Shimla, May 21 at 1930 hours

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur launched an ambitious scheme Mukhya Mantri one Bigha Scheme in the state through video conferencing from Shimla today.
The scheme envisages strengthening of rural economy by linking MNREGA under which a woman member of family who owns a land up to one bigha (or 0.4 hectare) can raise a backyard kitchen garden by growing vegetables and fruits.
Thakur  said that  scheme would involve about 1.50 lakh womenfolk through 5,000 self-help groups. He said under the scheme each beneficiary woman will be entitled to get employment under MNREGA, besides training to upscale her skill, grants meant to level the hill land, channelise water, set up a vermi compost pit and to purchase saplings and seeds.
CM said that the corona pandemic has forced the planners to rethink about developmental schemes so as to revive the economy particularly in the rural areas. He said that with this objective the government has started ‘Mukhya Mantri 1 Bigha Scheme’ for revival of  economic activity in rural areas
Chief Minister said that initially about five thousand household would be covered under this scheme. He said that the concerned panchayats would send the proposal received by it to BDO to include it in the MNREGA shelf. He said that the  main objective of scheme was to
encourage villagers to adopt kitchen gardening by converging MNREGA and Swachchh Bharat Mission. He said that the Self Help Groups would be motivated to derive benefits of this scheme.


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