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Minto Hall is glory, prestige and identity of Bhopal: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: June 16, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh is state of immense tourism potential. Efforts will be made to generate employment opportunities through tourism development. Number of tourists in the state has increased constantly during previous years. Over 8 crore devotees visited Simhastha Mahakumbh at Ujjain in just one month.
Launching renovation of 100-years-old historic Minto Hall and construction of convention centre here today, Shri Chouhan said that it would be unique experience to see the renovated building. Minto Hall's construction was by Sultan Jahan Begum in year 1909 and was completed in year 1936. Renovation is being undertaken at a cost of Rs. 32 crore and would be completed by next year.
Shri Chouhan said that old Vidhan Sabha situated in Minto Hall has been a witness to Madhya Pradesh's rebuilding. He said that our Bhopal is a beautiful city. Its beauty and historic shape will be preserved in any case. It would not be allowed to become a mere concrete jungle. Shri Chouhan said that Minto Hall is glory, prestige and identity of Bhopal. Residents of Bhopal will feel proud of its renovated shape. Referring to tourism sector projects like New Swadesh Darsan Yojana and Midway Treats, Shri Chouhan said that it is being considered to ply a cruise to joint Barwani to Gujarat by waterway.
Vidhan Sabha Speaker Dr. Sitasaran Sharma said that earlier Vidhan Sabha used to be conducted in Minto Hall. Due to it, Minto Hall is identified as a building from where foundation of democracy was laid in Madhya Pradesh.
Minister of State for Tourism Shri Surendra Patwa said that convention hall is being developed by preserving historic shape and beauty of Minto Hall. He said that tourism sector is constantly expanding in Madhya Pradesh. Earlier, tourism budget in the state was just Rs. 25 crore which has been increased to Rs. 250 crore now. A decade ago, only 60-70 lakh tourists visited the state whose number has increased to 7 crore now. He informed that 300 Midway Treats will be constructed in entire state. Presently, 36 Midway Treats have been developed. Central government has provided funds under Swadesh Darshan Yatra. Similarly, Rs. 75 crore has been received from the Centre for Sanchi Buddhist Circuit.
Earlier, the Chief Minister unveiled the plaque of Minto Hall's renovation and construction of convention centre. He inspected a photo exhibition focusing on memories of Minto Hall and also inspected Minto Hall.
On the occasion, film 'Bhopal Ki Virasat' was screened by Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation in which beauty of Bhopal's historic buildings has been shown. Corporation also screened a film focusing on Simhastha Mahakumbh. The Chief Minister released a brochure on Barefool Parsuli tourist destination of Sidhi district. He also released book 'Forts of MP'. Shri Chouhan launched new website of MPT. He distributed certificates and checks to beneficiaries of 'Hunar Se Rozgar' programme. Shri Chouhan launched new TV ad campaign of MPT. Corporation's MD Shri Hari Ranjan Rao welcomed the guests. Corporation's Chairman Shri Tapan Bhowmik delivered the welcome address. Additional MD Smt. Tanvi Sundariyal proposed a vote of thanks.
Former CM Shri Kailash Joshi, in-charge of Bhopal district and Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, Health Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra, Food Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah, MP Shri Alok Sanjar, Bhopal Mayor Shri Alok Sharma, Shri Surendranath Singh, Shri Vishnu Khatri, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and Bhopal's distinguished citizens were present on the occasion.


Laptops to be given to 17 thousand students
Bhopal:MMNN: June 16, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that laptops will be given to 17 thousand students on securing over 85 percent marks in class XII exams. Shri Chouhan launched state-level 'School Chalen Ham Abhiyan' at Silwani in Raisen district today.
Shri Chouhan said that the students could not avail benefit under laptop last year scheme will also be given laptops this year. Shri Chouhan informed that Higher Education Fund will be instituted to assist talented students, who remain deprived of higher education due to paucity of money. He said that the state government is committed to ensuring that no child remains deprived of education due to lack of money.
The Chief Minister said that the state government has taken a number of measures to ensure quality education and its facilities. He informed that free of costs cycles will be given directly to students going to other villages for study and amount for uniform will be deposited in parents accounts. He exhorted students to concentrate on studies. Government will provide every possible assistance to them.
Launching School Chalen Ham Abhiyan', the Chief Minister said that it is resolve of the state government to ensure that no child remains out of school. For this, a well planned campaign is being conducted in the state with assistance of promoters comprising society's responsible people and volunteers. He said that this year's exam results show that level and quality of education have increased in state's government schools. He said that results of government schools was over 57 percent whereas private schools' percentage was 49 percent.

Launches Abhiyan by striking at school gong

Shri Chouhan launched Abhiyan by striking at school gong.

When CM turned teacher

Shri Chouhan visited a government school a Silawni where he acted like a school teacher telling children important things. Shri Chouhan told inspiring tales of Guru Dronacharya, Kaurav-Pandav and Gandhi Ji exhorting children to concentrate on their targets, move ahead, study. These will ensure success. Shri Chouhan chalked some maths questions on the blackboard and asked children to give replies. He doted on the children and gave them chocolates.
'Sumit! Your education is now our responsibility'
Silwani government primary school's class III student Sumit Thakur presented a letter to the Chief Minister informing that his parents have died and he wishes to study further. Shri Chouhan embraced Sumit and asked him to study with concentration since his education is responsibility of the state government.

Felicitation

The Chief Minister also felicitated meritorious class X and XII students. He specially felicitated Ku. Neha Vishwakarma who has opposed her child marriage and decided to move ahead in life.
School Education Minister Shri Paras Jain urged state's people to ensure no child of nay socio-economic background should remain out of school. He congratulated meritorious students. Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar, Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, Minister of State for School Education Shri Deepak Joshi and Minister of State for Tourism Shri Surendra Patwa also spoke on the occasion. Commissioner Rajya Shiksha Kendra Smt. Deepti Gaud Mukherjee presented Abhiyan's outlines. ACS School Education Shri S.R. Mohanthy, Bhopal Divison Commissioner Shri S. B. Singh and other officers were also present on the occasion.
Shri Chouhan said that he is proud of Balaghat district's people since they do not discriminate between sons and daughters. He urged to educate girls like sons and provide them to move ahead in life. Joint efforts should be made to ensure that no child is left out of school. Books of class I to XII will be provided free of cost. Children upto class VIII will be given amount for uniform. Along with SCs and STs, children of general category poor families will also be given scholarships. The Chief Minister said that Ladli Laxmi Yojana has been implemented to ensure that girls are not considered as burden in family. Reservation in government jobs has been given to women.


Rs. 860 crore to be sanctioned for Gwalior citys drinking water and sewage networks
Bhopal:MMNN: June 15, 2016

Rs. 860 crore to will sanctioned for Gwalior city's drinking water and sewage networks. Funds will also be sanctioned to construct 20 thousand 400 houses for economically weaker people of the city. This was announced by Union Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shri Venkaiah Naidu. He was addressing Gwalior Vikas Parv-cum-Antyodaya and Kisan Mela at Gwalior today. Presiding over the function, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that houses for needy persons to be made residential land owners under Right of Land law.
Shri Naidu said that the Central government will also provide funds for development of parks, construction of footpaths etc. in Gwalior city. He assured that Gwalior would be included in Smart City Project in next list. Shri Naidu said that the state government under leadership of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan is doing laudable work. Madhya Pradesh emerged pioneer in the country in agriculture sector. He said that Antyodaya Melas being held by the state government are playing significant role in extending assistance to the needy.
Shri Naidu said that it is responsibility of the government to present before people its achievements and accounts. The Central government is giving an account of its functioning during last 2 years by holding Bharat Parv functions. Shri Naidu said that the Central government would provided houses to all by year 2022. All village will be connected with pucca roads by year 2019.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has increased glory of India throughout the world. He said that India's growth has constantly increased during last 2 years due to which India has become pioneer in the world in growth rate. He said that no poor person on the soil of Madhya Pradesh will be houseless by year 2022. He said that the state government is going to frame Right of Land Act for this. Shri Chouhan urged public representatives and people to send all children to schools.
Union Minister Shri Tomar said that Gwalior city has scaled new heights of development during last 10 years. He said that it has become possible only through cooperation extended by state government under leadership of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Shri Tomar Central government will extend every possible assistance for Gwalior city's development.
Union Minister of State for Finance Shri Jayant Sinha said that India is pioneer in FBI in the world. This exhibits success of 'Make in India' programme. He said that encouraging results have also been yielded by Skill India Development Programme. Shri Sinha said that through Start-Up India programme, the Central government is extending opportunity to new entrepreneurs. He said that under Mudra Yojana, Central government is giving assistance from Rs. 50 thousand to Rs. 10 lakh to youths without guarantee. He lauded holding of Antyodaya Melas.
State's Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Maya Singh said that the state government has made available assistance to lakhs of needy persons at one single places through Antyodaya Melas.
Mayor Shri Vivek Narayan Shejwalkar delivered the welcome address. Shri Vijay Sonkar Shastri also spoke on the occasion.
Exhibition become centre of attraction
Exhibition put up by Public Relations Department on the theme 'Har Zindagi Ko Chhote Muskan Laate Ham' on the Mela premises became a centre of attraction. Various other departments also put up exhibitions.
Housing and other assistance to 300 urban poor
Union Ministers and the Chief Minister handed over keys of houses under Housing Scheme to 300 needy beneficiaries. Besides, LPG connections were provided to 5 women under Ujjwala Yojana. Besides, assistance was also provided as a token to about 80 beneficiaries under other schemes.
Action plans of district's innovations released
Action plans of district's innovations were also released on the occasion. The action plans include effective curb on infant and maternal mortality rate, decrease malnutrition and 'Project Spandan' to improve gender ratio. Similarly, the district administration in collaboration with Health Department will issue Health Card to every family to provide health services. The district administration has also made initiative to impart free coaching to students of weaker sections for preparation of civil services, PET and PMT exams.


Every poor to be provided residential land: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: June 15, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that every poor firmly will be provided a residential plot of land and assistance to construct house. No poor person will be deprived of residential land. Poor people will not be evicted from occupied lands, but will be given pattas for the same land. The Chief Minister was addressing Antyodaya Mela at Karanja in Lanji tahasil of Balaghat district today. Farmers Welfare & Agriculture Development Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen, MPs Shri Vinay Sahastrabuddhe and Shri Bodh Singh Bhagat, District BJP President Smt. Rekha Bisen, MLAs Sushri Hina Kanwre, Shri K.D. Deshmukh and Dr. Devendra Nirmal, Nagar Palika President Shri Anil Dhurve and large number of villagers were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister declared 37 Gram Panchayats in Lanji development block as Digital Gram Panchayats and held discussions with their Sarpanchs through video-conferencing. After Bicchua in Chhindwara district, Lanji is the second development block in the state which has been declared as Digital Development Block. Linkage with digital services, panchayat works will be transparent and villagers will enjoy several services in the village itself. On the occasion, the Chief Minister dedicated and laid foundation stone of 29 construction works costing Rs. 64 crore. He declared 27 Gram Panchayats in Balaghat district as open defecation free. Shri Chouhan presented paddy planting machines on subsidy to 25 farmers. The machines will reduce dependency on labourers in paddy plantation.
Under Ujjwala Yojana, he gave free gas connections to 929 BPL women. Along with distributing forest land rights pattas, he also gave land ownership certificates to 900 persons and populated land certificates to 350 beneficiaries. The Chief Minister announced to develop Samrasta Udyan and construction of 500 metre long approach road to Baba Sabheb Devras Nyas. On appeal of public representatives, he also announced to examine proposal for construction of 3 bridges in Lanji area.
The Chief Minister said that the state government has taken resolve of House for All. Lives of people will be made enjoyable by providing them pucca houses in villages and cities. Shri Chouhan said that state government holding Antyodaya Melas to provide all benefits to people at one single place. These fairs are being held with spirit of service to the poor. For public service, 'Gramoday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan' was conducted through which village development plans were chalked out. During Abhiyan, lists of beneficiaries of various schemes were read out at Gram Sabhas and names of left out eligible beneficiaries were included. The Chief Minister said that no poor person will be left alone to sleep hungry, the state government is providing rice, wheat and salt at Re. one per kg to the poor. It has been ensured that a poor labourer gets 29 days' ration spending just one day's wages.
Shri Chouhan said that he is proud of Balaghat district's people since they do not discriminate between sons and daughters. He urged to educate girls like sons and provide them to move ahead in life. Joint efforts should be made to ensure that no child is left out of school. Books of class I to XII will be provided free of cost. Children upto class VIII will be given amount for uniform. Along with SCs and STs, children of general category poor families will also be given scholarships. The Chief Minister said that Ladli Laxmi Yojana has been implemented to ensure that girls are not considered as burden in family. Reservation in government jobs has been given to women.


