Raipur: Noni Security Scheme became a support for the daughters of poor families
RAIPUR:MMNN:4 May 2023
Noni Suraksha Yojana is becoming a big support for daughters born in poor families. Due to this, the concern about the future of the daughters of the family has been removed. Under the scheme, one lakh rupees are provided to the daughters of poor families on completion of 18 years and 12th pass. For this, an agreement has been signed between the Life Insurance Corporation and the Women and Child Development Department. Under the Noni Suraksha Yojana, 5 thousand rupees i.e. a total of 25 thousand rupees are deposited per year for 05 years in the Life Insurance Corporation of India in the name of the registered girl child of poor families by the state government. So far in the Life Insurance Corporation of India, a total of 122. An amount of 64 crores has been appropriated in the corpus fund. So far 84 thousand 594 girls have been registered under Noni Suraksha Yojana. According to the data of the census year 2001, the child sex ratio in Chhattisgarh was 975 per thousand, which decreased to 969 per thousand in the census year 2011. In this way, "Noni Suraksha Yojana" was implemented from April 01, 2014 to increase the positive thinking in the society towards the decreasing child sex ratio in the state and girls. The main objective of the scheme is to improve the educational and health status of girls in the state, to lay the foundation stone for a better future for girls. Stopping female feticide and bringing positive thinking in the society towards the birth of girl child and prevention of child marriage. A maximum of two girls born after April 01, 2014, of a family living below the poverty line and native of Chhattisgarh state, get benefits under the scheme. With the introduction of the scheme, the worry about the future of daughters has been removed from poor families in urban areas as well as families settled in remote tribal areas. To take advantage of the scheme, the District Program Officer, District Women and Child Development Officer and Child Development Project Officer at the block level can be contacted at the district level.

Employment fair 2023 organized at BIT Durg Till 5 pm, 2200 youths had been registered, 1354 people were selected for the interview .
RAIPUR:MMNN:4 May 2023
As per the wish of the Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, the district administration is constantly trying to provide employment to the youth of the district. In this series, Srijan Rojgar Mela 2023 was organized at BIT Durg today under the direction of Collector Mr. Pushpendra Kumar Meena. In coordination with District Administration, District Employment Office and Skill Development Authority, a total of 11 employers from different sectors were invited for this event, out of which 10 employers participated in this event. The applications were invited by the employers for around 2500 posts. District Employment Officer Mr. Raj Kurre said that in the previous events most of the youth had shown interest in local appointments, in this event we have ensured local appointments for 1700 out of 2500 posts. 2200 registered in the employment fair, 1354 candidates managed to access the interview. Till 5 pm 6 candidates received offer letters from recruiters and 254 candidates were shortlisted for final screening. A student selected for the final screening told that he was very scared when he came to know about the job fair. The organizing process was very smooth which eased their apprehension. Another student Ojaswi said that after registration all the candidates were screened by the employability team, the candidates were matched to the employers according to their educational qualification and interests. Separate counters were also made here for all kinds of assistance, it was very convenient. Turkey's international company also participated in this event, This Airport Service Company invited applications for around 500 posts. A representative of the company informed that they are getting eligible candidates for all the invited posts. Very good management has been done by the administration, with everything being organized, we are able to do the recruitment process easily. Special contribution was made by the district administration, the officers and employees of Employment Exchange Durg, Skill Development Authority and BIT management in this event.

Jashpurnagar: 970 Pahadi Korva children of special backward tribe are studying in ashram and hostel
Jashpurnagar:MMNN:3 May 2023
In Jashpur district, special efforts are being made by the district administration to connect the children of special backward tribes Pahadi and Birhor communities of remote areas with the mainstream of education. Ashram-hostel facility is also being provided for the children, so that the children of Garden, Sanna and Path area can stay in the hostel and get good education. According to the information received from the Tribal Department, the children of 970 special backward tribes of the district, Pahadi Korwa and Birhor families, are studying in the ashram. Children are also studying in Swami Atmanand Excellent English and Hindi Medium School of Chhattisgarh Government. Today, Pahadi Korwa children are taking advantage of government jobs after getting good education. Free food, book-copy, scholarship to Korva children by the district administration, Uniform and sports facilities are also being provided. Archery Eklavya Sports Academy Center has been opened in the district to advance in the field of sports. So that the children can make their identity at the national and international level by taking training from high level coaches. Special backward tribe Pahadi Korwa children have also been given admission in Sankalp Shikshan Sansthan run by the district administration. And the children are also preparing for medical and engineering by staying there.

