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Dream of Atmanirbhar Madhya Pradesh to be realized through cooperatives- CM Shri Chouhan

Muykhya Mantri Kisan Kalyan Yojana will be launched
Cooperative institutions will be computerized up to PACS level
Picture of state as well as the fate of public has to be changed
Rs 800 crore released to banks and committees for interest-free loans to farmers
“Sabko Saakh-Sabka Vikas” programme starts on PM Shri Modi’s birthday under Gharib Kalyan Saptah, broadcast across the state

भोपाल : मंगलवार, सितम्बर 22, 2020, 20:47 IST

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh government will leave no stone unturned to fulfill Prime Minister Shri Modi’s resolve of doubling the income of farmers by 2022. Mukhya Mantri Kisan Kalyan Yojana will be started in the state. The objective of this scheme is to give additional financial assistance of Rs four thousand to the eligible beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi. About 80 lakh farmers will benefit under the scheme. At present, small farmers who are unable to avail the benefits of other schemes, are given an annual financial assistance of Rs six thousand under the scheme. But from now on, the beneficiary farmer will get an annual assistance of Rs. 10 thousand. For the overall development of farmers, farmer friendly schemes will be integrated and implemented in the form of a package. Computerization work in the Cooperative department will be done extensively. The state government will provide funds for this arrangement to 4500 primary cooperative societies. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was addressing the programme “Sabko Saakh-Sabka Vikas”, organized at Minto Hall Bhopal, under the Gharib Kalyan Saptah beginning from Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s birthday. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan deposited an amount of Rs 800 crore in the accounts of Cooperative banks and societies, along with the disbursement of loans and credit cards to farmers, cattle rearers and fish farmers. On this occasion, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan also provided Kisan Credit Cards to 63 thousand beneficiaries for crop loans.

PM Shri Modi is the biggest well wisher of farmers

Describing the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance 2020, Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance 2020 as well as the Essential Commodities Act Ordinance 2020 passed in the Parliament, as in the broad interest of farmers, CM Shri Chouhan welcomed and thanked Prime Minister Shri Modi for it. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that some people have started misleading by spreading that these new provisions are anti-farmer. Mandis will not be closed due to the new law, nor would it affect the minimum support price. Prime Minister Shri Modi has always been working as a great well-wisher of farmers. He wants a big change in the economic condition of the farmers. E-trading and farmers have been provided with options to sell their crops anywhere. All these measures will provide more seucrity to the farmers.

Former government harmed the farmers and cooperative sector

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that the former government cheated the farmers by promising to waive off their loans and instead of giving them real benefits, deprived them of insurance premium amount and relief amount. Our government paid the past year’s dues of Rs 2200 crore. As a result, Rs 1986 crore was given to 8.5 lakh farmers of the state. Not only this, the former government discarded the loan policy at zero percent interest. They did not even pay nearly Rs 470 crore of Bhavantar amount of soyabean to the farmers. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that the former government caused losses to the cooperative institutions. About Rs 1500 crore was not repaid to the Cooperative banks. Big promises were made to the farmers. They started talking about Rs 50 thousand crore, which came down to Rs 6 thousand crore. The cut-off date in the scheme was 31st March 2018, due to which the farmers, who took loans during the remaining nine months of 2018 were deprived of the benefits. Applications in three colours were taken and discarded in offices. False certificates were distributed. Our government will work to remove all these anomalies.

Will not let Cooperative movement end, will take support of Cooperative sector in Atmanirbhar Madhya Pradesh

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that the basic essence of Indian culture is - all should be happy. The same applies to cooperatives also. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has resolved to build an Atmanirbhar Bharat. Under this, the Atmainirbhar Madhya Pradesh will be built by those associated with cooperatives. We also have to change the picture of Madhya Pradesh and the fate of the people. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that the cooperative movement in the state will be given a colossal form. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that our government will not let the cooperative movement die. The amount which is being given to the cooperative institutions from the government treasury today, will be utilized in providing short-term loans to farmers. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that along with farmers, livestock farmers and fish farmers will also be eligible to get loans at zero percent interest. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that Covid-19 has also damaged the economy to a great extent, but we will not let the farmer get into trouble. A number of schemes have been implemented simultaneously for the welfare of farmers. Farmers will not be compelled to pay Pathani interest. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that PACS will be given financial support for agricultural infrastructure. On this occasion, he said that full support will be extended for milk plant and milk powder manufacturing plant of Rewa, Sagar, Indore, Jabalpur. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan also interacted with the farmers, livestock farmers and fish farmers, beneficiaries of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi.

Welcoming the Chief Minister Shri Chouhan, Cooperatives Minister Shri Arvind Bhadoria said that 15 lakh 8 thousand people have been linked with this virtual programme, being broadcast live at 43 thousand places. A credit limit of Rs 335 crore was approved by distributing Kisan Credit Cards to a total of 63 thousand farmers. Along with this, a loan of Rs 122 crore was given to 35 thousand 532 farmers by cooperative societies. Through Kisan Credit Cards, the life of farmers, livestock farmers and fish farmers is changing. Shri Bhadoria lauded the Cooperatives Department and all the committees and institutions associated with it for the remarkable work done by the cooperative societies towards procurement of Rabi crop during the Corona period. He urged to make a computerized arrangement to make the cooperative system more transparent.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was presented a cheque of Rs one crore by the State Cooperative Bank for the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and Rs 13 lakh 53 thousand 651 by the officers and employees of the Cooperative Department in the programme. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan also provided benefits to five beneficiaries of Bhopal district, present at the programme. A film based on the theme “Sahukari Nahi Sahakari Se Nata Jodo” was also screened during the programme, that started with the Madhya Pradesh Gaan.

MLA Smt. Krishna Gaur, Agriculture Production Commissioner Shri K.K. Singh were present at the programme, which was conducted by Principal Secretary Cooperatives Shri Umakant Umrao. A large number of people connected with the event via webcast, Facebook and YouTube. The programme was aired on all major regional channels including Doordarshan.

Ashok Manwani / Sandeep Kapoor
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