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CM Shri Chouhan flags off Rozgar Rath
Bhopal:MMNN: April 23, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan flagged off 'Rozgar Rath' introduced by Express Media Services Academy here today.
Finance & Water Resources Minister Shri Jayant Malaiya was also present on the occasion.
Rath has been introduced to make employment available to youths by associating them with e-services.
Along with giving all employment-related information to youths, it would connect people of every Gram Panchayat with state government's e-services through Android mobile phones.
MLA Shri Vishwas Sarang and Shri Sanat Jain of Express Media News were also present on the occasion.


CM Shri Chouhan takes holy dip in Kshipra like common devotee
Bhopal:MMNN: April 23, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that he has come like a common devotee to take the holy dip in River of Salvation Kshipra during world's unique spiritual congregation Simhastha.
He said that today he did not use red beacon, siren etc.
No one is king in Mahakal's city, all are subjects. He said that he chose this ghat for Snan so that no one is disturbed due to his presence.
This was stated by Chief Minister Shri Chouhan after taking the holy dip in the first Shahi Snan of Simhastha at Gaurighat in Ujjain on Friday.
He was accompanied by his wife Smt. Sadhana Singh.
Members of all Akhadas enjoyed Snan
The Chief Minister said that members of all Akhadas took the holy dip with joy and enthusiasm.
Large number of devotees also took the holy dip and made their lives blissful with Darshan of Lord Mahakal today.
Unveiling of Raja Sawai Jay Singh's statue
The Chief Minister unveiled an statue of Raja Sawai Jay Singh, the founder of Janatar-Mantar.
For some time, the Chief Minister also enjoyed cool evening breeze on Kshipra bank and atmosphere of joy created by colourful balloons and fountains.



Madhya Pradesh to have 2000 new sub-health centres
Bhopal:MMNN: April 22, 2016

A meeting to the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan today accorded sanction to open 2000 new sub-health centres in the state. Post of one regular ANM each has been sanctioned for every health centre. ANMs available under National Health Mission will be posted in these sub-health centres at present. The centres will be opened soon in rented buildings.
Relief enhanced
The cabinet decided to enhance relief against loss of life and death of cattle due to wild animals. Next of kin of the deceased will be given relief of Rs. 4 lakh. If a persons undergoes treatment before death, his kin will also be given actual expenditure on treatment.
In case of permanent disability, Rs. 2 lakh relief and actual expenditure on treatment will be given. On admission in hospital, Rs. 500 per day will be given upto a maximum of Rs. 50 thousand.
Every injured will be given actual expenditure on treatment. On admission in hospital, Rs. 500 per day will be given upto a maximum of Rs. 50 thousand. Relief under RBC provisions will be given on loss of cattle due to wild animals.
Administrative sanction for irrigation projects
The cabinet accorded Rs. 1513 crore 21 lakh crore administrative sanction for various irrigation projects.
Administrative sanction of Rs. 37 crore 6 lakh was accorded for command area development works in 9893 hectares under Sanjay Sagar (Bah) medium irrigation project.
Administration sanction was given for 3 phases including strengthening, expansion and modernization of Tawa project. Administration sanction of Rs. 458 crore was given for developing micro irrigation system in additional 28 thousand 412 hectares and solar plants for second phase. Administrative sanction of Rs. 325 crore was given for second phase works of Tawa left bank canal from 45.78 kms to 128.50 kms, 7.17 km full length of right main canal, lining work in Hanadiya branch canal (55.50 kms).
Administrative sanction of Rs. 75 crore was accorded for lining work in 5 distributaries of right and left bank canals of Tawa project during 4th face.
Similarly, administrative sanction of Rs. 60 crore 56 lakh was accorded for command area development works in 16 thousand 150 hectares of Mahan irrigation project. For Sindh project's second phase, administrative sanction of Rs. 394 crore 9 lakh was accorded for command area development works in 98 thousand 250 hectares, Rs. 13 crore 5 lakh for command area development works in 3470 hectares and administrative sanction of Rs. 22 crore 55 lakh was accorded for command area development works in 6000 hectares under Singhpur Barrage medium irrigation project.
Crop Insurance Scheme
The cabinet decided to implement Prime Minister's Crop Insurance Scheme from Kharif-2016. The scheme will be mandatory for loanee farmers and optional for non-loanee farmers. Five clusters have been prescribed by identifying low, medium and high risk districts. In the clusters, tenders will be invited from 11 crop insurance companies enlisted by Government of India for providing crop insurance amount of actual premium rate.
As farmers' contribution, insurance companies will realize through banks premium at the rate of 2 percent for Kharif season's food grains, oilseed and pulses crops, 1.5 percent for Rabi season and 5 percent for commercial crops. Difference between actual premium rate and amount paid by farmers will be payable as premium subsidy.
State and Central governments will equally share payment of premium subsidy to banks. Compensation level will be 80 percent for all crops under Prime Minister's Crop Insurance Scheme. In case of natural calamity during sowing/planting, destruction of sprouts and post-harvest loss of crop during agriculture season will be notified by concerning collector under provisions of state level crop insurance schemes.
Agriculture College
In compliance to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan's announcement, the cabinet decided to open an agriculture college at Pawarkheda in Hoshangabad district on 50 hectares out of 183.287 hectares land of regional research centre of Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University, Jabalpur. A sum of Rs. 116 crore 34 lakh for 5 years has been provisioned for it. College will be started from current academic session 2016-17. Admission will be given to 50 students in the first year.
Posts for High Court
As per High Court's proposal, the cabinet had extended term of court manager and 216 contractual employees till March 31, 2016 and created 216 new posts. Process to recruit court mangers and their staffs is going on. Therefore, it has been decided to extend term of court manager and 216 contractual employees till March 31, 2017.
The cabinet sanctioned creation of 20 posts for ILR publication work of Jabalpur High Court. The cabinet decided to give pay scale and grade pay on par with librarians of Mantralaya to librarian of High Court after removing discrepancies.
Similarly, it was decided to create 25 new permanent posts of driver in High Court's establishment with pay scale 5200-20200 + 1900 grade pay. Sanction was accorded for creation of 5 posts for Adeshika Vahak and 3 posts of sale Ameen in establishment of Barwani district court. As per Chief Minister's announcement, the cabinet sanctioned Rs. 5 lakh for library of Satna District Bar Association.
The cabinet sanctioned 17 posts for State Land Reforms Commission.
Other decisions
The cabinet decided to restructure through Swiss Challenge System, the existing scheme to supply 23 MLD water to industries of Dewas from Narmada-Kshipra Link Project. Administrative sanction has been given for operation of the scheme by Madhya Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation.
The cabinet sanctioned amount including 14 percent VAT on rate of recipes as per new proposed cast sheet schedule from MP Agro for supply of take home ration as per norms and per woman/child per day rates prescribed by Central governnment for supplementary nutritious diet. Sanction was granted for Rs. 50 to maximum Rs. 100 per quintal for transport of take home ration from project offices to anganwadi centres. Rates for transport will be fixed by inviting tenders.
The cabinet rationalised fee for vehicle permits or renewal for vehicles of various uses under Madhya Pradesh Motor Vehicle Rules, 1994. Earlier, rates were prescribed in year 2006. No change has been effected in it for last 9 years, whereas consumer price index has gone up considerably.
The cabinet decided to give guarantee to power distribution companies for taking short term loans from Rural Electrification Corporation, New Delhi. Each power distribution company will avail loan amounting to Rs. 150 crore.


Light & Sound Show focusing on Ujjain commences
Bhopal:MMNN: April 22, 2016

Light & Sound Show focusing on Ujjain was started on the eve of first Shahi Snan of Simhastha Mahakubh on the premises of Kothi Palace at Ujjain today. People were enchanted by live demonstration of Ujjain's historic, ancient and religious importance. Guests also lauded the show.
Chief guest of the function Minister of State for Tourism & Culture Shri Surendra Patwa, Chairman of State Tourism Development Corporation Shri Tapan Bhowmik and Vice Chairman of State Planning Commission Shri Babulal Jain launched the show by pressing a button. MP Dr. Chintamani Malviya, MLA Dr. Mohan Yadav, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Secretary to CM and MD of Tourism Development Corporation Shri Hari Ranjan Rao, other public representatives and distinguished citizens were present on the occasion.
Ujjain's story since its beginning till date has been summed up in this interesting Light & Sound Show programme of 38 minutes. The programme has been developed at a cost of about Rs. 3 crore. Recently, Tourism Department has also started Light & Sound Show programmes at Indore's historic Rajwada. Similarly, a laser show is also being introduced at Bhedaghat.
Voice to this Light & Sound Show has been given by professor of history of Delhi University Smt. Suchitra Gupta. In Tandav Nratya, voice has been given by Shri Shankar Mahadevan.
Beauty and significance of Lard Mahakaleshwar's city Ujjain has attracted a number of poets and writers. Foreign travellers in ancient times have given beautiful accounts of Ujjain. One of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shri Mahakaleshwar dwells here. Both devotees and domestic tourists from all parts of the country and foreign tourists will visit Ujjain. For Simhastha, State Tourism Development Corporation has undertaken several infrastructure works for devotees and tourists' convenience. These include construction of hotels, public amenities etc.
In view of Simhastha, MP State Tourism Development Corporation has upgraded and expanded Hotel Kshipra and Hotel Avantika. In all, 28 more rooms have been upgraded and 20 room added to Hotel Kshipra. Similarly, in Hotel Avantika, 12 rooms and 2 dormitories (32 beds) have been upgraded and 6 new rooms and 2 dormitories of 8 beds each have been constructed at a cost of Rs. 6 crore.
Similarly, Hotel Ujjayani has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 9 crore. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has inaugurated it recently. In view of Simhastha, State Tourism Development Corporation has set up one main media centre, one major centre, 14 sub-media centres and 2 satellite towns at a cost of Rs. 7 crore. Main media centre has been set up in Dutt Akhada Zone and major centre in Mangalnath Zone.



Concrete and large scale arrangements for smooth electricity supply
Bhopal:MMNN: April 21, 2016

Madhya Pradesh Power Transmission Company has made concrete and large scale arrangements for smooth electricity supply during Simhastha-2016 at Ujjain.
Power will be supplied from one 220 KV sub-station and 3 sub-stations of 132 KV capacity each for Ujjain city and Mela area.
Besides, power will also be supplied from 220 KV sub-station at Shankarpura, Ujjain and 132 KV sub-stations at Ratadiya, Jyoti Nagar and Bherugarh.
All power sub-stations have transmission capacity of 500 MW each with dual power supply system. For security purposes, single disk insulator string has been converted to double disk insulator string on Panchkroshi Marg and crowded areas.
Arrangements have been made for lines' routine patrolling, top patrolling, tree chopping, jumper tightening and PID testing of disks. These arrangements will ensure uninterrupted power supply.
In addition to workers available for lines' maintenance, 82 trained technical staff and engineers from other power companies have also been deployed to ensure uninterrupted power supply in Simhastha Mela area.
Adequate vehicles have been provided to technical staff for lines' maintenance. Arrangement of hotline maintenance gang has also been made.


Forest Minister Dr. Shejwar to visit Hardaut in Raisen district
Bhopal:MMNN: April 21, 2016

Forest Minister Dr. Gauishankar Shejwar will take part in a programme at village Hardaut in Raisen district on April 22.
Later, he will visit village Barla in the district.
Dr. Shejwar will return to Bhopal the same evening.



I myself receive marriage processions of nieces: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: April 20, 2016

As many as 114 Gond tribal couples tied nuptial knot under Mukhaymantri Kanyadan Yojana at village Piplani in Nasrullaganj tahasil of Sehore district today. One of these couples and 2 bridegrooms were disabled. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan blessed the newly wed couples for happy married life. He refused to be welcomed saying that since he is uncle of brides, he would welcome marriage parties himself.
The Chief Minister described as inspirational marriage of son of Nasrullaganj Janpad Panchayat President Smt Dulari Bai in this function. He said that 2 lakh 16 thousand forest land rights pattas have been distributed in the state. This process is still going on. By year 2022, no one will be houseless. He said that entire Gondvana is being developed.
Blessing the newly wed couples, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kunwar Shah said that Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan is making special efforts for project Gond tribals' history and their preservation and augmentation. Minister Kunwar Shah presented wall clocks to the couples.
The Chief Minister took part in Yagya at village Bawadiya Kheda. He blessed newly wed couple at the wedding of son of Nasrullaganj Krishi Upaj Mandi's President Smt. Leela Bai Ramji Yadav at Rafiqganj (Lodadi) village. He informed villagers that a survey is going on for construction of dams at Sanroha and Mogra.
Minister in-charge of Sehore district Shri Rampal Singh, MARKFED's Chairman Shri Ramakant Bhargava, Corporations' Chairpersons Shri Rajendra Singh Rajput and Shri Guruprasad Sharma, large number of relatives of couples and villagers were present on the occasion.


CM Shri Chouhan releases book of e-governance for major events
Bhopal:MMNN: April 20, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan released a book on GIS for major events specially in the context of Simhashta on the premises Mahakal Mandir at Ujjain today.
He said that this book will be highly useful and effective for events like Simhastha.
The book has been authored by NIC’s scientist Shri Dharmendra Singh Yadav.
The book contains important suggestions regarding integrated crowd management, traffic, disaster and solid waste management, security arrangements and public health.



Wind energy rates should be justifiably prescribed
Bhopal:MMNN: April 19, 2016

A delegation of wind energy investors met Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today. They apprised the Chief Minister of their expectations, requirements and problems. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa was also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister assured the delegation of cooperation. He stressed the need for prescribing justifiable tariffs of wind energy for project's viability. He said that balance in rates of alternative energy is necessary.
Rates should not be so low that project's operation becomes impossible and not too high that they go out of purchasing power of consumers. The Chief Minister directed departmental officers to hold discussions with investors and present a proposal regarding their problems. He stressed the need for prescribe wind energy's consumption till year 2022 in 3-year phases.
Principal Secretary Commerce and Industries Shri Mohammad Suleman, Principal Secretary Energy Shri I.C.P. Kesari, Principal Secretary New and Renewable Energy Shri Manu Shrivastava, Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra, MD of MP Power Management Company Shri Sanjay Shukla, Chairman of Renew Power Venture Shri Sumant Singh, CEO Of Hero Future Energies Shri Sunil Jain,
Chairman of Region Powertech Shri Madhusudan Khemka, CEO of Ostro Energy Shri Murli S., Vice Chairman of Quantum Energy Shri Gautam Chopra, CEO of Sebcorp Shri Sanjay Chaturvedi, CEO of Orange Renewbale Shri Sudhir Nunes, MD of Gamesa India Shri Ramesh Kimal, Vice Chairman of Ionax Shri Venkatesh Sonti and other departmental officers were present on the occasion.


Balance necessary between wildlifes needs and common peoples expectations
Bhopal:MMNN: April 19, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed for live contact with residents of villages translocated from forest areas. Efforts should be made to obtain funds for these villages from Central government. In case of need, availability of funds under other heads should also be ensured. The Chief Minister chaired 14th meeting of Madhya Pradesh Wildlife Board here today. Forest Minister shri Gaurishankar Shejwar, MLA Shri Manavendra Singh, Chief Secretary and Members attended the meeting.
Shri Chouhan said that balance is necessary between wildlife's needs and common people's expectations. He referred to farmers' problems due to destruction of crops by wild animals on large scale. He urged Board's members to suggest ways to control wild animals. He directed to examine feasibility of members' suggestions and present action taken report.
The Chief Minister congratulated the department for translocation of villages. He informed that he had discussions with residents of translocated villages who expressed happiness over the process. They have urged to rehabilitate forest dwellers from forest areas. He apprised himself of increase in progeny of translocated animals.
Board members congratulated Forest Department for tanslocation of wild animals, conferring of national awards to Kanha and Satpura national parks and corridor management scheme.
The board accorded unanimous sanction for stone mining of private lands in eco sensitive zones of Ralamandal sanctuary and Panna tiger reserve. Besides, permission was also granted for widening of National Highway-3 and construction of Gwalior bypass road through Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Ghatigaon.
Proposed works of widening of NH-12 from 2 to 4 lanes near Nauradehi sanctuary, canal construction of Hardua Khurd reservoir, intake well, water tanks, underground pipeline and laying electricity lines under water supply system of Morena city under National Chambal Sanctuary, repair of west weir of Amadehi reservoir under Singhori sanctuary's water augmentation scheme, laying of OFC cables along the road under Veerangana Durgawati Sanctuary and layiong of electricity cables near Gaughat bridge on Ghanghata to Gujred road under Son crocodile sanctuary were also endorsed at the meeting.
Baord's Members Shri Abhilash Khandekar, Dr. Deepankar Ghosh of WWF, Shri Suresh Chandra of WTI, Shri Nitin Desai of Wildlife Protection Committee, Shri M.K. Ranjeet Singh, Shri Surendra Tiwari, Shri Khageshwar Nayak, Shri Mandar Pradhan, ACS Forests Shri Deepek Khandekar, PCCF Shri Narendra Kumar, Chief Wildlife Patron Shri Ravi Shrivastava and other senior officers attended the meeting.



International ideological seminar
Bhopal:MMNN: April 18, 2016

Large-scale preparations are being made for International ideological seminar on Simhastha's universal message to be held at village Ninora in Ujjain district. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed preparations for the seminar to be held from May 12 to 14 here today.
Rasthriya Swayam Sewek Sangh's Sarsanghchalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat will be the chief guest at the inaugural session and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at the concluding session of the seminar. Discussions on 4 issues including agriculture, cottage industries, women's empowerment and sanitation & river would be held during the seminar.
The Chief Minister directed to complete all preparations before time-limit. The meeting was scholars of various subjects from India and abroad will take part in the seminar. Arrangements are being made for lodging and transportation of the invitees.
Responsibility of holding the seminar has been entrusted to Indore district administration. Jan-Abhiyan Parishad will coordinate regarding programme venue. Exhibitions focusing on evolution of ancient Indian culture and development of Madhya Pradesh would be put at the venue.
Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Shri Surendra Patwa, MP Shri Anil Dave, India Federation's Director Shri Ram Madhav, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Vice Chancellor of Makhanlal University of Journalism Shri B.K. Kuthiyala,
ACS Shri S. R. Mohanthy, Principal Secretaries to CM Shri Iqbal Singh Bains, Shri S.K. Mishra, Principal Secretary Culture Shri Manoj Shrivastava and senior officers of concerning departments were present on the occasion.


CM Shri Chouhan meets saints-seers in Akhadas
Bhopal:MMNN: April 18, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Akhada Pramukhs, Shri Mahants, saints and seers in Chhaonis of various Akhadas in Ujjain Simhastha Mela today and informed them about Simhastha arrangements.
At Naya Udaseen Akhada on Badnagar road, the Chief Minister met Jakheera Pramukh Mukhya Mahant Shri Bhagatramji, Secretary Shri Trivenidasji, President Shri Dhunidasji and Shri Mahant Jagtarmuniji. Saints, seers, Akhada Pramukhs and Shri Mahants garlanded and blessed the Chief Ministers.
At Chhaoni of Niranjani Akhada on Badnagar Road, Shri Chouhan met Mahant Shri Prakashpuriji. The Chief Minister also met and sought blessings of saints and seers at Anand Akhada and other Akhadas. At places, he threw light on Simhastha arrangements.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Akhada Parishad's President Shri Narendragiriji, General Secretary Shri Harigiriji, in-charge Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh, other public representatives, divisional commissioner, DIG, collector, SP etc.
The Chief Minister also sought blessings of Bada Udaseen Akhada's Shri Mahant Maheshwardasji and other saints. Earlier, he worshipped at Mandir of Lord Shri Chandradevji. Chief Minister's wife Smt. Sadhana Singh was also present on the occasion.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister sought blessings of Akhada Parishad's President Shri Narendragiriji, General Secretary Shri Harigiriji, Mahant shri Jayendramuni, Mahant Shri Santoshmuni, Mahant Shri Rammuni and Mahant Shri Niranjanmuniji. From rooftop of Akhada building, the Chief Minister witnessed panoramic scene of Simhastha Mela area.
CM undertakes inspection of Ramghat on foot
The Chief Minister walked on-foot to Ramghat and performed Arti of river Kshipra During on-foot journey, the Chief Minister talked to devotees and elicited information about public amenities.



CM Shri Chouhan welcomes President Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Bhopal airport
Bhopal:MMNN: April 16, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan welcomed President Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Raja Bhoj airport here today.
The Chief Minister greeted the President with a bouquet.
Those present on the occasion included Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta,
former Union Minister Shri Suresh Pachouri, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa,
DGP Shri Surendra Sinh, Divisional Commissioner Shri S.B. Singh, IG Shri Yogesh Choudhary,
other distinguished citizens and officers.


Super Corridor ROB to smoothen devotees journey to Ujjain
Bhopal:MMNN: April 16, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that as Smart City, Indore will emerge as a leading city in both state and country. Shri Chouhan was inaugurating Super Corridor overbridge at Indore today. It has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 46 crore 47 lakh.
The Chief Minister expressed happiness that all public representatives in Indore have concern over development works like a team. A number of people have obtained jobs in the rapidly growing Indore city due to arrival of prestigious companies like TCS and Infosys. Shri Chouhan said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has special attachment to Indore city. Whenever he comes to the state, he enters through Indore. The Chief Minister congratulated team of Indore Development Authority and construction companies for construction of ROB.
The Chief Minister felicitated all agencies and IDA officers associated with ROB's construction. The ROB has 8 lanes, 2 cycle tracks and 2 footpaths. It is 889.40 metres long and 120 feet wide.
Mayor Smt. Malini Gaud said that entire Indore city will be made Smart. Indore Municipal Corporation's revenue has increased by about 30 percent during year 2015-16.
IDA Chairman Shri Shankar Lalwani said that MR-4 being constructed in Indore city will also be completed soon. Its construction will facilitate devotees visiting Simhastha.
MLAs Sarvshri Sudarshan Gupta, Ramesh Mendola, Mahendra Hardia, Sushri Usha Thakur, Manoj Patel, other public representatives and distinguished citizen were present on the occasion. IDA Vice Chairman Shri Lalit Porwal proposed a vote of thanks.



CM Shri Chouhan prays for welfare of states people at Devi Dham Salkanpur
Bhopal:MMNN: April 13, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with his wife Smt. Sadhana Singh visited Devi Dham at Salkanpur today.
He worshiped Maa Bijiyasan with religious rituals and prayed for progress and welfare of state's people. Madhya Pradesh Warehousing Corporation's Chairman Shri Rajendra Singh Rajput,
Forest Development Corporation's Chairman Shri Guru Prasad Sharma,
Sohagpur MLA Shri Vijaypal Singh and other public representatives were present on the occasion.


Tiger population rises in Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal:MMNN: April 13, 2016

Through effective wildlife management, tiger population is increasing constantly in Madhya Pradesh. According to Indian Wildlife Institute, Dehradun, number of tigers in the state was 300 in year 2006, which declined to 257 by year 2010. Their number rose again to 307 in year 2014. Of these, 237 tigers are in tiger reserves and 71 outside them. This was informed at a meeting of Tiger Range Countries' Ministers inaugurated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi today.
The meeting was informed that as per World Wildlife Fund and Global Tiger Forum, more than half population of tigers dwells in India. Central India Landscape is most important for existence of tigers.
It is due to Madhya Pradesh Corridor that Tiger Reserves of North and South India are connected with each other. Continuity and constant improvement in tiger management in Madhya Pradesh is very necessary to achieve target to double number of tigers in the country by year 2022.
Special efforts have been made in the state to increase tiger population. With the assistance of the state government, over 50 villages have been relocated from tiger reserve and large number of land has been freed from biological pressure . Till date, all villages have been relocated from Kanha, Pench and Kuno-Palpur's core areas. About 90 percent core area of Satpura tiger reserve has been freed from biological pressure .
After relocation of villages, grasslands are being developed there with the help of experts so that carnivores continue to get prey. Besides, habitat development programme is also being implemented in all protected areas.
Due to effective management, over 500 antelopes have been translocated in last one year from areas with high population to less populated areas devoid of antelopes. It is being done with the objective of increase in number and spread of antelopes over large landscape. Antelopes are main prey of tigers.
Tigers increasing even outside protected areas
Camera traps have detected tigers at several places in Dewas and Omkareshwar outside protected areas. From reserved areas, tigers have also strayed to Shajapur and Bhopal and sent back to protected areas.
The state government and Forest Department are making constant efforts to increase tiger population and effective wildlife management is leading to constant increase in tiger population. Habitats of wild animals have expanded due to relocation of villages from reserves and poor and tribal people of those areas have been brought to mainstream of development.



State government committed to integrated development of tribals
Bhopal:MMNN: April 12, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the state government is committed to happiness and prosperity of tribals.
Major initiatives have been taken for their all-round development. Shri Chouhan was releasing Policy Vision Document for Indian tribals prepared by Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad here today.
The Chief Minister said that the state government is making earnest efforts to bring those lagging in the race of development to the mainstream.
He said that concrete efforts have been made in the state for integrated development and welfare of tribals.
They are being provided subsidized food grains, hostels for better education to their children, fee for coaching and foreign study.
Shri Chouhan said that work is going on to distribute forest right letters to forest dwellers. Till date, over 2 lakh forest right letters have been distributed. Besides, a campaign is also underway to issue housing Pattas.
Tribal youths are extended maximum assistance to set up industries and business. Minimum support price has been announced so that tribal forest produce collectors can get lucrative profit.
Shri Sadashiv Rao Kokje, Shri Radheshyam Sharma, Shri Girish, other office-bearers and large number of distinguished citizens were present on the occasion.


"Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan" to transform rural MP from April 14
Bhopal:MMNN: April 12, 2016

'Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan' to change rural scenario of Madhya Pradesh will be launched on Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary April 14. The 45-day campaign for integrated development of villages will continue till May 31. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi would launch the country-wide 'Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan' from Mhow, the birthplace of Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar. On the initiative of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the campaign has been given a greater shape in the state.
Through a video conferencing here today, the Chief Minister held detailed discussions on outlines of the campaign with district administration and public representatives. Describing it a campaign for total transformation of socio-economic condition of villages, he said that Madhya Pradesh and entire country will be transformed through the campaign with the cooperation and participation of all within next 2 years. He said that this is the best campaign for public service. In view of Simhastha-2016, Ujjain district has been exempted from the campaign. There the campaign would be conducted from June 1 to 30.
The Chief Minister said that address of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi would be directly telecast in all Gram Panchayats. Shri Chouhan asked all district collectors, heads of departments, senior officers and public representatives to work unitedly to make the campaign a success. No eligible beneficiary should remain deprived of government schemes' benefit during this period. During video conferencing, the Chief Minister held discussions with public representatives of Shahdol, Agar-Malwa, Indore, Dindori, Mandla, Tikamgarh, Morena, Chhindwara, Rewa, Chhatarpur, Neemuch, Shajapur, Rajgarh, Sagar, Seoni, Ratlam, Hoshangabad, Bhopal and Dewas districts and elicited their suggestions.
Shri Chouhan said that maximum arrangements will be made in drinking water deficient districts. If required, drinking water would also be transported to crisis-ridden areas. He said that construction of minimum one water source should be undertaken in every village and available water resources should be renovated. Feasible and practical plans should be chalked out for development of villages. He said that he would himself take part in Special Gram Sabhas and Village Parliament during the campaign. He said that success of the campaign would depend on maximum participation of people in it.
Under the campaign, national, state and district level programmes will be held. National level campaign will be launched by the Prime Minister at Mhow. National convention of scheduled caste women Sarpanchs will be held at Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh on April 19. It would be participated by 100 women Sarpanchs from Madhya Pradesh. Similarly, National Gram Sabha Convention would be held on National Panchayat Day at Jamshedpur in Jharkhand.
At state level, rural young entrepreneurs' convention would be held in the first week of May. It would be participated by beneficiaries of Mukhyamantri Udyami Yojana and Mukhyamantri Yuva Swarozgar Yojana. Youths aspiring to start self-employment would also take part in it.
In the second week of May, state level convention of women's SHGs will be held. The Chief Minister has directed to cover every farmer under Prime Minister's Crop Insurance Scheme. This scheme will be launched from May 1.
Special Gram Sabhas, Village Parliament will be held at Gram Panchayat level from April 15 to May 23. Gram Sabhas will be held for 3 days. On the first day, discussions would be held on development works, beneficiary oriented schemes on the second day and discussion to double farmers income would be held on the third day. For this, 22 thousand 624 Gram Panchayats have been divided into 2504 clusters. Every Janpad Panachayat would have 6 to 8 clusters. Three-day Village Parliament would be held in all Gram Panchayats. Teams of officers have been constituted and Nodal Officers appointed for every level. These officers have been trained at state, division, district and Janpad levels.
Focal points
Along with main programme at birthplace of Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Mhow on his 125th birth anniversary, special programmes will also be held in all districts.
Lists of beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Gram Aawas Yojana would be verified. Names of eligible beneficiaries will be included.
Campaign's Flags to be handed over by Prime Minister Shri Modi would be sent to all districts with which the campaign would get underway.
Districts, Janpad and Gram Panchayats with outstanding performance would be felicitated.
Expenses on treatment of barren women at women's health camp would be borne by government.
All districts would prepare their reports from June 1 to 15. After their review at the state level, they would be placed before the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister directed to undertake construction of water structures and plantation with MNREGA convergence.
Videography of Gram Sabhas and Village Parliament will be made. Lists of beneficiaries of various schemes will be verified.
The Chief Minister desired every Gram Panchayat to ensure toilet facility in every household.

Home Minister Shri Babulal Gaur, Finance Minister Shri Jayant Malaiya, Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla, Health Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra, PHE Minister Sushri Kusum Mahdele, Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Maya Singh, Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Sigh, Labour, Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Minister Shri Antar Singh Arya, Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar, School Education Minister Shri Paras Jain, Tribal Welfare Minister Shri Gyan Singh, Minister of State for Culture Shri Surendra Patwa, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, ACSs and Principal Secretaries of concerning departments attended the video conferencing.



Chopna to get status of sub-tahasil
Bhopal:MMNN: April 11, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan distributed to rehabilitation Pattas to 110 Bangali families of Chopna area at district level Antyodaya Mela at Saliwada in Betul district today. He also announced to accord status of sub-tahasil to Chopna.
The Chief Minister benefited 48 thousand 103 beneficiaries with benefits worth Rs. 76 crore 75 lakh under various schemes. He also inaugurated and laid foundation stones of 81 works costing Rs. 103 crore. The Chief Minister distributed forest rights Pattas to 43 beneficiaries.
The Chief Minister said that in the schools of the area, Bengali language will be included as third language for the benefit of Bangali families' children. Bangali speaking youths of the area will be given appointment as guest faculties to teach Bangali language in area's schools. He distributed housing Pattas to over 15 thousand families. He said that Pattas will be distributed to cent percent eligible beneficiaries soon.
The Chief Minister said that Gram Sabhas will be held in every village during 'Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan' from April 14. He said that efforts would be made to empower women during the campaign by connecting them with employment. The Chief Minister said that incomplete roads in the district would be completed at the earliest.
Work to give electricity connections to Kapil Dhara well would also be undertaken in phases. Result-oriented efforts would be made to make available irrigation facilities by constructing small, medium and large dams. He also informed about 10 percent subsidy on loans to farmers. He said that Pattas will be given as per rules to people occupying land. No one will remain houseless by year 2022.
Minister in-charge of the district Shri Sartaj Singh, MP Smt. Jyoti Dhurve, Zila Panchayat President Smt. Mangal Singh Dhurve also spoke on the occasion.
Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation's Chairman Shri Tapan Bhowmik, Betul MLA Shri Hemant Khandelwal, Multai MLA Shri Chandrashekher Deskhmukh, Amla MLA Shri Chaitram Manekar, Bhainsdehi MLA Shri Mahendra Singh Chouhan, other local public representatives and large number of beneficiaries were present on the occasion.


Gond Tourist Circle with Ramnagar as focal point to be developed
Bhopal:MMNN: April 11, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that tribal Gond Tourist Circle of Gond era states with Ramnagar as focal point will be developed. He said that tribal culture is symbol of happiness and love. It signifies interaction, delight and bliss. The state government is committed to preserving and promoting this culture. Happiness Ministry will be constituted in the state to nurture tribal culture. The Chief Minister announced this while inaugurating 2-day 'Adi Utsav' at Ramnagar in Mandla district today.
The Chief Minister said that memories of Gond kings need to be preserved. Welfare schemes in the name of Gond king Shankar Shah will be introduced. Shri Chouhan said that efforts would be made to make Mandla are centre of organic farming. He urged people to plant saplings on both banks of Narmada. Shri Chouhan appealed to become partners in 'Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan'. Under the campaign, sports and dance programmes will be held.
The Chief Minister announced Rs. one crore 22 lakh for Kala Pahad road and Rs. 65 lakh for drinking water arrangements. He said that temples built by Gond rulers will be renovated in accordance with tribal culture and Ghats constructed at Ramnagar. After survey, a stop dam will be constructed across Narmada river at Ramnagar. He announced Rs. 11 thousand each from CM's Discretionary Fund to 24 troupes taking part in 'Adi Utsav'.
Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Joel Uraon said that it is a challenging task for tribal people to conserve their culture while joining mainstream of development through education. 'Adi Utsav' will turn out to be milestone in preserving and promoting tribal culture, heritage, traditions and social system. MP Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste said that 'Adi Utsav' will give a new identity to the district. MLA Shri Pandit Singh Dhurve informed about local problems.
CM dances to tunes of Mandar
In front of Rai Bhagat Ki Kothi, the Chief Minister took 'Mandar' from tribal dancers, played it and danced to its tunes. The Chief Minister inspected an exhibition focusing on tribal culture and traditions at Moti Mahal.
The Chief Minister lauded works undertaken with convergence of various schemes at Rai Bhagat Ki Kothi by Archaeology Department and district administration. The Chief Minister felicitated Sarpanchs and Secretaries of Gram Panchayat declared open defecation free. He also distributed cheques worth Rs. 5 crore 24 lakh to livelihoods women's groups.
Blesses newly wed couples
At 'Adi Utsav', marriages of 1000 poor, widows, abandoned women and disabled persons were solemnised. The Chief Minister blessed newly wed couples.
Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah, Minister of State for Public Health & Family Welfare and in-charge of Mandla district Shri Sharad Jain, MP Tribal Finance and Development Corporation's Chairman Dr. Shivraj Shah, Zila Panchayat President Smt. Sampatiya Uikey, MLA Shri Ram Pyare Kulaste and other public representatives were present on the occasion.



Need for rapid growth of bamboo sector: Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Mahajan
Bhopal:MMNN: April 9, 2016

Three-day Global Bamboo Summit began at Indore today. Chief Guest Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan stressed the need for rapid growth of bamboo sector in India. Presiding over the summit, Union Surface Transport and National Highways Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari said that pavilions for bamboo products’ sale will be set up at high-tech highway villages.
Special guest Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh will be developed as Bamboo Capital of India. Union Minister of Agriculture Shri Radhmohan Singh said that production of bamboo is also effective in poverty alleviation.
Representative of 11 states from India and abroad are attending the summit. Forum of discussions has been made available to bamboo producers, craftspersons, entrepreneurs and technical experts at the summit on the theme “Bamboo for Sustainable Development – Global Cooperation at the summit”
Smt. Mahajan
Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan said that bamboo sector in India needs to be developes rapidly. New policy and technique are also required in this regard. She said that Bamboo Revolution can be brought about in the country. India’s economy can be boosted further by promoting bamboo production. It would give a new direction to development of the country. Looking to the fast speed with which the Central government is undertaking works to expand bamboo area, it seems that India’s economy will become bamboo-based. She said that bamboo production and use of goods made of it need to be promoted for environmental conservation as well.
Shri Gadkari
Union Surface Transport and National Highways Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari said that excellent work is being done in Madhya Pradesh for bamboo and its value-added products. He said that biggest matters of concern facing India are exodus of people from villages to cities due to poverty and unemployment. These problems can be addressed by promoting handicraft along with agriculture. Gap between villages and cities can also be bridged. Bamboo sector is witnessing considerable progress. Employment can be given to people by increasing bamboo production. He stressed the need for preparing new designs of bamboo products with the help of expert institutions. The Central government has decided to construct green highways.
For this, one percent of total project cost will be spent on plantation and beautification. On national highways, Rs. 10 lakh per hectare will be spent on plantation, mainly bamboos. Due to this, people will get employment as well as greenery. He announced that over 1200 high-tech highway villages are being developed in the country. In each of these villages, pavilions for bamboo products’ sale will be set up. Similar pavilions will also be set up for vegetables. He also stressed the need for use of bamboo as bio-fuel.
Chief Minister
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh will be developed as Bamboo Capital of India. Through Bamboo Mission, bamboo forest area will be expanded. Commercial farming of bamboo will also be promoted. Bamboo will be considered as agriculture product in Madhya Pradesh. He said that efforts will be made to create maximum employment opportunities in the state. Bamboo will be made source to increase farmers’ income. He said that bamboo production is less than its consumption in Madhya Pradesh.
The state government has decided to undertake bamboo plantation on sides of farmers’ fields, around houses and on fallow lands. Madhya Pradesh would be made fully self-reliant in bamboo sector. Bamboo will also be used in construction of toilets under Swachchhata Mission. He said that efforts would be made to convey conclusions of the summit to all concerned.
Union Agriculture Minister
Union Minister of Agriculture Shri Radhamohan Singh said that bamboo fulfils a number of requirements in life. Apart from traditional consumption, bamboo is also being used for interior decoration, medcines and food. Production of bamboo is also effective in poverty alleviation. Central government is paying special attention to expansion of bamboo area. Bamboo Mission works are being done in 28 states. He expressed happiness that Madhya Pradesh has used its cent percent allocation under Bamboo Mission.
It is first state to do so. It proves that how much effective works are being undertaken in Madhya Pradesh in bamboo production sector. He said that bamboo is environmentally beneficial. Its plants are also commercially beneficial. Bamboo is very fast growing and multi-purpose plant. Bamboo forests constitute 13 percent of total forest area in the country. Over 137 species of bamboo are found in India. It is used in over 1500 ways. Bamboo can also become an alternative of wood. Shri Singh said that awards will be given to states performing outstandingly in bamboo sector.
In the welcome address, Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar said that bamboo production and use of its products are being promoted by Madhya Pradesh Bamboo Mission. Work towards green energy is being done at a rapid pace in Madhya Pradesh. This will bring natural balance and prosperity. Madhya Pradesh has 35 percent share of total bamboo production in the country.
Vice Chairman of Indian Federation of Green Energy and former Union Minister Shri Anna Saheb N.K. Patil proposed a vote of thanks. An attractive exhibition focusing on bamboo was also put up on the occasion.
Indore Mayor Smt. Malini Gaud, Sushri Vidya Morukumbi and Vice Chairman of Food and Civil Supplies Corporation Shri Devraj Singh Parihar also participated in the summit.


Three-day Asian kho-kho competition begins
Bhopal:MMNN: April 9, 2016

Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan has said that State and Central governments are committed to development of sports. She said that sports instill patience and discipline and are useful lifelong. Smt. Mahjan stated this at inaugural function of Three-day Asian kho-kho competition at Indore today. For the first time, women’s kho-kho teams are participating in the tournament. Earler, kho-kho competitions were held in year 1996 and 2000.
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan that sports are very important in our lives. Sports not only make people healthy, but also help them enjoy life fully. The state government has effected manifold increase in sports budget. Madhya Pradesh has achieved many successes in sports arena during last 13 years.
Union Minister of State for Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that Indian culture stands for global brotherhood. Simhastha is holiest religious event which we would celebrate unitedly. Sports are important in life. They lead to human beings’ physical and mental development.
In all, 180 players of 12 teams from six countries including India, Pakistan, Korea, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh are participating in the 3-day kho-kho competition being held jointly by Asian Kho-Kho Federation, Indian Kho-kho and Madhya Bharat Kho-Kho Federation.
President of Indian Kho-Kho Federation Shri Rajiv Mehta, MLAs Sarvshri Mahendra Hardia, Sudarshan Gupta, Ramesh Mendola, Sushri Usha Thakur and others were present on the occasion.



MP island of peace with immense possibilities to set up industries
Bhopal:MMNN: April 8, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh is an island of peace with immense possibilities to set up industries.
The Chief Minister was speaking at a seminar on possibilities of investment in Madhya Pradesh in New Delhi today. The seminar was held jointly by Madhya Pradesh government and CII.
In the interface with industrialists, Shri Chouhan invited them for investment in Madhya Pradesh. He said that the state government will extend maximum cooperation to them.
Investors will face no difficulty in the state. The seminar was held to attract industrialists to Global Investors Summit to be held at Indore in October.
The Chief Minister said that agreements worth Rs. 6 lakh crore were signed at the last GIS in year 2014.
Within one and half years, investment worth Rs. 2 lakh crore is visible at ground level. The state government has land bank of 26 thousand hectares for investors. They can book land online from anywhere.
Now, all processes of setting up industries are being undertaken on the spot under single table concept in Madhya Pradesh. He said that the state government has constituted a separate department to promote small and cottage industries.
Commerce and Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia also spoke on the occasion. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa informed about industrial scenario in the state and concessions being given to investrors.
Principal Secretary, Industries Shri Mohammad Suleman and Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra were also present on the occasion.


CM Shri Chouhan greets people on Gudi Padwa and Cheti Chand
Bhopal:MMNN: April 8, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has extended greetings and best wishes to people of the state on Hindu New Year Gudi Padwa and Cheti Chand.
Shri Chouhan said that Gudi Padwa is significant in Indian culture spiritually and historically.
It signifies Indian culture and gives sense of victory.
The Chief Minister said that religious functions are also starting with Chaitra Navratra.
Shri Chouhan said that it is a pious occasion to worship Adi Shakti in spiritual environs for prosperity and progress of people.
Wishing people happiness, he has urged them to celebrate these festivals with enthusiasm.



CM Shri Chouhan launches portal of Global Investors Summit-2016 in Delhi
Bhopal:MMNN: April 7, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan met ambassadors of various countries in New Delhi today and invited them to Global Investors Summit, Indore on October 23-24, 2016. He also launched a portal containing various information about Global Investors Summit.
Through the portal, all GIS-related information can be obtained apart from facilities for investment given in Madhya Pradesh to investors as well fixation of time for meeting.
Shri Chouhan was participating in launch programme of portal of Global Investors Summit and Simhastha-2016 organised by Madhya Pradesh government and CII.
Madhya Pradesh's Commerce and Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra, Principal Secretary Commerce and Industries Shri Mohammad Suleman and senior officers of Industries Department were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister invited all present envoys to Global Investors Summit, Indore. Besides, he gave detailed information about immense investment potential in the state. He said that it would be fifth Global Investors Summit.
Shri Chouhan also invited envoys to Simhastha to be held at Ujjain from April 22 to May 21, 2016. A short documentary on Simhastha was also screened on the occasion, which displays Simhastha's historic and religious significance, preparations being made by the state government and Chief Minister Shri Chouhan inviting saints.


14 thousand new police personnel to be recruited in MP
Bhopal:MMNN: April 7, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that 32 thousand police personnel have been recruited in Madhya Pradesh during last 5 years. Addressing 69th passing out ceremony of new constables at Police Training College, Indore today, he said that 14 thousand new police personnel will be recruited during next some years. Police stations are also being modernized in the state. Efforts are underway to provide better facilities to police personnel.
DGP Shri Surendra Sinh presided over the function. Mayor Smt. Malini Gaud, Indore Development Authority's Chairman Shri Shankar Lalwani, MLAs Shri Mahendra Hardia, Shri Sudarshan Gupta, Shri Rajesh Sonkar and Smt. Usha Thakur were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that constant efforts are being made to maintain efficient law and order arrangements in Madhya Pradesh. Excellent work has been done in the state to eradicate dacoits. Naxalite and terrorist activities have also been effectively curbed. Peace and harmony prevail in the state. Atmosphere of peace, security and harmony is helping accelerating pace of development.
Large number of national and international companies are coming to Madhya Pradesh. Congratulating new constables, he exhorted them to maintain glorious traditions of Madhya Pradesh police. He exhorted them to consider their service as mission. Special attention is being paid to women's security in Madhya Pradesh. He said that it has been decided to give 33 percent reservation to women in police recruitment.
A number of important decisions regarding police personnel's houses are also being implemented. He exhorted police personnel to pay special attention to Yoga and Dhyan for concentration and inner peace. These practices will also make them physically stronger.
At the outset, Special DGP (Training) Smt. Reena Mitra presented progress report of the programme. She informed that 1400 new constables were imparted training at the 69th training programme of Police Training College, Indore.
It is for the first time in Madhya Pradesh that such a large number of constables have been imparted training simultaneously. The trainees included 400 lady constables. College's SP Smt. Manisha Pathak Soni proposed a vote of thanks. Oath was administered to new constables.
New constable performed passing out parade. The Chief Minister took salute. He also inspected the parade in an open Jeep. Shri Chouhan also distributed certificates to outstanding trainees.



Simhastha to show new path to humanity facing ill effects of materialism
Bhopal:MMNN: April 6, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Simhastha will show a new path to humanity facing ill effects of materialism. At ideological Kumbh during Simhastha at Ujjain, saints and seers will give message of global welfare. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will participate in ideological seminar. Shri Chouhan said that Darshan of saints cannot be achieved without will of Mahakal. The Chief Minister said that he feels privileged and blessed by having Darshan and blessings of Akhadas' Shri Mahants. The Chief Minister stated this at function where Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad felicitated him at Nirnjani Akhada, Ujjain.
Earlier, President of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad Shri Narendra Giriji Maharaj, General Secretary Shri Hari Giriji Maharaj and Shri Mahants of 13 Akhadas felicitated the Chief Minister and expressed gratitude towards him for ensuring large-scale preparations for Simhastha. Shri Chouhan and his wife Smt. Sadhana Singh Chouhan were greeted with garland of Rudraksh beads and shawls. Akhada Parishad also thanked in-charge Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh, School Education Minister Shri Paras Jain and Simhastha Central Committee's Chairman Shri Makhan Singh.
Shri Narendra Giriji Maharaj said that Simhastha has got underway. Able leadership is required for ensuring success of Mela. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan and in-charge Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh are most capable of it. He said that under leadership of the Chief Minister, best ever arrangements have been made for Simhastha this time. Kumbhs are held in other places of the country also, but works of permanent nature are not undertaken at Akhadas. This has been done for the first time at Ujjain. Chandal Yog becomes ineffective where Mahakal dwells. He said that Kumbh is held to ensure that future generations do not forget their values.
Shri Bhupendra Singh said that it is a pleasant coincidence that the Chief Minister is being blessed for Simhastha's success on the occasion of its start. He said that the Chief Minister had started preparations for Simhastha 4 years ago. He has done global branding of Simhastha.
Shri Hari Giriji Maharaj said that divine powers have selected Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan for success of Simhastha and Shri Narendra Giriji as President of Akhada Parishad.
Simplicity best quality of Chief Minister
Shri Narendra Giriji said that Chief Minister Shri Chouhan is Ambassador of Development. Simplicity is the best quality of Chief Minister. In-charge Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh is also equally simple. If anyone abuses him, his reply is 'Ji Maharaj'. It is the result of devotion, sacrifice and hard work that the Chief Minister is moving ahead continuously. Shri Narendra Giriji said that our saints and seers started tradition of Simhastha Kumbh. He hoped that Simhastha will be fully peaceful unaffected by Chandal Yog.
Shri Narendra Giriji said that the Chief Minister has invited saints and seers to Simhastha. This is highly laudable. The Chief Minister had visited Nasik for this. This tradition is not found in any other Kumbha in the country.
My life has become blessed today
The Chief Minister said that his life has become blessed today after seeking blessings of saints. Life remains incomplete without Satsang. All are invited to Simhastha and seek blessings of saints. He said that after Simhastha, ancient glory of 7 lakes of Ujjain will be restored.
Shri Mahants of all 13 Akhadas were present on the occasion including Mahant Shri Neelkanth Giri, Shaktigiri, Jayvijay Bharti, Govindanandji, Sudamananadaji, Dayagiri, Udaygiri, Premgiri, Shyamdasji, Maheshwar Dasji, Bhagat Ram Ji, Triveni Das Ji, Gopal Singh Ji, Shivshankar Das Ji, Shyamkishore Das Ji, Dharm Das Ji, Mohan Das Ji and Ravindra Das Ji.
Programme was conducted by Mahant Hari Giriji. Shri Mahant Maheshwar Das Ji proposed a vote of thanks. MPs Dr. Chintamani Malviya and Dr. Satyanarayan Jatia, MLAs Sarvshi Mohan Yadav, Dilip Singh Shekhawat, Bahadur Singh Chouhan, Satish Malviya and Mayor Smt. Meena Jonwal were also present on the occasion.


It feels like sitting for sometime here
Bhopal:MMNN: April 6, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that he is experiencing a unique bliss on seeing confluence of Kshipra-Narmada Mayya that he feels like sitting here for sometime. Kshipra Ghats are feast of eyes. The Chief Minister stated this while dedicating 4 Kshipra ghats on Bhukhi Mata Ghat at Ujjain today. The 4 Ghats including Bhuvaneshwari Ghat, Raj-Rajeshwari Ghat, Gaughat from stop dam upto Lal Pul (right bank) and Guru Nanak Ghat have been developed at a cost of Rs. 28 crore 27 lakh.
Scene of these Ghats became very attractive after release of Narmada water in Kshipra river. The Chief Minister said that this scene is pleasing his eyes. Kshipra and Narmada Mayya are flowing together. The Chief Minister said that this time, message of world peace will also go from Ujjain apart from traditional rites.
Dedication of 2043 metre long Ghats
The Chief Minister dedicated 2043 metre long Ghats on Bhukhi Mata Ghat. Bhuvaneshwari Ghat is 571 metre long, Raj-Rajeshwari Ghat 192 metre long,, Gaughat from stop dam upto Lal Pul (right bank) 580 metre long and Guru Nanak Ghat is 700 metre long. Bhuvaneshwari Ghat was widened by 27.20 metres at cost of Rs. 7.94 crore. Its landing width is 3 metres and bottom width 1713 square metres. Raj-Rajeshwari Ghat has been developed at a cost of Rs. 2 crore 29 lakh. Its width is 18.50 metres, bottom landing width 4 metres and bottom landing area 768 metres.
Gaughat from stop dam upto Lal Pul (right bank) has been developed at a cost of Rs. 8 crore 20 lakh. Its width is 14.10 metres, bottom landing width 5 metres and bottom landing area 2900 metres. Guru Nanak Ghat has been developed at a cost of Rs. 9 crore 84 lakh. Its width is 28 square metres, bottom landing width 3 metres and bottom landing area 2586 square metres.
Worships 131 feet tall Trishul
The Chief Minister worshiped 131 feet tall trident in Dutt Akhada Zone. The trident will be a centre of attraction for devotees during Simhastha. It has been manufactured in collaboration of Bajaj Company.
Earlier, the Chief Minister had Darshan of Lord Dattatreya at Dutt Akhada Mandir and wished Simhastha success. He worshipped the Shivlinga instituted by Jagadguru Bhagwan Shankaracharya and paid obeisance at Samadhis of saints at Dutt Akhada.
Dedication of Panchkroshi Yatra
The Chief Minister dedicated Panchkroshi Marg. In-charge Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh, MP Dr. Chintamani Malviya and Dr. Satyanarayan Jatia and MLA Dr. Mohan Yadav were also present on the occasion. The Chief Minister dedicated Panchkroshi Marg's upgradation and renovation costing Rs. 68 crore.



4th India Water Week in New Delhi
Bhopal:MMNN: April 5, 2016

Madhya Pradesh and Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan drew encomiums at inaugural function of 4th India Water Week programme in Delhi today. In their addresses, Union Water Resources Minister Sushri Uma Bharti and Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley lauded the state for water conservation and unprecedented increase in irrigation facilities.
Sushri Bharti said that Madhya Pradesh has made remarkable progress in agriculture sector over the years. State's continuous over 20 percent agriculture growth rate is a source of inspiration not only for Indian states. She said that soon Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh will transform Bundelkhand region through Ken-Betwa river link project. Sushri Bharti said that Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has emerged as an efficient Chief Minister.
Shri Jaitley said that investment in irrigation sector gives results faster than other development sectors. He described Madhya Pradesh as its best example which has been successful in maintaining agriculture growth rate of 22 percent despite weak monsoon and hailstorms for the last 2 years.
He said that it has become possible since Chief Minister Shri Chouhan has worked keeping significance of adequate investment in irrigation sector in view. Shri Jaitley described Madhya Pradesh's increase in irrigation capacity a precedent for other states and neighbouring countries.
Earlier, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that waster conservation is being given shape of mass movement in the state. Attention has been paid to complete irrigation projects. Work has been done to reach water to tail ends of canals.
He said that it is a major achievement to obtain Krishi Karman Award for consecutive 4 years. He hoped that the state would get Krishi Karman Award for the fifth time due to hard works of state's farmers, state government's efforts to increase irrigation potential and making agriculture profitable.
It is noteworthy that Union Water Resources Ministry has been holding India Water Week since 2012. This year, theme of the Week is 'Water for All : Striving Together'. Various issues were discussed at the programme held in collaboration of Union Agriculture, Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Rural Development, Urban Development, Drinking Water Supply & Sanitation, Energy and other ministries and NITI Ayog. The issues discussed mainly pertained to agriculture & irrigation, energy generation, industrial production & demand management, rural and urban drinking water supply, recycling & quality of water etc.


MP should become example in implementation of "Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan"
Bhopal:MMNN: April 5, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that 'Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan' is an excellent initiative towards service to people. He said that the campaign should be implemented in an ideal manner. He exhorted officers to contribute their best so that the state can present an example for best implantation of the campaign in the country. Shri Chouhan was addressing a meeting for monitoring of the campaign with Ministers and state-level concerning officers here today.
Home Minister Shri Babulal Gaur, Finance Minister Shri Jayant Malaiya, Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, Commerce and Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Maya Singh, Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra, PWD Minister Shri Sartaj Singh, Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, Minister of State for GAD Shri Lal Singh Arya, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of various departments attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that the campaign is multi-purpose. Efforts should be made for effective redressal of problems of rural people during the campaign. Action plans should be chalked out for development works for next 5 years. The campaign would be conducted every year. He said that all eligible beneficiaries should be provided benefits of government schemes. The campaign should be conducted as a mass movement. Cultural programmes and sports competitions should also be held to involve people in the campaign. He also discussed activities to create atmosphere for this.
The Chief Minister said that process to give lease deeds of land to poor families should be started under the campaign. He directed to identify childless women and provide them free treatment during health check-up camps of women. He said that during Krishi Sabhas, process to select suitable spots for plantation in villages should also be taken up. He directed to present an action plan after examining prospects of veterinary treatment during camps.
The Chief Minister said that development block level Nodal Officers should monitor Gram Sabhas. They must take part in process of minimum 4 to 5 Gram Panchayats. Officers gave presentations at the meeting regarding volume of the campaign and efforts to double farmers' income during next 5 years.
Role of state level officers in campaign
To effectively supervise the campaign.
To visit allotted district minimum twice.
Every visit will be of 2 days.
3 development blocks will be allotted to every officer.
To submit action taken reports on demands and applications received during campaign.
To submit reports after supervising Gram Sabhas.
Campaign's salient points
Campaign to be conducted from April 14 to May 31 in state.
Gram Sabhas to be held at Gram Panchayats from April 15 to May 15.
Villages of the state to be problem-free.
Atmosphere to be created in accordance with action plan of Swachchh Bharat Mission.
Social harmony to be promoted.
To strengthen Panchayat Raj system. Common people to partner in village development.
Competitions of village-wise sports activities to be held.
Village-wise cultural competitions to be held.
First, second and third prizes will be given in competitions.
Surveys of available and possible water structures in villages to be conducted.
Action plan to be chalked to renovate water structures.
Assets of Gram Panchayats to be verified.
Open discussions like Parliament to be held for village development.
Yuva Udyami Sammelans to be held at village level.
100 SC and ST women sarpanchs to visit Andhra Pradesh.
Programmes on Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti to be held at state, district and village levels.
Women's health check-up camps to be held from May 1 to 31.
Efforts to be made to examine and rehabilitate disabled persons. District-wise women's self-help conventions to be held in May.
They will also participate in Mahila Sarpanch Sammelan at Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh.
Address of Prime Minister will be screened at Gram Panchayats.
Prime Minister will deliver address on April 24 at Jamshedpur in Jharkhand.



CM Shri Chouhan with Union Ministers visits worlds first White Tiger Safari
Bhopal:MMNN: April 4, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan dedicated world's first White Tiger Safari at Mukundpur in Satna district today.
Later, the Chief Minister accompanied by Union Minister of Steel and Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar, Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar, Energy, Mineral Resources and Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla, Tribal Welfare Minister Shri Gyan Singh, Vidhan Sabha Deputy Speaker Dr. Rajendra Kumar Singh and MPs Shri Ganesh Singh, Shri Janardan Mishra and Smt. Reeti Pathak went round the Safari.
The Chief Minister along with Union Ministers duo and state cabinet colleagues boarded battery-run car driven by Energy Minister Shri Shukla. First the Chief Minister and others witnessed 2 yellow Bengal tigers near their enclosures.
Later, they witnessed white tiger couple Radha and Raghu in their enclosure. White tiger Raghu was trying to climb a tree. These antics of the white tiger thrilled the Chief Minister and other guests. The guests also inspected enclosure of bear couple.
Later, in a special closed bus the guests witnessed white tigress Vindhya in the tiger safari. The special bus was stopped for sometime even as it passed by the white tigress.
Chief Minister's wife Smt. Sadhana Singh and Energy Minister's wife Smt. Sunita Shukla also accompanied the touring team.
Pictorial Tale of the White Tiger
The Chief Minister and the guest Ministers also witnessed oval building 'The Tale of the White Tiger'. The tale of white tigers right from world's first seen white tiger 'Mohan' and return of white tiger to Vindhya has been displayed through attractive photographs in this building.


Mukundpur White Tiger Safari to be best in world
Bhopal:MMNN: April 4, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Mukundpur White Tiger Safari would be developed as the best in the world. Its identity would be carved at global level. No fund crunch would be allowed in it. Shri Chouhan was dedicating world's first White Tiger Safari at village Mukundpur in Satna district today.
Remembering Maharaja Martand Singh Judeo, the Chief Minister lauded his love and kindness towards wildlife. CM Shri Chouhan announced to name the Safari after Maharaja Martand Singh Judeo. Shri Chouhan said that dream of translocating heritage of Vindhya to the region has been fulfilled. For this, he lauded efforts of Union Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of State Shri Prakash Javadekar, Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar and Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla.
The Chief Minister said that commencement of the Safari will promote tourism in the region. New vistas of livelihood will be open up resulting in prosperity of the area. He also called for entry of local people to the Safari free of cost for one day every week. He announced to upgrade Mukundpur high school to higher secondary school and Rewa's airstrip to airport. He said that Satna airstrip will also be improved further.
Presiding over the function, Union MoS for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javedekar said that 75 percent of total population of tigers is in our country. He said that Mukundpur White Tiger Safari is indeed unique. It is a conducive region for tigers. He said that proper measures will be taken to develop the Safari and Centre would provide adequate funds for it. Efforts will be made to accord the Safari given 7-Star status.
Union Minister for Steel and Mines Shri Tomar said that Mukundpur White Tiger Safari is a matter of happiness and good fortune for Vindhya region. White Tigers were identity of Rewa. With their translocation, Rewa has regained its glory. Lauding concerted efforts by the Central and Union Governments for Safari's establishment, he described it as best example of commitment towards people's sentiments.
Forest Minister Dr. Shejwar said that wait of Vindhya region's people has ended with translocation of white tigers. For this, Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla chose Mukundpur. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan extended maximum cooperation in removing all hurdles in it. Similarly, Central Zoo Authority, Union Ministers Shri Tomar and Shri Javadekar also extended maximum cooperation.
Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla said that it was cherished dream of people of Vindhya region that white tiger should be translocated to the area. Keeping this in view, this initiative was taken and Vindhya region regained its pride. Shri Shukla urged to name the safari after Maharaja Martand Singh
Deputy Speaker of Vidhan Sabha Shri Rajendra Kumar Singh said that roars of white tigers have reverberated in the area after a gap of 40 years. Mohan was world-famous. Honour of this area has been enhanced by translocating white tigers at Mukundpur.
Former Minister Shri Pushpraj Singh lauded efforts of Shri Rajendra Shukla. Shri Singh said that he has given motivational contribution in establishment of White Tiger Safari. After Khajuraho, tourists will visit Mukundpur due to which income of the area will increase and unemployment will be reduced.
Satna MP Shri Ganesh Singh said that the district has got a novel gift. Rewa MP Shri Janardan Mishra said that the state government has undertaken remarkable works during last 10 years directly benefiting the people.
Tribal Welfare Minister Shri Gyan Singh, MP Sushri Reeti Pathak, Zila Panchayat President Shri Abhay Mishra, local MLAs, other public representatives and common people were present on the occasion.



CM Shri Chouhan flags off Yog Chakra Yatra
Bhopal:MMNN: April 2, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan flagged off Yog Chakra Yatra here today.
The Yatra is being taken out by eminent Yoga Guru Shri Bharat Thakur to disseminate message of Yoga, peace and harmony.
The Chief Minister wished Yatra a success. He hoped that Yatra will succeed in its objective of spreading message of peace, harmony and environmental conservation.
The Chief Minister participated in the Yatra by cycling for some distance.
Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra and Director Sports and Youth Welfare Shri Updendra Jain were also present on the occasion.
Yoga Guru Shri Thakur has started the Yatra from Kathmandu, which will conclude at Kanyakumari.
The cycle journey will traverse 5000 kilometres across 11 states of India and Nepal.
Camps are also being held during the Yatra.
Shri Thakur has entered Madhya Pradesh after passing through Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
During Yatra, common people are being motivated for health and healthy lifestyle.
At Kathmandu, the Yatra was flagged off by Indian Ambassador Shri Ranjeet Ray.


3-day "Anugoonj-13" at Indore from April 3
Bhopal:MMNN: April 2, 2016

Under cultural activities pertaining to Simhastha Mahakumbh, 3-day 'Anugoonj-13' will be held at Basketball Complex at Indore on April 3 at 7 pm. Minister of State for Culture Shri Surendra Patwa will be specially present on the occasion.
On the first day of the event April 3, team under the direction of Shri Murlidhar Nagraj of Jabalpur will present plays based on works of Mahadevi Verma, Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala', Maithilisharan Gupta and Pt. Makhanlal Chaturvedi, Kathak dance based on works of Surdas and Tulsi under direction of Sushri Suchitra Harmalkar Dakwale of Indore and Sushri Kshama Bhate and troupe will give a performance focusing on Mira.
On the second day April 4, play Dehrag will be enacted on the works of Pt. Bhavani Prasad Mishra, Narendra Jain, Gulzar, Ekant Shrivastava, Niranjan Shrotriya and Bhagwat Rawat under direction of Sushri Pragati Pandey of Jabalpur, Samvedna under direction of Sushri Shovna Narayana and attractive Kathak dance by Rangshri Little Ballet, Bhopal.
On the concluding day April 5, presentations focusing on works of Kunwar Narayan, Chandrakant Devtale, Nagarjun, Shrikant Verma and Raghuvir Sahai will be presented under the direction of Shri Manoj Nair.
Concept of the programme will be given by Santosh Chaube and music by Santosh Kaushik.
Mahadevi Verma Group will present Kathak under direction of Sushri Rachna Yadav of New Delhi and 'Vidyapati' will be staged under direction of Sushri Malvika Mitra of Kolkata.



Israels Consul General Shri David meets CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: April 1, 2016

Israel's Consul General Shri David Akov met Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today.
Shri Chouhan said that Israel and Madhya Pradesh can collaborate in water recycling and water management sectors.
Shri Chouhan invited Shri Akov to Global Investors Summit to be held at Indore in October. He said that 7 major cities in the state are being made Smart.
Besides, small cities are also being developed as Mini Smart Cities.
Israel can collaborate in the process. Israel and India are natural friends.
Israel has done commendable work in agriculture, water management and defence production sectors. Madhya Pradesh is pioneer in agriculture growth rate in the country.
Consul General Shri David said that his country is collaborating with various states of the country in water management, agriculture and rooftop solar energy sectors.
Israel wishes to work in these sectors in Madhya Pradesh too.
Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra, Commissioner Industries Shri V.L. Kanta Rao and MD of TRIFAC Shri D.P. Ahuja were also present at the meeting.


CM Shri Chouhan to flag off Yoga Guru Bharat Thakurs cycle journey
Bhopal:MMNN: April 1, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will flag off eminent Yoga Guru Bharat Thakur's cycle journey from CM House at 9.45 am on April 1, 2016.
It is noteworthy that Yoga Guru Shri Thakur is on cycle journey from Kathmandu to Kanyakumar to disseminate message of Yoga,
peace and harmony.
He will travel about 5 thousand kilometers from Kathmandu to Kanyakumari where the journey will culminate.



CM Shri Chouhan presented cheque for relief to farmers
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 31, 2016

Officer-employees of Narmada-Jhabua Rural Bank donate one-day salary
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan was presented a cheque of Rs. 7 lakh 10 thousand by Chairman of Narmada-Jhabua Rural Bank Shri K.V. Raghvendra here today.
He informed that all officers and employees of the bank have donated their one-day salary towards relief to farmers.
The bank has earned Rs. 102 crore profit during year 2014-15.


Action plan of "Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan" to be sent to PM Shri Modi
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 31, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that 'Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan' is an ambitious campaign for upliftment of villages and the poor. Action plan for the campaign from April 14 to May 31 will be sent to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi who will launch it.
The Chief Minister reviewed preparations for 'Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan' here today. He apprised himself of its action plan. He directed to ensure during the campaign that all eligible beneficiaries get benefits of schemes and basic amenities and services reach ground level. Action plan to be chalked out on the basis of data collected during the campaign will be a development roadmap for coming years.
The Chief Minister directed to ensure participation of public representatives in the prestigious campaign. He himself, ministers and officers from state to village level will visit villages during the campaign. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will launch the campaign on 125th birth anniversary of Baba Saheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar from Mhow on April 14. A video-conferencing will be held to associate all with the campaign. He said that during this period places should be identified for plantation under Hariyali Mahotsav. Besides, Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao Yojana should also be widely publicized. This campaign would change scenario of villages.
CS Shri Anthony de Sa informed that action plan for the campaign has been chalked out under it, 3 Gram Sabhas will be held on 3 consecutive days at every Gram Panchayat from April 15 to May 15. On the first day, plan for village development will be chalked out including drinking water, sanitation and construction of water structures. Action will be taken on beneficiary-oriented schemes on the second day and agriculture action plan would be chalked out on the third day.
During the campaign, Kisan Sabha, women's health check-up camps and cultural competitions will also be held. Villagers will be apprised of welfare schemes whose factual position will also be learnt. Action plan would be chalked out to double farmers income and open discussions will be held on village development.
Nodal Officers at Gram Panchayat level, supervising officers at block level and zonal officers will be deployed to implement the campaign. They will also be trained. Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and other officers attended the meeting.



PR Minister Shri Shukla condoles death of Union Minister Shri Gehlots son
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 30, 2016

Public Relations, Energy, New & Renewable Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla has expressed profound grief over the death of Shri Narendra Gehlot,
the son of Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Shri Thawarchand Gehlot.
Shri Narendra Gehlot, 48, died of heart attack at Nagda today.
Shri Shukla has prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss.


325 km long electricity lines charged in Simhastha Mela area
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 30, 2016

For electricity arrangements during Simhastha from April 22 to May 21, electricity lines measuring 325 kms have been charged. In Mela area, 75 km long lines of 11 KV and 250 km long low-tension lines have been charged. Streetlights on over 7000 poles in Mela area have been made functional.
As many as 450 transformers have also been charged. A plan has been chalked out to supply 100 MW power in Mela area. Zonal officers have been posted to ensure smooth electricity supply. Names and mobile numbers of these officers have been displayed at public places.
Portal to redress complaints
Over 5 crore devotees are expected to visit Simhastha at Ujjain. All arrangements are being made keeping this in view. Call centre, mobile app, 22 Sector and 6 Zone offices have been made so that devotees face no difficulty.
A platform for collecting database has been prepared for early redressal of complaints. Portal HRMS has been prepared for it, where all complaints and services will be posted. On registering complaint or demanding service, concerning department's staff will immediately reach the concerning person.
Through the portal, a notification will reach immediately on the mobile of concerning officer to solve the problem. In Mela area, 110 call centres have also been set up. Its toll-free number is 1100.



CM Shri Chouhan welcomes Parampujya Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 29, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan welcomed Parampujya Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev with garlands.
Founder of Isha Foundation,
Coimbatore Parampujya Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev visited CM House here today.
Principal Secretaries to CM Shri Iqbal Singh Bains and Shri S.K. Mishra were also presented on the occasion.


Ensure every possible measure to supply drinking water
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 29, 2016

Energy, Mineral Resources and Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla has directed to ensure every possible measure to supply drinking water in the district keeping in view crisis due to scanty rainfall and drought.
Shri Shukla gave these directives in a meeting of District Planning Committee at Satna today. Shri Shukla said that drinking water should be supplied by increasing length of riser pipe or fixing single-phase motor to handpumps. He said that water should also be transported, if needed.
Shri Shukla also held detailed discussions on distribution of relief against crop loss due to hailstorm, schemes for farmers' welfare and proposed redensification of Sabzi Mandi and old Polytechnic Campus. He directed to increase target of Indira Aawas Yojana and constructing a composite building of Zila Panchayat.
MP Shri Ganesh Singh, MLAs Sarvshri Harsh Singh, Narayan Tripathi, Yadvendra Singh, Smt. Usha Choudhary, Zila Panchayat President Smt. Sudha Singh, Mayor Smt. Mamta Pandey and committee's members attended the meeting.
Bhumi Poojan for strengthening of road
Minister Shri Shukla performed Bhumi Poojan for strengthening of road from Rampur Baghelan to Amarpatan.
A sum of Rs. 25 crore will be spent on construction of this 25 km long road. He said that old roads of national highway of bypass from Bela-Satna 4-lane road will also be maintained.



CM Shri Chouhan meets Minister for External Affairs Smt. Swaraj in Delhi
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 26, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Minister for External Affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj at her residence in New Delhi today.
Secretary to CM Shri Hari Ranjan Rao was also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister gave elaborate details of state government's preparations for Simhastha to be held next month. Shri Chouhan gave information about invited envoys and ambassadors of various countries to Simhastha.
Shri Chouhan informed that since Simhastha is a mega event, it is a matter of prestige not only for the state government, but for entire country.
Shri Chouhan sought cooperation of Ministry of External Affairs in this regard so that foreign guests face no inconvenience.
Smt. Swaraj assured the Chief Minister that Ministry of External Affairs will take care of invitation of envoys and ambassadors and issues pertaining to it and assured that foreign guests would face no difficulty.


CM Shri Chouhan meets Union Health Minister Shri J.P. Nadda
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 26, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Shri J.P. Nadda at his residence in New Delhi today and apprised him of state government's Medical Education and Health Department's projects pending with the Centre. Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education Smt. Gauri Singh and Secretary to CM Shri Hari Ranjan Rao were also present on the occasion.
Shri Chouhan said that proposals for 7 new medical colleges (Vidisha, Ratlam, Shahdol, Datia, Khandwa, Shivpuri and Chhindwara) are pending with the Centre. Selection and transfer of land for opening medical colleges has been done by the state government. Construction work has been started after meeting all norms of MCI. Shri Chouhan informed that about Rs. 1000 crore is expected from the Centre for these works.
Shri Chouhan also urged Union Minister Shri Nadda to fill post of Director of Bhopal AIIMS to ensure smooth functioning of the hospital for the benefit of patients. Shri Chouhan also informed that Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC) is not functioning smoothly. He said that if the Centre is handed over to the state government and grant to it is continued for some time then people of Bhopal will get benefit of this ultramodern hospital.
Shri Chouhan informed that as per recommendations of 13th Finance Commission, Rs. 2200 crore was sanctioned to the state of which Rs. 1650 crore has been received by the state government. He appealed for early release of remaining amount of Rs. 550 crore so that pending works can be completed at the earliest.
Shri Chouhan informed that there is acute shortage of doctors in the state and the state government has initiated a number of measures to attract doctors to government job. He said that if quota for PG or diploma is made available for in-service doctors then a number of young doctors will be attracted towards government job. He said that shortage of doctors can be overcome to some extent if recognition of Diploma of National Board is given to 4 district hospitals - Bhopal, Jabalpur, Ujjain and Gwalior.
Shri Chouhan informed that problem of malaria is very grave in tribal areas of the state and the state government is undertaking war-footing efforts to eradicate it. Long lasting insecticide nets (LLIN) are very effective to prevent malaria infection. He appealed to Centre to provide minimum 20 lakh LLINs so that the state government can provide 2 anti-mosquito nets to each family.
Union Minister Shri Nadda gave a patient hearing to Shri Chouhan and assured every possible assistance from the Union Government.



Entertainment and wildlife experience points to be developed in forest areas
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 25, 2016

The state government has issued notification for Forests (Entertainment and Wildlife Experience) Rules, 2015 to promote eco-tourism in forest areas.
These rules will be enforced in all forest areas in the state except sanctuaries declared under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and reserved forests of National Parks.
Under the rules, now Divisional Forest Officers will develop entertainment or wildlife experience points. Facilities like road safari, boating, cafeteria, camping etc can be developed in entertainment areas.
Entry fee has been prescribed for tourists. No fee will be charged from children below five years of age visiting the area with their parents.
Entry of pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists and buses will not be allowed in wildlife experience points. Road safari and water cruise will not be allowed in wildlife experience points before sunrise and after sunset.
In view of active participation of local community in protection of forests and wildlife habitats, revenue received through fee will be spent on protection and augmentation, development and maintenance of entertainment facilities and welfare of local community.


Committee headed by Secretary Mineral Resources constituted
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 25, 2016

The state government has constituted a committee headed by Secretary Mineral Resources for e-auction of mineral blocks.
Members of the committee include officer nominated by Finance, PWD/Road Development Corporation, Law, Forest and Revenue departments, Madhya Pradesh Electronics Development Corporation and senior scientist of Council for Science and Technology and any other officer deemed fit by the state government.
Director Geology and Mining will be Coordinator of the committee.
The committee will be responsible for monitoring and ensuring all processes of e-auction of mineral blocks.
It would examine tender invitation notification and tender form's technical aspects and give recommendations about it.
The committee would undertake all actions from receipt of initial price offer and sanction/decision of last (highest) bid.



Animal husbandry, fisheries and sericulture to be promoted in state
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 24, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that animal husbandry, fisheries and sericulture should be promoted to increase farmers' income in the state.
Farmers should be provided technical guidance and all other necessary assistance. Two model dairies should be developed in private sector in every district.
The Chief Minister held discussions in this regard with senior officers at Mantralaya here today. He said that extensive brainstorming should be held to double farmers' income in next 5 years. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and other senior officers attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that animal husbandry, poultry sericulture and fish farming are strong sources to increase farmers' income. In these sectors, world's best techniques and technologies should be introduced. Milk production is also a good medium to increase income.
Better arrangements should be made for improvement of animal breeds, availability of fodder, sale of milk etc. He directed that minimum 2 model dairies should be developed in private sector in every district as this will promote other farmers for animal husbandry.
ACS Finance Shri A.P. Shrivastava, Principal Secretary to CM Shri Iqbal Singh Bains, Principal Secretary Animal Husbandry Shri Prabhanshu Kamal, Principal Secretary Agriculture Dr. Rajesh Rajora, Principal Secretary Cottage & Village Industry Smt. Veera Rana, Principal Secretary Fisheries Shri Arun Tiwari and other officers also attended the meeting.


CM Shri Chouhan extends Holi greetings
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 24, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has extended greetings and best wishes to people of the state on Holi.
Shri Chouhan said that Holi is the symbol for rich Indian heritage having special significance in Indian culture.
The festival inspires for making life meaningful and commitment to serve people.
It gives the message to move ahead in life with social harmony sinking all differences.
Shri Chouhan has hoped that people will celebrate Holi with joy, fervour and mutual affection without harming environment.



High level enquiry into boat mishap in Lower Lake of Bhopal
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 22, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has ordered a high level enquiry into boat mishap in Lower Lake of Bhopal.
Condoling deaths in the accident, he announced grant of Rs. 2 lakh each to the affected families. Besides, he also directed to frame guidelines to prevent recurrence of such accidents.
The Chief Minister convened an emergency meeting of officers for prevention of accidents at tourist spots at Mantralaya today.
The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Special DGP Intelligence Shri Sarabjeet Singh, Principal Secretary Urban Development & Environment Shri Malay Shrivastava, Secretaries to CM Shri Hari Ranjan Rao and Shri Vivek Agrawal, Collector Shri Nishant Warwade and Commissioner of Bhopal Municipal Corporation Shri Tejaswi Nayak.
The Chief Minister said that boat mishap in Lower Lake of Bhopal is very unfortunate. He directed to ensure action as per conclusions of the enquiry. He said that detailed guidelines should be framed to prevent recurrence of such accidents.
Besides, strict compliance of these guidelines should be ensured. Strict action should be taken on violence of guidelines, he added.
These guidelines will be enforced at all tourist spots, water bodies including rivers, lakes, dams, reservoirs etc. Departments concerned with tourism will make arrangements for watchmen etc there.


