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TWO EMPLOYEES SUSPENDED FOR NON-REDRESSAL OF CM HELPLINE COMPLAINT
Bhopal:MMNN: May 23, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan undertook surprise inspection of Janpad headquarter and Krishi Upaj Mandi at Niwari in Tikamgarh district today.
He directed to immediately suspend the panchayat secretary and panchayat coordinator for failing to redress the complaint lodged in CM helpline.
The Chief Minister reached Niwari this morning and inspected the Janpad panchayat office.
He apprised himself of the progress of different schemes. He also visited Krishi Upaj Mandi where he enquired the farmers about wheat procurement.
He directed to ensure full payment to farmers. They should have no inconvenience at any level, he added.
The Chief Minister also visited the residence of Niwari MLA Shri Anil Jain and offered his condolences. Shri Jain's mother died the other day.


CM MEETS ACID ATTACK SURVIVOR GIRL
Bhopal:MMNN: May 23, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan met the acid attack survivor girl in a private hospital here today.
He said that the girl would be provided proper medical treatment and every possible assistance.
Shri Chouhan directed to line attach the TI of Bajaria police station Shri N.K. Malviya for dereliction of duty.
He also directed to suspend sub inspector of the same police station Shri Mahipal Singh Dhurve and sub inspector of Ashoka Garden police station Shri Roop Singh Thakur with immediate effect.


Every Panchayat to have fair price shop
Bhopal:MMNN: May 22, 2015
As part of efforts to further tune up public distribution system in the interest of common people, now fair price shops will be opened in every panachayat in the state. A fulltime seller will be available at fair price shops having over 200 ration cards. These shops will be made multi-purpose with computerised system to send materials. Point of Sale Machine will be availale at every shop.
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed activities and action plan of Food and Civil Supplies Department at Mantralaya here today. He directed to further streamline the public distribution system.
The meeting was informed that for convenience of consumers, shades will be constructed at 2000 fair price shops. Facility to card holders to purchase goods from any fair price shop will be introduced in minimum 5 urban bodies every year.
The Chief Minister consented to proposal for giving free plastic container to every tribal family on purchase of 5 litre kerosene. He also directed to deposit subsidy in bank accounts of families against distribution of kerosene on commercial rates in urban areas.
Reviewing arrangements at procurement centres, the Chief Minister directed to transfer procured wheat to godowns instead of offices of cooperative societies. This will also save expenditure on transport. He instructed to arrange grading machines of food grains at procurement centres and payment to farmers through core banking.
It was informed that Madhya Pradesh has joined pioneer states in digitizing all ration cards. About Rs. 84 crore per annum has been saved through use of e-trading in purchase of sugar and salt. Online allotment is being made to fair price shops.
The Chief Minister while lauding successful conduct and management of procurement process said that due to participation of farmers affected by crop loss and common people, no complaint has been received regarding wheat procurement.
Benefit of Mukhyamantri Annapurna Yojana has been given to 5.24 crore people against the target of 4.80 crore. It was informed that Madhya Pradesh has surpassed all in storage capacity also.
Reviewing consumer protection efforts, the Chief Minister directed to open 2 more benches of State Consumer Forum. In view of rising number of cases in consumer forums, he directed to open district consumer forum at Singrauli, Alirajpur and Agar-Malwa.
Food Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, ACS Finance Shri Ajay Nath, Principal Secretary Food and Civil Supplies Shri Ashok Warnwal, Food Commissioner Shri Manohar Agnani, MD of Civil Supplies Corporation Smt. Neelam Shami Rao and MD of State Warehousing Corporation Shri Chandrahas Dube also attended the meeting.


Bhopal to be developed as smart and global city
Bhopal:MMNN: May 22, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Bhopal will be developed as one of the best cities of the world. He said that it will be developed as smart and global city. He announced that TT Nagar multi-level parking will be named after Amar Shaheed Tatya Tope and MP Nagar after Maharana Pratap. The Chief Minister performed Bhumi Poojan for both the multi-level parkings here today.
On the occasion of Bhumi Poojan of about Rs. 36 crore multi-level parking at TT Nagar, the Chief Minister informed that the Central government has included Bhopal in the list of proposed smart cities in the country. State government will extend every possible cooperation in this. He said that a scheme will be chalked out to give a new shape to Bhopal’s New Market area. He urged shopkeepers of New Market to writer Tatya Tope Nagar instead of TT Nagar on their signboards. This will make new generations aware about Amar Shaheed Tatya Tope.
Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta said that Madhya Pradesh government is pro-active and is continuously working towards welfare of common people. He said that work of second phase of New Market will be undertaken under redensification scheme.
Mayor Shri Alok Sharma said that a major problem of the area will come to end after construction of multi-level parking. He said that shopkeepers of New Market should be given ownership rights. Former CM Shri Kailash Joshi, MP Shri Alok Sanjar, MLAs Sarvshri Surendranath Singh, Shri Rameshwar Sharma and Shri Vishwas Sarang, local corporator Shri Jagdish Yadav, Shri Vijesh Lunawat, Shri Om Yadav and people of the area were present on the occasion.
Multi-level parking to come up at MP Nagar
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan performed Bhumi Poojan of multi-level parking to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 45 crore at MP Nagar. He said that apart from smart city, Bhopal will also be developed as heritage city, green city, clean city, global city and digital city. He said that it will be developed as clean and beautiful city with cooperation of all. There would be no lack of funds for it. At the outset, Mayor Shri Alok Sharma said that construction of this multi-level parking will facilitate both businessmen and people. At the function, Rs. 16 lakh 54 thousand 747 was contributed towards relief to earthquake victims of Nepal on behalf of people of Bhopal. Leader of Opposition in Municipal Corporation Shri Mohammad Sagheer, other public representatives and people were present on the occasion.


Move ahead with hard work, patience and enthusiasm; Govt to stand by at every step
Bhopal:MMNN: May 21, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged youths interested in starting self-employment to avail benefit of Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana. The state government will furnish bank loan guarantee. He said that the state government has launched new schemes for academic and financial upliftment of SC, ST and backward class youths. He urged youths to become employers instead of job seekers and establish new records of success in their businesses and trades. Shri Chouhan was addressing Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana Hitgrahi Panchayat at his residence here today.
Giving tips to young self-employers, Shri Chouhan said that hard work, patients and enthusiasm are 3 major factors of success. Lauding capacity and talents of young entrepreneurs and self-employers, he said that there is no way out, but hard work for success in life. The state government will help them at every step. He said that objective of Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana is that self-employers achieve unprecedented success. Thanking banks partnering in providing loans to beneficiaries, Shri Chouhan said that the cost of employments set up by 31 thousand self-employers is about Rs. 800 crore. This process will expand further with increase in the number of beneficiaries.
Referring to facilities for youths’ education, the Chief Minister said that different schemes have been implemented for education in villages, cities as well as foreign countries. Scholarships have been linked with price index. Provision has been made to bear fee of students taking admission in private medical and engineering colleges. Students renting room for study will be given Rs. 2000 towards rent at divisional headquarters and Rs. 1250 at district headquarters by the state government.
Tribal Welfare Minister Shri Gyan Singh said that Chief Minister’s schemes have shown a new path to youths. Now entire scenario is changing. Beneficiaries are becoming employers. Large number of employments in new sectors are becoming available in tribal areas. He urged tribal youths to avail benefits of these schemes.
Principal Secretary Shri Mohammad Suleman while dwelling on salient features of scheme informed that 6 departments jointly implement this scheme from their own budgets. Benefit of this scheme launched last year has been given to 31 thousand 600 beneficiaries.
Shri Jitendra Singh (Umaria) while sharing his experiences said that he is earning Rs. 20 thousand to Rs. 22 thousand through plying of Bolero vehicle. Sushri Raushni (Umaria) has started sewing centre, which is running soundly. Shri Toofan Singh (Agar) runs a kiosk.
Shri Roop Singh Bhariya (Jhabua) plies Bolero. Shri Om Shankar Singh (Raisen) wishes to lent his vehicle to government departments. Shri Sanjay (Hoshangabad) has purchased tractor trolley. He used to work for others earlier. Shri Jitendra (Bhopal) runs his own computer centre. Shri Anil Malviya (Bhopal) runs a tent house instead of working in other tent houses earlier. Shri Ravi Chouhan is manufacturing Dona-Pattal giving employment to 6 persons. Shri Rahul Saurabh of Tikamgarh runs Bolero.
Shri Sunil Uikay (Mandla) had dreamt to open a gym in tribal area. The Chief Minister fulfilled his dream and ensured his respect in society. He maintains his family well. Sushri Madhu Singh of Umaria runs a grocery store. Tribal artist Shri Hiraman Urveti presented a Gond painting to the Chief Minister.
MLA Shri Om Prakash Sakhalecha, Chief Minister Shri Anthony de Sa, ACS Rural Development Smt. Aruna Sharma, Principal Secretary Tribal Welfare Shri B.R. Naidu, Principal Secretary Scheduled Caste Welfare Shri Ashok Shah, Director DPIP Shri L.M. Belwal and large number of self-employers from remote areas were present on the occasion.
The Panchayat was jointly organised by SC, ST Welfare, Panchayats and Rural Development and Minorities & Backward Class Welfare departments.


