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Raman distributes Rs 73.49 cr paddy bonus
Chief Minister Raman Singh on Wednesday distributed Rs 73.49 crore ‘paddy bonus’ to about 48,883 farmers as part of ‘Bonus Festival’ held at Gariaband district headquarters.
Singh also dedicated and laid foundation stones of 49 developmental works worth Rs 229 crore.
The Chief Minister said that State Government would stand by farmers during all calamities. Paddy bonus is being distributed in the entire State. The farmers of the drought-affected districts will be financially compensated soon.
Apart from this, farmers will be compensated under the provisions of Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme, he said.
Singh said that there is a total transformation of Gariaband district. All State Government offices had been opened here. New buildings had been constructed. The local citizens need not go to the State capital to get their works done. The decisions are being taken in the district itself.
Farmers toil hard to produce food grains on their farms and authorities have decided to pay the farmers back with Minimum Support Price (MSP) and bonus also. The bonus amount is being paid for the crops cultivated in 2016, he said.
Singh revealed that Chhattisgarh is the only State in the country which had been operating several schemes for the welfare of farmers. They are obtaining loans at ‘zero’ per cent rate of interest.
Earlier the rate of interest was around 15 per cent. The farmers are getting 7,500 units of free electricity. About 1,000 solar energy irrigation pumps had been distributed in Gariaband district alone which is in itself a record of sorts, he said.
The Chief Minister added that the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had carved out new State of Chhattisgarh and he created 11 new districts. There is rapid development of all the districts in a short span of time. Decentralisation of power is the key to development.
The Collectorate building here is far superior to even Raipur’s building. There is a lot of satisfaction on seeing the development of the district. About 1,000 women had been allocated free domestic gas connections under the Prime Minister ‘Ujjwala’ project, he said.
About 11 lakh homeless families will be provided with houses under the Prime Minister Housing Project. Five hundred girls today received free cycles under the Saraswati Cycle scheme. There is a marked improvement in attendance in schools from the earlier 55 per cent to 98 per cent at present. This is a big achievement, he said.
Singh said that all the houses in the State will be provided electricity by October 2018. LED bulbs will be supplied free of cost in the district also, Singh said.
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