Renovation of historic Minto Hall and work of convention centre to start today
Bhopal:MMNN: June 14, 2016

Renovation of one of Bhopal city's prime identity historic Minto Hall and work of convention centre will be launched on June 15, 2016. Maintaining originality of Minto Hall, a 500-seater ultramodern convention centre would be constructed there. Along with this, renovation of Minto Hall will also be undertaken at a cost of about Rs. 32 crore. Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation would be nodal agency for this.
Renovation of historic Minto Hall and work of convention centre would be launched by Vidhan Sabha Speaker Dr. Sitasaran Sharma and Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at 7 pm.
Home and Jails Minister Shri Babulal Gaur, district in-charge and Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra, Higher and Technical Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Shri Surendra Patwa, State Tourism Development Corporation's Chairman Shri Tapan Bhowmik, Bhopal MP Shri Alok Sanjar, Mayor Shri Alok Sharma, MLAs Shri Vishwas Sarang, Shri Surendranath Singh, Shri Arif Aqeel, Shri Rameshwar Sharma, Shri Vishnu Khatri etc. would be present on the occasion.
Sanctioned project
Objective of the project is to restore Minto Hall to its original condition and develop it as international convention centre.
In view of special importance of preservation-augmentation of Minto Hall, the state government had constituted an apex committee headed by the then Chief Secretary Shri Rakesh Sahni for selection of architect. The committee also comprised former chief architect of EPCO and SPA Prof. Ajay Khare. After due consideration, the committee selected architects Messrs Urban System, New Delhi for this work.
The architects had finalised various drawing and maps. First of all, work has been undertaken to remove additions made to building's structure from time to time. Examination of wood, plaster and other materials used in construction of original building has been undertaken through Geo System Research and Consultants, Nagpur. Materials as per examination will be used in building's upgradation. Target has been set to complete this work by December, 2017.


New postings of IAS officers
Bhopal:MMNN: June 14, 2016

The state government has handed over services of IAS officer Shri Rajiv Ranjan,
OSD-cum-Commissioner Land Records, Gwalior to Union Ministry of Personal,
Public Grievances Redressal and Pension Ministry's Personnel and Training Department for posting as Union Joint Secretary Finance and Expenditure.
Similarly, IAS Shri Suhel Ali, OSD-cum-Secretary, MP Revenue Board, Gwalior has been posted as Commissioner Land Records and Settlements, Gwalior till further orders.


Reservation of SC, ST to continue in promotions
Bhopal:MMNN: June 13, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the state government is in favour of reservation in promotions. A cabinet sub-committee will be constituted to change rules in this regard. He reiterated that no one can abolish reservations.
Addressing “Arakshan Bachao Rally” of AJAKS at TT Nagar Dussehra Maidan, CM Shri Chouhan said that the state government will effectively pursue case in the Supreme Court for maintaining status quo on reservation of SCs and STs in promotions. He assured that situation of demotion of these classes will not be allowed to occur. In this regard, a cabinet sub-committee headed by Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar will be constituted to change rules. The committee will comprise Minister of State for GAD Shri Lal Singh Arya and other members.
The Chief Minister said that SC, ST backlog posts will be filled on a war-footing and would be reviewed quarterly. He announced that the state government will bear fees of SC and ST students from class I to post-graduation. The state government will also bear expenses of these classes’ students who avail admission in foreign universities. They would also be given stipends. Laptops will be given to students of these classes securing 75 percent marks in class XII.
The Chief Minister said that of these classes, reservation rules will be applied in all posts including contractual ones. He informed that 2 lakh 16 thousand tribals have been given forest land rights pattas in the state. Work will continue to give pattas to remaining tribals. Besides, people of these classes occupying residential land will be given pattas of those lands. The state government will continue public welfare programme at every cost. Besides, all necessary measures have been taken for education and employment of people of these classes.
At the outset, former IAS officer Dr. Amar Singh threw light on importance of reservation in promotions. AJAKS State President Shri J.N. Kansotiya presented a memorandum to the Chief Minister. Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar, Scheduled Castes Welfare Minister Shri Gyan Singh, Labour Minister Shri Antar Singh Arya, Minister of State for GAD Shri Lal Singh Arya, MPs, MLAs, other public representatives and large number officers and employees drawn from various places in the state were present on the occasion.


One crore 47 lakh population to get piped drinking water in state now
Bhopal:MMNN: June 13, 2016

In the state, 47 surface water-based group piped drinking water schemes have been sanctioned. Through these group piped drinking water schemes, every family will be supplied through taps 70 litres water per day. About 1.47 crore rural population will benefit from these schemes. Construction firm will operate and maintain the projects for 20 years.
Responsibility of filing water tanks in villages everyday will also lie with the firm. Concerning village drinking water sub-committee will operate distribution of water inside village and recover charges. Beneficiary districts include Mandsaur, Ratlam, Neemuch, Bhopal, Vidisha, Rajgarh, Dhar, Satna, Panna, Damoh, Chhatarpur, Sagar, Tikamgarh, Rewa, Shivpuri, Datia, Jabalpur, Narsinghpur, Seoni, Agar, Dindori, Mandla, Katni and Umaria. It is noteworthy that these piped water schemes were sanctioned at a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
New surface water-based group drinking water schemes include Gandhi Sagar Group Water Supply Scheme 1 and 2 which will benefit 1735 villages in Ratlam, Mandsaur and Neemuch, Mahi piped water scheme 566 villages in Dhar and Ratlam districts, Sanjay Sagar (Nehriai) scheme 151 villages in Bhopal and Vidisha district and Sagad (Hinautia-Mali) piped water scheme will benefit 105 villages in Vidisha. Kundalia piped water scheme in Rajgarh district will benefit 535 villages, Mohanpura 400, Pahadgarh scheme 120 and Gorakhpura piped water scheme will benefit 159 villages. Similarly, Satna-Bansagar (Bhadanpur Parasmania) piped water scheme will benefit 1019 villages in Satna district, Kandela scheme 109 villages of Rewa, Matateela-Basai 263 villages in Shivpuri and Datia districts and Agar-Malwa group piped water scheme will benefit 480 villages in Agar-Malwa district.
Payli surface water-based group drinking water scheme will benefit 638 villages in Jabalpur, Narsinghpur and Seoni districts, Bandola scheme 206 villages, Siddhaghat-Sakri Morcha 96 villages and Sangam Ghat scheme will benefit 86 villages. Kundam-1 group piped water scheme will benefit 862 villages in Jabalpur, Dindori and Mandla districts, Karanpura-1 scheme 84 villages in Katni and Umaria and Indwar-1 scheme will supply drinking water to 118 villages in Umaria district.
Total 4839 villalges of Sagar division will be connected with 31 drinking water supply schemes. Bakaswaha scheme will benefit 299 villages in Chhatarpur, Damoh and Sagar districts, Shahgarh Banda-1 scheme 139 villages in Sagar and Chhatarpur, Bebas-Sunara-2 scheme 215 villages in Damoh and Sagar districts, Pareli-Garoli (Dhasan) 258 villages in Tikamgarh and Chhatarpur districts, Samnapur-Satdhara (Deori) scheme 227 vilalges in Sagar district, Kesli 170 villages, Shahgarh Banda-2 scheme 74 villages, Rehali 115, Madia (Rahatgarh-Jaicee Nagar) 276 villages, Garhakota 108, Malthon 122, Sanaudha-2 scheme 71 villages and Chakarpur (Bina-Khurai) will supply piped drinking water to 331 villages. In Chhatarpur district, Kuter (Rajnagar) piped water scheme will benefit 133 villages, Bansujara (Bada Malehra) 120, Bijawar 99 and Lavkush Nagar (Ken / Gaurihar) piped water scheme will benefit 158 villages.
In Damoh district, Byarma (Damoh- Patera) piped water scheme will benefit 424 villages and Byarma (Jabera-Tendukhera) 207 villages. In Tikamgarh district, Bebas-Sunar-1 scheme will benefit 57 villages, Bansujara (Tikamgarh and Baldevgarh) 120 villages, Nivari-Prithvipur-1 scheme 171 villages and Nivari-Prithvipur-2 will cover 81 villages. In Panna district, Pawan-Byarma scheme will benefit 103, Pawai dam (Shahnagar) 158, Majhgaon (Bariyarpur) 188 and Singhaura piped water scheme will benefit 415 villages.
Collaboration of World Bank, NABARD, JAIKA and New Development Bank will be sought to operate these public facility schemes.


Journalism of social concerns necessary for dynamism of democracy
Bhopal:MMNN: June 10, 2016

Describing media as 4th pillar of democracy, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that media should be active to make democracy dynamic. He said that instead of journalism based on mysteries, thrill and suspense, it should be associated with social concerns. Media's social campaigns create positive atmosphere. Shri Chouhan was addressing a function marking Naidunia Legislative Awards-2016 and 70th foundation day of Naidunia (Navdunia) here today.
Vidhan Sabha Speaker Shri Sitasaran Sharma, Union Steel and Mines Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and Vidhan Sabha Deputy Speaker Shri Rajendra Singh conferred awards to MLA for discharging their duties in Vidhan Sabha excellently. Legislative Affairs Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra was conferred award of Best Minister. Awardee MLAs include Shri Ram Niwas Rawat, Smt. Sheela Tyagi, Dr. Govind Singh, Smt. Saraswati Singh, Shri Kalu Singh Thakur, Smt. Usha Choudhary, Shri Pratap Singh, Smt. Mamta Meena, Shri Bahadur Singh Chouhan and Smt. Jhuma Solanki. They were selected for excellence awards fro participation in discussions on Bills, bring maximum call attention motions and asking maximum questions.
Underlining role of media in independence movement of the country, the Chief Minister said that all political leaders made newspapers means to intensify movement and renaissance. Later, media also wages a successful war when India witnessed period of emergency during which efforts were made to crush media's independence. This is the era of professionalism. Therefore, mature journalism is the need of the hour instead of journalism based on mysteries, thrill and suspense. Regarding public representatives, he said that they work hard day in and day out to live upto people's expectations. Their work should be evaluated. The time has come when value based journalism with positive viewpoint should be promoted.
Vidhan Sabha Speaker Shri Sharma said that democracy cannot be strengthened until legislative, judiciary, executive and media are not strengthened. He said that these days media is most powerful since it has power of information. It should be kept in view of media does not suffer from absolute freedom and self-restrained should be exercised. Vidhan Sabha Deputy Speaker Shri Singh discussed positive role of media.
Union Minister Shri Tomar lauded initiative to felicitate MLAs for excellent legislative works saying that media should be accountable to society and democracy. Media is the mirror of society. Alertness towards democracy must be honoured.
Chairman of Dainik Jagran Group of newspapers Shri Mahendra Gupta said that media's thinking about development has changed. Importance of has increased. Members of the cabinet and large number of intellectuals, distinguished citizens and media persons were present on the occasion.


