- An amount of Rs 5.09 crore was released to the beneficiaries of Godhan Nyay Yojana
- 15 lakh quintals of vermicompost used by farmers of state
- Use of vermicompost has improved soil fertility and crop production to a great extent
- Vermicompost has become a better alternative to chemical fertilizers
Raipur (thestates.news)| Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel virtually released an amount of Rs 5 crore 09 lakh to the beneficiaries as the 51st installment of Godhan Nyay Yojana in a programme organized at his residence today. This includes Rs 2 crore 69 lakh to cow dung vendors and Rs 1 crore 48 lakh and Rs 93 lakh to Gauthan Samitis and women Self-Help Groups respectively as a dividend. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that nearly 15 lakh quintals of vermicompost made using cow dung purchased under Godhan Nyay Yojana have been utilized by the farmers in their fields. “Through this scheme, we are serving Mother Earth along with serving ‘Gaumata’ (cow). Vermicompost production and its use in place of chemical fertilizers is a service to Mother Earth.”
Referring to the feedback received from farmers, Mr. Baghel said that the use of vermicompost has improved soil fertility and crop production to a great extent. In addition, it has helped in reducing dependence on chemical fertilizers. He stressed on the need for mass production of vermicompost to ensure availability of the same to more than 26 lakh farmers of the state. For this, he also instructed to ensure regular purchase of cow dung in Gauthans without any hindrance and to get vermicompost tanks made as per requirement. He said that more than 3.5 lakh farmers of the state have lifted vermicompost from cooperative societies in the form of crop loans in the current Kharif season, which is encouraging.
He added that in the initial phase some people even mocked the cow dung procurement scheme. However, today this scheme has gained popularity in the villages and is being appreciated across the country. He said that new employment opportunities have been created in the villages with the coordination of Gauthan and Godhan Nyay Yojana. Rs 79 crore 60 lakh has been deposited in the bank accounts of 5863 Gauthan committees of the state as of today. About 2500 Gauthan committees have their capital deposits ranging from Rs one lakh to 10 lakh while that of 46 Gauthan committees ranges from Rs 10 lakh to 50 lakh.