Guinness Book of World Records recognizes MP’s handwashing world record
Bhopal:MMNN: July 4, 2015
Guinness Book of World Records has recognized the world record created on World Handwashing Day in Madhya Pradesh on October 15, 2014. Information about the record set by Madhya Pradesh is displayed on official website of Guinness Book. Soon a certificate in this regard will be handed over to Madhya Pradesh at a function.
According to Guinness Book, 12 lakh 76 thousand 425 students created a new world record through simultaneous handwashing at programmes held by Panchayats & Rural Development Departments on World Handwashing Day at 13 thousand 196 different places in all 51 districts of the state.
Earlier record was held jointly by Argentina, Peru and Mexico. In these 3 countries, 7 lakh 40 thousand 870 people had created this record by simultaneous handwashing at different places on October 14, 2011. Madhya Pradesh is the only state, which has surpassed the joint record of 3 countries on October 15, 2014.
Additional Chief Secretary Panchayats & Rural Development Smt. Aruna Sharma said that handwashing with soap was done at government primary and middle schools and anganwadis to bring about awareness about hygiene. For verification of Guinness Book of World Records, handwashing was video-graphed and recorded on mobile phones in 19 thousand 735 schools specially selected for this purpose. Smt. Sharma said that uncut videography was done at these schools and names of students participating in the event were presented to Guinness Book of World Records, which has recognized the new world record. Guinness Book has posted its information on its authorized website. http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/word-records/most-people-washing-their-hands-multiple-locations.
It is noteworthy that large scale arrangements were made for the state-wide event aimed at educating sanitation to young generation and associating people with Swachchhata Abhiyan. The event was organised jointly by School Education, Panchayats & Rural Development and urban as well as rural bodies. State Water & Sanitation Mission and Wash Project of MP Tast under DFID of the British Government, Water Aid and various other voluntary organisations had extended active cooperation in the mega event.
Book “Dindori Man” presented to CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: July 4, 2015
Book “Dindori Man” was presented to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today. Shri Chouhan released and praised the book, authored by Dr. Priyanka Ghose (Mrignayani) and Shri Madan Kumar. The book focuses on research of Ghora-Mora cave of Dindori.
Local people also call Ghora-Mora cave as Jamwant’s cave where skull of man has been found. The cave is very large and could have been shelter to entire clan of primitive human beings. Several bones, stone age weapons like axe, hammer, pointed stones, scrapers have been found in large number.
Support of adequate water, prey, stones for making weapons and the cave proved to be a suitable dwelling for primitive man.
Extra bone has been found in the human skull in Dindori district, which is called vermanian plate. Such skulls have been found in Peru and Nevada state of the US. It is the missing link between evolution of man. Therefore, it has been named as “Dindori Man”.
Man’s height has been estimated to be 7 feet 2 inch. This takes Madhya Pradesh’s human history further beyond Bhim Bethka age.
Year 2016 to be observed as Garib Kalayan Varsh
Bhopal:MMNN: July 3, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that year 2016 will be observed as Garib Kalayan Varsh during which benefits of poor people’s welfare schemes will be provided to weaker sections in integrated manner. He informed that a campaign is underway to extend benefits of welfare schemes to people by holding camps throughout the state. He said that for this, registration is being done at camps at all district headquarters. Shri Chouhan was addressing a labour convention at Vidisha today. Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, Zila Panchayat President Shri Toran Singh Dangi and MP Shri Laxmi Narayan Yadav were also present.
The Chief Minister said that state government has always been concerned about labourers of unorganized sector. These persons could not get benefit of government schemes so far. State government has implemented a number of schemes for these labourers and their family members whose benefits they are availing. The Chief Minister informed that the government is making available wheat and rice to poor people at the rate of Re. one per kg benefiting 70 percent population of the state.
He said that the government has launched “School Chalen Ham Abhiyan” to ensure that every child goes to school. Under the campaign, every child below 6 years of age will be sent to school. Role of community and parents will be crucial in this. Children’s school fee, dress and books will be provided by the government.
The Chief Minister informed that 8000 people of weaker sections are getting benefit of government’s welfare schemes in Vidisha. Besides, process is also on to benefit another 8000 people of this section by holding camps. Shri Chouhan informed that Vidisha is being included in Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Smart City scheme. He informed that Rs. 1669 crore development works are going on in Vidisha.
International symposium on "Religion for Welfare of Humankind" at Indore
Bhopal:MMNN: July 3, 2015
Madhya Pradesh will host an international symposium on 'Religion For Welfare of Humankind ' as a part of series of symposia to mark the occasion of Simhastha 2016. It will be held at Indore from October 24 to 26, 2015. Over 150 philosophers, subject experts and scholars of repute from across the world will be participating in the symposium.
The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan while chairing a high level meeting at Mantralaya here today reviewed the preparations. The Minister for Tourism and culture Shri Surendra Patwa, MP Shri Anil Madhav Dave and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony De Sa attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister informed that a symposium on the topic - Science and Spirituality will be held in February next at Ujjain. The last in the series of symposia will be held at Ujjain from May 12 to 14, 2016. The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will be the chief guest. Similarly, Bhopal will be hosting a symposium focussing on Environment and Climate Change on November 21 and 22. Environmental experts from SAARC countries will participate in the symposium.
The meeting was informed that representatives of different religions, faiths and beliefs will be invited to participate in the symposium on Religion for Welfare of Humankind. They will speak on sub-topics like world Peace, nature and environment, human dignity, moral and spiritual values ??inherent in multi-religion and culturalism. An Advisory Committee has been constituted for organizing the symposium, to be held at Nakshatra convention centre Indore.
Those present included Additional Chief Secretary Finance Shri Ajay Nath, Principal Secretary Culture Shri Manoj Shrivastava, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Shri SK Mishra, Commissioner of Archaeology Shri Ajatshatru Shrivastava, Secretary to C.M. Shri Hariranjan Rao, Sanchi University's CEO Shri Rajesh Gupta.
Vande Mataram recited at Vallabh Park
Bhopal:MMNN: July 2, 2015
National Song Vande Mataram was sung in chorus at Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Park in front of Mantralaya (Vallabh Bhavan) here today. It was 121st chorus singing of the National Song. Home Minister Shri Babulal Gaur, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary General Administration Shri K. Suresh, Principal Secretary to CM Shri Iqbal Singh Bains, Secretary level officers and all government servants of Vallabh Bhavan, Satpura and Vindhyachal buildings participated in it.
It is noteworthy that eminent singers of the country have lent their voices to National Song Vande Mataram written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee. A number of states could not start this tradition. In this respect, Madhya Pradesh’s initiative is praiseworthy at the national level.
Anyone can take part in singing of National Song voluntarily. There is no compulsion on government servants to take part in it. This best practice has completed 10 years. Today, singers gave a musical presentation of the song. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, several Ministers, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and other senior officers have been participating in it from time to time. For the last 10 years, this programme is being held regularly on the first working day of every month. The monthly programme of chorus singing of Vande Mataram was introduced on July 1, 2005 to inculcate nationalism and attachment with country among all people including government servants.
Since then it is being held successfully. Some officers and employees of Central Government also take interest in it. A number of government servants posted at Vallabh Bhavan lend main voices to chorus singing. They do this voluntarily. There is group of about 30 government servants for disciplined and musical presentation of Vande Mataram. The group members also undertake regular rehearsals. General Administration Department has provided musical instruments to the group.
Along with chorus singing of National Song, patriotic songs and tunes will also reverberate at Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Park on other occasions also. Police Band will also cooperate in it. Park’s significance has increased following hoisting of National Flag on a 235 tall mast. The flag is seen from various parts of Bhopal city.
Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana in 97 development blocks of state
Bhopal:MMNN: July 2, 2015
As many as 97 development blocks in 44 districts of the state have been included in Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana to expand irrigation in rain fed agriculture areas and increase agriculture production. Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava informed that under the Central Government schemes, water conservation works will be undertaken through convergence of MNREGA and Watershed Area Management Programme. The scheme will go a long way in efforts to make agriculture profitable and economic upliftment of farmers.
ACS Panchayats & Rural Development Smt. Aruna Sharma has directed field staff for effective implementation of work under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana. She directed to chalk out action plans for water conservation, water distribution and groundwater exploitation. The water conservation and groundwater augmentation works will include contour trenches, gully plugs, boulder structures, stone bunds, gobian structures, ponds in fields, field recharge pits, well recharge, underground dyke, repair of old water bodies and removal of silt. For water distribution and exploitation of groundwater, works of construction of wells and canals, lining of canals, water distribution systems and lift irrigation will be undertaken. Besides, some more useful irrigation and water conservation works can also be taken up. A state level workshop will be held at Bhopal on July 3 in the context of works to be undertaken through convergence.
