Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday said that Jashpur district has immense potential for horticulture crops. Further work should be done by putting an action plan in place.
Baghel was holding a review meeting of Jashpur officials at Kunkuri Rest House, on the second day of his Bhent Mulaqat drive in the district.
He laid emphasis on development of horticulture crops due to the climatic conditions of Jashpur. At present, the district is known for growing tea, scented rice and ‘Ramtil’ (Niger oil seed).
Baghel said being a forested area, the collection of medicinal plants and forest produce should be done. Its value addition is taken on priority with packaging, marketing and commercialization on a large scale. This can generate employment to the women’s groups.
The officers need to work with personal interest to increase the income of the people.
He called for a special action plan to prevent human-elephant conflict. He wanted the water recharging scheme ‘Narwa’ to be effectively implemented to augment the water level.
The Chief Minister urged officials to dispose of pending revenue cases within a time limit. The officers should take special care so that people do not face harassment.
Baghel said there was a need to reduce the level of malnutrition and anemia among women and girls. Malnourished children, anemic women, pregnant women and mothers with infants must be provided hot food and ‘ready to eat’ packets, he said.