Raipur: Today, on the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna Late Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel virtually released an amount of Rs 1804 crore 50 lakh to more than 26.68 lakh farmers, landless agricultural laborers, livestock farmers and women Self-Help Groups associated with Gauthans a programme organized at his residence office in Raipur. Extending his congratulations to the farmers, landless agricultural laborers, cattle rearers and women SHGs of the state, the chief minister said that Chhattisgarh is the first state in the country, which has ensured ‘economic and social justice for all’ through Nyay Yojana.
“In the last three years, the Chhattisgarh government has undertaken several fruitful steps for the welfare of farmers and deprived sections of the society. This includes Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, Godhan Nyay Yojana, Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Bhumiheen Krishi Mazdoor Nyay Yojana, Suraji Gaon Yojana, Narva-Garwa-Ghurwa-Bari programme, Mahatma Gandhi Rural Industrial Park, procurement of 65 types of minor forest produce on support price, hike in Tendu Patta collection rate, and establishment of C-Mart. We are constantly expanding the scope of each scheme and programmes to make it more effective”, Baghel said.
Speaking about expansion of scope of Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, chief minister said that farmers doing cultivation of major Kharif and horticulture crops, Kodo, Kutki, Ragi and farmers doing tree plantation on agricultural land have been included under the scope of scheme. An input subsidy of Rs 1720 crore 11 lakh has been given as the first installment this year. A total input subsidy of about Rs 6900 crores will be given to the farmers this year.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister also released Rs 71 crore 8 lakh 4 thousand as the first installment of the year 2022-23 to 3 lakh 55 thousand 402 beneficiaries under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Bhumiheen Krishi Mazdoor Nyay Yojana. He said that the annual assistance provided under the scheme has now been increased from Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,000.
Baghel transferred a total of Rs 13 crore 31 lakh to cow dung vendors, Gauthan committees and women self-help groups under Godhan Nyay Yojana. This includes Rs 11 crore 14 lakh to Gauthan committees and women SHGs and Rs 2 crore 17 lakh to the cow dung collectors. A total dividend of Rs 110 crore has been paid to women self-help groups and Gauthan committees so far. Similarly, a total amount of Rs 140.71 crore has been released to the beneficiaries in the lieu of purchase of cow dung.
Agriculture and water resources minister Ravindra Choubey, revenue minister Jai Singh Agrawal also addressed this programme through video conferencing. They said that the Chhattisgarh government under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel is working for the upliftment of all sections of the society. The public friendly policies of the government have brought prosperity and a positive change in all sections of the society. The agriculture minister said that in the last three years, the Chhattisgarh government has deposited about Rs one lakh crore into the accounts of farmers, landless laborers, forest produce collectors and beneficiaries of Godhan Nyay Yojana.
Adviser to the chief minister Pradeep Sharma, chief secretary Amitabh Jain, additional chief secretary Subrat Sahoo, along with other senior officials were present on the occasion. In this programme, ministers, parliamentary secretaries, legislators, other public representatives, farmers, laborers, women SHGs and villagers from across the state participated online.
Meanwhile, Rs 11 thousand 180 crore rupees have been paid to the farmers of the state under the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana in the last two years. After the payment of Rs 1720 crore 11 lakh today, this amount has been increased to Rs 12 thousand 900 crores 21 lakh. After including the amount of Rs 122 crore 24 lakh paid so far to farmers of the state cultivating sugarcane, this figure will increase to Rs 13 thousand 22 crores 45 lakh. Similarly, an amount of Rs 250 crore 40 lakh has been paid so far to cow dung vendors, Gauthan committees and women SHGs under the Godhan Nyay Yojana.