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Workshops should be organized in every development block of the state to encourage crop diversification: CM Baghel

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Expedite the establishment of ethanol plant for production of ethanol from sugarcane and maize

Hot-cooked food to be provided to women and children in Anganbadi centers of all the districts

Officials directed to launch a drive to issue ration cards to the eligible beneficiaries in the state

400 Sub-Engineers to be recruited in Water Resources Department

Teacher eligibility test and Vyapam examinations should be conducted with 50 percent seating capacity, with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocol

No restriction on economic activities in the state

Action should be taken against overloading vehicles

Malnutrition rate in the state has declined to 31.3 percent, as a result of Mukhyamantri Suposhan Abhiyan

People of the state have saved nearly Rs 5 crore from Shri Dhanwantri Generic Medical Store scheme

In context of Government of India’s decision to procure only Arva rice from Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister has given instructions to encourage cultivation of Arwa varieties

Raipur, January 6

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel  has given instructions to organize block-level workshops for farmers, to encourage crop diversification. Chief Minister said that farming of more profitable crops should be encouraged as per the quality of the land in different districts. Besides, the field officers and employees of the Agriculture Department have been directed to contact the farmers and encourage them to take more profitable crops.

Chief Minister gave these instructions while reviewing the major schemes of state government in a meeting held at his residence office on Jan 5. Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey, Chief Secretary Mr. Amitabh Jain, Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Subrat Sahu, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and senior officers of various departments were present in the meeting.

In the review meeting held today, Chief Minister said that Government of India has decided to procure only Arva rice from Chhattisgarh. Therefore, the supply of Usna should be reduced and production of Arwa varieties should be encouraged. For this, farmers should be made aware of the demand and a meeting of hybrid paddy seed sellers should also be organized. He directed the officials concerned to expedite the work of setting up ethanol plant to commence the production of ethanol from sugarcane and maize. He also directed to launch a drive for issuing ration cards to the eligible beneficiaries in the state. Mr. Baghel said that teacher eligibility test and Vyapam examinations should be conducted with 50 percent seating capacity, while strictly adhering to the COVID-19 protocol.

 

“We need to be cautious not afraid of the third wave of COVID-19”, said Chief Minister. He clarified that there are no restrictions on economic activities in the state due to COVID-19. He urged the people to follow the COVID protocol. In the meeting, Mr. Baghel also directed to take action against overloading vehicles. It was informed in the meeting that the malnutrition rate in the state has declined by 6.4 percent to 31.3 percent, as a result of Mukhyamantri Suposhan Abhiyan. It is noteworthy that the rate of malnutrition in the state was 37.7 percent in year 2015-16. It was also informed in the meeting that people have saved nearly Rs. 5 crore because of Shri Dhanwantri Generic Medical Store scheme.

Regarding crop diversification, Chief Minister said that farmers should be encouraged to take Kodo, Kutki, Arhar, Mustard crops in Bastar, horticulture crops in Jashpur and other crops in the plains. Sugarcane production should be encouraged in Bemetara district, whereas farmers of Balrampur, Bastar, Janjgir, Mahasamund and Dhamtari districts should be encouraged to produce maize. He said that establishment of ethanol plants should be expedited to commence the production of ethanol from sugarcane and maize soon. This would help the maize and sugarcane producing farmers to get a fair price for their produce. He also asked the officials to ensure that the farmers get good price for the crops they take. Mr. Baghel has given instructions to commence the procurement of Kodo at support price in Gandai area of ​​Bemetara and Rajnandgaon. Mr. Baghel also directed to encourage the cultivation of tea and coffee in the state, considering the climatic and geographical conditions.

During the review of Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana, it was informed that farmers had registered for cultivation of aromatic paddy, sugarcane, tuar, fortified paddy, maize, kodo, urad, lentils, banana and soyabean in place of paddy. So far, Kawardha district has performed the best under the scheme. During the review of Chief Minister Plantation Promotion Scheme, it was informed that this year, Forest Department would distribute 1.25 crore saplings free of cost to the farmers under this scheme. Under this scheme, more than 5 lakh 30 thousand saplings have been planted on 2254 acres in 987 locations. He said that under this scheme, state government would provide input subsidy at the rate of Rs10000 per acre to the farmers, who do plantation for three years. More and more farmers should be encouraged to avail the benefit of this scheme.

During the review of Women and Child Development Department, Chief Minister said that it should be made mandatory to provide hot-cooked food to pregnant women, anemic women and lactating women and children in all the districts. It was informed in the meeting that as a result of Mukhyamantri Suposhan Yojana, the rate of malnutrition in the state has declined by 6.4 percent to 31.3 percent. In 2015-16, the rate of malnutrition was 37.7 percent. Under Mukhyamantri Haat Bazar Clinic Scheme, more than 14 lakh 86 thousand people have been provided free treatment in various Haat Bazars. A web portal has been created to monitor this scheme. During the review of Shri Dhanwantri Generic Medical Scheme, it was informed that under this scheme 105 shops have been opened in various urban bodies. Since the launch of this scheme, the citizens have saved about Rs 5 crore so far.

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