C’garh is developing rapidly because of farmers: CM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Oct 2017 09:59:54



Chief Minister launches ‘Bonus Festival’ amidst rousing welcome at Balodabazar-Bilaspur

The Hitavada State Bureau, Balodabazar/Bilaspur/

Asserting that State Government is committed for the welfare of farmers Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh today said the state is self-sufficient in food-grains’ production because of the persistent hard-work of farmers. Chief Minister was addressing a huge gathering of farmers after inaugurating the state-level ‘Bonus Festival’ at district headquarters Balodabazar and Bilaspur. Thousands of farmers gave a rousing and enthusiastic welcome to Chief Minister.

An amount of Rs 281.41 crore was distributed among 1.83 lakh farmers in Balodabazar and Bilaspur district on the first day of Bonus Festival. Also the Chief Minister dedicated and laid foundation stone for development works worth Rs 442 crores in both these districts.

Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that the state government is distributing Rs 2100 crore as Bonus to 13.5 lakh farmers during the current fiscal year against the paddy procured from them through the Primary Agriculture Co-Operative Societies’ procurement centres during Khariff year 2016-17. The Chief Minister by clicking online button had transferred Rs 281.41 crore as Bonus digitally to the bank accounts of 1.83 lakh farmers today. The entire amount had been transferred into accounts of farmers.

CM while stating that the state government is fulfilling the promise made to farmers, extended his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sanctioning bonus amount. At a function held at the new stadium at Balodabazar, the CMtransferred an amount of Rs 166.68 crore to nearly 1.09 lakh farmers by the click of button. He dedicated, laid foundation stones of development works worth Rs 195 crore in Balodabazar district.

The dedicated works include Balaodabazar Nagar Palika bhawan, state government District hospital building, District Panchayat Bhawan and integrated Office building.

Addressing the huge gatherings at both the venues, CM said that this is the first time after the creation of Chhattisgarh that a special session of Assembly had been called to pass the Bonus for farmers. The state government is sensitive towards the aspirations of farmers. Balodabazar is considered as pious for the state where Amar Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh was born. Dr Raman Singh added that PM Modi had launched several welfare projects for farmers including Prime Minister Irrigation project and Prime Minister Crops’ Insurance Project, etc, which is benefiting them. Ninety- six tehsils had been declared drought-affected and relief measures had been implemented there. Chhattisgarh Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, Food Minister Punnulal Mohale, Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, Panchayat Minister Ajay Chandrakar, MP Kamaladevi Patle, MLAs Sanam Jaangde, Shivratan Sharma, State Co-Operative Bank Chairman Ashok Bajaj, State Seeds and Agriculture Development Corporation Chairman Shyam Bais and several prominent citizens were also present.

Later, the CM released Rs 114.73 crore as Bonus to about 74,500 farmers at Bilaspur district at a programme held in Science College Grounds. CM dedicated and laid foundation stones for development works worth Rs 247 crore including Government Higher-Middle School building at village Podikala development block Takhatpur, Government Indira Higher-Middle School building at Thkhatpur, Government Higher-Middle School building at Uslapur, additional class for Braille press (visually handicapped children) at Tikra development block Bilha. He also dedicated Hirri-Bilha road, bridge over river Tihan connecting Doganihiya-Sapni.

CM also laid foundation stones for an auditorium at Bilaspur, High School building at village Kureli development block Takhatpur, upgradation of road linking Khamharia-Rajpur Daija route, laying of road at village Pandaria, village Hardi-Devtara.