Video Conferencing System that was initiated from three districts have now been expanded to all 27 districts of the state by State Government, under the competent leadership of Dr Raman Singh. Officials of Public Grievance Redressal Department told today at Mantralaya (Mahanadi Bhavan) that Chhattisgarh is the first and the only state of the country that has been using this modern information technology for past 10 years to establish direct contact with public and thereby redress their grievances.
Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh reiterated that development of tribal areas and farmers is among-st the top priorities of the state government. He made this assertion while chairing the first meeting of reconstituted Planning Commission at his residence. Dr. Singh noted that planning commission must evolve schemes keeping in view the ground realities of the area apart from practical difficulties. He also announced constituting of task forces under the subject experts who are part of Planning Commission.
The Chief Secretary Mr. Vivek Dhand today reviewed the schemes jointly operated by the European Union and the State Government. The Programme Steering Committee in its 15th meeting reviewed health,family wefare, school education and forest department schemes and their progress. Action plan was also prepared for the future programmes.
State Government's Investment Promotion Board organized a workshop today to deliberate over the format of new industrial policy for year 2014-19. The workshop was addressed by Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, Additional Chief Secretary Commerce and Industry Department N Baijendra Kumar and other senior officials of State Government. Representatives of various industries of public and private sector in state participated in the workshop.
State Government's Fishery Department provides financial aid to fishermen for purchasing boats and fishnets. This scheme was started in year 2007-08. Under this scheme, boats and fishnets worth Rs 7000 are distributed to fishermen. Officials of Fishery Department informed today that the department may issue entire amount of Rs 10,000 to fishermen for the sole purpose of purchasing fishnet only. Under this scheme, 250 fishermen were benefited in year 2011-12, 553 were benefited in year 2012-13 and 453 fishermen were benefited in year 2013-14.
In the state that leads in the field of paddy production, the hardworking farmers have become real heroes of agriculture, for now they have the facility of zero per cent interest on agricultural loans from this financial year 2014-15 as per the budget announcement of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh.
The nation-wide mood against corruption has also been acknowledged by the State Government which has vowed to initiate sustained campaign against the evil practice in its different departments Sources in the State Government informed that Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh himself has ordered that vigilance campaign be initiated in all department after which the Urban Administration and Development Department (UADD) has instituted helpline to enable people lodge complaints against officials demanding bribe to get work done.
Asserting that the newly-constituted districts have already started proving their worthiness, Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh said that in January 2012, nine new District were constituted with an objective to take the government and administration close to the people and they can be benefited from the government schemes. Another objective for creation of smaller districts was to tighten and strengthen the administration .
National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development Bank (NABARD) has sanctioned financial assistance of Rs 245.21 crore from Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) to the State Government. With this sanction, the cumulative financial commitment to the government during 2013-14 has gone up to Rs 570.41 crore. This additional fund would be utilised to develop 539.69 KMs rural roads in 26 districts in the State benefits 7.94 lakh people in 2064 villages. In addition to this, irrigation potential of 3910.16 hectares would be created in the State.