Nalkhera development block of Agar-Malwa district, Sondwa of Alirajpur, Pushprajgarh of Anuppur and Mungwali development block of Ashok Nagar district are among selected 97 development blocks in 44 districts.
Similarly, Baihar and Birsa development blocks in Balaghat district, Nivly, Rajpur, Sendhwa and Theekri in Barwani, Athner, Betul, Bhainsdehi, Bhimpur, Chicholi and Shahpur in Betul, Berasia in Bhopal, Khaknar in Burhanpur, Bada Malahra, Bijawar, Bakswaha and Raj Nagar in Chhatarpur, Bichhua, Harria and Tamia in Chhindwara, Jabera and Patera in Damoh, Sewdha in Datia, Bagli and Kannaud in Dewas, Dharampuri, Gandhwani, Sardarpur and Umarwan in Dhar, Dindori in Dindori, Bamori and Chachoda in Guna, Bhitarwar in Gwalior and Kesla development block in Hoshangabad district have also been included in the scheme. Other development blocks selected under the scheme include Kundam in Jabalpur district, Meghnagar, Petlawad, Ranapur, Thandla in Jhabua, Chhegaon, Khalwa and Pandhana in Khandwa district, Bhagwanpura, Bhikangaon, Kasrawad, Segaon and Jhirniya in Khargone, Bijadandi and Narayan Garh in Mandla, Sitamau in Mandsaur, Manasa in Neemuch, Ajaygarh, Gunnaur, Panna, Pawai and Shahnagar in Panna, Silwani in Raisen, Khilchipur and Rajgarh in Rajgarh district and Bajna development block in Ratlam district.
Hanumana development block in Rewa district, Banda in Sagar, Jaycee Nagar, Kesli, Rehli and Shahgarh in Sagar district, Ichhawar in Sehore, Chhapara and Lakhnadaun in Seoni, Byohari, Budhar, Gohparu in Shahdol district, Karahal of Sheopur, Khaniyadhana, Kolaras and Narwar in Shivpuri, Manjhaoli, Rampur Naikin and Sidhi in Sidhi, Chitrangi and Devsar in Singrauli, Baldevgarh, Jatara, Niwari, Palera, Prithvipur and Tikamgarh in Tikamgarh, Mahidpur in Ujjain district, Karkeli of Umaria, Lateri and Nateran development blocks in Vidisha district have also been selected under the scheme.
Twenty four unnatural deaths and counting: Why Vyapam is indeed a killer scam
Bhopal:MMNN: July 1, 2015
* Narendra Singh Tomar (29), an assistant veterinary officer at Raisen (MP) and an accused in the Pre-Medical Test scam conducted by MPPEB in 2009, was the latest casualty in the infamous Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh. He died under mysterious conditions (claimed ‘heart attack’ by the police) in Indore district jail on 28 June. His father, Kailash Singh Tomar told the local media in MP, “I want justice. Narendra was killed as a part of a bigger conspiracy.”
* Namrata Damor (19), a student of MGM College, Ujjain was found dead on a railway track. She had cleared her PMT in 2010 through fraudulent means with the help of Vyapam scam kingpin Dr Jagdish Sagar, who was later arrested by the Indore police. Her name surfaced in a CD recovered by the police from Dr Sagar that revealed that there had been a dispute between Sagar and Damor over a payment. Damor had apparently refused to pay any money. Her father Mehtab Singh Damor, a retired panchayat inspector, told the local press, “My daughter’s death is not normal. Why should she get her reservation done, if she had to commit suicide? She was pushed out of the running train and was killed. Police didn’t do fair investigation into this case, because big and influential people were involved in it.”
* Tarun Machar, a student accused in the PMT scam, was going on a motorbike with his friend to have dinner at a local eatery in Bhopal’s Kolar road. Suddenly, a vehicle, which the police could never trace, hit the bike and crushed Machar to death. Police stated it an ‘accident’. Machar was about to be questioned by the Special Investigation Team looking after the scam, but before that his voice was silenced. His father Prabhu Dayal Machar, a veterinary surgeon in village Chiklana said, “We still don’t know who was riding the motorbike that day.”
Several parents of the dead in Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh are still in shock. They cannot believe their children died just like that.
A study of the 37 dead – 24 of them due to unnatural causes - so far tells you that if you are linked to a big ticket scam in Madhaya Pradesh you could die prematurely in several ways, road accidents, suicides and mystery illnesses being the most important of them.
Here’s a look at the 'unnatural' deaths based on police records which are in public domain already.
* Road accidents (10): Barring one Tarun Machar (Ratlam), who was a student, rest nine Anand Singh Yadav (Fatehpur), Arvind Shakya (Gwalior), Devendra Nagar (Bhind), Deepak Jain (Shivpuri), Dinesh Jatav (Morena), Anuj Uikey (Mandla), Shyamvir Yadav (Gwalior), Anshul Sachan (Hoshangabad) and Kuldeep Marawi were middle men in the scam. Surprisingly, both the Yadavs, Sachan and Uikey died in road mishaps in Raisen alone.
* Illness or unknown reasons (11): Shailesh Yadav (Lucknow), Narendra Rajput (middle man, Mahoba in UP), Ashutosh Tiwari (middle man, Tikamgarh, alcoholism), Ravindra Singh (student, poisoning suspected), Vikas Pandey (middle man, Allahabad, brain haemorrhage), Gyan Singh (Bhind, alcoholism), Vikash Singh Thakur (Banwani, illness), Vijay Patel (Rewa, unknown reason), Premlata Pandey (Rewa, cancer), Anant Ram Tagore (Morena, cancer) and Dr Rajendra Arya (Gwalior, died on 28 June due to liver infection). Barring Ravindra Singh who was a student, the rest were middle men.
* Suicides (3): Three middle men Aditya Chaudhary, Bunty Sikarwar and Rinku Pramod Sharma have reportedly committed suicide.
There have been several questions on the real reason of the deaths. Vijay Patel, a pharmacist in Shajapur jail, was arrested for his alleged involvement in the state’s milk federation and police constable recruitment examinations and was lodged in Bhopal Central Jail. Released on bail in April, he was found dead under suspicious conditions in a hotel room at Kanker in Chhattisgarh. His father, Chhotelal Singh Patel, is not ready to buy the ‘suicide theory’ of the police.
“He was killed because he was supposed to reveal ‘big names’ involved in the scam,” Patel told the local media.
Leader of Opposition in MP Assembly, Satyadev Katare questioned, “How is it possible that the 10 accused in the scam died in road accidents and police continue to remain clueless about the vehicles? Why are the accused committing suicide?”
“Everyone from the cops in the SIT, who are also the beneficiaries, to investigators and the party men are hand-in-glove. We’ve demanded for a CBI inquiry. The STF not questioning middle-man Gulab Singh Kirar and Sudhir Badhoria, who are the relatives of MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar respectively raises serious doubts on the direction of the investigation. They have been named in the scam,” added Katare, who was a minister in the previous Congress government in MP.
Meanwhile, the special investigating team (SIT) probing the scandal had recently submitted a list of 23 deceased to the Madhya Pradesh high court who had died an "unnatural death".
Inform me directly about children found begging
Bhopal:MMNN: July 1, 2015
Inform me directly as soon as children are found begging. Such children will be admitted in hostels where complete arrangements for their education will be made.
This was stated by Minister of State for Higher and School Education Shri Deepak Joshi while seeking information about children found begging by Special Juvenile Police Unit, Bhopal here today.
Shri Joshi felicitated unit’s police inspector Shri R.S. Borana and team of Childline. Shri Joshi directed District Education Officer to shift these children to girls or boys hostels.
105 children found in June
As many as 105 children were found begging from June 1 to 29, 2015 including 79 boys and 26 girls.
Of these, 81 children have been handed over to their parents by Children’s Welfare Committee. Remaining children have been sent to government and private shelter homes.
