Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel writes a letter to Prime MinisterApril 21, 2020
Chhattisgarh Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel today wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to provide financial assistance of Rs 30000 crore to the state in the next three months for operation of relief and welfare schemes and relaxation in the economic activities related to revenue generation in the state.
In his letter the chief minister has requested to immediately release Rs 10 thousand crores out of the said amount, so that financial assistance can be given to industry, business, service sector and agriculture sector.
The Chief Minister has also requested to provide immediate exemption to the State for the operation of economic activities related to partial revenue generation in view of the controlled situation of the spread of Covid-19 in the State.
Baghel has written in the letter that exemption should be given to the operation of sweets shops, so that it can be possible to sell milk of milk producing farmers. He has written that the operation and registration of showrooms of vehicles, including the exemption of registration and purchase of properties, operation of construction works in cities, air conditioners in view of summer season, operation of show rooms of coolers and fridges, all types. It would be appropriate to do repair work and to open all types of retail works in all green zone districts.
Every effort will be made by the state government to ensure wearing of masks and social distancing of all individuals.
Mr. Baghel has written in a letter to the Prime Minister that due to the long period of lockdown, revenue collections have come down to almost zero. In the current economic scenario, there is also a big reduction in the amount that the state receives from central taxes. On the other hand, the State Government is needing additional resources for the livelihood of the 56 lakh poor and needy families of the state, who have no means of income left.
Mr. Baghel has said that if the above activities are not given permission immediately, then normal operations of the state will not be possible. It is requested to take the trouble of providing immediate approval to the demands of the state.
He has written that with a view to stop the spread of Covid-19 virus, the lockdown was implemented in the state of Chhattisgarh from March 21, but due to this, all kinds of economic activities are also coming to a standstill in the state. The main sources of income of the state are mining activities, excise, GST, registration of properties, registration of vehicles and forest wealth etc.
Permission has been granted by the Government of India from April 20 to May 3 to conduct only economic activities related to urgent services, which will not provide any special assistance in revenue receipt of the state. It is certain that economic activities in the country will take a long time to return to normal. In such a situation, it will be very difficult to conduct development and welfare schemes for the state.
The Chief Minister has said in the letter that the state of Covid-19 outbreak in the state is comparatively better than other states. As of 21 April, 36 Covid-19 patients were found infected in the state, out of which 25 people have gone to their homes after getting rid of the infection and the remaining 11 people are continuing treatment and the condition of all is normal. Around 400 people are being tested every day in the state.
No new person has been found to be infected with Covid-19 in the last 5 days. Out of 28 districts in the state, not a single person has been found infected in 23 districts, while 4 districts where 8 were found infected, no cases have been reported in the last 3 weeks and 11 active infected people of the only district are yet to be treated. In progress.
The Chief Minister has urged Prime Minister Shri Modi that the State should be given financial assistance of at least 30 thousand crores from the Center in the next three months, out of which 10 thousand crores should be released immediately, so that industry, business, service Economic assistance can be provided to the area and agriculture sector.