Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel along with Shri Sachin Rao inspected the Gauthan built in Paragaon under the Garuva component of the Suraji Gaon Yojana, being run to strengthen the rural economy of Chhattisgarh, as per the dreams of Gandhiji. He took stock of the economic activities being carried out in the Rural Industrial Parks set up by self-help groups in Gauthans.
During the inspection at Gauthan in Paragaon, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel and Mr. Rao inquired about the poultry farming, goat rearing, vegetable production, pasture development, soap and phenyl manufacturing, making of earthen decoration items and diyas being done by the women’s groups. The Chief Minister encouraged women’s groups. While discussing with Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, the women of Paragaon Gauthan Samiti told that 5 self-help groups are working here, in which 3 groups are doing the work of bari development, one group poultry rearing and one group is engaged in goat rearing.
Mithila Nishad, a member of Jai Maa Ganga group, told that 3 acres of land has been provided to her group by the government for the development program, in which pumpkin, ladyfinger, gourd and other
vegetables have been planted by the members of the group. She told that at the cost of 35 thousand, she has got a profit of about 75 thousand rupees. Along with the development of the bari, green fodder Napier grass is also being produced by the members of the group on 2 acres of land. After the use of green fodder in Gauthan, the women of the group earned a profit of about 56 thousand rupees by selling it to other groups. On this occasion Agriculture Minister Shri Ravindra Choubey, Forest Minister Shri Mohammad Akbar, Urban Administration Minister Shri Shiv Dahriya, other public representatives, Special Secretary Dr. Bharathidasan, Collector Raipur Mr. Saurabh Kumar and Chief Executive Officer of Zila Panchayat Mr. Mayank Chaturvedi and many senior administrative officers were present.
During the inspection, the women of Durga Self Help Group showed pots and other artefacts made of cow dung powder to the Chief Minister. The women of the group told that an order has been received to make 10 thousand diyas for Diwali festival.
The women members told that about 500 diyas are made by a member in a day, the price of which has been fixed at Rs 2.5 per piece. The women of the group said that women are becoming financially self-sufficient due to the employment-oriented schemes being run by the government. The Chief Minister apprised Mr. Rao about the process of making vermi compost and told that the dung is purchased by the members of the group at the rate of Rs. 2 per kg from the cattle rearers, from which the vermi compost is prepared in 50 to 60 days, which is made available to the farmers by the group at the rate of Rs 10 per kg.