Raipur, 11 September 2017
Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh said that the top priority of the State Government and Union Government is to address the problems faced by the distressed farmers. The State Government is determined to meet the demands of farmers in the entire State. Dr. Raman Singh said that the State Government will provide three-phase steps to alleviate the sufferings of farmers in drought-affected regions of the entire State. Drought relief as per revenue department, insurance amount as per the Prime Minister Crops’ Insurance Scheme and Bonus as per Minimum Support Price. ‘Bonus Tihar’ programme will be launched before Diwali to distribute Bonus to the farmers.
Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh was addressing the ‘Farmers Sammelan’ ‘ Farmers Mela’ at district headquarter town Rajnandgaon. Thousands of farmers felicitated Dr. Raman Singh for declaring Bonus worth Rs 2100 crore for the year 2016 Minimum Support Price. Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi considered the issue of Bonus to farmers in drought-hit districts sympathetically. Dr. Raman Singh dedicated the felicitations he received from the farmers to Mr. Narendra Modi. Chief Minister revealed that 69 lakh 59 thousand metric tonne paddy had been purchased from about thirteen lakh fifty thousand farmers on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) in the year 2016. Farmers will be paid Rs 300 bonus per quintal before Deewali.
Dr. Raman Singh said that farmers had reposed their faith in his leadership and elected him thrice as Chief Minister. He assured the farmers that he will stand by them. He thanked the farmers and youth for the enthusiasm at the today’s meeting. Farmers provide food on our plates and jawans protect the borders of our motherland. Chhattisgarh is top in the production of paddy, pulses, oil seeds and horticulture crops because of the hard-working farmers.
Chief Minister said that Rs 2374 crore bonus had been paid to the farmers in the year 2013-2014. The State Government had allotted a package of Rs 1800 crore for drought-relief in the year 2015. The electricity bills had been written-off. Financial assistance had been provided for the weddings of daughters of farmers in drought-affected regions. Dr. Raman Singh also visited the development exhibition at the Farmers’ Mela. He distributed Crops’ Insurance amount, Cheques for dairy development and Soil Health Cards to the farmers.
Agriculture Minister Mr. Brijmohan Agrawal presided over the Farmers’ Conference. Public Works Minister Mr. Rajesh Munat, MP Mr. Abhishek Singh, Municipal Corporation Mayor Mr. Madhusudhan Yadav, 20-Point programme Implementation Committee Vice-President Mr. Khoobchand Parekh, Chhattisgarh Urdu Academy Chairman Mr. Akram Qureshi, Dongarhgarh MLAs Mrs. Sarojini Banjare, Mr. Daleshwar Sahu, Mr. Girkar Jangel, Mr. Bholaram Sahu, Mrs. Tejkunwar Netam, Civil Supplies Corporation former Chairman Mr. Leelaram Bhojwani and several prominent citizens also attended the farmers’ meet.