Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said state government will procure sugarcane from farmers at Rs 355 per quintal.

Farmers will get Rs 2500 per quintal for paddy through the Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojna, he said. For the first time 2.5 lakh farmers of the state returned to farming, he said.

He was replying to the two-day discussion on budget 2020-21 on Thursday in the state assembly. Taking a stand on illegal sale of liquor which was a point of discussion in the House on Thursday, Chief Minister announced that District Superintendent of Police will be responsible for it. On Shikshakarmi, he said now the word will be history in the state.

Announcing bonaza for the MLAs, he said railway and flight coupon has been hiked from Rs 4 lakh to Rs 8 lakh and MLAs will get boarding facilities also. The former MLAs pension has been hiked from Rs 20,000 to Rs 35,000 while the railway and flight coupon has also been hiked from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 4 lakh. The family pension has also been hiked from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000. He said the public relations fund of MLAs had been earlier hiked which will be effective from April 1.

Speaking on recent IT raids, he said, “ Generally, during raids local SP is intimated to provide force so that officers’ do not face misbehaviour. In recent raids neither SP nor DGP was intimated. IT officers taking assistance of CRPF is improper. Chhattisgarh is a Naxal affected state where the outlaws move around in outfits.”

Baghel also urged media to refrain from ‘sensational’ reporting as naming of such officers who have no link to any raids, will affect the morale and image of honest officers. Instead balanced reporting should be done.