Raipur: Success initiatives such as Godhan Nyay Yojana have made Chhattisgarh a model state for the country, in terms of Gau Seva Gau Sanrakshan (Cow service and protection), said chief minister Bhupesh Baghel in a programme organized at his residence office on Tuesday.
On the occasion, chief minister transferred
a total amount of Rs 5.24 crore to the bank accounts of cattle farmers, Gauthan
committees and self-help groups under the state government’s ambitious Godhan
Chief minister said on the occasion “I am glad that the seemingly simple scheme such as Godhan Nyay Yojana is yielding extraordinary results. This scheme is not just about procuring dung and selling manure. This scheme has greatly contributed towards the causes of women empowerment, enterprise development, increasing income of farmers, agriculture land reform, increased productivity, decreasing agricultural input cost, livestock development, prevention of open grazing, and enhancement of crop and milk production”.
On this occasion, chief minister paid Rs 1.72 crore to cattle rearers, cow dung vendors, Rs 2.4 crore to Gauthan committees and Rs 1.48 crore to self-help groups, thus transferring a total of Rs 5.24 crore to the bank accounts of beneficiaries.
Chief minister further said that so far 51.27 lakh quintals of cow dung has been procured in the state and Rs 102.54 crore has been paid against the same. Moreover, 6.11 lakh quintals of vermi compost and 1.66 lakh quintals of super compost produced from the dung procured have been already sold. He said that pastures are being developed in all the Gauthans for green fodder supply. So far, fodder plantation work has been completed in 4, 744 Gauthans over a total area of 10, 838 acres.
Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey said that the Gauthans are being constructed in the villages of the state at a rapid pace. He added that beside the production of vermi compost, other allied economic activities should also be encouraged in the gauthans being developed as Rural Industrial Parks.
Agriculture Production Commissioner Dr Kamalpreet Singh informed that the number of approved Gauthans in the state has now gone up to 10, 113. As many as 6, 170 gauthans have already been built and made operational. A total of Rs 57.43 crore has been distributed to the Self Help Groups and Gauthan Samitis as dividends and payments. Beneficiaries of this scheme include 45 per cent women and 79, 435 landless farmers, 48.10 percent of the Other Backward Classes, 40.58 percent of the Scheduled Tribes, 7.82 percent of the Scheduled Castes. This scheme has become a strong medium for economic empowerment of the weaker and the backward sections of the society.