Chalk out strategy to deal with drinking water crisis
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 22, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to chalk out a strategy to deal with drinking water crisis in the state. Drinking water problem should be solved on a war-footing.
It should be ensured that drinking water is supplied regularly in urban and rural areas during summer. The Chief Minister reviewed drinking water situation here today. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa also attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that handpumps that have become dysfunctional due to sinking of water table should be re-started through riser pipe. Arrangements should be made to ensure that piped water schemes in rural areas continue to function.
Arrangements to transport water should be made wherever necessary. Repairs of dysfunctional handpumps should also be monitored.
It was informed that Drinking Water Conservation Act has been enforced in 33 districts. Out of total 5 lakh 16 thousand 57 handpumps in the state, 4 lakh 93 thousand 260 are in working condition. In districts, 2 lakh 13 thousand 926 metre long riser pipes are available. Rural drinking water monitoring system has been evolved.
ACS Finance Shri A.P. Shrivastava, Principal Secretary PHE Shri Ashwini Rai, Principal Secretary Revenue Shri K.K. Singh, Principal Secretary Urban Development and Environment Shri Malay Shrivastava and Secretary to CM Shri Vivek Agrawal were also present on the occasion.



CM Shri Chouhan participates in Earth Hour
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 21, 2016

Power switched off in CM House
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan participated in Earth Hour campaign to conserve power and save Earth.
He disposed of necessary works in candlelight.
During Earth Hour, use of electricity was entirely shut off in CM House from 8.30 to 9.30 pm.


CM Shri Chouhans appeal to augment forests on World Forestry Day
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 21, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has appealed to people to take pledge to enrich green cover on World Forestry Day - March 21.
In his message, the Chief Minister said that environmental conservation has been ancient tradition of Indian culture.
The state government has taken initiative to associate people with forestry development through Hariyali Mahotsav.
Planting and nurturing saplings is a community and spiritual activity.
It is responsibility of every citizen to protect and augment forests.



Shraddha Nidhis benefit to wife also
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 19, 2016

Public Relations and Energy Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla has said that rules of Shraddha Nidhi for senior journalists are being amended. Now, benefit of Shraddha Nidhi will also be given to wife after death of a senior journalist.
Shri Shukla chaired a departmental advisory committee meeting here today. MLA Members of the committee Shri Ashok Ishwardas Rohani, Shri Sunderalal Tiwari, Shri Ramesh Mendola and Shri Kalyan Singh Thakur attended the meeting.
Minister Shri Shukla informed that from current year, state level television journalists and cameramen have also been included under journalism awards. Presently, 3 national and state level awards each and 7 regional awards are being conferred for excellence in journalism.
He said that the state government will make every possible effort for welfare of regional journalists. Shri Shukla informed that workshops upto tahasil level journalists have been held where MPs and local public representatives were invited. Similar workshops will also be held during year 2016-17.
Principal Secretary Public Relations Shri S.K. Mishra presented action taken report of departmental advisory committee. He informed that Public Relations Department has undertaken a widespread campaign to publicise Public Services Delivery Guarantee Act.
Besides, impressive material has also been published. Increase in Rs. 5000 Shraddha Nidhi for journalists has been proposed.
Committee members urged the department for necessary action to protect economic interests of regional journalists.
Commissioner Public Relations Shri Anupam Rajan proposed a vote of thanks. Director Public Relations Shri Anil Mathur and senior departmental officers attended the meeting.


PR Minister Shri Shukla to visit Rewa and Satna
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 19, 2016

Public Relations, Energy, New & Renewable Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla will visit Rewa and Satna districts on March 19 and 20.
Shri Shukla will inaugurate 2-day district level career job fair and Antyodaya Mela and take part in other local programmes at Rewa on March 19.
On March 20, the Minister will go from Rewa to Govindgarh, perform Bhumi Poojan of indoor stadium and dedicate development works.
Later, Shri Shukla will inaugurate Hotel White Tiger Resort at Mukundpur in Satna district.
The Minister will return to Rewa to take part in local programmes.
Shri Shukla will leave here for Rewa tonight.



Rs. 100 crore venture capital fund to be instituted: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 18, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that a Rs. 100 crore venture capital fund will be instituted. Under it, skilled youths will get assistance to set up their companies. Government will also invest in their companies.
Addressing youths at 'Bansalotsav-2016', the Chief Minister said that those with innovative ideas need not get disappointed.
Shri Chouhan said that some people even feel difficulty in saying Bharat Mata Ki Jay these days. He said that youths are patriotic and will not allow the county to be weakened. Shri Chouhan urged youths to live upto dreams of 'Make in India' and 'Digital India'.
He said that youths have talents, capability and energy. He exhorted youths not to consider themselves weak and work for their state and country.
Shri Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh is no longer a backward state. It has maintained its economic growth rate in double digit and its agriculture growth rate is highest in the country.
He said that the state has become pioneer in power and irrigation sectors. Foreign investors are coming to the state. Japan industrial township is being built at Pithampur.
Referring to Mukhyamantri Yuva Contractor Yojana and Mukhyamantri Yuva Udyami Yojana, he said that youths should become job-givers and not job-seekers. Government will extend every possible assistance to them. Future of youths is bright in Madhya Pradesh.
Bansal Group's Chairman Shri Anil Bansal, Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya's vice chancellor Shri Piyush Trivedi, Director Technical Education Shri Ashish Dongare, Shri Sunil Bansal and large number of students were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister felicitated students and youths newly appointed in various companies.


CM Shri Chouhan offers Poornahuti in Yagya at Gillaur
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 18, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan offered Poornahuti in Panch Kundatmak Maharudra Yagya at Shivshankar Math at village Gillaur in Nasrullaganj tahasil of Sehore district today and wished for progress and prosperity of state's people.
Addressing people at public welfare camp at Gillaur, the Chief Minister said that state's people and Shivraj have merged into one entity. He said that people's difficulties are his own. He said that relief worth Rs. 4800 crore was distributed to farmers as compensation against loss to soybean crops.
Soon, crop insurance amount of Rs. 300 crore would also be distributed. Throwing light on women's welfare schemes in the state, the Chief Minister said that he wishes to ensure an atmosphere where parents will pray to the Almighty to bless them with a girl child.
The Chief Minister assured villagers for construction of buildings of primary and middle schools, 3 km long road from Gillaur to Semalpani, Gorakhpuar to Gilahauri roads, Rs. 5 lakh for Nemawar Dharmshala and arrangements of irrigation at village Bhainsan.
Chairman of Forest Development Corporation Shri Guruprasad Sharma, Chairman of Warehousing and Logistics Corporation Shri Rajendra Singh Rajput, Zila Panchayat Vice President Shri Mohan Lal Chairman, Janpad President Smt. Dulari Bai, Sarpanch Smt. Sugna Bai, District BJP President Shri Raghunath Singh Bhati, District BJP Vice President Shri Ravi Malviya,
Shri Maruti Shishir, Shri Lakhan Yadav, Shri Rajesh Panwar, Shri Ram Sajeevan Yadav, Shri Rajesh Lakhera, Shri Kamal Singh, Shri Durga Prasad Ekka, Shri Surpal Barela, Shri Ram Singh Dhurve, other public representatives and large number of villagers were present on the occasion.



Every single hailstorm affected field to be surveyed
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 17, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that every single hailstorm affected field will be surveyed. He said that a joint team of Revenue, Rural Development and Agriculture departments will undertake survey of crops. List of survey will be displayed at Gram Panchayat building. He said that if anyone has obejections to it, his field wil be surveyed again. Shri Chouhan was addressing farmers at village Harpura in Jatara tahasil of Tikamgarh district today. It is noteworthy that hailstorm and unseasonal rains have caused considerable loss to crops in the district on March 13.
Loan recovery to be suspended if crop loss is over 50 percent
Shri Chouhan said that loan recovery from farmers with over 50 percent crop loss will be suspended. Their loans will be converted to medium-term. He said that loans at zero percent interest rate will be given to purchase seeds and fertilizers to farmers for next year's Kharif crop. The farmers whose over 100 percent crops have been affected will be provided wheat, rice and salt at Re. one per kg till next crop. Relief as per rules will also be provided against loss of roof tiles and livestock.
Drinking water for all
Shri Chouhan said that Bundelkhand is suffering double tragedy due to scanty rainfall. He said that arrangements will be made at any cost to ensure that everyone gets drinking water. He said that water will be lifted from best water source in Gram Panchayat to supply drinking water to villages. He said that water will be transported if a village does not have any water source.
I am with you, do not lose heart
Shri Chouhan said that he is always with farmers in every crisis and urged them not to lose heart. He said that united efforts will be made to tide over this crisis. He said that the second installment of drought relief will be distributed to farmers soon. He said that no farmer will remain deprived of relief. Earlier, the Chief Minister inspected affected crops and held discussions with farmers.
Bundelkhand Development Authority's Chairman Shri Ramkrishna Kusmaria, Zila Panchayat President Shri Parwatlal Ahirwar, former Minister of State Shri Harishankar Khatik, MLAs Shri Dinesh Ahirwar, Shri Anil Jain, Shri Prabhat Singh, Zila Panchayat member Shri Chhatrapal Singh, public representatives, collector and villagers were present on the occasion.


State government to compensate crop loss of farmers
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 17, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the state government will compensate crop loss of farmers. Government stands by farmers in their hour of crisis. Farmers' problems and difficulties will be solved unitedly. Shri Chouhan was addressing hailstorm-affected farmers at village Kachra in Ghuwara tahasil of Chhatarpur district today.
The Chief Minister said that on 50 percent loss of crop due to hailstorm, affected farmers will be given relief at Rs. 15 thousand per hectare. No loan recovery will be made from affected farmers this year. Interest of loan will be borne by state government for one year. He said that loans at zero percent interest rate will be given to purchase seeds and fertilizers to farmers for next year's Kharif crop. The farmers whose over 50 percent crops have been affected will be provided wheat, rice and salt at Re. one per kg till next crop. Amount of Rs. 25 thousand will be given separately for marriage of their daughters. Besides, farmers will also be given crop insurance amount on the basis of crop cutting experiment.
The Chief Minister directed for survey of damaged crops earnestly, fairly and transparently. He said that a joint team of Revenue, Rural Development and Agriculture departments will undertake survey of crops. He urged public representatives to cooperate in this process. He said that list of survey will be displayed at Gram Panchayat building to eliminate any irregularities. There would be no shortage of funds for relief.
The Chief Minister said that 113 villages in Chhatarpur district have been affected by hailstorm. He announced ex-gratia of Rs. 4 lakh each to kin of 2 persons who were electrocuted in the district. He gave a patient hearing to villagers and assured to solve their problems. Local MLA Smt. Rekha Yadav and officers were present on the occasion.



Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh presents memorandum to CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 16, 2016

A delegation of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh presented a memorandum to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today.
Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh's Regional Organising Secretary Dr. Sudhakar S. Kulkarni,
Joint Organising Secretary Shri Dharmdas Shukla,
State President Shri Gyan Prakash Tiwari and State Organising Secretary Shri Ganesh Mishra were present on the occasion.


"Arohan" a unique book
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 16, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that 'Arohan' is a unique book. All should read spiritual experiences of the great scientist. Book 'Arohan' should also be available in college libraries. Shri Chouhan was releasing Hindi version 'Arohan' of former President late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's book at Ravindra Bhavan here today.
The Chief Minister said that the wanton race for material happiness is nothing but an endless mirage. He said that all ideologies in the world have emerged in search of self. Quoting various anecdotes and examples, the Chief Minister said that along with material facilities, happiness of heart, mind and soul is also necessary.
He said that the God dwells in all like red colour is hidden in 'Mehandi' leaves. To attain God, we should be detached from attraction of 'I' and 'Mine'. He said that a single consciousness pervades all.
Its names might be different, but it is manifest in all living beings, animals-birds, plants-trees and river-hills. He said that late Dr. Kalam gave direction to the country. The state government is following his footsteps.
Vidhan Sabha Deputy Speaker Shri Rajendra Singh said that spiritualism is the value of life. If there are no values in life, all material progress are worthless. He said that study of 'Arohan' proves that spiritualism and science can go side by side.
Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta said that spiritual development is necessary with worldly progress. He said that the state government is making constant efforts in this direction. Efforts would be made to disseminate this message worldwide through ideological Kumbh.
The guests inaugurated the function by lighting a lamp. Sadguru Sant tied Raksha Sutras and blessed the guests with shawls and presenting mementoes. A brief video introduction to 'Arohan' was also screened on the occasion.



Prime Minister Shri Modi to attend 125th Ambedkar Jayanti programme at Mhow
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 15, 2016

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will attend at grand function marking 125th birth anniversary of Baba Saheb Ambedkar Jayanti at Ambedkar Nagar Mhow on April 14. Like every year, the state government will also organize Ambedkar Mahakumbh at birthplace of Dr. Ambedkar this year.
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed preparations for Prime Minister Shri Modi's visit and Ambedkar Mahakumbh at a meeting here today. SC and ST Welfare Minister Shri Gyan Singh, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and DGP Shri Surendra Sinh also attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that all preparations for Ambedkar Mahakumbh should be completed within time-limit. Special attention should be paid to ensuring convenience of visitors to Mhow on this occasion. Arrangements for their food and lodging should be made. Like every year, Ambedkar Nagar should be decorated with people's cooperation.
All necessary arrangements should be made at Ambedkar Memorial. Security and other arrangements should be concrete. Assistance of NGOs and local people should also be taken in arrangements.
The meeting was informed that Prime Minister Shri Modi will pay obeisance at Ambedkar Memorial and address devotees. Devotees from all over the state will attend this grand function.
Vice Chancellor of Ambedkar University, administrative and police officers of Indore, senior officers of SC, ST Welfare Department and office-bearers of local committees also attended the meeting.


Forest Development Corporation presents dividend cheque of Rs. 72 crore to CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 15, 2016

A cheque of Rs. 72 crore 78 lakh 2 thousand 610 of dividend of State Forest Development Corporation was presented to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today.
Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar and Corporation's Chairman Shri Guruprasad Sharma were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister was informed that this is corporation's dividend for the year 2014-15.
The Corporation is earning profit constantly.
The Corporation has completed 40 years of its inception this year.
ACS Forest Shri Deepak Khandekar, PCCF Shri Narendra Kumar, Corporation's MD Shri Ratan Purwar, Additional MDs Shri Satyendra Bahadur and Ajay Shankar, chartered accountant Shri Sameer Mathur, employees union's State President Shri Ajay Shrivastava were also present on the occasion.



Every possible assistance to hailstorm affected farmers
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 12, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that every possible assistance will be given to affected farmer after survey of hailstorm affected crops. There would be no shortage of funds for relief to farmers.
The Chief Minister inspected crops affected by unseasonal rains and hailstorm at village Amkhera Sukha in Ashok Nagar district today.
Shri Chouhan said that hailstorm has caused considerable loss to farmers. It is agonizing that crops grown with hard work by farmers get destroyed by natural calamities on ripening. He said that the government will not allow farmers' lives to scatter.
They would be helped to tide over this crisis. He directed to undertake survey transparently. List of survey should be displayed at Panchayat building. Any farmer can register his objection after going through the list.
The Chief Minister said that the farmers with cent percent crop loss will be provided wheat, rice and salt at Re. one per kg till next crop. Loan recovery will remain suspended and the state government will bear loan interest. Besides, seeds and fertilizers for next crop will also be provided at zero percent interest rate. For local labourers, large-scale relief works will be started.
He said that maximum crop cutting experiments should be made to ensure benefit of crop insurance scheme to farmers. He said that Rs. 25 thousand each will be provided for marriages of affected farmers' daughters.
The Chief Minister entered field of Shri Devi Singh Kushwaha at village Amkhera Sukha and inspected damaged crops of wheat and gram. Consoling farmers, he said that compensation would be provided to them soon.
The Chief Minister assessed crop loss in the fields of farmers Shri Khilan Singh and Shri Lalliram Valmik. MLA Shri Gopilal Jatav, other public representatives and officers accompanied the Chief Minister.


No paucity of funds for relief to farmers
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 12, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has assured hailstorm affected farmers that there would be no paucity of funds for giving relief to them. They should keep courage and high morale.
Shri Chouhan interacted with hailstorm affected farmers at village Banyayi in Guna district today. The Chief Minister said that joint teams of staff of Revenue, Agriculture and Pachayats departments will undertake survey of affected crops.
He said that list of survey should be displayed at Panchayat building. If any farmer is not satisfied survey of his field, survey would be undertaken again.
Shri Chouhan said has as per provisions of RBC, affected farmers would be provide relief at the rate of Rs. 15 thousand per hectare. Benefit of crop insurance scheme will also be given to affected farmers. The Chief Minister said that the farmers with cent percent crop loss will be provided wheat, rice and salt at Re. one per kg till next crop.
Recovery of loans and electricity bill dues has been suspended and the state government will bear loan interest. Besides, seeds and fertilizers for next crop will also be provided at zero percent interest rate.
Rs. 25 thousand for marriages of daughters
The Chief Minister said that Rs. 25 thousand each will be provided for marriages of affected farmers' daughters, whether they are covered under Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivah Yojana or not.
Crop loss moves CM
At village Banyayi, the Chief Minister inspected damaged crops of wheat and gram in the fields of farmers Shri Babulal Kushwaha and Shri Gudda. He was visibly much moved by the loss. Consoling farmers, he assured for early relief against crop loss.



Principal Secretaries of concerning deptts. should visit Mela area as team and solve problems
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 11, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan undertook detailed review of activities and works for Simhastha-2016 at a meeting of Cabinet sub-committee on Simhastha-2016 here today.
He directed Principal Secretaries of all concerning departments to inspect Simhastha Mela area as a team and ensure completion of remaining works by the end of March.
Shri Chouhan undertook detailed review of Simhastha-related works of PWD, PHE, Food & Civil Supplies and Home departments.
The meeting was informed that all preparations have been completed. Ujjain city is all set for Simhastha. Some preparations are in final stage and would be completed by March end.
The Chief Minister said that Simhastha should be held with grandeur and dignity. Seers as well as common people should face no difficulty.
It is a matter of state government's prestige. Simhastha-2016 is a unique event in the world in several respects.
Therefore, there is no shortage of funds for it. The incomplete works should be completed at the earliest. He directed local and state administration to work as a team.
Water Resources Minister Shri Jayant Malaiya, Ujjain district's in-charge and Transport Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh, Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla, Minister of State for Culture Shri Surendra Patwa, Minister of State for Urban Development and Environment Shri Lal Singh Arya, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and Principal Secretaries of concerning departments attended the meeting.


Report of MP State Senior Citizens Welfare Commission presented to CM
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 11, 2016

Madhya Pradesh State Senior Citizens Welfare Commission presented its report to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today.
Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, Commission's Chairman Shri B.G. Dharmadhikari and members Shri Badrilal Patidar and Shri Gopal Krishna Godani were present on the occasion.
The commission also presented to the Chief Minister a booklet containing state government's orders in favour of senior citizens.
Shri Chouhan lauded commission's functioning.
It was informed that various departments have issued orders on 390 recommendations of the commission.



World class industrial township for Japanese investors to be developed at Pithampur
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 10, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh has conducive atmosphere for investment. He invited Japanese investors to invest in the state. For them, a world class industrial township will be developed at Pithampur. The township will provide them various facilities in accordance with Japanese culture, language and facilities including education, health, restaurant, market, entertainment etc.
The Chief Minister was addressing a Japanese investors' seminar at Pithampur in Indore today. Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, industrialists from Japan Shri Seji Takaji, Shri Nayeshu Nagochi and Shri C.P. Sharma were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that Japan and India have friendly ties for centuries. They also share commercial and cultural relations. He called for further cementing these ties. The state has all the resources and facilities for investors. Madhya Pradesh is an island of peace. All basic facilities including power, roads and water are available here. There are better education facilities. Skilled manpower is also available. The state has industry-friendly policy.
Shri Chouhan said that single-table instead of single-window arrangement has been made for investors where problems of investors are being solved under one roof. He inforemd that land bank of 25 hectares has been developed to set up industries. Investors can choose land online and they would be allotted the same immediately.
The Chief Minister said that all facilities will be provided for Japanese entrepreneurs at integrated industrial township at Pithampur. For them, a golf court will also be developed. He also invited Japanese investors to Global Investors Summit to be held in October and Simhastha in April-May. He concluded his address by reciting a poem in Japanese language.
Industries Minister Smt. Scindia said that the state has political stability for last several years. Due to it, development has got a new direction. She said that India and Japan have trustworthy ties.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa informed about facilities for power, roads, water, education, health etc mentioned in industrial policy. He also informed about concessions and facilities being given to Japanese companies in the state.
Japanese ambassador in India Shri Kenji Hiramatsu said that several Japanese companies have invested in many Indian states including Chennai, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra etc. Now Madhya Pradesh has emerged as the strongest economic zone in India. He said that Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan had visited Japan in October, met Japanese Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Industries Minister and signed MoUs. During journey, he had also invited a number of Japanese investors to Madhya Pradesh. Due to it, Japanese investors started evincing interest in investing in Madhya Pradesh.
The ambassador said that strong leadership creates self-confidence in us. The ambassador said that he has visited Indore's hospitals and educational institutions. Transport facility here is of world class . There are conducive conditions for Japanese investors here. He said that he is ready to collaborate in works at Indore and other cities of Madhya Pradesh. He said that Japanese people feel overwhelmed by hearty welcome. The Chief Minister and people of the state have impressed him very much. He said that he and several Japanese companies will attend Global Investors Summit.
Principal Secretary Industries Shri Mohammad Suleman delivered the welcome address.
At Pithampur, Union Industries Ministry is developing national auto testing tracks (Natracks) on about 450 hectare and AKVN, Indore is developing an ultramodern integrated industrial township.


No reduction in relief to farmers even if development works suffer
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 10, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that farmers' interests is his top priority. No reduction in relief to farmers will be made even if development works suffer. The Chief Minister stated this while holding discussions with farmers of Gwalior districts affected by unseasonal rain and hailstorm at Gwalior today. He consoled farmers in their hour of crisis. The Chief Minister visited affected fields and gave a patient hearing to farmers' problems.
The Chief Minister said that the farmers with cent percent crop loss will be provided wheat, rice and salt at Re. one per kg till next crop. He said that interest on agriculture loans in hailstorm-affected areas will be paid by the state government.
He said that the recovery of agriculture loans and electricity bills from these farmers would also be suspended. The government will provide them loans at zero percent interest rate for next crop. Farmers will have to repay only 90 percent of loan while remaining 10 percent will be borne by the government.
The Chief Minister said that survey of crops affected by unseasonal rain and hailstorm will be undertaken with maximum transparency. Survey will be done jointly by staff of Revenue, Agriculture and Panchayats departments. He warned the staff that no negligence will be tolerated in the survey. He said that list of survey will be displayed on Gram Panchayat's notice board. If any farmer is aggrieved, survey of his field will be conducted again.
The Chief Minister said that as per RBC, every affected farmer will be given relief at the rate of Rs. 15 thousand per hectare. Affected farmers will also be provided benefit of crop insurance scheme.
The Chief Minister said that the state government had distributed relief worth Rs. 4,800 crore from its resources to farmers whose soybean crops were damaged. Shri Chouhan said that marriages of affected farmers' daughters will be solemnised under Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivah Yojana. He clarified that benefit of the scheme will also be given to farmers not covered under it. The Chief Minister said that Parsen, Jaghara and Maheshwara lakes of Murar tahasil will be repaired. Employment to the needy will also be given in these works.
It was informed that as per initial assessment, 6,754 hectare fields of 7,357 farmers in 87 villages of the district have been affected by unseasonal rain and hailstorm. According to it, crops have suffered 50 percent damage in 35 villages, 25 to 50 percent in 13 villages and less than 25 percent in 39 villages.



Widow marriages also to be solemnised under Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivah Yojana
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 9, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that widow marriages will also be solemnised under Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivah Yojana to promote marriages of widows. For this, Rs. 2 lakh each would be sanctioned. He also announced to open Usha Kiran Centres in every district to prevent violence against women. CM Shri Chouhan made these announcements at a grand function on International Women's Day at Ravindra Bhavan here today.
Reiterating state government's commitment to women's economic empowerment, Shri Chouhan said that a convention of women's SHGs would be convened soon. Arrangements of complaint boxes will be made in schools and colleges as part of measures to curb eve-teasing. Complaints lodged by girls will be opened before Child Rights Protection Commission and other competent authorities and strict action taken on them. Shri Chouhan also announced to make arrangements to impart training of driving to members of Shaurya Dals. Arrangements for self-defence training to girls will also be made in schools and colleges.
The Chief Minister called for turning Beti Bachao Andolan into a popular movement. He urged citizens to print message of Beti Bachao on wedding invitation cards. He said that woman is not weak, but strong. Daughters are second to none. They can touch sky if given a little help. Impressed by Ganesh Vandana presentation by 6-year-old Avani Rawat of Gwalior, Shri Chouhan announced Rs. 25 thousand for her.
Shri Chouhan said that woman has been regarded as the most venerable in Indian tradition. She is a symbol of power as well as motherly affection. A lot of women's empowerment works have been taken in the state during last one decade and even more are to be done. He called for launching a movement to bring a positive change in the mindset of society towards girls. This work should be done jointly by government and society. He said that a day will come in the society when people will pray to God for daughters. Shri Chouhan said that Beti Bachao Abhiyan was launched from Bhind a decade ago. Since then, considerable change has been witnessed. However, the campaign should continue for complete transformation.
Shri Chouhan said that strong movement should also be launched against the people who portray girls and women in objectionable manner in society. Shri Chouhan said that except Forest Department, women have been given 33 percent reservation in recruitments of all departments. Arrangements will also be made to impart training to them for police recruitment. A scheme is also being chalked out to bear expenses on girls' education.
Giving information about departmental schemes, Women & Child Development Minister Smt. Maya Singh said that women are constantly getting empowered socially, economically and politically in the state. She said that a positive change has come in people's mindset towards girls during last one decade.
Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta said that Madhya Pradesh is creating history in women's empowerment efforts. Society's mindset has changed considerably during last ten years.
Principal Secretary Women & Child Development Shri J.N. Kansotiya said that Madhya Pradesh was the first state to launch Beti Bachao Abhiyan. Now a campaign is going on for women's economic empowerment. He said that programmes based on Women Policy are being chalked out. He highlighted progress of departmental schemes. A documentary film focusing on measures and innovations for women's empowerment during last one decade was also screened. The Chief Minister also launched website of Anmol-2.
The Chief Minister conferred Shri Vishnu Kumar Samman-2015 to Shri Jamunalal Bairagi of Rajgarh and Mukhya Mantri Nari Samman Raksha Puraskar to Sushri Anita Ram of Seoni. The Chief Minister also felicitated members of Lado Abhiyan and Sharuya Dal. Dewas District Women's Empowerment Officer Smt. Neelam Sood was felicitated for excellent works under Lado Abhiyan. Ujjain, Jabalpur, Indore and Gwalior divisions were conferred awards for year 2015 for effective implementation of departmental schemes. Similarly, Mandsaur, Dhar, Shivpuri, Vidisha, Shajapur, Sidhi, Chhindwara, Katni, Betul, Anuppur and Rewa districts were also felicitated.
Chairman of Child Rights Protection Commission Shri Raghavendra Sharma, former CM Shri Kailash Joshi, CM's wife Smt. Sadhana Singh, Commissioner Women's Empowerment Smt. Kalpana Shrivastava, Commissioner Integrated Child Development Scheme Smt. Pushpalata Singh and large number of girls and women were present on the occasion.


