Raipur: “Chhattisgarh is a state of farmers, agriculture and farming. We believe that a state can become prosperous only when the farmers are prosperous. With this long-sighted vision of development, we launched ‘Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana’ on May 21, 2020. This scheme clearly reflects state government’s pro-farmer vision. This scheme would improve the income of farmers and empower them financially. This scheme would prove to be milestone for development of farmers in Chhattisgarh, said chief minister Bhupesh Baghel addressing the 18th episode of monthly programme ‘Lokvaani’ aired from Akashwani.
He said that as a result of state government's farmer-friendly decision, people have begun to invest more in the agriculture sector in the state. The number of farmers in Chhattisgarh has increased by 5.50 lakh in the last two years. In many states, people are giving up agriculture to pursue other occupations, whereas in Chhattisgarh the numbers of farmers are continuously increasing. This means that our efforts are reaching at the doorsteps of farmers. Number of registered farmers in the state has increased from 15 lakh in year 2017-18 to 21.52 lakh in year 2020-21, and the percentage of farmers selling paddy on support price has increased from 76.47 to 95.38 per cent. With the interest and enthusiasm of farmers in the state, the target for disbursement of maximum agricultural credit has also been achieved. Paddy procurement at support price has increased from 56.88 metric tonnes to 92 lakh metric tonnes in the state.
Scope of Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana expanded
The chief minister said that there are many such crops grown in Chhattisgarh that are considered useful and medicinal for health, but no system has been developed to procure them at support price. Under these circumstances, farmers taking many crops apart from paddy, sugarcane and maize need cooperation from the government. Taking this need into serious consideration, we have expanded the scope of Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana. We aim to provide financial aid and facility to sell crops in the market to the farmers who are taking other prescribed crops, instead of paddy. Along with paddy producing farmers, the farmers producing maize, Kodo-Kutki, soybean, tur and sugarcane, the main crops of Kharif, will be given grant-in-aid of Rs 9,000 per acre per year for kharif 2021. In the year 2020-21, the area from which paddy was sold by the farmer at the minimum support price, if he replaces paddy with kodo-kutki, sugarcane, tur, maize, soybean, pulses, oilseeds, aromatic paddy, other fortified paddy, banana, or if he plants papaya or does tree plantation, then he will be provided an input assistance of Rs 10,000 per acre. Input assistance will be given for three years to the farmers doing plantation.
Chief Minister Plantation Promotion Scheme to boost the income of farmers as well as the Agro-forestry in the state
Baghel said that Chief Minister's Plantation Promotion Scheme has been recently launched in Chhattisgarh to promote development of agro-forestry and to boost the income of farmers. Chhattisgarh has ideal conditions, adequate land, favorable climate and manpower for plantation of the species, for which a safe cycle can be created between the planting of trees and the cutting, so that sufficient number of trees are present at all times while villagers and farmers earn better income due to timely chopping. This step would rectify the problem of secret illegal felling of trees. We have also issued the guidelines for Chief Minister's Plantation Promotion Scheme. All the citizens in Chhattisgarh, according to the availability of private land, and all the Gram Panchayats as well as Joint Forest Management Committees are eligible to take advantage of the scheme.
Every possible measure is being taken to prevent COVID infection
During the programme, the chief minister had a discussion with people of the state about the measures and precautions being taken to control and prevents the spread of COVID infection in the state. Mr. Baghel told that the second wave of corona had come with the new variants of the virus, which multiplied rapidly. In April, the infection rate had reached 30 percent. Within a month, we succeeded in bringing down the infection rate down from 27 per cent to 2 per cent. We made a transparent system with the help of health department, district administration, private hospital operators, and doctors in hospitals, health workers and aware public. The data regarding availability of beds in hospitals is displayed on the website on a real time basis. A lot of thoughtful arrangements were made to ensure availability of medicines, injections, oxygen cylinders etc. in the hospitals. Medicines were made available to patients with even the mild symptoms. In the state, the work of vaccination is also being done on priority. Due to several such efforts, the positivity rate of corona in the state has declined drastically, for this I thank the government employees as well as the common public, voluntary organizations, businessmen, industrialist community who have cooperated wholeheartedly, he said.