Jashpurnagar: The district administration got bore mining done in the fields of 09 farmers for irrigation
Jashpurnagar:MMNN:3 May 2023
About 45 nearby farmers are getting direct benefits from the bore given to increase the yield of the farmers considering the climate, weather and soil Farmers expressed happiness while thanking the district administration that the training is going on. Jashpur farmers are coming forward to cultivate spices, turmeric, strawberries.

The district administration has got tube well mining done in the fields of 09 farmers for irrigation of fruit plants in the mixed orchard planted under MNREGA in Jashpur district. 45 nearby farmers will get direct benefit from this. Farmers are moving towards economic progress by planting good fruit plants, vegetables and other crops in joint cropping in the fields. With the efforts of Collector Dr. Ravi Mittal, the farmers of Jashpur are also being encouraged to take other crops. Farmers are being asked to plant tea, coffee, spice crops, stobrey, turmeric. He said that the climate of the district, Keeping in view the weather and soil, training is also being imparted to the farmers to increase their yield and farmers are being sent to other states for training so that the farmers can learn the nuances of farming from there and plant a good crop. Bore mining work has been done by the district administration in the field of Mr. Jagdish Yadav, farmer of village Katangkhar and Mr. Gulshan Kumar Sai, farmer of village Jumaikela, of Kansabel development block. Thanking the district administration, the farmers said that the administration has provided them with suitable means for irrigation. Due to which all the farmers are very happy. In this way, a total of 9 boreholes have been mined for irrigation of the orchard, along with benefiting 45 farmers, self-employment is being provided to the farmers and employment of other laborers under MNREGA. They have been provided with suitable means for irrigation. Due to which all the farmers are very happy. In this way, a total of 9 boreholes have been mined for irrigation of the orchard, along with benefiting 45 farmers, self-employment is being provided to the farmers and employment of other laborers under MNREGA. They have been provided with suitable means for irrigation. Due to which all the farmers are very happy. In this way, a total of 9 boreholes have been mined for irrigation of the orchard, along with benefiting 45 farmers, self-employment is being provided to the farmers and employment of other laborers under MNREGA.

Bijapur: Poor woman's dream of a pucca house came true
Bijapur:MMNN:28 April 2023
This story is about a woman whose husband is a daily wage earner who is the husband of Mrs. Anusuiya, a beneficiary of Bhairamgarh Nagar Panchayat-Ishwar Netam Ward no. 04 is going to reside. By the way, there is husband and two sons in the family. Whatever income was earned from the husband's daily salary, he used to end up in maintaining the family and meeting the daily needs. Now in such a situation even the imagination of a new house seemed like a waking dream. She was living in a small kutcha house, in which earlier she had to face water seepage from the roof and other problems during the rainy season. Then in Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, the information about the new house under "Mor Zameen Mor Makan" in the BLC component was received by the officials of Nagar Panchayat Bhairamgarh and the team of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. After which the proposal was sent to the government after getting their form filled.

After the approval of the house, due to bad economic condition, it was unable to construct it for several months. After which the officials of Nagar Panchayat Bhairamgarh were inspired to start the construction of the house. After which he completed his house slowly. Those who had never wished for a pucca house of their own even in their dreams. Now he lives proudly and happily in his pucca residence and is thanking the officers and employees of the Nagar Panchayat and the government.

