Raipur:Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that the state government is on the path of developing ‘Nava Chhattisgarh’ (New Chhattisgarh) with active participation of public. The Chief Minister said this during the 21st Episode of Lokvani aired on Sunday. The Chief Minister spoke on the theme of ‘New Path of Development through Special Strategies at District Level’.
The strategies are identifying the problems keeping in mind the local conditions, finding their solutions, implementing them and providing relief to the public.
The Chief Minister said that the district administration is being given more teeth so that the district administration can work according to the thinking, desire and expectation of the local people for the coordinated development of all the districts.
The five new districts carved out by the state government is aimed at the speedy development of the state. The district administration has been given a free-hand to listen to the problems of the general public with sensitivity and take necessary steps according to the local need.
Baghel said several measures have been taken so that the people of Chhattisgarh should not face any kind of trouble due to financial crisis created by global pandemic like Corona. Along with increasing the production of small cereal crops, initiative has been taken to provide them better prices and facilities. For this, Chhattisgarh Millet Mission has been started.
Some small grain processing units have already started in Dantewada, Sukma, Kanker districts under Bastardivision of the state, but now a large number of such units will be set up.
The Chief Minister said that he has asked the departments concerned to complete the incomplete projects on priority so that the public can get the benefit of the money invested in that project. I am glad that serious initiative has been taken to realize this vision in Durg district. The Sipcona Canal is said to be one of the longest canals in Asia. It was told that in the year 2008 it was left half-completed. I am happy that the district administration has started work towards making the Sipcona canal the lifeline of 51 villages instead of 22,” said the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister said earlier there was a limestone quarry in village Nandini situated in 2500 acres of land in Durg. Mining activities have been stopped in this mine for years. The district administration has made an action plan to develop forest in this area to help tackling the industrial pollution of Durg-Bhilai and will also give a fillip to the environmental protection efforts.
People have got a major relief through the Malaria-free Bastarcampaign in Bastar region. The positivity rate has come down from 4.6 per cent to 0.86 per cent in the last one year. The impact rate of malaria has reduced by 45 percent in the entire Bastar division.
Similarly, innovation drive has a big role in the change taking place in Dantewada these days, said the Chief Minister while mentioning about the textile factory. It was inaugurated on January 21, 2021 and today 300 families are getting employment in it. Three more such centers are being set up, in which about 1200 people will get employment. The Dannex brand has now been introduced in the FPO sector as well, under which food items and handicraft items are also being sold in Dantewada district.
In Dantewada district, small scale industries are being established by identifying 500 acres of land for processing of minor forest produce, food, horticulture and mineral products, in which 5000 families will get employment.
'Padhai Tunhar Duar' programme has been a milestone as far as ensuring continuity in education of children, said the Chief Minister.
Baghel said that he is also thrilled and overwhelmed by the change that is coming in Chhattisgarh due to Suraji Gaon Yojana. There Baghelsaid that is a very unique situation regarding the availability of water in Chhattisgarh. “In our region, the water stream does not flow from any glacier of the Himalayas. Our rivers and Narva are the sources of water for us. The number of rivers Indravati, Mahanadi, Son, Shivnath, Atem, Mahan and Kelo etc. is limited, but the number of drains flowing from 2 to 11 kilometers is in thousands. In this way, Narva is our important heritage,” said the Chief Minister.
The state government is working on a war footing to revive about 11,000 drains in the coming year.
So far, 100 crore 82 lakh rupees have been paid to those selling cow dung, 21 crore 42 lakh rupees to women self-help groups and 32 crore94 lakh rupees to Gothan committees. 1 lakh 77 thousand 437 cattle farmers have got benefit from GodhanNyay Yojana, out of which the number of landless is 79,435. The production of Vermi Compost, Super Compost and Super Compost Plus has exceeded 11 lakh quintals and about 8 lakh quintals have also been sold. This trend indicates that there is a rapid increase in awareness for the use of organic manure in Chhattisgarh. 1634 Gothans have become self-sufficient.