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Smart Cities also to be developed under PPP mode
Bhopal: January 29, 2015
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa has said that cooperation will be sought from the British government, Siemens, Sysco, DFID etc. for development of Smart Cities in Madhya Pradesh. Smart Cities will also be developed under PPP mode. Shri de Sa was addressing an international workshop for development of Smart Cities in Madhya Pradesh organised jointly by Madhya Pradesh and British governments at Indian Institute of Management at Indore today. Discussions were held on developing cities of Madhya Pradesh as Smart Cities as per conclusions drawn at the workshop.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa informed that Madhya Pradesh is readying itself in the background of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s announcement for development of 100 Smart Cities in the country. An action plan on its concept is being chalked out with the cooperation of Britain. Result-oriented contemplation is being made so that people get maximum benefit of Smart Cities.
The Chief Secretary said that seminars will be held to develop Smart Cities identified under state’s Vision Document-2018 and expand traditional basic facilities there. Old cities will also be transformed under concept of Smart City. In-principle consent for this has been obtained during Global Investors Summit.
Director General of DFID Shri David Kennedy said that Smart Cities are vital for economic development of cities. Commercial activities, employment opportunities and economic development will be boosted with investment in Smart Cities.
Principal Secretary Urban Development and Environment Shri S.N. Mishra said that novel experiments of e-Municipal Corporation, e-Payment and communication revolution will be made under Smart City. Marshall Elliott, Richard Plaster of Britain and officers of Madhya Pradesh were also present on the occasion.

Shri Parasuram directs to prevent situation of re-polling
Bhopal: January 29, 2015
State Election Commissioner Shri R. Parasuram has said that integrated efforts should be undertaken to prevent situation of re-polling during second and third phase of Panchayat elections.
Shri Parasuram reviewed election preparations for Rewa, Sagar divisions and Bhind district today.
Shri Parasuram said that re-polling at most places in the first phase was held due to error in ballot papers. Special attention should be paid to this issue in next phases of polling.
He directed to make arrangements to control pre and post-poll violence.
Shri Parasuram directed for early distribution of voter slips. During video-conferencing, Commissioners, IGs, Collectors and SPs of Rewa and Sagar division informed about election preparations.

Governor condoles eminent cartoonist Shri Laxman’s death
Bhopal: January 28, 2015
Governor Shri Ram Naresh Yadav has expressed profound grief over the death of eminent cartoonist Shri R.K. Laxman.
In his condolence message, Shri Yadav said that late Shri Laxman highlighted social awareness and contemporary issues effectively by expressing common people’s agony through his cartoons.
An era of cartoon art has come to end with his death.
The Governor has prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul.

National Flag unfurled at CM House
Bhopal: January 27, 2015
National Flag was hoisted at CM House here this morning.
The flag was unfurled by OSD to CM Shri Komal Singh.
This was followed by recitation of National Anthem. Officers, employees and security personnel of CM’s Secretariat were present on the occasion.

