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
Chief Minister 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.
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
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 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 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.
Chief Minister 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 for tribals
Forest Minister Sartaj Singh informed that entire net profit
from bamboo trade after deducting expenditure on bamboo cutting
and depot expenses will be distributed to labourers.
that bonus to tendu patta collectors will be distributed in
May-June next year and bonus amount will also be doubled.
Singh said that the Forest Department will provide one lakh
filters to tribals till December.
Rs. 69,000 bamboo bonus to
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