‘Suraji Gaon Yojana’ to boost rural economy, promote farming: CM

Raipur, Jun 06: Describing Suraji Gaon Yojana (Narwa, Garuwa, Ghurwa and Baadi) an effective medium of boosting rural economy, promoting farming and cattle breeding activities, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that this was not a new experiment; rather this system had traditionally existed in Chhattisgarh. It has to be made useful in the present scenario, he stressed while addressing Collectors’ Conference at Mantralaya (Mahanadi Bhavan) here on Thursday. Baghel discussed more than two dozen issues with senior officers at Collectors’ Conference.
Noting that cattle roaming around in open created difficulties in farming activities besides causing road accidents, he said that construction of Gouthans (cow shelters) and development of grazing ground would help solve such problems. Dirking water and sheds have now become available at the places where Gouthans have been constructed, he said, maintaining that cattle started coming to such places. Fodders are being arranged for cattle in these places with public participation, he added. According to Baghel construction of Gouthans is not just a religious work but is also an economic activity. Selection of land for Gouthan construction is an important task he said. He called for earmarking suitable and undisputed land for construction of Gouthans. He said that Suraji Gaon Yojana would bring about a major reform in rural economy. With its successful implementation it would become a model for other states, he said.
Adoption of commercial approach, cattle preservation, and production of compost fertiliser and management of grazing ground under this scheme would also help generate employment opportunities, which in turn would help increase per capita income of Chhattisgarh, he said. It was decided to reserve 20% of connection under Sour Sujala Yojana for Gouthans. The Chief Minister also called for speeding up the task of setting up bio gas plants so that cow dung in Gouthans can be utilised. He instructed for certification of compost fertiliser and making standard arrangement for its marketing. Chief Secretary Sunil Kujur said at Collectors’ Conference that 1866 places in the state had been earmarked for construction of Gouthans and work of setting up Gouthans had begun in 260 of these places.
The Chief Minister said that those residing in forest or forests land for three generations (75 years) and tribals and non tribals dwelling in forest land prior to 13-12-2005 were being provided forest rights letters under Forest Rights Certificate Act. He said that large number of applications that were rejected earlier was now being reviewed. He instructed to sort out individual applications as well as cases of community forest rights land pattas. He also instructed to take action of distributing land pattas to traditional dwellers in Abujhmad. The Chief Minister told Divisional Commissioners to conduct visit to Collectorates, offices of SDMs, Tehsil offices for monitoring the implementation of Public Service Guarantee Act. During review of drinking water scenario he said that all urban areas should be supplied water through taps by next year. There should be no water supply through tankers, he said. The Chief Minister also took note of the issue pertaining to flow of polluted water from cities into rivers. Urban Development Department Secretary said that sewerage treatment plants were being set up in five major cities including Raipur, Rajnandgaon and Bilaspur.
The meeting was also attended by additional chief secretary KDP Rao, Amitabh Jain, CM’s principal secretary Gourav Dwiwedi, principal chief forest conservator Rakesh Chaturvedi, Power Company chairman Shailendra Shukla, departmental secretaries, divisional commissioners, collectors, district panchayat CEOs and municipal commissioners.

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