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Raman Singh calls for ‘Healthy Chhattisgarh-Clean India’

Raipur: Emphasising that children’s health and education were top priorities of his government, Chief Minister Raman Singh said only healthy children could make a healthy Chhattisgarh.

Addressing the people of the state during his monthly radio talk show, “Raman Ke Goth”, the chief minister said his government had implemented the National Child Programme to ensure proper health of the children, who he said were the true future of the state. Giving a call for “Healthy Chhattisgarh-Clean India”, the chief minister said Chhattisgarh is among the top six states in the country to implement the National Cleanliness Scheme.

He said village panchayats achieving the target of ending open defecation would be honoured on October 31, the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, which is being observed as Shakti Divas.

Expressing concern over unemployment in the state, Singh said his government is in the process of implementing schemes that would provide the people an opportunity to earn their livelihood in his close proximity on their homes rather than migrating to other places. He however, did not elaborate about the schemes and the time frame for their implementation.

Responding to letters received from some listeners, the chief minister informed that his government has sent proposal to the union government for laying a railway line from Ambikapur to Baruadih in Jharkhand. While answering the query of Kamlesh Singh from Ambikapur, Singh mentioned about the development of road infrastructure in Surguja.

Talking about National Highway 78, he informed that 353 kilometres of this highway, between Katni to Gumla, would run through the state, benefitting the local population. He said Rs 105 crore have also been received for road work between Ambikapur to Jashpur.

Replying to another letter from Dinesh Verma from Charama, who expressed concern over the safety of archaeological heritage in Kanker district, Singh said his government was taking all steps to preserve it.

He said pre-historic rock paintings made by the cave dwellers that date more than ten thousand years back are present in deep and remote forests of Kanker and the Directorate of Archaeology of the state has been instructed for initiating necessary action to preserve them. He however said people too should have to contribute to it.

In his address, the chief minister also referred to schemes implemented by his government to tackle drought in 93 tehsils of the state. He said besides stopping revenue collected in the affected tehsils, farmer would be given diesel grant up to a maximum of Rs 4000 and Rs 22.68 crore had been approved for providing electric connections.

The chief minister reiterated that the government has cancelled Rajyotsav celebrations in view of the drought. He said instead of the elaborate celebrations, only an award function would be held.