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Gauthan will be developed as Rural Industrial Park: Baghel

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Gauthan as Rural Industrial Park

Chief Minister transfers an amount of Rs 4.94 crore to bank accounts of more than 1.54 lakh cattlemen as 14th installment under Godhan Nyaya Yojana

Amount of Rs 80.42 crores paid so far under Godhan Nyaya Yojana

Raipur, February 26

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Feb 25 transferred Rs 4 crore 94 lakh to the bank accounts of one lakh 54 thousand 423 cattlemen, as 14th installment of Godhan Nyaya Yojana. Adding this the amount of 14th installment, State Government has paid total Rs 80 crore 42 lakh rupees to cattle rearers under Godhan Nyaya Yojana.

Chief Minister transferred the 14th installment today after chairing the cabinet meeting. On the occasion,  Baghel said that through various activities like mushroom production, poultry farming, fisheries, goat rearing, rice mill, kodo-kutki and lac processing in Gothans under Godhan Nyaya Yojana, thousands of people have got employment. To connect more women and villagers with employment-oriented activities under Godhan Nyay Yojana, we would develop gauthans as Rural Industrial Parks, thereby realizing the vision of Suraaji Gaon, said Chief Minister Baghel.

Chief Minister said that nearly 6 lakh quintals of vermi compost has been produced by women self-help groups in Gauthans. Vermi compost production would be done on a larger scale in days to come. Soon, vermi compost production would reach 12 lakh quintals. Presently, vermi compost is being produced in 65 thousand vermi stitches in Gauthans. If 20 lakh quintals of vermi compost is produced in a year, then the business of vermi compost alone will be of Rs. 2 thousand crores. And if we include other economic activities conducted Gauthans, then the size of the trade in Gauthans would be even bigger. Mr. Baghel said that women self-help groups should be linked to minor forest produce processing activities in Gauthans. He said that proper steps should be taken actively to ensure sale of the products manufactured in Gauthans, including vermicompost. Departments have been directed coordinate and support the development of Gauthan.

On this occasion, Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey said that payment for the dung procured under Godhan Nyaya Yojana is being done fortnightly. For the sale of vermi compost prepared in Gauthan, an action plan has been chalked out in collaboration with other departments including the cooperatives. He said that multi-utility centers and CG Marts should be developed in Gauthans of all the districts, to facilitate sale of manufactured goods. Around 59 thousand 942 women members of nearly 8 thousand women self-help groups are conducting various economic activities in the gauthans. Minor forest produce processing will also be included under the economic activities in Gothans, right from Sarguja to Bastar.

Agriculture production commissioner Dr. M. Geeta said that women self-help groups have earned Rs 10 crores so far from various income-oriented activities being conducted in the gauthans, including Vermi compost production, mushroom production, community garden, fish farming, goat rearing, poultry, making of decoratives such as vases, diya etc using cow dung, incense sticks etc. They have earned around Rs one crore from vermi compost production alone. She informed that the number of self-supporting Gothans has increased from 226 to 251 in the state.

In the meeting, Home Minister Mr. Tamradhwaj Sahu, Health Minister Mr. T.S. Singhdev, Forest Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar, School Education Minister Dr. Premasai Singh Tekam, Revenue Minister Mr. Jaisingh Agrawal, Urban Administration and Development Minister Dr. Shivkumar Dahria, Public Health Engineering Minister Guru Rudrakumar, Food Minister Mr. Amarjit Bhagat, Industry Minister Mr. Kawasi Lakhma, Minister of Women and Child Development, Mrs. Anila Bhendia, Chief Secretary Mr. Amitabh Jain, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Subrat Sahu, Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Siddharth Komal Singh Pardeshi, Secretary of Urban Administration and Development Mrs. Alarmel Mangai D, Deputy Secretary to Chief Minister in Secretariat Ms. Soumya Chaurasia were also present.

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