Kalma barrage-affected farmers Gets Land Acquisition Compensation

Chief Minister distributes compensation amount of Rs 22.78 crore against land acquisition to the Kalma barrage-affected farmers
Mega lift irrigation scheme proposed on both the banks of Kalma barrage for irrigation: Scheme to enable irrigation on 15000 hectares area

Raipur, 22 July 2021: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today distributed cheques amounting to Rs 22.78 crore as compensation against land acquisition to 314 farmers of Chandrapur area in Janjgir-Champa district affected by Kalma barrage. This virtual program of compensation distribution was organized at the residence office of Chief Minister today, wherein Water Resources Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey, School Education Minister Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam, Chief Secretary Mr. Amitabh Jain, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Subrat Sahu were present. Assembly Speaker Dr. Charandas Mahant, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Mr. Jaisingh Agarwal, Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Vinod Seven Lal Chandrakar, MLA Mr. Ramkumar Yadav and other public representatives participated in this program through video conferencing.

In his address to the programme, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that Kalma barrage has been constructed on River Mahanadi between village Kalma in Janjgir-Champa district and village Bargaon in Raigarh district, at the cost of Rs 377.42 crore. Construction of this barrage started in February 2011 and was completed in March 2016, but the process affected 97.89 hectares of land belonging to 682 farmers of 13 villages in Janjgir-Champa district. Mr. Baghel appreciated district administration and Legislative Assembly Speaker Dr. Charandas Mahant, Water Resources Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey, MLA Mr. Ramkumar Yadav for the efforts to resolve the long-pending case of compensation for 314 farmers. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that it is Chhattisgarh Government's priority to ensure betterment of farmers and to address their issues, and the entire team of Chhattisgarh government is consistently making efforts in this direction.
On the occasion, Vidhan Sabha Speaker Dr. Charandas Mahant thanked Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel for resolving the pending land acquisition cases and disbursing the compensation amount to affected farmers. He said that this issue of land acquisition was pending for years, which has now been resolved by Chhattisgarh government. Farmers are delighted to have received the compensation amount today. Water Resources Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey said that as per Chief Minister's instructions to supply water from this barrage to the farmers for irrigation, Water Resources Department has proposed mega lift irrigation project on both the banks of Kalma barrage. Implementation of this project would enable water-supply to the farmers in more than 15 thousand hectares for irrigation. Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Mr. Jaisingh Agrawal and other public representatives also addressed the program. On this occasion, Mr. Ramavatar Agrawal, Mr. Sharad Agarwal, Mr. Motilal and other local public representatives, farmers and villagers were present.

Chhattisgarh Government is the government of farmers, and today the farmer sons have been entrusted with the responsibility of farmer welfare: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel
Oath-taking ceremony of Chairman and Members of State Seed and Agriculture Development Corporation

Government of Chhattisgarh is the government of farmers, and today this government has entrusted the responsibility of agricultural development and farmers welfare to the sons of farmers and the experienced people who have been associated with agriculture for years. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel was addressing the virtually held oath-taking ceremony of Chhattisgarh State Seeds and Agriculture Development Corporation's newly appointed Chairman Mr. Agni Chandrakar, members Mr. Jalam Singh Patel, Mr. Dilip Pandey and Mr. Shankar Baghel, from his residence today. Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey, School Education Minister Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam, Chief Secretary Mr. Amitabh Jain, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Subrat Sahu were present on this occasion.

Congratulating the newly appointed chairman and members of the Seed Corporation on this occasion, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that a lot of work is required to be done for the development of agricultural sector and for the betterment of farmers in the state. Besides paddy, the government is promoting cultivation of various other crops, horticulture as well as plantation. He said that good quality seeds of paddy and other crops should be produced in the state, farmers should come forward for the cultivation of profitable crops other than paddy. He appreciated the contribution of Mr. Agni Chandrakar, Mr. Jalam Singh Patel, Mr. Shankar Baghel and Chairman of Welfare Board Mr. Surendra Sharma towards the betterment of agriculture and farmers. He said that farmers of Chhattisgarh would be greatly benefitted by their experience.

Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey said that Chhattisgarh is an agricultural state. The all-round development of the state and the prosperity of the villages depends on the development agriculture sector. He said that as a result of Chhattisgarh Government's farmer friendly policies and programs, under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, bumper crop production has started in the state and it will further increase in the coming years. He said that it is the responsibility of State Seed Corporation to supply improved quality seeds to the farmers as per their demand and requirement. He said that it should be our priority to make Chhattisgarh completely self-sufficient in terms of seed production. The newly-appointed Chairman Mr. Agni Chandrakar also addressed the program and said that his new team would take forward the efforts, initiatives and vision of Chhattisgarh Government for the betterment of the farmers. On the occasion, Chairman of Farmers Welfare Board Mr. Surendra Sharma, Mr. Laxman Patel, Mrs. Rashmi Chandrakar, Mrs. Usha Patel and other farmers' representatives were present.