Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has said that the State Government will extend all possible support to NGOs willing to work in the field of food processing, value addition of minor forest produce and forest medicines and skill upgradation of youth of Naxal affected areas. The Chief Minister participated in ‘PEN IIT Global E-Conclave’ through video conferencing from his residence office here today. He said that there is a lot of potential to work in these areas in Chhattisgarh. Institutions wishing to work in these areas are welcome in Chhattisgarh.
    Talking with Rajya Sabha MP Shri Jairam Ramesh in the Conclave, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that 44 percent of Chhattisgarh has forest cover. It has a rich wealth of minor forest produce and forest medicines. Apart from these, there is good production of fruits, flowers, agriculture and horticultural crops in Chhattisgarh. There are many products including Kodo-Kutki, which are in demand all over the world, if there is value addition in these products of Chhattisgarh, then the local youth, women will get good employment opportunities and the producers will get good value for their price. Mr. Baghel also urged Penn IITs to cooperate in value addition and marketing of finished products.
    Mr. Baghel called for the Naxalite challenge in the Global e-Conclave to provide measures for prevention and prevention of Kovid-19 infection, to sustain economic activities during lockdown, to provide employment and income to laborers and forest dwellers from collection of MNREGA and minor forest produce. Detailed information on the strategy of the state government to deal with. The Chief Minister said that to promote the trade of agro-horticulture, small forest produce and forestry in Chhattisgarh, the Buyers-Sellers Meet was organized by the state government, in which 128 institutions from many countries took part. The state government has taken initiative from the Union Ministry of Aviation to provide cargo transportation facilities in Raipur.
    The Chief Minister said that in Chhattisgarh production of lac is also done on a large scale. To promote it further, lac production has been given the status of farming. The state government is also seriously considering giving agriculture status to Cosa production. A tender has also been called for setting up a plant for the production of ethanol from paddy and sugarcane. Even today, 70 percent people in the state depend on agriculture. There is great potential to set up plants for food processing and value addition in all the development blocks of the state.  
The Chief Minister said that during the lockdown, necessary economic activities were continued in Chhattisgarh. MNREGA works were started on a large scale, with a maximum of 26 lakh people employed. The work of collection of minor forest produce also continued, paddy purchase for 2500 rupees, debt relief of farmers, the global recession did not affect Chhattisgarh. It was the effort of the state government that money should come to the people.
Regarding the prevention and prevention measures of corona infection, the Chief Minister said that people coming from abroad were identified and placed in home quarantine. Around six and a half million workers and others returned to Chhattisgarh during the lockdown. Work has started in almost all industries of Chhattisgarh, in which one and a half lakh people have got employment. Chhattisgarh produced the largest number of steel during lockdown. During the lockdown, the Chief Minister’s Suraksha Abhiyan was also continued. As a result, the number of malnourished children decreased by 13 percent. The Chief Minister gave information about Suraji village scheme ‘Narva, Garuva, Ghurwa and Bari’ scheme, Godhan Nyaya Yojana, tree plantation campaign in Global Conclave. The Chief Minister said that the tribals have increased confidence in the state government. The state government returned 4200 acres of land acquired at Lohandiguda from 1700 tribals, After examining the revoked Forest Rights Plots, the work of distributing the Forest Rights Recognition Cards to the eligible beneficiaries has started again. So far, four and a half lakh forest rights leases have been distributed in the state. Mukhyamantri Haat Bazaar Clinic Scheme was launched to provide better health facilities in all areas including tribal areas, which yielded good results. Schools in Sukma that had been closed for 13 years were re-started. In Bastar and Surguja, Junior Service Selection Board was formed for the recruitment of local youth to the third and fourth class posts. Which got good results. Schools in Sukma that had been closed for 13 years were re-started. In Bastar and Surguja, Junior Service Selection Board was formed for the recruitment of local youth to the third and fourth class posts. Which got good results. Schools in Sukma that had been closed for 13 years were re-started. In Bastar and Surguja, Junior Service Selection Board was formed for the recruitment of local youth to the third and fourth class posts.