New Delhi: The decisions taken by the Union Cabinet on Monday will bring about positive changes in the lives of farmers, laborers, and workers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said as his government enters the second year in office.
These decisions will bring tremendous benefits to the farmers, street vendors, and micro, small and medium enterprises, he said.
"To give impetus to the campaign for a self-reliant India, we have not only changed the definition of MSMEs but have also approved several proposals to revive it. This will benefit the small and medium scale industries, as well as create huge employment opportunities," Modi said in a series of tweets in Hindi and English.
PM Street Vendor's Atma Nirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) is a very special scheme, he said.
"For the first time, our street vendors are a part of a livelihood program. This scheme will ensure support for street vendors. It harnesses technology and emphasizes capacity building," he said.
India will prosper, the prime minister said, when its farmers prosper.
"Our government has fulfilled its promise to our hardworking farmers of fixing the MSP at a level of at least 1.5 times of the cost of production," he said.
Care has also been taken towards improving the financial situation of our farmers, the prime minister noted.
Monday's meeting was the first meeting of the Union Cabinet after the Modi 2.0 government entered its second year in office.
The government completed one year in office on May 30. Union minister Prakash Javadekar said the meet was held on a Monday as it was the first working day after May 30. Cabinet usually meets on Wednesdays.
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Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government on Tuesday decided to procure cow dung at Rs 2 per kilogram from cattle rearers as part of its 'Gaudhan Nyay Yojana' which will be launched on July 20, coinciding with local Hareli festival, an official said.
The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel here on Tuesday, a government spokesperson said.
The scheme is meant for large scale production of vermicompost in gauthans (dedicated land in villages where cattle are housed) set up under the ambitious 'Narva, Garua, Ghurua aur Bari' scheme of the state government, he said.
"Earlier, a cabinet sub-committee had recommended buying cow dung at Rs 1.50 per kg but the cabinet has fixed the procurement rate at Rs 2 per kg, including transport cost," he said.
The state government has sanctioned construction of nearly 5300 gauthans so far, out of which 2,408 in rural areas and 377 in urban areas have been set up, he said.
In these gauthans, cow and buffalo dung will be procured from cattle owners through gauthan committees and will be utilized for making vermicompost and other products, he added.
The scheme will be launched on Hareli festival, which is celebrated to mark the start of agricultural activities.
The cabinet also approved selling of vermicompost produced under the scheme through cooperative societies to farmers at the rate of Rs 8 per kg, he said.
The cabinet also approved a plan to distribute 5 kg rice per person each month from July to November on ration cards (except for APL category) issued under the Chhattisgarh Food Security Act, in the same way as it is being provided on ration cards under National Food Security Act, he said.
"Likewise, one kg of a gram will be given per month during the same period to ration card holders (except for APL category)under Chhattisgarh Food Security Act," he said.
Besides, the cabinet approved to merge the remaining batch of teachers working under panchayat and urban body departments, who have completed a service period of two years or more, with the school education department from November 1.
The move will benefit 16,278 teachers, he added.
The cabinet also decided to constitute the Indravati Basin Development Authority for development of Indravati river valley in south Chhattisgarh, he said.
The decision to discontinue the Chhattisgarh State Law Commission was also taken in the meeting, he said.