Raipur: Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Minister Amarjeet Bhagat on Tuesday participated in the "Janata Ka Naisa" programme organized for the migrant workers of Chhattisgarh through virtual medium.
Addressing the virtual program, the minister said that Chhattisgarh is popularly known as ‘bowl of rice’. About 80 per cent of the people here make their living from agriculture. Under the leadership of chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, the state government has ensured the provision of food grains at affordable prices to all the people of the state including farmers, underprivileged and laborers. Due to this, ration is easily available to all the people at a low cost.
Bhagat said that through the Revised Public Distribution System, ration is being provided to more than 2.5 crore people through about 68 lakh ration cards. “Central government provides 5 to 7 kg of food grains per person, while the Chhattisgarh government is providing 10 kg rice per person. If there are three persons, we are providing additional rice of 7 kg per person. In the public manifesto, the government ensured that no one should sleep hungry in the state; everyone should get the right to food. Following which the state government has succeeded in providing food grains easily to the last person at the last end of the state”, he said.
The food minister listened to the problems of the migrant workers of Bilaspur connected through Facebook virtual medium and assured them of early resolution of the problems. He said that the Central Government has started the One Nation One Ration Card scheme. “I advocate for Universal Ration Card to ensure that migrant laborers are available anywhere, at any place in the quantity prescribed by the states. The state government has made arrangements to make ration cards of eligible beneficiaries whose ration cards have not been made, to apply for ration cards at the earliest. The state government under the leadership of chief minister Bhupesh Baghel is making qualitative efforts for the economic prosperity of the people. Soon after the formation of government, the agricultural loans of farmers were waived in just two hours. Input subsidy is being given through Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana. Irrigation tax was waived. This strengthened the farmers; the area under cultivation has also increased”, he said.
In the virtual program, Health Minister TS Singh Deo was also present.