Banned goods should not reach prisoners
Bhopal:MMNN: June 10, 2016

Director Jails has directed all jail officers in the state to ensure constant, intensive and surprise search operations in jails. Its objective is to prevent supply of banned goods to prisoners.
According to Additional DG Jails and Reformative Service Shri Sushobhan Bannerji, all Jail Superintendents have been directed for regular as well as random search operations. A visitor should be allowed to enter jail only after thorough search. Every material coming to jails should be searched, specially the materials brought by prisoners' friends and relatives. Prisoners are permitted to obtain on their own expenses some articles including tooth brush, tongue cleaner, tooth powder, soap, Surf and food stuff etc. Relatives provide prisoners prohibited articles in the name of authorized goods. Efforts are being made to further tighten security arrangements so that banned articles do not reach prisoners. Baggage scanners have been installed in all Central Jails for this.
Search campaigns have started to yield results. Mobile phone, batteries, cash and other prohibited goods have been recovered in Rewa Central Jail, Mhow Sub-Jail and Jabalpur Central Jail. Mobile battery was found hidden in slippers provided by relatives to a prisoner in Jabalpur Central Jail. Legal action is being taken against concerning persons.
In view of shortage of staff in jails, Collectors, SPs, Divisional Commissioners and IGs have been directed to conduct surprise search operations through their staff with cooperation of police so that prohibited items do not reach prisoners. After this appeal, intensive search operations were conduced in Gwalior Central Jail and Neemuch District Jail in the presence of concerning District Collectors and SPs.
Jail Headquarters has directed all Jail Superintendents to fix responsibility of concerning officers and ensure strict action against them if a case of negligence or indifference towards search operations due to which prohibited goods reach prisoners comes to fore.


Rs. 14,827 crore sanctioned for 37 new surface water-based group drinking water schemes
Bhopal:MMNN: June 9, 2016

A meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today sanctioned estimated cost of Rs. 14 thousand 827 crore for 37 new surface water-based group drinking water schemes. Similarly, sanction of Rs. 3734 crore 87 lakh was granted for 10 revised group drinking water schemes
New surface water-based group drinking water schemes include Gandhi Sagar Group Water Supply Scheme 1 and 2, Mahi, Agar-Malwa, Sanjay Sagar (Nehriai), Sagad (Hinautia Mali), Samnapur-Satdhara (Deori), Kesli, Shahgarh Banda-1 ( Beela dam), Shahgarh Banda-2 (Dhasan), Madia (Rahatgarh-Jaicee Nagar), Rehali, Garhakota, Byarma (Jabera-Tendukhera), Byarma (Damoh- Patera), Bebas-Sunar-1 (Pancham Nagar), Bebas-Sunar-2 (Pagara dam), Bijawar, Bansujara (Bada Malehra), Bakswaha, Kutne (Rajnagar), Pawai Byarma, Bansujara (Tikamgarh and Baldevgarh), Nivari-Prithvipur-1 (Pareechha dam), Nivari-Prithvipur-2 (Nandwar ), Matateela (Basai), Kundalia, Mohanpura, Pahadgarh, Gorakhpura, Payli, Satna-Bansagar (Bhadanpur Parasmania), Kandela, Bandol, Siddhaghat-Sakri Morcha, Sangamghat and Malthon group water supply scheme.
Revised group drinking water schemes are Pawai dam (Shahnagr), Singhaura 2, Majhgai (Bariyarpur), Sanaudha-2, Chakarpur dam (Bina and Khurai, Khimlasa), Lavkush Nagar (Ken / Gaurihar), Parela-Garauli (Dhasan), Kundam-1 Raghavpur dam (Kundam/Mehadwani), Karanpura-1 and Indwar-1.
Through these group piped drinking water schemes, every family will be supplied through taps 70 litres water per day. About 1.47 crore population in 13 thousand 316 villages will benefit from these schemes. Construction firm will operate and maintain the projects for 20 years. Responsibility of filing water tanks in villages everyday will also lie with the firm. Concerning village drinking water sub-committee will operate distribution of water inside village and recover charges.
The cabinet decided to extend additional benefits under packages for land acquisition for Mohanpura project and all under construction projects of Water Resources Department (Except Pench project).
The cabinet endorsed decision to determine Ministers' annual discretionary fund at Rs. 50 lakh and Ministers of States Rs. 35 lakh.
The cabinet allowed filling of 6 out of 12 vacancies of 25 percent promotion posts in Sports & Youth Welfare Department through direct recruitment only once.
The Cabinet endorsed decision to give one percent more i.e. 6 percent annual subsidy for maximum 7 years to women entrepreneurs under Mukhyamantri Yuva Udyami Yojana.
The cabinet decided to give margin money of Rs. 3 lakh instead of Rs. 2 lakh or 30 percent capital investment under Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana to entrepreneurs belonging to de-notified, nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes. The cabinet sanctioned margin money of Rs. one lakh or 20 percent of project cost under Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana through Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Department to Bhopal's gas-affected families' beneficiaries on fulfilling all eligibility criteria.
The cabinet sanctioned state government's guarantee for Rs. 600 crore short-term loans to be available by state's power distribution companies from Power Finance Corporation, New Delhi. As working capital, all 3 power distribution companies will be provided Rs. 200 crore each.


CAG Shri Sharma pays courtesy visit to CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: June 9, 2016

Controller and Auditor General of India Shri Shashi Kant Sharma paid a courtesy visit to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Mantralaya here today. Lauding state's financial condition, Shri Sharma control over fiscal deficit and other financial indices is good for future. He also lauded increase in rate of state's GDP.
Shri Sharma said that progress of all schemes in the state is good and they are yielding good results, too. The Chief Minister informed that added attention has been paid to social infrastructure's construction. Time-limits are set to complete all projects to avoid cost escalation. Shri Sharma congratulated CM for success of Simhastha. Shri Chouhan informed Shri Sharma about strategy adopted for Simhastha.
Shri Sharma informed the Chief Minister that for the first time expenditure report of local bodies is being prepared. With the assistance of CAG, Government of India has also chalked out rules for social audit. This will ensure more transparency. He stressed the need to pay more attention to expend more on development of social infrastructure.
The Chief Minister informed that special attention has been paid in the state on construction of social infrastructure during previous years. He said that in the capacity of Welfare State, it become imperative to intervene in issues pertaining to social concerns. Giving example of onion procurement, he said that due to state government's intervention, prices of onion have started becoming static in the market to the benefit of onion producing farmers. He informed that group piped drinking water schemes have been sanctioned for thousands of villages. These projects will be completed by year 2022. Shri Sharma said that this would cast positive effect on public health.
Referring to mid-day meal scheme, the Chief Minister said that network of private schools has also expanded in towns. He informed that large number of tribal students of tribal areas have got admission in institutes like NIT and IIT due to increase in quality of education in government schools.
The Chief Minister presented a book on 'Simhastha Mahakumbh' to Shri Sharma, ACS Finance Shri A.P. Shrivastava and Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra were present on the occasion.


Non-disposal of complaints received at CM Helpline is crime against people
Bhopal:MMNN: June 8, 2016

In the criminal cases of usurping lands by making fake death certificates of living persons by Patwaris, in-charge Secretaries, Kotwars and Sarpanchs, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to file FIRs and remove the guilty from posts. During Samadhan Online at Mantralaya today, Smt. Revani Bai of village Jammutola in Barghat tahasil of Seoni district had complained to the Chief Minister that her land is being usurped by declaring her dead.
Hoshangabad's Shri Jitendra Patel informed the Chief Minister in spite of registering complaint with CM Helpline, piped water scheme was not re-started. Taking its serious note, the Chief Minister directed to ensure immediate action against PHE's sub-engineer and assistant engineer saying that non-disposal of complaints received at CM Helpline is a serious crime against people. In such cases, strict action will be taken against concerning officers.
On the complaint of Betul district's Shri Ramesh Pawar regarding non-payment of compensation against acquisition of his land for Badaldo reservoir, the Chief Minister directed for immediate action against concerning officers of Water Resources Department. He said that land acquisition cases of any project must be disposed with total sensitivity and compensation should be paid in time. He said that delay in disposal is like throwing dust in the eyes of people and administration.
The Chief Minister took a serious note of delay in payment of subsidy to a beneficiary of Sagar district under Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana saying that delay in payment of subsidy will not be tolerated. On the complaint by Ashok Nagar's youths about hurdles in setting up of bio-medical waste treatment plant under Mukhyamantri Yuva Udyami Yojana, the Chief Minister assured maximum assistance to them saying that youths must be promoted for entrepreneurship.
Directives to collectors regarding onion procurement
Referring to ongoing onion procurement at 71 centres in the state, the Chief Minister said that the decision has been taken to respect farmers' hard work. The state government is a welfare government and not a businessman. He directed to extend maximum cooperation to farmers in view of government's instance towards them so that they get honourable price for their produce. He said that weighing process at procurement centres is taking much time and farmers are made to wait. After government's intervention, onion prices in the market are also getting static.
Yoga Day's preparations
Directing for preparations regarding Yoga Day on June 21, the Chief Minister said that preparations should be made upto village and development block level. Maximum number of youths should be associated with it. He directed to organize seminars, workshops and symposiums on Yoga's importance at local level. He asked collectors to promote production of Yoga mats and dress if they are being produced at local level.
The Chief Minister also directed wherever construction or cleaning of water structures is going on, the work should be completed before arrival of monsoon.
The Chief Minister directed to disposed of applications received during 'Gramoday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan'. Shri Chouhan said that Panchayat level reports should be sent to the state level.
Regarding reports about negligence in hospitals, the Chief Minister directed for strict monitoring and ensure quick action in cases of negligence. In view of forecast of good monsoon this year, Shri Chouhan directed all districts to make necessary arrangements. He said that advance arrangements should be made for flushing out of rain water, flood control and disaster management.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de SA and other senior officers were also present during Samadhan Online.