State government to bear fee of backward/minorities students selected in national institutions
Bhopal:MMNN: May 20, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced state government will bear fee of state’s backward class and minorities students selected in Centrally-run national institutes, MANIT and NITTTR at Bhopal and IIT and IIM at Indore. Shri Chouhan was addressing distribution function of Ramji Mahajan Service State Awards for backward classes and minorities at Samanvay Bhavan here today.
The Chief Minister said that the state government is making all efforts for political, economic, social and educational empowerment of backward classes and minorities to help them join mainstream of society. Boys hostels have been opened at all district headquarters for educational upliftment of backward class students. Four new girls hostels for minority girl students will be opened at major cities. Number of minority students getting scholarships was just 10,000 earlier, which has been increased now to one lakh 65 thousand. Coaching for All India and state services exams will also be imparted. The state government also provides financial assistance to students for studies in foreign countries.
Shri Chouhan said that efforts for skill development are being made in the state in mission mode. ITI is being opened at every development block. He said that opportunity to apply till June 15 will be given to backward class students who could not apply for scholarships till prescribed date during year 2014-15. He said that hostels have been constructed so that education is not impeded. The government is also reimbursing expenses incurred by students who rent room for studies.
The Chief Minister said that it is the duty of the society and government to remember contribution of those who sacrificed all for serving society. State government feels pride in honouring luminaries. He said that award function should be held on a grand scale. Cultural eve should also be held on this occasion. He said that state government is striving to bring back to main stream the communities which became backward due to historic reasons. He said that everyone has right over natural resources. Therefore, the state government realises revenue form those who use these resources and making social justice by assisting the poor and backwards with it. With this spirit, wheat, rice and salt is being provided at the rate of Re. one per kg to 70 percent population of the state.
State BJP President and MP Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan said that the way light and air is available to all, in the same way benefits of state government’s schemes are being provided to all. A new confidence is visible in minorities and backward classes. He said that it is the responsibility of society to felicitate social workers. This initiative of the state government is laudable. He also referred to personalities and deeds of late Shri Ramji Mahajan.
Labour, Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Minister Shri Antar Singh Arya the government is continously cooperating in efforts for welfare and development of minorities and backward classes. Four new minority girls hostels are being opened during this academic session.
The Chief Minister gave away Ramji Mahajan Backward Service State Awards to social worker Smt. Shakuntala Arya, Ujjain, Sushri Shyama Sahu, Jabalpur, Smt. Anita Verma, Bhopal, Smt. Mangla Vijay Ambedkar, Chhindwara, Smt. Shanti Yadav, Satna, Smt. Meena Verma, Hoshangabad, Smt. Mamta S. Patel, Bhopal, Shri Raheem Gutti, Ujjain, Prof. Hansraj Pal, Indore, Shri Roop Singh Rajput, Gwalior, Shri Gendalal Dabad, Dhar, Shri Harishankar Vishwakarma, Tikamgarh, Shri Gopal Sen, Narsinghpur, Shri Chitranjan Chaurasia, Chhatarpur and Shri Prakash Manawat, Indore. Madhya Pradesh Minorities State Awards were conferred to Smt. Badrunnisa, Bhopal, Shri Kamal Jain, Bhopal and Shri Sardar Khan, Bhopal.
At the outset, the guests offered flowers to photographs of Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, Shaheed Ashfaque Ullah Khan and Shaheed Hameed Khan. Former Mayor Smt. Krishna Gaur, former Minister Shri Arif Beg, Shri Anwar, Shri Sardar Singh Dangas, ACS Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare Shri Rakesh Agrawal and Commissioner Smt. Urmila Mishra were also present on the occasion.


