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CM Shri Chouhan greets Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh
Bhopal:MMNN: July 28, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan greeted Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh at State Hangar here today.
From there, Union Minister Shri Singh left for Neemuch.
Those who also greeted Shri Singh included Health Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra,
Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta,
Mayor Shri Alok Sharma, Shri Arvind Menon, MLA Shri Vishwas Sarang,
public representatives and large number of workers.


Extend immediate relief to people affected by excessive rains and floods
Bhopal:MMNN: July 28, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to provide immediate relief to people affected by excessive rains and floods.
Reviewing flood situation at Mantralaya here today, he directed officers to keep constant watch over situation and take immediate remedial steps.
Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, DGP Shri Surendra Sinh and other senior officers attended the high level meeting.
The Chief Minister directed to immediately put up barriers on roads in flood-prone areas.
In case of water overflows on the road, traffic must be stopped firmly. He also directed to immediately repair damaged bridges and culverts.
The Chief Minister reviewed arrangements to deal with flood situation.
It was informed that aerial facility to save life and property will also be available. Besides, all other necessary arrangements have been made.


Harda initiative for open defecation free villages touches heart of P.M. Shri Modi
Bhopal:MMNN: July 27, 2015
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has lavishly showered praise on the Harda district's initiative of Operation Mallyudh(Combating Open Defecation) under the the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan and 'Brother Number One' campaign while addressing the nation through Man Ki Baat from All India Radio today.
Shri Modi appreciated the efforts of Harda district authorities to stop the practice of open defecation and congratulated them for this innovative drive.
Shri Modi said 'the initiative by the officials of Harda district of Madhya Pradesh has touched my heart.' He said that Clean India Campaign has got a new dimension with unique initiative like 'Brother Number One'. Elaborating the features of the initiative, he said that brothers on Raksha Bandhan should promise to build a toilet for their sisters for their dignity. The Prime Minister said that 'if all brothers do it, then entire district will be free from open defecation in honour of mothers and sisters”. He said that “Raksha Bandhan is the best occasion for this. He congratulated the entire team of Harda district administration”.
It is worth recalling here that Harda district in 2014-15 decided to construct 9000 toilets out of which 5862 toilets were built. Villages in 24 gram panchayats have became open defecation free villages. In 2015-16, as many as 1976 toilets against the targeted 18 thousand 686 in toilets have been constructed and nearly four thousand are under construction. As many as 30 villages in 15 gram panchayats have become open defecation free villages.
What Is Operation Mallyuddh?
Harda district has resolved to make its villages free from open defecation by end of next year. This operation has been named as Operation Mallyuddh. Launched in May 2014, dedicated people from within the society have been designated as commandos to fight out the menace. Gram Panchayat sarpanchas, secretaries, people's representatives and voluntary organizations have been involved in addition to committed government officials.
How commandos work?
The selected Commandos move in groups. They have been given training in facilitation. They move from village to village in the morning and evening time cautioning villagers not to sit in open space for defecation. They keep on whistling to caution the people. If they find anyone negligent, they go on the spot and counsel him about personal and community hygiene. The Commandos keep on motivating villagers and sometime even help clean the filthy sites. Villagers have learnt from them and have promised to build and use toilets.
The energetic and dedicated volunteers of commandos' groups have formed village-level monitoring committee. This committee's mandate is to discourage open defecation and motivate villagers to use the toilets. The local women have also been involved in this operation.
What Is Brother Number One Initiative?
This initiative has been designed to encourage brothers to come forward and offer to build toilets for their sisters as a gift on Raksha Bandhan. The Harda district has launched a competition among the brothers to become number one in offering such a gift on Raksha Bandhan.
The gift of toilet is an honour and dignity for their sister. For all brothers in urban and rural areas of the district, application forms are available from July 15 to August 15, 2015. They will be felicitated at district level grand felicitation ceremony for building the best toilets for sisters. The application fee is Rs. five. The application from will have details like name, father's name, occupation, village name, Muhalla, wards, Nagar Panchayat, toilet use verification report, construction cost etc.


Ujjain municipal corporation reserved for SC women, Morena for SC
Bhopal:MMNN: July 27, 2015
Secretary State Election Commission Shri G.P. Shrivastava has informed that elections in 11 urban bodies will be held on August 12.
Of these, general elections will be held in Ujjain and Morena municipal corporations, Vidisha and Sarangpur Nagar Palik Parishads and Nagar Parishads Dhuwara in Chhatarpur district, Chakghat in Rewa, Kotar in Satna district, Suwasara in Mandsaur district and Lanji in Balaghat district.
Ujjain Municipal Corporation is reserved for scheduled caste women, Morena Municipal Corporation for scheduled castes, Vidisha Nagar Palik Parishad for other backward classes, Sarangpur for OBC women and Harda is unreserved.
Similarly, Dhuwara, Chakghat and Kotar Nagar Parishads are reserved for women, Lanji unreserved, Suwasara reserved for scheduled castes and Bhainsdehi is reserved for OBC.
Nominations will be filled in all these urban bodies till July 28. Scrutiny will be held on July 29.
Nominations can be withdrawn till July 31. Polling will be held on August 12 from 7 am to 5 pm. Counting of votes will be held on August 16 from 9 am.


Above normal rains in 16 districts of state, normal in 28 and scanty in 7 districts
Bhopal:MMNN: July 25, 2015
So far, 16 districts of the state have registered above normal rainfall, 28 districts normal and 7 districts have witnessed scanty rainfall.
The districts which witnessed above normal rains include
Narsinghpur, Indore, Dhar, Khandwa, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Dewas, Shajapur, Agar, Gwalior, Guna, Bhopal, Sehore, Raisen and Rajgarh.
Normal rains have been registered in Jabalpur, Chhindwara, Seoni, Mandla, Damoh, Dindori, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur, Rewa, Sidhi, Singrauli, Satna,
Shahdol, Umaria, Jhabua, Alirajpur, Khargone, Barwani, Neemuch, Morena, Bhind, Shivpuri, Datia, Vidisha, Hoshangabad, Harda, Betul and Ashok Nagar districts.
Sagar, Katni, Balaghat, Panna, Anuppur, Burhanpur and Sheopur districts have registered scanty rainfall.


