Raman meets tendupatta collectors in Raigarh
Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday visited Linjir village in Baramkela block of Raigarh district under the ongoing Lok Suraaj campaign.
On his arrival, the Chief Minister inspected the tendupatta collection work and thereafter attended a grievance redress camp held in Linjir.
He also visited the nearby tendupatta collection centre and interacted with the villagers, asking them about the quality of leaves and their wages etc.
Singh told the villagers that State Government has increased the wages from Rs1500 per standard sack to Rs1,800 per standard sack, from this year. Besides, they are also provided bonus. 80 per cent of the total income from tendupatta business will be distributed to the collectors as bonus.
He later addressed the large number of farmers from nearby villages and the people of village Linjir in the redressal camp.
On request of villagers, the Chief Minister announced that the High School in Linjir will be upgraded to the status of Higher Secondary School.
Singh also announced that boundary walls will be constructed around the local primary school and 20 majra-tola of the Baramkela block will be electrified by August 15 (Independence Day) this year.
The Chief Minister ordered the officials concerned to take prompt action for electrification of these villages.
In his address to the farmers, Chief Minister appealed farmers to not to do paddy farming in summer.
He said that farming of one kg paddy in summer requires nearly three litres of water. Farmers should rather focus on farming of other rabi crops.
Singh directed the District Collector to mark the problematic areas and stop the tubewell digging there, so as to maintain the groundwater table.
The Chief Minister was happy to know that four students of Baramkela block have secured position in 10th board exam this year.
Singh wished these students a bright future.
He also said 98 per cent institutional deliveries in Baramkela block is a big achievement, for which Singh congratulated the doctors and field staff of Health Department.
In the redressal camp, approved old-age pension to Gauri Sahu and Sukhad Sahar Pension to Sukhmati Mahant. In the camp, a 12-year-old disable girl Sonu Sai requested Dr Singh for issuance of disability certificate. On which, Chief Minister directed the officials to get her certificate issued by the evening in the camp.
The various social welfare schemes of the Chhattisgarh Government come to the rescue of marginalised sections of the society in many ways, officials informed.
Kanhai Sidar family of Gerwani Raigarh is a classic example of this. The family earns its livelihood from agriculture and Tendupatta leaves collection. The Life Insurance Scheme was given to the Tendupatta procurers came to the rescue of the impoverished family last year, they informed.
Kanhai Sidar is on a tour of Raipur as a part of 'Hamar Chhattisgarh' project.
He is a member of the Minor Forest Produce Co-Operative Samiti Gerwani.
Sidar’s family has total of seven members. His daughter-in-law had been seriously injured in a road accident in 2012.
He took heavy loans for her medical treatment. But in spite of best efforts his daughter-in-law could not be saved. There was heavy burden of loans upon the family.
The Government provides Life Insurance Scheme to the Tendupatta procurers. Sidar was a member of the co-operative committee. The insurance amount of Rs75,000 had been given to the family after some period. It helped in settling the loan amount. The family is free of the loan burden now.
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