Jharkhand government making efforts to boost rural economy: Hemant

Jharkhand government making efforts to boost rural economy: Hemant

Ranchi, March 3 (UNI) Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said on Thursday that the state government was taking continuous steps to boost the rural economy and create self-employment jobs. In a meeting with the Chairman of NABARD, Dr. GR Chintala, he had a detailed discussion on the issue of banks providing loans to people from the poor community as well as farmers and priority needs. The Chief Minister said that there are huge opportunities in Jharkhand’s agriculture sector and NABARD should take the initiative so that maximum people can avail the benefits of KCC cards. He said that since the farmers here have no financial support, therefore they do not become economically strong despite their involvement in agriculture and other related activities. He said that NABARD has an important role to play in the development of the state. The Chief Minister said he wanted the benefits of the programs run by the organization to reach the last person in the society. He said the organization should also extend its support to farmers in marketing their products. Soren also advocated for the need to provide more loans for strengthening rural infrastructure and economic development in Jharkhand. NABARD President GR Chintala made suggestions for changes to the cooperative structure and sought the active support of the government. He highlighted the need to improve the basic infrastructure of cold chains and the distribution network so that farmers can get a better price for their products. The president suggested that as a multi-purpose center, Pax’s business can be boosted by leveraging cheap funds. He also discussed ways to increase the income of farmers through multiple cropping and encouragement of cultivation of pulses and assured all possible assistance to the government in the development of Jharkhand. Chief Secretary Sukhdeo Singh and others were present at the meeting. UNI AK BM

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