New avenues of development
Raipur, 03 September 2021
Bastar division of Chhattisgarh which was deprived of basic facilities for years now has access to the government services such as aadhaar card, ration card, ayushman card and redressal of pension-related cases. These facilities are being provided in rural areas of Chhattisgarh by holding cqamps. In a similar camp that was held in sensitive areas of Sukma district i.e. Silegar, Minapa, Sarkeguda, a large number of villagers showed up to avail the government services. Considering the enthusiasm of the villagers, the administration has decided to extend the duration of the camp.
To provide various facilities to the people in these sensitive areas of Sukma district, a facilitation camp was organized at village Sarkeguda. Vehicles were also arranged by the administration to make it easier for them to reach the camp site. People of village Minapa and Sileger had apprised the administration about their problems earlier, and to resolve these problems, facilitation camps are being set up in these areas to ensure quick redressal. Similar camps will be organized in other villages in the near future.
Chhattisgarh Government's camp-strategy to provide basic facilities like education, health, employment, drinking water in the remote villages is proving to be effective. There are seven districts in Bastar division and all seven have been identified as aspirational districts of the country. In the tribal dominated districts of Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Bastar (Jagdalpur) and Kanker, it has been a challenge to provide access to facilities in the interior areas, reason being the geographical complexities and Naxal activities. Chhattisgarh government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, has decided to adopt camp-strategy, considering the local conditions, for the development of the division. This new strategy of governance is based on the principles of development, trust and security.
To ensure security in the Naxal-affected interior areas, security-force camps were set up at various places. Now with mobile clinics of Mukhyamantri Haat-Bazaar Clinic Yojna, medical-camps are also being held in Haat-bazaars of the interior areas, where villagers get easy acces to the facility of free check up, treatment and medicines.
Hundreds of schools which were closed due to Naxal riots in the interior areas have been successfully reopened. Among these traditional schools of Hindi medium, English medium schools have also opened in various places, and the facility of education in local dialects is also being provided. These English medium schools are being operated under Swami Atmanand English Medium School Scheme, to provide free of cost quality education to every student.
During the COVID period, Chhattisgarh has collected the maximum number of minor forest produce in the country. Maximum of the minor forest produce in the state were collected in these seven districts of Bastar division. Better strategies have been adopted to ensure collection of minor forest produce in a systematic and organized manner. The entire process of collection to procurement is taken care of by the forest dwellers only. These forest produce are procured by self-help groups, in procurement camps held in Haat-bazaars. Increase in number of forest produce procured at support price from 7 to 52 has boosted morale of the villagers. These minor forest produce collected from the forests of Bastar is processed locally, providing employment to localites on a larger scale.