BHOPAL:Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Sunday distributed cent per cent dividend among the workers involved in harvesting of bamboo in the tribaldominated Malajkhand area of Birsa development block of Balaghat district. A dividend of more than Rs 8.5 crore will be given to these bamboo workers on production and sales of more than 58 thousand notional tonne of bamboo. Chauhan also distributed bonus among tendu  leaf collectors. A bonus amount of Rs 7,14,97,000 is being given to about 73,574 tendu leaf collectors. A total of Rs 98,68,37,000 was given to 95,635 beneficiaries of various schemes. Speaking on the occasion, Chauhan said the remuneration given to workers involved in bamboo  harvesting was not adequate for their development. Thus the state government has decided to distribute cent per cent dividend among them.

He said by fixing minimum support price of forest produce the state government intends to improve the economic status of tribal people. He said traditional forest dwellers and tribal people are being provided forest right certificate. They are also being offered benefits of different government schemes. Instructions have been given to include the names of both husband and wife in the forest right certificate. Chauhan said the  poor families living in slums for a long time with no house will be given land lease for residence. A campaign will be launched soon for  distribution of the lease. He said he requested the Central Government to provide more houses under Indira Awas Yojna.

However, if the Central  Government fails to do so, the state government will start providing houses to poor families under Mukhyamantri Awas Yojna. He further said   that free medicines would be provided from all government hospitals from November this year. MP would be the first state in to provide the facility, he said. He said the government has taken steps to provide school and higher education to the youths. The government will also start a scheme to help youths to get loan from bank for starting their own business for self employment. The interest on such loans will be borne by thestate government. Paddy crop is the major crop in Balaghat district. The state government increased the bonus amount on minimum support price of paddy from Rs 50 per quintal to Rs 100.

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