Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mr Gaurishankar Agrawal was today given a warm welcome at the Swami Vivekananda Airport on his return from a successful foreign tour. It may be recalled that Mr Agrawal left Raipur on October 4 and attended the 60th Commonwealth Members of Parliament meet in Cameroon from October 6 to October 9.
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh today said that there was 30 % increase in production of food grains and 69% increase in oil seeds in the last 11 years. He was reviewing the functioning of the Agriculture Department at Mantralaya. The pulse production had increased by 10%. He stressed upon the need for public-private partnership in the Government agricultural farms. Chhattisgarh Agriculture Minister Mr Brijmohan Agrawal and other top officers of the department were present.
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Dr Raman Singh has extended warm and hearty wishes to public on the occasions of Dhanteras, Deepawali, Govardhan Pooja and Bhaidooj. In the congratulatory message released today, Dr Singh mentioned about National Cleanliness Campaign stating that the true joy of festivities is found in clean surroundings. On the occasion of festivals, we should pledge to keep our home, neighborhood, ward, village and city clean. Dr Raman Singh has appealed people to use oil-lamps made of clay for decoration purpose on Deepawali.
'Navratna' (Nine Gems) of Chhattisgarh will play active role and contribute in creating public awareness towards the ongoing Clean India Campaign. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has nominated nine prominent citizens of state from art-culture, social service,industrial and other sectors, as the 'nine gems of state' for ensuring their significant contribution in the campaign. This includes four Padma Shree adorned persons as well.
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that the National Cleanliness Campaign hailed by Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi would realize the dream of Mahatma Gandhi. It is the campaign of people. We cannot envision a healthy and developed Chhattisgarh unless we realize the goal of 'Clean Chhattisgarh'. This Campaign unites people for the cause of developing healthy nation. Chief Minister expressed these thoughts today while addressing the citizens nominated as 'nine gems', at the meeting of Mission Clean India and National Cleanliness Campaign, organized at Mantralaya.
The Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand released the booklet of IAS Association of Chhattisgarh under banner 'Views and News'. The material published in the booklet is both in Hindi and English language. The Chief Secretary extended greetings to the office bearers of the Association for publication of this booklet. The President of Association N Baijendra Kumar said that under feeling for social obligation, the Association would provide guidance to the youths of the state preparing for IAS exam. For this a work-plan has been prepared.
The Minister for Commercial Tax Amar Agrawal held state-level review of department's work with the officers here on Friday He took stock of district-wise collection of commercial tax in the first half-year of current fiscal year 2014-15. The officers informed him that a total of 4,233.41 crore worth of revenue has been generated from commercial tax from five revenue districts in the state during this period. This amount is Rs 498 crore higher compared to that of last year. In the first six months of last FY 2013-14, the state earned revenue of Rs 3,735 crore from April to September 2013.
The Chief Secretary of State Vivek Dhand conducted review of various measures taken for safety and security of women and children in the state. Convening a meeting with senior officers in the state, Dhand said that all the concerned departments should take concrete measures to check women, girl trafficking and illegal efforts to take children from state to neighboring states and their exploitation.
PESA (Panchayat Extension and Scheduled Area) Act in Chhattisgarh is an effective medium to march ahead in the direction of ensuring good governance in state. Panchayat Raj would live up to its true objectives only when the people of scheduled areas become economically, socially and politically uplifted. Public Representatives and Social Welfare Organization should support and cooperate in implementation of PESA, said Panchayat and Rural Development Minister while addressing the daylong workshop today at new circuit house, civil lines Raipur.
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has strictly instructed all the Patwaris to begin the survey of crop damage due to cyclone 'Hudhud' on October 18 morning and complete it within 48 hours, so that the loss incurred by farmers can be evaluated and compensated aid at the earliest. Chief Minister has taken serious note of the complaints received from various districts about the delay caused in survey. On instructions of Dr.