BSNL PROVIDES FREE INCOMING ROAMING FACILITY ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Bhopal:MMNN: June 30, 2015
BSNL is providing free roaming on all incoming calls on BSNL mobile w.e.f. 15th June this year. While addressing the press conference in Bhopal today, Mr. Rajesh Gupta, Chief General Manager BSNL Telecom of MP Circle Bhopal said that BSNL has extended free Roaming on all incoming calls on mobile across the country from 15th June this year. The Chief General Manager Telecom has also said that BSNL is only the Telecom Company who has extended the facility of night calling free to its landline customer on selected plans. The night calling free calls facility is available from 9 PM (Night) to 7 AM (Morning). The BSNL customer base is increasing rapidly after launching of the above plans. Over 40,000 Mobile and 6, 000 landline connections have been added after launching of these two ambitious plans in MP.
The BSNL is playing a vital role in digital India programme. It provides digital connectivity through Optical Fibre Technology in rural India. BSNL also provides internet Broadband Services to villages on par with cities. BSNL also started New Generation Network (NGN) in Bhopal and Indore Cities in Madhya-Pradesh. BSNL promotes E-governance, with a view to avoid digital divide. BSNL is trying to extend the benefits of the government schemes to the masses in villages. 461KMs optical fibre network has already been installed in villages. BSNL is functioning with a positive note in western zone.
Probe into Vyapam scam uncovers yet another mysterious death, 44 dead so far
Bhopal:MMNN: June 30, 2015
The mysterious Vyapam scam is snowballing as yet another death of a suspect surfaced in the high profile racket in Madhya Pradesh. Amit Sagar who was a veterinary student in Mhow was found dead in a pond in Sheopur district of the state in February in 2015.
He was named by prime accused in the case Indrajeet Bhushan who hails from Bihar. Bhushan was arrested by police as a mastermind in the PMT paper leak. During interrogation in May, Indrajeet revealed Amit's name. When police tried to contact Amit, it was found that he was already dead.
This is reportedly the 44th death in connection with Vyapam scam. The Special Investigating Team (SIT) probing the scandal had submitted to the MP High Court that 23 deceased in the MPPEB scam had died unnatural deaths so far.
However, refusing to order a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the deaths, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babu Lal Gaur claimed that the deaths have no connection to the Vyapam scam.
The most high-profile death was that of Shailesh Yadav, son of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. Shailesh (50) was found dead at his father's residence in Mall Avenue area of Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow on March 25 in 2015.
Ram Naresh Yadav, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, was also made an accused in the MPPEB scam before getting relief from the court.
Several politicians, including former Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma, a host of officials and scores of aspirants have been arrested in the case. Congress has even accused Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of complicity in the scam.
Ensure Simhastha works timely and transparently
Bhopal:MMNN: June 30, 2015
Ujjain Divisional Commissioner Dr. Ravindra Pastor reviewed preparations for Simhashta-2016 at Ujjain today. He directed to ensure all Simhastha works completion on time and transparently.
The Divisional Commissioner said that land acquisition works for Simhastha should be initiated at the earliest. He directed to install boards at work sites. It was directed at the meeting that works should not be stopped during monsoon.
Dr. Pastor asked officers to adhere to rules while getting works done pertaining to Simhastha. Work should be done in accordance with storage rules, tenders should be floated on time and special attention should be paid that tender rates should not exceed market rates. He directed to pay special attention to quality.
Payments made for Simhastha works must be posted immediately on Simhastha’s website and give its wide publicity. He asked officers to present lists and action plans for all the works. Construction works should be displayed on GIS Map and completed works should be displayed in the map with different colour.
It was informed at the meeting that a temporary road measuring 130 kms is to be constructed for Simhastha of which work of 60 kms has been completed. Electricity Department informed that 300 poles have been installed so far.
The Divisional Commissioner directed to behave equally with devotees at Mahakal Mandir. He said that other entry points should not be closed at the time of visits of VIPs.
SP informed that a control room will be set up at Rano Ji Ki Chhatri for Simhastha.
CM Shri Chouhan chairs final meeting of sub-group on Centrally-sponsored
Bhopal:MMNN: June 29, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan chaired 5th and the final meeting of Chief Ministers’ Sub-group under NITI Ayog constituted by the Prime Minister for rationalisation of centrally sponsored schemes to give a new fillip to development in the state in New Delhi today. At the meeting, suggestions and opinions were put forth by all the members to reduce number of Centrally sponsored schemes, freehand to states to choose schemes and present new schemes as per their specific requirements, Central assistance in strengthening of administrative efficiency, flexi fund, flexibility in schemes and chalking out schemes as per specific requirements of border states like Jammu-Kashmir, backward areas like Bundelkhand and north-eastern states and making available Central funds for them.
A meeting of the sub-group chaired by NITI Ayog’s CEO will be held on July 5 at which a report will be finalised after considering suggestions given by various states. Later, the report will be submitted to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Along with Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala, Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar and Finance Minister of Jammu-Kashmir put forth their opinions before finalizing the report at the meeting. Vice-Chairman of NITI Ayog Shri Arvind Pangadiya, Ayog’s CEO Sushri Sindhudhri Kullar, Shri Vivek Deboroy and senior officers of Ayog and state governments attended the meeting.
Sub-group’s Convener Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan informed that 4 meetings of the sub-group have been held earlier and a report has been chalked out by considering opinions of all the members. Before finalizing the report, special efforts have been made to ensure interests of all states. At the same time, national interests have been kept paramount. CM said that he sought information from officers of all concerning departments so that implementation of schemes are not impeded by last-minute hurdles. He said that the Centre has limited resources within which we have to ensure development of states and country. Shri Chouhan informed that all states are almost unanimous on implementation of development schemes. He said that the country stands by all states to solve their problems.
Another mystery death in unending tale of Madhya Pradesh Vyapam scam
Bhopal:MMNN: June 29, 2015
Two more accused in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam have died in Gwalior and Indore, adding another murky twist to the case in which several politicians and bureaucrats are allegedly involved.
The death of 40-year-old Dr Rajendra Arya in Gwalior's Birla Hospital was said to be due to a disease while that of Narendra Singh Tomar, 29, in Indore Jail reportedly occurred in mysterious circumstances.
On Sunday, Tomar - a veterinarian - complained of chest pain and was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead on arrival, sources said.
According to an official account, 24 accused and witnesses in the case have mysteriously died so far. But a report in a national daily put the least number of deaths in mysterious circumstances at 41.
The chairman of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to probe the case recently admitted more than 30 deaths had been reported.
A whistleblower in the Madhya Pradesh examination and recruitment scam recently claimed that unidentified persons tried to kill him.
"It (MPPEB scam) is a non-ending saga of the state's connivance on a scale hitherto unthinkable...The Vyapam scam, in short, is a multi-billion home-grown illicit business engineered with full state patronage. It is the largest scam engulfing the 'highest' and the 'mightiest' from the state," Vivek K Tankha, a former additional solicitor general of India and former advocate general of Madhya Pradesh.
The most high-profile death in the case was that of Shailesh Yadav, the son of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. Shailesh, 50, was found dead at his father's residence in Mall Avenue area of the Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow on March 25.
Ram Naresh Yadav, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, was named as an accused in the scam before getting relief from court.
Several politicians, including former education minister Laxmikant Sharma, a host of officials and scores of aspirants have been arrested in the case. The Congress has accused chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of complicity.
In March, the SIT told the Supreme Court it had arrested approximately 1,800 accused and was on the lookout for another 800 people.
"According to conservative estimates, what has been uncovered so far is only 20% of the scam," Tankha said.
"If 40 deaths cannot evoke the conscience of the rulers of the state and Centre for an independent investigation by an agency like the CBI, it only signifies the collapse of our criminal justice delivery edifice. Posterity will put the blame on all institutions," he added.
Madhya Pradesh looks forward to maximum Japanese investment
Bhopal:MMNN: June 27, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan while elaborating on industry-friendly policies of Madhya Pradesh invited Japanese investors to invest in Madhya Pradesh. The Chief Minister was addressing an interactive session with Japanese investors at Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi today. Commerce & Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, CII Director General Shri Chandrakant Bannerji, Union Secretary Industrial Policy and Promotion Shri Amitabh Kant, Japanese Ambassador Shri Takeshi Yagi and Chief Director General of JETRO Shri Naoyohis Noguchi were present.
The Chief Minister said that India and Japan are two countries of Asia, which can create history of mutual cooperation. He said that Madhya Pradesh looks forward to Japanese investment. He said that Japan has made exemplary development and progress during last 50 years.
The Chief Minister said that Japan and India have strong ties in Buddhist history. Madhya Pradesh also wishes to partner in investment proposals made during Prime Minister’s Japan visit. Madhya Pradesh government has earmarked land separately at several places for Japanese investors.
