Raipur: Despite the challenges of the pandemic, there has been a major boom in the automobile sector of Chhattisgarh during Dhanteras and Deepawali, this year as well. During the festive period of Diwali this year, an increase of 17.17 per cent has been recorded in the registration of vehicles in the state, as compared to last year.
Sale of tractors, harvesters, commercial tractors used in the agricultural sector has also increased significantly. Besides, there has also been a significant increase in the purchase of personal use vehicles, motor cycles, and goods carrier vehicles.
According to the information received from the Transport Department, 13, 706 vehicles were purchased between November 2 and 6, i.e. during Diwali in 2021, whereas last year i.e. in year 2020 between November 12 and during Diwali, 11, 697 vehicles were purchased. There has been an increase of 17.17 per cent in the registration of vehicles purchased this year during Diwali, as compared to last year.
Visionary policies of chief minister Bhupesh Baghel have created opportunities of employment and income for farmers, laborers and people of all the sections of the society. Even during the pandemic and lockdown, economic activities were continuously conducted in the state, putting money in the pocket of common people. In last two years during Dhanteras-Dipawali, automobile sector has shown significant growth. Rapid decline in the COVID-infection rate this year has also resulted in major boom in the market. Paddy procurement process went on even during the COVID crisis. People got the opportunities of employment and income through Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, Suraaji Gaon Yojana, Godhan Nyay Yojana, hike in wages of Tendupatta collection, collection-procurement-value addition of minor forest produce, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment scheme.
In year 2021 during Diwali, 607 tractors (used for agricultural work) were purchased, while in year 2020, 242 tractors were purchased during Diwali. Similarly, in year 2021, 9 harvesters and 18 commercial tractors were sold, whereas last year only 01 harvester and 7 commercial tractors were sold. Similarly, in year 2021, 11, 313 motor cycles and scooters, 153 mopeds were purchased, while in year 2020 during Diwali, 9, 223 motor cycles and scooters, 31 moped vehicles were purchased. Similarly, in year 2021, 13 omnibuses, 11 maxi cabs, 10 motor cabs, 19 e-rickshaws, 5 e-rickshaws with card were purchased for personal use. Last year 7 Omni Bus, 1 Maxi Cab, 8 Motor Cab, 13 E-Rickshaw and 29 E-Rickshaw with Card was purchased. Besides, 1370 cars, 140 goods carrier vehicles, 23 excavators have been purchased this year.