Raipur: Education is such a medium, which brings change in life: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
RAIPUR:MMNN:21 April 2023
The Chief Minister has given the post of assistant teacher to 142 youths of special backward tribe 'Pahadi Korwa' and 'Birhor' tribe of Jashpur district. Appointment letter Chief Minister had announced to provide jobs to the youth of Special Backward Tribes in the meet-meet program organized in Bagicha Program organized through virtual medium So far 708 youths of Special Backward Tribes have been given jobs in the state Raipur

Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel virtually distributed appointment letters for the post of assistant teachers to 142 youths of Special Backward Tribe 'Pahari Korwa' and 'Birhor' tribe of Jashpur district in a program organized at his residence office here today. It is worth mentioning that Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, during the meeting in Bagicha, had announced to get the youths of special backward tribes appointed on direct recruitment posts. Following which appointment letters were distributed to 142 youth today. It is worth mentioning that even before this, appointments have been given to the candidates of hill Korva tribe in various government departments of Jashpur district on 57 posts according to their eligibility. So far, 708 youths belonging to special backward tribes have been given government jobs in the state. Tribal Development Minister Dr. Prem Sai Singh Tekam, Industries Minister Mr. Kawasi Lakhma and Director of Tribal Development Department Mrs. Shammi Abidi were also present on this occasion at Chief Minister's residence. Parliamentary Secretary Shri U.D. Minj and MLA Shri Vinay Bhagat joined the program through virtual medium from the venue. Addressing these youth through video conference, the Chief Minister said that education is the only medium that brings change in life. Education only paves the way forward. Mr. Baghel said that you people studied under adverse circumstances. May the blessings of your parents also be with you. You have become a teacher, teach the children with your heart so that the children have a good future. The Chief Minister said that several schemes have been made by the state government for the upliftment and development of special backward tribes. Publicize them as much as possible in your society so that more and more people from special backward tribes can take advantage of them. He congratulated the youth and wished them a bright future. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that the tribal society is traditionally a backward society in the race for development. In this society some communities have been left far behind. We know these communities as Special Backward Tribals. Multidimensional efforts are being made by the state government for the upliftment of the special backward tribes of the state. Educated youth of these communities are being given direct appointment in government services according to their eligibility. The Chief Minister said that to ensure the rights of water-forest-land for the upliftment of tribals, we have implemented the best rules of PESA law. The purchase and processing of 65 types of forest produce at the support price is providing employment and good means of income to the forest dwellers. Arrangements have been made for their purchase by fixing the support price of Kodo-Kutki-Ragi. Input subsidy is also being given for these crops under the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana. Chief Minister It is said that these youths have done their studies in very difficult circumstances. Getting appointed as assistant teacher will increase the enthusiasm for studies in these communities. Tribal Development Minister Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam while addressing the program said that the state government is running several schemes for the upliftment and development of the tribal community. He asked the youth to educate the coming generation as a teacher and motivate children to study. Parliamentary Secretary Shri U.D. Minj and MLA Shri Vinay Bhagat while addressing the program said that in order to connect the people of Pahadi Korva and Birhor community with the mainstream, the state government has provided appointment letters to 142 youths of these tribes. He thanked the Chief Minister for this. Commissioner of Tribal Welfare Department, Smt. Shammi Abidi said that maximum 199 youths belonging to special backward tribes have been given government jobs in Jashpur district. Similarly, jobs have been given to 95 youths of these tribes in Balrampur district and 80 in Kabirdham district. Collector Jashpur Dr. Ravi Mittal said that 124 passed Higher Secondary Certificate examination among the youth belonging to special backward tribes who were given jobs today. 11 graduate passed and 06 postgraduate passed Pahadi Korva are included. Appointment has also been given to 01 candidate of Birhor community. Who has passed Higher Secondary Certificate Examination. The youth expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister on getting the appointment. The youth of Jashpur district, a special backward tribe, Pahadi Korwa and Birhor community, are very happy to get government jobs. He expressed gratitude while expressing happiness on receiving the online appointment letter from Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel. The Chief Minister also had a cordial discussion with these youths and extended his greetings and best wishes for their happy life. Sushri Asima Bai, who was appointed as an assistant teacher in village Kurhatipna of development block Bagicha, told the Chief Minister that her father worked as a laborer and got her education up to graduation. He was selected as a guest teacher in 2019-20, due to which there was some improvement in the economic condition of his family and today he is in government service. On getting the appointment, now she will be able to cooperate in the upliftment of her family and society. She said that she will make the society and the state proud by passing the UPSC exam in future. Mr. Brajkishore Ram of village Kalia of Bagicha development block, who was appointed as assistant teacher, told Chief Minister Mr. Baghel that his parents got him educated till graduation by working as agricultural laborers. He was earlier appointed as a guest teacher through the Mineral Trust Fund. Mr. Vijay Kumar, a resident of Navrangpur village of Bagicha development block and appointed as Assistant Grade 3, said that he could not complete his engineering studies due to financial constraints. His parents completed his graduation by working as agricultural laborers and under MNREGA. He was earlier appointed as a guest teacher. I got appointment on the post of Assistant Grade-3 in Tribal Welfare Department in Jashpur district. Mrs. Shambati Pahadia of Saraitoli, Sanna, who was appointed on the post of Class IV sanitary attendant, told that her parents got her education by taking agricultural wages and loans. These appointed youth expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister. Rajpur, Shanshu Ram, a student of village Rajpur studying in class 10th at Sankalp Shikshan Sansthan, Bagicha, spoke to Chief Minister Mr. Baghel in fluent English. On being asked by the Chief Minister, Shanshu Ram told that he wants to go to IIT Mumbai for engineering studies in future. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that you have seen a very good dream and hard work is needed to fulfill it. If you study with discipline, hard work and true dedication, then definitely your dream will come true. Expressing her views, Mrs. Pandri, the patron of Pahadi Korva community of Manora development block, also expressed her gratitude to the Chief Minister.