The Chief Minister informed Japanese investors that Madhya Pradesh aspires investment in information technology, electronics, automobile, high speed transport, food processing, infrastructure and construction sectors. Shri Chouhan informed that Madhya Pradesh has adequate electricity, which is a major plus point of the state. He informed investors about efforts in the state under Ease of Doing Business also. Commerce & Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia also spoke on the occasion.
At the outset, Shri Chandrajeet Bannerji delivered the welcome address. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa gave a presentation on investment opportunities in the state. Japanese Ambassador Shri Takeshi Yagi also spoke. Queries of investors were also answered. Principal Secretary Industries Shri Mohammad Suleman proposed a vote of thanks.
Over 30 CEOs and representatives of Fuji Films, Hitachi, Honda, JETRO, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Ricoh, Soni, Bank of Toyko and other prestigious Japanese industries attended the session.
Industrial investment and cooperation in cultural, education and social sectors sought from South Korean investors
Bhopal:MMNN: June 27, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called upon South Korean investors for industrial investment as well as cooperation in cultural, educational and social sectors. He said that Madhya Pradesh is the first state of the country where electronic manufacturing cluster is being established for electronic and information technology sector investors of South Korea. Shri Chouhan stated this during an interactive session with South Korean investors in New Delhi today. Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, South Korean Ambassador Shri Li Yun-Gyu, proponent of Make in India Shri Amitabh Kant, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, CII Director General Shri Chandrajeet Bannerji and Regional Director of KOTRA Shri D.S. Che were present.
The Chief Minister said that South Korea and India attained independence simultaneously and both the countries have made a mark among leading countries by dint of struggle and hard work. He said that both countries can achieve highest rate of growth with economic cooperation and investments. He said that South Korea has achieved remarkable success in information technology, automobiles and steel constructions in the world. Their expertise in these fields is needed in Madhya Pradesh. He urged South Korean companies to invest in heavy industry, automobile, chemicals, renewable energy, electronics, plastic, textiles and construction sectors in Madhya Pradesh.
The Chief Minister reminded that he had met investors of major industries and officers during his South Korea visit in year 2012. At that time, they had desired a simplified process for infrastructure development and establishment of industries and businesses. Shri Chouhan informed that an attractive industrial policy has been introduced in the state in 2014. In it, processes have been simplified and developed industrial areas have been identified for South Korean investors. He informed that along with it, country’s first electronic manufacturing cluster is also being established for South Korean investors.
The Chief Minister said that during Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s South Korea visit, investors of that country had announced to invest in India. He urged investors to come to Madhya Pradesh which has immense prospects.
South Korea is son-in-law of India
The Chief Minister said that we regard South Korean investors as our son-in-law. It is because a princess of Ayodhya Kingdom in the first century had visited South Korea and married King Kim Suro. He invited them to invest in Madhya Pradesh.
Constructive journalism plays important role in development
Bhopal:MMNN: June 26, 2015
Public Relations and Energy Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla has said that constructive journalism plays significant role in social development.
He stressed the need for increasing value-based journalism to stem ever increasing decline in moral values.
Shri Shukla was inaugurating office of Hindi daily “Yug Pradesh” here today.
The Minister said that honesty, dedication and credibility are key to success. Any institution can rise to new heights by adopting these qualities.
He congratulated Yug Pradesh for establishing its identity within a short period of time.
MP Shri Alok Sanjar said that newspapers can strengthen mutual trust in society by publishing objecive news to curb decline in moral values.
Newspaper’s editor Shri Harish Meghani, MD Shri Bharat Meghani and editorial staff informed about publication of the newspaper.
“Maharana Pratap Awards” announced
Bhopal:MMNN: June 26, 2015
The state government has announced “Maharana Pratap Shaurya Rajya Puruskar” for year 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Shri Ratnesh Pandey of Tikamgarh has been selected for the award for 2011, Ku. Payal Senani of Khargone for 2012 and Smt. Suchita Satpute of Bhopal for 2013.
The award is being conferred to Shri Pandey, Tikamgarh, Ku. Payal Senani, Khargone and Smt. Satpute, Bhopal for courage and gallantry.
The award carries Rs. one lakh and citation. The awards will be conferred at district level programme.
Shri Ratnesh Pandey has been selected for this award for saving 2 girls Ku. Lilawati Chadhar and Ku. Neetu Chadhar from drowning at Hardaul Ghat of Mahendra Sagar Talab at Tikamgarh on November 4, 2011.
Ku. Payal has been selected for the award for exemplary courage by saving lives of 4 small girls from fire caused due to short circuit in the neighbouring house at about 5-6 am on November 16, 2012.
Smt. Suchita Satpute is being given the award for nabbing a motorcycle borne person who was fleeing after snatching her chain on August 2, 2013.
100 investors submit tenders for 3,744 MW solar energy in state
Bhopal:MMNN: June 25, 2015
As many as 100 investors have submitted tenders to MP Power Management Company for generating 3,744 MW solar power in the state. The company had invited tenders from investors all over the country.
According to investment promotion cell of the company, solar power will be supplied on prescribed rates for 25 years in the state. Under the scheme, investors will establish solar power plants of 2 MW to 300 MW as per their capacities.
Solar power is being received in the state at Rs. 6.50 to Rs. 7 per unit. The Company had invited tenders to generate 300 MW solar power in year 2016-17.
Along with private investors, public sector companies MP Power Generating Company and NHDC also offered to generate 80 MW solar power.
Company’s MD Shri Sanjay Shukla informed that investors have evinced interest in power generation sector due to investment-friendly climate in the state.
Minister Shri Shukla to dedicate training centre building today
Energy and Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla will dedicate power distribution training centre building at Bijli Nagar Colony, Govindpura here on June 25 at 10.30 am. MP Shri Alok Sanjar and MLA Shri Vishwas Sarang will also be present.
CS Shri de Sa to take stock of arrangements for Mahotsav in Odisha
Bhopal:MMNN: June 25, 2015
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa along with a team will take stock of arrangements being made for Nabkalebar Mahotsav to be held at Puri in Odisha next month.
The Chief Secretary will also apprise officers of Odisha of preparations being made for Simhastha at Ujjain. During video-conferencing PRAGATI (Pro Active Governance and Timely Implementation) today,
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi asked Shri de Sa to take stock of preparations being made for Nabkalebar Mahotsav at Puri in July to ensure better arrangements for Simhastha and also apprise Odisha government of his experiences. This Mahotsav is held every 12 years.
Side by side review of preparations for Simhastha-2016 at meetings during last one and half years, CS has also inspected works by visiting Ujjain. The Chief Secretary assured the Prime Minister to visit Odisha along with a team of experts and officers. The Prime Minister also asked Chief Secretary of Maharashtra to visit Odisha to take advantage of experience for next Kumbh at Nasik.
Construction of 155 km long Indore to Gujarat road was also reviewed during today’s video-conferencing. The work was pending since 16 km stretch of the road fell in forest area. Union Environment Secretary informed that recommendation has been received recently from National Wildlife Board. CS Shri de Sa informed that meeting has been held with officers of National Highways Authority of India.
Earlier, this work could not be completed as it was abandoned by concerning construction agency. Union Secretary Surface Transport informed that work of road upto 139 kms will be completed this year.
This was Prime Minister’s 4th video-conferencing with states’ Chief Secretaries.
CM Shri Chouhan dedicates Mangalnath Bridge
Bhopal:MMNN: June 24, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan dedicated Mangalnath Bridge costing Rs. 9 crore constructed for Simhastha at Ujjain by Bridge Development Corporation.
The bridge has been constructed over Kshipra river between Mangalnath Mandir and Siddhanath Mandir. The Chief Minister also dedicated constructions undertaken by Tourism Development Corporation at a cost of Rs. 9 crore.
Tourism Development Corporation had undertaken constructions at various places of religious, historical, cultural and archaeological importance at Ujjain.
Works costing Rs. 42 lakh have been undertaken at Jantar-Mantar, Rs. 20 lakh Sarp Udyan and Rs. 446 lakh at Mangalnath Mandir, Siddhawat Mandir, Narsingh Ghat, Chintaman Ganesh, Harsiddhi Mandir, Garh Kalika Mandir and Hasampura Jain Tirth.
Construction works costing Rs. 45 lakh have been undertaken at Bhritahari cave, Rs. 24 lakh at Durgadas Ki Chhatri, Rs. 40 lakh Vinshnu Chatushtika, Rs. one crore Sanwrakheri Ghat, Rs. 92 lakh Bawan Kund and construction of 10 additional rooms at Hotel Avantika has been undertaken at a cost of Rs one crore.