Happiness and prosperity dwell where women are respected
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 9, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that happiness and prosperity dwell where women are respected.
He said that Indian culture not only regards women as worthy of worship, but also calls for wellbeing of plants, trees, hills, rivers, animals and birds.
Shri Chouhan was releasing Shri Ramesh Tiwari's book 'Paruanik Mahilayen' here today. Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta and distinguished citizens were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that respect towards women is the biggest worship. It is considered in Indian culture that God dwells where women are respected.
He said that women possess talent, ability and intellect.
They need to be provided equal opportunities. He stressed the need to change mindset of male dominant society. For this, the state government is fully committed.
Higher Education Minister Shri Gupta, senior journalist Shri Mahesh Shrivastava, Shri Kailash Pant and Smt. Lata Agrawal congratulated Shri Tiwari.
Chairman of Dainik Bhaskar Group and social worker Shri Ramesh Agrawal and other distinguished were also present on the occasion.



International Women’s Day
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 8, 2016

Today is World Women’s Day. On this occasion I want to congratulate all of you. This year's theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.” United Nations wants to improve the ratio of males and females and bring it to parity. In many countries around the world, the condition of sex ratio is very poor which is dangerous and alarming for all. I can proudly say that it is much better in our Madhya Pradesh. On various fronts, girls are proving themselves to the society. A woman plays many roles in an individual’s life like mother, sister and wife. These empowered individuals eventually contribute to an empowered country. In my opinion, actually, we celebrate Worlds Women’s day to change public opinion about women. In our society, we need respect, equality, opportunity and leadership for the women as we celebrate women’s day once a year. I think we can’t bring all these changes in society in a single day. Upliftment of women is our priority. So for me and for the government of Madhya Pradesh, every day is Women’s Day. MP government is trying to give a favourable environment to women. That is why; we have launched many schemes and programmes for their betterment. To end the perception of considering the girl child as a burden, schemes called Ladli Laxmi Yojana and Beti Bachao Yojana have been running since. In year 2001, the male female sex ratio was 919: 1000. This was an alarming moment for us. We made constant efforts on right time and improved it to 932: 1000 in year 2011. )
Healthy women, Healthy society
The first step toward women empowerment and improve gender ratio is prevention of gender test during the pregnancy. The discrimination with the girl child starts from her birth itself which continuous throughout her life. I decided to take care of them by starting many schemes so that they live their life happily, healthily and respectfully. Swagatam Laxmi Yojna has been started to provide them better education, better medical assistance, safe nurturing and upbringing. Under the emergency transportation service, more than 900 vehicles are always kept ready for the pregnant ladies and ill children. For this, 50 call centers have also been constituted. The maternal mortality rate has been decreased from 379 to 277 per lakh births. Because of the Janani Suraksha Yojana, the institutional delivery percentage which was 22% in the year 2003 has increased to a whopping 90%. The present scenario of Madhya Pradesh is changing impetuously.
Equality in every walk of life
Each and every section of the society should get equal attention and importance. Till now, the movable and immovable properties were registered in the name of members of the family but I will not allow this to happen at least under government schemes. The residential plots which are provided by the government will consist the name of wife first and then the husband. Other than this, in all the other housing schemes, the name of the woman will always be on top. A child care leave of 730 days has been decided for the female government employees. To make women politically strong, the government is taking measures by starting many other schemes. Females now get 50% reservation in panchayat, municipal corporation elections while 50% in teachers’ recruitment. In government jobs also, females get 33% reservation.
Respect of women in a society is a true indictor of its development
Chief Minister Women Empowerment scheme is for those women who are in a troublesome situation. This helps them to include themselves in the mainstream of the society as well as they get to live life in a better way. Because of quality training and proper guidance, Chief Minister Women Empowerment scheme and Tejaswini program has got 'SKOCH Merit of the year' award and also included in the top twenty schemes of the country. As many as nine lakh sixty six thousand female entrepreneurs have been benefitted through the Tejaswini program while twelve thousand seven hundred and fifty nine self help group came into existence. With the implementation of Sabala scheme, teenage girls are becoming independent, self-reliant, healthy, and capable. They are getting life skill training so that they get success on every front. We are trying to give more respect to women, Because we believe that respect of women in the society is indicator of developing society.
Secured Women, Secured Future
There are many areas in Madhya Pradesh which are affected by child marriage. This malpractice puts the life of a young girl in a vicious cycle. Not only her, but next few generations also get affected. Around 52,000 such marriages have been stopped by the Lado Abhiyan. In the early days, people used to take loan or sell their land to collect money for the marriage of their daughter. We started a Chief Minister Girls’ Marriage Scheme under which poor fathers get financial assistance for the marriage of their daughters. Not only they get to organize a grand function, but they also get the items which are generally used by a family like utensils, bed, LPG connections and many other things. Hindu as well as muslim marriages are organized at the same time. Around 21 lakh girls have been benefitted with the Ladli Laxmi Yojana.
Shaurya Dal: Shaurya Dal is active in as many as twenty districts and is giving a strong message to the society by fighting against violence, dowry, discrimination and other social evils. Dial 1090 is another example of providing security to the women.
I feel proud when I see that the government is standing behind every girl from her birth, throughout her adolescence and until her marriage and career.
We can say that Madhya Pradesh doesn’t need to celebrate Women’s Day. The women of this state celebrate it on every day by becoming more powerful day by day. I request all of you to make such an environment where girls are treated in a special manner. They should get socially secured, better health facilities, quality education and equal rights. Women empowerment is one of mine as well as state’s main motive and I am sure that with your support, together we will make Madhya Pradesh as a model state.
Again, I want to wish you Happy Women's Day.


Punjab and MPs agriculture universities to sign MoU
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 8, 2016

An MoU would soon be singed between Jabalpur University of Madhya Pradsh and Punjab Agriculture University for exchange of agriculture techniques and research.
This was decided during discussions between Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his Punjab counterpart Shri Prakash Singh Badal at Ludhiana on Sunday.
Punjab's Deputy Chief Minister Shri Sukhbir Singh Badal also paid a courtesy visit to Shri Chouhan.
Earlier, the Chief Minister visited Punjab Agriculture University. Shri Chouhan.
He witnessed new researches in agriculture, development of varieties of mustard, drip irrigation, new varieties of mushrooms and their product, advanced agriculture implements and treatment of crop diseases.
Punjab's ACS Agriculture Shri Suresh Kumar, Agriculture Minister Sardar Tota Singh and university's Pro-Vice Chancellor Shri B.S. Dhillon were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister also witnessed an exhibition on the premises of the university. The university also gave presentations before Shri Chouhan.
The Chief Minister lauded activities of the university.



CM Shri Chouhan extends greetings on Mahashivratri
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 7, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has extended greetings and best wishes to people of the state on Mahashivratri.
In his message, Shri Chouhan said that Mahashivratri marks the incarnation of Parmatma Shiva.
Incarnation of benevolent Shiva from formless to form is auspicious.
Extending greetings, he wished for speedy development of the state and happiness and prosperity in people's lives.


Simhastha getting popular on social media too
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 7, 2016

A website has been developed to publicise Simhastha from April 22 to May 21 and disseminate information on national and international levels. Simhastha website was launched on April 21, 2015. During these 10 months, about 3 lakh people have browsed it. Along with website, Simhastha is also being widely publicized on social media.
Simhastha is popular on several media. Information about it has been posted on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Its Facebook page created on Marcy 3, 2015 has been liked by over lakh users. YouTube and Instagram are also highlighting the event. Number of followers of its page on Twitter has gone up to 19 thousand.
Information about Simhastha in pocket
Works of permanent nature have been undertaken at Ujjain to develop it as a prominent holy city of the state and country. A very useful mobile app has been developed to apprise devotees of arrangements in Simhastha Mela area. About 5 crore devotees are expected to visit Ujjain during the mega religious congregation.
The mobile app has 13 highly important and ultramodern features. In case of any emergency or accident during Simhastha, one would be able to know about nearest hospital or positioning of ambulance and path to reach zonal & sector offices, police station etc. The app also has information about ghats, ashrams, temples and worth seeing places.
Biggest feature of the app is that it contains names and plot numbers of seers of various Akhadas so that a devotee can visit a place of his choice to seek blessings from seers. The app also provides information about ATMs, petrol pumps, restaurants, Dharmshalas, bus-stops and satellite towns.
Audios of announcements to be made from Mela Office will also be available on it. Arrangements of elastic search have been made to make app's features highly useful. Elastic search is the most speedy search engines nowadays.



CM Shri Chouhan receives marriage party of foster daughter
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 5, 2016

Rinki, foster daughter of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, brought up in Sundar Sewa Ashram tied nuptial knot with religious rites at Barh Wale Ganesh Mandir at Vidisha today.
The Chief Minister with his family, cabinet colleagues, senior officers, other public representatives and distinguished citizens blessed the newly wed couple.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan and his wife Smt. Sadhana Singh performed every ritual during the marriage as Rinki's foster parents.
Not only this, they have been making all arrangements of her education. Smt. Sadhana Singh personally supervised every ritual of Rinki's marriage.
The Chief Minister had entrusted entire responsibly of Rinki to Smt. Sadhana Singh when she joined the Ashram at the tender age of 6 years old.
The ashram was established in year 2000 by Shri Chouhan when he was MP from Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency.
Educated upto high school, Pinki tied the nuptial knot with Shri Bhawar Lal Mehar of Ahmedpur.


Rs. 6000 crore semiconductor fab unit being established
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 5, 2016

Cricket Semiconductor Company's CEO Shri Lou Hutter met Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today. The company is setting up a semiconductor fabrication unit costing Rs. 6000 crore in the state.
The Chief Minister said that the state government will extend every possible cooperation to the project. Shri Hutter informed the Chief Minister of works being undertaken by the company.
He informed that company is holding discussions with foreign investors for company's electronics system and manufacturing.
He said that he is also exploring possibilities of Indian investors' cooperation.
The state will become a major centre of electronics system and manufacturing in the country following establishment of semiconductor fabrication unit. Manufacture of high quality microchips will start in the state.
Microchips used in electronic gadgets will not have to be imported. This will save large amount of foreign exchange and will also provide employment to large number of people.
Principal Secretaries to CM Shri Iqbal Singh Bains and Shri S.K. Mishra were also present on the occasion.



CM Shri Chouhan dedicates 59 works costing Rs. 295 crore at Pipe Factory Crossing at Ujjain
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 3, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan dedicated 59 Simhastha related works costing Rs. 295 crore at Pipe Factory Crossing at Ujjain today.
These included 3 works costing Rs. 111 crore undertaken by Bridge Division of PWD, one work costing Rs. 71 crore by Road Development Corporation and 55 works costing Rs. 113 crore by PWD.
Great religious congregation Simhastha Mahakumbh will be held at Ujjain from April 22 to May 21.
To ensure its success and security, the state government is making elaborate arrangements and large-scale preparations. Most of the works are of permanent nature, which are major gifts for Ujjain.
e-rickshaws flagged off
At Pipe Factory Crossing, the Chief Minister also flagged off e-rickshaws to be plied in Ujjain city in view of Green Simhastha.
On district administration's initiative, so far 457 cases have been referred to banks under Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana. Of these, 115 e-rickshaws have been distributed.
The Chief Minister drove an e-rickshaw for some distance after flagging off of the vehicles.
In-charge Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh, Simhastha Central Committee's Chairman Shri Makhan Singh, MP Dr. Chintamani Malviya, MLA Dr. Mohan Yadav, Ujjain Development Authority's Chairman Shri Jagdish Agrawal, Simhastha Mela Authority's Chairman Shri Diwakar Natu and members of Simhastha Central Committee were present on the occasion.


Rudra Sagar becomes beautiful
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 3, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan dedicated works costing Rs. 39 crore at Rudra Sagar at Ujjain today.
He dedicated works costing Rs. 7 crore 44 lakh for preservation and beautification of Rudra Sagar,
beautification of Ranoji Chhatri and lightings at Ramghat costing Rs. 3 crore 14 lakh, CC road from Harsiddhi Madir to Lal Pul trisection via Narsingh ghat,
widening of Hari Phatak over bridge and newly constructed bridges at Dutt Akhada etc costing Rs. 11 crore 20 lakh.
It is noteworthy that Chief Minister Shri Chouhan had launched a campaign for preservation and beautification of Rudra Sagar by de-silting it through voluntary labour on February 14, 2015. Now, the area has acquired a new look.
Rudra Sagar situated behind Mahakal Mandir has now become a tourist attraction.
In-charge Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh, Simhastha Central Committee's Chairman Shri Makhan Singh, Mayor Smt. Meena Jonwal,
Ujjain Development Authority's Chairman Shri Jagdish Agrawal, other public representatives, corporators and distinguished citzens were present on the occasion.



Girls should also come forward in entrepreneurship, Govt. to extend help
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 2, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has exhorted girl students to enter field of entrepreneurship. The state government will make arrangements for technology, marketing and capital to set up industries and would also give bank guarantee on loans.
Shri Chouhan said at annual get-together of Government Maharani Laxmi Bai Girls College here today that discrimination against girls will not be tolerated.
Referring to measures to empower women socio-economically in the state, Shri Chouhan said that the state government wishes maximum women empowerment. He exhorted girl students to hold big posts and also think about entering field of industries. He said that girls are second to none. They are setting records after records of successes.
The Chief Minister said that 50 percent reservation was given to females in local bodies against which 56 percent women have been elected who are running local self-governments successfully. Women have been given 33 percent reservation in government jobs and 50 percent in recruitment of teachers.
On girl students' demand, Shri Chouhan announced that Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma auditorium will be air-conditioned in the current year. He said that construction of college's boundary wall and building will also be completed in the current year. The Chief Minister said that women in the capacity of daughters have also been pioneer in India.
He announced that a scheme would be chalked out under which the state government will bear entire expenses on education of poor talented students. Its objective is to ensure that talented students do not lag behind due to shortage of money.
Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta was the chief guest. Municipal Corporation Chairman Shri Surjeet Singh Chouhan was guest of honour. The Chief Minister felicitated with gold medals girl students who secured highest marks in college level exams and performed best in sports competitions.
Principal Dr. Induprabha Tiwari read out progress report. The Chief Minister also released college's newsletter and research magazine.


Roadmap ready to double farmers income
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 2, 2016

In reply to Motion of Thanks on Governor's Address in Vidhan Sabha today, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the state has witnessed all-round development during last 10-12 years. Comparing the present with state's condition in year 2002-03, he assailed the Opposition citing figures pertaining to agriculture, irrigation, milk production, road construction, common people's access to health services, expansion and improvement of education facilities, women's empowerment and welfare of SCs, STs, OBCs, minorities and other weaker sections. Through these figures, the Chief Minister proved that there a world of difference between works of previous government and his government.
Shri Chouhan reiterated resolve to make Madhya Pradesh pioneer state of the country. He said that the state government has chalked out a roadmap to double farmers' income in accordance with resolve of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. As per it, a new strategy will be chalked out by merging agriculture and allied sectors like horticulture, animal husbandry, honey production, fisheries and dairy.
The Chief Minister said that maintenance of growth rate in double digit for last 8-10 years and agriculture growth of the state rising from 20 to 24 percent are major achievements of this decade. The Chief Minister while referring to efforts to make agriculture profitable said that they would be continued along with laying a network of industries in the state. He said that trust of domestic and foreign investors in Madhya Pradesh is increasing. A new department would be constituted to promote cottage and small industries side by side major industries. He said that the state government believes that agriculture alone cannot cushion entire burden of rising population. Therefore, focus is being made on skill development, promotion of allied sectors of agriculture and self-employment schemes.
Giving point-wise reply to questions raised by the Opposition, the Chief Minister highlighted state government's achievements. He said that necessary action would be ensured taking proper cognizance of Opposition's demand to install poles of solar energy in farmers' fields. Shri Chouhan said that there would be no shortage of funds for development. He said that it should be endeavour of all political parties that state should witness all-round development irrespective of which party is in power. He urged the Opposition to cooperate in this regard.
The Chief Minister forcefully denied that Central Government has curtailed grants to the state government. He said that the Centre has not only increased states' share from 32 to 42 percent, but has also given freehand to them to use funds as per their requirements, which was not the case earlier.
In the beginning of his reply, the Chief Minister said that objections of the Opposition to expenditure on welcome of the Prime Minister are beyond his comprehension. He said that Prime Minister's welcome is protocol of the state government. He took pride in the fact that the Prime Minister chose Madhya Pradesh to launch his ambitious Crop Insurance Scheme. He described new Crop Insurance Scheme as important in the interest of farmers.
The Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh is pioneer in the country in various sectors. He said that the state is pioneer in agriculture growth rate, organic farming, production of pulses, soybean, oilseeds, certified seeds, gram, medicinal & aromatic plants, garlic, guava and peas, establishment of steel silos under PPP mode, electronic procurement system, supply of power 10 hours daily for agriculture, construction of maximum roads in the country under PPP mode, construction of maximum roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, online registration of documents and e-stamping, selection of maximum cities under Smart City Project, implementation of disabled marriage incentive scheme, scheme to provide assistance to persons with multiple disabilities and physically challenged persons, Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivah/Nikah Yojana, Public Services Delivery Guarantee Act, call centres like CM Helpline and 50 percent reservation to women in local bodies.
The Chief Minister said that due to increase in state's credibility, major and small industries are coming to Madhya Pradesh. Cottage industries are also being promoted. A separate Ministry would be constituted to promote small industries. Referring to Mukhyamantri Yuva Udyami Yojana, Shri Chouhan said that this year, one lakh youths will be provided assistance. He said that state's youths are talented, energetic and capable. They can become industrialists like Tata and Birla.
Lauding the Central Budget, the Chief Minister said that it is the budget of villages and the poor. The state government has resolved not to let any poor remain hungry. Wheat, rice and salt are being provided to the poor and labourers at Re. one per kg, registered under any scheme.
Houses for all
Shri Chouhan said that land right pattas would be given to landless poor families who are residing on government lands for years. Under Forest Rights Act, 2 lakh 14 thousand tribal families have been provided pattas. Directives have been given to review rejected claims of the families occupying land before December 2006. He said that his government is realizing dream of houses for all. For this, assistance of Rs. one lakh in rural areas and Rs. 2.50 lakh in urban areas will be given.
New scheme for poor talented children's education
Referring to important measures in education sector, Shri Chouhan said that education had totally collapsed during previous Congress government. Honorarium of Guruji/Shikshakarmi was Rs. 500. Now, Shikshakarmis have been appointed as Adhyapaks and given 6th Pay Scale. The state government has decided to give scholarships to students belonging to general poor category along with SC and ST students. The state government will pay fee of SC and ST students taking admission in engineering and medical colleges so that they are not deprived of this due to non-payment of fee. He said that a new scheme to pay fee of poor talented children will be chalked out soon.
Referring to unprecedented agriculture growth, the Chief Minister said that it could be possible through increase in irrigation facilities. The government has resolved to supply water to every field. Every farm will be used for yielding bumper crops. He said that Narmada water will be taken to fields of farmers through Kshipra, Gambhir and Kali Sindh river link projects. He said that agriculture production has boomed due to extension of agriculture loans at zero percent interest rate.
Comparing present day figures of development with year 2003, the Chief Minister informed that in year 2003, Madhya Pradesh was extremely backward state, which now stands among country's pioneer states. He said that power generation was only 5173 MW at that time, which has reached 16 thousand 116 MW. Area under irrigation was 7.50 lakh hectares, which has risen to 36 lakh hectares now. Wheat production was 73.75 lakh MT which is now 184.80 lakh MT. Power generation will increase to 18 thousand MW by year 2018. Gross domestic product has risen from 1,02,839 crore to 5,08,006 crore now.
He said that free treatment, medicines, tests, food etc are being provided in government hospitals to ensure that no one is deprived of treatment. Now, chemotherapy and dialysis services are also being provided.
Women can work wonders if given opportunities. Constitution of self-help groups will be done in a campaign mode to tap their capabilities. Arrangements are also being made to give additional concession on loan interest to women entrepreneurs. Women have also been given reservation in local bodies and government service.
Adequate arrangements have been made to deal with the drought. The government has worked on the concept of group drinking water scheme to ensure that women and girls do not have to fetch water from handpumps and get it through taps in their households.
There would be no shortage of funds for higher education. War-footing efforts are being made to make youths skilled.
Speedy efforts are being made to ensure success of Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan in the state. Indore Rural and Budhni have been made open defecation free.
A sum of Rs. 75 thousand crore will be spent during next 4 years to transform cities. Villages will also be made Smart. Minimum Rs. 15 lakh will be spent on every village.
A sum of Rs. 1500 crore will be spent to clean Narmada river. Madhya Pradesh is rich in tourism. This sector will be tapped upto the maximum to provide maximum number of jobs to people. Current year is being observed as Tourism Year in the state. It is an endeavour to make Madhya Pradesh ideal tourism destination.
Effective steps have been made to ensure that Madhya Pradesh remains an island of peace. Now, no enlisted dacoit gang is operating in the state.
Measures have been initiated to eliminate possibilities of corrupt practices through strict action against the corrupt and change in the system. Public Services Delivery Guarantee Act, e-tendering, e-payment, e-measurement have been introduced and special courts set up. It has been provisioned that courts decide cases within a year so that quick action can be taken against the corrupt. He assured the House that no corrupt will be spared.
Dignified arrangements have been made for Simhastha. On the occasion, ideological seminars are also being organised. Through the event, message of Indian culture for harmony, peaceful co-existence and global welfare will be disseminated.



Balanced budget for countrys development
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 1, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has described the Central budget presented in Parliament today as a balanced budget for country's development. It has paid special attention to agriculture and farmers' welfare. The budget will help in India's re-building. It takes care of all sections of society.
The Chief Minister said that at a time when entire world is passing through global recession with major countries of the world neck deep in economic crisis, this budget is balanced, development-oriented, aiming at welfare of the poor and creation of employment for youths. It provides for creation of additional irrigation in 25 lakh hectares and digging of 5 lakh ponds under MNREGA.
A roadmap has been chalked out to achieve ambitious target of doubling income of farmers. Revolutionary measures like Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme, Integrated e-Mandi and organic farming in 5 lakh hectares have been introduced in the budget. Arrangements have been made to provide loans worth Rs. 9 lakh crore to farmers.
The Chief Minister said that it is the budget for welfare of the poor. It has made maximum provisions to create unemployment for the poor under MNREGA. Provisions of LPG and Health Insurance Scheme have been made for poor families. Under Stand-up India, Rs. 500 crore has been provisioned for SC and ST entrepreneurs. Under Skill Development Programme, Rs. 17 thousand crore has been provisioned for youths.
The budget has also paid attention to infrastructure development. Rs. 2 lakh 35 thousand crore has been provisioned for rural and urban development. Provision has been made to convert 50 thousand km long highways to national highways.
Small income tax payers have been given concessions. For the first time, upto Rs. 50 thousand concession on interest has been given to buyers of houses. The budget aims at realizing dreams of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The budget is balanced and aims at given positive direction to the country, he added.


Farewell to 2 employees of Public Relations Directorate on retirement
Bhopal:MMNN: Mar. 1, 2016

Farewell was accorded to Assistant Grade-1 Shri Bhaurao Singhankar and driver Shri Suresh Banode on their retirement at Directorate of Public Relations here today.
Commissioner Public Relations Shri Anupam Rajan felicitated both the retirees with shawl and coconut. He lauded their services and wished them happy future.
Director Public Relations Shri Anil Mathur also praised conduct and working of both retires and wished them happy future.
Additional Directors Shri Suresh Gupta, Shri Managala Mishra, Shri C.K. Sisodia, Smt. Vidya Gamad and other officers and employees of the directorate were present on the occasion.



For first time projected income of farmers covered under insurance policy
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 29, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that for the first time a crop insurance policy has been framed at the Central level which covers projected income of farmers.
Shri Chouhan dedicated construction works costing Rs. 42 crore 75 lakh including Day Shelter undertaken by Tourism Development Corporation and other works at Vidisha today.
Shri Chouhan said that new crop insurance policy is farmer-friendly. In it, farmer's field is considered as a unit and now farmer's food grains will remain insured till they reach his house.
He directed district administration to undertake wide publicity of the policy to enable every farmer to get its benefit and motivate them to opt crop insurance.
The Chief Minister urged farmers to grow crops of fruits, flowers and vegetables along with agriculture. He said that farmers should be counselled for this so that they can earn assured income.
He said that arrangements of food processing will be made at Vidisha soon. He urged industrialists to establish units in Jambar Bagri industrial area in Vidisha district.
On the occasion, Shri Chouhan distributed cheques and materials to beneficiaries of various state government schemes.
Invites people to marriage of adopted daughter Rinki
The Chief Minister invited people to marriage of adopted daughter Rinki living in Sewa Sunder Ashram. Rinki's marriage will be solemnised on premises of Badh Wale Ganesh Mandir on March 4.


Prime Minister Shri Modi suggests all states to emulate Madhya Pradesh for agriculture development
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 29, 2016

Addressing farmers' welfare rally at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh today, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that Madhya Pradesh has made remarkable progress in agriculture sector.
For this, the state has been receiving Krishi Karman Awards continuously.
The Prime Minister said that Madhya Pradesh's farmers have shown prowess to lead the country in agriculture sector.
If Madhya Pradesh's farmers and Chief Minister can give such good results in a short time then all states of the country should emulate these measures for good results and transformation.
He said that in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has chalked out a number of innovative schemes.



