In his address to Tendupatta Bonus Tihaar organized in village Dohna of Balrampur-Ramanujganj district today, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that under Soochna Kranti Yojana (SKY), nearly 55 lakh people of state will be provided smart phones free of cost. These smart phones will have information regarding all schemes of State Government and also the application forms for various welfare schemes, which the beneficiaries will be able to download and apply for the scheme from their phones. Chief Minister said that under this scheme, people of remote areas such as Balrampur, tendupatta collectors, labourers, poor families along with youth, women and senior citizens will be benefitted. Chief Minister said that nearly 2 thousand towers will be installed across the state for better connectivity. Chief Minister has requested Panch-Sarpanch and all public representatives to associate as many people as possible to this scheme and other public welfare schemes of State Government.
In the Tendupatta Bonus Tihaar held, Dr Singh distributed nearly Rs 23 crore 85 lakh as bonus to more than one lakh 20 thousand tendupatta collectors of Balrampur-Ramanujganj and Sarguja district. On the occasion, he inaugurated, did bhumipujan and foundation laying of 38 construction works worth nearly Rs 151 crore 28 lakh. He also announced that Industrial Training Institute (ITI) of Shankargarh will be nambed after Ex-member of Lok Sabha Mr. Larangsai. Responding to demand of the people, Dr Singh announced that Kasturba Residential School will be opened in Shankargarh. On the occasion, Home Minister Mr. Ramsevak Paikra, Forest Minister Mr. Mahesh Gagda, Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Mr. Bhaiyalal Rajwade, Member of Lok Sabha Mr. Kamalbhan Singh were present as special guests. Chief Minister said that in year 2003, wages for tendupatta collection was only Rs 450 per standard sack. State Government has continually increased the wage rates. For next season, Rs 2500 per standard sack has been decided to be the final wage rate. Chief Minister said that State Government is conducting various schemes for tendupatta collectors. Nearly 14 lakh tendupatta collectors have been provided free of cost footwear, and women of their families were provided sarees. Tendupatta collectors are being provided the benefits of group insurance scheme and their children are availing scholarships for engineering, medical and nursing courses. Chief Minister informed that under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, more than 55 thousand women of poor families in Balrampur district have been provided domestic gas connections. Next year, 64 thousand women will be benefitted under the scheme. Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, 16 thousand 500 houses have been sanctioned. Chief Minister said that Balrampur-Ramanujganj district has now taken its shape. In near future, this district will become the leading district of Chhattisgarh. Chief Minister said that Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has glorified the name of the country. Because of his decisions, states are getting more funds for development works. On the occasion, a number of public representatives, tendupatta collectors and a large number of villagers were present.