The Chief Minister inspected all these places.
Every child in state should go to school
Bhopal:MMNN: June 24, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan participated in Pravesh Utsav under “School Chalen Ham Abhiyan” on Ksheer Sagar ground at Ujjain today. Shri Chouhan greeted children newly admitted in the school by applying Tilak and garlanding them. He asked the children to study with concentration and move ahead in life.
The Chief Minister said that every child in the state should go to school. No parents will purchase text-books for their children upto class XII. The state government has made arrangements to ensure that students of every section do not face any hurdle in pursuing education. Not only SC, ST and OBC, students of general category poor families will also be given scholarship. He told students that they can also become Chief Minister or whatever they want to become if they work hard and study with concentration. He assured that the state government stands by them if they work hard.
The Chief Minister delivered his speech on the stage erected for children instead of the one prepared for guests.
Rs. 1.50 lakh Samman Nidhi to children
Children presented Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan’s song “Padhe Na Koi Barahween Se Kam”. Girl students presented “Amantaran Simhashta Ka” dance. The Chief Minister announced Rs. 1.50 lakh Samman Nidhi each for children who participated in both the programmes.
No child should remain out of school
School Education Minister Shri Paras Jain said that the state government is making every possible effort to ensure that every child in the state goes to school. He informed that Yoga will be included in school syllabus. At the conclusion of programme, the Chief Minister flagged off Shiksha Rath.
e-registration of properties from July 1 in entire states
Bhopal:MMNN: June 23, 2015
System of e-registration of documents of property will be introduced in entire state from July 1. Along with district headquarters, the system will also be started in offices of all Sub-Registrars. Following implementation of the scheme, documentation of property will be done through e-registration system “Sampada”. Registration will be optional for properties which are not mandatory under Registration Act 1908.
It is noteworthy that the scheme was implemented from December 15, 2014 in Anuppur, Balaghat, Sehore, Tikamgarh and Ujjain districts of the state on pilot basis. As many as 14 thousand 235 e-registrations of property have been made in these districts so far. Physical registration has been abolished completely in these districts. Maximum 7258 e-registrations have been made in Ujjain, Sehore 2014, Anuppur 1128, Tikamgarh 1393 and 2316 e-registrations have been made in Balaghat district.
Through these e-registrations, the government has received revenue worth Rs. 64 crore 73 lakh from e-stamps. Status of e-registrations in the state is updated every half an hour.
Any person can check the valuation of his property by clicking “Sampada” on www.mpigr.gov.in. The valuation is in accordance with concerning district’s collector guideline. Information about bank loan and applicable duty can also be availed.
Under e-Registration system, people will not have to wander about to get stamp papers from stamp vendors and treasury. Work can be accomplished by obtaining e-Stamp through internet banking or service provider. As a result there would be no shortage of stamps anywhere.
Under e-Registration system, anyone may obtain information about market value of his property and stamp and registration fee to be payable on its purchase/sale through internet.
Besides, information about registry at any place in the state can be obtained through search and a copy of it downloaded online. As a result, a property cannot be sold twice fraudulently. The department is also undertaking process to make available online information about quantum of loan extended by banks on properties.
With the cooperation of Madhya Pradesh Council for Science and Technology, maps have been digitized in Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur and Ujjain. This will help in physical verification of properties and their actual position. This will also eliminate tax evasion.
e-registration documents will have digital signature of Sub-Registrar. Document will be taken out on optical watermark having criptomark, micro printing and Unique Number.
Process of paperless working and automation begins in Law Deptt.
Bhopal:MMNN: June 23, 2015
Paperless working and automation of official process has begun in Law Department. To begin with, one section of the department has become entirely paperless.
Principal Secretary Law Shri Virendar Singh informed that the department has developed and implemented an application for managing the file movement between sections and officers, which has reduced the manual entry in registers for each movement of file within the department. Each file is registered in the system and its movement is traced with this application. It has eased the workload of the dealing assistants.
Besides, there is also a feature providing templates for creating various note-sheets and orders. Once the entries for file names and dates are created, note-sheets and orders can be generated using predefined templates. Using this application, the department has computerised its Civil Section and is in the process of automating other sections as well.
The department has stopped accepting applications for CL and OL on paper. Receiving, processing and sanctioning is done online.
Madhya Pradesh government rejects demand for CBI probe into journalist's killing
Bhopal:MMNN: June 22, 2015
The Madhya Pradesh government has rejected the demand of the Congress party for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged killing of a journalist by the mining mafia in the state.
The burnt body of 40-year-old journalist Sandeep Kothari, who was abducted from Katangi tehsil in Balaghat district, was found dumped in Nagpur on Saturday. He was abducted and reportedly set ablaze.
Police have already arrested three people, identified as Rakesh Nasvani, Vishal Dandi and Brijesh Duharwal, in connection with the case.
Reports suggest that the three accused were putting pressure on Kothari to withdraw a case of illegal mining that he had filed against some people in a local court.
Earlier, Additional Superintendent of Police Neeraj Soni said that Kothari was out on bail for the last two months in a rape case.
Police suspect Kothari was kidnapped and murdered because he refused to withdraw the matter.
The journalist was abducted on June 19 night when he was headed towards Umri village with his friend on his bike.
His bike was hit by a four-wheeler and its occupants bundled him inside the vehicle and fled before beating up Kothari's friend Rahandle who was riding pillion, the SDOP said.
Police have seized the car used for kidnapping Kothari, he added.
Make Yoga part of life
Bhopal:MMNN: June 22, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged people to make Yoga a part of life, develop useful and unique personality and contribute to improve state, country and world. The Chief Minister was addressing state level mass Yoga programme on International Day of Yoga at Lal Parade Ground here today.
The Chief Minister said that practice of Yoga is necessary to realise our full potential. He urged people to make Yoga part of their routine life and practice Pranayam daily. Yoga interconnects entire world. On the initiative of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, this ancient practice of India has become a way of life for entire world today. Healthy body is vital for achieving success in life and Yoga is necessary to keep body fit. Yoga and Pranayam create inner energy that keeps body healthy. Yoga is a scientific method which keeps heart happy and helps mind work with full capacity. Yoga is a method for welfare of all. It is a means to connect with God.
At the programme, address of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on International Day of Yoga was aired. Prayer, various Yoga Asans, Pranayam, Dhyan and Sankalp were performed. Home Minister Shri Babulal Gaur, Mayor Shri Alok Sharma, MP Shri Alok Sanjar, MLAs Shri Rameshwar Sharma and Shri Vishwas Sarang, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, DGP Shri Surendra Sinh, large number of NCC cadets, officers, employees, police personnel, people and Yoga trainers attended the programme.
Annadata farmers should not be made part of politics: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: June 20, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that farmers should not be made part of politics and one should keep away from playing politics on their issues. They are Annadata of the country. They should get every facility. Referring to development of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Chouhan said that its beginning was made with basic infrastructure development and now state is maintaining economic growth rate in double digit.
Addressing a news channel’s programme “MP Summit based on Agriculture Growth” today, Shri Chouhan said that unprecedented achievements have been made in the state by increasing irrigation facilities. Economy will also be durable if agriculture is good. He said that state’s economy remained unaffected even during economic recession due to agriculture growth.
Replying to a question, Shri Chouhan said that incidents like suicides will cease when agriculture will become a profitable occupation. He said that farming in the state has yielded desired results due to efforts like adequate supply of seeds, fertilisers, water and power, reduction in farming cost, good prices of produce, high rate of seed replacement, increase in storage capacity and loans at zero percent interest rate.
Land Acquisition Bill not anti-farmer
Shri Chouhan said that Centre’s Land Acquisition Bill is not anti-farmer. For years, farmers’ lands used to be acquired at throwaway prices. Now the country has moved in the right direction. He said that if government had not done good work, people would have voted it out. He said that government keeps learning lacunae in schemes due to direct dialogue with people and are removed in time. Therefore, implementation of schemes faces no difficulty.
Farmers need to be given better alternatives
Shri Chouhan said that that until farmers are not provided better alternatives, they would remain in the clutches of moneylenders. He said that this situation has almost ceased in Madhya Pradesh. Efforts are being made to provide better alternatives to farmers. Regarding power, the Chief Minister said that 14 thousand MW power is being generated which is surplus for the state. Farmers are getting adequate power. Shri Chouhan said that food grains storage capacity has increased manifold. Modern technologies are being used. Replying to a question on country’s economy, Shri Chouhan said that now it is on right path. Employment generation sector is opening up.