MP BUDGET
   BUDGET TABLE 2016       2014 - 15       2014 - 15       2015 - 16
        BUDGET     ESTIMATED       REVISED     ESTIMATE       BUDGET     ESTIMATE
Revenue receipts 1,03,493.16 1,04,621.10 1,14,422.89
Capital receipts 13,089.33 13,594.00 16,392.38
Total receipts 1,16,582.49 1,18,215.10 1,30,815.27
Non-plan expenditure 62,750.84 65,725.90 70,850.18
Planned expense 54,290.15 52,791.65 60,348.88
Total expense 1,17,040.99 1,18,517.55 1,31,199.06
Recovery 2,783.01 2,628.17 2,122.02
Appropriation amount 1,29,001.00 1,26,328.03 1,42,094.25
Revenue expenditure 99,013.81 98,249.60 1,08,834.92
Capital outlay 18,027.18 20,267.95 22,364.14
Net transactions for year -458.50 -302.45 -383.79
Balance -76.89 -129.32 -513.11
Revenue surplus 4,479.35 6,371.50 5,587.97
Primary deficit 6,496.00 6,994.17 8,687.61
Gross deficit 13,425.48 13,869.04 16,745.33
GSDP 4,49,891 4,62,691 5,60,570
Revenue surplus v/s GSDP 1.00 1.38 1.00
Revenue deficit v/s GSDP 2.98 3.00 2.99



Possibilities of collaboration of China and MP in industries sector
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 27, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that there are immense possibilities of collaboration of China and MP in industries sector.
A special zone has been established at Dhar industrial area for South Asian companies.
Shri Chouhan was holding discussions with a delegation of investors from China led by Vice Governor of Henan province Shri Zhao Jianchai at his residence here today.
Shri Chouhan said that Henan providence and Madhya Pradesh has many similarities. He said that along with trade ties, mutual cultural relations should also be strengthened. Both countries are agrarian with almost similar growth rates.
He informed the Chinese delegation that Madhya Pradesh is making rapid strides in food processing, information technology and automobile sectors.
It is fastest growing state of India. Shri Chouhan invited the Chinese delegation to Global investors Summit to be held at Indore.
Shri Zhao said that China is interested to invest in industrial sector. He invited the Chief Minister to China to take part in investors meet to be held in Henan.
The delegation comprised Henan province's Director General Commerce Shri Jiach Jinmio, Director General Transport Shri Zhang Kiang and Deputy Director General External Affairs Shri Yang Vebin.
Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Principal Secretary Industries Shri Mohammad Suleman, Secretary to CM Shri Vivek Agrawal and TRIFAC's MD Shri D.P. Ahuja were also present on the occasion.


Conducive atmosphere in MP for producing films
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 27, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh has conducive atmosphere for producing films. There is no shortage of talents and artistes in the state.
He urged filmmakers to produce films with purpose and in the right direction in Madhya Pradesh.
Efforts would be made to ensure that Madhya Pradesh becomes number one state in the country in film production. Shri Chouhan was inaugurating 3-day Chitra Bharti National Film Festival at Indore today.
The Chief Minister said that the society needs films with purposefulness and showing right direction to youths. He said that films are not mere source of entertainment, but also big means of education. He said that people learn a lot of things from films.
He said the freedom of expression if our age-old tradition. But insult to nation in the name of freedom of speech will not be tolerated. He said that now Madhya Pradesh is not a backward and sick state.
Its growth rate is in double digits continuously for last many years. Madhya Pradesh is pioneer in the country in irrigation and energy sectors. Special efforts are also being made in Madhya Pradesh in solar energy sector.
Film actor Shri Manoj Joshi, filmmaker Shri Vivek Agnihotri, Shri Dilip Awasthi and Shri Rakesh Mittal also spoke on the occasion. At the function, Sanskrit film producer Shri Vinod Mankar was also felicitated.
The festival screening films on social concerns and human sufferings will be held at Indore till February 28. Organised by Bhaiyyaji Dani Sewa Nyas, Indore, over 200 films of 8 states under various categories are being screened in the festival.
Mayor Smt. Malini Gaud, Vice Chancellor of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya Shri Ashutosh Mishra, filmmaker Shri Laxman Nawathe and Dr. Praveen Kabra were also present on the occasion. Films declared best will also be awarded at the film festival.




A budget to realize dreams of poor and weaker sections
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 26, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that budget presented in Vidhan Sabha today is balanced, development-oriented, aims at creating employment and realizing dreams of poor and weaker sections. The Chief Minister said that this is a revolutionary budget given the current global conditions. In it, resources have been mobilized intelligently.
The Chief Minister said that the budget will accelerate pace of state's development. With this budget, Madhya Pradesh has joined select list of the states where budget exceeds Rs. 1.50 lakh crore.
Adequate increase has been made in provisions for all infrastructure development sectors including roads, power and irrigation. In irrigation sector, stressed has been laid on completing old projects along with starting new ones. Adequate funds have been allocated in infrastructure development sector.
The Chief Minister said that priority has been attached in the budget to agriculture and allied sectors. For this, about Rs. 23 thousand crore has been earmarked. Besides, it has also focused on education, health, industries and social sectors.
Priority has also been attached to women's empowerment and employment creation. Adequate funds have been earmarked for tourism, urban and rural development and drinking water arrangements. The budget has also provisioned arrangements to provide loans and grants for self-employment to one lakh youths.


Budget to strengthen and boost development in state
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 26, 2016

Public Relations, Energy, New & Renewable Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla has hailed state's general budget. He said that the budget will accelerate pace of development in the state, strengthen infrastructure and give relief to common people.
Shri Shukla said that budget clearly reflects Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan's resolve to make Madhya Pradesh number one state in the country. He said that the budget is balanced and development-oriented. It has paid attention to all sections of society including rural people, the poor, farmers and housewives.
The Minister said that in accordance with state government's commitment to further promote energy sector, the budget has provisioned Rs. 19 thousand 976 crore 65 lakh for year 2016-17 and Rs. 184 crore for renewable energy.
According to Shri Shukla, hallmark of the budget is that the farmer-friendly state has not ignored any sector while promoting agriculture, tourism, energy and infrastructure sectors and benefiting farmers.




Rail budget reflects creative thinking providing adequate passenger facilities
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 26, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has hailed rail budget 2016-17 presented by Railways Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu in Parliament today. He said that this budget aims at making rail journey more convenient, specially for common people.
The budget reflects foresightedness and creative thinking of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Shri Chouhan said that the efforts to transform railways have reached a definite milestone now. All possibilities of investment have been explored to expand railway infrastructure.
Madhya Pradesh has been given a gift that Habibganj railway station will soon be developed as a model station.
The initiative to make railway stations more beautiful and well equipped in this budget is laudable.
Shri Chouhan said that the Railways Minister has made efforts to modernise rail facilities. Antyodaya train will have many facilities for the poor. Significant measure has been taken by considering measures to ensure zero accident.
Passengers have been given all facilities, but neither fare nor freight has been increased. Initiative for better use of railway land underlines foresightedness.
Maternal service, special arrangements for senior citizens and disabled persons and 33 quota for women in seat reservation are highly important initiatives.


PR Minister Shri Shukla condoles death of Bhajan singer Shri Ravi Dube
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 26, 2016

Public Relations, Energy, New & Renewable Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla has expressed profound grief over the death of Bhajan singer Shri Ravi Dube.
In his message, Shri Shukla said that late Shri Dube was known for his unique style of Bhajan singing.
He had developed the art of leaving audience spell-bound.
Shri Shukla has prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss.




Youths should set targets realizing their strength
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 25, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that nothing is impossible in life. One should make efforts by realizing their strength. He said that the state government will extend every possible assistance to youths to realize their dreams.
Shri Chouhan was addressing inaugural function of computer-aided design and manufacturing lab at Oriental College of Science and Technology here today. Chairman of Bhopal Municipal Corporation Shri Surjeet Singh Chouhan was also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that the state government will extend every possible assistance to youths to realize their dreams. Free books, uniforms, scholarships and loan for higher education on state government's guarantee are being provided. He said that his dream is that a network of industries is laid throughout the state. For this, schemes like Mukhyamantri Udyami and Mukhyamantri Contractor Yojana are being implemented.
Venture capital fund of Rs. 100 crore has been instituted for innovative projects. He said that infrastructure of basic amenities has also been developed in the state. Three cities of the state have been covered under first 20 cities of the country under Smart City Project.
He informed that the state government will spend Rs. 75 thousand crore for transforming cities.
The Chief Minister stressed the need to end discrimination between sons and daughters. He informed that the state government has implemented Ladli Laxmi and Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana to end this discrimination. For women's empowerment, they have been given 50 percent reservation in local bodies and government teachers posts.
Similarly, women have been given 33 percent reservation in all government departments excluding Forest Department. He informed that once Madhya Pradesh was regarded as a sick state. But now its growth rate is in double digit for last 8 years. Agriculture growth in Madhya Pradesh has surpassed every place in the world. The state has been receiving Krishi Karma Award for consecutive 4 years. Agriculture growth rate is above 20 percent.
Students presented cultural programmes. Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya Shri Piyush Trivedi, institution's Founder Chairman Shri K.L. Thakral and Chairman of Oriental Group of Institutions Shri Praveen Thakral were also present on the occasion.


Tribals to get Rs. one lakh in villages and Rs. 2.50 lakh in cities to construct house
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 25, 2016

Addressing Shabri Mahakumbh at Anuppur today, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that tribals living in shanties by occupying land in rural and urban areas will be given housing pattas. Following issuance of housing pattas, tribals will be given Rs. one lakh in villages and Rs. 2.50 lakh in cities to construct house with toilet. He announced that Rs. 50 thousand incentive money will be given to tribal students securing high marks in science faculty.
He said that Shabri Mata was devotion, meditation and patience personified. The Chief Minister said that all tribal families in Madhya Pradesh have been covered under Food Security Act. For them, condition of BPL has been abolished to provide tribal families food grains at Re. one per kg. He said that the state government will bear fee of all tribal students from class one to college. Students are also being given facility for study in foreign countries.
The Chief Minister said that Chhatra-grih Yojana has been implemented for SC, ST students. Under the scheme, students can rent a house in cities if they are unable to get a place in hostels. He said that forest right letters have been distributed to 2 lakh 14 thousand forest dwellers in the state. Today (February 24) a special campaign is being undertaken throughout the state to dispose of complaints in this regard.
The Chief Minister said that for tribal youths, the state government is giving loan guarantee under Mukhyamantri Yuva Swarozgar and Yuva Udyami Yojana. Interest on loans for 7 years will be given by the government, which will also extend assistance in marketing and branding of their products. The Chief Minister said that he would undertake surprise visits to villages under Jan-Kalyan Yatra and inspect implementation of schemes on the spot. He said that strict action would be taken against concerning persons if irregularities are detected.
Major announcements
The Chief Minister said that Rs. 50 thousand incentive amount will be given to tribal students securing good marks in science faculty.
A statue of Shabri Mata will be installed at Amarkantak. Shabri Mata Ashram will be built at Maihar.
District hospital building will be constructed.
PG classes will be started in Tulsi College, Anuppur.
High school will be upgraded to higher secondary school.
Rs. 4 crore will be sanctioned for infrastructure development works at Anuppur district headquarters, Rs. one crore for city's development and Rs. 30 lakh for 2 community sanitation complexts.
Sanction of Rs. 64 crore for construction of houses for 1190 poor persons in Anuppur.
Skill Development Training Programme named after Shabri Mata to be introduced.
Rs. 5 lakh Tantya Bheel Award to be given to successful tribal young entrepreneurs.
Tribals' reputed worship places will be renovated.
To make livestock breeding profitable, the government will give units of 5, 10 and 15 milch animals to tribal beneficiaries.
SC and ST Welfare Minister Shri Gyan Singh, MP Shri Dalpat Singh Paraste and MLA Shri Ramlal Rautele also spoke on the occasion. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah, Zila Panchayat Chairperson Smt. Roopmati Singh, MLAs Shri Jai Singh Marawai and Smt. Pramila Singh, social worker Shri Bhagwat Sharan Mathur, Shri Ajay Pratap Singh and other public representatives were present on the occasion.
CM visits girls hostel
The Chief Minister undertook surprise visit to post-matric girls hostel at Anuppur. He sought information from girl students about studies and facilities available at the hostel. On girl students' appeal, the Chief Minister directed to construct boundary wall and provide furniture. He also shared memories of his student life.




PRIME MINISTER SHRI MODIS CALL FOR RESOLVE TO DOUBLE FARMERS INCOME BY YEAR 2022
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 20, 2016

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has said that Pradhan Mantri Crop Insurance Scheme is panacea for all the problems of farmers. He said that efforts would be made to double the income of farmers by year 2022 through farmer-friendly policies coupled with toiled of farmers. Shri Modi was launching the Pradhan Mantri Crop Insurance Schemes at Kisan Maha Sammelan at Sherpur, about 38 km from Bhopal today. He released a guideline booklet of the scheme on the occasion.
While addressing lakhs of farmers at the Maha Sammelan Prime Minister called upon them to link with the new crop insurance scheme. This is the largest ever scheme of its kind formulated in the country in favour of farmers, he said adding that with this innovative crop insurance scheme in place natural calamities would not scare the farmers.
All Praise for Madhya Pradesh
The Prime Minister said that the farmers of Madhya Pradesh supported by the state government have created history in farm sector by their toil and sagacity enabling the state to make it to the top in the country. Receiving the Krishi Karman Award for four years in a row is a creditable achievement. He said that Madhya Pradesh has contributed significantly to brightening agriculture scenario of the country. Despite paucity of rain for last two years the farmer did not allow farm production to fall. He attributed it to the hard work of farmers.
The Prime Minister said that launching of the crop insurance scheme from Madhya Pradesh is appropriate given the excellent achievements of the state in agriculture. He said that farmers had many apprehensions about existing crop insurance schemes. We have formulated the new scheme that seeks to solve all their problems. Under this only 1.5 percent premium would be paid for rabi and 2 percent for kharif by the farmers whereas under existing schemes they were required to pay 12-14 percent premium. The new crop insurance scheme has no cap on payment of compensation. Moreover, in case of loss to crop of even a single farmer in a village, he would get the benefit of insurance scheme. In the previous schemes insurance was done only after sowing. The new scheme provides that in the absence of rains if farmers fail to do sowing they would also be compensated. Insurance amount would be payable for harvested crops also in the field. There were delays in sanction of insurance amount in previous schemes. Under the new scheme 25 percent of the amount would be paid immediately and the remaining amount would be paid in minimum possible time. Now farmers would be paid compensation on loss of one third of crops,too. Earlier, it was time given only on loss of over 50 percent crop. The compensation has been raised three times, he added.
National Agricultural Market Launched by 14 April
The Prime Minister said that improving the lot of farmers and transforming villages is on top of his priorities. Efforts would be made to bring farmers on a better footing through fusion of traditional farming practices and modern technology. In the time to come, a National Agricultural Marketing Platform would be developed to ensre benefit of Digital India to farmers. Under this 550 mandis would be integrated with its network. The National Agriculture Market would be launched on Baba Saheb Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14.
Highlights of PM's Speech
I have come to see the farmers of Madhya Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh was nowhere on the agricultural scenario of country. Now it is on the top.
Madhya Pradesh has made most significant contribution to economic growth of India. Receiving Krishi Karman Award for four years in a row is a creditable achievement. Its credit goes to farmers.
Earlier, 80% farmers were chary of getting benefit of crop insurance. Now maximum farmers should benefit from it.
Youths should take up Start Up in farm sector, too.
Earlier, Rs. 50-60 thousand crore arrears of sugarcane growers were pending which has been reduced to Rs. 1000 crore and it would be cleared soon.
Budni development block of Sehore district and Indore district have become open defecation free. Congratulations to all associated with it.
For the first time there was no shortage of Urea in year 2015.
Online Market Network of 550 mandis to be launched on Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14.
Need for fusion of traditional farming and modern technology.
Alive to the problems of sugarcane growers
The central government is alive to the problems of sugarcane growers and their arrears have been paid. In the interest of sugarcane growers it has been decided to make ethanol from sugarcane and mix 10 percent of it with petrol. This would greatly benefit the environment and the farmers. He called upon the youths to derive benefit of Start Up India and Stand Up India in farm sector, too. He said that India is capable of meeting world's requirement of organic products.
Shri Modi said that the target is to obtain maximum yield with minimum water under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana. The agriculture revolution of Madhya Pradesh is attributable to augmentation of irrigation facility, he said. The Prime Minister was all praise for Madhya Pradesh for this and stressed the need to replicate it in the country.
He called for water conservation and encouraging drip irrigation. Shri Modi said that the central government has effectively curbed the black-marketing of fertilizers that facilitated easy availability of the same to farmers. Neem coating of Urea has also yielded very encouraging results. He exhorted the farmer to get Soil Health Cards and grow suitable crops accordingly.
The Prime Minsiter complimented Budhni block of Sehore district and Indore district on becoming open defecation free. He asked people to resolve to rid villages of this evil. He said that the world is looking at India to meet its food grain requirement. For this work has to be done with proper planning, he said.
Shri Modi is Most Farmers Friendly Prime Minister - C.M. Shri Chouhan
Describing the Prime Minsiter Shri Modi as the most farmers friendly Prime Minister Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that he has enhanced country's prestige and respect in the world. The farmers have worked hard with exemplary fortitude defying all odds. The calamity affected farmers have been given relief to the tune of Rs. 4800 crore in the sate. The central government has greatly helped the farmers by providing assistance of Rs. 2000 crore. Crop insurance amount of Rs. 4300 crore is being credited to the bank accounts of farmers. They are getting more relief than crop loss.
He said that the irrigation facility has been increased from 5.5 lakh hectare to 36 lakh hectare in the state. The tributaries of Narmada are being interlinked to irrigate fields. There is a target to bring 60 lakh hectares under irrigation in the state, he said.
Shri Chouhan described Shri Modi as a leader with grand vision Shri Chouhan said that due to his strict monitoring there was no shortage of fertilizers in the state. Neem coated Urea has proved very beneficial. He expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for integrating mandis with electronic platform. Enumerating the benefits of new crop insurance scheme the Chief Minister said that previous insurance policies were not farmers-friendly. Earlier, farm loan was given on 18 percent interest and now interest free loan is being given in the state. The state government has paid Rs. 900 crore interest and Rs. 300 crore electricity bill from its own exchequer. He said that separate vegetable and fruit routes are being chalked out in the state. An APIDA like institution would be set up for export of horticulture crops and 85 percent grant will be given on solar pump sets.
New Crop Insurance Scheme is biggest gift to farmers - Union Agriculture Minister
Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radhamohan Singh said that the Modi government has worked in the interest of the farmers and the poor from Day One. He also explained the benefits of new crop insurance scheme. He said that this is the biggest gift to farmers since the Independence. He hoped that like other schemes Madhya Pradesh would also be pioneer in implementation of this scheme.
Minister for External Affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj said that the Modi government has very outstanding achievements to its credit and crop insurance scheme is one of them. Irrigation plans are being drawn up in all districts of Madhya Pradesh. This would lead to further improvement in farm sector.
Minister for Steel and Minisng Shri Narendra Singh Tomar assured maximum cooperation from the centre to Madhya Pradesh. He said that Madhya Pradesh is marching ahead in agriculture sector through innovations and irrigation facility.
Minister for Social Justice Shri Thavar Chand Gahalot described the crop insurance scheme as a unique gift to the farmers.
PM Presents Krishi Karman Award Trophy
The Prime Minister presented the trophy of Krishi Karman Award-2013-14 and the Chief Minister presented a plough to the Prime Minister as memento on the occasion. Shri Chouhan read out the Abhinandan Patra and presented it to the Prime Minister. He said that India would become the best country in the world under Shri Modi's leadership. The Prime Minister presented amount of crop insurance scheme as a token to three farmers. He also made a token distribution of soiltesting Card.


CM PRESENTS LETTER OF COMMENDATION TO PRIME MINISTER
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 20, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan presented an Abhinandan Patra (letter of commendation) to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on behalf of the 7.5 crore people of Madhya Pradesh at Kisan Maha Sammelan at Sherpur in Sehore district today.
An English rendering of the letter is as follows:-
Sir, we the people of Madhya Pradesh congratulate you for establishing a new identity of India in the world through all round development under your able leadership. You are committed to farmers welfare and are working relentlessly to boost agriculture and promoting welfare of farmers.
Sir, agriculture is the mainstay of India's economy and that is why farmers have been considered as Annadata in Indian philosophy. Any efforts for development in different fields can only be fructified by agricultural growth.
It is a tribute to your novel initiatives that Indian agriculture is entering a new era. Natural calamaities have been a bane of farmers. Sir, Pradhan Mantri Crop Insurance Scheme, which is the product of your creative thinking, would serve as a protective shield to the farmers against calamities. We also express our gratitude to you for making provision of maximum relief to farmers from National Calamity Relief Fund.
Sir, we place on record our thanks for the various initiatives like Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana to irrigate every field, Soil Health Cards to preserve fertility of soil and grant and training for organic farming.
You have concretized the concept of National Krishi Mandi to ensure remunerative prices to farmers of their produce. Integration of mandis on electronic platform would enable farmers to get the best price for their products. The Kisan Channel launched to educate farmers about better farming practices has already started benefiting them. We thank you for this fruitful initiative.
Under your imaginative and able leadership a new counsciousness has been generated in the country. Growth has been spurred in every sector. With renewed vigour India would make it to the top in the world.
Sir, we feel proud in felicitating you.




PRIME MINISTER SHRI MODIS CALL FOR RESOLVE TO DOUBLE FARMERS INCOME BY YEAR 2022
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 19, 2016

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has said that Pradhan Mantri Crop Insurance Scheme is panacea for all the problems of farmers. He said that efforts would be made to double the income of farmers by year 2022 through farmer-friendly policies coupled with toiled of farmers. Shri Modi was launching the Pradhan Mantri Crop Insurance Schemes at Kisan Maha Sammelan at Sherpur, about 38 km from Bhopal today. He released a guideline booklet of the scheme on the occasion.
While addressing lakhs of farmers at the Maha Sammelan Prime Minister called upon them to link with the new crop insurance scheme. This is the largest ever scheme of its kind formulated in the country in favour of farmers, he said adding that with this innovative crop insurance scheme in place natural calamities would not scare the farmers.
All Praise for Madhya Pradesh
The Prime Minister said that the farmers of Madhya Pradesh supported by the state government have created history in farm sector by their toil and sagacity enabling the state to make it to the top in the country. Receiving the Krishi Karman Award for four years in a row is a creditable achievement. He said that Madhya Pradesh has contributed significantly to brightening agriculture scenario of the country. Despite paucity of rain for last two years the farmer did not allow farm production to fall. He attributed it to the hard work of farmers.
The Prime Minister said that launching of the crop insurance scheme from Madhya Pradesh is appropriate given the excellent achievements of the state in agriculture. He said that farmers had many apprehensions about existing crop insurance schemes. We have formulated the new scheme that seeks to solve all their problems. Under this only 1.5 percent premium would be paid for rabi and 2 percent for kharif by the farmers whereas under existing schemes they were required to pay 12-14 percent premium. The new crop insurance scheme has no cap on payment of compensation. Moreover, in case of loss to crop of even a single farmer in a village, he would get the benefit of insurance scheme. In the previous schemes insurance was done only after sowing. The new scheme provides that in the absence of rains if farmers fail to do sowing they would also be compensated. Insurance amount would be payable for harvested crops also in the field. There were delays in sanction of insurance amount in previous schemes. Under the new scheme 25 percent of the amount would be paid immediately and the remaining amount would be paid in minimum possible time. Now farmers would be paid compensation on loss of one third of crops,too. Earlier, it was time given only on loss of over 50 percent crop. The compensation has been raised three times, he added.
National Agricultural Market Launched by 14 April
The Prime Minister said that improving the lot of farmers and transforming villages is on top of his priorities. Efforts would be made to bring farmers on a better footing through fusion of traditional farming practices and modern technology. In the time to come, a National Agricultural Marketing Platform would be developed to ensre benefit of Digital India to farmers. Under this 550 mandis would be integrated with its network. The National Agriculture Market would be launched on Baba Saheb Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14.
Highlights of PM's Speech
I have come to see the farmers of Madhya Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh was nowhere on the agricultural scenario of country. Now it is on the top.
Madhya Pradesh has made most significant contribution to economic growth of India. Receiving Krishi Karman Award for four years in a row is a creditable achievement. Its credit goes to farmers.
Earlier, 80% farmers were chary of getting benefit of crop insurance. Now maximum farmers should benefit from it.
Youths should take up Start Up in farm sector, too.
Earlier, Rs. 50-60 thousand crore arrears of sugarcane growers were pending which has been reduced to Rs. 1000 crore and it would be cleared soon.
Budni development block of Sehore district and Indore district have become open defecation free. Congratulations to all associated with it.
For the first time there was no shortage of Urea in year 2015.
Online Market Network of 550 mandis to be launched on Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14.
Need for fusion of traditional farming and modern technology.
Alive to the problems of sugarcane growers
The central government is alive to the problems of sugarcane growers and their arrears have been paid. In the interest of sugarcane growers it has been decided to make ethanol from sugarcane and mix 10 percent of it with petrol. This would greatly benefit the environment and the farmers. He called upon the youths to derive benefit of Start Up India and Stand Up India in farm sector, too. He said that India is capable of meeting world's requirement of organic products.
Shri Modi said that the target is to obtain maximum yield with minimum water under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana. The agriculture revolution of Madhya Pradesh is attributable to augmentation of irrigation facility, he said. The Prime Minister was all praise for Madhya Pradesh for this and stressed the need to replicate it in the country.
He called for water conservation and encouraging drip irrigation. Shri Modi said that the central government has effectively curbed the black-marketing of fertilizers that facilitated easy availability of the same to farmers. Neem coating of Urea has also yielded very encouraging results. He exhorted the farmer to get Soil Health Cards and grow suitable crops accordingly.
The Prime Minsiter complimented Budhni block of Sehore district and Indore district on becoming open defecation free. He asked people to resolve to rid villages of this evil. He said that the world is looking at India to meet its food grain requirement. For this work has to be done with proper planning, he said.
Shri Modi is Most Farmers Friendly Prime Minister - C.M. Shri Chouhan
Describing the Prime Minsiter Shri Modi as the most farmers friendly Prime Minister Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that he has enhanced country's prestige and respect in the world. The farmers have worked hard with exemplary fortitude defying all odds. The calamity affected farmers have been given relief to the tune of Rs. 4800 crore in the sate. The central government has greatly helped the farmers by providing assistance of Rs. 2000 crore. Crop insurance amount of Rs. 4300 crore is being credited to the bank accounts of farmers. They are getting more relief than crop loss.
He said that the irrigation facility has been increased from 5.5 lakh hectare to 36 lakh hectare in the state. The tributaries of Narmada are being interlinked to irrigate fields. There is a target to bring 60 lakh hectares under irrigation in the state, he said.
Shri Chouhan described Shri Modi as a leader with grand vision Shri Chouhan said that due to his strict monitoring there was no shortage of fertilizers in the state. Neem coated Urea has proved very beneficial. He expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for integrating mandis with electronic platform. Enumerating the benefits of new crop insurance scheme the Chief Minister said that previous insurance policies were not farmers-friendly. Earlier, farm loan was given on 18 percent interest and now interest free loan is being given in the state. The state government has paid Rs. 900 crore interest and Rs. 300 crore electricity bill from its own exchequer. He said that separate vegetable and fruit routes are being chalked out in the state. An APIDA like institution would be set up for export of horticulture crops and 85 percent grant will be given on solar pump sets.
New Crop Insurance Scheme is biggest gift to farmers - Union Agriculture Minister
Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radhamohan Singh said that the Modi government has worked in the interest of the farmers and the poor from Day One. He also explained the benefits of new crop insurance scheme. He said that this is the biggest gift to farmers since the Independence. He hoped that like other schemes Madhya Pradesh would also be pioneer in implementation of this scheme.
Minister for External Affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj said that the Modi government has very outstanding achievements to its credit and crop insurance scheme is one of them. Irrigation plans are being drawn up in all districts of Madhya Pradesh. This would lead to further improvement in farm sector.
Minister for Steel and Minisng Shri Narendra Singh Tomar assured maximum cooperation from the centre to Madhya Pradesh. He said that Madhya Pradesh is marching ahead in agriculture sector through innovations and irrigation facility.
Minister for Social Justice Shri Thavar Chand Gahalot described the crop insurance scheme as a unique gift to the farmers.
PM Presents Krishi Karman Award Trophy
The Prime Minister presented the trophy of Krishi Karman Award-2013-14 and the Chief Minister presented a plough to the Prime Minister as memento on the occasion. Shri Chouhan read out the Abhinandan Patra and presented it to the Prime Minister. He said that India would become the best country in the world under Shri Modi's leadership. The Prime Minister presented amount of crop insurance scheme as a token to three farmers. He also made a token distribution of soiltesting Card.