Madhya Pradesh to institute Aruna Shanbag Memorial Award every year
Bhopal:MMNN: May 20, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that the state government will institute of Rs. one lakh annual award in memory of Aruna Shanbag for outstanding work towards preventing violence against women. Women will be given 33 percent reservation in police force. For other government jobs too, similar provision will be considered.
Every year special health check up camps will be organised in every districts for women. Beti Bachao Abhiyan will be started in new form again. A chapter on Beti Bachao Abhiyan will be included in the school curriculum. The Chief Minister also released state’s policy for women-2015.
The Chief Minister was addressing the second Mahila Panchayat at his residence here today. In the series of “Panchayats’ being organised to directly interact with different classes, the Mahila Panchayat was organised. Women from different districts attended the function.
Coaching facility for girls for competitive exams
The Chief Minister announced that girls coming from villages and small towns to districts and divisional headquarters for higher education will be financially supported by the state government. They will be given Rs. 2000 at divisional headquarters and Rs 1250 at district headquarters for accommodation. Expenses on coaching for All-India competitive examinations and entrance tests will also be borne by the state government. The cost of higher education of daughters coming in merit list of higher secondary examinations will also be borne by the government. If young women entrepreneur plan to set up industries they will be given guarantee on loans by the State government and upto five-year will pay six percent interest subsidy. Every year, 50 thousand daughters will be imparted job oriented training.
Crèche at all district headquarters
The Chief Minister announced that all 51 district headquarters will have a crèche. Incentives will be given to women's SHGs for outstanding functioning. Women's self-help groups would be given priority in the work of preparing meals in government bodies. Women's self-help groups under the project Udita will be imparted training in making sanitary napkins. Hostels for working women will be constructed at Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur. If women in emergency cases have to stay in a city, they would call the police on women's helpline. It would be responsibility of the police to provide them safe stay.
Two-year maternity leave
The Chief Minister also announced that the districts doing well for prevention of malnutrition with public participation will be rewarded. Shaurya Dals will be set up in all 51 districts. Every year, individuals and institutions preventing child marriage will be given cash award of Rs. 51 thousand. The villages reporting more girl child births will be rewarded. Shri Chouhan said that the Usha Kiran Centres helping women in distress affected by violence will be set up at Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Rewa and Sagar. Female staff in the government could take maternity leave and child caring or nursing leave for two-year once in their service period. Government officials and employees will be given training on gender sensitivity. In case of complaints against male staff regarding harassment of women, it would be mentioned in their annual confidential reports. Adequate representation of women in employees’ advisory committees in government departments will be ensured.
Those committing crimes against women will be severely punished. Suitable measures will be taken to amend the relevant laws for which the Central Government will be approached. Women's desks will be set up in all police stations. Currently 141 police stations have the desk. The Chief Minister said that the State Government is committed to ending discrimination against daughters. The government has chalked out different schemes to help women in all spheres of life. He said that suggestions received at the Panchayat will be considered and suitable will be implemented.
Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maya Singh said that all 14 announcements made in the first Woman Panchayat in 2006 have been fulfilled. She said that under the guidance of the Chief Minister many radical decisions have been taken for socio-economic, political and educational empowerment of women.
Principal Secretary Women and Child Development Shri J. N. Kansotia spoke about the departmental schemes aiming at empowering women. Commissioner Women Empowerment Smt. Kalpana Shrivastava talked about objectives while highlighting the role of Mahila Panchayat .
Speaking Out
Encouraged by the Chief Minister to give inputs for policy making, women responded enthusiastically giving their suggestions.
Mrs. Savita Chouhan said that special courts should be set up for speedy delivery of justice to women. Crimes against women must be checked by strict laws. Smt. Aprana Verma of Jabalpur talked about guidance for female entrepreneurs saying that they should be given financial assistance for starting their own business.
Rekha Dahima (Mandsaur) said that reservation must be given to Banchhda community. Sushri Krishna Kanta Tomar said that Nari Niketan Centers should be set up in every division. Archana Rathore (Jhabua) said that the problem of migration in Jhabua is related to dowry demands. It must end. Sangita Desai (Agar) said that the destitutes, women should get financial support for the starting their own business.
Sushri Sarita Deshpande (Bhopal) said that fully equipped shelter homes should be built in every district. Santosh Pawar (Satna) suggested about establishment of women's banks. Sushri Gayatri Nagpure (Balaghat) suggested increasing the honorarium of Anganwadi workers. Sushri Uma Bhargava (Bhopal) said that the administration should also be sensitive to women's issues. Sushri Saba Rahman (Gwalior) suggested that women doing well in preventing infanticide should be honoured.
Sushri Preeti Patidar (Ujjain) said that women entrepreneurs should be given space in every market to help them ensure economic growth. Smt. Anju Datre (Gwalior) said that specific space should be earmarked for alcohol shops. Sushri Kiran Gehlot (Agar) advocated stringent legal provisions in case of domestic violence against unmarried and disabled women.
The Chief Minister launched a product of packed kodo-kutki made by Women's self-help group Dindori. He released a booklet 'Hauslon Ki Udan'
On this occasion, Minister for PHE, Sushri Kusum Mahdele, former Chief Minister Shri Kailash Joshi, former minister Smt. Ranjana Baghel, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony De Sa, DGP Shri Surendra Sinh, Smt. Sadhana Singh Chouhan, a large number of women working in different sectors of society were present.


Model industrial centres to be developed in state
Bhopal:MMNN: May 19, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that model industrial centres will be set up in the four proposed industrial corridors. Processes necessary for industrial development will be simplified. Besides, local sentiments will be kept in view while setting up industries and businesses. He said that every possible effort will be made to set up maximum number of industries and businesses in the state so that maximum number of people get employment.
Shri Chouhan reviewed Commerce & Industries Department at Mantralaya here today. Commerce & Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra, Principal Secretary Industries Shri Mohammad Suleman, Principal Secretary Finance Shri Ashish Upadhyay, Commissioner Industries Shri V.L. Kanta Rao and MD TRIFAC Shri D.P. Ahuja also attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that process to simplify rules and procedures under Ease of Doing Business should be expedited. Pace of implementation of proposals of Global Investors Summit 2014 should be accelerated. He said that he will himself review them on first Monday of every month. He said that if necessary, he would also visit Japan to bring investment and study possibilities of investment in the state.
The Chief Minister directed to develop model industrial centres in new industrial corridors, which should be equipped with necessary amenities to attract industries and businesses. He said that local sentiments will also be kept in view while setting up industries. He directed to collect information about government land available in ravines of Chambal so that industrial development works can also be taken up there.
Industrial centres to be developed under PPP mode
The meeting was informed that industrial centres in the state will be developed under PPP mode. Work towards this has been started. Assistance for self-employment was given to 20 thousand persons during last financial year. Action has been started on 935 proposals received at Global Investors Summit 2014. For Ease of Doing Business, 151 procedures were identified for simplification. Of these, 60 have been fully simplified while 70 are under process.


Krishi Mahotsav should be a movement to change agriculture scenario in MP
Bhopal:MMNN: May 19, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Krishi Mahotsav should be turned into a mass movement to change agriculture scenario in the state. Through it, farmers should be apprised of latest farming techniques. A campaign should be launched to curb child begging. The Chief Minister gave these directives during a video-conference with divisional commissioners and district collectors here today. Agriculture Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen, PWD Minister Shri Sartaj Singh, Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and DGP Shri Surendra Sinh also attended video-conference.
The Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh is heading towards a new agriculture revolution. Krishi Mahotsav is a campaign to transform agriculture scenario. Turn Mahotsav into a mass movement. During it, farmers should be informed about crop cycle change and latest agricultural researches. Farmers should get employment in allied sectors like horticulture, animal husbandry, milk production and fisheries. After testing their soil, farmers should be apprised of necessary fertilizers, seeds etc. to be used by them.
263 new soil testing labs to be set up
It was informed that 263 new soil testing labs will be opened in the state to ensure this facility in every development block in the state. Krishi Mahotsav will be held in the state from May 25 to June 15. During next one week, about Rs. 379 crore 7 lakh will be deposited in farmers’ bank accounts of 5 lakh 40 thousand farmers under National Agriculture Insurance Scheme. During Mahotsav, farmers will be given certificates for distribution of this amount.
Mission mode campaign to curb child begging
The Chief Minister directed to conduct a campaign to curb child begging. Arrangements for such children’s lodging, food and education should be made. Families of such children should be persuaded and helped and if children have no family, arrangements should be made to lodge them in shelter homes. Arrangements for these children’s education will be made by the state government. Collectors should conduct this campaign in mission mode. This campaign has humanitarian aspect. There would be no lack of fund for it. Public representatives should also assist in this campaign.
A campaign will be conducted in the state to benefit every citizen under Prime Minister’s Insurance Security Schemes. Camps should be held under it in all districts. It should be ensured that no eligible person is left out.
State government to bear interest on advance storage of fertilizers
Reviewing distribution of compensation against loss to crops due to hailstorm, the Chief Minister directed to ensure its cent percent distribution in every district. In a few districts, amounts could not be paid due to concerning farmers being out of district. These amounts should also be deposited in farmers’ accounts at the earliest. Shri Chouhan instructed to increase awareness among farmers for advance storage of fertilizers, which are available in adequate quantity in the state. The state government will bear interest on advance storage of fertilizers.
Launch drive against anti-social elements
Reviewing law and order situation, the Chief Minister said that drive against anti-social elements should be conducted in all districts. Better work has been done in Indore under this drive. Ensure effective action to curb criminal activities. Police should be vigilant.
CM to start Jan-Darshan Abhiyan
The Chief Minister said that the state government has adopted policy of zero tolerance against corruption. Immediate strict action should be taken as soon as tip-off is received from anywhere. Attention should be paid that people face no inconvenience in any district. The Chief Minister will start Jan-Darshan Abhiyan in the end of this month. Impact of ground realities of public welfare schemes will be assessed during it.
MLAs present in districts during video-conferencing put forth suggestions regarding Krishi Mahotsav and other government programmes.


