Raipur: “Economic reforms and fundamental changes can happen in the country and the state only if the rural economy is strengthened” said Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel while addressing the 7th Indian Economic Conclave held in New Delhi on Friday.
The chief minister talked about strengthening the common people financially to improve the economy of the country. Baghel said that due to rural development schemes, the villages of Chhattisgarh are seeing a big change in just two and a half years. He added that with the formation of the state government, we prepared a road map for the economic development of Chhattisgarh. Under which the farmers' loan was first waived, bought paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal, gave Rs 5,000 crores to farmers as an input, purchased minor forest produce at support price, and provided employment under MNREGA. All of such initiatives improved the economic condition of farmers, underprivileged and laborers in the state, he said.
Baghel said in response to a question that Chhattisgarh will have a significant contribution in the country's economy in the coming years. He said that Chhattisgarh is on the path of development with a focus on strengthening rural economy.
He said that the state government is increasing employment opportunities in the villages through various schemes. Apart from the core sector, the village industry is being promoted. He added saying that Chhattisgarh government is doing important work in the field of health and education along with employment generation.
Besides, he also said that Chhattisgarh's economy remained dynamic even during the economic crisis arising out of corona pandemic. During this period, Chhattisgarh witnessed boom in automobile sector, increase in GST collection and procurement of maximum minor forest produce.
Industrialists, union ministers, chief ministers and economists of several states were also present on the occasion. Renowned tennis player Andre Agassi, Chief Minister's cultural advisor Gaurav Dwivedi and Additional Director of Public Relations Umesh Mishra were also present at the function.