CG's initiatives in the field of forest produce collection and employment during COVID crisis are commendable: Union Minister Arjun Munda

CG's initiatives in the field of forest produce collection and employment during COVID crisis are commendable: Union Minister Arjun Munda

Raipur: Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda has appreciated the works being done by Chhattisgarh government in the field of minor forest produce collection, value addition and employment in the last two years during Covid crisis.

He said that it was a major challenge to provide employment to a large section of forest produce collectors during Covid crisis, as on one hand there was a fear of Covid-19 infection spreading and on the other hand there were people who solely dependent on collection of forest produce for livelihood. In this situation, Chhattisgarh took the initiative to keep up forest produce collection work and provide employment to the people.

Union Minister along with Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, was reviewing various schemes being run in tribal areas of Chhattisgarh in a meeting held at CM House in Raipur.

Baghel requested union minister to provide maximum benefit of various schemes of the Union Tribal Ministry to Chhattisgarh. He gave detailed information about minor forest produce collection, value addition works being done in the state and also about the schemes being conducted in the field of education, health and employment in Chhattisgarh.

In the meeting, union minister said that collaboration of state government and TRIFED in last two years has yielded promising results in the field of forest produce collection and value addition in Chhattisgarh. Union Government has conferred awards upon Chhattisgarh for the achievements in aforementioned field. Munda congratulated Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, minor forest produce collectors and officers on receiving the awards. 

Munda said that the income-oriented activities to provide employment to people of forest areas should be continued. He said that national-level initiatives are being taken to provide quality education to the students in tribal areas across the country, as in the field of professional education, the entrance exams for medical and technical education are now being conducted at the national-level. He said that he is happy to learn that the schools have been reopened in Chhattisgarh. He said that special programs are being run for the tribes in Chhattisgarh. Cases of cancelled Forest Rights Recognition letters are being reviewed in Chhattisgarh.

Chief Minister said that more than 4.41 lakh individual forest recognition letters (vanadhikar patta) and 44, 524 community forest leases have been distributed to the forest dwellers in state. For the first time in the state, more than 2,500 community forest resource rights have been issued. The cancelled leases are being reviewed.