Mumbai: The Government of Chhattisgarh will launch the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana on May 21, the death anniversary of the former Prime Minister.
“On the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, funds will be exchanged for farmers’ account of paddy, maize and sugarcane (rabi) crops will be transferred to the farmers’ account on the basis of the area registered and acquired in Kharif year 2019,” an official release said.
This scheme will directly help 20 lakh farmers and a provision of Rs 5,100 crore has been made in the budget.
Earlier, the state government led by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had waived a loan of Rs 8,800 crore for about 18 lakh farmers.
“Apart from this, steps like four-fold compensation on agricultural land acquisition, irrigation tax waiver have also been taken. Constant steps are being taken to ensure economic justice for the workers,” read the release.
“During the lockdown period, the Chhattisgarh government has generated massive employment under the Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Scheme and directly benefitted 23 lakh, villagers,” it said.
44 per cent area of Chhattisgarh is covered by forests and 31 per cent of the population belongs to tribal communities.
“Forest produce is the major source of income for lakhs of families in the state. To increase the income of tribals, the government has ensured the medium market free market system and purchase of forest products at the right price. Tendu leaf collection rate increased to Rs 4000 per standard bag. Apart from this, the number of forests produce purchased on support price has been increased from 7 to 25 now,” the release said.
Forest lockdown was produced on a large scale in the forest areas of the state. Chhattisgarh accounts for 98 per cent of the total forest produce across India.
“In the current season, the target is to collect 16.71 lakh standard sacks of Tendupatta, out of which about 12.53 lakh collectors will be benefited, paying them Rs 649 crore directly as remuneration,” the release said.
The state government is giving an additional incentive of Rs 13 per kg for the fixed support price of Mahua flower at Rs 17 per kg.
Similarly, in addition to the support price in the purchase of Kusumi Lakh, Ragini Lakh and Kullu Gum, additional incentives are being given by the state government.