Every single onion to be procured from farmers
Bhopal:MMNN: June 8, 2016

Every single onion will be procured from farmers. Every single onion of every size will be procured. They would not be left alone to suffer losses. On farmers' appeal, the Chief Minister directed to make arrangements to weigh entire trolley instead of weighing onion by weight of 20 kg. He said that onion from any district should be procured and farmers should not be returned empty-handed. It should be ensured that onion is not from other states. Irregularity in procurement will not be tolerated. He urged farmers not to bring rotten onion for sale. Farmers have grown onion by sweating out in fields, which will not be allowed to be sold at throwaway price.
This was stated by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan during surprise inspection of onion procurement centre set up at Ruchi Warehouse, Majhaniya on AB Road in Shajapur today. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Principal Secretary Public Relations Shri S.K. Mishra, Principal Secretary Horticulture and Food Processing and MD of MARKFED Shri B.M. Sharma.
During surprise inspection of onion procurement centre, the Chief Minister went to every weighing balance and inspected arrangements for procurement. He also talked to farmers who have brought onion for sale and enquired about arrangements. The Chief Minister said that farmers' hard work will not be allowed to go waste. Farmers feed all. He said that if farmers get over Rs. 6 per kg price then they should sell their onion there, but not below Rs. 6 per kg.
Farmers happy over onion procurement
Farmers informed the Chief Minister that arrangements are very good. Their onion was not getting price of even Re. one in Mandis earlier. They had become distressed. Under such circumstances, the state government has taken a good decision to procure onions from farmers, who are now happy over it.
Farmers Welfare Fund
The Chief Minister said that Farmers Welfare Fund would be instituted soon to protect farmers' interests in disasters and adverse conditions. Farmers will be given assistance from this fund in adverse conditions. The state government stands by farmers.
Garlands Maharana Pratap's statue
On the occasion of Maharana Pratap Jayanti, the Chief Minister garlanded his statue at Shajapur today. Remembering Maharana Pratap, Shri Chouhan said that he was a true son of the soil and pride of India. Maharana Pratap never bowed before anyone. Such gallant warriors deserve salute. He said that he is fortunate enough to pay tributes at the feet of Maharana Pratap.


CM Shri Chouhan congratulates PM Modi for India achieving highest growth rate
Bhopal:MMNN: June 2, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has congratulated Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi over increase in India's GDP to 7.9 percent during current quarter and overall 7.8 percent. He said that India has surpassed China. India's growth rate is now highest in the world.
Giving his reaction on a news channel here, Shri Chouhan congratulated Prime Minister saying that this growth has been achieved due to his developmental policies. It is due to his firm determination, passion and spirit that the country is moving ahead. Policy paralysis has ended. Decisions are being taken promptly. Country is moving ahead in every field.
Shri Chouhan said that remarkable growth rate has been achieved even facing adverse situation in agriculture sector. Core sector's growth rate has even crossed 8 percent.
Describing Shri Modi as a gift of God to India, Shri Chouhan said that rapid growth is being witnessed in India due to charismatic leadership of Shri Modi.


Govt. to purchase onion, farmers need not worry: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: June 2, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has reiterated state government's decision to purchase onion from farmers at Rs. 6 per kg.
He said that the state government stands by farmers in their hour of crisis.
They should bring onion to procurement centres. Every single onion will be purchased.
Farmers need not to worry.
Shri Chouhan said that this year there has been bumper production of onion due to which its prices have declined creating this unpleasant situation.
Responsibility of onion procurement has been entrusted to MARKFED.


Poor families should be given priority in loan schemes
Bhopal:MMNN: May 31, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed progress of various schemes of Industries Departments here today. It was informed that against the target of 71 thousand 500 beneficiaries, loans have been provided to 73 thousand 615 beneficiaries under various schemes.
The Chief Minister said that poor families should be given priority in loan schemes. Procedural arrangements should be made for this. Efforts should be made that loan cases for commercial purposes should be passed under Mudra Scheme of the Central government.
Service and production units should be benefited under state government's schemes so that maximum number of new units are opened in the state. He directed that persons belonging to SC and ST must invariably be given representation in the schemes in ratio of their population.
The meeting was informed that against target of 1500 beneficiaries under Mukhyamantri Yuva Udyami Yojana, 1522 beneficiaries have been benefited.
Similarly, against target of 54000 beneficiaries under Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana, 54,245 beneficiaries have been benefited and against target of 16000 beneficiaries under Mukhyamantri Arthik Kalyan Yojana, 17,848 beneficiaries have been benefited.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, ACS Finance Shri A.P. Shrivastava and Commissioner Industries Shri V.L. Kanta Rao were present on the occasion.


5 lakh rural houses to be built every year: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: May 31, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan discussed ways to make Mukhyamantri Grameen Aawas Yojana more effective at Mantralaya here today. He stressed the need to make changes in this scheme in the context of Pradhan Mantri Grameen Aawas Yojana. He said that 5 lakh houses need to be constructed to provide houses to all the poor by year 2022.
The meeting was informed that so far 4 lakh 33 houses have been constructed since year 2011. Rate of achievement for construction of rural houses was 82 percent in year 2011, which has increased to 155 percent now. It is most remarkable that beneficiaries are repaying loans within time-limit.
The Chief Minister directed that arrangements should be made that beneficiaries face no problem in getting loans from banks. List of beneficiaries should be read out a Gram Sabha meeting.
Panchayats and Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and senior officers attended the meeting.


Residents of Ujjain gave live demonstration of "Atithi Devo Bhava"
Bhopal:MMNN: May 30, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that residents of Ujjain city have discharged their responsibilities wholeheartedly and dedicatedly to ensure success of Simhastha.
Residents of Ujjain have given live demonstration of Indian tradition of 'Atithi Devo Bhava'. This immense love, affect and conduct further enhanced Simhastha's prestige and in the world and carved global identity of Ujjain city. Shri Chouhan was addressing gratitude towards residents of Ujjain during gratitude rally at Ujjain today.
Shri Chouhan reached Ujjain with his wife. The Chief Minister started gratitude rally from Mahakal Mandir after Darshan of Lord Mahakal.
From Mahakal premises, the rally passed through Gudri Chouraha, Patani Bazar, Gopal Mandir, Dhaba road, Dani Gate, Gangaur Gate, Ramanuj Kot and concluded at Ramghat. Maa Kshipra was worshipped at Ramghat on conclusion of rally.
Large number of Ujjain's people attended the rally. The Chief Minister was accorded welcome at several places by social organisations, business establishments, employees unions, AJAKS, office-bearers of Panchkroshi Up Samiti etc.
School Education Minister Shri Paras Jain, Simhastha Central Committee's Chairman Shri Makhan Singh, MPs Dr. Chintamani Malviya and Dr. Satyanarayan Jatia and MLAs Dr. Mohan Yadav, Shri Anil Firojiya, Shri Bahadur Singh Chouhan, Jan-Abhiyan Parishad's Vice Presidents Shri Pradeep Pandey and Shri Iqbal Singh Gandhi, Vice Chairman of State Finance Commission Shri Babulal Jain, Shri Roop Pamnani and other public representatives were present on the occasion.


CM Shri Chouhan honours farmers who gave land for Simhastha
Bhopal:MMNN: May 30, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan felicitated the farmers who had given their land for Simhastha at Ujjain today. He said role of farmers was most important in success of Simhastha.
The Chief Minister said that farmers have earned religious merits by making available their land for Simhastha. He said that their initiative deserves honour. Shri Chouhan told farmers that their land will be returned in its original condition.
The Chief Minister also volunteered labour in works to improve farmers' land riding a tractor. He felicitated farmers Shri Chandu Yadav, Shri Ramji Mali, Sharda Sachdev, Madhuri Ramnani etc with turbans and coconuts.
Shri Chouhan along with his wife performed worship at Harsiddhi Mandir. He prayed for happiness and prosperity of state and country.
School Education Minister Shri Paras Jain, MPs Dr. Chintamani Malviya and Dr. Satyanarayan Jatia and MLAs Dr. Mohan Yadav and Shri Satish Malviya were also present on the occasion.


Over 39.91 lakh MT wheat procured on support price
Bhopal:MMNN: May 28, 2016

Procurement of wheat on support price was held in the state till May 25. This year, 39 lakh 91 thousand MT wheat has been procured through 2844 procurement centres.
Procurement had started on March 16. Wheat was procured this year on support price of Rs. 1525 per quintal.
This year, 19 lakh 33 thousand 969 farmers got registered to sell produce on support price. A sum of Rs. 6087 crore was paid to farmers against wheat procurement.
Among divisions, 2 lakh 61 thousand MT wheat was procured in Indore, 11 lakh 71 thousand MT Bhopal, 8 lakh 78 thousand MT Narmadapuram, 4 lakh 40 thousand MT Ujjain, 2 lakh 54 thousand MT Sagar,
5 lakh 86 thousand MT Jabalpur, one lakh 84 thousand MT Gwalior, one lakh 5 thousand MT Chambal, 97 thousand MT Rewa and about 15000 MT wheat was procured in Shahdol division.
In view of Simhastha, wheat procurement process was completed in Ujjain district on April 20. Total one lakh 65 thousand MT wheat was procured in Ujjain district.
To save farmers from inconvenience, SMSes are being sent informing them of the dates on which they have to come to procurement centres to sell their produce.
State Civil Supplies Corporation and MARKFED procured wheat on support price in the state.


Chalk out roadmap to double farmers income
Bhopal:MMNN: May 28, 2016

Agriculture Production Commissioner Shri P.C. Meena chaired a meeting here today where activities of Rabi season 2015-16 in Bhopal and Hoshangabad divisions and possible activities were discussed for Kharif season 2016-17 were discussed.
Commissioner directed to chalk out a strategy to double income of farmers and ensure action against sellers of substandard fertilizers, seeds and pesticides.
FIR should be filed against those found guilty. Farmers should be motivated to grow inter-changeable crops.
Crop cutting experiments should be undertaken for exact assessment of crop yield. Every scheme's 5 year plan should be prepared and implemented.
Shri Meena said that premium amounts for Crop Insurance Scheme should be deposited positively by prescribed date.
In case of any loss, assessment should be done within 72 hours and information sent to concerning farmer through SMS.
Shri Meena also reviewed works done in Bhopal and Hoshangabad divisions in animal husbandry, dairy, fisheries and horticulture sectors.
Principal Secretary Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Dr. Rajesh Rajora said that compensation under Crop Insurance Schemes will be given in notified irrigated and unirrigated areas.
Director Agriculture Engineering Shri Rajiv Choudhary also spoke on the occasion. Senior officers of various departments attended the meeting.


Police personnel played role of foundation stone during Simhastha: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: May 26, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that police personnel played role of foundation stone during Simhastha. It was due to dutifulness of police personnel that Simhastha concluded without any hindrance.
The Chief Minister along with his wife attended a dinner of police personnel at DRP Line police ground at Ujjain today. He lauded police personnel who served with decent behaviour during Simhastha. The Chief Minister said that morale of the police force was high. Some of them even played the role of Shravan Kumar.
Conduct of the police is being lauded everywhere. Shri Chouhan said that he is proud of state's police force. School Education Minister Shri Paras Jain, Simhastha Central Committee's Chairman Shri Makhan Singh and DGP Shri Surendra Sinh were also present on the occasion.
Shri Chouhan said that medals will be given to police personnel for excellent performance during Simhastha on Independence Day. Honorarium of Rs. 5 thousand each will be transferred to their bank accounts.
Later, Shri Chouhan visited premises of 32nd Battalion. He attended dinner for CRPF, BSF, paramilitary forces and Home Guards there. Jan-Abhiyan Parishad's Vice President Shri Pradeep Pandey, School Education Minister Shri Paras Jain, Ujjain Development Authority's Chairman Shri Jagdish Agrawal, Divisional Commissioner Dr. Ravindra Pastore, ADG Shri V. Madhu Kumar, DIG Shri Rakesh Gupta, Collector Shri Kavindra Kiyawat, SP Shri M.S. Verma were also present on the occasion.


