Bhopal: While addressing the concluding function of ‘Gramoday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan’ from village Tara Sewaniya in Phanda block of Bhopal district, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that government respects farmers’ hard work. The government will now allow any loss to them. Therefore, onion will be purchased from farmers at Rs 6 per kg. Directives have been given regarding all arrangements for the purchase. In his guiding address at Gram Sabha’s meeting, the Chief Minister said that Farmers Welfare Fund will be instituted for timely assistance to farmers. He has directed collectors to ensure arrangements that agriculture schemes of villages are chalked out in villages itself and discussed at Gram Sabhas. Dream of prosperous state will not come true till farmers are happy, he added.

Describing ‘Gramoday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan’ as a unique campaign, the Chief Minister said that villages’ schemes will be chalked out in villages and government will implement them. He administered pledge to villagers to keep villages clean under Swachchh Bharat Mission, conserve water, send children to school daily, conserve energy and make village addiction-free.

The Chief Minister announced to develop sports ground and open higher secondary school at village Tara Sewania. Referring to progress of Gramoday Abhiyan, Chouhan thanked the persons who have got deleted their names from BPL list voluntarily. Chouhan said that the government has made arrangements for employment, clothing and housing of people. He said that under Gramoday Abhiyan, 1.44 lakh 44 eligible beneficiaries’ names have been included in BPL list. Over 1.67 lakh pension cases have been sanctioned and 4.66 lakh caste certificates have been distributed. He informed that over 16 lakh farmers have been covered under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. Besides, free health check-up of 16 lakh women has been done. Arrangements for free treatment have been made in case of serious diseases. Arrangements will also be made for treatment of childless women.

Chouhan said that the state government is committed to making agriculture profitable. Farmers are being given loans at zero per cent interest rate. Now, arrangement has been made for repayment of only Rs 90,000 by concerning farmer against loan of Rs one lakh. In view of crisis faced by farmers, relief of Rs 4,600 crore has been deposited in farmers’ bank accounts and Rs 4300 crore crop insurance compensation is also being paid soon.

He said that time has come now to change farming methods. Village’s agriculture scheme will be chalked out in village itself. Selection of crops will be done at Gram Sabha so that crops can be grown on the basis of area’s climatic zone, quality of soil and availability of water resources.

Stressing on water conservation, the Chief Minister said that every Gram Panchayat must have minimum one water source. A drive will be launched to give new life to rivers. He said that innovative initiatives have been taken in some district, which can be replicated in other districts. He said that at least one industrial unit should be set up in every Gram Panchayat. Referring to poultry farm being conducted by women’s self-help group at Kesla in Hoshangabad district, he said that every effort should be made to increase income in villages.

Underlining priority to provide housing facility to the poor, the Chief Minister said that a drive would be launched to give housing pattas of ownership to houseless person on the land where he is residing. Every year, 3 lakh houses will be constructed. No one will be without his own house by year 2022. List of needy persons will be finalised at Gram Sabha.

Urging to send children to school, Chouhan said that the government is providing free text-books, uniforms, scholarships and cycles to go to school. Therefore, people should not worry about expenses on children’s education. They should send children to schools regularly. Let them read and move ahead. There is not need to worry about expenses whether it is education in medical or engineering colleges or study abroad.

The state government has given facility of renting houses for study in city by students rent of which will be paid by the government. Fee of poor students in medical and engineering colleges will also be paid by the government. A scheme will be launched soon for education of talented poor students.