"I believe that going on the way of inclusive growth, transparency and public participation, we will overcome obstacles to the development in naxal-affected areas," Singh said at the Independence Day function here at the Police Parade grounds.

Noting that it is the first time since formation of the state that same political party has been elected at both Centre and State, he said, "Single motto of positive politics- "Sabke Sath-Sabka Vikas" (with everybody, everybody's development) is echoing across the state as well as the

Briefing about several welfare schemes of the ruling government, the Chief Minister said, to provide bonus to farmers for their paddy at the rate of Rs 300 per quintal, the state government has sanctioned the amount of Rs 2,400 crores.   

Farmers will be provided interest free loans worth Rs 3,100 crores besides, 100 new agricultural equipment service centres will be opened for the convenience of the peasants, he added.

As many as 15 Nagar Panchayats will be upgraded to municipal councils while the two municipal councils at Dhamtari and Birgaon will be turned into municipal corporations, Singh said.

To ensure smooth services to people under Chhattisgarh Public Service Guarantee Act, he said online services will be started under the Act.

Listing out schemes for welfare of women and girls, he said the state government was planning to implement 'Sabla Yojana', which was initiated in 10 districts to prevent malnutrition in teenage girls, in all 27 districts of the state.
To enhance the facilities under public transportation system, around 451 buses will be run in different cities, he said.

Earlier, Singh unfurled the tricolour and received guard of honour from the joint parade of state police, Chhattisgarh Armed Police, ITBP, BSF, CISF, National Cadet Corps, National Service Scheme, Scout and Guide students at the Parade Ground here to mark India's 68th Independence day amid tight security.

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