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Vikas Yatras to be taken out in all districts

Bhopal. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has issued instructions to immediately purchase wheat, gram, mustard and red lentils and deposit payment in the accounts of farmers without delay. Farmers should not face any kind of inconvenience. They should not have to cover a long distance to reach the purchase centre. If necessary, the number of purchase centres should be increased. He was speaking to divisional commissioners and district collectors through a video conference at the Mantralaya.

Terming the Mukhya Mantri Krishi Samriddhi Yojana as a historic scheme for farmers he said that more than Rs 1700 crore will be deposited in the accounts of 2.82 lakh paddy farmers and over Rs 7 lakh in the wheat producing farmers’ accounts. This amount is being given at an additional cost of Rs 200 per quintal on 67 lakh 21 thousand metric tonnes of wheat purchased at the support price last year. He said that this is a historic decision in the interest of farmers. The distribution of additional amount will be started from the district of Shajapur on April 16. Arrangement has been made to broadcast this programme directly in the Mandi in all the districts. Chouhan said that on this day there will be an atmosphere of celebration for the farmers. Such an opportunity has come for the first time in the history of the state. He told that similarly the distribution of additional amount of Rs 200 per quintal to paddy producing farmers will begin from Waraseoni on April 15. Payment of more than Rs 57 crore 87 lakh will be made to nearly 72 thousand paddy producing farmers.

CM said that on the purchase of gram, mustard and red lentils, an additional amount of Rs 100 per quintal will be given under Mukhya Mantri Kisan Samriddhi Yojana. Similarly additional incentive of Rs 265 per quintal will be distributed on wheat purchased this year on June 10.

Verify farmers’ accounts: Chouhan gave instructions to divisional commissioners and collectors to get the accounts of farmers verified so that there is no hindrance in getting the amount deposited in their accounts. Praising the concerned officials-employees for the effective arrangements made for government purchase of wheat and other produce in the state, the Chief Minister said that the purchase system is exemplary in the whole country. There is need to add pace to procurement so that the produce can be stored without delay and money reaches the farmers’ accounts. Chouhan said that vikas yatras will be organised from May 1 to 10 in all the districts of the state.

On Madhya Pradesh Unorganized Labourer Welfare Scheme, Chouhan said that this scheme is one that will bring a pleasant change in the lives of labourers. He told that so far more than one crore labourers have been registered under this scheme. Chouhan said that the scheme that will benefit labourers of the unorganised sector will begin from Khargone on April 17. Meanwhile registration certificates will be distributed to the labourers.