Demands for grants of Rs 10708 cr of Tamradhwaj’s departments passed by voice vote

Raipur, Mar 04: Chhattisgarh Assembly today passed by voice vote the demands for grants of Rs 10708 crore 91 lakh 94 thousand for financial year 2021-22 moved by Public Works, Home, Jail, Religious Trust and Endowment and Tourism Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu for his departments. Eleven MLAs took part in the discussion on the demands for grants. The demands for grants for various departments included Rs 5062 crore 75 lakh 5 thousand for public works department, Rs 5314 crore 52 lakh 14 thousand for home department, Rs 1095 crore 85 lakh 85 thousand for jail department, Rs 19 crore 73 lakh 50 thousand for religious trust and endowment department and Rs 116 crore 5 lakh 40 thousand for tourism department.
Minister Sahu said that directorate would be set up on state level and subordinate offices would be set up on division level for effective control over religious trusts in the state. This would facilitate availability of information on income, expenditures and maintenance of various trusts, committees and temples, he said. He said that provision of Rs 30 lakh had been made in the budget of next financial year 2021-22 for hike in honorarium of Sevadars, Rs 38 lakh 50 thousand for nutritional grants to temples, Rs 25 lakh for maintenance of Samadhis and temples and other allowances, Rs 9 crore for availability of public facilities in Rajim, Giroudpuri and Lalpur, Rs 1 crore 30 lakh for Sindhu Darshan-Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, Rs 5 crore for construction of dharmashala in temples and religious places, Rs 1 crore 50 lakh for renovation of government run temples, Rs 1 crore for establishment of Directorate and subordinate offices of Religious Endowment and Rs 1 crore for grants to other institutions.
According to Sahu Chhattisgarh has the prosperious tourist destinations with immense potential for wild tourism, water tourism and adventure tourism. A state is identified nationally and internationally mainly for its tourist destinations. So far 139 tourist spots have been earmarked in Chhattisgarh, he said. He said that tourism in Chhattisgarh is being promoted on national level and local people are getting employment with the development of several important tourist centers in the state such as Kurdar, Sarodhadadar, Kondagaon, Jashpur, Nathianwagaon and Satrenga. In an effort to give tourism the status of industry, a new tourism policy 2020 has been implemented, he said adding that home stay and bed and breakfast scheme is being chalked out, rules and instructions to issue licenses for water tourism activities and guidelines for Chhattisgarh State Agro Tourism are being framed to this end.
He informed that for the first time in Chhattisgarh, action is being taken in a planned manner to develop water tourism and provide new employment opportunities to the local residents. Under this, 9 reservoirs have been selected. These include Madamsili in Dhamtari district, Satarenga (Hasdeo Bango reservoir) in Korba district, Sanjay Gandhi reservoir (Khutaghat dam) in Ratanpur under Bilaspur district, Gangrela in Dhamtari district, Saroda dam in Kabirdham district, Samoda barrage and Kodar dam in Raipur district, Malania in Guorela district and Dudhawa in Kanker district. Sahu informed that there are five Central Jails, 12 District Jails and 16 Sub Jails in the state. He also said that 19 thousand 519 prisoners were confined as on February 1, 2021 against the capacity of 13 thousand 704 prisoners in jails. New jails are being constructed in an effort to enhance the prison housing capacity in jails, he said.

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