‘Nava Ch’garh’ is being built with participation and cooperation of public: CM

Raipur, Sep 12: In the 21st episode of ‘Lokvaani’- the monthly radio programme of Chief Minister- aired today, Bhupesh Baghel greeted people of the state with ‘Jai Johar’ and spoke on the topic of ‘Paving New Path of District-level Development with Special Strategy’. Under this new strategy, problems are identified based on the local conditions and circumstances, solutions are found and implemented to bring relief to the public. In the same sequence, District Administrations are being empowered and sensitized to work as per the sentiments, expectations and demands of the localites. In this way, each person in the state is being empowered and their participation in the development of the state is being ensured to achieve the vision of ‘Nava Chhattisgarh’.
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that this time, Lokvaani is being aired on the auspicious occasion of many holy festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Nava Khai and Vishwakarma Jayanti. He requested people to take proper precautions while celebrating these festivals and to take forward the great legacy of social unity, harmony and peace through these celebrations.
Chief Minister Baghel said that considering the importance of administrative units in the districts, we have constituted five new districts in a short span. We have also given open permission to conduct district-level public welfare schemes, programmes and campaigns, so as to accommodate the vision, expectations and demands of localites in the development strategy. Administrations are being sensitized and informed about the problems of common people and they have been given the ‘free-hand’ to work as per the local needs to ensure inclusive development.
Chhattisgarh Millet Mission for Kodo-Kutki and Ragi Crops
Chief Minister Baghel further said that State Government has been taking several innovative steps in Chhattisgarh to save the people of the state from inconveniences due to global pandemic and to continue to expand the facilities for them. He further told that State Government has taken the ‘Chhattisgarh Millet Mission’ initiative to provide better value and facilities to the farmers for producing minor cereal crops. Under this mission, an extensive action plan has been made for enhancing the production and processing of such crops. Millet crops have good nutrition value but are often not given the due importance, because of which millet producing farmers don’t get the fair price of their produce. Keeping this view, State Government has taken the necessary initiative. Millet processing units have already been set up and made operational in Dantewada, Sukma, Kanker districts under Bastar Division in the state, but soon a large number of such units will be established across the state. During the expansion of Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana, State Government decided to provide exchange grant of Rs 10000 per acre to the farmers who cultivate Kodo-Kutki-Ragi instead of paddy. This grant would be additional to the income they earn by selling the produce.
Baghel said- “I had announced in Vidhan Sabha that Kodo-Kutki and Ragi crops grown in tribal region will be procured at support price. I am happy to inform that we have set the support price for Kodo-Kutki at Rs 3000 per quintal and for Ragi at Rs 3377 per quintal. Arrangements for procurement of these produces through minor forest produce association have also been made. Innovation in the field of education is being lauded at national and int’nl-level
Chief Minister Baghel said that the global pandemic of COVID-19 has adversely affected the economy not only in our country but across the world. Under these circumstances, it was a challenge to continue the learning process of children. Chhattisgarh Government came up with ‘Padhai Tunhar Dwar’ programme for children, launched a portal named cgschool.in for online education, and even started ‘mohalla classes’ programme for areas where internet is not available. Teachers in our state also took innovative steps to teach their students, which helped the children to continue to learn and study. These efforts have been lauded at national and international-level. Chief Minister requested teachers to continue to do the innovations, like they did during the COVID-period, to make the learning process more interesting and practical. A major innovation in the sequence is the upgrading of government schools to boost the confidence of the students. 171 schools have been upgraded under Swami Atmanand English Medium School Scheme during the COVID period. This innovation will bring major transformation in the government schools of the state and change the lives of children from weak financial background. Chief Minister Baghel said that our main objective is to empower the people, to ensure their participation in development and to achieve the vision of ‘Nava Chhattisgarh’.

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