Raipur : Chhattisgarh's youth panthi dance troupe paid a courtesy visit to Chief Minister
RAIPUR:MMNN:12 April 2023
Yesterday, members of the Chhattisgarh Panthi Parivar's youth panthi dance group paid a courtesy call to Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel at his residential office. Members of the Panthi Dance Team told Chief Minister Mr. Baghel that on the occasion of Republic Day this year, they presented their dance form on Kartavya Path in New Delhi. For the past 13 years, they have been doing panthi dance. This year, at the final phase of the 'Vande Bharatam Dance Festival-2023,' they performed Panthi dance of Chhattisgarh on Kartavya path alongside folk dance performers from all over the country, which was well appreciated by the audience.
Youth Panthi artists told Chief Minister Mr. Baghel that they are interested in doing panthi dance which helps them to spread Guru Ghasidas Baba's message of 'Mankhe Mankhe Ek Samaan' throughout the country and abroad. They have currently performed panthi dance in various states and have won awards at the national level. The Chief Minister praised and complimented the artists of Yuva Panthi Dance Team. However, Chief Minister encouraged them to raise the name of Chhattisgarh by devoting themselves to the enchanting folk dance panthi of the state. On this occasion, Panthi dancers Mr. Poondas Joshi, Mr. Manoj Dewangan, Mr. Manoj Keskar, Mr. Falen Bhaskar, Mr. Pitambar Jangde, Ms. Alka Singh, Ms. Vishala Singh, Ms. Annu Chandravanshi, Ms. Monika Mahilange, Mr. Heera Banjare, Mr. Mahesh Dahire. Mr. Somesh Kurre and Ms. Uttara Sahu were present.

Raipur : Chief Minister receives an invitation to attend Power Engineers Conclave 2023
RAIPUR:MMNN:12 April 2023
A delegation from the Chhattisgarh Electricity Board Engineers Association led by Provincial General Secretary Engineer Mr. Manoj Verma met with Chief Minister Shri. Bhupesh Baghel at his residential office yesterday. The delegation invited the Chief Minister to be the chief guest at the state-level Power Engineers Conclave 2023, which will be held on April 15 in the state capital. Engineer Mr. Manoj Verma told Chief Minister Mr. Baghel that the state-level Power Engineers Conclave is being organized after the Corona period for the first time in the last four years. This conclave will bring together electrical engineers from throughout the state. Together with an intellectual conversation on technological problems, issues relating to the advancement of engineers will be covered during the conclave. Shri Hemant Verma, Chairman of the Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission, will preside over the program. Meanwhile, Chief Minister thanked the group for the invitation to the Power Engineers Conclave and expressed his best wishes for the Conclave's success. On this occasion, Mr. R.K. Sharma, Mr. R.K. Banchore, Shri Vinay Chandrakar, and other members were present.