State’s properties in other states to be maintained more efficiently
Bhopal:MMNN: May 18, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that properties of Madhya Pradesh in other states will be more efficiently utilized by collecting details about them and re-constructed also if required.
Shri Chouhan inspected construction of “Madhyalok” and other properties of Madhya Pradesh in Mumbai today.
The Chief Minister reached “Madhyalok” being constructed in Vashi area in Mumbai and reviewed progress of this 5-storey building, which will be completed by July 2016.
The Chief Minister also visited Edward Villa at Kolaba and inspected construction of VVIP Rest House.
Shri Chouhan said that modern techniques should be used in construction of these buildings with arrangements of solar energy and rain harvesting.
Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra and Resident Commissioner Shri R.K. Chaturvedi were also present on the occasion.


State-wide campaign for Pradhan Mantri Bima Yojanas from May 20
Bhopal:MMNN: May 18, 2015
All is set for launch of state-wide campaign for registration of all eligible beneficiaries under Pradhanmantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhanmantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima and Atal Pension Yojana from May 20.
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will launch a special campaign from his residence here on May 18 at 10 am. During it, insurance forms of CM’s staff and their family members will be filled up. The Chief Minister will give away certificates to beneficiaries.
Officers of State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Central Bank of India, Madhya Pradesh State Cooperative Bank, Union Bank of India, Allahabad Bank, Punjab National Bank, HDFC Bank, New India Assurance Company, Life Insurance Corporation of India and Directorate of Institutional Finance are participating in the programme.
Directives have been given to district administration to organise special camps for registration of all eligible persons at every development block headquarters. All lead banks in the state have assigned this responsibility to their respective nodal officers.
It is noteworthy that Madhya Pradesh had stood first in the country by opening bank accounts of all beneficiaries under Pradhanmantri Jan-Dhan Yojana. A target has been set to register all eligible persons under Prime Minister’s insurance schemes by August 15.


CM Shri Chouhan with Rajasthan CM holds discussions with officers of Union Finance Ministry at NITI Ayog
Bhopal:MMNN: May 16, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with Rajasthan CM Smt. Vasundhara Raje Scindia held discussions with senior officers of Union Finance Ministry about process to be adopted to allocate funds to states under Centrally sponsored schemes in the changed scenario at NITI Ayog in New Delhi today. It is noteworthy that Shri Chouhan is the Convener of Sub-Group on rationalisation of states’ share in Centrally sponsored schemes and funding pattern etc.
The Sub-Group had held its meeting on April 27 where members of the committee including Chief Ministers of Manipur, Arunachal, Jharkhand and Rajasthan and Finance Minister of Jammu-Kashmir were present. The meeting held detailed discussions with officers of 10 important Central Government departments on schemes and procedures for rationalizing them for better implementation. The meeting decided to send members as well as teams of NITI Ayog to the four directions of the country to know opinion of Chief Ministers of other states. It was also decided at that meeting to hold discussions with senior officers of Union Finance Department.
NITI Ayog’s CEO Smt. Sindhushri Khullar informed the Chief Minister that the teams have started work in 2 directions while teams in other 2 directions will also collect suggestions. After collection of all opinions and suggestions including those of working groups’ members and Chief Ministers of other states, a draft will be presented at Sub-Group’s meeting at Bhopal on May 28. State’s Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and senior officers were also present at the meeting.


Appeal to invest in tourism sector in Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal:MMNN: May 16, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan participated in a road show held by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department in New Delhi today. On the occasion, he invited investors to visit and invest in Madhya Pradesh. Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Shri Surendra Patwa, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and Union Tourism Secretary Shri L.K. Pawar as well persons connected with travel tourism industry, industrial houses, business establishments, media and distinguished persons as were also present on the occasion. Objective of the programme was to apprise investors about potential of investment in tourism sector in Madhya Pradesh.
Shri Chouhan said that Simhastha-2016 will be of different kind under which ideological Mahakumbh is being held. In it, 100 scholars from different countries have been invited. The event will be concluded by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Shri Chouhan said that world famous tourism destination Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh is a unique confluence of peace of mind, wisdom and soul. Number of tourists as well as tigers in Panna National Park near it is increasing. Now, number of tigers there has gone up from zero to 32 there.
It is noteworthy that tourism continuous to have place in State’s priority list. As a result, fresh intensification of activities in the sector in the state has been lauded in country and abroad. The awards conferred to Madhya Pradesh Tourism for excellent works have given a distinct identity to the state.
Unmatched diversity of state’s tourist destinations and their being unparalleled makes Madhya Pradesh heaven-like for tourists. Atmosphere in the state presents country’s essence of unity in diversity. Due to topographical situation, it is easy to reach Madhya Pradesh from anywhere in the country. State’s scenic beauty, better level of cleanliness, safe atmosphere and easy-going nature of its residents enrich tourists’ experiences and feelings.
To increase tourism investment in Madhya Pradesh, the state government has formed a land bank. It has also taken several steps including formulation of a progressive tourism policy to promote investors in tourism sector in the state. Benefits of all these incentives can be availed online.
Glimpse of rich culture of Madhya Pradesh were presented through handicraft, folk dances and delicacies. State’s tourist destinations, Simhastha-2016 and ongoing Tourism Year in Madhya Pradesh were publicised


Continuous flow of contributions in CM Relief Fund
Bhopal:MMNN: May 15, 2015
Flow of contributions is continuing for Nepal quake affected people in CM Relief Fund.
A cheque of Rs. 30 thousand 51 was presented to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan
by Minister of State for Education Shri Deepak Joshi on behalf of village Haat Pipaliya in Dewas district here today.
Shri Chouhan has appealed to people of the state to liberally contribute for Nepal in this hour of crisis.


State’s women policy should be model for country
Bhopal:MMNN: May 15, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that state’s proposed women’s policy-2015 should be model for country. Shri Chouhan chaired a meeting on proposed policy here today. Women & Child Development Minister Smt. Maya Singh and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa also attended the meeting. The policy will be released at Mahila Panchayat on May 19.
The Chief Minister said that issues pertaining to eradication of gender bias, women’s education, employment, partnership in power, security and health should be included in the proposed policy. Ways for women’s skill development and increasing their employment opportunities in private and government sector should be contemplated. The policy should contain women’s social, economic, political and educational empowerment. Necessary system should be evolved to monitor implementation of the policy. Holding of special health camps for women should be considered.
The meeting was informed that gender ratio and maternal mortality rate has improved considerably in the state. There were 912 women on every 1000 males in 1991, which rose to 930 females per 1000 males in 2011. Similarly, maternal mortality rate has come down from 310 to 277 per one lakh. Number of child marriages has also come down from 53.7 percent which cam down to 33.1 percent in year 2011.
Principal Secretary Women and Child Development Shri J.N. Kansotiya, Principal Secretary to CM Shri Iqbal Singh Bains, Principal Secretary Finance Shri Ashish Upadhyay and Commissioner Women’s Empowerment Smt. Kalpana Shrivastava also attended the meeting.


