On the occasion of Chhattisgarh State Foundation Day, Rs 1500 crore was transferred into the bank accounts of farmers as the third installment of Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana, in the virtual presence of Member of Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi. In this Rajyotsav programme organized at Chief Minister’s Residence Office, Swami Atmanand English Medium School Scheme and Mobile Hospitals cum Laboratories were inaugurated in 30 urban slum areas of the state under Mukhyamantri Shahri Slum Swasthy Yojana, in the present of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Vidhan Sabha Speaker Dr Charandas Mahant, and Ministers.
Extending hearty greetings of State Foundation Day to people of Chhattisgarh, MP Rahul Gandhi said that farmers and labourers are the foundation of the country. Entire country is struggling in this time of pandemic, but the weaker section of the society is facing more difficulties and has become more vulnerable. He added that the condition of farmers in our country is not a secret anymore. News about farmers’ suicide is everywhere. We need to protect the rights and interest of our farmers and labourers, and stand by them through this difficult time. He said that foundation of city is the village, foundation of a village is the farmers-labourers. Hence to protect farmers and labourers of the country is to strengthen the foundation of the nation. The same way, children and youth are the future of the nation. Lack of better opportunities to youngsters will make our nation weak, said Rahul Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi praised the initiatives taken by Chhattisgarh Government for welfare of farmers, labourers and poor people. He said that schemes like Rajiv Gandhi Yojana, Swami Atmanand English Medium School Scheme and Chief Minister Urban Slum Health Scheme will strengthen the foundation of the country. Rahul Gandhi further said that Chhattisgarh become an example for the entire country.
Decisions taken by the Government to support farmers and protect their lands, promote industrial sector and make villagers-youth self-employed are exemplary. He said that under the leadership of Bhupesh Baghel, Cabinet and the entire team of supports are working with a vision. Chhattisgarh is emerging as a new model state for the country, because of the steps being taken in the state for protecting interest of tribal people, farmers, and better education facility for youth. He added that by starting English Medium Schools in the state, Chhattisgarh Government has made English medium education accessible for children and youth.
Speaking about the current situation of farmers in the country, MP Rahul Gandhi said that at present, farmers are struggling because their interests are being neglected. Talking about the three new agriculture laws introduced by Central Government, he said that krishi upaj mandi and minimum support price plays an important role in protecting the interest of farmers. He said that any system may have a few shortcomings, but that does not mean that it should be discarded completely, instead it should be improved and revised. He said that ever since mandi system was discarded in Bihar in year 2006, condition of farmers has only deteriorated. Pujab and Chhattisgarh are strongly opposing these changes. He said that Prime Minister should reconsider these three agriculture laws and requested reorganization of mandi system. I believe that Prime Minister will choose to reconsider on the subject, said Rahul Gandhi.
MP Rahul Gandhi said that Chhattisgarh is a unique state that is rich in water, forest and natural resources. Chhattisgarh is not a poor state. I am happy that under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, our government is working with determination to make people of the state as prosperous and abundant as Chhattisgarh is naturally.