People and government should develop Madhya Pradesh of their dreams
Bhopal: January 27, 2015
Greeting people on Republic Day, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged them to contribute their best for taking Madhya Pradesh further ahead. People and government should join hands to build Madhya Pradesh of their dreams. He said that all public representatives including Chief Minister are servants of people and not rulers. Instead of showing off power, work should be done with dedication to improve people’s lives.
Shri Chouhan was addressing people after unfurling national flag on the occasion of Republic Day at Agar-Malwa today. He said that under leadership of the Prime Minister, India is once again heading towards becoming world guru. Country as well as state are transforming. Once considered a sick state, Madhya Pradesh is number one state in the country in growth rate. Congratulating farmers, he said that the state has achieved miraculous 24.99 percent agriculture growth rate. This is fastest and highest both in the country and world. Madhya Pradesh had surpassed Haryana in wheat production last year. It has left Punjab behind this year. State has received Krishi Karman Award consecutively for third time.
He said that this is a milestone, not the destination. State has to progress further. Quick steps have to be taken towards boosting milk production, horticulture and food processing. Irrigation capacity in the state is being increased by 3 lakh hectare every year. Industries have also to be promoted side by side agriculture. Shri Chouhan said that he has launched Make in Madhya Pradesh campaign on the lines of Prime Minister’s Make in India campaign and Digital Madhya Pradesh on the lines of Digital India. Various Panchayats have been held in the state under the initiative for direct dialogue with common people. Mahila Panchayat will be held at Bhopal on March 8 next followed by Kisan Panchayat soon.
Shri Chouhan said that youths are being motivated to set up self-employment to rid Madhya Pradesh of darkness of unemployment. Government is making arrangements for technical knowledge, marketing and share capital. He said that Madhya Pradesh has established itself as Best Investment Destination at last Global Investors Summit at Indore. Major changes have been effected in labour laws to make the state better in Ease of Doing Business. The state government has implemented defence production investment promotion policy. Under
Pradhanmantri Jan-Dhan Yojana and other schemes, over one crore bank accounts have been opened, which are being linked with Aadhar Number. Domestic consumers are getting 24X7 hour power supply and farmers for 10 hours. This year, availability of power has been increased b y 1590 MW. Madhya Pradesh is the only state to have established 306 MW solar power capacity in one year. For infrastructure development, 2800 km long new roads were constructed to connect cities and towns last year. In all, 4248 km long roads and 44 major bridges and over-bridges have been constructed. Presently, projects worth Rs. 33 thousand crore are underway under PPP mode. Toilets have been constructed in 37 lakh households under Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan. Shri Chouhan urged state’s people to cooperate in Swachchh Madhya Pradesh campaign and take pledge to do away with open-area defecation and have clean toilet in every household. Congratulating the police for good law & order situation, he said that the state has been rid of problems like dacoity, terrorism and naxalism.
The Chief Minister said that he is taking initiative on Prime Minister’s call to create Global Talent Pool through Friends of Madhya Pradesh Portal. DPRs for country’s first light metro at Bhopal and Indore are being chalked out. So far, over 2 lakh houses have been constructed under Mukhyamantri Grameen Aawas Yojana and 5 lakh houses for the poor are under construction. In 5 years, 15 lakh houses will be constructed. Health Guarantee Scheme of its own kind has been implemented in the state. In villages, 49 thousand Gram
Aryogya Kendras have been opened. Sanction has been granted to create Madhya Pradesh Inter-city Transport Authority to strengthen public transport in the state. Targeted public distribution system in the state has been expanded. Through it, 42 lakh added families are being provided food grains at Re. one per kg and subsidized sugar and salt. Attaching top priority to good governance, information technology is being applied in delivery of public services. CM Helpline has been launched for the convenience and relief of common people. System of self-certification and self-declaration has been implemented in the state. Attaching top priority to Simhastha, Rs. 1750 crore works have been undertaken so far. Scheme has been chalked out to observe this as Green Simhastha in view of environmental conservation. He hoped that till next Republic Day, the state will move further ahead in the race of progress and development.

AIIMS should become a guiding force for medical sector in country and abroad
Bhopal: January 23, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Bhopal’s All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) should become a guiding force for medical sector and milestone in country and abroad in future. Shri Chouhan was addressing AIIMS foundation day function here today. He also gave away prizes to institute’s talented students in academic and sports fields.
The Chief Minister said that medical practice is not a profession, but a mission to save life. No service is greater than medical practice, which should be done in right earnest. He said that Bhopal’s AIIMS was a dream of former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which is being realised. AIIMS commands considerable credibility in medical sector.
Remaining works of AIIMS will be completed soon. The institute will become pride of Bhopal. People from other countries will also come here for treatment. Referring to importance of research in medical sector, he said that students should work with dedication and devotion.
Swami Vivekananda used to say that nothing is impossible in the world. Getting treatment facility is people’s fundamental right. For this, the state government has implemented a number of health schemes. Facility of free medicines and pathological tests has been provided in government hospitals.
Institute’s Director Prof. Sandeep Kumar presented its annual report and informed about available facilities. State BJP President Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan, MP Shri Alok Sanjar, Director of AIIMS Patna Prof. Girish Kumar Singh and AIIMS Jodhpur’s Director Prof. Sanjeev Mishra were also present on the occasion. The Chief Minister also inspected AIIMS.

Mobilise maximum funds for irrigation projects
Bhopal: January 16, 2015
CM Shri Chouhan chairs meeting of Narmada Basin Project Company.
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan chaired a meeting of Narmada Basin Project Company Limited here today.
Shri Chouhan directed to mobilise maximum funds for irrigation projects through this company.
Shri Chouhan said that Narmada water must be used optimally in the state.
It was informed that company’s general body meeting will be held next month.
Additional Chief Secretary Finance Shri Ajay Nath, Principal Secretary to CM Shri Iqbal Singh Bains, Principal Secretary Narmada Valley Development Shri Rajneesh Vaishya and Secretary to CM Shri Hari Ranjan Rao attended the meeting.

Special prize “Ideal Chief Minister” to CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal: January 12, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be conferred special prize “Ideal Chief Minister” in function at Pune on January 12. Indian Youth Parliament will be held at Pune from January 10 to 12.
Chief guest of the function and Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan will confer the special prize to Chief Minister Shri Chouhan. Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Shri Devendra
Phadnavis and Union Minister of State for Forests and Environment Shri Prakash Jawadekar will be specially present on the occasion.
It is noteworthy that over 10 thousand students of 450 universities of the country take part in Indian Youth Parliament.
Eminent personalities of political, economic, philosophy, administration, media and other sectors give guidance at these grand get-together.

