‘Govt stands by distressed ryots’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Oct 2017 10:28:31


Staff Reporter,


Rs 73.49 crore ‘paddy bonus’ distributed Chief Minister dedicates, performs ‘bhoomipujan’ of works worth Rs 229 crore

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Wednesday distributed Rs 73.49 crore paddy bonus to about 48,883 farmers as part of ‘Bonus Tihar’ programme at Gariyaband district. The Chief Minister also dedicated and laid foundation stones of 49 developmental works worth Rs 229 crore.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Raman Singh said that The State Government would stand by farmers in all calamities and eventuality. Paddy bonus is being distributed in the entire state. The farmers of the drought-affected districts will be financially compensated soon. Apart from this, farmers will be compensated under the provisions of Prime Minister Crops’ Insurance Scheme, he added.

Farmers toil hard to produce grains. The authorities had decided to pay the farmers back with Minimum Support Price (MSP) and bonus also. The bonus amount is being paid for the crops produced in 2016, the Chief Minister said.
He stated that Chhattisgarh is the only state in the country which had been operating several schemes for the welfare of farmers.

They are obtaining loans at ‘zero’ per cent rate of interest. Earlier the rate of interest was around 15 per cent. The farmers are getting seven thousand five hundred units of free electricity. About one thousand solar energy irrigation pumps had been distributed in Gariyaband district alone which is in itself a record of sorts.

There is rapid development of all the districts in a short span of time. Decentralization of power is the key to development. The Collectorate building here is far superior to even Raipur building. There is a lot of satisfaction on seeing the development of the district. About one thousand women had been allocated free domestic gas connections under the Prime Minister ‘Ujjwala’ project.

About 11 lakh homeless families will be provided with houses under the Prime Minister Housing Project. Five hundred girls today received free cycles under the Saraswati Cycle yojana. There is a marked improvement in attendance in schools from the earlier 55 per cent to 98 per cent at present. This is a big achievement, he said.

Dr Raman Singh said that all the houses in the State would be linked to electricity by October 2018. LED bulbs will be supplied free of cost in the districts also. Minister for Panchayat and Rural Development Ajay Chandrakar, Women and Child Development and District In-Charge Minister. Ramsheela Sahu, MP Chandulal Sahu, MLA Santosh Upadhyay, Gariyaband Zila Panchayat Chairperson Shweta Sharma and farmers in large number were also present.