Extend immediate relief to people affected by excessive rains and floods
Bhopal:MMNN: July 25, 2015
Guinness Book of World Records has conferred certificate to Madhya Pradesh for the world record created on World Handwashing Day in Madhya Pradesh on October 15, 2014.
The certificate was received by ACS Panchayats & Rural Development Smt. Aruna Sharma and a team of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Madhya Pradesh today. State Programme Officer State Water and Sanitation Mission, Madhya Pradesh Smt. Hemwati Burman was also present.
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 has surpassed the joint record of 3 countries on October 15, 2014. After completion of verification formalities, Guinness Book of World Records registered new world record created by Madhya Pradesh. Certificate for this glorious record has now been sent to Madhya Pradesh.
For creating awareness about sanitation and hygiene, handwashing with soap was done at government primary and middle schools and anganwadis. 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 and sent a certificate about it.
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.


Maa Narmada Link Irrigation Project sanctioned for Alirajpur district
Bhopal:MMNN: July 24, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Maa Narmada Link Irrigation Project has been sanctioned for Alirajpur district. In the first phase, Rs. 582 crore has been sanctioned. He said that foundation stone of the project will be laid soon. It would change both image and fortunes of tribal district Alirajpur. CM Shri Chouhan was addressing Azad Mela on Amar Shaheed Chandrashekhar Azad’s birth anniversary at Chandrashekhar Azad Nagar today.
The Chief Minister said that Jobat extension project will also be sanctioned. It would be expanded at a cost of Rs. 157 crore and irrigate 10 thousand hectares in 22 villages. He assured to fulfill demand to open ITI at Bhabhra. The Chief Minister announced Rs. one crore each for Jobat and Bhabhra Nagar Parishads for development. Shri Chouhan also sanctioned Rs. 12 crore 52 lakh to Jobat under Mukhyamantri Peyjal Yojana and Eklavya Tribal Hostel at Sejwada. During the function, the Chief Minister sanctioned Rs. one lakh for treatment of a small girl and Rs. one lakh ex-gratia to family members of boy who died due to electrocution.
Referring to martyrdom of Chandrashekhar Azad, the Chief Minister said that the wave of revolution had given significant contribution for retreat of the Britishers from India. He laid emphasis on remembering revolutionaries of Indian history with respect. The Chief Minister said that no stone will be left unturned in ensuring development of the poor and tribals. The Chief Minister said that he has decided that the state government will bear expenses on admission fee of tribal students in IIT, IIM, medical and engineering colleges. He said that free food and scholarships will also be provided to students of class XI and XII. If a student takes admission in an authorized university in a foreign country, the state government will also bear expenses from Rs. 15 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh.
The Chief Minister said that on the demand of tribals, Ram Devra pilgrimage has been included in Mukhyamantri Tirth-Darshan Yojana. He said that the tribals dwelling on forest land for years but not receiving land rights pattas will also be given pattas.
Labour and Minorities Welfare Minister Shri Antar Singh Arya, MLAs Shri Madho Singh Dawar, Shri Nagar Singh Chouhan and Shri Amardeep Mourya also spoke on the occasion.
At Antyodaya Mela, the Chief Minister distributed benefits under Ladli Laxmi Yojana as a token, NRLN, toilets, tubewells, Balram Talab, biogas, schemes of Industries Department and input materials to beneficiaries. Sanction letters and materials worth Rs. 15 crore were distributed. The programme was conducted by Dr. Narottam Mishra.


CM Shri Chouhan lays foundation of Chandrashekhar Azad Govt. College building at Bhabhra
Bhopal:MMNN: July 24, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan performed Bhumi Poojan of building of
Chandrashekhar Azad Government College costing Rs. 3 crore 24 lakh at Chandrashekhar Azad Nagar,
Bhabhra in Alirajpur district today.
Minister in-charge of the district Shri Antar Singh Arya,
Minister of State for Tourism Shri Surendra Patwa,
MP Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan and MLAs Shri Madho Singh Davar and Shri Nagar Singh Chouhan were also present.


Launch drive to distribute plot holder certificates
Bhopal:MMNN: July 23, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that plot holder certificates should be distributed to all families dwelling at the same place for a long time. No eligible family should be left out. He directed to distribute such certificates by launching a drive. Shri Chouhan was chairing 12th meeting of general body of Madhya Pradesh Rural Roads Development Authority here today. He also reviewed works under Mukhyamantri Aawas Mission.
Finance Minister Shri Jayant Malaiya, Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, PWD Minister Shri Sartaj Singh, Agriculture Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen, SC, ST Welfare Minister Shri Gyan Singh and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that every eligible person should get benefit. Therefore, process in this work should be clear and simple. He said that prescribed priority of beneficiaries under Mukhyamantri Aawas Yojana must be adhered to strictly. Eligible person must get benefit directly. It should be ensured that beneficiaries are benefited only as per pre-determined order. Transparency should be exercised in the work. Shri Chouhan said that supervision, repairs and maintenance of roads must be monitored regularly. He stressed the need for maintenance of commercial roads under PPP mode.
The meeting was informed that 62 thousand km long roads have been constructed under the scheme so far. Of these, maintenance period of 36 thousand km long roads is 5 years. For remaining 26 thousand km long roads, agreements have been signed for maintenance and repairs for 5 years post-construction.
Under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, 732 km long roads will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 313 crore to link 277 new revenue villages. Of these, construction of 353 km long roads connecting 123 villages has been started. The 315 km long 109 gravel roads sanctioned earlier are being asphalted at a cost of Rs. 91 crore.
In the state, roads of 17 thousand 12 villages under total 52 thousand 117 villages were sanctioned under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. Of these, 14 thousand 650 villages have been connected. Under Mukhyamantri Grameen Aawas Mission, loans have been sanctioned to 4 lakh 73 thousand 622 families. Of these, 3 lakh one thousand 518 families have completed their houses. Unit cost has increased from Rs. 70 thousand to Rs. one lakh 20 thousand. Provision of Rs. 60 crore has been made under the scheme for year 2015-16.


Social service through positive journalism
Bhopal:MMNN: July 23, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that country, state and society can be served through creative and positive journalism.
The Chief Minister was releasing daily newspaper “Subah Savere” here today.
Public Relations and Mineral Resources Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla was also present.
The Chief Minister advised the newspaper management not to join race of circulation figure, but surge ahead in quality. Factual news should be published. Newspapers build public opinion.
Journalism should be in the interest of people, country, state and humanity. Chief Editor Shri Umesh Trivedi informed about the newspaper.
Commissioner Public Relations Shri Anupam Rajan was also present.
Newspapers’ Editor Shri Girish Upadhyay conducted the proceedings while Resident Editor Shri Pankaj Shukla proposed a vote of thanks.


