Dr Singh meets tendu leaves collectors, announces substantial hike in rates

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 May 2017 10:30:49

Staff Reporter,


Under the Lok Suraaj Abhiyaan, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh arrived in village Lanjir under Barmkela development block in Raigarh district this afternoon and interacted with workers engaged in tendu-leaves collection. He also inspected the ongoing tendu-leaves collection work there. Dr Singh later participated in the Samadhan Shivir organized at Lanzir.

Finding a tendu-leaves collection centre belonging to the Primary Forest Produce Cooperative Center just near the camp, the Chief Minister visited the collection center and enquired about the quality of the leaves, their remuneration etc. from the villagers engaged in the collection and storage work. He told the villagers that the state government has enhanced the tendu-leaves collection rate from Rs 1500 to Rs 1800 per standard sack. Apart from this, they will be given a promotional bonus as well. He said 80 percent of the income generated by the Cooperative Committee will be distributed among the tendu-leaves collectors as bonus.

Later Dr Singh addressed large number of farmers from the surrounding villages who had collected in village Lanjir Samadhan Shivir. On demand from the villagers, the Chief Minister announced up-gradation of high school to higher secondary school from next academic year. He also announced construction of boundary wall and electrification of all 20 un-electrified hamlets in Baramkela latest by August 15, 2017. Dr Singh instructed the officials concerned to take immediate action in this direction.

Addressing the farmers, the Chief Minister appealed them not to cultivate paddy in the summer. He said, about 3000 liters of water is spent in summer to get one kg of paddy.
Instead, we should pay attention to the cultivation of other crops of Rabi. He asked the District Collector that he should mark the problematic areas and stop digging tube-wells in summer so that the ground water level could be kept balanced. The Chief Minister was delighted to know that four children from Baramkela development block have secured positions in Top 10 merit list Class X examination.

Dr Singh wished for the bright future of these children. He also termed the 98 percent institutional delivery in Baramkela as a major achievement and praised the doctors and the field staff of the Health Department working in this direction.

The Chief Minister gave approval for pension to Gauri Sahu under Old-age Pension Scheme and Sukhmati Mahant under Sukhad Sahara Yojna. In the camp, Dr Singh, a twelve year old girl, Sonu Sai, requested to get disability certificates. On this, the Chief Minister instructed the officials to issue this certificate in the camp till evening till today.