Raipur: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel paid Rs. 7 crore 4 lakh to the beneficiaries of Godhan Nyay Yojana
RAIPUR:MMNN:15 March 2023
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel paid Rs. Rs. 419 crore 25 lakh has been paid to the beneficiaries so far, including Rs . 1.65 crore to Gauthan committees and Rs. 1.14 crore to women groups Payment of Rs 50 lakh has been made to Gauthan committees and women self-help groups, Rs 185.77 crore has been paid so far
From February 16 to February 28, a total of 2.13 lakh quintal cow dung has been procured in Gauthans, in lieu of which, out of the amount of Rs 4.25 crore to be transferred to cow dung vendors, Rs 1.92 crore has been paid by the Agriculture Department and Rs 2.33 crore self-supporting Will be done by Gauthans.
Cow dung is being procured in the state of Chhattisgarh from July 20, 2020, at the rate of Rs. 2 per kg under the Godhan Nyay Yojana. In the state, until February 28, 2023, 107.75 lakh quintals of cow dung have been procured from Gauthans.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister said that a large number of Gauthans are becoming self-reliant. In order to encourage self-supporting Gauthans, it has been decided to provide honoraria to the chairman and members of the steering committee of Gauthans.
He said that apart from making other products from cow dung, the work of generating electricity has also started. The power generation plant from cow dung at Domarpal in Bastar has been synchronized with the grid. The rate of electricity generated from this has been fixed at Rs 9 per unit.
It is noteworthy that under the Godhan Nyay Yojana, the self-supporting Gauthans are not only participating in cow dung procurement but are also maintaining a steady lead. For the past several fortnights, the share of self-supporting Gauthans in the amount being paid for the purchase of cow dung has been 60 to 70 percent. At present, more than 50 percent of Gauthans have become self-reliant, and along with purchasing cow dung and cow urine from their own funds, they are completing other activities of Gauthans with their own funds.

The Chief Minister congratulated Padma Vibhushan Smt. Teejanbai and best wishes on receiving the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (Akademi Ratna).
RAIPUR:MMNN:24 Feb 2023
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has congratulated and congratulated Chhattisgarh's famous Pandwani singer, Padma Vibhushan Smt. Teejanbai on receiving the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (Akademi Ratna).
Dr. Teejan Bai, a Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awardee, addressed the Mentees and Mentors of the GOAL program on 9th October 2021 as part of the Inspiration Masterclass on GOAL Program.
The celebrated Pandavani folk singer talked about stories from her childhood, her struggles of growing up and becoming one of India’s most renowned folk artists. Dr. Teejan Bai also spoke extensively on women empowerment, and reflected on her childhood experience of defying gender roles and shared her guidance with mentees of the GOAL Program.
Teejan Bai also stressed to the mentees on the importance of staying dedicated to their goals and interests to remain committed for success in life “Don’t get dissuaded by what people say, stay committed to what you do and what you love” said Dr. Teejan Bai, in conversation with Mr. Sameer Jain, Managing Director, Primus Partners.
The GOAL Program organizes Fortnightly Inspiration Masterclasses through which inspiring personalities who can share their experiences on this platform and enable learnings for the program’s mentees are invited.