Poor deserve first priority in works under corporate-social responsibility
Bhopal:MMNN: July 22, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that roads of the state should also be smart. Speedy and effective arrangements should be made to remove hurdles in roads. He directed for constant monitoring of roads and making them safe and motorable during rainy season. Shri Chouhan was chairing a meeting of Board of Directors of Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation here today. PWD Minister Shri Sartaj Singh and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa were also present. A presentation on status of proposed national highways in the state was also given.
The Chief Minister said that the poor deserve first priority in works under corporate-social responsibility. Corporate sector must partner in efforts to uplift the poor and labourers. He directed to prepare a booklet of guidelines for this. He said that process should be undertaken to set norms for converting highways to national highways. Efforts should be made to convert minimum 2 such roads to national highways which connect all district headquarters, tribal areas and major tourist destinations to 2 national highways.
Shri Chouhan reviewed progress of works of Road Development Corporation. The corporation was directed to make equal arrangements for appointments on contract basis. A fund manager should be appointed through transparent process to institute a gratuity fund for corporation’s permanent employees. He also stressed the need to appoint an independent Director in the Board of Directors. He directed for strict action against agencies not completing work within time-limit or delaying it. He also laid emphasis on constant monitoring for regular realization of toll and premium from corporation’s roads.
The meeting was informed that the Board will identify about 4000 kms long highways and send proposal to the Centre to convert them to national highways. The corporation has spent about Rs. 34 thousand crore to construct 10 thousand 517 km long roads costing Rs. 14 thousand 214 crore while 6 thousand 135 km long costing Rs. 18 thousand 813 crore are under construction. The Board is also working on 113 other projects costing Rs. 1,233 crore.


States Smart Cities to be developed on Centres Smart City Norms
Bhopal:MMNN: July 22, 2015
The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the cities left to be included under Government of India's Smart City Project on competition basis will be developed as State's Smart City with similar facilities. Shri Chouhan was addressing mayors at Mantralaya during presentation on the evaluation of Smart City proposals here today.
It may be noted here that every State has to send proposal for selection of Government of India's 100 Smart Cities on the basis of certain parameters. As many as seven cities from the State will be included in 100 cities.
Shri Chouhan in his address to the mayors said that the State Government's vision is to develop every city into a Smart City. For this dedicated efforts are the pre-requisite. The state government would extend all possible assistance and guidance.
The Chief Minister urged the mayors to raise financial resources, improve revenue collection and increase the quality of public amenities. He said that considering increasing tasks and activities it is necessary to provide engineering staff to municipal corporation.
Shri Chouhan said that the state government has already launched action plans and projects for GIS Mapping, E-municipal corporation, improved sewage systems, Housing for the Poor, infrastructure development, water supply etc. which could help to build Smart City.
GoI's Smart City Criteria
The meeting was informed that the criteria for selecting and developing State's Smart Cities will be the same laid by the Government of India.
The Government of India's criteria include performance under Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan, Public Grievances Redressal System, a monthly e-newsletter, online budget expenditure information, resolution by elected city council for Smart City, ward-level consultations, provision of penalties for delay in delivery of services, revenue collection status, timely payment of salary, accounts audit, percentage of expenditure of total budget on maintenance of water supply system, revenue collection compared to the total budget of the state, capital expenditure using internal revenue resources, project completion and city level reforms under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewable Mission.
Evaluation of cities on these parameters revealed Bhopal as number one, Indore second, Jabalpur third, Gwalior fourth, Sagar fifth, Satna sixth, Burhanpur seventh, Ujjain eighth, Dewas ninth and Katni tenth. The newly formed municipal corporation Chhindwara remained at the bottom.
The Chief Minister said that the remaining cities and towns will be developed as State's Smart City based on the parameters of the Government of India. He said the initiatives like raising State Urban Development Company has been taken. The financial resources would be mobilized for urban development so that there will be no shortage of money in making of Smart City.
Minister of State for General Administration and in charge of Urban Development and Environment, Shri Lal Singh Arya, mayors and the municipal commissioners, chief secretary Shri Anthony De' Sa, Secretary to C.M. Shri Vivek Agrawal and senior officers were present.


IIT, NIT pass out SC, ST students felicitated
Bhopal:MMNN: July 20, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called upon SC, ST students to work hard, be determined, courageous and move ahead. Do not consider themselves weak, do not lag behind others and become source of inspiration of others. Government stands by them at every step. It would not allow any hindrance in their studies. Shri Chouhan was felicitating the SC, ST students who have taken admission in IIT and NIT by clearing both prelims and main exam of IIT, at his residence here today. Students having cracked CLAT and taking admission in higher law institutes were also felicitated on the occasion.
Shri Chouhan gave a clarion call to the students to move ahead, brighten name of state and country and make it big in life. Immense change has been brought about in the academic environs in the state now as compared to period 10 years ago. Students of tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh have reached dizzy heights of success and brought laurels to the state.
Shri Chouhan said that the government wishes to bring smiles on the faces of people belonging to weaker sections and see them advance in every sector. Referring to efforts for SC, STs’ socio-economic and academic upliftment, Shri Chouhan said that 21 percent of total budget of the state will be allocated for development of tribals and 14 percent for scheduled castes.
The Chief Minister said that separate hostel facilities will be made available for schools and colleges. The government will bear entire expenses of students of these classes in engineering, medical and other higher education institutions. He said that free of cost food arrangements will also be made for students of class IX and XII. The government will give facility of renting room for students in cities for college level studies. The existing facilities for education will be enhanced further. Virtual classes will be started in all residential higher secondary school.
The Chief Minister said that SC, ST students securing 75 percent marks will also be given laptops. He exhorted the students to keep brightening name of the state by dint of their talent, hard work and dedication. We would not allow image of the state to be tainted. Efforts by some quarters in this regard will be foiled.
Shri Chouhan urged MLAs representing SC, ST constituencies to support talented students of their areas. Help them and see that they face no hurdle in moving ahead. Efforts are being made to tarnish image of Madhya Pradesh. Earlier, different sort of irregularities were made. We made efforts to streamline recruitment arrangements and got enquired whatever irregularities came to the fore.
SC, ST Welfare Minister Shri Gyan Singh said that results of these competitive exams have proved that tribal students of remote areas also have talents. He said that efforts under the leadership of the Chief Minister will boost morale of SC, ST students and they will be inspired to move ahead.
Shri Anand Kumar of Super-30 said that talent does not depend on support. Challenges need to be accepted with self-confidence. He said that education is available everywhere now. He assured of continuous cooperation to students in preparations for IIT exams. He said that academic atmosphere has improved under leadership of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He urged the successful students to have spirit to return to society what it has given to them.
The felicitated students were presented Rs. 25 thousand each to purchase laptop, certificates and copies of “Wings of Fire”, the autobiography of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
In the welcome address, Principal Secretary Tribal Development Shri B.R. Naidu said that every possible facility and high level coaching is being made available to SC, ST students to prepare for competitive exams. He informed that counseling is on for admission in NIT. It is hoped that about 140 scheduled caste and 40 tribal students will get admission.
At the outset, the Chief Minister greeted the students by showering flower petals. On the occasion, merit holders of class X were also felicitated. They were presented scientific calculators and science dictionary. The Chief Minister also praised and felicitated teachers of the students.
A documentary on successful students’ life and hard work was also screened. The Chief Minister also felicitated Shri Anand Kumar of Super-30 and Shri Anirudhh Sinha of Gurukul Coaching Institute, Mumbai.
Minister of State for GAD Shri Lal Singh Arya, MLAs of tribal areas, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Commissioner Tribal Development Shri Umakant Umrao and large number of students were present on the occasion. Scheduled Castes Development Commissioner Shri J.L. Malpani proposed a vote of thanks.


