Governor Anusuiya Uikey hailed the ruling Congress government in Chhattisgarh for proper use of resources available in the state as the Tenth Session (Budget Session) of the Fifth Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly commenced on Monday.
Addressing the members of the House, Governor appealed them to uphold the culture and tradition of Chhattisgarh while working for the development and growth of the people. The Governor credited the state government for better use of resources which remained the key reason behind state winning nearly a dozen awards of the central government.
The Governor also praised the state government for a decline in crime and naxalism in the state and focusing on the sensitization of police towards general public along with taking several welfare decisions in the interest of security personnel.
Response allowance, hike in rates of breakfast and meal, Spandan and Sanvedana campaigns (for addressing grievances of police personnel and their families), hike in ex gratia amount from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 20 lakh given to the next of the martyred personnel and many other schemes for police welfare have resulted in a comprehensive impact, she added.
She said she’s glad that all are working as a team to realise the dream of ‘Garhbo Nava Chhattisgarh’. She said the previous year was filled with many challenges, such as the food and livelihood of daily-living families, the continuous nutritious diet to families fighting malnutrition, the safe return and rehabilitation of migrant laborers, the prevention of corona infection and the treatment of infected people, arrangements to maintain public morale, to maintain the natural pace of economic activities, etc. She said her government has stood up on all these fronts and the state could achieve new achievements in many areas even during the Corona period.
The Governor said her government has worked cautiously and efficiently for getting the state out of this crisis period, which made possible smooth distribution of food grains, sugar, salt, kerosene, jaggery in Bastar division, fortified rice distribution security in Kondagaon district, to more than 67 lakh ration card holder families. Free rice and gram as per eligibility were distributed for 8 months to 57 lakh Antyodaya, priority, Annapurna, single destitute and disabled card holders. Migrant workers and others returned home safely. For the needy in every village, 2 quintals rice were made available in over 11,000 panchayats.
Asserting that the development has got new momentum through sustainable utilization of resources, the Governor said her government has set a new example towards commitment of using state resources in the right direction by issuing a new guideline for the use of DMF. Due to which the contribution received from royalty of major and minor minerals, has ensured malnutrition eradication, health, education, agriculture, employment and beneficial activities. She said in addition to Bastar and Surguja divisions, the newly formed Gorela-Pendra-Marwahi district will also get the benefit of special relaxation of 3 years in the age limit for the recruitment of locals in the Fifth Schedule districts.
The Governor said under the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, the state government has distributed in the first year, an amount of Rs 4500 crore has been deposited in the farmers’ account in three installments, while the remaining installment of about Rs 1200 crore will also be paid in this financial year. This year a new record has been made where Rs 4755 crore was disbursed as interest-free short-term agricultural loan. The state government has scripted a record by procuring over 92 lakh MT paddy from 20,53,483 farmers at minimum support price (during the Kharif crop season 2020-21), she said.
While the sugarcane-based ethanol plant is being set up, on the other hand, her government’s innovative thinking towards setting up a paddy-based ethanol plant has also received support and acceptance from the centre, said the Governor. She said the state government wants that despite the bumper yield of paddy, the value of paddy should be maintained, so paddy should be used in other profitable ventures. Food parks and forest produce processing centers are being set up in each development block to have value addition to different crops in different regions of the state.
After her address was tabled in the House, the Thanksgiving Proposal on Governor’s Address was introduced by Bilaspur Legislator Shailesh Pandey and was seconded by Channi Chandu Sahu. Thereafter the Speaker allocated February 25 and 26, for holding discussions on the Thanksgiving Proposal on Governor’s Address.