Raipur: “Covid-19 crisis has affected the economy of entire country but even during this period of crisis, there was no shortage of employment or food in Chhattisgarh”, said chief minister Bhupesh Baghel.
He was addressing the virtual program held at his residence office today, after inaugurating and performing bhumipujan of various construction works worth nearly Rs 592 crore. These include construction and development works worth Rs 308.31 crore for Raigarh district and Rs 283.70 crore for Jashpur district. On this occasion, chief minister spoke to the beneficiaries of various schemes in both the districts and asked them about the benefits of the scheme.
He said that the economy of Chhattisgarh remained strong and dynamic even during this challenging time, as a result of State Government schemes. Schemes like Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, Suraji Gaon Yojana, Godhan Nyay are being implemented for the welfare of farmers, forest dwellers and villagers.
Chief Minister said that Raigarh and Jashpur districts have a lot of potential for horticulture crops along with agriculture. Besides paddy, Kodo-Kutki, Pear, Cashew, Litchi, Strawberry are being produced in Jashpur. Now preparations are going on to cultivate apple crop here. He said that tea is being cultivated in Jashpur. Tea processing unit has also been set up there. Women self-help groups are being engaged in the employment-oriented activities through Gauthans established in the villages.
During COVID crisis, women of self-help groups have earned recognition for manufacturing sanitizers from Mahua. Chyavanprash made by the women here is also becoming gaining popularity. Government is making elaborate arrangements to increase production of Jawaphool rice of Lailunga in Raigarh district, and to export and sell it on the online platform, he said.
Food Minister Amarjeet Bhagat said that chief minister took a compassionate decision and arranged for free distribution of rice to poor and families in need, during the Corona crisis. This year as well, rice for May-June has been given free of cost in the month of April. And the distribution of free rice has been extended till November.
Higher Education Minister Umesh Patel said that when Chief Minister had started Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana in the state, some people commented that it would hinder the development work in the state, but despite the challenges, development works continued and the schemes for welfare of poor, farmers and tribal people were continuously implemented, under the leadership of chief minister.