Raipur : Representatives of Australian Embassy seek information about the development taking place in Chhattisgarh on the second day of their stay

Consulate General Ms. Rowan Ainsworth meets DGP Mr. Awasthi and Director of National Health Mission Dr. Priyanka Shukla

 The delegation has come on a two-day visit to Chhattisgarh in view of the possibilities of capital investment and mutual cooperation in socio-cultural sector

 Raipur, 03 September 2021 

The representatives of the Embassy of Australia on a two-day visit to the state, in view of the possibilities of capital investment and mutual cooperation in socio-cultural field with Chhattisgarh, met various high officials and sought information about the developments taking place in various areas of the state.  Ms. Rowan Ainsworth, Consulate General of Australia met  DGP Mr. D.M.  Awasthi and National Health Mission Director Dr. Priyanka Shukla and held discussions over several matters.  Earlier, on 02nd September, Australian High Commissioner Mr. Barry O'Farrell met Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel at his residence office.

 Today at Police Headquarters, DGP Shri D.M.  Awasthi and Ms. Rowan Ainsworth had a detailed discussion on the law and order situation of Chhattisgarh, the situation of Naxalism in the state, preparedness to deal with possible disasters and security arrangements for Australian tourists. Mr. Awasthi told Ms. Ainsworth that under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, Chhattisgarh Police has effectively curbed Naxal activities in the last three and a half years. Chhattisgarh Police is always ready to help the citizens in case of any kind of natural calamity.The security of tourist places was also discussed between the two. Shri Awasthi told them that all the tourist places of Chhattisgarh are completely safe for national and international tourists.

 Ms. Ainsworth held discussion with the Director of National Health Mission Dr. Priyanka Shukla regarding the health facilities of the state. Dr. Shukla informed her about the emergency helpline number 108 operating in the state, health facilities made available during the Covid period, adequate availability of oxygen, availability of ventilators, ambulances etc. Ms Ainsworth appreciated the graph of COVID vaccination in Chhattisgarh. She said that the graph of Covid vaccination in Australia is less than Chhattisgarh. She appreciated the natural beauty of the state and said that next time I will come to Chhattisgarh as a tourist.

 Yesterday on 02nd September, High Commissioner Mr. Farrell had a detailed discussion with Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel on the possibilities of mining and environmental protection. Mr. Farrell took keen interest in the schemes of the state government implemented under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel for overall development, upliftment of tribal community and improvement in social indicators in the state.  He also appreciated the efforts made by the government for prevention of corona infection in Chhattisgarh. The High Commissioner expressed his desire to promote bilateral relations in various areas of development. He said that Australia has expertise in the field of mining. He talked about mutual participation in the fields of mining survey, exploration-mining technology etc.

 Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel told Mr. Farrell that Chhattisgarh is a state rich in mineral and forest wealth. Different types of resources are available in the state. He expressed happiness over the socio-cultural partnership with Australia and willingness of entrepreneurs to invest industrial capital in Chhattisgarh and said that the state government will provide all possible support for this. The Chief Minister informed about the efforts being made by the government to promote organic farming and value addition of forest produce in Chhattisgarh.
 On this occasion, Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister, Mr. Subrata Sahu had informed about the socio-geographical situation of the state of Chhattisgarh and the progress made in various fields.  
On this occasion Principal Secretary Industries Shri Manoj Pingua, Secretary to Chief Minister Shri Siddharth Komal Pardeshi, Director Industries Shri Anil Tuteja, Managing Director Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation Shri P. Arun Prasad, Managing Director Minor Forest Produce Federation Shri Sanjay Shukla, Consul General Ms. Rowan Ainsworth, High Commission Secretary Ms. Amy Keough, Business Development Manager Mr. Parthasen and other officials were present.

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