Chief Minister reviews ‘Narva, Garuva, Ghurva au Baari’

Raipur: Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today reviewed the ambitious scheme of the state ‘Narva, Garuva, Ghurva au Baari’ and examined the works proposed under the same, in a meeting of senior officials held at his residence office.

In the meeting, Chief Secretary of the state Mr. Sunil Kujur, Additional Chief Secretaries- Mr. RP Mandal, Mr. KDP Rao, Mr. CK Khetan, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gaurav Dwivedi, Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Pradeep Sharma and senior officials of the departments concerned were also present.

Chief Minister Mr. Baghel told the officials that ‘Narva, Garuva, Ghurva au Bari’ is a long-term scheme with an objective to accelerate progress of agriculture sector and rural economy. This is the reason why scientific mapping being done by ISRO should be deployed, and maintenance of quality standards as well as strategic implementation of all the works under this scheme should be ensured with public participation.

Chief Minister gave instructions to start treatment for renewal of rivulets of Arpa River’s catchment area in Bilaspur district. He said that while executing the task of recharging rivers and rivulets, geographical structure of different locations should be taken into consideration. Chief Minister expressed concern over the number of complaints about increasing content of heavy water in groundwater table. He said that we need to augment rainwater in ponds, rivulets, etc, increase moisture in soil and level-up the groundwater table. He also directed officials to encourage use of surface water resources such as ponds in arsenic, fluoride and iron contamination affected areas. He also gave instructions to build dikes in sandy region of Mahanadi.

In the meeting, Panchayat and Rural Development Department Additional Chief Secretary Mr. RP Mandal informed that 1866 cowsheds have been sanctioned across 27 districts of the state. Each cowshed would be built in an area of 5-6 acres of land. Total nine thousand 999 acres of land has been allotted across the state for construction of cowsheds. Two model cowsheds have been sanctioned in each development block. Nearly Rs 305 crore has been sanctioned under MNREGA scheme for development of cowsheds. Likewise, nearly Rs 59 crores have been sanctioned and around 13 thousand 382 acres of land has been allotted for development of 847 grass farms in 27 districts of the state.

Additional Chief Secretary Mr. KDP Rao, in his address to the meeting, informed about the executive structure under ‘Narva, Garuva, Ghurva au Baari’ scheme. He informed that four committees have been constituted at state-level and four at district-level. Traditional Ghuruva is being upgraded into Smart Ghuruva, and vermicompost is being used for making organic fertilizer and biogas. 96 thousand women members of self-help groups in Ramanujganj block of Balrampur district are participating in upgrading of Ghuruva. Likewise, many commendable works such as self-help groups in Jashpur, cowshed construction in Kondagaon and Mungeli district, backyard construction in Kanker district are also being reported. He informed that 1385 works have been approved under Narva scheme of state, out of which 313 have been completed.

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