Raipur: Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel has said that Godhan Nyay Yojana has become a source of additional income for cattle herders, villagers, farmers and laborers. In the last two years since the inception of Godhan Nyaya Yojana, an amount of about Rs 380 crore has been paid to the beneficiaries of the scheme, Gauthan committees and women self-help groups. This substantial amount earned from cow dung has turned out to be a boon for people in rural areas, as it is contributing towards fulfillment of their small-small dreams.
He was addressing a virtual programme organized for transfer of funds to the accounts of the beneficiaries of Godhan Nyaya Yojana at his residence office here today.
In this programme, the Chief Minister made an online transfer of Rs 5.99 crore to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries of the scheme. This includes Rs 4.41 crore paid in lieu of the 2.2 quintals of cow dung procured from cattle herders, villagers, farmers and landless during the fortnight from December 1 to 15, payment of Rs 94 lakh to the Gauthan committees, and an amount of Rs 64 lakhs transferred as dividend amount to the accounts of women self-help groups.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister said that during Bhent-Mulaqat visit, the villagers told him that they are using the money received against the dung procurement for fulfilling their needs. Many beneficiaries said that they are using the amount for their children’s education, for purchasing ornaments, motorcycles, scooties and developing agricultural land.
He said that the farmers have donated more than 5 lakh quintals of hay in Gauthans on the appeal of the state government. Paddy harvesting work is almost over in the state, but still heaps of hay can be found accumulated in the fields of many farmers. Arrangements should be made to bring this hay from the farms to the Gauthans.
In the fortnight from December 1 to 15, the self-supporting Gothans of the state have paid more in lieu of dung procured as compared to the Agriculture Department. Out of Rs 4.41 crore paid to cow dung vendors today, Rs 2.75 crore has been paid by 4372 self-supporting Gauthans from their own resources and Rs 1.66 crore has been paid by the Agriculture Department. This is a major transformation.
While addressing the programme, Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey said that gauthans have become the centers of livelihood oriented activities in villages. Gauthans are being developed as Rural Industrial Parks, and with this upgrade, the economic activities here will be further expanded.