Chhattisgarh placed in better position in fiscal liabilities: Dr Singh

Chhattisgarh placed in better position in fiscal liabilities: Dr Singh

Raipur, March 06: State has carried out restructuring of the loans so that the liabilities have been reduced. The funding agencies have preferred Chhattisgarh on priority due to rural infrastructure development taking place in state, said Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh while addressing the media after presentation of Budget in state Assembly on Monday.

He said that for funds, development cannot be totally dependent on budget, so borrowing is carried out through financial institutions which are long term loan from 7-10 years and Chhattisgarh is well placed in re-payment also.

Countering the question raised by Leader of Opposition regarding the higher number of ration cards and coverage of food security, Dr Raman Singh said that the poverty in state is around 36 percent but against which ration card holder is around 68 percent who are also being covered by the scheme. He added that the number has been included the differently able, those affected by stroke, landless people among other destitute.

Dr Singh said that Leader of Opposition might not be aware that it is not the state government but the then UPA government had fixed the number of ration cards to provide wider coverage of food security.

On the higher income per person issue, Chief Minister cum Finance minister said that if a standard calculation is done based on the GSDP, it is divided with total number of population of state, so which is higher. Regarding the calculation of 10 most poor, it is not possible for calculation while the top ten earners can be intimated by Income Tax department.

On the 112 service, Chief Minister said that allocation to commence the service, under which around 250 four-wheelers and 50 motorcycles would be provided to 12 districts of implementation. Later on it would be extended to other districts. The scheme envisages that police reach the spot of incident within 10 minutes in city while 30 minutes in rural areas. The routes have been identified and even the NH routes, based on study.

On CBSE extension, he said that many children studying in CBSE have stated that they are facing awkward situation after 10th have to shift to other board and to continue, their education the scheme is being implemented, said Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh.

State government is concern over the digital divide between urban and rural due to lack of connectivity. To promote further digitalisation and extension of service, more than 1500 towers would be installed. After connectivity is provided, the people can be linked to the digital payment, sharing of information regarding welfare schemes, schemes of central and state government among others. The small town children would be also connected with internet, which is why smart mobile phone is being given to women and children.

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