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Cooperative banks should be enabled to meet the needs and requirements of the farmers and villagers

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Food providing farmers should now be empowered into energy providers

Permission should be given to produce ethanol from food grains procured at Centre’s support price

Farmer-friendly policies of Chhattisgarh would create a way to provide remunerative price for their produce to the farmers

The biggest objective of the cooperative movement is to provide support price for the produce to the farmers

Chief Minister inaugurated the National Cooperative Conference and National Award Ceremony in the capital city Raipur

Institutions were awarded for their excellent work in the field of cooperatives

 Food providing  farmers should now  be empowered i nto energy

Raipur, Apr 26

In his address to National Cooperatives Conference and National Award Ceremony held in Raipur on Monday, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that there is a need to organize the cooperatives movement to strengthen it further. We have incorporated the better aspects of the cooperative sector policies from various states of the country and have removed the shortcomings. Today, there is also a need to enable the cooperative sector to meet the needs and requirements of the farmers and the villagers. And for this we need to make co-operative banks as strong as the nationalized banks. Besides, loan facility should be provided at these banks for horticulture and cash crop. He said that the biggest objective of the cooperative movement of the country should be to provide fair support price to the farmers for their produce. Consistent efforts should be made to ensure that the farmers get remunerative price for their produce.

Chief Minister said that our food providing farmers can be empowered into energy providers by promoting the production of ethanol from the surplus food grains. Hence, it is important that Central Government permits the production of ethanol from the paddy procured at support price. He said that today there is a need to enable cooperative banks to meet the needs and requirements of farmers and villagers. Many measures have been taken to strengthen the cooperative movement in Chhattisgarh. Various schemes and activities like paddy procurement on support price, Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, Godhan Nyay Yojana, procurement of minor forest produce on support price, sale of vermi compost prepared by women’s group in Gauthans have been linked with cooperative banks.

Chhattisgarh State Cooperative Bank (APEX Bank) and National Federation of State Cooperative Banks (NAFSCAB) had organized this conference at Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Auditorium, Raipur, which was presided over by the Cooperatives Minister of Chhattisgarh, Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam. Senior MLA Mr. Satyanarayan Sharma, Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Vikas Upadhyay, Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Vinod Verma, Former MP and Chairman of KRIBHCO Dr. Chandrapal Singh Yadav, President of National Federation of State Cooperative Banks (NAFSCAB) Mumbai Mr. Kondru Ravinder Rao, President NAFED and Delhi State Co-Operative Bank Dr. Vijender Singh, Bihar State Co-operative Marketing Union President Dr. Sunil Kumar Singh, Chhattisgarh Apex Bank President Mr. Baijnath Chandrakar, Presidents of District Co-operative Central Banks and many public representatives of the cooperative sector were present in the conference. At the conference, Chief Minister felicitated the cooperative societies across the country for their excellent work in different categories. On this occasion, he released a souvenir of Apex Bank Chhattisgarh Bank and ‘Kisan Kitab’ published by District Co-operative Central Bank Raipur.

While addressing the conference, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that Chhattisgarh has implemented many schemes in the interest of farmers including Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, because of which farmers are receiving good price for their produce. Farming has become a profitable occupation in Chhattisgarh. Mr. Baghel further said that the farmer friendly schemes of Chhattisgarh will pave the way to ensure that the farmers get remunerative price of their produce. Chief Minister said that the number of farmers registered in the cooperative sector in Chhattisgarh has increased from 15 lakh to 22 lakh. Similarly, the area under cultivation has increased from 22 lakh hectare to 30 lakh hectare. Chief Minister said that when Chhattisgarh government decided to procure paddy at Rs 2500 per quintal, the Centre had objected and directed us not to deposit rice with FCI. But that could not make us back down from our decision. We decided to pay the support price against the paddy procurement. Moreover, we are providing input subsidy to the farmers through Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana. The scope of the scheme has been expanded to cover all the Kharif crops, horticulture crops, plantation etc. Along with providing loans to farmers at zero percent interest rate, we have given farming status to production of lac and fisheries. Through various schemes, our government has done direct transactions of Rs.91 thousand crore through cooperative banks in the accounts of livestock farmers, farmers, laborers and forest dwellers.

Chief Minister said that due to mechanization in the field of agriculture and closure of cattle market, animal husbandry has become uneconomical for the farmers and livestock farmers today. Chhattisgarh Government addressed this problem through Godhan Nyay Yojana. Under this scheme, cow dung is being procured at Rs 2 a kg, women self help groups are utilizing the procured dung to make products like vermi compost, diyas, pots etc. Now, Chhattisgarh Government has also commenced the project of manufacturing natural paint and electricity from cow dung. So far 68 lakh quintals of cow dung has been purchased in Chhattisgarh under Godhan Nyay Yojana and Rs 136 crore has been paid to the dung vendors. Representatives from different states of the country are coming to Chhattisgarh to understand the specifics of Godhan Nyay Yojana. Jharkhand has implemented the system of Godhan Nyay Yojana in its budget, whereas states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh are also following the footsteps of Chhattisgarh.

Welcoming the representatives of cooperative sector from all over the country in the conference, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that the history of cooperative movement in Chhattisgarh goes way back. In Chhattisgarh, Thakur Pyare Lal Singh started the Weavers’ Co-Operative Movement in 1945 and the cooperative was started by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in the country. Senior MLA Mr. Satyanarayan Sharma, KRIBHCO President Dr. Chandrapal Singh Yadav, National Federation of State Cooperative Banks (NAFSCAB) Mumbai Chairman Mr. Kondru Ravinder Rao also addressed the program. The welcome address was delivered by Mr.  Baijnath Chandrakar, Chairman, Apex Bank Chhattisgarh.

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