FROM A CORRESPONDENT
Charaideo, July 21: Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal took part in a community paddy transplantation ceremony at Mahmora Konwar village in Charaideo district on Friday. The programme was organized by Agriculture Department under the aegis of Charaideo district administration and supervision of Mahmora MLA Jogen Mohan.
Attending as chief guest in a meeting after the paddy transplantation ceremony, Chief Minister Sonowal urged the farmers to actively engage in cultivation for strengthening the rural economy of the state. Sonowal also spoke about the fertility of the soil of the state and pitched for double cropping to increase agricultural produce.
Reiterating the commitment of the central as well as state government to make the farmers economically self-reliant, Sonowal pointed out the agricultural and allied schemes of Government of India such as Kisan Credit Card, Pradhan Mantra Fasal Bima Yoja, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yoja etc. which are aimed at reinvigorating farming and installing a sense of pride amongst farmers.
Chief Minister Sonowal also referred to the ambitious Chief Minister’s Samagra Gramya Unyan Yoja under which an amount of Rs. 30,000 crore would be invested in revenue villages of the state to double the farm income. Sonowal mentioned that state government has already initiated process for distributing one tractor in each village under the mega scheme during the current fincial year.
Further outlining the benefits of Kisan Credit Card, the Chief Minister called upon the banking fraternity to simplify the process for farmers to avail this loan saying that this would boost up farm activity. Sonowal also assured adequate steps from state government to ensure minimum support price for farmers against their produce. He stressed on the need to rejuvete the marketing mechanism of agricultural yields.
Sonowal also underlined the efforts of the Government of Assam to make the state free from pollution by enhancing the forest cover. He said that more than 10 crore medicil and horticultural saplings will be planted with an aim to minimize pollution and strengthen farm economy in Assam.
Reaffirming state government’s commitment to provide good governce, Chief Minister Sonowal further said that fight against corruption would continue so that all sections of the society get full benefits of welfare schemes.
Coinciding the programme, Chief Minister Sonowal also distributed cheque to storm affected people, credit card to KCC beneficiaries, power tiller to farmers, POS to fertilizer dealers, LPG connection to PMUY beneficiaries, patta and allotment of land to farmers. Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, MLAs Jogen Mohan, Tapan Gogoi, Ritupar Baruah, Member Secretary of SLAC of Sports & Youth Welfare Lakshya Konwar and several senior government officials of the district were present in the programme.