Monday, 11 June 2018 | PNS | Nanakmatta/Dehradun– Improving the economic and social standard of living of the economically backward not yet in the developmental mainstream is among the top priorities of the State and Central Governments, said the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. The Chief Minister said this while speaking at a function held at Nanakmatta on Sunday to felicitate the beneficiaries of Central Government welfare schemes held to mark the completion of four years of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government at the centre. Addressing the gathering, Rawat said that it was the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that by the time India celebrates its 75th Independence anniversary in 2022, India should be a developed into a ‘Nav Bharat’. He said that ‘Nav Bharat’ stands for an India where there is no poverty and everyone has a home to live with basic facilities of power, water, toilet and cooking gas. The CM further said that by August 15 all those families registered under ‘Ujjwala’, ‘Saubhagya’ and ‘Ujala’ schemes will get complete benefits of these schemes. He said that since the inception of his Government efforts are afoot to provide corruption free administration in the State. He said that many of those found guilty of corruption have been jailed and many more will go to jail for corruption.  He said that the State Government has provided loans to 1.80 lakh farmers at a rate of only two per cent interest for the upliftment of farmers in the State. Despite sugar been cheaper in the market and not yet reaching the market from the mills, the State Government has released an amount of Rs 40 crore for sugarcane farmers.  He said that farmers producing wheat will also be benefitted on time. The Chief Minister said that earlier, due to corruption only 50 paisa of the money could be used for development if one rupee was released. He said that the prime minister in a bid to check corruption has stopped the work of middlemen and all the works are now being done digitally. The entire money of any scheme is coming into the account of Gram Pradhans and beneficiaries are getting benefits directly into their accounts through DBT schemes. Rawat also appreciated the working of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Union Surface Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on the occasion.

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