Raging Shipra river sinks temples in rain-lashed Ujjain
Bhopal:MMNN: July 20, 2015
Due to heavy downpour in Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain district for the past few days, river Shipra is under turmoil.
The temples on the bank of the river have submerged under water.
Transportation has come to a standstill due to water-clogging in the streets of more than two dozen colonies. Trains are running behind schedule due to water in the railway tracks.
Schools in both Ujjain and Indore are closed on Monday. The rains initially brought cheer to the farmers but now it has added woes to all as connectivity has been badly hit.
Ujjain has recieved over 319 mm rainfall in last 24 hours which is roughly its month quota according to a HT report. Other places which have been affected are Khandwa, Ratlam and Khargone.


CM SHRI CHOUHAN EXTENDS EID GREETINGS
Bhopal:MMNN: July 18, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has extended heartiest greetings and best wishes to the people of the state
on Eid-ul-Fitra He said that the following one month of fasting, prayer and austerities the festival brings happiness.
The Chief Minister wished happiness and prosperity to the people saying that with the blessings of people Madhya Pradesh
is progressing fast whiling maintaining total peace and harmony.


C.M. SHRI CHOUHAN FOR GREATER COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN IMPROVING SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE
Bhopal:MMNN: July 18, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouan has called for encouraging greater community participation in improving the infrastructure in schools. He suggested that people may be inspired to construct school buildings in memory of their near and dear ones. The Chief Minister reviewed School Chalen Ham campaign here today. Minister of State for School Education Shri Deepak Joshi also attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that cooperation of motivators should be enlisted in retention of children after admission in schools. Textbooks should be distributed on time and the amount for uniforms and bi-cycles should be credited in parents' bank accounts.
Besides, a campaign should be launched in all districts for admission of rag-pickers and orphan children in schools. Special attention be paid to quality of education, he said, adding that hostels should be made available to facilitate education of children of nomadic, semi-nomadic and de-notified castes.
Minister of State Shri Deepak Joshi informed that 'Pranam' scheme would be launched to seek community support for primary schools. The meeting was informed that school wise mapping of students of all government schools would be completed by August 15 next. This would include photographs, mobile numbers and bank account numbers of students. This year 42 thousand 233 motivators have been made for School Chalen campaign.
Stress would be laid on quality of education in the third and fourth phase of the campaign. New school management committees would be constituted in all government schools by August 10. A book festival would be held in schools from August 10 to 15 during in which awareness about importance of books would be enhanced.
Prominent among others who attended the meeting included ACS School Education Shri S.R. Mohanthy; Commissioner Public Instructions Shri D.D. Agrawal and Secretary to CM Shri Hariranjan Rao.


BJP suspends leader Gulab Singh Kirar named in Vyapam scam by CBI
Bhopal:MMNN: July 17, 2015
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suspended party leader Gulab Singh Kirar, who has been named in an FIR filed by the CBI in the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.
Kirar, a member of the state backward classes commission, was removed from his post and the primary membership of the BJP on Thursday.
Kirar has been booked by the CBI for allegedly securing admission for his son Shakti Singh Kirar in a medical college. Earlier, the special task force (STF) had also registered a case against Kirar and his son.
Hailing from Bhind, he belonged to the Kirar community, the same as that of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
A 40-member CBI on Monday started investigation in the Vyapam scam and registered its first cases on Wednesday, focussing on a clutch of medical examinations held between 2009 and 2011 that an allegedly compromised state-level probe did not investigate.
The cases registered by the CBI were in connection with the three main examinations that were allegedly rigged -- pre-medical test (PMT) in 2010, PMT in 2009 and pre-PG (medical) entrance in 2011.


Higher Education Minister distributes Mazdoor Suraksha Cards at Bhim Nagar
Bhopal:MMNN: July 17, 2015
Higher and Technical Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta distributed Mazdoor Suraksha Cards to labourers at Bhim Nagar here today.
The cards have been prepared by Madhya Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.
Shri Gupta said that ration cards and Mazdoor Suraksha Cards will be distributed to eligible persons by holding camps.
He said that the state government sanctions one-month paid holiday to women labourers on maternity and 15 days to her husband.
Shri Gupta also informed about Rs. 2 lakh insurance on Re. one per month premium and Atal Pension Yojana.


MSMEs should be linked to business portal
Bhopal:MMNN: July 16, 2015
Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia has said that micro, small and medium enterprises need to be linked to business portal to give fillip to them.
Smt. Scindia gave this suggestion at a meeting of Industries Ministers on e-commerce in New Delhi today. The meeting was chaired by Union Minister of State for Industries (Independent Charge) Smt. Nirmala Sitaraman.
Smt. Scindia suggested to strengthen B to B through e-commerce. The Minister said that name of seller must be displayed on products sold through websites.
Seller should also bear responsibility of packaging and distribution.
Through e-commerce, a seller can reach out his products to maximum number of people.
Smt. Scindia said that decision of Government of India to brining e-commerce under the ambit of Consumer Protection Act through amendment in it will improve the situation and consumers’ satisfaction will increase.


