Tuesday, January 27, 2009

“Full support to Salwa Judum”

The Hindu

Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Monday declared his government’s full support to Salwa Judum, the forest-dwellers’ peace movement against naxalites.

In his Republic Day speech after hoisting the national flag at Jagdalpur, the headquarters of Bastar division, Dr. Singh said, “It was because of such people and their movement that the country’s Republic is secure today.”

Dr. Singh said that the government would take steps to secure the livelihood of these tribal people and added that steps for their rehabilitation would be taken forward.

Dr. Singh said his government has fulfilled the promises it had made to the people. He called upon the people to take the maximum benefit of the government schemes to make Chhattisgarh as one of the leading States. Dr. Singh said the government had already distributed more than one lakh land right documents to tribal people under the Forest Dwellers Land Rights Act. An additional 1.5 lakh forest-dwellers would be given such documents soon. He also promised that farmers would be given loans at three per cent interest soon.

The Chief Minister spoke about schemes such as rice at Rs.3 a kg to about 37 lakh families, paddy procurement and major fund allocation for extension of irrigation facilities. These schemes had helped the State in securing livelihood of a large number of people, he added. — PTI

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