Raipur: Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Bhoomiheen Krishi Mazdoor Nyay Yojana, launched by the Chhattisgarh government to provide direct financial aid to the poor landless families is lending a helping hand to about 3.55 lakh families. Along with rural landless agricultural laborer families, shepherds, carpenters, blacksmiths, cobblers, barbers, washermen and priests, forest produce collectors, families associated with the ‘pauni-pasari’ system and other sections are also getting benefit from the scheme. Under the scheme, the beneficiary families are being given a financial assistance of Rs 7000 per year by the state government. This new innovative scheme named after former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna Late Rajiv Gandhi, was launched by MP Rahul Gandhi in Raipur on February 3, 2022. In the financial year 2022-23, an amount of nearly Rs 71.08 crore has been released under this scheme on May 21.
Chhattisgarh has become the first state in the country to come up with such a unique scheme for landless agro laborer families. The move comes after people belonging to economically weaker sections sought direct help from the government amid the Covid-19 pandemic period when their employment was badly affected. Chhattisgarh government started this scheme with an objective of providing direct help to landless agro laborer families. Nearly 3.55 lakh such beneficiary families have been registered under the scheme.
About than 70 per cent population of the state depend primarily on agriculture for their livelihood. A large number of landless laborers are involved in the work of agriculture and majority of them do not have their own agricultural land. Financial assistance is being given to all such sections through the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Bhoomiheen Krishi Mazdoor Nyay Yojana.