Chhattisgarh Current Affairs - 2020

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Chhattisgarh launches Lakshya Bhagirathi campaign to complete irrigation projects

Chhattisgarh Government has launched Lakshya Bhagirathi campaign to complete the irrigation projects that could not be completed.

Under the campaign, the state water resources department has identified 108 projects that could not be completed.

Key Facts

  • Most of the projects identified under campaign are minor and middle. For the last three decades, the projects were pending for required clearances.
  • Of the 108 projects, the water resources department has set a target to complete 88 projects in the financial year 2016-17.
  • The districts with irrigation potential has been below 10% had been given priority in the campaign.
  • These projects on completion would provide irrigation in additional 71322 hectares of area.

Comment

These irrigation projects will be milestone in enhancing growth in the agriculture sector in the state which falls under Rice-agro-climatic zone of the country. About 80% population of the state is rural and their main livelihood is agriculture and agriculture based small industries. Besides, the economy of the state is mainly based on agriculture and forestry. The agriculture sector contributes around 38% to the State’s Net Domestic Product. Of the total workforce of 8.3 million, 5.9 million (around 71%) are engaged in agriculture.

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PM Narendra Modi launches Saur Sujala Yojana in Chhattisgarh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Saur Sujala Yojana that would provide solar powered irrigation pumps to farmers at a subsidized price.

It was launched in Chhattisgarh as part of the state’s 16th foundation day celebrations. With this Chhattisgarh becomes the first state to implement the scheme.

Key Facts

  • Under the scheme, solar powered irrigation pumps of 3HP and 5HP capacity will be distributed to the farmers. The beneficiaries would get the pumps at the subsidised price.
  • It is mainly aimed to give priority to those areas where electricity has not reached, so that farmers can utilize them in irrigation and agriculture.
  • Around 51,000 farmers would be benefitted in the state with the launch of the scheme by 2018.

Earlier, PM Narendra Modi had dedicated the Jungle Safari in Naya Raipur. It is claimed to be the biggest man-made safari in Asia. The safari is spread across 320 hectares of area.

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