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16 October 2012

Madhya Pradesh bamboo cutter labourers get dividends for first time in country

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan set a precedent by distributing cent percent dividend of bamboo cutting to labourers at Malakhand in tribal-dominated Birsa development block on Sunday for the first time in the country. These labourers were given dividend worth Rs. 8 crore 57 lakh 59 thousand accruing from production and sale of bamboo weighing over 58 thousand notional tonnes.

Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan also handed bonus amounts to tendu patta collectors as a token. About 73 thousand 574 tendu patta collectors are being paid Rs. 7 crore 14 lakh 97 thousand. At the programme, benefits worth Rs. 90 crore 68 lakh 37 thousand were also distributed to 95 thousand 635 beneficiaries under various schemes. He said that the State Government has made efforts to improve tribals’ financial condition by announcing support prices of forest produce.

The Chief Minister said that forest land right documents are being given to eligible traditional forest dwellers and tribals. They are also being given benefits of the government schemes. Mr. Chouhan informed that directives have been given to include names of both the spouse in these documents. He said that the families living in shanties and do not have their own land will be given residential pattas. Campaign for distributing pattas will be launched soon.

The Chief Minister said that the State Government has urged the Union Government to allot more houses under the Indira Gandhi Kuteer Yojna in the state. If the Union Government does not increase quota under the scheme, then process of making houses available to poor families under the State Government’s schemes like Antyodaya Mukhyamantri Aawas Yojna, Mukhyamantri Aawas Yojna etc. will be started by the State Government.

Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan said that medicines will be made available free of cost in all the government hospitals from November this year. He said that Madhya Pradesh will be the first state to implement this scheme.

The Chief Minister said that the State Government has removed all the hurdles in school and higher education by chalking out several schemes. The State Government will also implement a scheme to extend bank guarantee on loans to youths desirous of setting up self-employment. Under the scheme, the State Government will pay interest on loans. He said that process is underway to formulate the scheme.

The Chief Minister said that the State Government has made large-scale arrangements for making agriculture a profitable occupation. Balaghat is known as a paddy-growing district. The State Government has increased bonus of Rs. 50 on procurement of paddy per quintal to Rs. 100.

The Chief Minister said that he respects people of Balaghat very much since gender ratio is equal in this district. People here love their daughters.

Announcements

Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan announced to sanction Rs. 18 crore 87 lakh Malajkhand’s water augmentation scheme. He also announced adequate funds to Baihar for drinking water. The Chief Minister announced construction of high-level bridges on Gowari Tola-Devatola Road and Khairlanji-Sarekha Road in Paraswara Vidhan Sabha constituency, posting of additional collector and additional SP at Baihar, sanction of Rs. 3 crore each for Malajkhand Nagar Palika and Baihar Nagar Panchayat and start of MSc classes in Baihar College and B Com classes in Malajkhand College. Referring to Balaghat-Baihar Road, he said that its tender has been passed.

One lakh filters to be distributed to tribals

Forest Minister Mr. Sartaj Singh informed that entire net profit from bamboo trade after deducting expenditure on bamboo cutting and depot expenses will be distributed to labourers. He informed that bonus to tendu patta collectors will be distributed in May-June next year and bonus amount will also be doubled. Mr. Singh said that the Forest Department will provide one lakh filters to tribals till December.

Gyan Singh gets Rs. 69,000 bamboo bonus

At the programme, no labourer got less than Rs. 5,000 bonus. Maximum bonus of Rs. 69,369 was provided to Gyan Singh of village Bodadlakha followed by Rs. 50,372 to Bhaiyalal of Sambhutola, Rs. 45,612 to Kunjilal of Bodadlakha, Rs. 42,611 to Prem Singh of Gowaritola Lanji and Rs. 48,511 to Phool Chand of village Kanrei.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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