Women's Self-help Groups Keep Chhattisgarh Babies Healthy
Born in a Gond tribal family in Kondagaon district in Chhattisgarh, two-year old Priyanka weighed only 5 kg and was suffering from acute malnutrition when she was taken to a Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) two months ago.
Priyanka's parents are daily wagers in Shampur, a small settlement in the newly carved-out Kondagaon district that is located some 220 km south of state capital Raipur. Such was the condition of the toddler that she was kept under constant watch at the NRC for 15 days.
"She was stunted, weak and underweight so we admitted her to the NRC, where she was provided nutritious food seven to eight times every day. She has, however, come out of the acute malnutrition category, but is still malnourished," Anganwadi worker Dushan Pandey told this visiting IANS correspondent.
Pandey said that Priyanka's parents had not paid attention to the child's health. Now, she is being taken care of at an Anganwadi centre and slowly progressing towards normalcy.
"We now feed her three to five times daily with nutritious food - daal-rice and green vegetables - at the Shampur Anganwadi centre under the Nava Jatan scheme," Pandey added.
Chhattisgarh’s 26 million population has an over 30 percent tribals and 30.55 percent of its children are malnourished. The state has, however, shown substantial improvement in reducing the number of malnourished children through various steps, including the Nawa Jatan Scheme.
Women's Self-Help Groups (WSHGs) are formed under the state government's Nava Jatan programme to address malnourished children.
Dhamtari district collector Bhim Singh said that the percentage of malnourished children has reduced significantly. Through Wajan Tyohar (weight festival) we determine whether the child is malnourished by recording his/her weight.
"In 2012, the percentage of malnourished children in Dhamtari was 43.89 percent, which was reduced to 39.84 percent in 2013 and further reduced to 33.71 percent in 2014. Till June 8, 2015, only 24.59 percent children (including tribal children) were under-nourished in the district," he said.
"The WSHGs adopt malnourished children in their area and provide them food with the help of Anganwadi centres," Bhim Singh said.
According to Wajan Tyohar data in Kondagaon district, the level of malnourished children was very high at 51.95 percent in 2012 and reduced to 44.62 percent in 2013. In 2014 malnutrition was 41.84 percent and was marginally reduced to 41.15 till June 8, 2015.
Women and Child Development Department secretary Dinesh Srivastava said: "The children who fall under the category of moderately or severely under-weight are treated under the Nawa Jatan Scheme."
UNICEF provides technical inputs to the design of the scheme and the capacity building plan.
There had been several challenges in addressing under-nutrition among tribal children including household poverty, gender and social norms, lack of tribal leadership, lack of awareness and family planning.
The anganwadi supervisor of Shampur sector, Belarani Biswas, said: "Most of the tribal people here are in the habit of drinking a lot. In tribal families, women also drink a lot of liquor due to which they are not able pay proper attention to the proper upbringing of their wards, leading to improper eating habits in children."
According to the 2009 estimates of the erstwhile Planning Commission, India's 104 million tribals continue to remain among the country's poorest social groups. Children of tribals remain the most nutritionally deprived.
The child development project officer (CDPO) of Kondagaon district, Amit Singh, said that malnourished girls grow into weak mothers and give birth to underweight babies.
"The WSHGs, along with Suposhan Mitras, reach out to every individual in their respective area and ensure proper feeding to the kids. They also counsel their parents about paying more attention towards improving the eating habits of their children," Amit Singh said.

Raipur: Lady sarpanch killed for performing mother's last rites
3 April 2015
In a shocking incident, a 44-year-old woman sarpanch was on Thursday killed by her brother and nephew in Raipur, apparently because she performed the last rites of her mother.
Police said that Geeta Verma, sarpanch of Mohda village, was axed to death by her brother Santosh Verma (47) and nephew Piyush (25) this afternoon. Dharsinwa station house officer Alim Khan told PTI that both the men had been arrested.
Geeta's elder sister Sita also sustained injuries in the attack and was admitted to Dr Ambedkar hospital in Raipur. According to the preliminary probe, Santosh was furious because Geeta had performed the last rites of their 85-year-old mother who died on March 31.
Geeta's mother Surujbai was living with her after Santosh reportedly threw her out of the house. Though traditionally a male heir or relative performs the cremation rites, Geeta performed her mother's last rites as per the latter's deathbed wish, the officer said.
When Geeta and some other women in the family were walking towards a pond for post-cremation rites this afternoon, Santosh and his son attacked them, killing Geeta on the spot, Khan said.

