Raipur. Chhattisgarh Government has accomplished several tasks at once by adopting an economic, traditional yet unique idea for proper preservation of crops. Every year, a large quantity of the paddy stored in warehouses gets damaged due to moisture, rains, hailstorm, rats and pests. To minimize this loss this year, special kind of cemented platforms have been built. These platforms were built during corona crisis under MNREGA, which created employment opportunities on a large scale.
This new arrangement for saving the procured paddy from damaged has been introduced on Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel’s initiative. Total 7606 platforms have been built in all the districts. State Government has done a record procurement of 93 lakh metric tons of paddy this year, which is the highest so far, ever since Chhattisgarh state was formed.
It is a big challenge to ensure safe storage of such a large quantity of paddy. But the large number of cemented platforms built this year in paddy collection centres have helped in dealing with this challenge. Nearly three thousand sacks can be piled up n each of the platforms.
As per the standards of Food Civil Supply and Consumer Protection Department and as per the requirements of collection centers, platforms of 10.6 m length and 7.5m width have been built at the cost of Rs 2 lakh each. Provision has been made to build shade over these platforms with 8 pedestal, bolt and plate in near future.
Total 378 platforms have been constructed in various collection centers of Balod district, 597 in Balodabazar-Bhatapara district, 85 in Balrampur-Ramanujganj district, 221 in Bastar district, 430 in Bemetara district, 123 in Bijapur district, 380 in Bilaspur district, 22 in Dantewada, 333 in Dhamtari, 132 in Durg, 254 in Gariaband, 60 in Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi, 711 in Janjgir-Champa, 47 in Jashpur, 363 in Kanker, 269 in Kabeerdham, 114 platforms in Kondagaon district, 157 in Korba, 76 in Koriya, 488 in Mahasamund, 351 in Mungeli, 32 in Narayanpur, 469 in Raigarh, 786 in Raipur, 465 in Rajnandgaon, 66 in Sukma, 118 in Surajpur and 79 cemented platforms have been built in the collection centers of Sarguja district.
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