Dr Raman Singh: Carving out Balod helped speed up regional development

Arjunda village has important contribution in establishing identity of Chhattisgarh's folk culture

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that formation Balod district has led to tremendous development of this area. New Collectorate building has been built for convenience of common people, offices of various departments were started and the place also got its new District Hospital.

After formation of the district, many major development works have been accomplished in this area. Chief Minister was addressing the massing public gathering held today in village Arjunda (Gunderdehi block) of Balod district during his state-wide Vikas Yatra.

He said that Arjunda village has its own identity unique identity. This village has made important contribution in establishing the identity of Chhattisgarh’s folk culture. Dr Singh unveiled 74 construction works worth Rs 74.94 crore at the general assembly for people of Balod district.

This includes inauguration of 40 construction works worth Rs 25.57 crore and foundation laying of 34 construction works worth Rs 49.37 crore.

On the occasion, Chief Minister distributed goods and cheques of financial aid to one lakh 70 thousand 875 beneficiaries. He transferred paddy bonus amount of Rs 115 crore 27 lakh to bank accounts of 92 thousand 414 farmers of the district, with a click on the computer.

Dr Singh distributed ‘aabaadi patta’ to 70 thousand 389 poor families, sewing machines and bicycles to 2600 labourers, tools and security equipments to 3000 labourers, and LPG connection to two thousand women of poor families under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.

In his address to the general assembly, Chief Minister further said that soon each village of the state will have internet connectivity and labourers under MNREGA, women agriculture labourer, college students, farmers and villagers will soon have smart phones in their hands.

Chief Minister said that under Soochna Kranti Yojana, 55 lakh smart phones will be distributed in the entire state for free. Registration for the same has already started. The work of optical fiber laying in 3600-km at the cost of nearly Rs 3000 crore has already been started under Bharat Net project, for providing internet connectivity. Mobile towers are being installed in each and every village to provide better mobile connectivity. Dr Singh said that under Ayushman Bharat Yojana, 37 lakh families of the state will get medical treatment facility of upto Rs 5 lakh.

Chief Minister informed people about various schemes of the government and commendable performance of the state in implementation of various schemes of Central Government. He added that in last 15 years his government has received full support, cooperation and blessings of the public and in next five years, development of the state will further pace up. Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal also addressed the general assembly.

Works inaugurated by Chief Minister today include shootfall construction in Kharkhara spiel channel worth Rs 16.71 crore, ITI building and girls hostel of 50-seat capacity in Daundilohara worth Rs 1.94 crore, power substation worth Rs one crore 40 lakh in village Firtutola (Junnpani), additional room construction in Government College Arjunda worth Rs one crore 40 lakh, road construction from main road to Chikhli road worth Rs one crore 17 lakh, and solar handpumps worth Rs 62.55 lakh for safe drinking water supply in 14 districts.

At the general assembly held today, Dr Singh laid foundation of road from village Kuthrel-Bhatagaon-Auri-Parsahi worth nearly Rs 21 crore, bridge from Achholi to Sanjari road worth Rs 3.80 crore, bridge construction on Chaurel to Mohlai road worth Rs 2.46 crore, bridge construction on Bhilai to Tilkhairi road worth Rs 2.41 crore, bridge construction from main road to Mongri road worth Rs 2.32 crore.

On the occasion, MLA Mr. Rajendra Rai, 20-point programme implementation committee Vice-Chairman Mr. Khubchand Parakh, Ex-MLA Mr. Virendra Sahu, Mr. Pritam Sahu, Mr. Lal Mahendra Singh Tekam and Mrs Kumar Bai Sahu along with public representatives, senior officials and a large number of villagers were also present.

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