CSIDC to develop integrated textile park near Raipur

13 March 2015

The Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation (CSIDC), functioning under the aegis of the Government of Chhattisgarh, has proposed development of an Integrated Textile Park at Tilda, near the state capital city of Raipur, to boost investment in textile manufacturing sector in the state.
CSIDC said it intends to develop the textile park on 32 hectare area as per Scheme of Integrated Textile Park (STIP) of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The Indian government’s support under the STIP by way of Grant of Equity will be limited to 40 per cent of the project cost subject to a ceiling of Rs 40 crore.
To make the integrated textile park a reality, the CSIDC has invited expressions of interest (EOI) from entities, joint ventures, and consortiums having experience in textile manufacturing or intending to venture into textile manufacturing sector. The companies showing EOI would become part of Special Purpose Vehicle (SpV) formed by CSIDC specifically for the development, operation and management of Integrated Textile Park.
The proposed textile park, to be set up at an estimated cost of Rs 110 crore, would have ginning and pressing, spinning, weaving, processing, and garmenting facilities.
It is aimed at providing one stop integrated facilities with manufacturing support, welfare and common infrastructure facilities to the prospective textile industries. The proposed textile park is envisaged to house world class eco system for textile industry, CSIDC said in its project report.
The Chhattisgarh government has declared textiles as a priority sector in its industrial policy. The state produces tassar cocoons, yarn and fabrics. Silk products from state are famous for its quality and have good demand in domestic and export markets. (RKS)

CCEA approves highway projects worth Rs 8,600 cr

20 Feb. 2015

The government today approved over Rs 8,600 crore of highway projects in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
"The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval for the six laning of the Chakeri-Allahabad section of National Highway in Uttar Pradesh," an official statement said.
The total cost of this project is estimated to be Rs 1999.85 crore and total length of the road will be approximately 145 kms.
It has also approved six-laning of the Handia-Varanasi section of National Highway in Uttar Pradesh. This project's cost is estimated to be Rs 2378.59 crore and total length of the road will be approximately 72.4 kms. These projects will help expedite improvement of infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh and also in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic.
The CCEA also approved six-laning of Baleshwar-Chandikhole section of National Highway in Odisha. The project cost is estimated to be Rs 2296.82 crore and total length of the road will be approximately 137 kms.
The CCEA has given its approval for development of four to six laning of the Raipur-Bilaspur section of National Highway in Chhattisgarh. The cost is estimated to be Rs 1,963.88 crore and total length of the road will be approximately 127 kms.
The work for these approved road projects will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-V.

Open transformers, dangling cable wires spell death threat in Raipur

18 Feb. 2015

RAIPUR: Open transformers at low heights and dangling cable wires at busy patches of Raipur spell danger for people on road and yet officials are oblivious.
TOI found that the transformers which were repaired are left open with naked wires. The webbed and hanging electric wires tied to poles have also become an obstruction for movement of commuters particularly in areas like Shankar Nagar, Anupam Nagar, Saddu, near Rajbandha Maidan, Moudhapara and Purani Basti.
These are few areas under threat while many other narrow lanes, congested and populated areas at Kushalpur, Changorabhata, Gudiyari, Malviya Road, Pandri, Mowa Road also have transformers at very low height lying open.
Anti-social elements make best use of illegal use of electricity during festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga puja and other family functions, which hardly gets reported. Interestingly, after TOI called officials in electricity department of Raipur Municipal Corporation and Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited, inquiring about the preventive measures, it was noticed that the open transformers and dangling wires were being fixed on a stretch in Shankar Nagar.
An official told TOI that though they ensure and make efforts against illegal utility of electricity, the issue of open transformers was a cause of concern and residents could directly get in touch with electricity department to get the problem solved.
"However, those which are opened for repair work are always closed back by workers. With dangling cable wires, it's not much of a threat as we leave marginal cable as an extra for emergency purposes. Even if they hang down, the thickness and hardness is strong enough not to risk life," the officer said.
He added that cables would be arranged on the poles so that they don't get webbed and lie low. A resident of Shankar Nagar, who didn't want to be named, said that despite several complaints, wires hang loosely, which can lead to short circuit. There have been incidents in the past when wires touching the roof of homes in congested areas have claimed life of few children last year but remain in the complaint diary of the department.
"One blow of wind will make the webbed wires get tangled with trees and branches, causing electricity failure and injury to people," Ranjeet Singh of Anupam Nagar said.

