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Updated December 26th, 2023 at 14:15 IST

Chhattisgarh transfers pending paddy bonus of Rs 3,716 crore to over 12 lakh farmers

The Chief Minister emphasised the increased confidence of Chhattisgarh farmers in the BJP government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Chhattisgarh Transfers Pending Paddy Bonus of Rs 3,716 Crore to Over 12 Lakh Farmers
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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai digitally transferred a pending bonus of Rs 3,716 crore to more than 12 lakh farmers who sold their paddy in 2014-15 and 2015-16 through cooperative societies under the minimum support price. The event, held in Bendri village of Raipur district, coincided with Good Governance Day, observed nationwide on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The bonus, amounting to Rs 300 per quintal, had not been disbursed to paddy farmers during the Kharif marketing seasons of 2014-15 and 2015-16 under the previous Raman Singh-led BJP government. The current BJP government, led by Chief Minister Sai, fulfilled its promise made during the 2023 Assembly polls to pay this bonus on December 25.

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Addressing the function, Chief Minister Sai expressed his government's commitment to fulfill every "Modi guarantee" (referring to the BJP's pre-poll promise) in the next five years.

The Chief Minister emphasised the increased confidence of Chhattisgarh farmers in the BJP government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He announced other welfare measures, including the provision of 18 lakh houses to the poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna and Rs 1000 per month to married women under Mahtari Vandan Yojna. The government also pledged to fulfill promises such as annual assistance of Rs 10,000 to landless laborers, transparent recruitment to one lakh government vacant posts, free treatment up to Rs 10 lakh under Ayushman Card, procurement of paddy at Rs 3100 per quintal, and tendu leaf collection at Rs 5500 per standard sack.

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The government has issued an order to procure 21 quintals of paddy per acre from farmers, and if necessary, the schedule of the procurement drive, set to end on January 31, may be extended, Chief Minister Sai announced. Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Sharma, party MLAs, and other leaders were present at the occasion.

(With PTI inputs.)

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Published December 25th, 2023 at 19:39 IST

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