Raipur: Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel reiterated his promise that farmers’ paddy will be procured at a price of Rs 2500 per quintal at a conference of Chhattisgarh Manwa Kurmi Kshatriya Samaj organised at village Bitkuli in Baloda-Bazar district on Sunday. ‘We will definitely keep the promise made to the farmers whether any one comes forward to cooperate with us or not’, he said. Baghel announced to elevate Suhela Sub-Tehsil to a status of Tehsil on the demand of farmers and villagers. He also announced the renaming of the Bitkuli high school after freedom fighter Pulas Chawre.
Baghel attended the 74th conference of Arjuni Raj under Chhattisgarh Manwa Kurmi Kshatriya Samaj in Bitkuli as the Chief Guest. The state president of Chhattisgarh Manwa Kurmi Kshatriya Samaj Dr Ramkumar Sirmaur presided over the programme. Chief Minister also released the eleventh issue of the matrimonial magazine ‘Parinay Pushp’ of Kurmi Samaj. Rajya Sabha MP Chhaya Verma, former MLA Janakaram Verma and Lakshmi Baghel, President of District Panchayat Raipur, Sharda Verma, District Panchayat Member Seema Verma, President of Arjuni Raj Kurmi Samaj, Bhuvaneshwar Verma and a large number of people and villagers People were present on the occasion.
Baghel paid tribute
Baghel paid tribute to the great persons belonging to Kurmi Kshatriya Samaj – Dr Khubchand Baghel, Swami Atmanand, Veer Shivaji, Vallabhbhai Patel and Hemnath Verma. Bitkuli Kurmi Samaj welcomed the Chief Minister by weighing him with laddus. Bhupesh Baghel also blessed two couples who at Adarsh Vivah during the conference. Marriageable young men and women came to the stage and introduced themselves. Chief Minister Baghel also honored the talented people on behalf of the Samaj. The Chief Minister said that to strengthen Chhattisgarh, the stigma like malnutrition has to be removed.
Special attention has to be paid towards food of mothers and children, he emphasised and said that his government launched the Mukhya Mantri Suposhan Abhiyan to completely eradicate malnutrition. He said that the rule of the real Chhattisgarh people has now come. The festival of common people – Hareli, Teeja, Govardhan Puja, Mata Karma is also being celebrated in the Chief Minister’s residence.
Baghel purchased explained
We have made the song ‘Arpa, Pari Ke Dhar …’ written by Dr Narendra Verma as official song of state, he said adding that it will now be sung in every government event. Baghel purchased explained the entire process of procuring paddy and making rice from it to the common people in simple language. The Chief Minister said that the Central Government used to get rice every year for the Central Pool, but this year no approval had been received. ‘Last year we procured paddy from farmers at Rs 2500 and we paid the amount to farmers’, he said adding that loans of farmers were also waived off.
Such steps benefited markets and trades, he said. The Central President of the Samaj Dr Ramkumar Verma, presented a welcome speech explaining the history of Manwa Kurmi Kshatriya Samaj. The talented people of the Samaj were also honoured. The vote of thanks was proposed by Bhuneshwar Varma, Chairman, Arjuni Raj. Administrative staff including Collector Karthikeya Goyal, SP Neetu Kamal were present.