Every village in state to become smart village
Bhopal:MMNN: May 14, 2015
Every village in the state will be made smart village during next 5 years. Smart villages will be well planned. For this, Integrated Village Development Scheme will be chalked out next month. Gareeb Kalyan Varsh will be observed from Gareeb Kalyan Diwas marking birth annversary of late Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay, September 25. During it, welfare ofthe poor wil be ensured through various programmes including livelihoods and housing. Milk will be served in mid-day meal in schools upto class V in the state thrice a week from July. These directives were given by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan during review of Panchayats and Rural Development Department here today. Panchayats and Rural Development Department Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa also attemded the meeting.
The Chief Minister undertook detailed review of various programmes of the department. He directed to launch a drive for cleaning water sources in village. Utilisation of assets created under departmental schemes should be ensured. Special attention should be paid to quality of roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana. Use of recycled plastic should be encouraged in increasing quality of roads. It would help in environmental conservation. Letters on behalf of Chief Minister should be sent to beneficiaries allotted houses under housing scheme. A drive to construct houses for members of primitive tribes like Sahariya ana Baiga should be launched. Toilets should be constructed in all households in Madhya Pradesh by year 2018. Impact assessment of Integrated Cathment Area Management Programme should be made.
Reviewing MNREGA, The Chief Minister directed for timely payment of wages to labourers. During review of Panch Parmeshwar Yojana, he directed to chalk out integrated development scheme for every village. Mukhyamantri Gram Haat Bazar Yojana should be implemented effectively.
The meeting was informed that 12 thousand 471 kam long 5,836 roads have been constructed under Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana at a cost of Rs. 2 thousand 169 crore. A project to upgrade gravel roads to asphalted roads under the scheme has been sent to World Bank. Roads measuring 5 thousand 239 kms have been constructed under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. Labs have been set up in every district to examine roads. As many as 95 thousand 435 houses are under construction in the state under Indira Aawas Yojana and 6 thousand 37 under Mukhyamantri Antyodaya Aawas Yojana. Lists of homeless persons will be chalked out at special Gram Sabhas. Housing loans have been made available to 4 lakh 92 thousand beneficiaries under Mukhyamantri Grameen Aawas Mission. Under Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan, toilets have been constructed in 5 lakh 21 thousand households in the state. Additional irrigation potential of 65 thousand 375 hectares has been built under Integrated Catchment Area management Programme. Under mid-day meal scheme, 71 lakh 86 thousand school children have been benefited. Supply of milk in schools under mid-day meal scheme in Vidisha district has helped in stemming malnutrition.. Under MNREG, 11 crore 71 lakh mandays of employment was generated in the state. During last 4 years, Rs. 5 thousand 108 crore was made available to Gram Panchayats for development works including CC roads and drains. One lakh 365 self-help groups have been formed in the state under State Rural Livelihoods Mission. ACS Smt. Aruna Sharma and departmental officers also attended the meeting.


Adequate arrangements for gunny bags at all procurement centres in Bhopal district
Bhopal:MMNN: May 14, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed process of wheat procurement on support price at Mantralaya here today.
The meeting was informed that so far, 62 lakh 30 thousand MT wheat has been procured in the state. Necessary arrangements have been made at all procurement centres in the state. The Chief Minister directed departmental officers that the wheat procurement centres situated far away from Mugalia Kot Steel Silo should not be attached to it. Arrangements for procurement should be made at these centres as before. Shri Chouhan said that procurement should be completed in Bhopal district by due date May 19, 2015. He asked officers to convey correct information to farmers about arrangements made for them to avoid any misunderstanding.
It was informed that adequate quantity of gunny bags as per requirement is available at all procurement centres in Bhopal district. Procurement work has not been affected anywhere due to shortage of gunny bags. It was informed that the department took serious note of misleading information given by District Supply Controller, Bhopal Shri Kamal Singh about disruption in wheat procurement due to delay of arrival of gunny bags in cooperative societies and suspended him for dereliction of duty.
Food Department has made all necessary arrangements for wheat procurement in the state including Bhopal. The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over wheat procurement arrangements in the state. Principal Secretary Food Shri Ashok Warnwal, MD of Madhya Pradesh Civil Supplies Corporation Smt. Neelam Shami Rao and other senior departmental officers were also present on the occasion.


Energy Minister Shri Shukla presents national award to CM
Bhopal:MMNN: May 13, 2015
Energy and Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla presented award given by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to the state for excellence in renewable energy sector to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at cabinet meeting here today.
During last 4 years, 1,423 MW renewable energy capacity has been established in the state, which is maximum in the country.
In the state, 306 MW solar power capacity has been set up, which is maximum in the country. Country’s largest 130 MW solar power plant has been established in Neemuch district.
Similarly, wind energy projects of 456 MW and biomass energy projects of 671 MW have been implemented in the state. For these achievements, National Award has been conferred to the state. In Madhya Pradesh, 4,600 MW capacity renewable projects are under process.


Madhya Pradesh and China to collaborate in animal husbandry
Bhopal:MMNN: May 13, 2015
Madhya Pradesh and China will collaborate in animal husbandry sector. An MoU has been signed between Madhya Pradesh Fisheries Department and Ocean and Fisheries Bureau of Jiangsu state of China for mutual cooperation in inland fisheries and aquaculture sector.
Copy of this MoU was presented to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan by Fisheries, PHE and Animal Husbandry Minister Sushri Kusum Mahdele here today.
Under the project, the state government and China will undertake works relating to ultramodern techniques of fish production and breeding and capacity building, environmental conservation and promotion of fish market.
The MoU has been signed by Commissioner of Ocean and Fisheries Bureau of Jiangsu state of China and Fisheries Development Minister Sushri Mahdele on behalf of Madhya Pradesh government. MD of Madhya Pradesh Fisheries Federation Dr. U.K. Sudbuddhi was also present on the occasion.


CM to send letters of thanks to people partnering in upkeep of malnourished children
Bhopal:MMNN: May 12, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that eradication of malnutrition is top priority of the state government. Further efforts should be made towards this with community participation. Number of daycare centres in anganwadis can also be increased as per requirement. Shri Chouhan reviewed Women & Child Development Department’s activities here today. On the occasion, he launched E-Ladli Yojana by presenting first printout of certificate of Rs. one lakh 18 thousand to little girl Aishwarya Jagnani. He also distributed certificates to Awaiza Khan, Divyanshi Wadhwani, Nandini Kushwaha and Lalita Mali. Ladli Laxmi Yojana’s folder and poster were also released. W&CD Minister Smt. Maya Singh and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa were also present.
The Chief Minister said that increase of community participation in curbing malnutrition is a matter of happiness. It should be encouraged further. He directed to send letters of thanks to all 5,700 persons who cooperated in improvement in condition of extremely underweight children through Sneh Sarokar programme and issue an appeal for maximum participation of people in this process. He said that community functions should be held to inform the society about public welfare schemes. He directed to distribute amounts under Ladli Laxmi Yojana to 40 thousand girls who have taken admission in class VI after passing class V under by holding programmes.
Shri Chouhan said that functions to celebrate birth of girl child should be held. He directed to ensure that no child in the state begs. Under guidance of district collectors, local bodies, Women & Child Development and Social Justice departments should conduct a special drive under joint action plan for rehabilitation of malnourished children. He laid special emphasis on monitoring of reporting of registered and benefited beneficiaries under departmental schemes. He said that registered and benefited beneficiaries should be cross checked regularly.
He stressed the need for spread of health education of rural women and girls in coordination with Health Department. He said that efforts should be made to develop positive mindset and awareness to prevent child marriages. He also stressed the need for increasing academic level of girls. It would also curb tendency of marriage in tender age. He directed to examine a proposal for providing transport facility to students of nearby areas upto nearest Institute for Excellence in Education for increasing availability and utility of resources for quality education. He also directed to explore possibility of participation of private sector in running girls hostels.
The meeting was informed that tracking of girls covered by Ladli Laxmi Yojana should be done upto age of 21 years for their better health, higher education, marriage etc. So far, 20 lakh girls have been benefited with Ladli Laxmi Yojana. Seven states of the country have replicated the scheme. Women and Child Development Department has been conferred SKOCH Platinum Award 2014, Prime Minister Public Services Excellence Award 2013-14, Times of India Social Impact Award 2014. During Suposhan Abhiyan, 12 thousand 873 camps were held due to which positive changes have been developed by over 94 percent children.
Principal Secretary Finance Shri Ajay Nath, Principal Secretary Women & Child Development Shri J.N. Kansotiya, Secretary to CM Shri Vivek Agrawal, Commissioner Women’s Empowerment Smt. Kalpana Shrivastava and Commissioner Integrated Child Development Smt. Pushplata Singh were also present in the review meeting.