CM PRESENTS LETTER OF COMMENDATION TO PRIME MINISTER
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 19, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan presented an Abhinandan Patra (letter of commendation) to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on behalf of the 7.5 crore people of Madhya Pradesh at Kisan Maha Sammelan at Sherpur in Sehore district today.
An English rendering of the letter is as follows:-
Sir, we the people of Madhya Pradesh congratulate you for establishing a new identity of India in the world through all round development under your able leadership. You are committed to farmers welfare and are working relentlessly to boost agriculture and promoting welfare of farmers.
Sir, agriculture is the mainstay of India's economy and that is why farmers have been considered as Annadata in Indian philosophy. Any efforts for development in different fields can only be fructified by agricultural growth.
It is a tribute to your novel initiatives that Indian agriculture is entering a new era. Natural calamaities have been a bane of farmers. Sir, Pradhan Mantri Crop Insurance Scheme, which is the product of your creative thinking, would serve as a protective shield to the farmers against calamities. We also express our gratitude to you for making provision of maximum relief to farmers from National Calamity Relief Fund.
Sir, we place on record our thanks for the various initiatives like Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana to irrigate every field, Soil Health Cards to preserve fertility of soil and grant and training for organic farming.
You have concretized the concept of National Krishi Mandi to ensure remunerative prices to farmers of their produce. Integration of mandis on electronic platform would enable farmers to get the best price for their products. The Kisan Channel launched to educate farmers about better farming practices has already started benefiting them. We thank you for this fruitful initiative.
Under your imaginative and able leadership a new counsciousness has been generated in the country. Growth has been spurred in every sector. With renewed vigour India would make it to the top in the world.
Sir, we feel proud in felicitating you.




Country’s development possible only through all-round development of states
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 18, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that country’s integrated development is possible only through all-round development of states. He said that concept on single-table instead of single-window is being concretised in Madhya Pradesh to promote investment. The Chief Minister was addressing “Make in India” week programme during Madhya Pradesh government’s presentation in Mumbai today. Commerce and Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia was also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh has been developed as ideal state for investment. The state is not only an island of peace, but has also 24X7 power supply, adequate water for industries and progressive policies for industries, textiles, defence manufacturing and food processing for convenience of investors. The Chief Minister said that along with being an agrarian state, Madhya Pradesh has also got trained labourers, technical education apart form simple and investment-friendly labour laws. He said that unnecessary inspections of factories have been abolished.
The Chief Minister invited those present at the programme to Simhastha to be held at Ujjain from April 22 to May 21. He said that Madhya Pradesh has shrugged off tag of sick state and joined country’s pioneer states. Madhya Pradesh’s 3 cities have been included in Smart City Project. Not only industries, the state has also made strides in tourism sector.
Recently, attractive tourist destination has been developed at Hanuwantiya in Khandwa district of the state. He urged investors to visit the state to enjoy its tourist destinations even if they do not invest in the state.
Commerce and Industries Minister Smt. Scindia enumerated 4 landmarks of state’s industrial development. These include leadership, location, labour and land bank. She said that the state has witnessed growth beyond imagination under leadership of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Investment in the state is both reliable and safe.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa gave a presentation on industrial potential and arrangements in the state. He also informed about new measures being taken in tourism sector in the state.
Principal Secretary Industries Shri Mohammad Suleman, Principal Secretary Commercial Taxes Shri Manoj Shrivastava, Secretary Shri Vivek Agrawal, Principal Secretary Shri Manish Rastogi and CII Wester Region’s Chairperson Shri Sudhir Mehta were also present on the occasion.


Labourers have dinner at CM House
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 18, 2016

Labourers from Guna district had dinner at CM House here today.
Later, all labourers left for their respective villages.
It is noteworthy that Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has interacted with these labourers at Neelam Park and invited them for dinner.




CM Shri Chouhan inspects arrangements for Kisan Mahasammelan at Sher Pur
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 17, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan inspected preparations for Kisan Mahasammelan at Sher Pur in Sehore district today. He apprised himself of arrangements for farmers for sitting, drinking water, vehicle parking and all other basic amenities.
The Chief Minister said that arrangements should be such that farmers face no problem. Special attention should be paid to this aspect. He urged public representatives to make Kisan Mahasammelan historic.
The Chief Minister sought information during discussions with DGP Shri Surendra Sinh, ADG Shri Sarabjeet Singh, IG Shri Yogesh Choudhary, Collector Dr. Sudam Khade and SP Shri Manish Kapuria.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also addressed a meeting at Government PG College. He exhorted students to study hard and move ahead in life. Shri Chouhan said that paucity of funds will not be allowed to hinder studies.
Revenue Minister and in-charge of Sehore district Shri Rampal Singh, Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen, MP Shri Alok Sanjar, Sehore MLA Shri Sudesh Rai, MLA Bhopal Shri Vishwas Sarang, Nagar Palika President Smt. Amita Arora, Zila Panchayat President Smt. Urmila Maretha, former Minister Shri Karan Singh Verma, Shri Arvind Menon, Shri Arvind Bhadoria, Shri Jaspal Arora, Secretary to CM Shri Vivek Agrawal, Principal Secretary Agriculture Dr. Rajesh Rajora, Agriculture Production Commissioner Shri P.C. Meena and large number of public representatives were present on the occasion.


Those forcing loanees for labour to be imprisoned: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 17, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that strict action would be taken against those who subject loanees for forced labour. They would be sent to jail. He said that he would himself visit Sahariyan region from Shivpuri to Sheopur.
He would interact with Sahariya people and get schemes chalked out for their development and welfare. Shri Chouhan was addressing labourers assembled under aegis of Bandhua Mukti Morcha at Neelam Park here today.
The Chief Minister said that people doing forced labour in lieu of loan are freed with immediate effect. He said that collectors and SPs will undertake monitoring of this work with personal responsibility. They would send to jail the persons subjecting people to forced labour in lieu of loan.
He said that his OSD Shri Komal Singh will tour the state to assess ground reality of implementation of schemes for welfare of forced labourers and the poor. He said that collectors will review employment and rehabilitation of freed forced labourers. Senior divisional officer will monitor the process.
Shri Chouhan invited those present to have meal at CM House and directed for arrangements to send them to their respective villages.
Shri Chouhan said that the state government is waging war against poverty. Poor families are being provided wheat, rice and salt at the rate of Re. one per kg. He said that free treatment, medicines and tests are being conducted in government hospitals.
Scholarships, free books, uniforms etc are being provided to ensure children's education. He said that the poor persons will be made owners of the land occupied by them by framing law.
He said that it is not sure whether one can attain God through worship in temples, observing fasts or doing meditation, but the people who wipe tears from eyes of the poor have Darshan of God certainly in the eyes of the poor.
On the occasion, Swami Agnivesh threw light on problems and needs of forced labourers and handed over a memorandum to the Chief Minister.


Grand special camps every year in all districts for treatment of serious diseases
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 16, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that grand special camps will be held every year in all districts for treatment of serious diseases. He said that serving suffering humanity is the true worship of God. Shri Chouhan was addressing a mega free health camp at Shahdol today.
The camp was organised under joint aegis of state government, Rajkrishna Tankha Foundational, Madhya Pradesh Foundation and Rotary Club. Tribal Welfare Minister Shri Gyan Singh, MP Shri Dalpat Singh Paraste and Tribal Development Commission's Chairman Shri Narendra Marawi were present on the occasion.
Shri Chouhan said that the same virtues of performing worships and Yagya at temples are attained by serving the downtrodden. He said that serving patients and providing them proper treatment is biggest humanitarian service.
The Chief Minister said that the state government has implemented concrete measures to improve health services in the state. He informed that the state government is extending assistance for treatment of heart patient, sight impaired and deaf & dumb children.
Since Republic Day, dialysis machines have been installed in all district hospitals. Assistance is being given from Mukhyamantri Beemari Sahayata and Mukhyamantri Swechchhanudan Yojana. All patients are being provide medicines free of cost in all government hospitals.
Shri Chouhan said that the state government has decided to check health of patients at special camps to be held every year in districts and if anyone is diagnosed of serious disease his or her treatment will be ensured in country's prestigious hospitals.
The Chief Minister said that along with yielding better results, we would also succeed in developing Healthy Madhya Pradesh. Shri Chouhan lauded cooperation of Tankha Foundation, Madhya Pradesh Foundation and Rotary Club to hold this mega free health camp. He also praised doctors and paramedical staff for rendering free services at the camp.
Supreme Court Justice Shri Deepak Verma and former Advocate General of M.P. Shri Vivek Tankha also spoke on the occasion. The Chief Minister felicitated outstanding performers during the camp.


Mother power soul of Indian civilasation
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 16, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that mother power is soul of Indian civilization. Women's capabilities must be tapped upto to the maximum to make India powerful. Shri Chouhan was addressing annual get-together 'Utsavpriya-2016' of Sarojini Naidu Girls PG College here today. The Chief Minister announced a well equipped library, auditorium, sports complex and additional classrooms as demanded by students union in the college. The Chief Minister also performed Kanya Poojan.
The Chief Minister said that mindset to consider daughters as burden should be changed. Initiative has been taken in the state to make daughters boons. For this, schemes like Mukhyamantri Kanyadan, Ladli Laxmi, Gaon Ki Beti, Pratibha Kiran etc have been implemented.
The state government is bearing responsibility of girls right from their birth upto education-training and marriage. Lakhs of girls born in Madhya Pradesh have become Ladli Laxmis. Reins of government have also been given in then hands of women to empower them. Women have been given 50 percent reservation in local bodies and 33 percent in government services.
The Chief Minister said that policy to restrict girls and leave boys free is not proper. Referring to girls less gender ratio, he said that this difference is more in so-called literate and wealthy families. He called for united efforts to ensure dignity of mother power.
He said that every such effort would be get support and cooperation from the state government. Shri Chouhan urged girls to more ahead and openly display their talent to the world. He said that women have given direction to the world through their dutifulness and resolve. Women are inferior to none. What is needed is to work hard with dedication by setting targets.
MLA Shri Surendranath Singh said that annual function is a stage for displaying students' talents in colleges. He congratulated for successful organisation of the function.
Principal Dr. Vandana Agnitori delivered the welcome address. Dr. Rekha Kastwar threw light on outlines of 'Utsavpriya-2016'. At the outset, guests inaugurated the function by lighting a lamp. Girl students presented Saraswati Vandana, Madhya Pradesh Gaan, symphony of 20 musical instruments and a dance-drama based on Durga Saptshati.


Appeal to cooperate for cleanliness and purity of Narmada
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 15, 2016

Vidhan Sabha Speaker Dr. Sitasaran Sharma and Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with his wife Smt. Sadhana Singh performed Puja and Abhishek of Maa Narmada with religious rites on Narmada Jayanti Mahotsav at Hoshangabad today.
The Chief Minister announced grant of Rs. 4 crore 20 lakh for development of Hoshangabad district. He said that water treatment plants will be established in all cities on the banks of Narmada by year 2018.
Vidhan Sabha Speaker Dr. Sharma stressed the need for survey of ghats on Narmada banks and maintain them.
The Chief Minister urged people to cooperate in efforts for ensuring cleanliness and purity of Narmada. He urged them neither to release filthy water nor polythene bags in Narmada river.
He said that 5 thousand houses costing Rs. 250 crore will be constructed in Hoshangabad district. He announced Rs. 100 crore for improving sewage system, Rs. 62 crore for water augmentation, Rs. 85 lakh for garbage vehicles, Rs. one crore for construction of vegetable market and Rs. 25 lakh for development of Ramghat. The Chief Minister administered pledge to people for not littering garbage in and around their houses.
The Chief Minister along with his wife performed Puja of Maa Narmada with religious rites. He performed Kanya Poojan and announced Rs. 5 thousand each for 35 girls. He made Deepadan of 1100 lamps after Maha Aarti of Maa Narmada.
MP Shri Udai Pratap Singh, MLAs Shri Vijaypal Singh, Thakurdas Raghuvanshi, Mohan Yadav, Nagar Palika Chairman Shri Akhilesh Khandelwal, MP Mineral Development Corporation Chairman Shri Shiv Chaube and Chairman of MP Warehousing Corporation Shri Rajendra Singh Rajput were present on the occasion.
CM Performs Narmada Pujan at Budhni
The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife Smt. Sadhna Singh performed Narmada Pujan at Budhni today. He announced Rs. 79.59 crore for sewage plant and houses for the poor on the occasion.


Call for cooperation in making Hanuwantiya global level tourist destination
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 15, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that sustainable development of tourism sector is state government's priority. This would be done keeping environment in view. Shri Chouhan said that at the cabinet meeting held at Hanuwantiya, its was decided to constitute Tourism Cabinet and amend Tourism Policy. An airstrip will be developed at Hanuwantiya, he added. Shri Chouhan was addressing the inaugural function of Water Festival at Hanuwantiya today.
Union Urban Development Minister Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Shri Surendra Patwa, MP and State BJP President Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan and State Tourism Development Corporation's Chairman Shri Tapan Bhowmik were also present on the occasion.
Shri Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh will be made pioneer in all sectors. Today, launch of Smart City Project is being made in Indore. He thanked Union Minister Shri Naidu for selection of 3 cities in Madhya Pradesh under Smart City project.
Shri Naidu said that he was pleased to see natural beauty and massive water body at Hanuwantiya. He hoped to see a new look of Hanuwantiya when he visits it next time. It's beauty is beyond imagination which cannot be described in words. Shri Naidu said that it is the result of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan's innovation, research and study that such a beautiful tourist destination has been developed. He congratulated Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan for continuous increase in agriculture growth rate and conferment of Krishi Karman Award for consecutive 4th year to MP. He described Shri Chouhan as 'All in one' saying that Madhya Pradesh will become pioneer state in the country under Shri Chouhan's leadership.
Shri Naidu inspected Hanuwantiya tourism complex. On the occasion, awardees of ATOI Convention were felicitated. Hanuwantiya was conferred the award for 'Best Adventure Tourism Indian State in Innovation in Creating Adventure Destination'.
An MoU was also signed between Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation and Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOI) to impart training in adventure tourism to youths. ATOI's office-bearers Shri Akshya Kumar described Hanuwantiya as a new tourist destination of India.
During the 10-day event, a tent city near Hanuwantiya has been decorated attractively and illuminated colourfully. As many as 120 Swiss Cottages have also been constructed. Battery-run golf carts are being used for internal transport. At the inaugural function, folk dancers from Mandla district gave attractive performance. Large number of domestic and foreign tourists attended the function.


Science and spiritualism complimentary to each other: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 13, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that science and spiritualism are complimentary to each other. India boasts of tradition of respecting all ideologies of the world. The Chief Minister was addressing an ideological seminar on science and spiritualism here today. Eminent nationalist thinker Shri Krishna Gopal was the chief guest and Chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga and Research Institute, Bengaluru Dr. H. R. Nagendra the keynote speaker.
The Chief Minister said that India has old tradition of mutual discussions. This tradition has been revived through ideological seminars in the context of Simhastha. In our country, entire world has been regarded as one family. Main objective of religion is human welfare. Material progress is not enough for happiness. Physical progress has brought human race to the brink of distortion. Spiritualism is necessary for happiness of human beings. Happiness of heart, mind and soul are also needed for human beings. Spiritualism is journey from physical to subtle. Spiritualism leads human beings to final goal of life.
Shri Krishna Gopal said that religion and science are at the loggerheads in Western world. In India, ambit of religion is wide. Religion is intrinsic to it. Culture moves ahead through science and economy. Civilisation is transient whereas culture is permanent. In culture, it is spiritualism that gives direction to life. Our culture's focal point is spiritualism. In a person, good virtues emerge due to spiritualism. Science teaches us to take and spiritualism inculcate habit to give. Science minus spiritualism can be devastative.
Keynote speaker Dr. Nagendra said that modern science took roots 4 centuries ago. Spiritualism tells what lies beyond material world. Spiritualism talks about solving problems emerging from soul, heart, mind and egoism. Upnishads are treasure troves of wisdom and spiritualism. All problems of modern times can be solved through spiritualism.
At the outset, Madhya Pradesh Science and Technology Council's Chairman Shri Pramod Verma informed about ideological seminar. He informed that 7 technical sessions will be held during the 3-day 4th ideological seminar in the context of Simhastha. Video-address of Vigyan Bharti's President Dr. Vijay Bhatkal was also held. National General Secretary of Vigyan Bharti Shri Jayant Sahastrabuddhe was also present. Shri Tasneem Habib proposed a vote of thanks.


Smart City concept to be concretized through peoples cooperation: Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Mahajan
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 13, 2016

Following selection of Indore as Smart City, Smart City Project was launched at Indore today. Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Urban Development Minister Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu were present on the occasion. Under the project, Indore Municipal Corporation will get grant of Rs. 100 crore every year for next 5 years.
Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Mahajan said that Indore Smart City Project will be concretized through public participation. She said that not only physically, the citizens will make the city smart with their conduct, habits and efficiency.
The Chief Minister said that 3 major cities of Madhya Pradesh have been covered by Smart City Project. He said that along with these cities, Madhya Pradesh government will make other medium and small cities smart through its own resources. He said that a sum of Rs. 75 thousand crore will be spent on it. He said that efforts would be made to revive Kanh river of Indore. Referring to progress of Madhya Pradesh, he said that the state is pioneer in several sectors in the country. Large number of investors are getting attracted towards the state.
Union Minister Shri Naidu said that cities' image and fortune will undergo positive changes through Smart City Projet. Physical, institutional, social and economic structures will also change. He said that 100 cities will be covered under this project in next years. He laid emphasis on increasing public awareness. Shri Naidu said that only aware citizens can concretize concept of Smart City. It is multi-year project. We would have to be patient for its results.
Shri Abhilash Khandekar of Nature voluntary organisation informed about the master plan. Guests inspected an exhibition put up on the occasion and distributed prizes to winners of various competitions. Mayor Smt. Malini Gaud, Bhopal Mayor Shri Alok Sharma, MLAs Shri Sudarshan Gupta, Shri Ramesh Mendola, Sushri Usha Thakur, Shri Mahendra Hardia, Shri Rajesh Sonkar and Smart City Mission's Director Shri Vivek Agrawal were also present on the occasion.


Jal-Mahotsav at Hanuwantiya from today
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 12, 2016

First Jal-Mahotsav as major gift for tourists will get underway from Friday February 12. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Urban Development, Housing and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shri Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the 10-day mega water tourism event Jal-Mahotsav at Hanuwantiya tourist complex tent city at 4 pm on February 12. Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Shri Surendra Patwa, MP and State BJP President Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan, State Tourism Development Corporation's Chairman Shri Tapan Bhowmik and local MLA Shri Lokendra Singh Tomar will be specially present on the occasion.
It is a pleasant coincidence that Vasant Panchami is also occurring the same day. Narmada Jayanti is also falling off shortly. MP Tourism Development Corporation is organizing first Jal-Mahotsav from February 12 to 21, 2016 at Hanuwantiya near Indira Sagar dam. During it, tourists will enjoy water tourism. This thrilling event will not only open new vistas of tourism in the state, but will also mark a new beginning in water tourism sector.
Vast water body Indira Sagar dam exists in natural beauty rich Madhya Pradesh, which is biggest manmade water body in Asia. Naturally emerged islands have added to beauty of the landscape. Due to construction of dam, over 100 islands have emerge in the backwater. The corporation has developed Hanuwantiya tourist complex there.
Cottages, boat club and restaurant have been constructed at Hanuwantiya by the corporation. A sum of Rs. 10 crore has been spent to develop tourist facilities there. Plantation has been undertaken to ensure greenery. Water sports complex is also being set up there. The complex has one cruise named 'Jal-Pari', boats, motorboats and water scooters. It is noteworthy that 500 to 700 tourists have already started visiting the place daily.
An exhibition focusing on Simhastha at Ujjain and Madhya Pradesh Tourism will also be put up on the occasion.
As many as 120 tents have been erected in a tent tourism city for tourists visiting during Jal-Mahotsav. With gift of water tourism here, it will emerge as most favoured tourist destination for adventurous and thrilling activities like water sports, parasailing, bullock cart race, wind surfing, hot air ballooning, trekking, kite flying, volleyball and other matches. It will also have food and craft bazaar. Cultural programmes will be held from 7 pm daily during Jal-Mahotsav.


PR Minister Shri Shukla condoles death of Lance Naik Shri Hanumanthappa
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 12, 2016

Public Relations, Energy, New & Renewable Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla has expressed grief over the death of Lance Naik Shri Hanumanthappa.
Shri Shukla said that the country has lost a brave soldier.
He said that Lance Naik Shri Hanumanthappa who battled with death will always be remembered as a gallant son of the soil.
The Minister has prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss.


Hanuvantiya Tourist Complex : An Ethereal Unwinding Experience-Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 11, 2016

All work and no play, they say, makes Johan a dull boy. One needs leisurely moments to unwind oneself- preferably in natural surroundings. Failing this our life becomes dull and drab taking a toll on our systems prematurely.
During my last visit to the Sentosa Island in Singapore I was mesmerized by the charm of that wonder of nature. The way that island has been developed as a marvelous tourist spot inspired me to develop one such tourist complex in Madhya Pradesh that would be a dream destination for nature tourism buffs. Immediately the picture of Hanuvantiya conjured up before me. This is one of the many islands that have propped up in the backwaters of the Narmada Sagar dam in Khandwa district. There couldn't have been a better choice given its natural setting beautified by enviably opulent forests and fascinating landscapes. The moment you step into this salubrious ambiance you get the adrenaline flowing.
The limpid water of Narmada, the Lifeline of Madhya Pradesh, that looks charming as a saint's heart has fascinated me right from my childhood. Its very sight uplifts spirits. Hermitages and temples and other sacred places strewn across its mystical landscape have been attracting evolved souls, mendicants as well as household pilgrims since eons; however, there is lack of a leisure destination for weekenders and other adventure and water sports freaks.
Immediately after my return to Bhopal I shared this idea with the officials of MP Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) that appealed to them. The Corporation guys turned to and made short of the work translating the idea into reality within a record time. Now the challenge is to attract the tourists and the footloose to this unique place to unwind themselves. As we know tourism is about marketing. As part of marketing strategy we held a meeting of the cabinet on the beautiful cruise ship Narmada Queen and took several crucial decisions including constitution of a Tourism Cabinet to further boost tourism in the state. We also plan to promote other islands and vast reservoirs as tourism spots. I also dedicated a well facilitated tourism complex there.
In order to popularize Hanuvantiuya island a ten-day Jal Mahotsava- a water sports extravaganza is being organized there. Apart from tourists tour and travel companies are also going to participate in the event that would afford them an opportunity to explore prospects and potential of tourism in the unending and unfading tapestry of nature in this picturesque ambience. This water sports-cum cultural grand gala would also offer a rare opportunity to the adventure sports freaks. There would be adventure and other activities including kite flying, volley ball, camp fire, star gazing, cycling, para motoring, parasailing, hot air balloon, bird watching etc.
And of course, there would be gastronomical delights for the foodies in the food zone. The gala event will showcase the kaleidoscopic cultural heritage, customs, local crafts and art, folk music and dances of Madhya Pradesh especially Malwa and Nimar. Hilarious ride on the cruise ship Narmada Queen on the vast expanse of water in the gusty February wind would be an added attraction.
I, for one, can vouch that a visit to Hanumantiya would be a rejuvenating experience to anyone attending the Water Festival dedicated to joi de vivre. So, what are you waiting for? Do prepare to experience an adrenaline rush.


