Madhya Pradesh: Now gram panchayats to give permission for sand quarrying

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Bhopal : From now on the work of sand quarrying will be carried out through gram panchayats in the state. Gram panchayats will decide the spots and the quantity to be dug. Only gram panchayats will give permission for mining and the royalty obtained will be spent on the development works of the gram panchayat. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan made this announcement today at the Kisan Maha-Sammelan under Prime Minister’s Crop Insurance Scheme at Silwani tehsil headquarters in Raisen district. He said that the process of forming detailed rules for this has begun.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that government is committed to make farming a beneficial profession in state. Constant attempts are being made to reduce production cost. The CM said that seminars will be held in every development block headquarter in state from September 15 in which farmers, agriculture scientists and an Agriculture department squad will take part. It will be decided at the seminar which crop should be taken in which area. He said that milk production, agro-forestry and food processing activities will be promoted to reduce dependability on agriculture. Loans will be provided to farmers from banks for food processing industry. Shri Chouhan said that milk production has an important role in increasing the income of farmers. Government will now provide 5 milching animals to poor farmers. Nutritious fodder will also be given to these animals for three months. This will ensure additional source of income for poor farmers.

Shri Chouhan said that a campaign is being launched in the state to settle cases of undisputed property distribution, demarcation and deed transfer within three months. Deed transfer forms are being provided from door to door. He directed to take caution in crop cutting work so that farmers do not have to face much loss in case of scanty rainfall. The CM said that the Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana has been launched for farmers. If the farmer wishes to sell his produce later in keeping with the market rates, government will pay the rent for the godown used for stocking crop.

Shri Chouhan distributed letters of approval of Prime Minister’s Crop Kharif 2016 Claim Fund to farmers at the Maha-Sammelan. He laid the foundation of 6 construction works worth Rs 19 crore 94 lakhs and dedicated 7 construction works worth Rs 6 crore 26 lakhs. CM Shri Chouhan assured construction of 308 houses for poor persons in Begumganj and a community hall in Silwani.

Public Works Minister Shri Rampal Singh, Minister of State for Horticulture Shri Suryaprakash Meena, MLA Shri Ramkishan Patel and other public representatives were present during the sammelan.

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