Efforts made to simplify complicated cooperative society laws: CM

Central Chronicle News
Bhilai, Sep 20: The laws of the cooperative societies were so complicated that the general public faced a lot of trouble. Soon after coming into power, the state government instructed the officials to simplify these laws so that the common people shall understand them easily and take benefits from the cooperatives.
Along with this, the state government has also increased the number of paddy procurement centers so that the farmers do not face any inconvenience. Earlier there were 2000 paddy procurement centers, now their number has increased to 2300. Along with this, farmers earlier had to travel a long distance to reach the Tehsil offices.
Considering the situation, the state government created new tehsils and now through 222 tehsils, the facilities are now available at nearer places for the farmers, said Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel while addressing the Cooperative Convention here at Selud of Patan Block on Monday.
Chief Minister also discussed the subjects of paddy procurement and cooperative movement. He said that Chhattisgarh is the first state, which understood the importance of cooperatives, where the purchase of paddy was started through the societies. Great personalities of the state like Vasudev Chandrakar have contributed a lot in this direction.
Chief Minister added that not only did we waive off loans for the farmers, but also waived off the irrigation tax and the loans of self-help groups. The state government brought a scheme for landless farmers. Through Narva, Garwa, Ghurwa, Bari, the state government is working towards promoting rapid rural development. The idea of making electricity from cow dung is also being explored in the state.
Apart from this, the village street light, hauler mill etc, will be able to run with the electricity generated from cow dung. Baghel said that Gauthans are developing as self-reliant rural livelihood centers, due to which new employment opportunities are being generated for the local women.
On the occasion, Chief Minister also announced to grant Rs 96 lakhs for the construction of new co-operative bank branch building at the headquarters at Bemetara.
Cooperation Minister Premsai Singh Tekam said that great work is being done in the field of cooperatives in the state. The cooperative bank is providing the benefits of mobile banking etc, which has benefited the consumers a lot, along with this, many schemes have been started by the government to provide facilities to the farmers.
Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu said that in the field of cooperatives there is a slogan, “Bin Sahakar Nahi Uddhar”, through cooperative we can build a strong state. The direction given by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel for rural development through Gauthans is very significant. The women of the self help groups are getting better income by engaging in economic activities in these places.
Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey said that Durg district has been a model in the matter of cooperatives. In the cooperative movement itself, agriculture has been strengthened here, the government of Chhattisgarh has done a great job in the direction of strengthening the cooperative and great work is being done in this direction under the guidance of the Chief Minister.
MLA Arun Vora, MLA Kunwar Nishad, MLA Sangeeta Sinha also addressed the gathering. Chairman of Bank, Baijnath Chandrakar also addressed the gathering. He said that all facilities related to modern banking are being provided by the bank to its customers. This work has been done under the guidance of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.
On this occasion, Chairman, District Co-operative Bank Central Bank, Jawahar Verma informed about the activities of the bank. He informed that 62 branches and 392 procurement centers of the bank are engaged in procurement of paddy.
Along with mobile banking, the facility of micro ATM has also been provided by the bank. New branches have also been started on the demand of farmers. The bank is fulfilling every need of the farmers. Bank CEO Apeksha Vyas also spoke about the activities of the bank.
Bemetara MLA Ashish Chhabra, Nawagarh MLA Gurudayal Banjare, Former MLA Pradeep Choubey, Pratima Chandrakar, District Mandi Board President Ashwani Sahu were present on this occasion. Collector Dr Sarveshwar Narendra Bhure and SP Badri Narayan Meena were also present.
5000 representatives of 311 committees participated in this programme. Stalls related to government schemes were also set up by the Agriculture Department in the cooperative convention. In the programme, ATM made at a cost of 40 lakhs was inaugurated at Devarbija Bank branch.
Bhoomipujan of the Taroud compost godown built at a cost of 15 lakhs was also done by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. A cheque of Rs 20 lakh was presented to the dependents of the martyrs of Pahanda.
Chief Minister gave a cheque for the dividend amount received from the distribution of vermi compost to the women of Self-Help Groups – Naya Savera and Satya Kabir of Selud and Patora. He congratulated the women of self-help groups for giving right direction to Godhan Nyay Yojana.
Rekha Verma, wife of watchman Late Hari Shankar Verma, who lost her life for her duty at Nandori Paddy Centre, was given an assistance of Rs 1 lakh by the cooperative bank. For the year 2020-21, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel distributed citations to the chairmen and managers of the 19 committees for doing excellent work with zero percent shortfall in paddy procurement.
These centres include Sirsa, Kodia, Kohka, Soram, Pandar, Utai Bharar, Thengabhat, Deori (Dhamdha), Rahatdah, Barhapur, Kanharpur, Khilourakala, Godhi, Nandori of Durg District and Khaparwada, Gureda, Sibdi and Pendri of District Balod.

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