Raipur: Despite the Covid-19 crisis and lockdown, unemployment rate in Chhattisgarh has been consistently under control.
According to the statistics released by Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) on 24 May 2021, the unemployment rate in Chhattisgarh is 3%, which is way less than the national average 10.8%. Earlier, in November 2020, the unemployment rate was recorded to be 3.5%.
According to the latest data released by the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), the unemployment rate figures in Chhattisgarh is much less than the unemployment rate in Haryana, Goa, Delhi, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura.
It is worth mentioning that under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, works under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme have been sanctioned in response to the demands coming from less affected rural areas in the state. Forestry and Tendu leaf collection is also being done in the forest areas. In addition to the increase in prices of minor-forest produce, the number of minor-forest produce procured on support price has been increased from 07 to 52. Three fourth of the minor forest produce collected in the country is collected in Chhattisgarh.
According to TRIFED data, minor forest produce worth Rs 181 crore 25 lakhs was procured in the country at minimum support price in the financial year 2020-21 till March 23, and minor forest produce worth Rs 136 crore 63 lakhs was procured in Chhattisgarh alone. Similarly, more than two-thirds of the target of 11 lakh 44 thousand standard bags of Tendu Leaves has been collected in Chhattisgarh so far. Around 13 lakh families get employment due to Tendu Leaves collection in the state. The wage rate for Tendu leaf collection has been increased from Rs. 2500 thousand to Rs. 4000 thousand in the state.
Now that infection rate is steadily declining and monsoon related activities are about to start, Rs 1500 crore has been distributed to the farmers as first installment under Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana 2020-21 on May 21. Livelihood related activities being conducted in gauthans have strengthened the rural economy. Under Godhan Nyay Yojana, women self-help groups are manufacturing compost manure and conducting various economic activities. Production in a few mines and industries has been started in compliance to the Covid-19 guidelines. Accommodation facility is being provided to the labourers in industries.
According to the latest data released by the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) in the month of May, the unemployment rate is 35.5 percent in Haryana, 28 in Rajasthan, 27.3 in Delhi, 25.7 in Goa, 17.3 in Tripura, 16.5 in Jharkhand, 11.5 in Bihar. , 11.4 in Jammu and Kashmir, 11.1 in Himachal Pradesh, 7.6 in West Bengal, 7.5 in Kerala, 6.3 in Uttar Pradesh, 6 in Uttarakhand, 5.5 in Maharashtra, 5.3 in Punjab, 5 in Telangana, 4.9 percent in Andhra Pradesh.