Referring to Krishi Mahotsav, Shri Chouhan said that it is an effort to apprise farmers of new methods and techniques of farming. It is also an initiative to advice farmers on crop cycle change.
PM helps Yoga get new identity
Shri Chouhan said that Yoga needs to be used for good health and creating positive energy in the society. Yoga always existed, but Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has helped it get a new identity on world level. Shri Modi is a global level leader.
Greetings to IIT toppers
Congratulating 3 toppers of Madhya Pradesh in IIT Advance, Shri Chouhan said that students of Madhya Pradesh talented and capable. This year, 137 students of tribal areas of the state have also cleared IIT prelims, which is a matter of happiness.
Referring to increasing investment in industrial sector, Shri Chouhan said that state has good environment for investment. Land bank has been constituted. There is no loss of human labour. Central government is extending maximum cooperation. He said that all states become members of Team India. He said that every state should perform well. He described increase in states’ share in Central taxes to 42 percent as major step in the interest of states.
Progressive farmers felicitated
On the occasion, Shri Chouhan felicitated progressive farmers for innovations in agriculture and creative use of technology in increasing crop yield. The felicitated farmers included Mankunwar Bai, Shri Suresh Madhav, Barkhera, Bhopal, Shri Gangaram Baghel, Bhind, Madanlal Kachhwaha, Neemuch, Shri Kalu Singh, Dewas, Shri Kamal Singh, Dewas, Shri Ganesh Singh Yadav, Khargone, Shri Rahul Singh, Khandwa, Shri Husenya Kashiram and Shri Narayan Singh Batham, Bhind.
Agriculture Minister Gaurishankar Bisen, Health Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra, Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla, Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Maya Singh, MP Shri Alok Sanjar, MLAs Shri Vishwas Sarang and Shri Rameshwar Sharma and Mayor Bhopal Shri Alok Sharma were also present.
CM Shri Chouhan meets Prime Minister
Bhopal:MMNN: June 18, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi today. Shri Chouhan apprised the Prime Minister of suggestions and views aired at national conference on crop insurance at Bhopal. He informed that a report on the conference will soon be submitted to the Prime Minister.
Besides, the Chief Minister also gave detailed information about Krishi Mahotsav in the state saying that Krishi Raths were sent during it to about 23 thousand Gram Panchayats in the state to apprise farmers of new innovations and farming techniques.
Shri Chouhan apprised the Prime Minister of preparations for Simhastha to be held next year and reiterated state’s demand for assistance regarding this. Shri Chouhan informed that Prime Minister Shri Modi will be chief guest at concluding programme of Simhastha on May 14, 2016.
This Simhastha will be a mega ideological event marked by seminars on various issues and philosophy, discourses of saints and seers etc. There will be brainstorming on value based life environment, climate, Dharma, human welfare and other related topics relevant to entire humankind. Shri Chouhan also invited the Prime Minister to inaugurate Vishwa Hindi Sammelan.
Celebrate this Raksha Bandhan a bit differently
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan has urged people to celebrate this Raksha Bandhan a bit differently to ensure secure and bright future of their sisters. He said that on Raksha Bandhan this year, instead of gifts and sweets, brothers should present documents of insurance policies of the Central Government to sisters.
It is noteworthy that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has launched insurance and pension scheme with a very minimal premium for secured life of people.
Centre’s agriculture income insurance scheme for minimum income of farmers from next year
Bhopal:MMNN: June 17, 2015
Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that Central Government will introduce new Agriculture Income Insurance Scheme from next year under which farmers’ minimum income will be ensured. He said that the Central Government is committed to ensuring prosperity of villages, poor and farmers. Shri Singh was addressing concluding function of 2-day National Conference on Crop Insurance here today. The seminar was held on the initiative of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan to frame a new crop insurance policy in Madhya Pradesh.
The Union Minister while referring to unprecedented progress of Madhya Pradesh in agriculture sector said that other states should emulate Madhya Pradesh. He said that states have important role in success of farmer-oriented schemes of Central Government. Madhya Pradesh has done exceedingly well in this direction. He said that Madhya Pradesh used budget in a better way in the interest of farmers by increasing irrigation capacity in the state. He said that Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have done unprecedented work to increase irrigation capacity.
Shri Singh said that previous Central government had done nothing towards soil health management. The present Central Government has done historic work to make available Soil Health Cards to farmers. The previous government had provided only Rs. 78 crore whereas Central government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Singh Modi has allocated Rs. 568 crore for this.
The Union Minister said that land of farmers will not be acquired. Farmers will be given Rs. 50 thousand per hectare for organic farming. He said that for providing 100 percent relief to farmers in the event of natural calamities, quantum of loss has been reduced from 55 percent to 33 percent for assessing crop loss.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that as a pilot project, Assured Agriculture Income Scheme for farmers will be introduced in next Rabi season.
The Chief Minister said that due to contribution of agriculture sector, Madhya Pradesh did not face shortage of revenue even in the days of recession and the state maintained double digit economic growth rate. Shri Chouhan said that agriculture sector should be saved if country’s economy has to be saved. He said that farming and farmers can be saved by providing irrigation facilities, timely supply of seeds and fertilisers, increasing minimum support price for procurement of agriculture produce and decreasing cost of farming. In the state, farmers have been provided assistance worth Rs. 12 thousand during last financial year.
Referring to format of new crop insurance policy, the Chief Minister said that it should benefit farmers and not the insurance companies or banks. Crop insurance policy should be farmer centric since crops are life of farmers. He said that crop insurance policy should be simple so that farmers can understand it easily, take full advantage of it and pay premium without any difficulty. He said that previous insurance policies were neither in the interest of farmers nor lucrative. They could not meet their objectives since the policies were not effective.
The Chief Minister said that crop insurance should be based on revenue model and not produce-based since apart from loss due to weather vagaries, farmers also suffer loss due to fall in food grains’ prices. He said that the new crop insurance policy should be such that farmers remain unaffected even when prices of crops fall in the market. They should get minimum guaranteed income. Premium should be less and its formula simple. It should also be considered to appoint rural youths as insurance agents for cent percent coverage of crop insurance so that they can get employment at local level and all farmers are also insured.
Shri Chouhan said that in the crop insurance scheme to be introduced from Kharif 2015 in Madhya Pradesh, remote sensing will be used for crop cutting experiment to assess crops loss. Automated weather stations will be set up. He said that even if a farmer does not make claim for crop insurance, he must get a minimum incentive amount. For this, Central and State governments may jointly evolve a model. Inception of a Farmers Welfare Fund should also be considered to ensure guaranteed income to farmers. It would connect government directly with farmers. For this Central and state governments may consider providing joint budget. Agriculture Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen said that crop insurance scheme should be simple, effective and result-oriented. He said that separate agriculture strategies should be chalked out for different climate zones as per their specific requirements. He said that crop insurance scheme of Madhya Pradesh will be a guiding factor for country.
Secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sangathan Shri Dinesh Kulkarni said that procurement system of Madhya Pradesh should be replicated in entire country. He said that constitution of a commission should also be considered to ensure guaranteed income to farmers.
Principal Secretary Agriculture Dr. Rajesh Rajora informed about recommendations of the conference. He discussed proposed draft of crop insurance policy and informed about suggestion given by experts of agriculture and insurance sectors.
Animal Husbandry Minister Sushri Kusum Mahdele, Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, former Agriculture Minister Dr. Ram Krishna Kusmaria and agriculture scientists were present. Mementoes were presented to the guests. Agriculture Production Commissioner Shri R.K. Swai proposed a vote of thanks.
Innovations in Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana
Bhopal:MMNN: June 17, 2015
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa informed Union Cabinet Secretary Shri P.K. Sinha through video-conferencing about works being undertaken in Madhya Pradesh under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Grameen). Through the special video-conferencing, Chief Secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Odisha also informed about activities in their respective states under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan today.
Apart form providing Rs. 25 thousand per couple in marriages under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana, the Chief Secretary informed the Cabinet Secretary that each couple is also being given Rs. 12 thousand for constructing toilet as per eligibility. It is noteworthy that Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country to give this facility to toilet-less newly wed couples.
Cabinet Secretary Shri Sinha while expressing satisfaction over progress of Madhya Pradesh, lauded its cluster approach. ACS Panchayats & Rural Development Smt. Aruna Sharma was also present during video-conferencing. The CS informed Cabinet Secretary about implementation of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Grameen) in Madhya Pradesh in detail. He said that 19 lakh toilets will be constructed under Abhiyan in Madhya Pradesh. Directives have been given to all collectors to review the scheme regularly.
