Raipur: Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel transferred funds to the tune of Rs 7.86 crore to the women of self-help groups on the occasion of the Hareli festival on Sunday and greeted them on the auspicious occasion. Baghel said, “Godhan Nyay Yojana was launched a year back on this day and we started purchasing cow dung for Rs 2 per kg. The scheme has brought a revolution today and the entire nation is witness to this change.”
Godhan Nyay Yojana has brought a new ray of hope for farmers, cattle rearers, mothers, and sisters as the scheme has provided a source of income. Farmers and cattle rearers have been paid Rs 98.8 crore in a year through the purchase of cow dung, said the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister transferred the money in a virtual programme at his residence.
Baghel further said that Gothans is slowly becoming towards self-reliant. Gothans are developing as power centers in rural areas of the state. Vermicompost, super compost as well as other useful material are being produced in Gothans. “Godhan Nyay Yojana has brought us closer to Mahatma Gandhi's dream of 'Gram Swaraj' in a span of one year,” said the Chief Minister.
Congratulating the people of the state, Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Ravindra Choubey said that he is happy that this scheme is being discussed all over the country.
Agriculture Production Commissioner Dr. M Geetha gave information on the scheme through PowerPoint presentation. He said that as the 25th installment, Rs 53 lakh has been paid to cow dung vendors, Rs 3.03 crore as dividend to self-help groups, Rs 4.30 crore to Gothan committees. So far, a total dividend of Rs 42.74 crore has been paid to committees and Self Help Groups. She informed that 10,101 Gothans have been sanctioned in the State, out of which 5916 are active. Among the beneficiaries selling cow dung under the Godhan Nyay Yojana, 47 percent are from Other Backward Classes, 40 percent Scheduled Tribes, 7 percent Scheduled Castes. Of this, 45 percent are women. Among the beneficiaries of this scheme, 76,783 are landless. The goal is to build Gothans in every Panchayat. Napier grass has been planted in the pasture land of 3184 Gothans. Grass will be planted in the pasture area of all Gothans by August 15.