Sh. Anil Mathur promoted as Director, public Relations, MP
Bhopal:MMNN: May 8, 2015
Additional Director of Public Relation department Sh. Anil Mathur promoted as Director- Public Relation.
Sh. Mathur started his career from Navabharat as journalist. Sh Mathur is known as honest and dynamic officer.
Various Media organisations and Journalists congratulated him. Sh. Shiv Harsh Suhalka, Editor-in-chief, METROMIRROR.COM congratulated and wished that under Sh. Mathur PR department would work more professionally and gain the lost image.
Sh. Anoop Swarup, chairman of Forward India Forum also congratulated Mr. Mathur and expected that the department would be able to build its image first and gain the confidence of the Media and general public.


CM Shri Chouhan on India TV’s “Aap Ki Adalat”
Bhopal: May 8, 2015
Next episode of India TV’s popular show “Aap Ki Adalat” will feature Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
The episode will be telecast at 10 pm on Saturday, May 9, 2015 and 10 am & 10 pm on Sunday, May 10, 2015.
India TV head Shri Rajat Sharma will conduct the programme.
Senior journalist Shri Shravan Garg will be the judge in the episode.


D. Lit. conferred to former PM Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Bhopal: May 7, 2015
Honorary D. Lit. of Madhya Pradesh Bhoj (Open) University, Bhopal was conferred to former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence today in New Delhi in the presence of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Union Steel & Mining Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Madhya Pradesh BJP President and MP Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan, Shri Arvind Menon, MPs Sarvshri Anoop Mishra and Alok Sanjar and members of Madhya Pradesh cabinet were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that goodwill of 7.50 crore people of Madhya Pradesh is inherent in the D. Lit. conferred to Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee for his unforgettable contribution. He wishes welfare of all. The great leader of masses believes in Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam. Shri Chouhan informed that emotions of happiness had appeared on the face of Shri Atal Ji when D. Lit was conferred to him. He accepted the honour by saying “Yes”. Apart from inspiration, we have also got his blessings. We would do better work continuously in public service sector with his blessings.
Shri Chouhan was accompanied by Ministers Sushri Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Sarvshri Babulal Gaur, Kailash Vijayvargiya, Umashankar Gupta, Sartaj Singh, Gopal Bhargava, Gaurishankar Shejwar, Dr. Narottam Mishra, Gaurishankar Bisen, Vijay Shah, Gyan Singh, Antar Singh Arya, Rampal Singh, Deepak Joshi, Surendra Patwa, Sharad Jain, Registrar of Bhoj University Dr. B. Bharti and scholars.
Vice-Chancellor of Bhoj University Prof. (Dr.) Tariq Zafar said that the university had announced D. Lit. on August 27, 2014 in view of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s literary talent, political acumen and public service. He said that the university is feeling proud by honouring Shri Vajpayee.


CM’s appeal to people for liberal donations
Bhopal: May 7, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has re-iterated his appeal to people of the state to liberally donate to CM Relief Fund for relief to Nepal’s earthquake affected persons. A/c No. 900710110009394 IFSC Code - BKID-0009007 (CM Relief Fund) (Nepal Earthquake) has been opened in Arera Hills branch of Bank of India at Bhopal. People of the state can donate amounts in this account. The funds collected in CM Relief Fund will be sent in the name of “Embassy of Nepal (Relief Fund)” in Punjab National Bank, New Delhi.


Action against 4 government employees during Samadhan Online
Bhopal: May 6, 2015
Proceedings for suspension of 4 government employees were made for delay in solving people’s problems during Samadhan Online here today.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa took this action after discussions with applicants of 12 cases and concerning officers.
Accountant of Bankheri Janpad Panchayat Smt. Sushma Chaukse and Secretary of Singpur Gram Panchayat Rakesh Rai were suspended for delayed payment of amount of ex-gratia and National Family Pension Scheme to Hoshangabad district’s applicant Smt.
Sunita following her husband’s death.
CS directed to initiate departmental enquiry against both the guilty employees.
The Chief Secretary directed to suspend concerning clerk on extending delayed benefit under Ladli Laxmi Yojana to Smt. Prem Lata of Mandsaur district for her daughter Ku. Bhumika. Guilty patwari was also suspended for not ensuring timely action in revenue case of Shri Ram Singh of Shajapur district.
Cases of Shri Amit Dube of Bhopal under Mukhyamantri Rozgar Yojana, Shri Manish Modi for payment of rent for house given on rent to Education Department and Shri Ramesh Kumar of Vidisha district for concession in excessive electricity bill were also solved during Samadhan online today. Similarly, action was taken to provide amount under Janani Maternity Scheme to Smt. Durga Yadav of Umaria, Shri Sharad Chandra Malviya of Raisen under Mukhyamantri Kanya Abhibhavak Pension and Shri Shiv Lal of Rajgarh for his appeal to dig canal as per rules from his agriculture land. Cases of Shri Balram Singh of Narsinghpur, Shri Takhat Singh Ahirwar of Guna and Shri Vishnu Pal Pandey of Rewa were also solved today.


Second phase of Mission Indradhanush from May 7
Bhopal: May 6, 2015
Second phase of Mission Indradhanush for complete vaccination will be held in 15 districts of the state from May 7. Mission activities will continue every month till July 2015. The Health Department has decided to vaccinate all children not administered vaccines so far or not properly vaccinated. The campaign in remaining 36 districts of the state will be conducted from May 10. Mission Director NHM Shri Faiz Kidwai informed that necessary directives regarding this have been issued.
Public Health and Family Welfare Departments has accelerated pace of the campaign under Mission Indradhanush in 15 districts of the state selected along with 201 districts in the country including Alirajpur, Anuppur, Chhatarpur, Damoh, Jhabua, Mandla, Panna, Raisen, Rewa, Sagar, Satna, Shahdol, Tikamgarh, Umaria and Vidisha.
Target of complete course of vaccination in 15 districts of the state will be achieved through mission activities to be undertaken for one weak every month for 4 months. Every household will be covered by it. Field staff of the department is being deployed reach out to uncovered children. Due to it, there would be no possibility that any child is left without being vaccinated.
In the state, Mission Indradhanush’s first 7-day phase was completed successfully from April 7. This month and next 2 months, activities of the mission would continue for 7 days each month.