Factory workers to get holiday for casting vote
Bhopal: January 10, 2015
Factory workers will get holiday to cast their votes during Panchayat general elections 2014-15. The Labour Commissioner has issued directives to factory owners to give weekly holiday to labourers on the polling day.
The factories which work throughout week have been instructed for two-hour layoff to labourers in the first and second shifts for casting their ballots. The first shift should be closed two hours earlier and the second should be started two hours late. The factories with continuous process should allow their workers to cast vote one by one. No deductions will be made from their wages for this holiday.
Directives have been given to concerning urban area shops and commercial establishments to give weekly holiday to their workers on the day of voting. Facility to vote one-by-one will be given to labourers of the establishments which do not give weekly off.
It is noteworthy that first phase polling of Panchayat general elections will be held on January 13, second January 31 and third on February 19, 2015 from 7 am to 3 pm.

MP Motor Vehicle Tax (Amendment) Bill passed
Bhopal: January 9, 2015
Madhya Pradesh Motor Vehicle Tax (Amendment) Bill-2014 has been enacted in the state. Points of the Bill were published in Madhya Pradesh State Gazette (Extraordinary) on January 3, 2015.
Through the Bill, tax collection process has been systemized. Existing rate of reduction in air pollution has been downsized by 2 percent in the Bill. It has also been provisioned in the bill that quarterly tax recovery from operators of small freight vehicles and small passenger vehicles with 12+1 capacity will be replaced by lifetime tax.
Tax on school vehicles existing since 1992 reduced
In the Bill, rates for deluxe and air-conditioned buses have been reduced so that they become similar to ordinary buses. Vehicles existing rates have also been reduced for making available public transport facility upto state’s internal areas and areas adjoining the state. Rates of school buses in existence since 1992 have also been reduced by Re. one per seat.
Tax on all the All-India Permit tourist buses has been reduced to promote tourism in the state. Process of payment has been rationalized to prevent tax evasion. The Bill also facilitates vehicle owners to calculate tax due on them and deposit it online.
These amendments have been made in the Bill in accordance with decisions taken at 35th meeting of Central Government’s Transport Development Council.

Shri Ashwini Lohani posted as MD of Tourism Development Corporation
Bhopal: January 8, 2015
The state government has posted Shri Ashwini Lohani on deputation from Indian Railway Service (IRSME) has been posted as Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation.
He has been given additional Charge of Commissioner Tourism. After Shri Ashwini Lohani takes charge, Shri Hari Ranjan Rao, Secretary Science & Technology, Public Service Management, Tourism, Secretary to CM and Commissioner Tourism (additional charge) will be relieved of only additional charge of Commissioner Tourism.

Iron ore areas of Chhatarpur district be reserved in favour of SAIL
Bhopal: January 7, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan in a letter to Union Minister for Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar has urged him that the iron ore areas in Bijawar, Bada Malehra and Bakswaha tahsils of Chhatarpur district, on which mining concessions have not been sanctioned, should be reserved in favour of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).
The Chief Minister said in the letter that Madhya Pradesh’s natural wealth needs to be value added in the state itself. It will create job opportunities and pave way for development of mineral areas.
The Chief Minister said that following reservation of these areas, the state government will ensure time-bound action for giving prospecting permission on SAIL’s applications as per rules.
The state government will make every possible effort to set up a steel plant in Madhya Pradesh. Shri Chouhan said that an appeal has already been made in writing to reserve iron ore areas in Bijawar, Bada Malehra and Bakswaha tahsils of Chhatarpur district in favour of SAIL.
In the letter to Shri Tomar, Shri Chouhan has urged him to reserve these areas and undertake prospecting at the earliest.

MPs, Ministers, MLAs should participate in mass Surya Namaskar, boost student’s morale
Bhopal: January 6, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan in letters to all MPs, Ministers and MLAs has urged them to participate in mass Surya Namaskar programme on Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary on January 12 and boost morale of students and parents. Surya Namaskar will be held at 11 am in all educational institutions in the state.
In the letters to MPs, Shri Chouhan has urged them to participate in any of educational institutions in their respective constituencies. Similar appeal has also been made in letters to Ministers and MLAs to attend the programme in any educational institution in their Vidhan Sabha constituencies.
It is noteworthy that in view of importance of Surya Namaskar, the state government observes Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary on January 12 as “Youth Day” every year. The same day educational and cultural programmes on life and deeds of Swami Vivekananda and Surya Namaskar are held.
In his letters, the Chief Minister has written that apart from a number of activities, the School Education Department is also starting teaching of Yoga for all-round development of children. He said that Surya Namaskar is an inseparable part of Indian Yoga traditions. This activity plays an important role in our physical and mental development.

