Raipur: Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said that Chhattisgarh is marching ahead on the path of realizing the vision of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of Nation, to make self-dependent self-supporting villages. With economic activities conducted in gauthans under Narva, Garva, Ghurua, Bari Yojana have created various employment opportunities for women as well as people of rural areas, leading them towards self-dependence.
Chief minister was addressing the virtual programme held from his residence office to launch Roka-Chheka Abhiyan. This campaign was virtually inaugurated today at hands of chief minister with the objective to save Kharif crops from stray cattle. He said that under Roka-Chheka campaign, meetings should be held in villages and shepherds should be entrusted with the responsibility to gather cattle in Gauthans.
On the occasion, chief minister said that state government is providing the financial resources for the management of Gauthans. In the programme, chief minister announced financial aid of Rs 24.41 crore for Gauthans. Chief minister has sanctioned a total of Rs 23.28 crore as financial aid for maintenance of 5820 active Gauthans of the state, at the rate of Rs 40,000 per Gauthan, and Rs 1.13 crore to 1135 self-supporting Gauthans of the state, at the rate of Rs 10,000 per Gauthan. In the self-supporting Gauthans of the state, self-help groups are producing vermin-compost and super compost from the cow dung procured. They are earning steady income from production of vermi compost, super compost and other economic activities. Chief minister congratulated the committees of self-supporting Gauthans and the villagers, for their achievement. Chief minister interacted with the members of women self-help groups and appreciated their work.
While addressing the program, chief minister said that Roka-Chheka campaign is very important for Chhattisgarh to save the crops from open grazing animals. From today, instead of leaving their cattle for grazing in the open, the cattle owners should send them to the Gauthans, where arrangements for fodder and water have been made under Roka-Chheka campaign. He said that this year the state has received sufficient rainfall, while sowing of crops and threshing work has also been started early.
He added that last year, Roka-Chheka campaign yielded promising results. In the previous year, record procurement of 92 lakh metric tonnes of paddy was done at support price. He added that along with the farmer-friendly schemes such as Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana and procurement of paddy at support price, state government's Roka-Chheka campaign has also contributed significantly in this achievement. It is a good sign that more and more people in Chhattisgarh are inclining towards agriculture.
During the virtual interaction on the occasion, agriculture minister Ravindra Choubey said that State Government’s schemes should be widely publicized so that the maximum number of farmers may take advantage of the schemes. Home minister Tamradhwaj Sahu said that shepherds should be entrusted with the responsibility to gather cattle in Gauthans. This will save the expenses on fencing farms.