As part of the flagship Godhan Nyay Yojna (GNY) initiated by the Chhattisgarh government, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel conducted online transfers exceeding Rs 15 crore to support cattle rearers, women’s self-help groups (SHGs), and ‘gauthan’ committees.
This initiative has empowered SHG women and surged farmer engagement in cattle rearing. The program has garnered national recognition, inspiring other states to adopt similar initiatives.
Distribution of Funds under the Godhan Nyay Yojna: Supporting Cattle Rearers, Gauthan Committees, and Women SHGs
Out of the total amount of Rs 15.29 crore, an allocation of Rs 5.60 crore was directed towards the bank accounts of cattle rearers as compensation for the cow dung they supplied to gauthans, which serve as centers for caring for cattle in rural areas.
Additionally, a sum of Rs 9.69 crore was distributed to gauthan committees and women-led self-help groups (SHGs) affiliated with gauthans, as a part of the program’s provisions.
Godhan Nyaya Yojana: Fostering Agricultural Innovation
Introduced in July 2020 by the Chhattisgarh government, the Godhan Nyaya Yojana involves the procurement of cow dung at a rate of Rs. 2 per kg within the state’s gauthans.
Godhan Nyaya Yojana: Economic Empowerment and Sustainable Production
- Within the gauthans, women’s groups are harnessing cow dung obtained via the program to produce substantial amounts of vermi-compost, super compost, and various other products. These goods are subsequently made available to government departments and farmers at reduced prices through cooperative societies.
- In addition to these efforts, women’s groups are generating profits by crafting and selling cow-based products like cow cast, diyas, incense sticks, and idols, alongside utilizing cow dung for manure.
- These groups are also actively involved in diverse income-generating activities, including vegetable and mushroom cultivation, poultry, goat farming, fisheries, and animal husbandry within the gauthans.
Key Points for Competitive Exams
- Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries: Giriraj Singh