Raipur: Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel has paid tributes to the former Prime Minister of the country, Bharat Ratna and the dreamer of modern India Rajiv Gandhi, on his birth anniversary on August 20.
In his message issued here today on the eve of Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary, the chief minister has said that the brief stay of Rajiv Gandhi in the tribal area of Khachlghat of Gariyaband district in 1985 is still in the memories of the people of Chhattisgarh. At the same time he traveled to Dugli in Dhamtari district, which is now also known as Rajiv Gram. The interaction with the villagers is a sign of his easy-going personality.
He said that Rajiv Gandhi took over the reins of the country as the youngest Prime Minister of India. He dreamed of the modern India of the 21st century and took many revolutionary decisions to fulfill it. Strong participation of youth in India in e-governance, development of information technology, strengthening of rural economy and strengthening of democracy became possible due to his visionary and innovative thinking
Recalling the invaluable contribution of Rajiv Gandhi in the making of modern India, Baghel said that Rajiv Gandhi played an important role in strengthening the foundation of the country by giving more authority to the Panchayati Raj institutions and urban bodies for the purpose of decentralization of power. For transparency in government work, he laid the foundation of computer and information technology revolution in the country, through which easy access of government schemes to the common man was ensured through e-governance. He gave the youth the right to vote at the age of 18 to ensure youth participation in the democratic process.
Chief minister said that we have adopted Rajiv Gandhi's vision of poverty alleviation and building a self-reliant India in Chhattisgarh. Rajiv Gandhi believed that the new construction of India is not possible without improving the economic condition of farmers and villagers. Following the path shown by him, the state government has started many welfare programmes and schemes for all sections of the people including the underprivileged, farmers, and tribals. 'Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana' has been started to provide the farmers a fair price for their produce. The government has expanded the scope of this scheme from Kharif season 2021 to include paddy as well as other Kharif crops. Along with this, Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Bhoomiless Krishi Mazdoor Nyay Yojana is being started to provide financial help to the landless agricultural laborers of rural areas of the state. Under this scheme, Rs 6000 will be given annually to such families of rural areas, who do not have agricultural land and are associated with MNREGA or agricultural wages. For the betterment of the farmers, the state government has also taken many important steps like loan waiver, irrigation tax waiver. For the decentralization of power, many districts and tehsils have been created.
In order to strengthen the economy of the villages and to provide employment to the villagers in the village itself, the state government has started the Suraji Gaon Yojana. Livestock promotion as well as employment oriented activities has been started in Gauthans in villages. Women groups are being made self-reliant by connecting them with these employment oriented activities. 'Godhan Nyay Yojana' is being operated for the purchase of cow dung in these Gauthans. For the first time in the country, cow dung is being purchased for Rs 2 per kg. Not only this, welfare schemes like 'Tendupatta collector social security scheme', arrangement for purchase of minor forest produce collected by forest dwellers, distribution of individual and community forest rights papers, have been started.