Chhattisgarh State has made a new record by winning 15 national awards this year. Chhattisgarh received these national awards on the best performing highest priority scheme, Rurban Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and MNREGA.
Union Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar distributed prizes in a program held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The Chhattisgarh government officials received these awards for the state at the hands of the Union Minister. Tomar expressed satisfaction over the fact that Chhattisgarh today is the state with the highest 15 national awards in the country. Minister of State for Panchayat and Rural Development Ramkripal Yadav, the Chief Guest of the function, the Union Minister Mr. Tomar, the Additional Chief Secretary of the Panchayat and Rural Development Department of Chhattisgarh Government Mr. R. P. Mandal, Secretary, P.C. Mishra and Director of Panchayat and Rural Development, M.K Tyagi were also present on the occasion. These awards were given to Mr. Tyagi. Mr. Tomar lauded the best performance of Chhattisgarh in the implementation of central schemes and congratulated all the officials of the department and the field staff including Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh and Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Shri Ajay Chandrakar for these national awards.
In the prize distribution ceremony, the officials said that under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (Chhattisgarh), the state was awarded with a special award for building different roads stretching over a total distance of 1700 Km under difficult circumstances in the Naxal affected areas and gave a 12-month connectivity to the remote areas. He said that under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Rural), the state was given six awards in five categories. Chhattisgarh's performance in this scheme was the best in the country. For this, the state was honored with the first prize. Under the scheme, the second prize was given to the Kondagaon district of the state and the third prize for the district of Dhamtari in the best district category. In the Prime Minister's Gramin Awas Yojana, Sarangarh Development Block (district-Raigad) got second prize at the level of development blocks in the country.
Officials said that under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, Chhattisgarh State has been awarded second prize in rural state mechanization training and first prize for foundation seeding in Management Information System. Officials said that on the basis of excellent work under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Yojana scheme, Chhattisgarh has been given the target of constructing pucca houses for a total of 7,88,000 poor families in three years during the year 2016-17 to 2018-19. Out of these, four lakh houses have been completed in the first week of September. On this occasion, it was told that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, about two and a half years ago, had launched the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Rurban Mission nationwide on February 21, 2016 in village Kurrubhath (Vikas-Dong-Dongargarh) in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh for providing basic amenities to the villages.
Chhattisgarh was awarded the first prize at the national level for the state's best performance in the Rurban Mission. Under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGA), the state received the first prize in the Barefoot Technician (BFT) training and second prize in Geo-tagging. On this occasion, under the scheme under MNREGA, District Jashpur and Thakur Pyarelal Panchayat and Rural Training Institute, Gram Nimora near village Raipur, were rewarded for excellent work in BFT training. Shri Nilesh Kshirsagar, State Director of Chhattisgarh NRUM, Shri Rakesh Chaturvedi, Chief Executive Officer of State Rural Road Development Agency, Shri Jitendra Shukla, Director, Panchayat, Shri Jitendra Shukla, Director, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Rural), Shri Amrit Vikas Toppo, Chief Executive Officer of District Panchayat Raipur; Deepak Soni, Chief Executive Officer of District Panchayat Jashpur, Mr. Kuldeep Sharma, Kondagaon and Raigad district several other executives, including CEO of Panchayats respectively Sanjay Kannauje and Chandan Tripathi were also present.
State Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh expressed satisfaction on Chhattisgarh receiving 15 national awards together under various central schemes. He said that this is a glorious moment for the state. Dr. Singh said in Raipur that the state has done a great job in these central schemes related to the betterment of the village, the poor and the farmers. Dr. Singh congratulated the officials and employees associated with these schemes related to the Panchayat and Rural department as well as the minsiter Shri Ajay Chandrakar.