In a bid to boost Assam’s rural economy, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday held a meeting with Agriculture Department officials and Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) in Janata Bhawan .
During the meeting, he also discussed several key initiatives aimed at meeting the needs of farmers at the local level.
CM Sarma also reviewed the measures proposed by the Department of Agriculture for the establishment of rice mills, the supply of combines and mini-trucks to agricultural producer companies (FPC), which are groups of marginal small farmers at the meeting.
He emphasized on scaling up support to farmers and building an ecosystem that facilitates improved paddy supply and promotes the export of agricultural products.
He also gave instructions to make the proposed initiatives more useful and affordable for farmers.
The chief minister said the state government will extend its support for setting up 50 rice mills with a milling capacity of 200 MT in the state.
This program will be promoted in convergence with the CMSGUY and the Agricultural Infrastructure Fund (AIF) with grants ranging from 10 lakh to 40 lakh depending on the plant capacity.
The state government will also sponsor the establishment of 1,000 mini rice mills under the AIF, Sarma said, adding that for these mills, a subsidy of up to Rs 1.17 lakh per mill will be provided. . On the other hand, as proposed by the Department of Agriculture, combine harvesters will be provided to CPEs for which a subsidy of up to 90% will be granted.
The Chief Minister also requested the ministry to implement the scheme of supplying mini trucks to FPCs to help them use them for agricultural purposes with a subsidy of up to 30% or Rs 1.5 lakh, according to the the lowest amount.
Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, Finance Minister Ajanta Neog, FCS&CS Additional Chief Secretary BR Samal, Agriculture Additional Chief Secretary Asish Kumar Bhutani, CM Principal Secretary Samir Kumar Sinha, CMSGUY CEO Padmapani Bora and other officials were present at the meeting.
Earlier, the Chief Minister also held a meeting with officials from the Ministry of Finance for the identification of projects under the NABARD Infrastructure Development Assistance (NIDA), Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF ) and State Government Rural Infrastructure Assistance (RIAS).
Projects such as 2000 numbers of Anganwadi centers, retirement home in Boko, tourism project in Jongalbolohu Garh and stadium in Chandrapur were also discussed to be taken up under NIDA during the meeting.
CM Sarma also called on officials to expedite the release of funds under the RIDF and identify income and livelihood generating projects to be undertaken under the RIAS.