Contemporary issues also be discussed at Simhastha-2016
Bhopal: January 5, 2015
Simhastha Mahakumbh has been guiding the world since ancient times. The state government is making efforts that important issues of the world are also discussed at Simhastha-2016.
This was stated by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at village Shivkothi at Omkareshwar in Khandwa district during inauguration of C.B.S.C Samvid Gurukulam run by Sadhvi Ritambhara today.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that the state government will provide stage for discussions on the issues “How to Save Earth’s Existence”, “Women Power”, “Value-based Lifestyle” and “Basic Tenets of Religion”. Efforts will be made to ensure participation of maximum number of seers and scholars to guide the world. Shri Chouhan said that the state government will also make comprehensive arrangements for devotees reaching Omkareshwar during Simhastha.
Earlier, the Chief Minister visited Shakti Peeth Ashram along with his wife. He inaugurated Samvid Gurukulam by lighting a lamp. Shri Chouhan lauded works being undertaken by Maashri Ritambhara for women’s education and empowerment.
Union Minister of State Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti also spoke on the occasion.
MLAs Sarvshri Lokendra Singh Tomar, Hitendra Singh Solanki, Rajkumar Mev and Sushri Yogita Naval Singh Borkar, seers and distinguished citizens were present on the occasion.

C.M. Shri Chouhan reviews preparations for Simhastha- 2016
Bhopal: January 3, 2015
The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan began the New Year with intensive review of Simhastha 2016 at Mantralaya here today. Shri Chouhan asked the officers concerned to make Simhastha 2016 a global religious forum for spreading spiritual messages among the global community on environment, value based life style, women empowerment and religious teachings of unity and harmony. He instructed the chief secretary to draw out a calendar of global events of discussions and symposia and seek cooperation of committed non-official organizations, subject experts in organizing the Simhastha 2016.
Addressing the review meeting, Shri Chouhan gave instructions for maintaining quality of infrastructure building works saying that quality should never be compromised. He gave instructions to start a series of global level symposia and seminars from April this year. He said that an intensive cleanliness campaign could be launched for Rudra Sagar and Kshir Sagar ensuring participation of people at large scale. He said he would participate in the cleanliness campaign.
It was informed that the civic infrastructure to be built for Simhastha 2016 will remain permanently. He asked the concerning officers to deal with encroachment issues with utter sensitivity saying that participation of all community and religious heads is a must. He said that there should be dialogues with them at regular intervals to achieve consensus on different issues.
The meeting was informed that all infrastructure building works are going on at pace satisfactorily. The Chief Minister gave instructions for ensuring efficient utilization of budget and fill key posts in concerning departments and agencies. He said that cooperation of NGOs and communities in organizing Simhastha 2016 should also be ensured.
Those who attended the meeting included Minister for Urban Administration Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya, Minister for School Education Shri Paras Jain, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary to C.M. Shri S. K. Mishra, Principal Secretary Urban Administration Shri S. N. Mishra and senior officers.

Holiday to labourers to cast vote during Panchayat elections
Bhopal: January 2, 2015
The Labour Commissioner has issued directives to factory owners to give weekly holiday to labourers on the polling day to facilitate them to cast their votes on January 13, 31 and February 19 during 3-tier Panchayat elections 2015. Polling will be held from 7 am to 3 pm.
In a circular, the Labour Commissioner has directed owners and managers of all factories to declare holiday for their workers under Factory Act, 1948. The factories which work throughout week have been instructed for two-hour layoff to labourers in the first and second shifts for casting their ballots.
The first shift should be closed two hours earlier and the second should be started two hours late.
The factories with continuous process should allow their workers to cast vote one by one without causing any loss to their wages. The Labour Commissioner has desired shops and commercial establishments to give weekly holiday to their workers by observing holiday on voting day instead of prescribed day.
The shops which do not close on any day will allow their workers adequate time to go to cast their vote one by one.

Take pledge to make Madhya Pradesh best state in world
Bhopal: January 1, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has extended heartiest greetings and best wishes on New Year to people of the state.
In his greeting message, Shri Chouhan has wished happiness and prosperity to the people.
The Chief Minister said that the state government is making constant headway achieving new milestones of development through strengthening of tradition of mutual cooperation of community. Once called a sick state, Madhya Pradesh has the highest economic and agriculture growth rates in the country.
He said that Madhya Pradesh has to be moved forward in every sector.
Shri Chouhan has urged people to take pledge to ensure success of Prime Minister’s Make in India and Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan through dedicated efforts and hard work. Citizens should contribute to efforts to make Madhya Pradesh clean, prosperous and strong by discharging their duties in right earnest.

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