Construction of 4000 kms of rural roads should be approved: Baghel

Raipur, Sep 15:
During the meeting with Secretary, Rural Development Ministry of Government of India, Nagendra Nath Sinha today, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel requested sanction of nearly 4000 kms of rural roads, considering the special geographical conditions of Chhattisgarh. He also requested for provision of more resources to Chhattisgarh for implementation of rural developments schemes. Sinha discussed in detail about the progress of rural development schemes in Chhattisgarh with Sinha.
While providing information about the geographical location of Chhattisgarh to Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, Chief Minister said that Chhattisgarh is a bigger state than Tamil Nadu and Bihar. The settlements/hamlets in Chhattisgarh are located far and wide. Therefore, about four thousand kms of road should be approved to connect the these settlements/hamlets. Chief Minister also demanded more funds for Chhattisgarh under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
Chief Minister further said that Chhattisgarh is yet to receive nearly Rs 4500 cr from Central Government, under various heads including GST. COVID crisis has led to significantly decline in revenue collection.
Under these circumstances, Chhattisgarh should be provided more resources for rural development schemes, said Chief Minister. During his meeting with Chief Minister, Sinha discussed in detail about various scheme including PMGSY, Prime Minister Rural Housing Scheme, NRLM, etc. On the occasion, Chief Minister’s Additional Chief Secretary Subrat Sahoo, Additional Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh Panchayat and Rural Development Department Renu G Pillai, Joint Secretary of Rural Development Ministry Government of India Ashish Goyal, Secretary Chhattisgarh Panchayat and Rural Development Department Prasanna R, CEO PMGSY Alok Katiyar were also present.

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