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People's trust and confidence has empowered us to take major decision : Dr Raman Singh : Black money is the root of corruption, terrorism and inflation, said Chief Minister

Prime Minister has launched decisive battle against black money

Rs 53 thousand crore paid to farmers against paddy procurement in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, 11 December 2016

 In his monthly radio programme-'Raman Ke Goth' aired from Aakashwani today morning, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that it is the love, trust, support and guidance of public that has enabled me to take major decisions. He said- now when I look back upon past 13 years, I feel the schemes that have been implemented in Chhattisgarh are exemplary for entire nation. People of Chhattisgarh have given me the strength to take significant decisions and implement them. It was the broadcast of 16th episode of Akashwani's 'Raman Ke Goth' programme. This programme was broadcasted from all the Akashwani and Doordarshan centres in Chhattisgarh simultaneously. Certain private television channels also telecasted Raman Ke Goth. People in villages and cities of the state tuned their radios and listened to their Chief Minister with interest and enthusiasm.

Mentioning the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi's decision of creating a cashless society, Dr Singh said that he is a far-sighted Prime Minister with strong will power. Dr Raman Singh said- the root cause of major evils in society such as corruption, terrorism and inflation is black money. This is the reason why Prime Minister has launched decisive battle against black money. Dr Singh threw light on the various facilities of cashless transactions being provided by Chhattisgarh Government to people of state as an alternative to demonetization. He said that when we personally stop using cash and begin to use cards and internet for transactions, then the problem of carrying cash all the time will end, a cashless society will be formed and misuse of currency will also stop.

In his radio programme today, Dr Singh especially talked about those schemes of state government that have brought significant positive change in lives of poor, women, school students and common people. He gave information about major schemes and achievements of his government in last 13 years. Dr Singh also talked about the interest-free agriculture loan facility for farmers and the distribution of rice, salt and gram distribution to 58 lakh 80 thousand families under Mukhyamantri Khadyann Sahayta Yojana. He said that earlier farmers of the state used to get agriculture loan at 14% interest but today they avail agriculture loan facility at zero-interest. Interest free agriculture-loan scheme has been a major relief for farmers. As a result, distribution of agriculture loans have increased from Rs 150 crores to nearly Rs three thousand crore. Chief Minister said - Paddy procurement from farmers at support price is our third biggest scheme. In last 13 years, five crore 60 lakh metric tons of paddy has been procured and Rs 53 thousand crore has been paid to the farmers against procurement.

Dr Raman Singh said- when I talk about schemes close to my heart, I mention Mukhyamantri Bal Hriday Suraksha Yojana at first. This is my most favourite scheme, which has also been welcomed by people of state with open arms. He said- thousands of children have availed this scheme for heart operations and are now living healthy lives. They have smile on their faces. This smile will become the smiling future of Chhattisgarh. Dr Singh said toll-free number 102 based Mahatari Express and Dial-108 Sanjeevani Express Ambulance has benefited lakhs of families. Lives of many accident victims have been saved by these ambulance services. Chief Minister said- wage rates of tendupatta collecting forest-dweller families have been increased. In year 2003, tendupatta labourers used to get wage at the rate of Rs 350 per standard bag, which we have increased to Rs 1500. In last 13 years, we have distributed bonus of Rs 2600 crore on tendupatta collection. Dr Raman Singh informed that tamarind, chiraunji, mahua, lac and sal seeds are also been procured at support price and Rs 71 crore has been paid against procurement. Dr Singh also talked about free distribution of flip-flops to 13 lakh tendupatta collectors and distribution of free saris to women of their families.

Dr Singh said- commencement of Saraswati Cycle Yojana in state has resulted in significant increase in number of girls taking admission in high school from 65% to 93%. This scheme was commenced to provide free bicycles to girls of scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and BPL families. Interest Loan Subsidy Schemes has also been initiated to provide higher education loans of upto Rs 4 lakh to children of poor families at nominal interest rate of 1%. Under this scheme, students of naxal-affected area are provided education loans at zero-interest.

Chief Minister told listeners- free education facility is being provided for daughters interested in pursuing graduation. Tution fee for engineering and polytechnic courses has also been waived off for girl students. Nearly 67 thousand daughters have tied nuptial knot under Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivah Yojana. Dr Singh also mentioned about Mukhyamantri Teerthyatra Yojana, saying that nearly two lakh senior citizens have been taken on pilgrimage for free of cost under this scheme. Dr Singh informed about the prominent results of skill development scheme and achievements of Chhattisgarh in the field of higher education as well. He told that Livelihood Colleges have been opened in all 27 districts of the state for provided skill development facility to youth. Chhattisgarh had no national-level institute at the time of state formation. But today we have IIT, NIT, IIM, IIIT and National Law University. Number of medical colleges has reached 10. Number of engineering colleges in state has increased to 49. It is major step towards providing new opportunities to youth of Chhattisgarh. Dr Raman Singh underlined the major schemes of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. He told listeners that under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, 25 lakh women of Chhattisgarh have been provided free domest LPG connection, gas cylinder and oven at Rs 200 only, in short span of two years. Under Prime Minister Housing scheme, each of the poor family will be provided housing facility by year 2022. Nearlu Rs 8000 crore will be spent on this scheme. Under Saur Sujala Yojana, 51 poor families will be provided solar-irrigation pumps of 5-horsepower and 3-horsepower at heavily subsidized rates.