Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh said that three L.E.D. bulbs will be distributed free of cost to the poor citizens who fall under the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category. It will save a lot of electricity for the poor. 'Chief Minister L.E.D. Lamp Distribution Scheme' had been launched. He urged the poor families to contact the Power Distribution Company to avail of the benefits. Dr. Raman Singh called upon the farmers to grow crops and horticulture as per the soil tests and environment.
During Lok Suraaj Abhiyan, Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh today distributed free laptops to nearly five thousand engineering students of Raipur district, in a programme organized at indoor stadium near Budha Talab.
In 95 out of 146 development blocks of state, free solar lamps have been distributed to nearly seven lakh beneficiaries last month. Under Chief Minister Solar Study Lamp Scheme, two lakh 48 thousand students have been provided solar lamps and under Chief Minister Mobile Solar Lamp Scheme, solar task lamps have been distributed to four lakh 42 thousand 241 families.
While agricultural activities go on in full swing in the wake of ongoing rainy season, increasing numbers of farmers are availing short-term agricultural loan facility at one per cent interest from the Primary Agricultural Produce Cooperative Societies of state. This loan facility at minimal interest rate initiated by State Government has emerged as a big relief for farmers of state while the existing nation-wide problem of inflation has increased the input cost of agriculture.
Reduction in interest rates of short-term agricultural loans have yielded promising results in rural areas of Chhattisgarh. With each passing year, there has been a steep rise in the number of farmers availing the short-term agricultural loan facility at nominal rate of 1 per cent in Primary Agricultural Credit Societies affiliated to District Cooperative Central Banks. Till July 6, agricultural loan distribution of nearly Rs 1257 crores was recorded. Within just two days, this figure escalated significantly reaching Rs 1316.47 crores on July 8, as per the records.
Higher Education Minister Ramvichaar Netam informed today that in the current financial year 2013-14, the students of scheduled caste and scheduled tribe category in all government colleges of state will be provided free of cost text books and stationery. For this, Rs 1.40 crores have been provisioned in the budget. In the last academic session also, provision of Rs 1.40 crores was made for distribution of textbooks to students of this category.
Home, Jail and Cooperation Minister Nankiram Kanwar distributed nearly Rs 1.25 crore to 2425 labourers of primary forest produce cooperative societies in the programmes organized at village Kudmura, Chachiya and Madanpur, for collection of tendu-leaves in year 2012. He also distributed free of cost flip-flop footwear to about 1595 labourers of various forest produce cooperative societies.
Artificial body-parts/medical devices have been distributed to over 4000 disable people of state under Kritrim Ang-Upkaran Pradaay Yojana in year 2012-13. In order to negate the effects of disability on their lives, State Government's Social Welfare Department distributes calipers, tricycles, wheelchair, crutches, hearing aid, stick and Braille-kit etc to the disable beneficiaries of state.
With a motive to bring 'health revolution' in the State a drive to distribute smart cards under the Chief Minister's Health Insurance Scheme commerce and Industries Minister Rajesh Munat distributed around 1500 smart cards in a programme organised here at Gudhiyaari.
Distribution of free-hold forms are underway in various colonies of Chhattisgarh Housing Board's Divisional Headquarters. In the same sequence, a free-hold form distribution camp was also held at Daundekhurd Colony, under Division-3 Maulshri Vihaar Raipur. In this camp organized on Monday, large number of beneficiaries received the free-hold forms. Meanwhile, the applicants were also informed about the benefits of 'free hold' policy.