Pendra. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel addressed three assemblies in the Marwahi region on Thursday. In Kodgar, he questioned that the Chief Minister of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, Dr. Raman Singh campaigned throughout the state but left Marwahi. He should explain why didn’t he declare it a district in 15 years. He said that the Congress government works for the poor and not for the rich.
Addressing the assembly, Baghel said that BJP contests elections in the name of cows and does politics but we serve the cows. This is why we are buying the cow dung and with this money, farmers will serve the cows. The BJP government took care of the facilities of the rich people, but Congress is working on the future of tribals, Satnamis, poor, farmers, women, children, and youth. The central government has refused to take rice for the bonus, then our government has given a bonus to farmers at the rate of Rs. 10,000 per acre through Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana. Four thousand rupees per standard sack of tendu leaf is being purchased in forest areas and support price is being paid for the minor forest produce. The government is paying attention to the development of the village. People here used to complain that they have to travel to Bilaspur (160 km) back and forth for small works. Therefore our government made Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi a new district. SDOP (Sub Divisional Officer of Police) office, Tehsil and Sub-Tehsil offices have also been set up to resolve the problems of the natives. The State Government has completed 22 declarations of Election Manifesto. Farmers' loan waived, paddy purchased, electricity bill halved, education workers merged, 15 thousand teachers recruited and other important declarations have also been completed. The government is continuously working on recruitment. Recruitment of Assistant Professor is also going on. He said that the government has just completed 22 months. There is still a lot of work to be done.
The assembly was also addressed by the in-charge minister Jaisingh Agrawal, who said that the situation was very bad when the Chief Minister appointed him as the in-charge of the place. No work was done in 20 years. Now the foundation stone for the development works worth Rs.332 crores has been laid. Sub-tehsils, SDOP office and SDM (Sub-Divisional Magistrate) office have already been established here. 13 thousand ration cards have been provided. We have given impetus to development by giving municipal status to Nagar Panchayats. He said that Congress candidate Dr. Dhruv has been serving the area for the last several years. Therefore, he urged people to give an opportunity to serve by choosing Dr. Dhruv as their representative. State Congress President Mohan Markam said that the government is committed to the development under the leadership of Bhupesh Baghel. The meeting was attended by Korba Lok Sabha Constituency Member of Parliament (MP) Jyotsana Mahant, senior leader Bodhram Kanwar, minister Kawasi Lakhma, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Rashmi Singh, Mohit Kerketta, and area leaders Rakesh Jalan, Prashant Shrivas, and other activists. The meeting was conducted by District Congress President Vijay Kesharwani of Bilaspur.