Strategy of Madhya Pradesh
CS informed the Cabinet Secretary that the strategy for year 2015-16 envisages 3-4 fold increase in the pace of construction of toilets and ensure their cent percent use. Gram Panchayats are being selected on the basis of priorities. These include Gram Panchayats situated on banks of Narmada, Panchayats selected under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, Gram Panchayats empowered by NRLM and DPEP and the Gram Panchayats having piped water schemes. A target has been set to curb open-area defecation in all selected Gram Panchayats in Madhya Pradesh by 2016.
The Cabinet Secretary was also informed about action taken so far under the Mission in Madhya Pradesh. Intensive training programme for block level motivators has been undertaken in 9 districts of the state including Harda, Katni, Raisen, Barwani, Chhindwara, Sagar, Vidisha, Ujjain and Betul. Transgender community in the state is also partnering as motivators. Training has been imparted to about 7 thousand masons in 17 districts of the state under Swachh Bharat Mission. Training for Swachhata Doots have also been imparted to 10 thousand persons in 32 districts. CEOs of districts and Presidents of Zila and Janpad Panchayats have participated in state level workshops under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) in districts. Officers of Rajasthan and West Bengal also participated in these workshops. Similarly, conventions of newly elected Panchayat representatives were also held in all districts.
CM Shri Chouhan practices Yoga with ministers
Bhopal:MMNN: June 16, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan practiced Yoga with members of his cabinet at CM House here today. The Chief Minister and Ministers practiced various Asanas of Yoga and Pranayam.
Various Yoga activities, Asanas, Pranayam and Dhyan were practiced at the CM House in the morning. These included Greeva and Kati Sanchalan, exercises of knees, Tadasan, Vrikshasan, Paad-Hastasan, Ardhchakrasan, Trikonasan, Bhadrasan, Ardhushtasan, Shashankasan, Chakrasan, Bhunjgasan, Shalabhasan, Makarasan, Setubandh Asan, Pawanmuktasan and Shawasan. Besisides, Kapalbhati, Anulom-Vilom, Bhramari Pranayam and Dhyan were also practiced.
Home Minister Shri Babulal Gaur, School Education Minister Shri Paras Jain, Transport Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh, Finance Minister Shri Jayant Malaiya, PWD Minister Shri Sartaj Singh, Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta, Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar, Health Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra, Minister of State for Tourism Shri Surendra Patwa, Minister of State for Narmada Valley Development Shri Lal Singh Arya, Minister of State for School Education Shri Deepak Joshi, Minister of State for Health Shri Sharad Jain and ACS Shri S.R. Mohanthy participated in the Yoga practice.
Crop insurance policy should ensure minimum income to farmers even in calamities
Bhopal:MMNN: June 16, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has laid emphasis on chalking out such a crop insurance policy under which farmers can be assured of minimum income even in contingencies and natural calamities. He said that insurance policy should be framed keeping in view farmers’ practical difficulties. The Chief Minister was addressing inaugural session of a national conference on crop insurance here today.
The Chief Minister said that crop insurance policy should totally eliminate risk for farmers. Agriculture is still the backbone of our economy. Every possible effort has been made in Madhya Pradesh to make agriculture profitable. Miraculous rise in state’s agriculture growth rate has been possible through unprecedented expansion of irrigation facilities. Reduction in cost, fair prices of farmers produce and compensation of loss to crop due to natural disasters is necessary for profitable agriculture. Loans at zero percent interest rate are being made available to farmers in the state to reduce cost. He said that rain-fed agriculture, which is still continuing, is affected by climate change. Every farmer can be made happy by covering risk for loss of his crop. Last year, relief worth Rs. 3,300 crore was distributed to farmers whose soybean and wheat crops were affected by climate change.
The Chief Minister said that existing crop insurance schemes are impractical and not farmer-friendly. Much time is consumed in assessing crop loss under these policies. All non-loanee farmers and all crops must be covered under crop insurance scheme. There should be provision for relief to farmers even in case of failure of crop and drought. Insurance claims should be disposed of speedily. Relief should be deposited directly in farmers’ bank accounts. There should also be provision to assess loss of farmers due to fall in prices of produce. Premium of the scheme should be affordable for farmers.
Agriculture Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen said that formulation of an ideal crop insurance policy is need of the hour to provide risk cover to farmers in times of crisis. He said that protecting farmers in the event of disasters is responsibility of both the state and Central governments. He said that the state has earned encomiums in the country by increasing wheat and milk production. He said that conferences on formulation of new crop insurance policy should be held in entire country so that Central government can also obtain experts’ views regarding this. He said that Madhya Pradesh has made pioneering efforts for welfare of farmers be it extension of facilities or distribution of liberal relief. He said that changes in national agriculture crop insurance policy as per changing times have become need of the hour.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa said that Madhya Pradesh has become crown of the country in agriculture sector due to concerted efforts of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan. It has surpassed Punjab, Haryana in wheat production and states like Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh in milk production. It is also ahead in production of Basmati rice. Agriculture growth rate has increased at unprecedented rate. He said that now historic initiative is being taken to formulate a new crop insurance policy in Madhya Pradesh to benefit farmers. He said that Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has taken this initiative in view of lacunae in national crop insurance policy.
BJP Vice-President and in-charge of Madhya Pradesh Shri Vinay Sahastrabuddhe, Chairman of Agriculture Cost and Price Commission Dr. Ashok Vishandas, Union Additional Secretary Agriculture Shri A.K. Shrivastava, foreign countries’ experts and representatives of insurance companies were also present. Dr. Joshua Madson, Chicago, Dr. Miguel Fusco, Argentina, Shri Christopher Coe, Agriculture Head, Asia Pacific, Singapore, Dr. Leif Heimfahart, Germany, Sushri Henry Kannan, Switzerland and senior officers of the state government also attended the session.
10 percent of loans on seeds and fertilisers to be paid by government
Bhopal:MMNN: June 15, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that 10 percent of loan taken by farmers for seeds and fertilisers will be paid by the state government. The government is making efforts to chalk out a crop insurance scheme under which farmers can get relief against cent percent loss to their crops due to recurring climate changes. The state government is also considering to institute Farmers Welfare Fund. The Chief Minister stated this at state level Krishi Mahotsav on the premises of Gwalior Vyapar Mela today. He also inaugurated and laid foundation stones of 135 construction works costing Rs. 20 crore 46 lakh. The programme was presided over by Union Steel and Mining Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar. Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Maya Singh and Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra were also present.
The Chief Minister said that a number of measures have been undertaken for farmers’ welfare in Madhya Pradesh. For maintaining smile on the faces of farmers, it is necessary to make agriculture profitable.
Shri Chouhan informed that lining work has been completed upto 425 kms in Chambal canal system. Besides, capacity of Palaua, Upper Kokta and other dams in the region is also being expanded. He urged farmers to change crop pattern in view of climate change.
Union Minister Shri Tomar said that the state government has taken quick decisions for farmers welfare.
Soil testing labs in every development block
The Chief Minister said that the state government has decided to establish soil testing labs in every development block. Soil Health Cards will be issued by these labs to farmers.
Anganwadi children to get milk instead of eggs
The Chief Minister said that the government has decided to provide milk thrice a week to children of aganwadis. The state government will invest Rs. 400 crore on it. Milk will be purchased locally which will give business to cattle rearers.
The Chief Minister said that Chambal ravines will be leveled, made green and used for establishing industries. For this, the state government has chalked out a Rs. 1100 crore project. He said that the state government will observe Gareeb Kalyan Varsh from September 25.
26 thousand police personnel to be recruited
Bhopal:MMNN: June 15, 2015
Criminals may invent new methods of crime, but Madhya Pradesh is capable to deal with them effectively. For this, police in the state is being modernized in a planned manner. This was stated by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan while dedicating new building and upgradation works of Police Training School, Tighara in Gwalior today. Upgradation works costing Rs. 37 crore have been undertaken in the Police Training School. He said that in proportion of rising population of the state, 26 thousand police personnel are being recruited. Union Steel and Mining Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar was also present.
Laying emphasis on not giving any relaxation to criminals, the Chief Minister said that the police should deal very firmly with them. Whereas, attitude towards common people should be polite. He stressed the need to redefine human rights. He said that state’s police has not only eliminated dacoity menace, but has also been dealing effectively with naxalism. He said that modern resources are being made available to police.
“Dial-100” service from August 15
The Chief Minister said that the state government is going to start “Dial 100” Service from August 15 next. After start of the service, police will reach common people in 5 minutes in urban and 30 minutes in rural areas.
