KOKRAJHAR: BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary on Saturday distributed tractors and accessories to beneficiaries under the Chief Minister’s Samagra Gramya Unnaya Yojana (CMSGUY) at a ceremonial function held at the BTC Secretariat field, Bodofa Nwgwr in Kokrajhar, in presence of minister Pramila Rani Brahma and Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary. On the occasion, as many as 15 tractors and accessories were distributed. In his speech during the distribution ceremony, Mohilary said that tractors were distributed to every revenue village under CMSGUY with an aim to enhance agricultural production. He said the State had potential to produce more crops but the farmers of the State take up single cropping in their paddy fields. He called the farmers to do for double cropping for more production and benefits. He added that villagers of around 3,000 villages would receive the tractors at 75 per cent subsidized rate.
Mohilary said his council was trying to facilitate livelihood opportunities for the unemployed youths in the villages and was looking for extending financial support to SHGs or societies for running tent houses with all required accessories. He said the construction of Cancer Centre at Besorgaon in Kokrajhar and foundation of medical college would be laid within August at the same location.
Minister Pramila Rani Brahma said the CM’s Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana was an ambitious scheme of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to increase the agricultural production and to double the income of farmers. “Our farmers cultivate only once in a year but farmers in other States prepare for multiple cropping,” she said, adding that the Government of India was giving maximum importance to improving agricultural productivity across the country. She also called upon the beneficiaries to use the tractors and accessories for good purpose.
In his keynote address, the EM of Agriculture, BTC, Ansumwi Khunggur Boro said the Sarbananda Sonowal-led State government had taken up the CMSGUY to double the income of farmers, which was part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission to double the income of the farmers by 2022. He said all the revenue villages of the State would receive the tractors under this scheme at subsidized rate. He also said that in the first phase tractors would be distributed in those villages from where they received single application.
The CHD, Agriculture of BTC, MM Swargiary said there were 2,872 revenue villages in BTC districts of which 922 were in Kokrajhar district, 460 villages in Chirang, 688 villages in Baksa and 802 villages in Udalguri district. He said the department received single application from 1,556 villages, which included 496 villages in Kokrajhar, 293 in Chirang, 317 in Baksa and 447 villages in Udalguri district, but did not receive any application from 514 villages, that included 256 villages in Kokrajhar, 84 in Chirang, 23 in Baksa and 151 in Udalguri district. He also said that tractors would be distributed in Udalguri and Baksa districts on August 9 and August 10 respectively.
The distribution programme was also attended by BTC deputy chief Kampa Borgoyary, Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary.