chief Minister flagged off 50 veterinary mobile medical units:*

Chief Minister Mr. Baghel has flagged off 7 mobile veterinary units for Mahasamund and 43 for other divisional districts. The state government has initiated the ‘Mukhyamantri Gauvansh Mobile Chikitsa Yojana’, akin to the 'Mukhyamantri Shehri Swasthya Sahayata Yojana’ and ‘Mukhyamantri Haat Bazar Clinic Yojana’ and now comprises 163 mobile vans statewide. Additionally, a toll-free number, 1962, is introduced to facilitate cost-free veterinary services and consultations, further enhancing accessibility to veterinary ca

Deputy Chief Minister Mr. T S Singh Deo, Home Minister Mr. Tamradhwaj Sahu, Rural Development Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey, and Bastar MP Mr. Deepak Baij also addressed the program. Assembly Speaker Dr. Charandas Mahant was present at the program as a very special guest. Culture Minister Mr. Amarjit Bhagat, UAD Minister Dr. Shivkumar Dahariya, Tribal Development Minister Mr. Mohan Markam, Rajya Sabha MP Mrs. Phulo Devi Netam, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, and various people's representatives were present.


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