Home Minister Shri Babulal Gaur said that following upgradation, 1500 police personal can undergo training simultaneously at Police Training School, Tighara, DGP Shri Surendra Sinh and Chairman of Police Housing Corporation Shri Rishi Kumar Shukla also threw light on efficiency of state’s police.
Works done in Police Training School
Several new buildings have been constructed under upgradation of the training school. These include administrative building, outdoor training complex, armoury, gym, welfare, canteen, hostel, mess, driving and firing simulators, conference hall, computer lab, library, hospital etc. A driving simulator has been set up at the PTS so that cadets can undergo driving training in modern way.
Twelve new classrooms have been constructed in training building. LSD projectors have been installed in them all. A separate computer lab has also been constructed.
A climbing wall has been constructed for outdoor training. A national level modern 400 metre track, 2 basketball and 6 volleyball courts have also be constructed.
Tighara Police Training School was incepted in year 1960. Earlier, this place was used during British era for operating wireless sets and landing of fighter aircrafts.
Public Health & Family Welfare Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra, Women & Child Development Minister Smt. Maya Singh and MLA Shri Bharat Singh were also present.
Making agriculture profitable my resolve and passion
Bhopal:MMNN: June 13, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that making agriculture profitable is his resolve and passion. He said that compensation to farmers against crop loss will be given under new crop insurance policy in future. Shri Chouhan was addressing a mass marriage function and Antyodaya Mela at Khurai in Sagar district today. The Chief Minister also inaugurated and laid foundation stones of 364 development and construction works costing Rs. 100 crore 25 lakh. Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, MP Shri Laxmi Narayan Yadav and other public representatives were also present.
The Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh is now number one in the country in agriculture. This is the outcome of farmers’ untiring hard work and resources made available to them by the government. The Chief Minister said that the state government has taken major decisions in the interest of farmers due to which farming has become easier for them. The Chief Minister said that area under irrigation is being expanded constantly. It has been increased from 7.50 lakh hectares to 36 lakh hectares now. He informed that a new scheme has recently been introduced under which farmers will repay only 90 percent amount of loans taken by them.
Shri Chouhan urged farmers to store advance quota of fertilisers and undertake farming with new technology and after getting soil tested. He informed that the state government is also making efforts to help youths move forwards. Young entrepreneurs are being provided loans of Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. one crore to establish self-employment. Government is also arranging education of poor children. Shri Chouhan informed that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has promised that every person in the country will have his own house by year 2022. Shri Chouhan announced to give early sanction to Bina River Project, Rs. 5 crore for development works and Malthone, Krishi Mandi, opening of college and making funds available for drinking water schemes of Bandri and Malthone. He also announced to sanction funds for construction of 7 roads.
Transport Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh said that the government has chalked out a number of schemes for all-round development of farmers and the poor.
At the mass marriage function, marriages of 151 couples including 12 Muslim couples were solemnized in the presence of the Chief Minister. Shri Chouhan blessed the newly weds. He also inspected an exhibition at function venue. He distributed pattas to forest dwellers and Rs. 12 crore 36 lakh to 6682 farmers as relief for crop loss during 2013-14. Sagar Collector presented a Rs. 56 lakh cheque to the Chief Minister on behalf of government officers and employees towards relief to Nepal’s earthquake victims.
Ensure participation of every section in International Yoga Day programme
Bhopal:MMNN: June 13, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that every section of society should be motivated to participate in programmes to be held on International Yoga Day on June 21. Systematic programmes should be held from state capital to Panchayat level. People should be apprised of benefits of Yoga. The Chief Minister was reviewing preparations for International Yoga Day in districts through video-conferencing here today.
The Chief Minister said that on the initiative of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, 177 countries in the world have voted for India’s proposal to observe International Yoga Day on June 21 every year. It is now our responsibility to ensure its success. Programmes in districts should be held under guidance of minister in-charge of concerning district with the cooperation of local Yoga institutions. One can tap his total potential by remaining healthy through Yoga. He said that maximum number of people should be motivated to participate in this voluntary programme of Yoga. All public representatives, officers and employees should participate in it. Environment should be created to motivate people in districts.
Outlines of the programme were narrated during video-conferencing. It was informed that Yoga Day programmes will be held from 6.30 am on June 21 in entire state. Students of schools and colleges, representatives of Yoga institutions, NCC cadets, police personnel, government servants, people and public representatives will participate in the programmes, which will be held upto Panchayat level. Madhya Pradesh Gaan and Chief Minister’s message will be aired during the programme. The programmes will start from 6.30 am and conclude at 7.35 am. During it, Yoga Asana, Pranayam, Dhyan and Shanti Path will be performed.
Keen interest among Yoga is prevailing in districts. Large scale preparations with the cooperation of public representatives have been made in districts. Training of Yoga is being imparted to people. During video-conferencing, Ministers, Mayors, Zila Panchayat Presidents and MLAs gave information and suggestions about preparations for the programme.
Morena city to get Rs. 11 crore for development works
Bhopal:MMNN: June 12, 2015
Rs. 11 crore will be sanctioned for development of Morena city. These funds will be used in construction of nullah and other construction works. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced this while addressing a function under Krishi Mahotsav and Antyodaya Mela at Morena today.
The Chief Minister said that farmers should adopt modern technologies of farming to make agriculture profitable. He said that farmers are being given 10 percent subsidy for purchasing seeds and fertilisers and urged them to avail this benefit. He said that soil testing labs are being opened at development block level. He said that area under irrigation in the state has been increased from 7.50 lakh hectares to 36 lakh hectares. It would be increased to 50 lakh hectares in future. New crop insurance policy will be formulated to benefit farmers.
The Chief Minister gave away Rs. 10 lakh assistance to the bereaved family of Shaheed Jawan Charan Singh Gurjar, government services to one member of his family, a house in the city and naming a road after him and install his statute there. He informed that a Rs. 1300 crore proposal has been chalked out to level ravines.
The Chief Minister distributed Rs. 22 crore assistance amount to 12 thousand beneficiaries at the fair. He inaugurated and laid foundation stones of Rs. 288 crore construction works. Shri Chouhan laid foundation stone of Morena collectorate building.
The Chief Minister inaugurated Amar Shaheed Ram Prasad Bismil museum booking window. At Ganeshpura, he performed Bhumi Poojan of of Malgodam road.
Union Steel and Mining Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said that after becoming Municipal Corporation, Morena will be developed on the lines of Gwalior. MoS Shri Lal Singh Arya said that remarkable development has been made in Chambal region in last 10 years. MP Shri Anoop Mishra, MLA Shri Rustam Singh also spoke on the occasion. Zila Panchayat President Smt. Gita Harshana proposed a vote of thanks.
Various departments including Public Relations Department had put up a development exhibition. Public representatives and farmers were present on the occasion.
50 lakh hectares to be irrigated by year 2018
Bhopal:MMNN: June 12, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that 50 lakh hectares will be irrigated in the state by year 2018. At present, 36 lakh hectares are under irrigation. He said that subject experts from all over the country will discuss new insurance policy to give full compensation to farmers at Bhopal on June 15-16. Shri Chouhan was inaugurating state level agriculture-horticulture science fair during Krishi Mahotsav at Rewa today.
The Chief Minister said that Krishi Mahotsav is an event to inspire farmers to adopt modern technologies. He said that availing its benefit, farmers can change pattern of farming and make agriculture profitable. He said that farmers should adopt horticulture and protected farming along with agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries. This will boost farmers’ financial condition. He expressed happiness that not only wheat production has increased in Rewa area, but its quality is also being appreciated in country and abroad.
Shri Chouhan said that a better alternative has been given to farmers in lieu of bonus under which they will have to repay only 90 percent of loans availed by them. He felt pride that state’s agriculture growth rate has increased to 24 percent, highest in the country as a result of hard work of farmers. He urged farmers to store advance quota of seeds and fertilisers. Shri Chouhan said that efforts will be made to make available water of Bargi dam in Satna district and Bansagar dam in Sidhi district’s farmers.
Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen, Public Relations and Energy Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla and Horticulture, Food Processing & Animal Husbandry Minister Sushri Kusum Mahdele also spoke on the occasion.
The Chief Minister also inspected an exhibition put up by Agriculture, Rural Development, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Horticulture and Health departments. He gave away soil health cards, grants under Balram Talab Yojana, rotavators for horticulture crops and cheques to beneficiaries of E-Ladli Laxmi.