About 450 city buses will be started in 70 big and small cities in Chhattisgarh soon. Twenty-one main cities and 49 link towns are included. Chief Secretary Mr. Vivek Dhand chaired the meeting on transport and it was attended by top officers of the department. The process of tender work for the purchase of buses is completed.
After deliberating upon the proposals of State Government, Central Government today sanctioned Rs 412 crore for Chhattisgarh under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). Union Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh sanctioned the amount after an hour-long meeting with Chhattisgarh Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ajay Chandrakar in New Delhi. Union Secretary for Panchayat and Rural Development along with Additional Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh Government's Panchayat and Rural Development Department M K Raut were present at the meeting.
State government will establish blood banks in thirteen districts of the state within a month. State Health Minister Amar Agrawal has directed the health department officials in a review meeting to make all the necessary arrangements in this regard. The minister informed that the blood banks will be started in Jashpur, Narainpur, Bijapur, Kondagaon, Sukma, Balrampur, Surajpur, Janjgir-Champa, Mungeli, Bemetara, Balod, Gariaband and Baloda Bazaar districts within a month. It may be mentioned that the state health department is presently running blood banks in sixteen districts.
Shri Premprakash Pandey, Technical and Manpower Development Minister, on Wednesday said that 10 Livelihood Colleges will be started soon at- Narainpur, Gariyaband, Dhamtari, Balodabazar, Mahasamund, Mungeli, Janjgir-Chapa, Balrampur, Surajpur, Koriya.
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Dr. Raman Singh on Tuesday had a meeting with Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram at New Delhi, where they discussed development and expansion of education and other facilities in tribal-populated areas. With a view to decrease school dropout rates in remote areas of Chhattisgarh, the Centre on Tuesday accorded sanction for construction of 13 hostels/ashrams of 500-seater capacity in tribal-dominated areas with no school facilities told Minister Oram in the meeting.
Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh has expressed grief on the incident of house collapse in village Atarmara of Chhura Tehsil in Gariaband district thatclaimed life of five persons of a family. Empathizing with the victim family, Chief Minister has approved total financial aid of Rs 7.5 lakh i.e. Rs 1.50 lakh for dependent of each deceased in the incident. This amount will be provided under Revenue Book Circular (RBC) 6-4.
"District Headquarters of all nine newly-formed districts will be adorned with well-equipped stadiums for the convenience and facility of sportspersons there" said Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh while addressing the general meeting of Chhattisgarh Olympic Association that was organized at conference hall of New Circuit House today, after the executive meeting of the association concluded.
Third phase of the state-wide Vikas Yatra-2013 kicked off with Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh's visit to village Mohandi of Dhamtari district and then District Headquarters Gariaband on Wednesday afternoon, despite the scorching heat and rising temperature. Massive public gatherings were organized at both the places, during which inauguration and 'bhumi-pujan' of development works worth a total of Rs 73.21 crores was done. On the occasion, power substation of capacity 132/33 KV constructed at estimated cost of Rs 18 crores in Mohandi was also inaugurated.
The five-day long third phase of State-wide 'Vikas Yatra' to be held under the leadership of Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh from May 22, will also be flooded with development works running into several hundred crores.