Sewaks of Mahakal Mandir felicitated
Bhopal:MMNN: May 26, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with his wife had Darshan of Lord Mahakal at Ujjain today. Later at Mahakal Pravachan Hall, the Chief Minister showered flower petals to greet all Sewaks rendering service in Mahakal Mandir.
The Chief Minister lauded the Sewaks for elaborate arrangements due to which it became easier for devotees to have Darshan of Lord Mahakal. The Chief Minister said that these arrangements have pleased him.
Shri Chouhan said that Simhastha has been successfully held due to hard work by all. Crores of devotees took the holy dip in Kshipra during various Snans and also had Darshan at temples during Simhastha easily.
All this has happened due to blessings of Lord Mahakal. Priest and Purohits felicitated the Chief Minister with shawl, coconuts and mementos in Mahakal Pravachan Hall.
School Education Minister Shri Paras Jain, MLA Dr. Mohan Yadav and Ujjain Development Authority's Chairman Shri Jagdish Agrawal were also present on the occasion.


CM Shri Chouhan congratulates mountaineers
Bhopal:MMNN: May 25, 2016

State's Bhagwan Singh and Ratnesh Pandey conquer Mt. Everest.
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has congratulated Madhya Pradesh's mountaineers Shri Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha and Shri Ratnesh Pandey for hoisting Tricolour on the peak of Mount Everest.
In his greeting message, Shri Chouhan said that Shri Kushwaha and Shri Pandey have brought laurels to the state.
Saluting spirit and courage of both the mountaineers, the Chief Minister has wished them bright future.
It is noteworthy that Shri Bhagwan Singh conquered Mt. Everest on May 19 and Shri Ratnesh Pandey on May 21.


Attach priority to fill water in lakes through Bansagar canals
Bhopal:MMNN: May 25, 2016

Public Relations and Energy Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla has directed to attach priority to fill water in lakes in nearby areas through Bansagar canals so that apart from rise in ground water level, cattle also get drinking water.
Shri Shukla was reviewing work to fill lakes in Rewa through Bansagar canals are Rewa today. MP Shri Janardan Mishra was also present on the occasion.
Shri Shukla expressed displeasure on non-issuance of administrative sanction by Rural Development Department for filling 26 lakes in and around Rewa city through Bansagar canals. He said that in view of water crisis during summer, water was released in Bansagar canals since May 15. It is needed to fill lakes with this water. Shri Shukla said that work is getting delayed due to laxity on the part of Rural Development Department.
The Minister said that there are Bansagar canals all around Rewa city. Lifeline Beehar river also exists. It is a matter of concern if despite this, city and nearby areas are hit by drinking water crisis.
Shri Shukla inspects lake
The Minister inspected process of filling Rathara lake from Kyoonti canal through efforts by Rewa Municipal Corporation. He directed to fill Chirhua, Saman, Jhalbadri and Anantpuri lakes through Kyoonti canal. This would lead to rise in ground water level in nearby areas. Besides, arrangements should be made to release water in Chorhata, Lathauribagh, Dhirma and Chandua nullahs through siphoning.
It is noteworthy that on the initiative of Public Relations Minister the 26 lakes of Rewa Vidhan Sabha constituency were filled through Bansagar canals in year 2006-07 and 2008 too. This had rid nearby villages of drinking water crisis and cattle also got adequate water.
This year also, the Minister is making efforts that water is released in these lakes through Bansagar canals so that hundreds of nearby villages get rid of drinking water crisis.


Water conservation crying need of hour: Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Mahajan
Bhopal:MMNN: May 21, 2016

Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan laid foundation stone for crying 500-seater backward class girls hostel at Indore today. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan presided over the function. Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thawarchand Gehlot was guest of hour on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that the state government is making constant efforts for extension of educational facilities. It is his effort to ensure that no child remains deprived of education due to paucity of money and facilities. Shri Chouhan said that from next academic session, the state government will bear fee of talented students in medical, engineering and other higher education institutions. After obtaining job, concerning students will repay this fee. Benefit of the scheme will be given to students of all sections of society. The Chief Minister said that scholarships will also be given to students of general class.
Shri Chouhan said that special attention is being paid to water and environmental conservation in the state. He said that human race will face extinction if trees and water are not saved. A drive will be launched to plant saplings of fruit-bearing trees on both the banks of Narmada river from Dev Uthani Gyaras. If land of a farmer is acquired for plantation, he would be given rent as compensation as per government rates. This rent will be paid till trees start bearing fruits.
Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumita Mahajan said that water conservation is the crying need of the hour. State-wide campaign should be launched for water conservation. She said that rain water harvesting and water conservation campaign at Indore have started yielding encouraging results. She said that parents of remote areas cannot send their daughters for education. Construction of such hostels will remove concern of such parents now and they would send their daughters to pursue higher education.
Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thawarchand Gehlot said that crying hostel of backward class girl students is being constructed at Indore by his ministry. He said that a kabaddi stadium would also be constructed at Indore. Besides, hostels will be constructed in other areas of the state as well as per need. Shri Gehlot said that a training and all-round welfare centre for disabled persons costing Rs. 50 crore would be constructed at Bhopal. Besides, Rs. 50 crore National Sports Centre is also being constructed at Gwalior. Factory to produce artificial limbs for disabled persons is being established at Ujjain. The Union Minister said that a 100-seater hostel will be constructed at every divisional headquarters in Madhya Pradesh.
Backward Classes and Labour Welfare Minister Shri Antar Singh Arya said that Shramodaya Vidyalaya for children of labourers will be opened on Dhar road at Indore. The state government has decided to set up one 100-seater post matric hostel each and 50-seater girls hostels in 50 districts. In view of increasing education facilities, 500-seater post matric backward class girls hostels will also be constructed at Bhopal, Jabalpur and Gwalior.


CM Shri Chouhan serves food to saints and seers
Bhopal:MMNN: May 21, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan reached Ujjain on a one-day visit today. At a public feast at Datar Akhara's old padao sthal, the Chief Minister served food to saints and seers.
He said that Acharya Peeth would be set up at Datar Akhara's old padao sthal after discussions with saints and seers. If any decision has already been taken, it would be implemented.
In-charge Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh, Akhara Parishad's General Secretary Shri Hari Giriji Maharaj, Golden Baba and other saints and seers were present on the occasion.
Before serving food to saints and seers, the Chief Minister went round Padao Sthal. He performed worship and Abhishek at Puratan Mahadev Mandir. Later, the Chief Minister sought blessings of saints and seers and held discussions with them over Simhastha.
Shri Chouhan sought blessings of Shri Raghunandan Thakur and held discussions with him over Simhastha. Shri Thakur said that all Simhastha arrangements are superb. Extension of such services to saints and seers is laudable.


Start process to implement Simhastha Universal Message immediately
Bhopal:MMNN: May 17, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to start immediately process to implement Simhastha Universal Message. All departments should chalk out action plans for this.
The Chief Minister said that all concerning departments should chalk out action plans for this within next 10 days. Chief Secretary will review these action plans. He said that concerning departments should immediately ensure action to implement Simhastha Universal Message Declaration.
These mainly include constitution of Happiness Ministry, plantation along banks of Narmada and Kshipra rivers and inclusion of lessons in school syllabus to inculcate spirit of respect for all religions, moral values and increase goodwill towards daughters.
Besides, declaration about promotion to Ayurvedic system of medicine, appointment of Yoga teachers in schools, holding candidates ineligible to contest local elections if they do not construct toilet in their house, reduce use of chemical fertilizers and promote organic farming and curb objectionable portrayal of women in advertisements to ensure dignity and prestige of women.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretaries to CM Shri Iqbal Singh Bains and Shri S.K. Mishra and Secretaries to CM Shri Vivek Agrawal and Shri Hari Ranjan Rao attended the meeting.


Now Smart City to be developed at North T.T. Nagar in Bhopal
Bhopal:MMNN: May 17, 2016

The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the site of smart city in Bhopal will now be shifted to north TT Nagar from the earlier proposed Shivaji Nagar respecting the popular opinion and keeping intact the greenery and beauty of the area.
Civic facilities in Shivraji Nagar will be further maximized, he added.
Addressing a high level review meeting on smart city proposal at Mantralaya here today, the Chief Minister said that constructing high rise building would be unjust keeping in view the greenery and aesthetic value of town planning in Shivaji Nagar.
Therefore the decision of shifting the smart city site from Shivaji Nagar to North T.T. Nagar has been taken. The open flowing nullahs would be taken care of and massive plantations would be taken up, he said.
Shri Chouhan asked the concerning authorities to start necessary preparations for the new site. It may be noted here that land measuring 280 hectare is available at North T.T. Nagar while Shivaji Nagar had 332.98 acre.
Residential, commercial projects and civic facilities were proposed here.
The Chief Secretary Shri Anthony De Sa, principal secretary to C.M. Shri Iqbal Singh Bains, principal secretary Shri S.K. Mishra, Commissioner Urban Development Shri Vivek Agrawal, Mayor Bhopal Shri Alok Sharma, Collector Bhopal Shri Nishant Varvade, Commissioner Nagar Nigam Smt. Chhavi Bharadwaj and senior officers attended the meeting.


PRIME MINISTER SHRI NARENDRA MODI RELEASED AT NINAURA-UJJAIN ON MAY 14, 2016
Bhopal:MMNN: May 14, 2016

Whereas on the occasion of Simhastha, which comes every twelve years and dates back to Vedic times, the holy Kumbh Mela is held at Ujjain, an ancient city of India ;
Recognising that this much revered spiritual occasion has traditionally provided a platform to realized saints and thinkers to engage in dialogue on matters, both spiritual and temporal, relevant to their contemporary times;
Convinced that there is a need to continue this great tradition, the Government of Madhya Pradesh organized an international conference -Vichar Mahakumbh during Simhastha 2016 from 12th -14th May at Ninora, Ujjain on Living the Right Way;
Guided by the discourses of the scholars, who came from all over India and the world to participate in the deliberations organized on various issues namely Value based life, Religion for Human welfare, Global warming and Climate Change, Science and spirituality, Women empowerment , Agricultural traditions, Cleanliness and Rural Industry;
Affirming that it is of the essence that human beings live right to realize their full potential;
Respecting the uniqueness of each human being and each culture, it was felt that different dimensions of a fulfilling life be clearly stated for the benefit of human kind;
Now, therefore this Vichar Mahakumbh solemnly proclaims herein the guiding principles relevant to a fulfilling human life as the Universal message of Simhastha 2016:-
1. Human existence is not merely physical. Its consciousness and perception has infinite dimensions which permeate both the animate and the inanimate worlds. This truth is the core that actuates life-values.
2. The entire human race is but one. Therefore all forms of mutual co-operation and inter-dependence need to be encouraged.
3. The objective of development is to ensure happiness, good health and welfare of one and all. Values in life have to be respected as much as value of life.
4. Value education should be included in the academic curricula so that these are inculcated from the early years and treated on a par with other subjects. Indeed, this should be the core around which the entire curricula should be built.
5. The education system needs redesigning to encourage inter-dependence, compassion, friendship, mercy, humility, respect, patience, faith, gratitude, transparency and co-operation rather than unhealthy competitiveness.
6. Study of values is not meant for personal development alone but aims at building an orderly society, striking a relational balance and defining a model life.
7. Probity, transparency and accountability should be the touchstone of public life.
8. Truth is One. Paths to reach the truth are many. This understanding can alone bring unity in diversity.
9. Respect for all religions should be infused in the young through introduction of appropriate academic curricula.
10. The realization that Creation is an extension of the same consciousness, of which human beings are but a part, is essential to promote love and compassion for all living beings. Religion actuates progress of the self and promotes human welfare. It binds through love, co-operation and harmony. Yet, its abuse for expansionism undermines universal brotherhood.
11. Do unto others that you would have them do unto you and live and let live should be the abiding prescriptions for social conduct.
12. Religion is a force that binds. Leaders and representatives of all religions, creeds, sects and faith-systems should, therefore, denounce all acts of violence committed in the name of religion.
13. Empathy and respect for Nature are the only sustainable solutions to the crisis facing the planet.
14. Indigenous knowledge in the fields of agriculture, forestry, medicine, bio-diversity, resource management and natural calamities needs to be encouraged for achieving a balance in the usage of natural resources.
15. Excessive consumerism has to be curbed to protect the ecology. Reckless exploitation of natural resources is the major cause of many natural calamities. Economies and lifestyles that nurture Nature should be adopted.
16. The severe water crisis gripping the world is an existential crisis. Techniques and systems for conservation of water should be encouraged and the practices which diminish the water-holding capacity of the soil should be discontinued.
17. Ancient civilizations and cultures established customs, traditions and art forms that help forge close ties with mother nature. The scientific basis of these lifestyles should be studied and applied in modern life as well.
18. Our responsibility towards the future generations demands that principles of judicious use of the resources must govern State policies. The shrinking green cover of the earth is a matter of deep concern. A major initiative of afforestation and rejuvenation of rootstock present in the soil is called for.
19. Science and spiritualism complement each other. Science explores the physical secrets of nature and spiritualism helps in understanding inner secrets. An institutionalized system to study relationship between science and spiritualism is called for.
20. Human experiences occur at both physical and spiritual levels. Material prosperity necessary for fulfilment of the physical needs of human society cannot lay the foundations of balanced human life without bringing in a spiritual dimension.
21. The relationship between science and technology is the same as spiritual growth has with Yoga and Dhyan. The comprehensive view of life that one learns through yoga can help create an ideal society.
22. Educational curricula should include study of spiritualism in simple form. An understanding of the basic laws of nature will help mature young minds.
23. Most of the physical and mental ailments afflicting modern lifes arise because we live in conflict with basic laws of nature. Effective cure lies in conducting scientific research which will synergize modern medicine with the practice of Yoga and Ayurveda. This will help in framing tenets of joyful living in formats that are easily understood.
24. Strategy of a sanitation campaign should be drawn from the principles of internal purity and external cleanliness propogated by faith systems prevalent in the society concerned. Sanitation should be established as social value rather than as administered activity.
25. Sanitation strategy should not be designed as a function of the economic status of an individual.
26. Sanitation can also be achieved by viewing waste as a resource. The traditional methods of enhancing fertility of soil have always valued biological waste.
27. The threat to the existence of the rivers is not merely of pollution. The crisis is existential. The stability of the ecosystem of this planet would be lost with the disappearance of rivers. All efforts to rejuvenate rivers need to be intensified and international experiences in this regard shared.
28. Unplanned urbanization has reduced rivers to drains of city waste. Besides sensitizing the citizenry, it is essential that the provisions necessary for their preservation be built into all plans of urban development.
29. The household chores that women perform should be valued equally with the work performed outside home. Methodologies to include these in the GDP should be developed.
30. Commodifying the female appearance in advertising should be prohibited by law.
31. Gender Parity Index should be developed at all levels of relevant sectors and tools necessary for its effective review developed.
32. Equal pay for equal work should be the fundamental principle governing terms of employment of women.The process of consultation with employers to make them responsible for this should be initiated.
33. Equality cannot be achieved through neutrality but only through positive affirmation. Equality of women representation in all institutions be ensured whether they be consultative, regulatory, oversight or others.
34. The dignity of women as equal human beings need to be accepted universally and find reflection in all public policy and schemes.
35. Abuse of technology as a tool against the women in any form should be effectively stopped.
36. It is important to embrace a life cycle approach while addressing women's issues. In view of the special responsibility towards child bearing and rearing their nutrition, education and health require focus.
37. Statutory representation of women at all levels of democracy is essential.
38. There is need to invest in gender sensitive and gender responsive infrastructure that reduces women's daily drudgery and enables them to participate in more productive work.
39. Agriculture technology, particularly from the 20th Century, has led to high emission of green house gases in the primary sector. This is a matter of concern and needs to be addressed.
40. Decline of water table, soil erosion, destruction of natural fertility and chemical pollution denotes lack of sustainability perspective. Agriculture needs a regenerative vision.
41. Seed autonomy of the farmer is a fundamental and inviolable right. Protection of this right protects biodiversity as well.
42. Protection of indigenous cattle breeds should be viewed in the light of its positive impact on environmental conservation.
43. For sustainable agriculture we need to revisit policies of the recent past and research potential of the ancient traditions of our sages. Alternatives like Vrikshayurved, Agnihotra, Vedic, Organic and Natural agriculture should be accorded priority.
44. All stakeholders should jointly take the initiative to find alternatives of market dependencies and debt proclivity of modern agriculture.
45. Agricultural practices and inputs detrimental to the soil, animal and plant health, hydrology and eco-system should be discouraged. Simple techniques like pachgavya, jeevamrut, matkakhad will yield better results. Besides, organic items should be given priority over inorganic ones for incentives, subsidy, credit and market support.
46. Concept of “Zero-budget agriculture” should be promoted to maximize profit at minimum cost.
47. Economic democracy implies that capital is distributed among maximum populations. Cottage industries are therefore important component of social and economic democracy.
48. Industrialization that respects the diversity of cottage industries and does not expose them to unequal competition should be promoted. They are key to the framework of a decentralised economy and deserve to be nurtured and promoted by international trade organizations.
49. Cottage industry is an effective tool in operationalizing the concept of production by the masses rather than mass production and can, therefore, help achieve inclusive development.
50. The small entrepreneur should have access to e-technology based market network to make their products available to global consumers.
51. Craftsmen are being reduced to daily wage labourers. They should be seen as creative artists and not just wage earners. Their contribution to indigenous cultures deserves respect in the society.
This Vichar Maha Kumbh urges all communities of the world to adapt the values and the principles enshrined in this message in manner best suited to their milieu and context to enable each individual to live a balanced and fulfilling life.


System should be egalitarian and exploitation-free: RSS Sarsanghchalak Shri Bhagwat
Bhopal:MMNN: May 12, 2016

Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh Shri Mohan Bhagwat has said that system should be egalitarian and exploitation free. Perpetual happiness is mere daydreaming unless everyone is happy. The more science is manifesting, the more it is coming closer to spiritualism. Shri Bhagwat was addressing 3-day International Vichar Mahakumbh's inaugural session at Ninaura near Ujjain today.
Shri Bhagwat said that according to Indian traditions, all living beings are children of nature. It is the nature which has given values to human beings. In Madhya Pradesh, Kumbh's ideological tradition is being revived. Today, thinkers and philosophers of entire world have come closer. United Nations Organisation has said that nature of every country should be taken into consideration while ensuring development. Similar change is visible in global ideologies as well. Tendencies are developing to consider entire world as a single unit in impartial ideologists. Diversity is being recognised. Instead of struggle, coordination should be order of the day. Concurrent science is also a medium of this change. Sanatan traditions have knowledge of this since time immemorial. In present-day context, we should go to science in the light of Sanatan values. Through this, a model of new global structure should be chalked out and introduced in our country's life. Contemplation is basic of both science and knowledge. Science and spiritualism are different ways to find out truth. Swami Vivekananda has said that Dharma should be tested on the touch stone of science. Current problems should be solved through convergence of science and spiritualism.
Shri Bhagwat said that for salvation, Triveni of knowledge, devotion and Karma is necessary. Dharma has 4 foundations including truth, mercy, cleanliness and meditation. Inventions not directed at human welfare are useless. Ideologies should be formed on the basis of both spiritualism and science. Later, this ideology should be put into practice to make it meaningful. An ideology which is not practical cannot be accepted. Standard examples would have to be set on the basis of polices.
In the welcome address, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Vichar Mahakumbh is being held since Kumbh is directly connected to churning of thoughts. He said that its objective is to ensure state's welfare through thought process of saints and seers. He said that in India respect has been shown towards all ideologies, thought processes and philosophies. All of them command considerable respect and honour. He said that the biggest concern of present time is to ensure value-based human life. It is to be pondered as to which are the ways for making human life happy and meaningful. He said that it is possible through convergence of science and spiritualism. Science and spiritualism are complimentary to each other. He said that issues like global warming, traditional farming system, value-based life, Dharma and spiritualism are of global importance. Therefore, global message was released after ideological churning during Simhastha.
Juna Pithadheeshwar Mahamandaleshwar Swami Avedheshanand Giri described Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan as standard bearer of Vikramaditya and Harshvardhan saying that the Chief Minister is an administrator who is a sincere devotee from core of his heart.
Swami Avedheshanandji said that next century belongs to India since the world will become tired of West's consumer culture, it will seek leadership of Indian spiritualism. The path of spiritualism emanating from India will guide the world. He said that the human beings have 2 main qualities - freedom to work and freedom of thought. A person will attain for what he takes resolve. Purity of resolve brings positive values. He said that West's philanthropic culture has given succour to humanity. He said that a conducive atmosphere to lead quality life needs to be created in the world. Awareness toward rights has enhanced, but negligence about duties has also increased. Tendencies of philanthropy need to be developed in present times. He said that this Vichar Kumbh will give message to the world to plant maximum number of saplings and turn the Earth green. He urged for mega plantation along banks of Kshipra.
Gayatri Parivar's Chairman Dr. Pranav Pandya said that it is time to adopt scientific spiritualism. Describing Vichar Kumbh as Parliament of People, he said that it is the most suitable forum to thrash out solutions.
Dr. Pandaya said that the Chief Minister carried forward the tradition to have dialogue with saints-seers and sort out problems. He said that convergence of culture and knowledge is necessary. India's future is bright. India would lead the world in near future. He said that period from year 2016 to 2026 is the time for India's emergence. He urged to imbibe positive values and shun negative cones immediately.
Buddhism's representative Shri Upatissa Nayak Thero informed that Sri Lankan President would attend Vichar Kumbh's concluding session. He said that Ujjain and Sanchi have always been etched in his memory. He informed that Samrat Ashok's son Mahendra and daughter Sanghmitra had spread message of peace in Sri Lanka. In Panchsheel principle of Lord Buddha, path to live good life has been vividly showed.
The Chief Minister released folder of Sanchi Buddhist University. The programme was conducted by Organising Committee's President and MP Shri Anil Madhav Dave who threw light on programme's outlines. Minister of State for Culture Shri Surendra Patwa presented mementos to the guests.


CM Shri Chouhan and BJP National President Shri Amit Shah inaugurate Public Relations Departments exhibition at Ninora
Bhopal:MMNN: May 12, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan and BJP National President Shri Amit Shah inaugurated Public Relations Department's exhibition by lighting a lamp at venue of International Vichar Mahakumbh, Ninora today.
They also inspected Mahakumbh's venue. Transport Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh, MPs Shri Anil Madhav Dave and Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Shri Surendra Patwa and Mayor Smt. Maili Goud were also present on the occasion.
After the the inauguration, they witnessed exhibitions put up by various departments.
Through these exhibitions, development journey of Madhya Pradesh and various government departments' public welfare schemes have been displayed. Success stories of beneficiaries of government schemes have also been displayed.
The exhibitions also display India's contribution to the world. It shows how India has spread knowledge in the world since beginning of human civilization.
The guests inspected exhibitions put up by Women and Child Development, Handicraft, Women's Empowerment, Culture and other departments and Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology.
They praised subjects of the exhibition put by Madhya Pradesh Madhyam.


