Bhopal: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that every poor firmly will be provided a residential plot of land and assistance to construct house. No poor person will be deprived of residential land. Poor people will not be evicted from occupied lands, but will be given pattas for the same land. The Chief Minister was addressing Antyodaya Mela at Karanja in Lanji tahasil of Balaghat district today. Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister Gaurishankar Bisen, MPs Vinay Sahastrabuddhe and Bodh Singh Bhagat, District BJP President Rekha Bisen, MLAs Hina Kanwre, KD Deshmukh and Devendra Nirmal, Nagar Palika President Anil Dhurve and large number of villagers were present on the occasion.

The Chief Minister declared 37 Gram Panchayats in Lanji development block as Digital Gram Panchayats and held discussions with their Sarpanchs through video-conferencing. After Bicchua in Chhindwara district, Lanji is the second development block in the state which has been declared as Digital Development Block. Linkage with digital services, panchayat works will be transparent and villagers will enjoy several services in the village itself. On the occasion, the Chief Minister dedicated and laid foundation stone of 29 construction works costing Rs 64 crore. He declared 27 Gram Panchayats in Balaghat district as open defecation free. Chouhan presented paddy planting machines on subsidy to 25 farmers. The machines will reduce dependency on labourers in paddy plantation.

Under Ujjwala Yojana, he gave free gas connections to 929 BPL women. Along with distributing forest land rights pattas, he also gave land ownership certificates to 900 persons and populated land certificates to 350 beneficiaries. The Chief Minister announced to develop Samrasta Udyan and construction of 500 metre long approach road to Baba Sabheb Devras Nyas. On appeal of public representatives, he also announced to examine proposal for construction of 3 bridges in Lanji area.

The Chief Minister said that the state government has taken resolve of House for All. Lives of people will be made enjoyable by providing them pucca houses in villages and cities. Chouhan said that state government holding Antyodaya Melas to provide all benefits to people at one single place. These fairs are being held with spirit of service to the poor. For public service, ‘Gramoday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan’ was conducted through which village development plans were chalked out. During Abhiyan, lists of beneficiaries of various schemes were read out at Gram Sabhas and names of left out eligible beneficiaries were included. The Chief Minister said that no poor person will be left alone to sleep hungry, the state government is providing rice, wheat and salt at Re one per kg to the poor. It has been ensured that a poor labourer gets 29 days’ ration spending just one day’s wages.