The BJP government is not going to close the Gothan Scheme launched by the previous government led by Bhupesh Baghel, aiming to strengthen the rural economy. This indication has been given by the Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Giriraj Singh, during a meeting with the Chhattisgarh Panchayat Department on Saturday evening. Speaking at the meeting, the Union Minister said that the Gothan Scheme will be developed as ‘Aarthik Samriddhi Kendra’ (centers of economic prosperity). A plan is being prepared by NABARD to create model Gothans in the state.
Under this plan, one Gothan in each of the four districts of the state will be developed as a model. For this, NABARD will also provide Rs. 25 lakh to the National Rural Livelihood Mission. In these model Gothans, poultry farming, goat farming, pig farming, as well as breeding of improved breeds of cattle will be undertaken. Hybrid breeds of Kadaknath will also be prepared. Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Sharma, MLA Ishwar Sahu, and Sushant Shukla were also present in the meeting.
The goal is also set to make 56 lakh women in the state millionaires; it was said in the meeting. Singh said that women’s participation is 56% in the economic development of the country, while in Chhattisgarh, it is 50%, and there is a need to increase it. To achieve this, women will be encouraged to participate in agriculture and to establish small enterprises under NRLM. Emphasis will be given on establishing new enterprises for women through banks. Singh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a resolution to make the Didis of the morning millionaires. Making 56 lakh Didis millionaires under the morning scheme is our resolution. The officials of the Panchayat and Rural Development Department should work towards it.
During the meeting, the Union Minister asked the officers about the benefits of the Gothan Scheme. The Union Minister said that those who have committed corruption in MGNREGA should know that now they will have to pay for it. Along with this, he gave directions to develop the Amrit Sarovars being created in the rural areas in an organized manner. He said that activities such as tree plantation, pathways, and beautification will be carried out around the Amrit Sarovars.
Principal Secretary of Panchayat and Rural Development Niharika Barik, CEO of Chhattisgarh State Rural Development Bhim Singh, Director of National Rural Livelihood Mission Padmini Bhoi, Director of Panchayat Roktim Yadav, and officials of the Panchayat and Rural Development Department, including the DGMs of NABARD and SBI were present in the meeting.