PR Minister Shri Shukla condoles death of mother of journalist Shri Malay Shrivastava
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 11, 2016

Public Relations, Energy, New & Renewable Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla expressed profound grief over the death of Smt. Pushpa Shrivastava, wife of veteran journalist Shri Satyanarayan Shrivastava and mother of senior journalist Shri Malay Shrivastava and Deputy Director Public Relations Shri Pralay Shrivastava.
Shri Shukla said that late Smt. Pushpa Shrivastava was a peace loving, courteous and religious woman. Late Smt. Shrivastava, about 78 years died after prolonged illness here on Tuesday.
Shri Shukla has prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss.


CM honours forest officers for bringing national and international laurels to MP
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 10, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan also felicitated forest officers for bringing national and international laurels to Madhya Pradesh at mega convention of tendu leaf collectors and forest committees here. Shri Chouhan gave away gold medals and letters of citation to 7 forest officers including APCCF Shri Y. Satyam.
Retired PCCF Dr. Suhas Kumar, APCCF Shri Ramesh Pratap Singh, CCF Shri R. Shriniwas Murthy, CCF Shri Jasveer Singh Chouhan were awarded for wildlife management, in-charge of state level Tiger Strike Force Shri Ritesh Sirothiya for wildlife crime investigation and CEO of Minor Forest Produce Processing Centre, Bhopal Shri Abhay Patil was felicitated for outstanding performance in herbal products.
Shri Y. Satyam got planted 55 lakh 26 thousand 945 saplings on one single day on July 22, 2013 in Shahdol district during his posting at Shahdol forest division. On the basis of certified evidence, record of 17 lakh 8 thousand 181 saplings’ plantation was included in Guinness Book of World Records. Shri Satyam got these saplings planted without government expenses through public participation and cooperation of joint forest management committees on private lands. For the second time, one crore 43 lakh saplings were planted as per action plan chalked out by Shri Satyam on one single day July 31, 2014 in the state, which beat previous world record and the feat of Madhya Pradesh was again recorded in Guinness Book of World Records.
Shri R. Shriniwas Murthy was awarded for setting a novel precedent in the world for skillful management of Panna tiger reserve and increasing number of tigers there to 31 from year 2009 to 2015. For this achievement, Shri R. Shriniwas Murthy has been conferred Friend of Tiger Award by World Nature Fund in year 2012 and “Earth Hero” award by RBS Foundation in year 2015.
Shri Ramesh Pratap Singh was conferred award for successful relocation of 35 villages from Satpura tiger reserve between year 2011 and 2015. As a results of Shri Singh’s efforts, Government of India declared Satpura tiger reserve as “Best Biodiversity Park” in year 2014 and was conferred “Most Visitor Friendly Wildlife Destination of the Year' Award by TAFT Foundation. Shri Singh also received Green Warriors Award of RBS Foundation in year 2015.
Dr. Suhas Kumar was honoured for successful translocation of 29 hardground swamp deer from Bandhavgarh and Kanha tiger reserves to Satpura tiger reserve. Shri Jasbeer Singh Chouhan was felicitated for successful translocation of 31 bison from Kanha tiger reserve to Bandhavgarh between 2010 and 2013 and non-chemical translocation of 29 highground swamp deer.
Shri Ritesh Sirothiya was conferred award for arresting and sending to judicial custody 76 criminals from 8 states while busting inter-state gang of pangolin poaching and illicit trade of its body parts. CEO of Minor Forest Produce Processing Centre, Bhopal Shri Abhay Patil was conferred gold medal for outstanding performance to populorise Vindhya Brand Ayurvedic and herbal products.


Ancient business centre: Ujjayani
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 10, 2016

Ujjayani was counted among major cultural cities in ancient India. This city gave major contributions to religion, philosophy, literature, music, drama and fine arts. It had the honour of being political centre stage of Malav Janpad for centuries. First Gantantra and then 'Nrip Tantra' developed here over the years.
Along with cultural and political importance, Ujjayani was also significant commercially. Western sea shore was far away from here. But Ujjayani had the benefit of being situated on main highways leading towards north and south India. Kshipra river also helped in its economic growth. A major trade route from Ujjayani led to Bharukuchh (Bhandonch). From Bharukuchh and Shoorparak (Sopara), goods from Malwa and Gujarat regions were exported to foreign countries. Central India was linked to foreign countries through these ports.
Thousands of ancients coins of Ujjayani and nearby areas have been found. Most ancient minted silver coins are of 4th centry BC. Ujjayani had mints and wealthy people had a number of establishments there. These establishments used to mint coins, manage markets and undertook a number of activities to promote trade and business.
A number of coins dating back to 2nd to Ist century BC have word “Ujino” or “Ujiniye” inscribed on them in Prakrit language was found. These coins were issued by above mentioned establishments. Besides, hundreds of Janpad level coins have also been found on which Lord Shiva in various postures has been depicted as main deity of Ujjayani. In some coins, he has been depicted with Uma Devi. A number of coins also have attractive images of deity of wealth Lakshmi and Kartikey. Vajra was one of main symbols of Ujjain, which was called “Ujjain Chinha”. It is found mostly on these coins. Besides, attractive images of Vedika Vriksh, Kshipra river, Mandook, hillock etc. are also found on these coins of Ujjain.
Large number of coins dating back to Shung-Satvahan era upto Kshahrat-Kshatrap dynasty kings are found in Ujjain. Coins pertaining to Gupt kings, Sasanis,Gurjar-Pratihars, Parmars and medieval Muslim rulers are found here in large number. These show that Ujjain was very important from point of view of trade and commerce. Large number of foreign businessmen, specially Romans resided there. Role of Ujjain in ancient trade with western countries was specially noteworthy. Ujjayani’s ancient names Hirnyawati, Bhogwati and Vishala justify it being a vast and rich commercial township.
Mention of Ujjayani is also profusely found in Vedic, Puarnas and Buddhist literature as well as ancient Jain literature. This shows its economic wealth. This city has been described as a major trade centre in Jain Kahkosu (11,4-5). Vehicles tranported goods from here (24,8).
Ujjain has been described as in as Pattan and Mahanagri in Jain Kahkosu. Pattan denotes to city where major commercial transactions took place. It had Haat (Bazaars), Vaishayawats. Due to being a major business centre, thieves were also active in Ujjain. Drirhsurya was a big thief, who was finally caught. He chanted Surya Mantra at the time of being crucified. The place where he was crucified used to be worshipped as Shuleshwar (place of crucifixion). The place still exists in Ujjain.
Ujjayani thrived as a major wealthy city in 3rd century BC. It was capital city of Avanti province during reign of Maurya empire. It witness meteoric rise during Shung era. Sanchi’s world famous Stoopa were constructed during Shung-Satvahan era. Records show that wealhy families of Arikipa Madhuvan, Nandinagar, Vidisha and Ujjaayani gave special contribution in this. The list of donors shows that most of donations came from Ujjaayani’s residents, specially Kul Wadhus and Tapaswinis.
Due to its political and economic importance, Gupt emperors considered occupation of Ujjayani very strategic. Chandragupt Maurya had vanquished the last satrap king Rudra Singh III. Chandragupt annihilated Shaka satraps from Avanti province and western India. He issued his coins in the area. After Chadragupta, Kumargupta-II and his son Skandgupt continued to rule the area. Malavs once again establish their rule in Avanti area in the last quarter of 5th century AD. In the meantime, Huns continued to launch vicious attacks on central India from north-western areas. Avanti ruler Yashodharma gave a resounding defeat to Mihirkul, the son of Hun king Torman. Mention of this great victory of Yashodharma is found on his Victory Pillars near Dashpur (Now Mandsaur). Due to Yashodharma and his descendants, this area earned much fame in India. Rulers of Aulikar dynasty also contributed to enrich Malwa and Ujjayani.
After Aulikar kings, the area was occupied by Kalchuris, Gurjar-Pratihars and Parmars, respectively. Since 7th century AD to 12th century, Ujjanyani and nearby areas prospered much. Large number of temples of various religions and artistic idols came up during this period. Ujjayani mainly prospered financially during pre-medieval era.


Jalabhishek Abhiyan to be conducted on massive scale in state
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 9, 2016

Jalabhishek Abhiyan will be conducted on a massive scale in the state. Under the campaign, water structures will be constructed on a war-footing. This was directed by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at high-level meeting of administrative officers here today.
He said that involvement of common people, public representatives, non-government organisations and all departments should be ensured in the campaign. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de sa, all ACS, PS and heads of major departments attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that he would undertake Public Welfare Visits for surprise inspections of development works. During the visits, he will night halt at villages and take meetings of officers. He said that investment is a significant source of employment. Officers should have positive frame of mind in providing facilities to investors.
The state should have investment-friendly atmosphere. Water conservation structures holding water round the year should be constructed under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana in the places not having irrigation facilities. Preparations to deal with drinking water crisis in urban and rural areas should be chalked out right now.
The Chief Minister said that next year would be observed as Poor Persons Welfare Year. All departments implementing poor persons’ welfare schemes should make preparations for holding programmes during the year. All departments should act to achieve targets set under Vision Document-2018 along with constant monitoring.
Decisions taken at all recent departmental review meetings should be implemented speedily. Detailed departmental review meetings will be held every 3 months. Keeping in view priorities recommended by MLAs, development works should be undertaken with positive frame of mind. Departments should chalk out list of Vidhan Sabha constituency-wise works.


CM Shri Chouhan holds discussions with investors
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 9, 2016

Representatives of 3 companies held discussions with Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan on investment in the state here today. It is noteworthy that the Chief Minister holds discussions with investors and solves their problems instantly on first Monday of every month.
Messrs Hari Krishna Export Mumbai, a company with about Rs.5000 crore annual turnover offered to set up Diamond Institute to raise skilled human resources for diamond cutting and producing jewellery. The Chief Minister said that the state government is committed to ensuring skill development of youths. He said that along with skill development, investment is also welcome in diamond cutting sector. Company’s Chairman Shri Shavji Dolakiya presented copies of “Gita” specially printed in Sanskrit, Hindi and English languages.
Messrs Digipro System Private Limited New Delhi discussed investment in defence production manufacturing with the Chief Minister. Company’s Chairman Shri Deepak Gupta informed that the company wishes to set up a unit to produce 10-seater aircraft and maintenance of defence ordinance vehicles.
Company’s Chairman congratulated the Chief Minister for his foresightendness of formulating attractive policy of defence production manufacturing. The Chief Minister said that the government welcomes new investments in this sector and will extend maximum cooperation to investors.
Vice Chairman of Messrs Hindustan Kolkata Beverages Pilookheri (Rajgarh) Shri Ashutosh Singh informed that constant work is being undertaken in 2000 hectares to carry out corporate social responsibility in the interest of farmers. The company is interested in investing Rs. 600 crore in the first year. He informed that the company is getting government’s cooperation at every level.
Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary Industries Shri Mohammad Suleman, Secretary to CM Shri Vivek Agrawal and concerning officers were present.


Panchayat of Forest Committees to be held
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 8, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that a Panchayat of Forest Committees will be held soon. In it, suggestions will be elicited from members of Forest Committees. Welfare schemes for their welfare will be chalked out on the basis of these suggestions.
The Chief Minister was addressing a seminar of members of forest committees at Jamboree Ground here today. He said that the role of Forest Committees is very vital in conservation and management of forests. He lauded their works. Meanwhile, members of Forest Committees and Minor Forest Produce Societies put forth their suggestions.
The Chief Minister also inspected a photo exhibition put up by Forest Department. He apprised himself of measures for conservation and management of forests. The exhibition depicts dense forest cover of Madhya Pradesh, Joint Forest Management, Wildlife Management, increase of forest cover through public participation etc in attractive way.
Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar, Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, Farmers Welfare & Agriculture Development Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen, Sate BJP President Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan, other public representatives and officers were present on the occasion.


Tendu leaf collection rate increased to Rs. 1250 per standard bag
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 8, 2016

Addressing state level mega convention of tendu leaf collectors and forest committees at Jamboree Ground here today, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced to increase tendu leaf collection rate from Rs. 950 to Rs. 1250 per standard bag.
Shri Chouhan said that Forest Academy will be established at Bhopal. Training would be imparted in it to forest staff, members of joint forest management committees and Forest Produce Primary Cooperative Societies, bamboo craftspersons and farmers. He said that farm forestry policy to promote growing of trees and bamboos will be announced in the current year. He said that houseless poor urban families will be provided housing facility during Poor Persons Welfare Year.
Exhorting forest committees to conserve forests, the Chief Minister said that honorarium of managers of Forest Produce Primary Cooperative Societies will be increased from Rs. 5000 to 6000 per month. To benefit tendu leaf collectors, assistance of Rs. 25 thousand given on death will be increased to Rs. 2 lakh. Of this, Rs. one lakh will be given by state government and equal amount by insurance company. In case of total disability, assistance of Rs. one lakh will be given. Assistance of Rs. 25 thousand would be given on normal death of a tendu leaf collector.
Shri Chouhan said that distribution of dividend worth Rs. 45.40 crore on wood and bamboo for year 2015-16 has started. Dividend for wood payable to forest committees will be increased from 10 to 20 percent. He said that a reward scheme would be launched to give away annual cash prizes to outstanding forest committees and Forest Produce Primary Cooperative Societies. Joint Forest Management Committees' partnership in plantation by Forest Development Corporation will be increased and they would be provided dividend.
The Chief Minister said that instead of Revenue Department, Forest Department would give compensation against crop loss due to wild animals by separating it from loss due to natural calamities. Shri Chouhan said that compensation against loss of life due to wild animals will be increased from Rs. 1.50 lakh to Rs. 4 lakh. Compensation would also be given on injury to domestic animals by wild life.
The Chief Minister said that farmers will be given incentive amount on planting of saplings after obtaining them from any source. Till day, incentive was given only on plantation of saplings purchased from nurseries of Forest Department.
Incentive on plantation on private land will be increased from Rs. 10 to Rs.25 per plant. Similarly, incentive to Vandoots motivating to plant saplings will be increased from Rs. 4 to Rs.7 per plant. He said that status of sales centre will be accorded to Nistari depots and bamboo depots. The government will reimburse subsidy against supply of bamboo to eligible beneficiaries on concessional rate.
The Chief Minister distributed bonus of tendu leaf and dividend on wood and bamboo to forest committees. He launched new medicinal products of Minor Forest Produce Federation including 'Garbhnirasksha Wati' and 'Vamanrakshak Wati'. He released directory of Forest Produce Primary Cooperative Societies district union of Minor Forest Produce Federation. PCCF Shri Narendra Kumar delivered the welcome address.
Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar said that along with life-sustaining oxygen, forests are also source of livelihood. He said that forest dwellers have full rights over forest wealth and land. The government has launched a scheme to promote plantation on private land. Species of 53 trees of forest species on private land have been exempted from transit pass. Due to it, there would be no difficulty in sale of trees grown on private land.
Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava said that forests and their produce are main sources of livelihood for about 32 lakh tendu leaf collectors and 20 lakh bidi workers. He stressed the need to improve quality of forest produce and their better processing. He said that income of collectors and labourers will increase since high quality products will fetch more price.
Farmers Welfare & Agriculture Development Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen laid emphasis on joint augmentation efforts by Agriculture and Forest departments. He informed that a scheme is being considered to produce organic manure from dry leaves and saving crops from wild animals. MP and State BJP President Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan said that the state government has undertaken concrete efforts to strengthen forest protection committee. He said that forest dwellers are protectors of forests. Their protection and promotion are very necessary.
Technical Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta, MLA Shri Vishnu Khatri, Chairman of State Minor Produce Federation Shri Mahesh Kori, Chairman of State Forest Development Corporation Shri Guru Prasad Sharma, Principal Secretary Forest Shri Deepak Khandekar, senior forest officers, thousands of tendu leaf collectors and members of forest committees were present on the occasion.


30 % government purchase must from SC, ST entrepreneurs
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 5, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that a special drive will be launched to fill backlog posts of SCs and STs. Instructions for mandatory 30 percent purchase in government purchase from SC and ST entrepreneurs should be followed strictly. He said that internal vigilance and file tracking system should be implemented in departments effectively. Immediate action should be ensured against government officers and employees trapped and punished by courts.
The Chief Minister was reviewing activities of General Administration Department here today. Minister of State for GAD Shri Lal Singh Arya, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary Shri M.K. Varshney, DG of Academy of Administration Smt. Kanchan Jain, Principal Secretary to CM Shri Iqbal Singh Bains and other senior officers attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that arrangements for mandatory 30 percent of government purchase from SC and ST entrepreneurs will continue. All departments will follow it strictly. He said that arrangements for online exam etc should be made to fill SC, ST backlog posts. Camps should be held at district headquarters for recruitment of candidates belonging to primitive tribes. Recruitment of all types of disabled persons should be made against post reserved for disabled persons.
The Chief Minister said that internal vigilance arrangements should be made to curb irregularities in all departments. Besides, file tracking system should be implemented to obviate inordinate delay in taking decision on files. The system will show as to which file is with whom, due to which action can be taken against officers indulging in inordinate delay. External assessment arrangements should also be made to assess functioning of departments.
Administrative Reforms Commission
Shri Chouhan said that Administrative Reforms Commission will be constituted to strengthen government's functioning. Home delivery system will be made for identified services. He said that those whose entry is necessary should not face any difficulty in entering Vallabh Bhavan while unauthorized entry of unnecessary people should be curbed. Pending cases of disciplinary action against government servants should be disposed of speedily. Circulars issued by government and protocol should be strictly follwed.
The Chief Minister said that good officers should be empanelled for selection as CEOs of Zila Panchayats and Municipal Corporation Commissioners. He directed departments to hold meetings of employees advisory committees and ensure dialogue with employees organisations. He directed to ensure disposal of cases of compassionate appointments, gratuity, pension etc.
The Chief Minister directed for constant monitoring of process to prepare caste certificates of SC and ST students. The meeting was informed that one crore 11 lakh 27 thousand 437 caste certificates have been issued. Deadline of backlog recruitment drive has been extended till June 30, 2016. So far, 14 thousand 110 backlog posts of scheduled castes, 24 thousand 806 of scheduled tribes and 9,317 backlog posts of backward classes have been filled.


Drive to include eligible and remove ineligible families under PDS
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 5, 2016

A drive would be launched to include eligible and remove ineligible families under public distribution system. This was directed by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan while reviewing activities of Food and Civil Supplies Department here today. Departmental Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa also attended the meeting.
Shri Chouhan directed to evolve such a system under PDS that no eligible family remains deprived. Maximum transparency should be ensured in food grains distribution. Preparations for food grains procurement should be completed within time-limit. Pending cases under Food Security Act should be disposed of speedily. The meeting gave in-principle consent to convert PDS shops into multi-purpose ones.
The meeting was informed that ration under PDS is being distributed to one crore 17 lakh families. Data of families under the system has been digitalised. POS machines providing option to consumers to purchase ration from any PDS shop of their choice will be installed at all 22 thousand 409 fair price shops by the end of March. So far, POS machines have been installed at 11 thousand 724 shops. Total, 12 lakh 66 thousand MT paddy has been procured on support price. Wheat will be procured on support price from March 16. Under special inspection drive, Weights & Measurements Department undertook 25 thousand 85 inspections and filed 4 thousand 365 cases. Scheme to distribute double fortified salt in 89 tribal districts has been chalked out.
e-warehouse licensing facility
The Chief Minister unveiled e-warehouse licensing facility. The system has been introduced by the department under Ease of Doing Business. He also launched POS facility. At present, this facility has been introduced in Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Harda and Indore districts.
Registrar of State Consumers Forum Shri Avdhesh Kumar Shrivastava, Principal Secretary Food and Civil Supplies Shri Ashok Warnwal, Principal Secretary Finance Ashish Upadhyay, Commissioner Food and Civil Supplies Shri Manohar Agnani, Secretary to CM Shri Vivek Agrawal and departmental officers also attended the meeting.


Scheme to promote private sector to increase hostel facility
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 4, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to chalk out a new scheme to promote private sector to increase hostel facility in the state. He said that this will facilitate students pursuing higher education in cities.
He also directed to develop Hostel Service Management Portal. The Chief Minister was reviewing activities of Higher Education Department at Mantralaya here today.
Shri Chouhan directed to start necessary preparations for establishment of Law University at Jabalpur. He congratulated the department for improving quality of higher education. It is noteworthy that GRE of Madhya Pradesh has gone upto 20.04.
The Chief Minister directed to improve and make more effective schemes including Gaon Ki Beti, Vikramaditya Free Education, transport facility for girl students and Vivekananda Career Guidance Scheme.
Shri Chouhan said that new norms for extension of grants to universities should be laid down. Shri Chouhan directed to chalk out a plan to ensure global level of teaching and academic activities in selected universities and colleges.
The meeting was informed that an action plan has been chalked out to ensure teaching quality and increase infrastructure in collaboration with World Bank.
Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta, Minister of State for Higher Education, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and other senior officers attended the meeting.


Kisan Sabhas to be held in Gram Panchayats
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 4, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to hold Gram Sabhas in all Gram Panchayats from February 15 to March 15. He directed to learn ground realities of implementation of beneficiary-oriented schemes from time to time. Shri Chouhan was addressing officers during Samadhan Online programme at Mantralaya here today. He solved problems of 12 applicants during the video-conferencing.
The Chief Minister said that Agriculture, Panchayats & Rural Development and Revenue departments should form joint team to inform farmers about salient features of newly introduced Prime Minister's Crop Insurance Scheme at Kisan Sabhas. He directed to fix dates and times of Kisan Sabhas as per local conditions. He instructed officers to ensure effective system for learning ground realities of implementation of beneficiary-oriented schemes. No eligible beneficiary is deprived of benefit. He would himself learn ground realities through fixed programmes as well as surprise inspections. If he gets information about non-delivery of benefit to an eligible beneficiary, strict action will be taken against concerning persons. Good work will be lauded adequately. Shri Chouhan asked collectors for effective operation of piped water schemes. Drinking water crisis-prone areas should be identified, new sources of water developed there and ensure effective arrangements for transportation of water as per need. He directed to evolve SMS-based system to inform beneficiaries about deposit of amounts in their bank accounts. Records of disciplinary actions taken during Samadhan Online should also be maintained. Cases should be monitored.
Shri Chouhan said that this year is being observed as Poor People's Welfare Year. It should be ensured that no poor person and beneficiary of BPL list remains deprived of benefit. He directed to re-start drive to identify and benefit beneficiaries. He directed for large scale drive to provide land right lease deeds. No eligible family should be deprived of it. The Chief Minister directed to prepare lists of beneficiaries evolve a transparent system to identify beneficiaries eligible for residential land lease deeds. He directed to collect and send information about de-notified, nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes to benefit them under schemes for their welfare.
The Chief Minister directed to sanction grant for tractor under mechanization scheme of Horticulture Department as a special case to Shri Arjun Prasad Patel of village Bargawan under Majhauli tahasil of Jabalpur district. Shri Patel had purchased tractor on intimation that his name has been included under tractor grant action plan whereas sanction was given to him 3 months after purchase of tractor. For this, the Chief Minister directed to initiate enquiry against the then concerning officer.
The Chief Minister directed divisional commissioner to withhold 2 increments of CEO of Ashok Nagar Janpad Panchayat for delay in payment of second installment under Indira Aawas Yojana to Shri Mahendra Singh of Jheela Panchayat in Ashok Nagar district.
Shri Maqsood Ahmad of village Damua in Junnardeo tahasil of Chhindwara district complained that scholarship was deposited in his bank account, but he was not informed about it. On this, the Chief Minister directed to evolve SMS-based system to inform beneficiaries about deposit of amounts in their bank accounts.
Similarly, the Chief Minister expressed displeasure over release of Rs. 4 lakh loans by bank in 4 installments for centring work under Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana to Shri Gajraj Singh Lodhi of village Kandari in Banda tahasil of Sagar district. He directed for lump sump payment of amount. He directed divisional commissioner to instruct MD of the bank to inform about details of the case.
The Chief Minister sought information from collector about non-payment of crop insurance amount to farmer Shri Laxman Laharpure, Shri Vinayak Rao and others of Athner tahasil in Betul district. He was informed that insurance company has sanctioned amount to all affected farmers, which would be paid soon.
The Chief Minister directed to reimburse Rs. 15 lakh spent on cochlear transplant of Kartisha, 4 years old deaf and dumb daughter of Khandwa resident Smt. Swati Gupta. Smt. Gupta had applied for treatment. Amount could not be provided to her at that time due to negligence of the then Joint Director Health Services. The Chief Minister directed to suspend Joint Director Health Services, Indore.
Collector Bhopal informed the CM that payment of wages has been made to 16 labourers of government agriculture farm, Chachod including Shri Doji Ram and Shri Kailash. In the case, the farm in-charge has been suspended.
The Chief Minister directed for immediate payment of stipend to nursing course trainees Sushri Saroj Meena and Poonam Godki with effect from July 2015. He directed for a system to ensure that payment of scholarships and stipends is not delayed due to lack of budget allocation.
On the complaint of Shri Jagdish Suryavanshi of village Badaud in Agar-Malwa district, it was informed that piped water schemes has now been started. The Chief Minister considered the delay as grave negligence. He directed to suspend the then sub-engineer and issue show cause notice to executive engineer.
The Chief Minister directed for immediate payment of amount of gratuity and leave encashment to retired peon Shri Gyarasi Lal Rathore of Government Madhav College, Dewas Gate, Ujjain. He directed to ensure timely payment of dues also to such other 40 employees.
Collector Shivpuri informed that Reader of concerning tahasil has been suspended for delay in disposal of case for assistance to Shri Mihilal of village Padra in Pichhore tahasil against death of his son Sonu. Assistance amount of Rs. one lakh has been deposited in bank account of Shri Mihilal.
Collector Dhar informed that rent worth Rs. 2 lakh 17 thousand 602 for veterinary dispensary conducted in the building of Shri Sardar Singh Fateh Singh Thakur at village Naugaon from year 1997 to 2013 has been paid to him.


 
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