Life is incomplete without art: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal: May 4, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that life is incomplete without art. Shri Chouhan was addressing inauguration of Film Festival at Bharat Bhavan here today. The programme has been organised jointly by Madhya Pradesh IAS Officers’ Association and Madhya Pradesh Madhyam. The Chief Minister also released souvenir of the event. Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla, film actor Shri Jimmy Shergil, producer Sushri Krishika Lula and art lovers were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that development is meaningless without happiness. He said that Madhya Pradesh has made rapid progress during last few years. Its growth rate is in double digits for last 7 years. State’s agriculture growth rate is 24.99 percent, which is maximum in the world. The state has ample roads, power and water now. Much work has also been done in social sector. Role of officers is important in this progress of the state. Officers are those members of his Team Madhya Pradesh, who are dedicated to ensuring state’s development and progress. He said that every person has responsibility towards his family. Children have lots of talents. It is responsibility of parents to show them right direction. Giving his own example, the Chief Minister said that one should also give time to family and children to inculcate culture and direction among children.
Actor Shri R. Madhavan said that Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan is the son of soil. He has given a new identity to political leaders in Indian politics. His personality is full of humane merits. He congratulated the Chief Minister for respect towards women, their empowerment and success of Beti Bachao Abhiyan etc.
President of Madhya Pradesh IAS Officers’ Association Shri B.P. Singh said that this is 18th film festival. In it, meaningful and upto the mark films are screened. It is open for common people. Secretary of Madhya Pradesh IAS Officers’ Association Shri Nitesh Vyas proposed a vote of thanks.
The film festival will continue till May 6. During the period, films “Tanu Weds Manu”, “Big Hero 6”, Kagazh Ke Phool”, “Zubaida”, “Frozen”, “Well Done Abba”, Ardh Satya”, “The Lion King”, “Rudali”, “The Haunted Foot Journey”, “Rush”, “Trikal” and “Boyhood” will be screened.


CM Shri Chouhan blesses newly wed couples at village Piplani in Sehore district
Bhopal: May 4, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan blessed newly wed couples at a mass marriage function at tribal village Piplani in Nasrullaganj tahasil of Sehore district today. He also gave away cheques of Rs. 50 thousand each to 4 newly wed disabled couples.
At the convention, 106 tribal couples’ marriages were solemnized. Shri Chouhan blessed the newly wed couples and wished them happy life. He said that he is equally concerned about future for both girls and boys. The Chief Minister said that he has chalked out a scheme under which students of poor families can pursue education at the highest level at government expenditure. If they desire to go abroad for studies, their expenditure will also be borne by the state government. Now, children of deprived classes can also get higher posts after imbibing education.
Revenue Minister and in-charge of the district Shri Rampal Singh and local public representatives were present on the occasion.


M.P. People To Pay Tribute to Nepal Earthquake Victims on May 5 at 11 AM
Bhopal: May 2, 2015
The Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has made an earnest appeal to the people to liberally contribute to the Mukhya Mantri Sahayta Kosh (Nepal Earthquake) in order to restore life in the neighbouring country Nepal, which has been severely hit by dreadful earthquake. He also appealed to people to observe one minute silence at 11.00 AM on May 05 to pay tribute to thousands of people who succumbed to the earthquake and express solidarity with the surviving families.
Shri Chouhan urged all officials of government, semi-government offices, institutions, people in urban and rural areas to come together at one place at 11.00 AM on May 05 and pay tribute to the departed souls. He also urged pedestrians and those travelling in vehicles to stop for a moment and join the mass condolence.
The Chief Minister that the citizens of the State stand with the suffering people of Nepal in the critical time. He said that the suffering humanity calls for pro-active action. He said that quake-victims are struggling to rebuild lives. In such a hard time, support is needed in the form of donations to Mukhya Mantri Sahayta Kosh. This amount will be deposited in the Prime Minister's Relief Fund and from there will be sent for rehabilitation of the quake-affected families.
In order to facilitate people give donation, the State Government has opened a bank account in the Bank of India, Arera Hills, Bhopal Mukhya Mantri Sahayta Kosh (Nepal tragedy) A / c No. 900710110009394 IFSC Code - BKID- 0009007 (Mukhya Mantri Sahayta Kosh (Nepal Earthquake) where ordinary citizens, government, semi government officials can deposit the amount of assistance. Checks or drafts can also be deposited to Mukhya Mantri Sahayta Kosh (Nepal Tragedy) A / c No. 900710110009394 IFSC Code - BKID- 0009007. Besides, www.mponline.gov.in also provides facility to get donation deposited.


Separate bank account for relief to Nepal earthquake victims
Bhopal: May 2, 2015
The state government has taken initiative to provide relief to people rendered homeless and bereaved families in the wake of massive earthquake in Nepal. A separate account A/c No. 900710110009394 IFSC Code - BKID-0009007 (CM Relif Fund ( Nepal Earthquake) has been opened for financial assistnace to earthquake-affected people. All heads of departments, collectors and commissioners have been directed to motivate common people, officers and employees of government and semi-govenrment offices to contribute liberally as per their wish in this account. Cheques/drafts for donation towards relief can also be sent in the name of Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (Nepal tragedy) A/c No 900710110009394 IFSC Coad BKID-0009007. Facility to deposit amounts directly in this account has also been provided throug MP Online.
Silence to be observed on May 5 to pay tributes to deceased
Silence will be observed at 11 am on May 5 throughout the state to pay tributes to those killed in Nepal earthquake. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will also take part in it. Directives have been sent to all collectors to ensure that silence is observered in government & semi-government offices, urban & rural bodies and educational institutions. Instructions have been given to follow these directives strictly.


THIN AND DAMAGED WHEAT WOULD ALSO BE PROCURED
Bhopal: May 1, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan undertook surprise inspection of Maheshwar Krishi Upaj Mandi in Khargone district today. He assured the farmers that thin and damaged wheat would also be procured. He announced construction of a tin shade in the mandi.
The Chief Minister said that hailstorm and unseasonal rains have adversely affected crops. To ensure that there is no loss to farmers the government has decided to ensure remunerative price of farm produces to farmers. He said that the government started the procurement process on time.
Shri Chouhan talked to the farmers present at Maheshwar mandi. He enquired them about receipt of SMS, weighing arrangement and payment within 7 days. Shri Chouhan got wheat weighed again in his presence. The farmers expressed satisfaction over the arrangements at the procurement centre.


NEW SCHEME TO BE FRAMED TO HELP OUT FARMERS IN ADVERSE CONDITIONS
Bhopal: May 1, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the state government would come up with a farmer-friendly crop insurance scheme or set up a farmers' welfare cell to help out farmers at the time of any calamity and other adverse conditions. Shri Chouhan was addressing a meeting of farmers after inspecting a wheat procurement centre at Kamlapur in Dewas district today. Minister of State for Education Shri Paras Jain was also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that the existing crop insurance scheme has failed to provide desired benefits to farmers. The government is seriously considering formulating a new farmer-friendly scheme for which negotiations are on with insurance companies. In case insurance companies do not agree, then the government would set up a farmers' welfare cell to help farmers in case of crop loss due to natural calamities or decrease in production or unexpected fall in prices of farm produces. He informed that assistance of Rs. 2187 crore was provided to calamity affected farmers last year.
Shri Chouhan said that this year arrangements have been made to ensure that the farmers are not required to spend night at procurement centre. Their wheat would be purchased the same day when they bring it to the centre and the payment against the purchase would be made within 7 days. He informed that it is under consideration to provide a part of the amount provided as fertilizers and seed loan to the farmers. The scheme would be finalized soon. He asked the farmers to make advance storage of fertilizers and seeds to avoid problems in future. He said that no interest would be taken on advance storage for 3 months.
The Chief Minister also talked to farmers at the procurement centre. The farmers expressed satisfaction over the arrangements there.