Rs. 12 crore provided to backward class entrepreneurs for self-employment last year
Bhopal:MMNN: July 16, 2015
Assistance of Rs. 12 crore was provided to 1060 entrepreneurs of backward classes for setting up self-employment under Mukhyamantri Pichhada Varg Swarozgar Yojana during year 2014-15.
So far, assistance worth Rs. 46 crore 85 lakh 13 thousand has been provided to 4,243 backward class beneficiaries under the scheme launched in year 2008-09 for making available loans through banks and subsidy for agriculture, industrial and commercial self-employment. From year 2014-15, the scheme has been merged into Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana.
Under the scheme, assistance of Rs. 3 crore 36 lakh 12 thousand was provided in 2009-10 to 454 beneficiaries, Rs. 5 crore 82 lakh 93 thousand to 393 in 2010-11, Rs. 9 crore 80 lakh 80 thousand to 950 in 2011-12,
Rs. 7 crore 85 lakh 28 thousand to 684 in 2012-13, Rs. 8 crore to 702 in 2013-14 and assistance of Rs. 12 crore was provided to 1060 beneficiaries in year 2014-15.
For availing benefit of the scheme, beneficiaries may contact office of Assistant Director, Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare at district level. For people of creamy layer, projects of minimum Rs. 20 thousand to maximum Rs. 10 lakh can be sanctioned.
Under the scheme, there is provision to provide maximum 30 percent or maximum Rs. 2 lakh subsidy of total project cost. At the rate of 5 percent of project cost, maximum Rs. 25 thousand per annum interest subsidy is payable for 7 years.


Roza Aftar at CM House
Bhopal:MMNN: July 15, 2015
Furthering the tradition of respect towards all religions, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan hosted Roza Aftar at his residence her today. Large number of Rozadars from all over the state participated in it.
The Chief Minister welcomed them. Muslim brethren and sisters offered Namaz. Shri Chouhan extended id greetings to all.
Minorities Welfare Minister Shri Antar Singh Arya, Public Health Engineering Minister Sushri Kusum Mahdele, Shahar Qazi Indore Shri Ishrat Ali, Naib Qazi Bhopal Shri Jaseem Dad Khan, DGP Shri Surendra Sinh, Commissioner Shri S.B. Singh and Rozadars from various cities were present.
It is noteworthy that Chief Minister Shri Chouhan has started tradition of observing festivals and important occasions of all religions at CM House which is continuing uninterruptedly. Roza Aftar programme today was held in the same series.


Police officers-employees present Rs. 2.32 crore cheque to CM Shri Chouhan for assistance to earthquake affected people
Bhopal:MMNN: July 15, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan was presented a cheque of Rs. 2 crore 32 lakh 18 thousand 439 by DGP Shri Surendra Sinh for assistance to earthquake affected people of Nepal.
The amount has been contributed by state’s police officers and employees.
Earlier also the police had contributed Rs. 65 lakh 96 thousand 360 towards relief to earthquake affected people of Nepal.
In this way, the Police Department has contributed total Rs. 2 crore 98 lakh 14 thousand 799 assistance.
ADG (Welfare) Shri Pradeep Runwal and OSD of Chief Minister Shri Rajiv Tandon were also present.


Special departmental exam from September 7 to 14
Bhopal:MMNN: July 14, 2015
Abolishing existing departmental exam arrangements, the state government has implemented a new system for newly appointed/promoted government servants from July 2015. Under it, training and post-training test will be compulsory.
A special exam will be conducted as per earlier curriculum from September 7 to 14 for officers of General Administration and Revenue departments who were unsuccessful in previous departmental exam. The exam will be held at places to be prescribed by commissioners of Bhopal, Jabalpur, Indore, Ujjain, Gwalior, Sagar, Rewa, Shahdol and Narmadapuram/Hoshangabad divisions. It will be held from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 to 5 pm. Officers of all departments interested in appearing at the exam may submit their applications through proper channel to heads of concerning departments. In the application, a candidate must clearly mention the category of gazetted/non-gazetted officer.
All heads of departments have been asked to send list of officers desirous of appearing at various exams directly to concerning commissioner by August 20 so that he can send an consolidated list of his division to Academy of Administration, Bhopal. Heads of departments have also been directed to provide one list each of officers desirous of appearing at various exams by August 10 the commissioners of concerning exam centres.
Exam centre commissioners have been asked to send subject-wise demand of estimated number question papers (demand letter) as per the list with prescribed proforma by August 15 to departmental exam cell through special messenger. Directives have been given to complete the formalities within prescribed time-limit.


Shri Rakesh Sahni appointed Chairman of Narmada Valley Development Authority
Bhopal:MMNN: July 14, 2015
The state government has appointed retired IAS officer Shri Rakesh Sahni as Chairman of Narmada Valley Development Authority till further orders.
This order was issued by Narmada Valley Development Department here today.


Launch drive against social malpractices
Bhopal:MMNN: July 13, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged to launch a drive against social malpractices and take pledge to developed an addiction-free society. The Chief Minister was addressing inaugural function of Akhil Bharatiya Kirar Kshatriya Mahasabha’s national working committee.
The Chief Minister called to live for country. Bring about awareness against social malpractices like dowry and Mrityubhoj. Send every child to school. The state government has chalked out welfare schemes for every section of society. Ensure extension of benefit of these schemes to needy people. Madhya Pradesh is maintaining growth rate in double digits for last 7 years. State’s agriculture growth rate is highest in the country. Investment is coming to Madhya Pradesh at a rapid pace. The state has better infrastructure of roads, power and water. Madhya Pradesh will be developed as one of the best in the country.
Shri Chouhan said that several schemes are being implemented for welfare of farmers. Now, farmers can pay only 90 percent of the agriculture loan taken by them. From Rabi season, new crop insurance scheme will be launched under which cost and minimum 50 percent income in proportion to the cost will be assured. Several schemes for women’s empowerment are under implementation in the state. Mukhyamantri Yuva Udyami and Mukhyamantri Yuva Swarozgar Yojana have been implemented to promote small and cottage industries. He urged the community to ensure better benefit of these schemes to beneficiaries.
National President of the Samaj Shri Shivaji Patel also spoke on the occasion. He said that a fund will instituted to help unemployed youths of the community. Chief Minister and his wife Smt. Sadhna singh were felicitated with shawl and coconut. Samaj’s State President Shri Rohit Chouhan, Shri Rajendra Patel, Shri Ram Krishna Patel, Shri Ramkishan Chouhan, Shri Gajendra Singh Chouhan, Shri Pradeep Singh Chouhan and other office-bearers and representatives of the Samaj were present on the occasion. The programme was conducted by Municipal Corporation Chairman Shri Surjeet Singh Chouhan.