CM Shri Chouhan congratulates states youths for success in UPSC Mains
Bhopal:MMNN: May 12, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has congratulated UPSC topper Tina Dabi of Bhopal and extended best wishes to her.
The Chief Minister also congratulated Chhatarpur's Shri Ashish Tiwari who stood 6th in the Mains and first in the state.
He has congratulated all the successful UPSC candidates from the state including Sarvashri Naman Upadhyay, Rajat Saklecha, Arpit Jain, Nivedita Naidu,
Ankit Khandelwal, Vedant Kanwar, Shrilekha Shrotriya, Aditya Vajpayee, Abhishek Jain, Richa Saxena and Utkarsh Mishra.



State governments concrete efforts help deal with drought
Bhopal:MMNN: May 11, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan apprised Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of drought in Madhya Pradesh and state government's efforts to deal with it. The Prime Minister chaired a meeting of Chief Ministers of drought-affected states in New Delhi today.
The Chief Minister informed that drought relief of Rs. 4,664 crore has been distributed to 61 lakh affected farmers in Madhya Pradesh.
The Chief Minister informed the Prime Minister that due to preparatory steps taken last 10 years, the state was relatively well placed to tackle the drought. These steps included creation of water storage structures.
Despite successive years of deficient monsoon, transportation of water is required only in 113 villages. Even if it does not rain till the end of June, this number will be only around 400 villages out of approximately 50,000 villages.
The Chief Minister expressed gratitude towards the Prime Minister for convening meeting of Chief Ministers of drought-affected states.
He also said that the State is giving highest priority to the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana. The Chief Minister also outlined the preparations for implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.
The Prime Minister and the Chief Minister discussed various agriculture measures including micro-irrigation, use of liquid fertilizer, use of space technology and focus on building farm ponds.
The Prime Minister and the Chief Minister discussed strategies to increase awareness about water conservation and storage and involving the youth organizations such as NCC, NSS, NYKS, and Scouts and Guides, in these activities. They discussed enhanced steps for tree plantation and protection in the catchments area of Narmada.
The meeting was informed that an amount of Rs. 1875.80 crore has been released to the State under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), after adjustments of the State balances.
This is in addition to Rs 657.75 crore released as central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2015-16 to the State. A further amount of Rs. 345.375 crore has been released as first installment of SDRF for 2016-17.


Vichar Mahakumbh during Simhastha at Ninora from May 12 to 14
Bhopal:MMNN: May 11, 2016

Vichar Mahakumbh to give universal message during Simhastha will be held at Ninora near Ujjain from May 12 to 14. It will be inaugurated at 10 am on May 12.
Sarsanghchalak of Rasthriya Swayam Sewak Sangh Shri Mohan Bhagwat, Swami Avdheshanand Giriji, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Sikiyong CTAD, Dharmshala's Shri Lobsang Sangay and Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya's chancellor Shri Pranab Pandya will address the inaugural session from 10 am to 12 noon.
Parallel sessions will be held from 12.30 to 2 pm and 3 to 4.30 pm. From 5 to 7 am in 'Swachchhata Sarita Kumbh', lectures will be delivered by Shri Chidanand Muniji, Union Water Resources Minister Sushri Uma Bharti, Prof. Jay Okeefe of South Africa and Prof. Nakamura of Japan. The session will be presided over by MP Shri Anil Madhav Dave.
First session 'Krishi Evam Kuteer Kumbh' on May 13
On Vichar Kumbh's second day, the first session 'Krishi Evam Kuteer Kumbh' on May 13 from 9.30 to 11.30 am, lectures will be delivered by Yog Guru Swami Shri Ramdevji, Shri Suresh Joshi, Upakhya Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, Sushri Vandana Shiva, Sushri Rebecca-New York, Shri Manish Kumar and Shri Subhash Palekar.
Sushri Jaya Jaitley will preside over the session.
In the session 'Sustainable Development and Climate Change' from 12 noon to 1.15, Union Minister of State for Forests and Environment (Independent Charge) Shri Prakash Javadekar, Shri Dayanand Bhargava and Dr. David Frawley will deliver speeches.
Shri Subhash Kak will preside over the session. From 1.20 to 2 pm, Sushri Bhavdeep Kang will hold discussions with Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev.
Bhikkhuni Dhammananda-Thailand, Stephen Kuapp, Ramdass Lamb, Shri Michael Cremo and Yvette Rosser will address the session 'Right way of living' from 3 to 4.30 pm. Ven Banagala Upatissa Nayak Thero will preside over the session.
In the session 'Shakti Kumbh' from 5 to 7 pm, lectures will be delivered by Smt. Gita Gunde, Swamini Vimlanand and Sushri Nivedtia Bhide. Goa's Governor Smt. Mridula Sinha will preside over the session.
Third day of Vichar Kumbh
During special plenary session 'Living the Right Way' from 9 to 11 am on the third day of Vichar Kumbh, speeches will be delivered by Sri Lanka's Leader of Opposition Shri Sampathan, Bhutan's Minister D.N. Dhungyel, Shri Kheel Raj Regmi-Nepal, Shri Sadhan Chandra Majoomdar-Member of Parliament from Bangladesh, Dato Shri S.K. Devmani-Malaysia, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Shri Raman Singh, Rajasthan's Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje, Jharkhand's Chief Minister Shri Raghuvar Das, Haryana's Chief Minister Shri Manohar Lal Khattar and Maharashtra's Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis. Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan will preside over the session.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will be the chief guest of concluding session from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm where universal message of Simhastha-2016 will be released. Sri Lanka's President Shri Matripala Sirisena will guest of honour. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh will also be present on the occasion.



World's fourth largest newspaper creating OOH delight in Simhastha
Bhopal:MMNN: May 9, 2016

Thousands of saints("sadhus") clad in saffron robes with ashes smeared on their body and dreadlocked hair , few of them called 'Naga Sadhus' may not wear even any cloth –considered as a sign of separation from the materialistic world, the heavy smell of burning butter lamps, camphor and incense sticks have started adding religious fervor to the much awaited month-long congregation Kumbh.
After 12 years, Ujjain, one of the most sacred places in India located on the banks of the holy Kshipra river in the western region of Madhya Pradesh is again gearing up for the largest spiritual gathering on earth-Kumbh. Kumbh Mela is held at each of the four places namely Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik and Ujjain once in every 12 years. Kumbh in Ujjain is held when a rare configuration of planets takes place i.e. when the Sun is in the zodiac sign Aries and Jupiter in the zodiac Leo. The position of th e Sun, Moon and Jupiter in different zodiac signs determines the location of the Kumbh in each of these places. This year Kumbh is scheduled from 22nd Arpil-21st May 2016 in Ujjain. Simhastha Kumbh-the largest spiritual gathering on earth is expected to attract more than 50 million people from across the globe.
According to Hindu mythology, the churning of ocean by the Gods and demons yielded a jar (Kumbh) full of nectar (Amrit). Gods did not wish to share it with demons. At the instance of Lord Indra(the King of Gods), his son Jayanta tried to run away with the jar, but he was followed by some of the demons. During the struggle for its possession, few nectar drops dropped at the holy rivers of these four places-Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Ujjain and Nasik on earth.
Unique opportunity to reach out to more than 50 million people
As India's largest and world's fourth largest circulated daily (44 million readers) and a direct reach of more than 3,000 towns, Dainik Bhaskar decided to capitalize on this once in 12 years opportunity. Planning for the same started more than a year back. After several rounds of discussions with the external stakeholders like the municipal corporation, mela authorities and the local population, the plan was frozen and divided into three legs to ensure optimal reach:
1) Build-up to Kumbh(Oct'15- Jan'16) Hoardings on all the four major roads to the city, Banners, Beautification drive with colorful wall paintings and overhead water tank paintings, T-Gates, Community Connect meetings and release of special cover.
2) Activation Support to Local administration(Feb'16-Mar ' 16) 'Maha Arti, Installation of RO plant at the Mahakal Complex and a Kavi Sammelan on and dedicated to sacred shipra river.
3) During the Kumbh(Apr'16-May'16) Changing Room for the ladies at bathing ghats, information booklets and brochures for the pilgrims, newspaper stands at major hotels and garden umbrellas Mr. Vikas Singh, Associate Vice President-Brand Marketing-Dainik Bhaskar says "While Madhya Pradesh Government is leaving no stone unturned to deliver a great experience for the devotees, we are happy to have partnered with Govt. on this".
As part of this partnership, we organized a 'Maha Yatra' and a 'Maha Arti' on 20th March 2016. 'Maha Yatra' started from Shirsagar, one of the seven sacred lakes of Ujjain and ended up at R amghat, the main Ghat. During the Maha Yatra,people saw glimpses of the popular tra dition of Nagar praveshi of major akhadas.More than 10,000 people participated in this four kilometer long yatra.The Yatra, then culminated at Ram Ghat where Grand Arti at Shipra river by more than 200 priests was performed.Free bells and cymbals were distributed to more than 20,000 people at the ghat.The local administration also pitched in with OOH creatives that asked people to come out and witness the spectacular turnaround of the city.
The enthusiasm and participation shown by the locals of Ujjain during Maha-Aarti organized by Dainik Bhaskar culminated into Golden Book of World Records comprising most people participating in this auspicious event.
To provide clean and cold drinking water in the scorching hot months of Apr-May, Dainik Bhaskar has installed drinking-cum-RO plant at the main Mahakal complex. A large LED screen too has been installed inside the complex where people can see live visuals of the Mahakal Garbha Griha.
Dainik Bhaskar is also coming up with a 500 pager Coffee table book- lavishly interspersed with pictures some of which will be in public domain for the first time. This will basically be a rich visual depiction of all facets of Ujjain with reference to Kumbh. The book will borrow references from various religious texts like Skanda Purana and Bhag-wat Purana, classical literature like Kalidas's Meghdoot and Raguvansham, historical documents like Govt gazettes and various others contemporary publications.
Talking about this build up, Mr. Vinay Maheshwari, Senior Vice President-Sales and Market Development and Brand Marketing, Dainik Bhaskar Group said "Being India's largest and World's fourth largest newspaper, we are driven by one of the core values of being connected with our stakeholders. Kumbh is an incredible platform to demonstrate that we care and hence, concentrated our efforts towards achieving this"
This Simhastha Kumbh offers a great opportunity for brand activation . With more than 50 million expected in a month, it offers any brand low cost per contact. Brands like Dainik Bhaskar are leveraging this opportunity to the fullest.