Kidnapped for ransom, 6-year-old released 3 hours later in Raipur

16 Feb. 2015

RAIPUR: Three people were arrested on Sunday for kidnapping of Bhanpuri-based 6-year-old boy, demanding Rs 1 crore ransom and then mysteriously dropping him off at Bhanpuri with help of an auto-driver. Khamtari police said that a young man kidnapped the kid on February 6 near his home and called on his father's Sunil Sharma's phone demanding ransom.
"But the kid was mysteriously dropped off within three hours of kidnap. While the kid was back, parents were too scared to lodge an FIR fearing that the accused may repeat the crime. After getting few important leads in investigation, FIR was lodged late on Saturday. Two of the arrested belong to Bhanpuri and third accused hails from Bemetara," Khamtarai town inspector Hemprakash Nayak said.
Cops were keeping tabs on the phone number of the accused. According to the kid's statement, he was taken to a nearby village in the car and was asked to sit on the floors of vehicle. But after few hours, the man hired an auto, paid him and asked him to drop the kid at Bhanpuri.
Police said that it seemed that accused or his aid was keeping an eye on activities around kid's home after his kidnap. "On seeing movement of police in the house, they might have been alerted which is why they sent back the child," Nayak said. Sunil Sharma runs a business of transportation and it was suspected that the accused were known to him. On their arrest, it was confirmed that the child was kidnapped by people known to Sharma.

Raipur Municipal Corporation to introduce slab rates for water

11 Feb. 2015

RAIPUR: While the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has swept the Delhi assembly polls on many populist promises, including 50% reduction in water tariff; the Chhattisgarh government is all set to do away with its present system of flat tariff charge and bill Raipurians as per consumption at slab rates that are much higher than the national capital, particularly from low and medium consumers.
If the proposal comes through, within a year Raipurians, who hitherto were paying a flat charge of Rs 200 for unlimited consumption of water, would have to get meters installed and pay bills as per their usage. The tariff proposed by Raipur Municipal Corporation is Rs 5 per kilolitre (1000 litres = 1 Kilolitre) for consumption of 0-11,000 lts; Rs 6 per kilolitre for 11000-15000; Rs 7 per kilolitre for 15,000-25,000 lts; Rs 8 per kilolitre for 25000-50,000 lts; and Rs 9 per kilolitre for consumption over 50,000 lts.
Explaining the proposal, Executive Engineer, AK Malwe said if a household consumes 11000 lts per month (11 kilolitres), they would be billed Rs 55 only (@ Rs 5 per kilolitre). Though on the face of it, this would mean a huge reduction from the existing flat rate of Rs 200 per month, families using 30,000 ltrs or more water per month, would end up paying more than the present flat rate.
Incidentally, some of these proposed rates are higher than the existing rates (Jan 2014) of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). The DJB tariffs for consumptions up to 20,000 litres (20 Kilolitres) of water for domestic users are Rs 2.66 and Rs 3.99 per kilolitres for consumption of 0-10,000 lts and 10,000 -20,000 lts respectively. However, its charges steeply rise for high end users with consumers with consumption of 20,000 - 30,000 lts paying Rs 19.97 per kilolitres and above 30,000 lts paying @ of 33.28 per kilolitres. Besides, DJB imposes service charges for each category of consumers.
MC Commissioner Awanish Sharan said the corporation has no proposal to charge for its services like the DJB and consumers would have to pay only for the water usage as per the proposed rates. However, the cost of installation of water meters (Rs 1800) would have to be borne by the consumers. He said water billing would be implemented zone wise from this financial year in areas where the installation work of meters has been completed.
However, the Corporation fails a daunting challenge, as there are close to 1.40 lakh illegal water connections in the city, which means that these households have never paid a penny for water consumed by them. Officials say that there are 2 lakhs household in the city but the number of water connections on record is only 68,000.
While it would be easy to get water meters installed for these 68,000 connections, it would be a formidable challenge to make the near 1.40 lakh household to follow suit. Incidentally, last year the MC had detected 400 odd illegal connections and had legalised them after charging Rs 8,500 per connection.
Incidentally, the average per capital consumption of water in big towns and metros is about 150 lts per person per day. With Raipur having an average household size of 5.18 (as per 2001 census), the average monthly consumption per household could be estimated at 23,000 lts per month. This would be mean that the monthly water bill for a family (@ Rs 7 per kilolitre) would be around Rs 164. However, high users (30,000 ltrs and above) would end up paying more than the present flat rate of Rs 200 per month.