No compromise with quality of roads - C.M. Shri Chouhan
Bhopal: April 30, 2015
The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that quality of road construction would not be compromised at any cost. Good works should be appreciated while deliberate delays in performance would invite punitive action, he added while reviewing the plans of department of public works at Mantralaya here today. Minister for Public Works Shri Sartaj Singh was present.
Shri Chouhan said that all major routes should remain motorable in the rainy season for which all possible measures need to be taken up on time. Stressing the need for constant monitoring to ensure quality, he said that inspection reports should also be regularly reviewed. The places, which are often left in monitoring should be listed out. Administrative mechanism should also be amended if necessary to concentrate on such places, he added.
The Chief Minister said that citizens' safety is the highest priority in urban traffic system. The cities where urban traffic pressure is abnormally heavy, the ring road model should be drawn up. He said that all roads should be in proper condition by 2018.
Describing roads as key component of development , Shri Chouhan asked the Department of Public Works and Rural Development to jointly draw out plans for road construction. Possibilities of using the balance money after spending on maintenance of roads under Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana using Mandi fund should be explored. He stressed on constructing Salkanpur -Malivaya to Budni road into four lane. The Chief Minister also reviewed progress of infrastructure development for Simhastha 2016.
The meeting was informed that against the target of 2500 km in 2014-15 as many as 2,722 km roads have been constructed. It was informed that 76th convention of Indian Road Congress would be held at Indore. Roads leading to tourist destinations would also be improved on priority.
The Chief Minister's Contractor Scheme has helped 426 engineers receive training in the first phase while for the second phase 491 engineers have been registered. Principal Secretary Public Works Shri Pramod Agarwal, Managing Director M.P. Road Development Corporation Shri Manish Rastogi, Secretary to CM Shri Hariranjan Rao and senior officers were present.


Benevolence is greatest religion
Bhopal: April 30, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that no religion is bigger than benevolence. One can attain God automatically if he works for others’ welfare. There are 3 ways to attain God – knowledge, devotion and Karma. Through knowledge, one follows path of virtue and teaches it to others, devotion creates spirit of sacrifice and Karma paves way to attain God.
Shri Chouhan was addressing religious event of making 5.25 crore earthen Shivlings in the presence of Grahasth Sant Pt. Shri Dev Prabhakar Shastri “Daddaji” at Bamora in Sagar district today. The Chief Minister along with wife Smt. Sadhana Singh, sought blessings of Daddaji by performing Rudrabhishek of earthen Shivlings with Panchamrit and water of holy rivers. On the occasion, Shri Chouhan also unveiled statue of Transport Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh’s father Shri Deewan Amol Singh.
Appeal for relief to earthquake-affected people
The Chief Minister said that the state government has made available Rs. 5 crore for relief to quake victims. He appealed to people to come forward to donate towards relief to affected people. Donated amounts would be sent through Prime Minister to Nepal to help out affected people. The Chief Minister was presented a cheque of Rs. 6 lakh 57 thousand for relief on behalf of Sagar Municipal Corporation.
The Chief Minister said that Transport Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh has done laudable and exemplary work by installing statue of his late father Shri Deewan Amol Singh. He said that blessings of parents and teachers always work as a shield and help move ahead in life.
Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, MLAs Sarvshri Shailendra Jain, Pradeep Laria, Harvansh Singh and Smt. Parul Sahu, other public representatives and large number of devotees were present on the occasion.


US Consul General appreciates favourable atmosphere for trade between MP-US
Bhopal: April 29, 2015
The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has underlined immense prospects of investment in defence production in Madhya Pradesh. Favourable environment and geographical conditions prevail for investment in the State he said adding that Madhya Pradesh is the first among Indian states to have announced a policy for manufacturing of defence products. Shri Chouhan was holding discussions with the US Consul General Shri Thomas L. Vajda at Mantralaya here today.
The Chief Minister said that American companies have expressed deep interest in investment in the state. 'FriendsofMP' website has been launched for close interaction between NRIs and Madhya Pradesh. He informed Shri Vajda about impressive achievements in social development sector. He listed a number of schemes launched for women's empowerment and upliftment of the poorest. Save Girl Child campaign and scheme like Ladli Laxmi have gained social acceptance. Leadership of women in local bodies has been encouraged by giving fifty per cent reservation of seats. They have 30 percent reservation in recruitment for police force. Peaceful coordination and solidarity prevail among communities. The state government has been enriching the practice of Sarvadharm Sambhav.
Shri Chouhan further informed the Consul General that Madhya Pradesh tops in terms of growth rate among Indian states. The States of Indian Union will be receiving increased revenue share following the central government's decision to increase the share of States in the central taxes.
Shri Vajda appreciated the favourable environment for investment between India and the US. saying that many American companies are showing eagerness to invest in Madhya Pradesh. Now there are plans to hold a workshop in Mumbai for US investors. He also praised Madhya Pradesh for strategic steps to prevent gender based discrimination and improving social development indicators. The Chief Secretary, Shri Anthony De Sa and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Shri S.K. Mishra attended the meeting.


Cyber security in PEB exams
Bhopal: April 29, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that time to close liquor shops and beer bars will be reduced from next year. He said that government will launch a major drive against liquor consumption with public cooperation. Permission will not be given for new liquor shop or distillery.
Shri Chouhan was replying to people’s questions at a programme organised by a newspaper at Academy of Administration here today. In reply to a question, the Chief Minister said that preparations are on to further strengthen Profession Exam Board to eliminate possibility of any irregularity.
The Chief Minister gave direct replies to people’s questions on several issues. Replying to question about irregularities in PEB exams, he said that a number of measures are being taken to ensure transparency in them. Use of information technology will be made to ensure transparency in evaluation, secrecy will be maintained and cyber security adopted. Single software will be developed for exam results. Exams will be conducted online. Besides, sweeping technical improvements and changes are being made in entire exam system. He said that the Supreme Court and the High Court have expressed satisfaction over judicial process pertaining to VYAPM case. Therefore, there is no question of CBI enquiry.
Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said that process is on to regularize illegal colonies and reduction in compounding fee is also being considered. He informed that orders will soon be issued to authorize architects to give permission for building in 2400 square feet area.
On questioned about improvement in education, the Chief Minister said that Karmi culture has been abolished in the state. Giving respect to teachers, their service conditions have been improved and salaries increased. Syllabi have been improved and teachers are being imparted regular training. Number of high and higher secondary schools has been increased. Students securing good marks are being given free laptops. He said that more has to be done.
On drinking water issue, the Chief Minister said that special drinking water schemes have been chalked out of urban and rural areas. This is a stupendous task involving expenditure of Rs. 2000 crore. In reply to another question, he informed that every detail about properties will be available to buyers. Anti-encroachment squads will be activated to collect factual information about disputed properties.
Regarding caste certificates, the Chief Minister said that 47 lakh caste certificates have been issued, which will always remain useful. He said that responsibility has been given to schools to issue caste certificates to students in class one.
Replying to a question about revival of Madhya Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation, he said that it was closed with Government of India’s consent and permission. Public transport system is being strengthened in cities and villages. Registration of vehicles has been made easy under Rural Transport Policy.
Regarding severing connections by power company, the Chief Minister made it clear that no burden was allowed to come on farmers. It is not good for economic condition of power companies and state to consume power without paying electricity bills. The state has adequate power. About 1.50 lakh transformers have been installed. Interests of the consumers who are paying bills honestly will be looked after.
On women’s empowerment issue, he said that they have been empowered socially, economically and politically. Madhya Pradesh is pioneer in the country in quick action and prosecution in cases of crimes against women.
Regarding unauthorized educational institutions, Shri Chouhan said that so far 32 such institutions have been closed. He said that students must be aware before getting admission in such institutions.


 
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