Farmers celebrating ‘Diwali’ twice this year: CM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Oct 2017 10:27:34


The Hitavada State Bureau,


Chief Minister transfers Rs 75 crore Bonus to farmers’ accounts

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on thursday participated in the ‘Bonus Festival’ at Mungeli, where he distributed about Rs 75 crore as Bonus against paddy procurement under Minimum Support Price for the Khariff marketing year 2016-17 to 8,000 farmers. Addressing the august gathering of farmers the Chief Minister said that farmers will be celebrating ‘Diwali’ twice this yeas as all 13.5 lakh farmers will be receiving Rs 2100 crore as paddy bonus soon. Dr Raman Singh said with the click of button the bonus amount will be directly transferred to the bank accounts of hard-working farmers.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that the new district Mungeli had been carved out about five-years-ago on the popular demand of the common citizens and since then developmental works had gained momentum. Collectorate and Integrated official complex had been constructed. Infrastructure development works had picked up speed here. He congratulated the district administration, common citizens and people’s representatives after the district has been declared ‘Open Defecation Free’ under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ Mission.

The Chief Minister on the occasion remembered the popular leader of the region and former MLA Late Niranjan Kesharwani. He said that his services will be recalled forever. Earlier, the farmers gave a rousing welcome to the Chief Minister and expressed their gratitude for distribution of ‘Bonus’ ahead of Diwali.

Dr Singh revealed that there was scanty rainfall in 96 tehsils in the state. The farmers were disappointed as their crops lay waste in the fields. Keeping this in view he had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprised of the drought-like conditions prevailing in some parts of the state. Prime Minister sanctioned the Bonus amount and called upon the state for holding special session of Assembly.

Dr Raman Singh said that Bonus Festival is being celebrated in all the districts where 13.5 lakh farmers will benefit. All farmers will get paddy bonus. He added that during the Congress regime during 2000-2003, there was no provision for sanctioning Bonus and people had tough time selling their produce.

The Chief Minister said that drought-like conditions prevailed even in 2015. The authorities had announced Rs 1800 crore package to the farmers then also.
Chief Minister said that Chhattisgarh government is sensitive towards the requirements of farmers and it took several steps in improving their financial conditions. The interest on loans had been reduced to ‘zero’.

Earlier the interest on loans was about 15 per cent. An amount of Rs 3500 crore had been distributed as loans to the farmers. There are four lakh irrigation pumps in the entire state and electricity up to 7500 units is provided free of cost.The Narendra Modi Government had launched several social welfare schemes for the poorer sections of the society. Dr Singh revealed that about 14 lakh poor families had been allocated free domestic gas connections under the Prime Minister ‘Ujjwala’ project.

The target is to provide gas connections to about 36 lakh families. Pucca houses will be provided to all the poor by the year 2022. Prime Minister Crops’ Insurance Scheme will eradicate the worries of farmers. About 60 lakh families are provided with medical insurance up to Rs 50,000 annually. Food Minister Punnulal Mohale, Panchayat Minister Ajay Chandrakar, MP Lakhanlal Sahu, Parliamentary Secretaries Tokhan Sahu and Raju Singh Kshatri and several prominent citizens were also present.