Upliftment of last person in last row first of all is state governments goal
Bhopal:MMNN: May 9, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh is developing a rapid speed. Shri Chouhan dedicated and laid foundations of development works costing Rs. 170 crore at Mandideep today. He said that Madhya Pradesh developing at a rapid speed, which is due to cooperation of all. Shri Chouhan said that upliftment of last person in last row first of all state government's goal.
Shri Chouhan said that Mandideep will be made beautiful like Bhopal. He also said that there would be no shortage of funds for Mandideep's development. He announced Rs. 35 crore for 7 Gram Panchayats included in limits of Mandideep Nagar Palika after its delimitation. He said that works will be undertaken to ensure that these villages have all minimum facilities.
The Chief Minister said that Mandideep college will be upgrade to post graduation from next academic session. Shri Chouahn said that the poor people residing on the land occupied by them for years will be given patta of land by enacting a law. As many as 5 lakh houses will be constructed in the state so that all persons have their own houses by year 2022.
The Chief Minister said that a number of women's empowerment works have been undertaken by the state government. Women have go opportunity to show their talents due to 50 percent quota to them in local bodies' elections. He said that except Forest Department, women will be given 33 percent reservation in all departments. Shri Chouhan said that farmers will be given Rs. 4600 crore as compensation against crop loss. Insurance amount will also be given separately.
Shri Chouhan said that development is not possible only through efforts of the government. All should contribute their mite in it. He urged people to cooperate in Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modhi's Swachchhata Abhiyan. He said that people should keep their villages, localities and streets clean.
Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Shri Surendra Patwa said that Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has always cooperated in development of Mandideep. He said that the state is developing at a rapid speed under leadership of Chief Minister Shri Chouhan. Every village is being connected with main roads. Schools, anganwadis and buildings for other government services are being constructed in villages.
Former CM Shri Sunderlal Patwa, Mandideep Nagar Palika Chairperson Smt. Purnima Jain, Obaidullaganj Nagar Panchayat's Chairperson Sushri Harpreeet Kaur, other local public representatives, distinguished citizens and large number of people were present on the occasion.


Ensure drought relief works with sensitiveness
Bhopal:MMNN: May 9, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that state government is sensitive. In keeping with this, drought relief works should be undertaken with maximum sensitiveness. Projection of drinking water arrangements should be made on various possibilities about arrival of monsoon. He said that separate long-term and short-term strategies should be chalked out to deal with drought. The Chief Minister was reviewing drought relief works of various departments at Mantralaya here today.
A presentation on action for insurance of horticulture crops under Prime Minister's Crop Insurance Scheme was also given at the meeting. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa was also present at the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that an ambitious plan should be chalked out to supply piped water to every household in rural areas. Piped water schemes should be based on big water sources, lifting of water and surface water sources. He said that PHE and Rural Development departments should coordinate in laying pipelines so that pipelines are laid simultaneously with construction of rural roads
The meeting was informed that better water management work has been undertaken in the state. As a result, drinking water is being made available in every habitat even during drought. Rabi crops have been good. Despite soybean, urad and moong crops getting affected during Kharif season, arhar, cotton and irrigated paddy crops are giving good yields. Action plans are being chalked out in accordance with possibilities about arrival of monsoon. District Irrigation Plans have been chalked out for all districts. Drought-affected farmers in the state are being provided wheat, rice and salt at Re. one per kg.
Horticulture crops should be insured against hailstorm
The Chief Minister reviewed work to insure horticulture crops under Prime Minister's Crop Insurance Scheme. He said that arrangements should be made to insure horticulture crops growing closer to earth. It was informed that farmers would pay only 5 percent premium on insurance amount. Remaining premium would be shared 50-50 by Central and state governments. For insurance of horticulture crops, the state has been divided into 5 clusters.
Additional Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of Revenue, Water Resources, Agriculture, Rural Development, Horticulture, Food & Civil Supplies and PHE departments attended the meeting.



Ensure global level arrangements for ideological Mahakumbh
Bhopal:MMNN: May 7, 2016

Global level arrangements should be ensured for ideological Mahakumbh. During it, every guest and scholar from country and abroad should be given maximum respect and protocol. All departments should discharge given tasks properly. This was stated by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan while reviewing preparations for ideological Mahakumbh at Ninaura in Ujjain district today. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Heads of 2 countries, ambassadors of 13 countries, 121 international scholars and 734 Indian scholars will attend the ideological Mahakumbh. Chief Ministers of several states, Union Ministers etc will also attend it.
Those present at the meeting of organizing committee included Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Shri Surendra Patwa, Simhastha Central Committee's Chairman Shri Makhan Singh, Organising Committee's President Shri Anil Madhav Dave, MP Dr. Chintamani Malviya, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, ACS, Principal Secretaries and other senior officers of various departments.
For guests, 1020 rooms in 19 hotels at Indore have been booked. Eight helipads have been prepared at the venue of Mahakumbh. For transportation, 30 A/C coaches and 350 cars have been booked. Guests will be greeted by applying Tilak on forehead and garlanding at airport and railway station. On arrival at hotel, they would be felicitated with shawls and coconuts. A separate nodal officer has been appointed to host every guest.
Public Relations Department is also setting up an all-equipped media centre near the venue at Ninaura for publicity and media coverage. A grand and state-of-the-art conference hall is being constructed. It has been named as Vikramaditya conference hall. Other minor conference halls are being named after Kalidas conference hall and Sandipani conference hall.
The Chief Minister directed that along grandeur, divinity should also be visible in the arrangements. An attractive and modern exhibition should also be put up at the venue. The Chief Minister also directed for arrangements regarding holy dip of guests in Kshipra river and tour of Mela area.
PWD will develop parking place on 15 hectares, barricading in 3.5 kms and roads in 2.50 kms. PHE Department is installing 2 RO plants at the venue.
A special natural cottage has been built for stay of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. It has been named as 'Panchvati'. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan will also stay in such a cottage named 'Chitrakoot'. Special attention has been paid to natural beauty at the programme venue.


Government sensitive towards tribals rights
Bhopal:MMNN: May 7, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the state government is sensitive towards protection of tribals' rights and issues pertaining to their development. For this, several innovative schemes have been implemented.
Discussing various tribal welfare issues with National Tribal Commission's Chairman Shri Rameshwar Oraon at his residence here today, the Chief Minister informed that special attention has been paid to quality of educational facilities in state's tribal areas.
Shri Chouhan informed that initiative has been taken for English-medium education of tribal students. Every year, 50 tribal students are being sent to foreign institutions for higher studies. Free coaching is being imparted to them for admission in prestigious institutions like IIT And IIM. Teachers of English, maths and science subjects would be appointed in adequate number soon.
Simhastha arrangements lauded
It is noteworthy that a team of National Tribal Commission has recently visited Jhabua district to take stock of tribal development schemes' implementation. Sharing its experience, the commission informed that administration and Tribal Welfare Department's field staff are sensitive and alive to issues pertaining to tribals.
Lauding educational arrangements, the commission suggested to adopt Eklavya Model. The commission also discussed issues pertaining to food security, forest rights, residential pattas and water conservation.
Commission members also referred to their visit to Simhastha Mela at Ujjain and congratulated the Chief Minister for excellent arrangements and good roads there.
Commission's Vice Chairman Shri Ravi Thakur and Secretary Shri A.K. Agrawal were also present on the occasion. The Chief Minister presented literature on Simhastha and miniature Sanchi Stoopa as mementos to them.



Government stands by saints and devotees in hour of crisis
Bhopal:MMNN: May 6, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited Sankhyaraje Government hospital at Ujjain in the early morning today, enquired about health of the injured and took stock of their treatment.
The Chief Minister directed Chief Medical and Health Officer to provide free treatment and medicines to all the injured. Interacting with patients admitted in the ward and their family members, the Chief Minister assured that the government is ensuring their proper treatment. They should not worry.
The Chief Minister said that government and administrative staff are working earnestly. Rain water has been flushed out of Rudra Sagar. All arrangements have become smooth. Tents which caved in due to rains and cyclonic storm are being erected again.
The Chief Minister said that the state government is holding Simhastha with core of heart. But damage done by natural calamity is unfortunate. The Chief Minister said that all the injured are being treated properly and quickly. They would recover soon.
The Chief Minister expressed gratitude towards all saints-seers, public representatives and people of Ujjain for excellent work of ensuring necessary arrangements unitedly in this hour of crisis. Annakshetras are functioning regularly. There would be no shortage of food grains and funds. Snan and worship are continuing on Kshipra ghats.
In-charge Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa etc were present on the occasion.


CM enquires about well being of Tirth Yatris in Chimanganj Krishi Upaj Mandi
Bhopal:MMNN: May 6, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan reached Ujjain in the early morning at 4.15 am today to review war-footing efforts to normalize situation following loss of lives and property due to gale and rains in Simhastha Mela area.
He sought information from higher officers engaged in disaster management about health facilities being provided to the injured. He also took stock of cleanliness of Kshipra river.
The Chief Minister also visited hospital and enquired about health of the injured.
Later, the Chief Minister visited Chimanganj Krishi Upaj Mandi where prompt arrangements for stay and feeding of Yatris were made immediately after the calamity on May 5 by School Education Minister Shri Paras Jain.
The Chief Minister served tea from kettle himself to Tirth Yatris.



Credibility and transparency of MPPSC enhanced states prestige
Bhopal:MMNN: May 5, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission has enhanced prestige of Madhya Pradesh through its credible and transparent functioning.
Shri Chouhan was dedicating new administrative building of the commission at Indore today. The building costing Rs. 15 crore has been constructed on 6 thousand 541 square metres. It has total 80 small and big rooms and 2 lifts.
The Chief Minister said that he takes pride in the fact that Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission has carved its speical identity through credible and transparent functioning.
The commission has conducted exams with total honesty, credibility and transparency. He urged the commission to chalk out an action plan so that small posts can be filled without exam on the basis of merit of marks of class XII.
Commission's Chairman Dr. Bipin Bihari Beohar said that Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission has a distinct identity in the country and it is functioning accordingly. He said that special attention has been paid to transparency in the commission. Efforts have been made to conduct time-bound exams.
Commission's Secretary Shri Manohar Dube presented its progress report. He informed that commission is adopting several innovations in conducting exams. For the first time, State Engineering Service Test has been introduced. Last year, a number of important exams were held.
A calendar of exams for year 2017 is being released on the basis of which future exams will be held. Several exams have been held online.
Online departmental promotion process has been started, which is also a unique step towards transparency. He informed that these works will be undertaken more smoothly with construction of commission's new building. Commission's office will be made paperless e-office.
Mayor Smt. Malini Goud, IDA Chairman Shri Shankar Lalwani, MLAs Shri Sudarshan Gupta, Sushri Usha Thakur and Shri Mahendra Hardiya, commission's members Shri S.P. Gautm and Shri Bhaskar Chaube, other public representatives, commission's former Chairpersons and members, officers-employees and other distinguished citizens were also present on the occasion.


Highlighting truth responsibility of newspapers
Bhopal:MMNN: May 5, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that highlighting truth is the responsibility of newspapers. Times of India is discharging this duty well for last 175 years.
Candid presentation of news and fearless expression of views have been hallmark of Times of India. Besides, it has also maintained values of responsible journalism.
New generation needs to be made aware. Shri Chouhan stated this while releasing edition of ToI at Indore today. Mayor Smt. Malini Goud, IDA Chairman Shri Shankar Lalwani, MLAs Shri Surdarshan Gupta and Shri Mahendra Hardia were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister congratulated Times of India on commencement of its Indore edition saying that the newspaper is witness to pre-Independence events. ToI has its own heritage.
It has become an independent institution of journalism. Under such circumstances, society has more expectations from newspapers like Time of India. He hoped that its Indore edition will cater to all its traditions.
ToI Group's Shri Divakar Asthana, Shri Dwaipayan Bose, Principal Secretary Public Relations Shri S.K. Mishra and Commissioner Public Relations Shri Anupam Rajan were also present on the occasion. Later, the Chief Minister went round newspaper's office.



 
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