Unparalleled expression of Mandodri’s sentiments: Smt. Mahajan
Bhopal:MMNN: July 13, 2015
Sar Sangh Chalak of Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh Shri Mohan Rao Bhagwat released novel “Paritapt Lankeshwari” at Samanvay Bhavan here today.
Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan said that Paritapt Lankeshwari is unparalleled expression of Mandodri’s sentiments. Despite remaining amidst atmosphere of pomp and show, Mandodri tried to maintain piety. Reference to her piety is also found in anecdote of Hanuman when he mistakes Mandodri for Sita in Lanka. She said that despite living with a monstrous person, she tried to keep good values alive.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that the novel will serve as lighthouse for society. In the novel, the author has highlighted character of Mandodri like a master artist. Mandodri’s efforts to save her husband, family and Lanka despite living in the shadow of evil, has made her a unique character. He said that if happiness of Mandodri is higher than mountain, her sorrow is also deeper than sea. She is a symbol of Indian woman, who made concerted, braved and determined efforts to make Ravan tread path of virtue. He said that character selection of the author had raised a question in my mind as to why Mandodri? But my inquisitiveness found a solution by going through a cursory reading of the novel.
Shri Mohan Rao Bhagwat said that Indianness should be maintained if India has to be made world leader. Society will have to be changed in the country. Evil practices and traditions like disrespect towards women and weaker sections should be eradicated. Along with Sita, we should also understand Tara and Mandodri. He said the Indian woman is full of mercy and love. Her love is not just infatuation, she also shows path of virtue. This is what Mandodri’s character is. Though efforts of Mandori failed, but she was not unsuccessful. Therefore, the family who remember Panch Kanyas and understand their heart, will remain away from all kinds of sins.
Shri Bhagwat said that author Smt. Mridula Sinha has given adequate expansion of character of Mandodri. Her flight of imagination has stemmed from her capacity to understand sentiments of Mandodri.
Novel’s author and Goa Governor Smt. Mridula Sinha said that this novel is an effort to show light to Indian society through character of Mandodri. The same society which put to flames thousands of effigies of her husband every year, also includes Mandodri in 5 memorable women. This is her effort to empower modern day Indian women through characters like Sita, Savitri and Mandodri. Shri Prabhat Kumar of Prabhat Prakashan proposed a vote of thanks.


8.64 crore saplings to be planted during Hariyali Mahotsav
Bhopal:MMNN: July 11, 2015
This year, 8.64 crore saplings will be planted during Hariyali Mahotsav in Madhya Pradesh. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed preparations for the event at Mantralaya here today.
Directing for large scale plantation in urban areas, the Chief Minister instructed to carry out this campaign on greater scale in areas under municipal corporations, municipalities and Nagar Panchayats. He said that plantation is a community activity.
Maximum number of people should participate in it. He directed departments linked with Hariyali Mahotsav to associate maximum number of people with the campaign. He also directed to involve road construction companies and contractors in Mahotsav for planting saplings on roadsides.
The meeting was informed that 8 crore saplings were planted last year of which 80 percent have survived on an average. Greenery is returning to districts like Barwani and Jhabua. An action plan is being chalked for developing forests near cities.
Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, ACS Rural Development Smt. Aruna Sharma, Principal Secretary Forests Shri A.P. Shrivastava, Secretary to CM Shri Vivek Agrawal and other senior officers attended the meeting.


Health and accident group insurance scheme for journalists
Bhopal:MMNN: July 11, 2015
The state government has sanctioned Madhya Pradesh media representatives health and accident group insurance scheme for journalists. Under the scheme, personal health insurance of a media representative will be of Rs. 2 lakh and accident insurance Rs. 5 lakh. Media representatives of 21 to 70 years of age will be eligible for insurance. There would be cashless arrangements of treatment upto Rs. 2 lakh in the hospitals identified by insurance company. For this, journalists will be given a card. Reimbursement will be made on treatment in other hospitals.
Media representatives will include journalists, correspondent, photographers and cameramen representing any non-government news agency, television channel, net media, news portal etc. Benefit of the scheme can be availed only by the journalists who are domicile of Madhya Pradesh and working in the state. Insurance will be done through United India Insurance Company. Period of insurance will be one year after which it would have to be done again.
Installment of insurance
Directorate of Public Relations will provide annual prescribed premium of 75 percent for journalists upto 75 years of age and 85 percent for journalists between 61 and 70 years of age. Remaining premium will be paid by concerning media representative. Directorate of Public Relations will deposit its share only after the concerning media representative deposits his share of 25 percent or 15 percent in the insurance company. Spouse or children can also be included in the scheme by paying additional 10 percent premium. Media representative must also declare nominee. In case of accident, it would be mandatory to inform district office of the insurance company within 7 days.
Eligibility
Journalists accredited by Directorate of Public Relations will be entitled for insurance. For getting covered under the scheme, non-accredited working journalists should produce slip of PF Fund or tax deduction form number 16. Process to become member of the scheme will be undertaken only once a year during prescribed period. There would be no agent in the scheme, which would be conducted directly by insurance office. The insurance will cover all pre-insurance diseases.


Identify new minor irrigation projects
Bhopal:MMNN: July 10, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that potential of minor irrigation projects should be tapped upto to the maximum. He directed to identify minor projects which can be completed within span of one year. Shri Chouhan was reviewing activities of Water Resources Department after a meeting of Narmada Control Board here today.
Water Resources Minister Shri Jayant Malaiya, Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, Minister of State for Narmada Valley Development Shri Lal Singh Arya and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa were also present.
The Chief Minister said that projects should be completed with quality within time-limit. Programmes should be held to connect farmers with projects. Such events will inspire other farmers also to connect with and avail benefits of irrigation projects. He said that development-oriented atmosphere is generated by involving development-centric public representatives in development works.
The meeting was informed that against the target to enhance irrigation facility by one lakh hectares every year, Water Resources Department has expanded irrigation capacity by 2 lakh 75 thousand hectares during last 2 years. Till year 2014-15, total 252 minor projects have been completed. Remaining 244 are under construction. The department has proposed 500 minor and 25 medium projects apart from Ken-Betwa Link Project. It was informed that irrigation capacity in the state will increase upto 35 lakh hectares by year 2019 and 42 lakh hectares by year 2025.
At 51st meeting of Narmada Control Board, sanction was accorded to make green tribal-dominant Alirajpur area. Under the project, about 45 thousand hectares in 66 villages of Alirajpur will be made green. Sanction was accorded to Jobat Extension Micro Irrigation Project costing Rs. 156 crore 58 lakh to provide irrigation facility in 10 thousand hectares in 22 villages of Alirajpur. The Board also sanctioned Alirajpur Lift Irrigation Project costing Rs. 582 crore 80 lakh. Under the project water will be uplifted from backwater of Hathini River under Sardar Sarovar Dam and 35 thousand hectares will be irrigated with drips and sprinklers. The project will benefit tribal farmers in 44 villages. Administrative sanction was also accorded for Rs. 54 lakh for construction works of Simhastha and Narmada-Kaveri link project and Rs. 9 crore 38 lakh for construction of 4 ghats at Omkareshwar.
ACS Finance Shri Ajaynath, Principal Secretary Water Resources Shri Radhey Shyam Julaniya and Secretary to CM Shri Hari Ranjan Rao were also present.


Grateful to Supreme Court for CBI investigation
Bhopal:MMNN: July 10, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that he is Grateful to Supreme Court for ordering CBI inquiry into Vyapam case.
The investigation will remove misgivings and bring forth truth.
The Chief Minister said that the Supreme Court has accepted request for CBI inquiry into Vyapam case while lauding the state government for it.
Shri Chouhan urged to start the investigation at the earliest so that truth comes before people and justice is done.
It was at the initiative of the state government that inquiry into Vyapam cases was started.


Vyapam Plus: 'Judges' Children Bought Private College Seats,' Say Whistleblowers
Bhopal:MMNN: July 9, 2015
The Vyapam scam that has engulfed the Madhya Pradesh government has now widened to include a new admissions racket allegedly involving ministers, judges and bureaucrats.
An accessed documents to be placed in the Supreme Court by whistleblowers who allege that children and relatives of judges, IAS and IPS officers are among those who bought seats in private medical and dental colleges.
The whistleblowers will cite these documents to argue that the judiciary in Madhya Pradesh cannot be objective in the hearing of the admission scam, sources say.
Sources also say that the whistleblowers will tell court: "We are under threat of life and limb."
The Supreme Court will shortly hear petitions asking for the removal of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav and demanding a CBI investigation into the Vyapam scam and the alarming number of deaths of people linked to it.
There have been 36 deaths in the scandal, in which thousands of people are alleged to have paid bribes in return for government jobs or for college admissions.
Whistleblowers allege that the scam is not confined to government institutions; paid seats were given out in private medical and dental colleges to relatives of ministers, judges and bureaucrats.
Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested since the scandal erupted in 2012, including a former state minister, several top bureaucrats and hundreds of students.
The state Governor and his son were accused last year of accepting bribes in a First Information Report or FIR by the Special Task Force of the state police that is investigating the Vyapam scam.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has maintained that big fish have not been protected by the state police's investigation. But "to correct public perception" he said, he has requested that a CBI investigation be ordered.


9 government servants suspended for delay in solving public grievances
Bhopal:MMNN: July 9, 2015
Concerning district collectors have suspended the 9 government servants held responsible for inordinate delay in solving people’s problems about whom Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa had given directives for suspension. These issues had come to the fore during Samadhan Online on July 7.
Following directives of the Chief Secretary, guilty branch assistant Shri Ram Narayan Sharma was suspended on the complaint of Smt. Ram Bai of Singrauli district about non-payment of wages of 10 months for work as cook of Mid-Day Meal Scheme. After investigation into the complaint, 2 government servants were found responsible for the delay. On the directives of the CS, Singrauli Collector has issued show cause notice to scheme’s in-charge Shri Sudama Jaiswal.
On directives of CS in another case, 4 government servants have been suspended by Balaghat Collector for delayed payment of scholarship amounts. In this case, clerk Shri Vinay Vanshpal has been suspended for processing the case belatedly and Shri Rupesh Kumar Gore, Shri Lochan Singh and Shri Khilendra Sonvanshi for delay in submitting enquiry report. Show cause notices have been issued to 3 other government servants Shri D.S. Chouhan, Dr. A.L. Sharanagat and Shri Gayatri Kumar.
Shri Samay Das Prajapati had informed during Samadhan Online about non-payment of second installment for house allotted under Indira Aawas Yojana sanctioned in year 2011-12. On the directives of CS, Sidhi Collector ensured payment of Rs. 26 thousand to the applicant and suspended 4 government servants including Shri Devendra Pandey, Shri C.M. Singh, Shri Shareef Ansari and Shri Prabhashankar Tiwari. A show cause notice has been issued to accountant Shri Ashutosh Soni in the case.
On Chief Secretary’s directive due payments of all applicants of Samadhan Online have also been made.


Workers of Ujjain’s Vinod Mill should be paid outstanding dues
Bhopal:MMNN: July 8, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to pay outstanding dues of workers of Ujjain’s Vinod Mill by selling mill’s assets.
The Chief Minister directed this during meeting with a workers delegation from Ujjain today.
School Education Minister Shri Paras Jain, MLA Shri Mohan Yadav and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa were also present.
The Chief Minister said that all hurdles in payment of dues to workers should be removed.
Shri Sultan Singh Shekhawat, Shri Pradeep Pandey, Shri Hari Shankar Sharma, Shri Om Prakash Bhadoria, Shri Madan Lalawat, Shri Rasheed Khan, Shri Prahlad Yadav and Shri Ramesh Sharma were present during discussions.


Chief Secretary ensures justice in 12 cases
Bhopal:MMNN: July 8, 2015
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de SA solved pending problems of residents of various districts during Samadhan Online today.
Directs to amend scheme
The Chief Secretary directed to issue show cause notice to the then CEO of Khilchipur Janpad Panchayat for delay in providing amount under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana to Smt. Durga Bai and Shri Phool Singh of Rajgarh district. The CS directed to ensure timely payment of amount for fixed deposit and other payments to beneficiaries under the scheme. He directed for necessary amendment in the time-limit to register time of submitting application. He also directed to provide incentive money of Rs. 50 thousand (Rs. 25 thousand to each spouse) to the disabled couple.
Releaser should solve problem of cheque bounce
On the application of Smt. Kusum Singh, the Chief Secretary directed Collector Rewa to make available amount against land acquisition. The CS expressed unhappiness over delay in the case and ensure action against guilty persons.
Amount be deposited in student’s account
On the complaint of non-receipt of backward class scholarship after admission of Shri Amit Rai of Narsinghpur district in Rajiv Gandhi College in BBA course in 2008-09,the Chief Secretary directed to start system of depositing scholarship directly in bank accounts of students.
The Chief Secretary ensured payment of Rs. one lakh to Smt. Radha of Mandsaur district as compensation against serious injury to her husband Shri Narayan Goojar during agriculture work. Shri Chhotelal of Rewa was paid 34 months’ rent for his building in which SC Hostel is housed.
Pending cases of Balaghat, Sidhi, Chhindwara, Singrauli, Tikamgarh and Ujjain districts were also solved during Samadhan Online.


Progressive industrial policy in Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal:MMNN: July 7, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that a progressive industrial policy has been implemented in the state. Every possible assistance is being extended to investors coming to Madhya Pradesh.
The Chief Minister met the investors here today in the series of regular meeting with investors. Commerce and Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia was also present.
Those who met the Chief Minister today included Director of Ujas Energy Shri Vikalp Moondra and Chairman of Gitanjali Group Shri Mehul Chauksi. Ujas Energy wishes to establish manufacturing unit of solar cells and modules in the state at an estimated cost of Rs. 600 crore. Similarly, Gitanjali Gems wishes to set up gems and jewellery parks at Bhopal, Indore or Khajuraho.
Following meeting with these investors, the Chief Minister reviewed implementation of his earlier directives. He said that directives pertaining to investment should be implemented within time-limit. At the meeting progress of directives regarding Medical Education, Urban Development & Environment and Commercial Taxes departments was reviewed.
Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra, Principal Secretary Commerce and Industries Shri Mohammad Suleman, Principal Secretary Medical Education Shri Vinod Semwal, Principal Secretary Commercial Taxes Shri Manoj Shrivastava, Principal Secretary Urban Development & Environment Shri Malay Shrivastava and TRIFAC Managing Director Shri D.P. Ahuja attended the meeting.


CM Shri Chouhan garlands statue of Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee
Bhopal:MMNN: July 7, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan paid floral tributes at the statue of Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee on his birth anniversary today.
Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta, MP Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan, Mayor Shri Alok Sharma,
MLAs Shri Rameshwar Sharma and Shri Vishwas Sarang, large number of other public representatives and workers were present on the occasion.


Trainee sub-inspector recruited through MPPEB found dead
Bhopal:MMNN: July 6, 2015
A trainee sub-inspector, who was recruited through the tainted Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), was found dead in suspicious circumstances in a police academy in Sagar district early on Monday.
The body of Anamika Kushwaha, aged about 25, was found at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Police Training Academy at a time when suspicions have deepened about the systematic elimination of people linked to the Vyapam scam.
Sagar district’s superintendent of police Sachin Atulkar said, prima facie, it appeared to be a case of suicide.
"We haven't recovered any suicide note so far. But the statements of her colleagues suggest she committed suicide. A case has been registered and investigation is on," he said.
Atulkar contended Kushwaha had nothing to do with the Vyapam scam, so named because of the Hindi acronym for the MPPEB.
According to police sources, Kushwaha went missing from her hostel room late on Sunday night and her body was found floating in a pond located within the academy.
Her body was spotted by a security personnel of the academy, who subsequently informed police.
Savita Sohane, an ASP at the academy, told ANI that Kushwaha had been “mentally stressed” for the past few days.
“She gave her exam last year and joined the batch this February,” Sohane said.
Kushwaha was a resident of Ambah town of Morena district and was recruited as a sub-inspector in February 2015 through a test conducted by the MPPEB.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, under a cloud because of the scandal, described Kushwaha’s death as “unfortunate” but said every death should not be linked to the Vyapam scam.
“Her death is an unfortunate incident but it is not related to the Vyapam scam investigation. Every death should not be linked,” he said.
But senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh referred to Kushwaha’s death as yet “another casualty in the Vyapam scam”.
More than 2,000 people have been arrested in connection with the scam since it came to light in 2013.
Many politicians, bureaucrats and middlemen are said to be involved in the scam which, according to police, involved scamsters employing imposters to write tests conducted by the MPPEB for admission to professional courses and recruitment in government jobs.
The scamsters also supplied forged answer sheets by bribing officials between 2012 and 2013.


CM Shri Chouhan for inquiry into VYAPAM-related deaths of individuals
Bhopal:MMNN: July 6, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has written a letter to the Chairman of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) here today urging him to complete at the earliest the investigation into deaths of individuals involved in the criminal cases pertaining to Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal (Professional Examination Board). He said that it will allay misgivings among the masses and will further improve the transparency of investigation and fairness.
Shri Chouhan in his letter referred to the death of a TV journalist from Aaj Tak news channel Shri Akshay Singh, who went to Jhabua for collecting certain information related to Vyapam and died on July 4, 2015 there. He urged the SIT to conduct detailed inquiry into the causes and circumstances leading to death of Shri Akshay Singh in the context of demand for impartial inquiry into the death so that facts come to light.
The Chief Minister in his letter said that the investigation into the criminal cases relating to irregularities in the examinations conducted by the Professional Examination Board is going on under SIT's supervision. Newspapers published details about deaths of certain individuals. Based on these reports, politically motivated efforts are being undertaken through the media to create misleading situation, he mentioned in the letter.
Shri Chouhan also drew attention of SIT towards letters of Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan and Dr. Narottam Mishra written previously. He said that the High Court has taken cognizance of the facts related to the deaths and has expected the SIT to examine all relevant information and evidences.
The Chief Minister noted in his letter that all issues or incidents related to Vyapam are being monitored by the High Court and supervised by the SIT and can be impartially inquired into only by the SIT as it is part of the judicial procedure, he pointed out. Therefore, every citizen will have faith in impartiality and transparency.
In the light of prevailing circumstances and facts, Shri Chouhan urged to complete inquiry into the above mentioned aspects at the earliest possible.


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.
Indore-Gujarat Road
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.
Benefits
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.
Satellite mapping
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.


 
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