Shakambari Board gets cabinet nod

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Sep 2018 11:36:42



Urban beneficiaries to be provided with alternative certificate instead of lease under the Prime Minister Urban Housing Scheme Constitution of C’garh Shakambari Board approved to benefit farmers engaged in cultivation of horticulture crops

Staff Reporter

Chhattisgarh Cabinet on Monday took several significant decisions including providing eligible urban beneficiaries with alternative certificate instead of lease under the Prime Minister Urban Housing Scheme. The Cabinet also approved constitution of Chhattisgarh Shakambari Board to benefit farmers engaged in cultivation of horticulture crops.

Amidst wide speculations that the Chhattisgarh Cabinet being chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, will take a decision to revise the VAT rates imposed on petrol/diesel in order to provide relief to common man alike the Rajasthan government which brought down VAT on petrol/diesel by 4 percent, but no such initiative was taken in the meeting.

The Chhattisgarh Cabinet discussed and approved that those families who are occupying on inhabited land (prevalent/preserved), having eligibility under Prime Minister Housing Scheme (Urban)-Beneficiary Led Construction (BLC), will be provided with Beneficiary Certificate and financial assistance under the scheme for house construction.

It is worth mentioning here that under the Housing for all by 2022 Mission, the PM Housing Scheme was initiated in 2015 by PM Narendra Modi.

The PM Housing Scheme (Urban) is being implemented in all 168 urban bodies in the state. But it has been observed that several beneficiaries who despite having eligibility of getting assistance under the Scheme but they don’t have any ownership certificate of the government/private land they are occupying.

During reviewing the implementation of PM Housing Scheme on July 18, 2018, the Chief Minister while taking up this matter had directed the officials to bring out a simplified solution for the same.

He had suggested that the eligible beneficiary should be provided with alternative eligibility certificate instead of lease and against the said certificate the beneficiaries should be approved assistance for house construction. The said subject was approved by the Cabinet today after discussion.

The Cabinet also decided to constitute Chhattisgarh Shakambari Board for farmers engaged in cultivation of horticulture crops like vegetables, fruits and flowers, etc. It is worth mentioning here that cultivation of vegetables, fruits and flowers are carried out on the banks of rivers and rivulets on a large scale in Chhattisgarh. A major chunk of small and marginal farmers are engaged in this type of cultivation. Of the total 37.46 lakh farmer families in the state, approximately 80 percent come under small and marginal category.

The Chhattisgarh Shakambari Board is being constituted with an objective to address the problems being faced by these farmers and provide an effective solution to them. The Board will take up issues like their inclusive development, initiations of new schemes for them, carrying out reforms on the schemes already being implemented, processing of their products, value addition and logistic support and by making their groups providing them opportunity for active participation and direct accessibility in the market.

The Chhattisgarh Shakambari Board will comprise of a Chairman and five non-government Members who will be nominated by the state government. The ex-officio Member of the Board will be Agriculture Produce Commissioner while the Board will comprise of representatives nominated by WRD and Energy Secretaries, Directors of Commerce and Industry department, Agriculture and Horticulture Department and MD State Mandi Board as its Members along with nominated Members. The Member-Secretary will be Deputy Directors of Agriculture/Horticulture departments.
The Chhattisgarh Cabinet also decided to suspend the process of carrying out employment of data-entry operators for Primary Cooperative Societies for the Kharif Marketing Year 2018-19, from external agencies for a period of one year. It further decided that the data-entry operators will be directly employed by the Primary Cooperative Societies. Accordingly, the state government will reimburse the cost of such employment to MARKFED, which will benefit approximately 2000 data-operators, who are engaged in primary cooperative societies during paddy procurement drive.