Extend benefits of PM-Kisan to tribals, forest-dwellers

Baghel requests PM

New Delhi, Jun 12 (PTI):
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to extend the benefit of Rs 6,000 annual grant under the Centre’s PM-Kisan scheme to tribals and forest-dwellers in his state.
In a letter, Baghel said over four lakh families in Chhattisgarh have been given land on lease under the Forest Rights Act 2006, who all use them for agriculture purpose. He said that these farmers live Below Poverty Line and they need all possible help and support from the government. Baghel pointed out that these leaseholders under the Forest Rights Act 2006 were excluded from the ‘PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojna’ (PM-Kisan), that was launched in February this year to help small and marginalised farmers.
He requested the prime minister to include these leaseholder farmers in the beneficiary list of the scheme. Baghel requested the PM that the amount given to beneficiaries under the PM scheme be doubled to Rs 12,000 per year from Rs 6,000. He asked Modi to direct the department concerned to ensure immediately that these beneficiaries receive benefits since the inception of the scheme, according to the letter written Tuesday.

Ch’garh to allot road building works to youths

Raipur: In a bid to provide employment to youths from naxal-hit areas, particularly in Bastar division, the Congress government in Chhattisgarh has decided to allot them road construction work contracts.
This decision was taken by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel in a review meeting of the Public Works Department (PWD) held at Mantralaya here Tuesday, an official said Wednesday. The priority of the government is to provide employment to youths, especially to those living in Maoist-affected areas, to dissuade them from joining naxal ranks, the official quoted the chief minister as saying.
“Hence, the contracts for all the construction projects should be awarded to local youths in the naxal-hit areas. Divide the proposed and ongoing road projects in small parts and assign them to youths or groups of youths for its construction. Besides, repair and patch works should also be given to them,” Baghel said.
All these projects should be monitored by engineers and other technical officers of the department, he said.
“The move will ensure self-employment for local youths and augment their income. They will also be linked to the mainstream through this,” the CM added. Baghel has also directed PWD officials concerned to prepare a proposal for amending the conditions prescribed for construction projects in the Naxal-affected areas, the official said.
The chief minister also insisted that the quality of construction works should not be compromised and the projects completed in a time-bound manner, he added.

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