CM to release Rs 3.93 cr online to livestock farmers, SHGs and Gouthans today

Raipur, Dec 19: Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will release an amount of Rs 3 crore 93 lakh online to the cattle rearing villagers, women’s self help groups (SHGs) associated with Gouthans (cow-shelters) and Gauthan committees in the amount transfer program of Godhan Nyay Yojana at his residence office at 12 noon on December 20. The Chief Minister will also launch the Gouthan Map App on this occasion. Through this app, updated information about all the activities conducted in Gouthans like dung procurement payment, income oriented activities of women self-help groups associated with Gouthans, rates and sales will be available.
Under Godhan Nyay Yojana, cow dung is being purchased from villagers at the rate of Rs 2. This scheme was started in the state on 20 July 2020 from Hareli festival. From 20 July 2020 to 15 December 2021, 58.32 lakh quintals of cow dung has been purchased for which Rs 114 crore has been paid so far to the sellers of cow dung. Women Self-Help Groups are preparing Vermi Compost, Super Compost, Super Compost Plus and other products on a large scale from cow dung in Gauthans.
So far, 9 lakh 69 thousand quintals of vermi compost and more than 4 lakh 21 thousand quintals of super compost manure manufactured in Gouthans by women’s self help groups can be supplied through societies to various departments of the government and farmers at a concessional rate. Apart from manure from cow dung, women’s groups are earning profit by manufacturing and selling lamps, incense sticks, idols and other materials. Various income-oriented activities are being conducted by women groups in Gouthans. Such activities included vegetable and mushroom production, poultry, goat, fish farming and animal husbandry. Women’s groups have received an income of Rs 48 crore 20 lakh so far. As many as 9321 women self-help groups are directly associated with Gouthans in the state, with a member strength of about 67,272.
Joining Gouthans and Godhan Nyay Yojana has instilled a new confidence in women’s groups towards self-reliance. Electricity generation has been started in Gouthans with procurement of cow dung. An MoU has been signed between Kumarappa National Paper Institute, Jaipur, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Industries, Government of India’s Khadi and Village Industries Board and Chhattisgarh Gou Seva Aayog for making natural paint from cow dung. For the conservation and welfare of cow in the state, construction of Gouthans is being done at a rapid pace in the villages. There is better management of livestock care, treatment and free fodder and water in Gouthans.

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