Today, on the occasion of the martyrdom day of former Prime Minister Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel transferred an amount of Rs. 1500 crore as input subsidy to directly into the bank accounts of 22 lakh farmers in the state, for preparations of the upcoming Kharif season. The said amount has been released to the farmers as the first installment of the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyaya Yojana 2021. Under this scheme, a total of 5597 crore rupees will be given to the farmers of the state in four installments as input subsidies. In the program, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Dr. Charan Das Mahant, and all the members of the cabinet paid tribute to Ex-Prime Minister late Shri Rajiv Gandhi by paying floral tributes.
The program started with the state song. On the occasion, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel administered the oath of anti-terrorism day to the people present in the program. On this occasion, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel also transferred Rs 7.17 crore to 72,000 villagers, cattle rearers of the state as payment for the dung procured in Gauthans between March 15 and May 15, under Godhan Nyaya Yojana. Chief Minister launched the super compost fertilizer manufactured in gauthans for sale to the farmers. He also inaugurated the beautification work of the statue site at Rajiv Gandhi Chowk in Raipur. MLA from all the districts including MP Mr. PL Punia, District Panchayat President, and other public representatives also participated in this program virtually.
For this program that marked the transfer of funds under Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyaya Yojana and Godhan Nyaya Yojana, MP Mrs. Sonia Gandhi had sent a message for the people of Chhattisgarh, stating that the Chhattisgarh Government’s efforts for economic growth and betterment of farmers as well as common people, under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, is commendable. She said that Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana is an appreciable step towards the welfare of farmers. She congratulated Chief Minister and Cabinet Ministers for taking this step. MP Mrs. Sonia Gandhi said that late Rajiv Gandhi had always envisioned the empowerment of farmers, laborers, poor and backward people. Chhattisgarh Government has paid true tribute to Shri Rajiv Gandhi by providing support to the villagers and farmers on his martyrdom day.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that the input subsidy provided to the farmers under Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana has significantly improved the agriculture and farming status in the state. The government has expanded the scope of the scheme from Kharif season 2021, including various Kharif crops along with paddy. Chief Minister gave detailed information about the provisions of Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana 2021 and said that the certain amount to be paid to the landless laborers every year has been provisioned in the budget of 2021-22. Chief Minister spoke about the measures being taken by Chhattisgarh Government for COVID prevention, treatment, and vaccination, as well as for the support and relief of COVID affected people, during this second wave. Chief Minister mentioned the COVID vaccination status, free distribution of two months ration to people in need, free education for children in crisis due to COVID, and Mahtari Dulaar Yojana. Chief Minister said that other than waiving off the agricultural loans of farmers, State Government has distributed additional incentives worth Rs 11 thousand crores in the last two years. The program was also addressed by Assembly Speaker Dr. Charan Das Mahant and MP PL Puniya Agri Assembly Speaker Dr. Charan Das Mahant and MP Mr. PL Punia said that the Chhattisgarh government has fulfilled its pro-people policies with commitment even in the face of adverse situation. He appreciated the State Government’s works and initiatives for welfare under of common people, farmers, and villagers, under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel. At the outset of the program, the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources said in his welcome address that the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana is an important scheme for the farmers of Chhattisgarh state. He informed about the procurement of vermicompost in the state under Godhan Nyaya Yojana and also talked about the production of super compost manure and other livelihood activities conducted by women self-help groups. Mr. Choubey said that apart from the release of Rs 7.17 crore to the dung vendor farmers, a dividend amount of Rs 3.06 crore is being released to the Self Help Groups and Gauthan Committees. So far, Rs 95.31 crore has been provided to the cow dung vendors under Godhan Nyaya Yojana. On this occasion, Health Minister Mr. TS Singhdeo said that Chhattisgarh Government is taking realizing the vision of former Prime Minister late Shri Rajiv Gandhi, under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel.