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Irked BJP MLA beats up CEO for not receiving his call
Our Correspondent, 21 Aug,2014
Chief Executive Officer, Janpad, Udai Raj Singh on Wednesday accused BJP MLA from Tikamgarh KK Srivastava of beating him up for not receiving his phone call.
A Bhaskar report quoted Singh as claiming that Srivastava called him up on Tuesday. As he was busy with election work, he couldn't receive his call. A few minutes later, KK reached the MLA's office with 8-10 party workers and beat him up.
They shoved him into their car and took him to a house where they beat him up again. An hour later, they dropped him back to his house.
As soon as the news spread, Congress workers blocked the roads on Jhansi-Tikamgarh route to protest the incident.
SP Amit Singh reached the spot and took Udai Raj's statement. Meanwhile, Srivastava has denied Singh's allegations saying he had a chat with him for 30 minutes after which they left.
"We will lodge an FIR after initial probe about the incident," SP said.


MP bypolls: Balloting begins in 3 assembly seats
Our Correspondent, 21 Aug,2014
Bypolls in three assembly constituencies of Madhya Pradesh, Agar, Vijayaraghogarh and Bahoriband, kick-started on Thursday. The three seats fell vacant for different reasons with Congress' Vijayaraghogarh MLA Sanjay Pathak changing loyalties to the BJP just before the Lok Sabha elections in April, BJP MLA from Agar Manohar Utwal graduating to Lok Sabha after winning Dewas Parliamentary constituency and BJP MLA from Bahoriband Prabhat Pandey passing away after a brain haemorrhage.
There are no specific issues for by-polls which is being held eight months after the assembly elections and three months after the Lok Sabha polls.
Vijayaraghogarh has been one of the rare advantage seats for Congress party. Since 1990, Congress has won this seat four times while the BJP could win only two terms. But Congress won the seats fielding candidates from one family which has now moved away from the party four months ago. Mining king Satyendra Pathak, a minister of state in erstwhile Digvijay Singh led Congress government, won the seat twice in 1993 and 1998 but he lost in 2003 when a BJP wave gripped the state.
In 2008, Pathak's son Sanjay claimed the seat again with a margin of 22,794 votes. He won for the second time last November, though with a slim margin of 929 votes. As Lok Sabha polls approached, Sanjay Pathak demanded a Parliamentary seat from the Congress. When denied, he switched loyalties to the BJP which has now fielded him as party candidate opposite former Katni mayor Brijendra Mishra.
Bahoriband is essentially a Congress seat which BJP won after four successive defeats in 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008. But in November, BJP's Prabhat Pandey reversed the trend and defeated former MLA Nishith Patel, son of former Congress minister Shavan Kumar Patel. Congress denied ticket to Nishith Patel this time which has caused a lot of dissention within the party while fielding Saurav Singh, who contested as a BSP candidate in November. BJP has named Prabhat's son Pranav Pandey and is banking on the sympathy factor. Agar is a BJP bastion with Congress winning the seat only once in 1998. BJP has put its trust in an old candidate Gopal Parmar who won the seat in 1993 but had lost to the Congress in the next elections. The BJP fielded different candidates for the next three elections winning the each time with impressive margins. In November former minister of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government Manohar Utwal won the seat with 28859 votes defeating the Congress' Madhu Gehlot. On Thursday, the contest will be between Gopal Parmar and the Congress' Rajkumar Gore a local former Youth Congress leader.


Court orders FIR against Aamir Khan, 9 others over PK nude poster
Our Correspondent, 21 Aug,2014
Jabalpur District court on Wednesday directed the police to lodge an FIR against Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and nine others over publication of the movie PK's poster, that shows Khan nude.
Six days after Supreme Court junked a petition seeking ban on Aamir Khan-starrer 'PK', a Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court directed the town inspector of Adhartal police station in Jabalpur on Wednesday to book Aamir Khan, producer Rajkumar Hirani, director Vidhu Vinod Chopra and 7 others, including three Hindi newspapers.
The Film and Television Producers Guild of India president Mukesh Bhatt and three local Hindi dailies were made respondents in the complaint.
The complainant, Amit Sahu, a practising lawyer, had approached the Jabalpur district court with a petition alleging the posters of the film were 'obscene' and 'causing inconvenience to women'.
The next hearing of the case is schedules on September 19.


Peaceful voting in Madhya Pradesh by-polls
Our Correspondent, 21 Aug,2014
Voting was peaceful Thursday in the by-elections that were held in three Madhya Pradesh assembly constituencies, officials said.
Voters were seen queuing up to exercise their franchise at 7 am in Vijayraghavgarh, Bahoriband and Agar assembly constituencies, officials said.

Over six lakh voters in the three constituencies are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 25 candidates.


MoU signed with Emirates Airline
Our Correspondent, 21 Aug,2014
On the first day of his 3-day Dubai visit, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan today had exclusive meeting with Divisional Senior Vice-President of Emirates Group Shri Adnan Kazim. Later, Shri Chouhan also met Dubai Civil Aviation Authority’s President Shri Shaikh Ahmad Bin Syed Al Makhtoom.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was singed in Dubai between Madhya Pradesh and Emirates Airline. According to the MoU, Emirates will extend cooperation in tourism promotion in Madhya Pradesh. After Heathrow airport of London (England), maximum number of passengers arrive at Dubai airport. Emirates has arrangements to extend facilities to these passengers. Therefore, Emirates can be very helpful in promoting tourism in Madhya Pradesh. Emirates Airline will carry in its in-flights advertisements of upcoming Global Investors Summit to be held in Madhya Pradesh this year. Emirates Foundation will also partner in skill development training institutes in Madhya Pradesh.
Urban Administration & Development Minister Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya, Higher & Technical Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta and Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia were also present on the occasion.
It may be mentioned that Emirates Airline is serving 142 cities of 80 countries. Emirate Group functions in 6 continents with 75 thousand employees from about 160 countries. One aeroplane take off or lands every 70 second at Dubai International Airport.
Later, a presentation was given before the Chief Minister and the delegation accompanying him at Dubai World Trade Centre. Emirates’ officers took the Chief Minister and all guests round their headquarters.


CM to hold road-shows in Dubai to invite investors to Madhya Pradesh
Our Correspondent, 20 Aug,2014
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan left for official visit to Dubai on Tuesday to hard-sell Madhya Pradesh to the business fraternity in Saudi Arabia. He is accompanied by minister for industries and commerce Yashodhara Raje, minister for urban development and housing Kailash Vijayavargiya, minister for higher education Uma Shankar Gupta, officials and a delegation of businessmen from the state.
According to a report in TOI, the delegation will reach Dubai on Wednesday morning and will return on August 22. According to sources in the government, Madhya Pradesh will hold road-shows in Dubai and invite prospective investors to the next Global Investors' Summit scheduled for the last week of October in Indore.
While Yashodhara Raje will meet prospective investors willing to start new ventures in the state, Kailash Viajayavargiya will hold conventions with the real estate, infrastructure and construction giants. Uma Shankar Gupta is scheduled to hold meetings with interested parties in the education sector. Chief minister Chouhan will hold talks with the petrochemicals companies. From industry to food processing, education to tourism Madhya Pradesh will extend invitations to all probable investors from the land of glittering gold markets.


Sadhvi Pragya Thakur charged in RSS worker murder case
Our Correspondent, 20 Aug,2014
National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday filed a chargesheet in the murder of RSS worker Sunil Joshi against Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and three others accused in a special court in Bhopal.
The document was filed in the court of Special Judge. Besides Pragya, who is under judicial custody, the other accused include Rajendra Choudhary, Lokesh Sharma, Jitendra Sharma, NIA said in a press release.
"The charge sheet also cites supplementary evidence against Pragya Singh Kushwaha for her role in the crime, since she has been charged earlier in the charge sheet by Madhya Pradesh police in 2011", it said.
Joshi was shot dead on December 29, 2007 near Dewas, about 150km from here. Pragya, who is ailing and undergoing treatment at a city hospital, is also an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.
According to NIA, Rajendra and Lokesh had fired at Joshi. Jitendra had arranged the murder weapon (pistol) and given it to Balbir.


In Indore, Speaker says no Leader of Opposition post for Congress
Our Correspondent, 20 Aug,2014
The Congress demand for being accorded the status of Leader of Opposition to its group chief in Lok Sabha was rejected by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan On Tuesday. "I have gone by rules and tradition," she told PTI on her decision not to recongnise the Congress leader in Lok Sabha as the Leader of the Opposition.
The Speaker's decision rejecting the Congress demand has been conveyed in a letter to the Congress party. Congress President Sonia Gandhi had written to Mahajan seeking the status of the Leader of Opposition to Mallikarjun Kharge who is the party's group leader in the House.
The Speaker had also taken the opinion of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi who had said that Congress does not have the numbers so that its floor leader can be granted the status of Leader of Opposition.
Congress is the second largest group in the Lok Sabha with 44 seats after BJP's 282 and has been insisting that it should be given the status of Leader of Opposition. However, citing rules, the Speaker has conveyed to the Congress that she was not in a position to give the party Leader of Opposition status because it fell short of the minimum 55 seats required for staking claim to the post.
Mahajan is also believed to have cited the precedents in 1980 and 1984 when there was no recognised Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha. The Leader of the Opposition in both the Houses of Parliament enjoys the status of a Cabinet Minister.
Reacting to the decision, Kharge said he would consult Congress high command and the AICC legal cell before giving his opinion.
"Being recognised as Leader of the Opposition is one thing and functioning as floor leader is another," he said.The status of Leader of Opposition gains significance in the context of requirements of law relating to appointments of statutory bodies like Central Information Commission (CIC).
The appointments of CIC and central vigilance commissioner are done by the President on the basis of recommendation of a three-member committee consisting Prime Minister, home minister and the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha.
The chairperson and members of Lokpal are selected by a committee headed by Prime Minister and four members -- Lok Sabha Speaker, Leader of Opposition in the Lower House, the Chief Justice of India or a judge of the apex court nominated by him, and an eminent jurist who could be nominated by the President or any other member.
The Speaker had said on Monday that she does not have any personal discretion and that the House can change rules if it felt it was necessary.
"A Speaker is supposed to follow rules. I have to go by rules. There are 'Directions of the Speaker' which mandate ten per cent strength for a party in Lok Sabha to be recognised as Leader of the Opposition.
"If anybody wants a change in them, then a committee can be formed to look into them. But I need to follow the rules. I cannot do any thing on this," Mahajan had told PTI. She had said that her decision on granting the status of LoP to any party was on the basis of the directions, which guide the functioning of the Lok Sabha chief, and precedents followed by others.
"The directions of the Speaker are very clear to decide on the LoP. I also took legal opinion before deciding on the matter," the Lok Sabha Speaker said.


UP, MP, Chhattisgarh jails most crowded in the country: Reports
Our Correspondent, 20 Aug,2014
Prisons in almost 20 states have less number of inmates than their official capacity or are just at par, while a few other states including UP, MP, Chhattisgarh and Delhi have skewed the national average with massive overcrowding in their prisons, revealed official data.
According to a report in TOI, UP alone contributes to overcrowding by close to 32,000 prisoners when cumulative overcrowding across the country stands at close to 42,000. In its 65 jails with a capacity of 47,518 inmates, UP has crammed 80,311.
Chhattisgarh is another laggard state with its prisons overcrowded by 8,930 inmates against a capacity of 5,850.
Delhi, whose Tihar jail has often been in the news for overcrowding, has almost twice the number of inmates against its capacity. Madhya Pradesh jails, from where six SIMI accused broke free last year, are overcrowded by over 7,000 inmates.
Bihar, on the other hand, is one of the best performing states along with Tamil Nadu in building optimum capacity in jails. While Tamil Nadu has almost 9,000 less occupancy against a capacity of 21,951, Bihar over 6,500 less inmates against its total capacity. Odisha is another state where prison capacity has improved over the years with almost 30% less occupancy against capacity.
Much of these positive changes have come about in the past one decade when the Centre launched seven-year scheme worth Rs 1,800 crore for modernization of prisons across the country in 2002.
In 2002, there were 1,135 jails across the country with a capacity to hold 2,29,874 inmates. However, 3,22,357 inmates were crammed in these jails. Between 2002 and 2012, number of jails increased to 1,394 with the capacity improving to 3,43,169. By the end of 2012, there were 3,85,135 inmates in these prisons.
While number of inmates increased by close to 50,000 in this period, the capacity of prisons improved by over 1 lakh easing pressure on infrastructure and making life better inside jails.
Bihar and Gujarat have been the best performing states in terms of creating optimum capacity. While Gujarat more than doubled its jails' capacity from around 5000 to 12000 in this period, Bihar added capacity to keep 15,000 inmates during this period.


MP government colleges to set up personality development cells
Our Correspondent, 19 Aug,2014
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Monday that personality development centres would be set up in all government colleges in the state.

In a tweet, the MP Chief Minister said that these cells would expose youth to India's rich culture. Chouhan said that these cells would also help "build character" and instill "nationalist fervour". "These cells would also help the youth sharpen their skills," he said.


CM Shri Chouhan on Dubai visit from August 20 to 22
Our Correspondent, 19 Aug,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will visit Dubai from August 20 to 22. He will hold discussions with possible investors in the context of Global Investors Summit to be held at Indore in ensuing October. He will be accompanied by Commerce & Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta and a delegation from Madhya Pradesh.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan will leave Mumbai for Dubai at 10.30 on August 19. In the morning of August 20, Shri Chouhan will visit Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and hold discussions with its officers. On the occasion, presentation will be given about investment opportunities in the state. Later, the Chief Minister will hold an interactive session with members of ITEC and members of Gulf Petrochem Association of which Shri Ashok Goyal is the Chairman. apart from a presentation by Madhya Pradesh government, the session will be marked by Chief Minister’s address.
In the afternoon, the Chief Minister will visit site of Nakheel Properties and a presentation will be given on Global Village at Hayatt. Shri Chouhan will also visit Dubai Expo/Dubai World Central.
On August 21, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan go from Dubai to Masdar city in Abu Dhabi. He will undertake free zone visit of Masdar city. Officers of Masdar will give a presentation. In the afternoon, the Chief Minister will hold discussions with Investment Promotion Authority, Chambers-IBPG, ADIA, ADIC, Mubadala Group. A presentation on Madhya Pradesh’s investment possibilities will also be given on this occasion. Later, the Chief Minister will meet Al-Dar at the embassy. Shri Chouhan will return from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in the evening.
In the morning of August 22, the Chief Minister will visit Burj Al Khalifa and hold discussions with EMAAR Group. Later, he will meet DMCC. Shri Chouhan will leave Dubai for Mumbai in the evening.


CM Shri Chouhan offers worship at Radhakrishna Mandir
Our Correspondent, 19 Aug,2014
On the occasion of Janmashtami, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan offered worship at Radhakrishna Mandir in Barkhera area here today. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan also participated in the procession of Lord Shri Krishna taken out by Yadav Samaj.
Shri Chouhan participated in Aarti in Lord Krishna’s image in the temple. He also placed with religious rites the image of Laddoo Gopal the childhood stage of Lord Shri Krishna in the chariot of procession.
Shri Chouhan extended greetings of Shri Krishna Janmashtami to large number of devotees present on the occasion. The Chief Minister prayed for progress and prosperity of the state and state’s people. He called for cooperation of all for making Madhya Pradesh even better and ensuring people’s welfare.
MP Shri Alok Sanjar, MLAs Shri Rameshwar Sharma and Shri Surendranath Singh, Shri Om Yadav and large number of people were present on the occasion.


Speaker Sumitra Mahajan inaugurates Rs 80 lakh cruise boat in Indore
Our Correspondent, 18 Aug,2014
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan inaugurated the 'Malwa Queen', a cruise boat, in the Pipliya Pala pond situated in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Regional Park in Indore on Sunday. Built at a cost of Rs 80 lakh, the boat was launched by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC). On the occasion, the Lok Sabha Speaker said that it was a matter of pride for citizens of Indore that an 80-seater cruise boat was launched in the city.
"Now it is the duty of every citizen to ensure cleanliness in the pond to enjoy a cruise boat ride," she said.
Mahajan also expressed concern about a Union Environment Ministry report citing Indore among the most polluted city in the country.
"I have written a letter to Union Environment and Forest Minister inquiring about the parameter according to which Indore is considered as polluted and what help his Ministry would extend in reducing pollution levels," she said.
Madhya Pradesh Urban Administration and Development Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, Tourism and Culture Minister Surendra Patwa and MPTDC Managing Director Raghvendra Singh, among others, were present on the occasion.


MP seeks Centre’s nod for buying weapons for Naxal-hit areas
Our Correspondent, 18 Aug,2014
Madhya Pradesh government has sought Centre's permission to purchase weapons for Naxal-hit areas from the grant given to them and also demanded a dedicated helicopter for surveillance of regions affected with violence.
"We have demanded from the Centre to give permission for purchasing weapons from the grant given for the Naxal-hit areas as per our requirement," state Home Minister Babulal Gaur told PTI on Sunday. "Besides, we have also demanded for providing a dedicated helicopter for the areas affected with Naxal violence," he said.
Presently, the Centre provides the state with weapons for Naxal-hit areas, but many a times they are found not working properly and the state has to spend a lot on repairing them. It has also been observed that sometimes certain weapons that are purchased and provided by the Centre are not required by the state police, he said.
If the Centre grants permission to the state to purchase weapons as per its requirement, it will also save lot of money, Gaur said. The state has also demanded a dedicated helicopter for maintaining a vigil over some Naxal-hit areas owing to the difficult ground terrain.
"The helicopter will be very useful in such difficult areas," the minister said. Gaur also admitted that there is a wide gap between police-public ratio and to bridge it, the state government is recruiting 5,000 constables every year. At present, the strength of police force is nearly one lakh when ideally it should be 1.5 lakh, as per the state's population, he said. MP is the only state in the country where only three per cent of the total state's budget is earmarked for police while in other states it is four per cent, the minister said. However, he said the government has allocated Rs 650 crore additionally, but majority of it will go into new recruitments.
Referring to the condition of houses for the security personnel at Police Lines, he admitted that they were in a bad condition and unfit for housing. "For addressing this problem, the state government is constructing 2,500 houses every year and this number will be raised to 5,000 per year in the days to come," Gaur added.


Governor Shri Yadav greets people on Shri Krishna Janmashtami
Our Correspondent, 18 Aug,2014
Governor Shri Ram Naresh Yadav has extended greetings and best wishes on Shri Krishna Janmashtami to state’s people.

In his greeting message, Governor Shri Yadav said that Krishna is the name of completeness. Lord Shri Krishna is the best helmsman who is the knowledge incarnate and ignorance cannot stay before him. Shri Krishna showed the path of Karma and truth.
Shri Yadav said that teachings contained in Lord Shri Krishna’s Bhagvad Gita have presented philosophy of life from ancient times. Meaning of birth of Lord Shri Krishna is emergence of “Divine Light” in dark pitch.


Madhya Pradesh to contribute its best to build glorious and strong India
Our Correspondent, 16 Aug,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh will contribute its best to build a glorious and strong India. With this in view every citizen of the state should take a pledge to discharge their duties with total earnest and re-dedicate themselves to achieve the goal of making Madhya Pradesh a fully developed and prosperous state. Good governance is the motto of the state government. Manthan will be held in September to ensure that public facilities reach common people in proper way and their problems are redressed. A campaign for tourism development will be launched in the state. After launch of Narmada-Kshipra Link Project, Betwa and Ken rivers will also be linked under river-linking project. Road map of every village will be chalked out in consultation with villagers. Shri Chouhan was addressing the state level Independence Day function after taking salute at Lal Parade Ground here today.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh has shed the stigma of a Bimaru state now. The state has achieved double digit growth during last 7 years. This is a turn and not destination. He urged to save every drop of water. Madhya Pradesh has emerged as the ideal state for investment. Here, small and cottage industries are also being promoted along with major industries. State government is committed to ensuring that benefits of development reach the common people. Good teachings of all religions will be included in educational syllabi. Higher Education Loan Fund has been instituted so that youths do not face any hurdle in pursuing higher education.
Madhya Pradesh is on decisive turn of development. He urged people to engage in works for state’s development with renewed vigour and commitment. Describing the last decade as glorious for state’s economic growth, the Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh has become the fastest-growing state in the country now.
Shri Chouhan remembered martyrs while extending Independence Day greetings to people. He said that orientation and training programme is being taken up with Army’s cooperation for admission of state’s youths in National Defence Academy. Awareness campaigns will be launched in colleges and schools for career in Army.
The Chief Minister said that development programmes and schemes in the state have been chalked out in consultation with people, before the people and by the people. This teaming up of society and people has resulted in unprecedented political stability. He said that Vision Document-2018 has been chalked out and implemented to ensure good governance, acceleration of pace of economic growth and development of weaker sections.
Referring to achievements in agriculture sector, Shri Chouhan said that agriculture sector of Madhya Pradesh has got pride of place in national economy through farmers’ hard work and state government’s efforts. Irrigation capacity in the state was only 7.50 lakh hectare in year 2004-05, which has been increased to 27 lakh hectares in year 2013-14. Irrigation facility will be provided in 40 lakh hectare by the year 2018.

Krishi Mahotsav
The Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh has emerged as a model agriculture state achieving highest agriculture growth rate amidst natural disasters. Referring to agriculture sector schemes, the Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh is establishing it identity as new granary of the country. He said that Krishi Mahotsav will be celebrated in the state from September 26 to October 25 to turn agriculture into a social movement. It would be observed for one month every year.

Rural transport service soon

The Chief Minister said that master plan of every village has been prepared to ensure city-like facilities in villages. Works to be identified by villages will be done on priority. Thousands of villages have now been linked with all-weather pucca roads. Under Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana, 5500 villages have been connected with pucca roads. Rural transport service will be started soon.

Urban livelihoods Mission to be launched

Under Mukhyamantri Aawas Mission, 10 lakh houses will be constructed in next 5 years. Maximum permanent assets with MNREGA convergence have been constructed in Madhya Pradesh. At least one drinking water source will be made available in all majra/pare/tolas during 2014-15. Urban Lease Renewal Policy has been chalked out for systematic development in small and major cities, improving urban amenities and infrastructural reforms. Master plans of all cities are being chalked out. This year, Urban Livelihoods Mission will be launched with an expenditure of Rs. 75 crore.
DPRs for light metro trains in Indore and Bhopal cities are being prepared. Sanction has also been given to undertake survey for metro trains in Jabalpur and Gwalior cities. Dedicated Urban Transport Fund has been created for improving traffic arrangements in urban areas.

Mahila Panchayat soon

Referring to measures taken for women’s upliftment, the Chief Minister said that Mukhyamantri Mahila Sashaktikaran Yojana has been launched to make violence-affected women self-reliant. A Mahila Panchayat will be held soon to hear and remove problems of women and girls. For the first time in Madhya Pradesh, 50 percent reservation in elections of local bodies and teachers’ recruitment and 30 percent in recruitment of constables has been given to women. For brightening state’s future, primary, middle and secondary education is being expanded and skill development centres are being established in all development blocks to provide beneficial employment in formal and non-formal sectors. Special attention is being paid to school education. As many as 100 new higher secondary schools will be opened this year.
Referring to innovations in higher education sector, Shri Chouhan said that new job-oriented courses are being conducted in colleges. Higher Education Loan Fund has been instituted so that economically weaker students are not deprived of higher education. Smart phones will be given to students taking admission in government colleges.

Ultra small bank in every 5 kilometers

Referring to important role of financial inclusion in inclusive development, the Chief Minister said that ultra small banks will be established in every 5 kilometer rural area. About 2200 ultra small banks have been started. It has been decided to reimburse fee of SC and ST students of engineering, medical, BDS, B. Ed. pharmacy, nursing and diploma in engineering in private colleges.

Kinnar Panchayat

The Chief Minister said that post-matric boys and girls hostels for backward class students are being established at all district headquarters. Welfare schemes have been chalked out for all sections of society. Kinnar Panchayat will be held to provide them respectable place in society. All services including maternal and infant health services, family welfare schemes and services of National Disease Diagnosis Programme will delivered on guarantee. He said that due to sustained efforts during last 2 years, all health indices in the state have registered fall including reduction in infant mortality rate from 66 to 53, maternal mortality rate from 310 to 227 and gross birth rate from 3.1 to 2.4.

Enumerating achievements of industrial sector, Shri Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh has taken a new shape on industrial map of the country. Average industrial growth rate of the state has been 9 percent during last 3 years, which is double the national average.

Mukhyamantri Yuva Udyami Yojana

The Chief Minister said that Mukhyamantri Yuva Udyami Yojana has been launched by expanding Mukhyamantri Yuva Swarozgar Yojana. About one lakh youths will be benefited this year. The fourth Global Investors Summit will be held at Indore from October 8 to 10, 2014.
Work to increase participation of state’s youths in sports has been taken up in mission mode. As a result, Indian Junior Girls Hockey team has won bronze medal in Germany. The team comprised 6 players of Madhya Pradesh State Women’s Hockey Academy, Gwalior. Madhya Pradesh has established its identity as a major tourism destination in the country and abroad.

Information technology cadre

In another step towards transparent and responsive governance, CM Helpline 181 has been launched. Information technology cadre is being set up. Besides, number of services under Public Service Delivery Guarantee Act has been increased from 47 to 101. A campaign has been launched to provide digitally singed caste certificates to students taking admission in class I. Works have been started to provide facilities and necessary infrastructure for Simhastha 2016.


Chalk out police welfare schemes
Our Correspondent, 16 Aug,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan invited President Medal awardee police officers to his residence as an honour here today. Referring to police officers’ difficult duties and discharge of important responsibilities by them, Shri Chouhan said that law & order is prevailing because of police personnel’s alertness. He directed Director General of Police to chalk out welfare schemes for police officers and employees, specially for higher education of their children.
The Chief Minister said that maintenance of law & order is important for both development and interest of common people. Madhya Pradesh police has done commendable service for maintaining law & order in the state. He said that public participation has also been given importance in Madhya Pradesh to maintain law & order. Immediate action is taken to close any liquor shop on women’s complaint. No new liquor shop has been opened in the state during last 3-4 years. He urged the police administration to ensure effective action against drug and narcotics peddlers like they had eradicated dacoity menace from Chambal region.
DGP Shri Nandan Dube, Chief Minister’s wife Smt. Sadhna Singh Chouhan and senior police officers were present on the occasion. Additional DGP Shri Shailendra Shrivastava proposed a vote of thanks.


Flag hoisting at CM House
Our Correspondent, 16 Aug,2014
On the occasion of Independence Day, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan unfurled the National Flag at his residence here this morning. He extended Independence Day greetings and best wishes to officers-employees present on the occasion.
Officers of CM’s Secretariat and officers and employees posted in Chief Minister’s personal, administrative and security staff were present on the occasion.


Raksha Bandhan celebrated at CM House with traditional fervour
Our Correspondent, 11 Aug,2014
Raksha Bandhan was celebrated with traditional fervour at CM House here today. Large number of women from cross sections of society had come with Puja Ki Thali to tie Rakhi to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Their Thalis contained colourful Rakhis, turmeric, kumkum, akshat, coconut, sweets, turban etc. Shri Chouhan sought blessings from elder sisters and blessed the younger ones. Muslim sisters also tied Rakhis and wished for long life of the Chief Minister.
MLA Shri Surendranath Singh, District BJP President Shri Alok Sharma and Chief Minister’s wife Smt. Sadhna Singh were present on the occasion.


Madhya Pradesh becomes roll model for financial inclusion in country
Our Correspondent, 11 Aug,2014
Madhya Pradesh’s financial inclusion model “Samriddhi” through which benefits of various government schemes to villagers are being transferred directly in their bank accounts by ultra small banks is now being implemented by the Central Government throughout the country as “Sampoorn Vittiya Samaveshan Yojana”. It was decided in Madhya Pradesh’s model that banking facilities under financial inclusion should be provided to villagers within 5 kilometers. For this, 14 thousand 697 unserviced villages were identified where banking services were not available within 20 to 70 kilometers. A drive was launched to open 2998 ultra small banks. These banks were opened in 2400 small villages have transacted business worth Rs. 1800 crore. Apart from routine daily banking facilities, needy persons are also easily getting benefits of beneficiary-oriented schemes of the Union and state governments in rural areas of the state now. Benefits of various Central government schemes including pensions for BPL families, senior citizens, destitutes, disabled persons and widows and state government’s economic assistance and pension are being deposited directly in beneficiaries, accounts in ultra small banks in villages. These include scholarships, amounts of school dresses, cycles for students and Janani Surkasha Yojana through Samagra Portal. For running ultra-small banks, local villagers are appointed as business correspondent by the banks. These banks have been opened in Gram Panchayat buildings and E-Panchayat rooms so that villagers may trust them easily. Ultra-small banks are being established at very low cost due to easy system of information technology and small equipments. Used for running the banks, hand-held devices can be carried anywhere easily. According to immediate requirement, USBs reach the villagers' homes and fields too and make available the facilities to villagers in opening accounts and in payments. With this unique system, benefits of banking facilities are reaching the blind, weak and old villagers at their home easily. “Samriddhi” financial inclusion model developed by Madhya Pradesh has been praised in the country. Due to its success, this unique model of Madhya Pradesh has drawn attention of many states of the country and their delegations have been reaching here to study the processing system of ultra-small banks. “Samriddhi” model’s immense success has also belied banks’ assumption that opening bank branches in rural areas is not beneficial. Now, all banking majors are competing with each other to open ultra small banks in rural areas of Madhya Pradesh. Keeping these facts in view, the Central Government has decided to implement the Madhya Pradesh model in entire country. United Nations Development Programme had released a report on success and evaluation of this financial inclusion model at a national workshop in New Delhi on January 24, 2014. Representatives had also praised the model at the workshop.
On the initiative of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Mukhyamantri Gram Samriddhi Bhavan Yojana has been launched under which 1000 new bank branches’buildings each costing Rs. 10 lakh are being consted with cooperation of concerning Gram Panchayats. The state government has provisioned Rs. 100 crore for the scheme. So far, sanction has been granted to 31 Gram Panchayats to construct buildings. Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava inaugurated this scheme online recently. As a result of financial inclusion, state’s District Cooperative Banks have also been connected with NEFT system. Now, amounts payable to beneficiaries of social pension schemes, students’ scholarships and MNREGA labourers’ wages are being directly deposited in their bank accounts in or around their villages. Now, post offices in remote villages are also going to be connected with this modern payment system soon.


Raksha Smt. Badami Bai to unfurl national flag on Independence day
Our Correspondent, 11 Aug,2014
Sarpanch of village Purawas Kalan in Morena district Smt. Badami Bai will unfurl national flag on Independence Day at primary school of the village.
Formal orders to this effect have been issued. Smt. Badami Bai tied Rakhi to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at CM House here today.
Order have also been issued to remove Gram Panchayat Secretary in view of complaints against him about creating hurdles for Smt. Badami Bai in hoisting the flag.
Smt. Badami Bai had demanded to construct middle school building on the premises of primary school of the village itself. The factual position in this regard is that a special meeting of Gram Sabha has passed a resolution to construct building of middle school at a different place. Gram Sabha’s decision is final and acceptable to all.


Raksha CM Shri Chouhan visits hospital to enquire about health of CISF constable
Our Correspondent, 11 Aug,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited a hospital here today to enquire about health of Central Industrial Security Force constable Sushri Ritu Kumari. Shri Chouhan enquired about her health from doctors and wished her early recovery. He informed that he had visited the hospital to enquire about health of this sister of him on Raksha Bandhan. Referring to his telephonic talk with CISF’s Director General, the Chief Minister said that Ritu Kumari is being referred to trauma centre of All-India Institute of Medical Sciences for treatment. Air ambulance is arriving at Bhopal to fetch her.


Raksha Girls of various institutions tie Rakhis to Governor
Our Correspondent, 11 Aug,2014
Girls of SOS Institutions and sisters of Prajapita Brahmakumari Ishwariya Vishwavidyalaya tied Rakhis to Governor Shri Ram Naresh Yadav on Raksha Bandhan at Raj Bhavan here today. The Governor gave away gifts to girls. He lauded activities being conducted by SOS Institution, congratulated the girls having excelled at international level competitions and wished them bright future.
Governor’s Deputy Secretary Shri Shailendra Kiyawat, Assistant Director SOS Children’s Village Shri Tapan Kumar Suna, Assistant Director SOS Children’s Village Khajuri Kalan Shr
Ram Kumar Nagar, institution’s caretaker mothers and Prajapita Brahmakumari Ishwariya Vishwavidyalaya’s sister B.K. Archana and sister B.K. Rani were also present on the occasion.
The Governor was informed that girls of SOS Institutions including Kiran, Shruti and Bhumika’s team stood second in National Football under Special Olympics India. Another girl Madhu has been selected for national level Balshri Award Painting Competition. Besides, Dolly and Shruti have stood second in national cycling and selected in national team for Los Angeles Special Olympics-2015.
It is noteworthy that SOS Children’s Village is a non-government organisation giving long-term protection to orphan and disabled children. The institution was established in the wake of Bhopal gas leak disaster.


Diamonds worth Rs 30 lakh stolen from Delhi recovered
Our Correspondent, 06 Aug,2014
Two diamonds worth about Rs 30 lakh allegedly stolen by three women from Delhi were recovered from a village in Rajgarh, police said. The two diamonds were stolen recently by three women, identified as Rachna, Shabana and Mewa, from near a jewellery showroom at South Extension area in the national capital, Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Jairaj Kuber said. When a woman got down from her car near the showroom, the trio somehow managed to steal the precious stones from her purse and escaped in an auto-rickshaw, he said.
A team of Delhi police caught the three women on the basis of CCTV footage. On interrogation, the women told them that they had sent the stolen diamonds to their native Kadia Sansi village in Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh.
On Tuesday, a Delhi police team reached the village along with one of the accused, Mewa, and summoned sarpanch Kanhaiya Lal on the issue at Pachore police station. Due to this, a rumour got spread that police had arrested the village head following which some women attacked the policemen.
However, later, the local police intervened and recovered the stolen diamonds, the SDOP said, adding that the Delhi Police team went back after the recovery of the diamonds.


Janani Express reaches late, poverty-stricken woman delivers baby on roadside
Our Correspondent, 06 Aug,2014
An incident in which a 24-year-old woman was forced to deliver a baby boy by road side on the outskirts of Morena on Tuesday evening reflected badly on the promises made by the Shivraj Singh government for welfare schemes ensuring safe institutional delivery of women in the state.
According to a report in Times of India, Ummedi Bai, a resident of Bara village in Joura tehsil of Morena district developed labour pain while returning home in a bus. She was returning after a routine medical check up when she went into labour. Her brother-in-law Mahesh, who accompanied her immediately disembarked from the bus and called for Janani Suraksha Express, the ambulatory service aimed to provide assistance to expectant mothers and sick from poor and BPL families.
It turned up an hour late inspite of desperate calls by Mahesh. By the time, Ummedi had already delivered a boy on the road side.
"We were returning to Joura after consulting Dr KK Gupta. We never had any idea that she would develop labour pain mid-way. I called up Janani Express several times but it failed to reach on time", an upset Mahesh, later told media.
Meanwhile the Additional district magistrate of Morena, Vivek Singh was seen shirking off responsibility. He said: "I am not aware whether Janani Express reached late. Response has improved but at times when number of calls are more delay happens. We will further improve the system."


90-year-old man gets information after a 4-year RTI battle
Our Correspondent, 05 Aug,2014
A 90-year-old disabled man received his documents related to his disputed property under RTI after a four-year wait. He was carried to the camp organized by state information commission at Gwalior to hear his appeal which was pending with the commission.
According to a report in Times of India, Singh, a resident of Bhind, had sought information on name transfer of his property from district officials under RTI Act. He was accompanied by his wife. As he could not walk up to the camp due to disability, information commissioner Atmadeep was informed about his predicament. The commissioner personally came down to hear Singh's appeal.
"Necessary information will be given to Maharat Singh," Atmadeep said.
Four years ago, the public information officer had denied information to Singh after which he appealed to the appellate authority which too was rejected. Subsequently, he made a second appeal with the state information commission, which too was pending.
There were around 1,700 pending appeals from Gwalior and Chambal division that have remained unattended for two years as all posts of information commissioners were vacant. After the state information commission was constituted in January, more than 1,000 appeals were disposed and the camp was organized on Saturday for remaining 600 appeals.
Of these, around 151 appeals were disposed on Saturday at the camp. This was the third such camp organized in the state.
The earlier camp was held at Bhopal in March this year where 96 of 1,200 pending appeals were disposed. A camp was organized at Jabalpur as well where 165 of 1,600 pending appeals were disposed.


Local court issues summons to Dow in Bhopal gas tragedy case
Our Correspondent, 05 Aug,2014
A local court issued summons to Dow Chemicals here on Monday in connection with the 1984 Union Carbide gas tragedy case on after a petition filed by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) fighting for the rights of poison gas affected victims.
The summons was issued by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Pankaj Singh Maheshwari on the petition filed by the Bhopal Group for Information and Action (BGIA) and other NGOs fighting for the rights of poison gas victims.
The petition was filed to seeking to force Dow Chemicals to admit its alleged criminal liability in the case since Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the multinational chemical major.
BGIA's Rachna Dhingra said Dow Chemicals would have to appear in court on November 14, which is the next date of hearing.
The court has also directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to ensure that summons is served to Dow Chemicals in the United States of America through the Union Ministry of External Affairs.
Meanwhile, a release issued by Amnesty International from its London office said "the time has come for Dow Chemicals to appear in an Indian court and account for the failure of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Union Carbide, to respond to criminal charges against it".
Quoting Amnesty International's Director for Global Issues Audrey Gaughran, the release said that "refusing to comply with the court's summons would be to treat the Indian justice system with contempt, undermining Dow's credibility as an investor in India".
For 13 years, the US multinational chemical giant Dow Chemicals has denied it had any responsibility towards victims and survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984.


ED quizzes MPPEB's former exam controller
Our Correspondent, 05 Aug,2014
Enforcement Directorate questioned Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board's (MPPEB) former Exam Controller Pankaj Trivedi for near five-and-a-half hours on Monday, to know investments made by him in movable and immovable assets.
A senior ED officer said that Trivedi was brought here amidst tight security from the Bhopal Central Jail, where he was lodged under judicial custody, to the ED's sub-zonal office here for interrogation. Trivedi was questioned from 12.30 pm to 6 pm to record his statement and to find out investments made by him in movable and immovable assets.
Besides Trivedi, the ED has registered cases against more than ten people allegedly involved in the MPPEB scam involving admission tests and recruitment examinations under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The official said that another official called Nitin Mohindra who was arrested in connection with the MPPEB scam would be brought to the ED office for questioning on Tuesday.


Priority to surface water-based group drinking water schemes in state
Our Correspondent, 05 Aug,2014
Madhya Pradesh government is now giving priority to surface water-based group drinking water schemes’ implementation in view of depleting ground water level. Madhya Pradesh Water Corporation constituted for this purpose is working towards giving fillip to these schemes’ implementation. At present, national average is 47.60 percent and state’s average 26.10 percent with regard to supplying drinking water to rural population. In view of it, large number of drinking water schemes need to be implemented to equal the national average and achieving targets set for year 2022.
Keeping this target in view, Water Corporation has identified 889 villages in 19 districts for surface water-based drinking water schemes in the first phase. The 25 group drinking water schemes will cost Rs. 1337 crore 88 lakh. Tenders have also been invited for sanctioned works. Work orders have been issued for 3 schemes and work is under progress. Tender process is on for remaining 22 schemes.
In the second phase, work is on for survey and DPR preparation of 33 group drinking water schemes. Of these, DPRs of 11 schemes have been prepared and technical sanction accorded. DPR for remaining 22 schemes are under preparation. Apart from these, other drinking water schemes have also been identified and work is underway for their DPRs and survey.

Bundelkhand Package
The Water Corporation will implement 7 group drinking water supply schemes under Phase-2 of Bundelkhand Development Special Package. Administrative sanction has been accorded to 4 of these schemes. Tender process is on. DPRs of remaining 3 schemes have been prepared and technical sanction accorded. Administrative sanction will also be accorded soon.
It is noteworthy that one or another district of Bundelkhand faces drinking water crisis during summer every year. For overcoming drinking water crisis, 1287 drinking water schemes costing Rs. 100 crore have been sanctioned for 6 districts including Sagar, Chhatarpur, Panna, Tikamgarh, Damoh and Datia under Bundelkhand Special Package. Of these, 1103 schemes have been completed and water supply started from 1047 schemes. These works have cost Rs. 95 crore 53 lakh so far. Work of remaining schemes is under progress. A target has been set to complete them all by December this year.


14 Alleging sexual harassment by a HC judge, Gwalior additional judge quits
Our Correspondent, 04 Aug,2014
An additional district and sessions judge in Gwalior had to step down from her post after a Madhya Pradesh High Court judge allegedly made sexual advances and on being neglected threatened of spoiling her career.
After practicing law for 15 years in Delhi courts, she passed the MP Higher Judicial Service exam and was posted in Gwalior on August 1, 2011. After training under Justice DK Paliwal, she was posted as additional district and sessions judge in Gwalior in October 2012.
In April 2013, she was appointed chairperson of District Vishaka Committee against sexual harassment. Her annual confidential report of January 2014 termed her work "excellent and outstanding".
Acording to a report in Times of India, the administrative judge from Gwalior bench of Madhya Pradesh HC repeatedly asked her to visit him in his bungalow alone, she alleged.
She complained to Chief Justice of India RM Lodha and Supreme Court judges Justices HL Dattu, TS Thakur, Anil R Dave, Dipak Misra and Arun Misra, as well as the MP HC chief justice, saying that the administrative judge sent her a message through the district registrar to "perform dance on an item song" at a function in his residence. She avoided the function on the pretext of her daughter's birthday.

Responding to her complaint, Justice Lodha said, "This is the only profession where we refer to our colleagues as brothers and sisters. This is unfortunate. I will take appropriate action after the complaint is placed before me."
Meanwhile, the very next day of sending a message to dance in his residence, the administrative judge told her that "he missed the opportunity of viewing a sexy and beautiful figure dancing on the floor and that he is desperate to see the same", she alleged.
The judge got angry when she did not pay heed to his "various advances and malicious aspirations". She was subjected to intense scrutiny by the administrative judge. "He got more agitated when no fault was found," she said.
"I started commencing court at 10.30 am instead of 11 am and extended the working hours in the evening by one hour to 6 pm," she said but complained that this did not appease the administrative judge, who continued to harass her.
Tired of harassment, she along with her husband on June 22 went to meet the administrative judge, who was "irritated" to find her with her husband and asked her to meet him after 15 days. But even before 15 days could have elapsed, she was served with a transfer order.
In her complaint, she said, "The administrative judge, along with district judge and district judge (inspection), possibly made a false, frivolous, baseless and malicious reporting to the chief justice of MP and got me transferred on July 8, in the mid-academic session of my daughters to a remote place Sidhi by overruling the transfer policy of MP HC."

Her representation for eight-month extension to allow her daughters complete the academic session was rejected. Left with no choice, she called on the administrative judge and pleaded against the abrupt transfer saying it would affect the studies of her child who was in Class 12.
In her complaint, she said, "Mockingly, he replied that I faced this mid-academic session transfer to Sidhi for not fulfilling his aspirations and for not visiting his bungalow alone even once and he also threatened me that now he will spoil my career completely and make sure that I face ruinous prospects all my life."
She claimed the HC chief justice declined to meet her when she wanted to apprise him of the situation. "I was left with no option but to resign, so, I resigned on July 15 in compelling, humiliating and disgraceful circumstances to save my dignity, womanhood, self-esteem and career of my daughter."
Seeking justice from the CJI, she said, "Only because the perpetrator is as powerful as an 'administrative judge' that he can cast an evil eye on me, and I do not even get a hearing. What system are we following and leading this democracy to? If this is how a mother, sister and wife can be treated, who is herself no less than a judicial officer duty-bound to protect society and law, what constitutional goals are we serving?"


Madhya Pradesh first in suicides by children: NCRB
Our Correspondent, 04 Aug,2014
According to a National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) report, Madhya Pradesh is said to be the state with maximum number of suicide by children up to age of 14 years.
A report in Times of India says, that according to the NCRB report, 349 children in this age group committed suicide in 2013, out of which 198 were boys and 158 girls.

In fact, in the list of cities and union territories, Bhopal is a city in which the suicide rate of children in the said age group is on the higher side. As many as 27 children of age 14 years or younger, including 19 boys and 8 girls, comitted suicide in Bhopal. Number of suicides in other big cities of MP is lesser in Bhopal. They include Indore with 15 case , Jabalpur with 1 case and Gwalior 8 cases of suicide by children of under 14 years of age.


Passages of “Mook Maati” to be included in syllabi
Our Correspondent, 04 Aug,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that passages of Acharya Shri Vidyasagar Maharaj’s book “Mook Mati” will be included in syllabi of educational institutions. The Chief Minister with his wife had Darshan of Acharya Shri Vidyasagar Maharaj at Jain Mandir Shital Dham at Haripura in Vidisha district today. He presented coconut and sought his blessings. Finance Minister Shri Jayant Malaiya also sought Acharya Shri’s blessings.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that medical and engineering courses will be taught in Hindi medium at Hindi Vishwavidyalaya of the state. He said that English language blunts talents of our students. We should take pride in our own language, he added.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that schemes have been chalked out in the state keeping in view upliftment and welfare of all sections of society. He underlined the scheme launched for welfare of students belonging to general category poor families. He said that Madhya Pradesh is now a pioneer state in the country in growth and agriculture growth rates as a result of development schemes. The Chief Minister also listened to Acharya Shri’s religious discourse.
Earlier, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Finance Minister Shri Jayant Malaiya were felicitated by Shri Bade Baba Nirman Samiti at Muskurata Hua Kundalpur Samman Samaroh. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan also unveiled portraits of Shri Adinath Baba and Shri Gyansagar Maharaj. Local MLA, other public representatives and large number of people were present on the occasion.


Madhya Pradesh pushes for honourable identity to transgenders
Our Correspondent, 04 Aug,2014
With an aim to give an honourable identity to transgenders, Madhya Pradesh Government has suggested that the third gender members be addressed by adding "Tgr" before their names on the lines of "Mr, Mrs and Ms in English and "Ki" in Hindi. The State Government has sent a proposal in this regard to the Centre.
"The Government is facing problems in identifying the large number of persons belonging to transgender category. We, therefore, have proposed to Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to identify them with three alphabet letters "Tgr" on the lines of Mr/Mrs/Ms in English," Social Justice Department Secretary VK Batham told PTI on Sunday.
Similarly, the kinnars (transgenders) can be identified as "Ki" on the lines of "Shri, Shrimati and Sushri in Hindi, he said. "This will help in giving them an honourable identity and recognising them in various Government records like voter list and beneficiary of welfare schemes," Batham said. Madhya Pradesh has also formed a board which will not only maintain a database of transgenders in the state but also provide them with Government jobs as per their skill and ability, the Secretary said.
The Government will soon appoint a chairperson from among the community for the Kinnar Board constituted for their welfare, he said. The board will create awareness among the third gender about ongoing welfare programmes related to literacy, sanitation and health, Batham said.
According to official estimates, there are nearly 2,500 transgenders in Madhya Pradesh but their actual number could be higher. Most of them make a living by singing and dancing at various celebrations, Batham said. Their income is meagre and when they grow old, they become financially dependent on their "chelas" (students).
The Board will effectively address this and other problems being faced by the community members, he added.


One lakh 55 thousand students to get smart phones
MP Government’s novel initiative to connect students with IT

Our Correspondent, 04 Aug,2014
The state government has decided to provide free smart phones to students taking admission in first semester of graduation in government colleges in the state. During current academic session 2014-15, free smart phones will be given to about one lakh 55 thousand newly admitted students of colleges.
This facility to students is being given to bring them at par with other developed countries’ students and introducing various communication mediums to promote e-learning in this age of globalization. Through this, students will be able to increase their knowledge.

No age or caste bar
All domicile students of Madhya Pradesh, who take admission in graduation first semester will be benefited with the scheme. There will be no age or caste bar. Smart phone will be taken back if a student abandons studies midway or does not study regularly. The scheme will also benefit students of remote areas. This will help increase gross enrolment ratio.
Number of smart phone users in the country has increased by 33 percent during last 2 years. Time of using smart phones has also increased by 20 percent. A smart phone user in India spends average 3 hours a day on its use. About 25 percent users check smart phones for over 100 times a day. One-third of user’s time is spent on use of various applications of smart phone.
World of mobile computing has undergone a revolutionary change with increase of speed and expansion of network connectivity in the state and arrival of 2G, 3G and 4G. This change has been brought about by mobile applications like WhatsApp and WeChat. Smart phone has been successful in becoming a pocket learning appliance for mobile users.
Due to lack of proper wi-fi and broadband facility in offices and houses, 8 out of 10 persons use mobile broadband, 2G, 3G and 4G through smart phones. In this way, youths are using a new pocket technology in the form of smart phone.
Education sector is also not untouched by this technology, which is being used for various purposes in the sector. During recent online admission process, such an android mobile application was evolved in cooperation with NIC, which applicants obtained information about colleges on their smart phones. Students also saw online information about their admission details through mobiles.
Such smart phone applications are being evolved for aiding studies in online computing world through which students will be able to write notes through online quizzes, real-time broadcasts, e-reader, book-scan, voice recording and making notes through hearing, collection of web-clipping and other important academic works. This will help students avoid purchase of syllabus materials and getting photocopies of notes.


14 EPFO employees get five-year RI for fraudulent withdrawals
Our Correspondent, 02 Aug,2014
A special CBI court in Bhopal awarded five years rigorous imprisonment to 14 people from the Employees Provident Fund Office (EPFO) and one year RI to another besides imposing a total fine of 25.53 lakh on them for fraudulently withdrawing money in the name of unknown persons thus causing losses to the tune of over Rs 22 lakh to the EPFO.
The sentence was awarded by the court of Special CBI judge, Manoj Kumar Shrivastava yesterday.
The case was registered by the CBI under sections 120-B, 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 477-A and Section 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 in January 2006 in this regard against Gajendra Singh Chouhan, a Lower Division Clerk (LDC), a CBI release said.
It was alleged that Chouhan during the period 2000-02 entered into a criminal conspiracy with an unknown official of EPFO as well as private persons and committed the offence of forgery, cheating and impersonation in respect of fraudulent withdrawal of Provident Fund claims in the name of fake persons.
After the probe, CBI filed a chargesheet in the court following which the trial began.
Employees Gajendra Singh Chouhan, Pratap Singh, Usha Naik, RD Paranjape, Ramchandra, AK Shrivastava, Rajendra Singh Thakur, Balram Keshav Singh, Rajesh Bhalekar, Rekha Chouhan, Rajesh Kumawat, Dushyant Sonwane, Ghanshyam Dave and Maneesh Gaur were sentenced to five years RI and were imposed with a fine of Rs 35,000 each under various sections of the IPC. In case of default, they will have to undergo additional one year RI, the CBI release said.
Another employee Ramesh Haldar was awarded an RI of one year and a fine of Rs 5000. In case of default he will have to undergo three months additional RI, it said adding the total amount of fine imposed on all the 15 persons was Rs 25,53,000 and all sentences shall run concurrently.


13-year-old boy walks into Mumbai police cell to meet CID actors Daya, Abhijeet
Our Correspondent, 02 Aug,2014
A 13-year-old boy walked into the office of Mumbai police's anti-narcotics cell (ANC) on Wednesday afternoon in the hope of meeting the cast of CID, a popular crime detective series on a television channel.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, the police initially thought he may have some information that would lead to seizure of drugs.
However, the boy turned out to be a runaway kid from Indore who had visited the ANC's office to meet CID show characters Abhijeet and Daya.
Senior police inspector (Azad Maidan unit) Suhas Gokhale said, "The boy asked me if he can meet Abhijeet and Daya uncle (characters in the series). I engaged him in talk while telling him that the characters he was looking for had gone out."
"We contacted his parents and learned that he had run away from his house in Indore and come to city on a train," said Gokhale. The boy has been sent to the children's home in Dongri.
Meanwhile, officials of the channel contacted the police after Gokhale's son, an advertising professional, posted the details about the incident on a social networking site.
"While the intention is not to encourage others to run away, the cast is planning to meet the boy to counsel him against taking any such step in the future. The cast may meet the boy in the presence of his parents when they will arrive in the city in a day or two," said Gokhale.


PM meets BJP MPs from Madhya Pradesh
Our Correspondent, 02 Aug,2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met party MPs from Madhya Pradesh and asked them to be proactive in raising public issues in national interest and take the bold initiatives of the government before the public.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is also an MP from Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar, who is a Rajya Sabha member from the state were also present during the meeting.
During the interaction with them at his residence, Modi guided them on their role in making the party active and work in national interest. The meeting was part of the series on meeting party MPs from different states.
Prime Minister Modi had earlier met BJP MPs from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir and interacted with them over breakfast.


Most callers seek schemes’ information
Our Correspondent, 02 Aug,2014
Over 15 thousand calls were received by CM Helpline on the very first day of its launch on Thursday at its call centre in Bhopal. The helpline has been launched to inform people about state government’s public welfare schemes and to redress their problems and complaints. This overwhelming response goes to show that people are inquisitive about the service.
About 85 percent of about 12 lakh calls received since January 2014 when the CM Helpline was run as pilot project pertained to seeking information about government’s various schemes. It is clear from this fact that most of common people are interested in knowing about eligibility and method to avail benefit of public welfare schemes and programmes through the CM Helpline and less inclined towards redressal of problems and complaints.
When a person enquires about a state government scheme on CM Helpline 181, the operator asks him name of the department. On being informed about department, the operator elicits desired information from concerning department’s computer and conveys it to the caller in easy and simple language about eligibility and the process of availing benefit. For this, a special software has been developed. In this way, CM Helpline has become yet another easy way to obtain comprehensive knowledge about schemes after publication of booklet “Aage Aayen, Laabh Uthaayen” by Public Relations Department of the state government. Website www.cmhelpline.mp.gov.in can be logged on for further information about this.
It has already been made clear that CM Helpline has the arrangement to receive 100 calls simultaneously. On Thursday, engaged tone was being heard from 181. This situation was created since hundreds of people from various places were dialling the number. Efforts are on to improve this situation soon and enhance helpline’s capacity in view of massive response to it.


TEACHING AT SANCHI UNIVERSITY OF BUDDHIST-INDIC STUDIES FROM OCTOBER
Our Correspondent, 01 Aug,2014
Teaching would begin from October this year at the world’s first university exclusively dedicated to philosophy, especially Buddhist and Indian philosophy established in Bhopal. Initially, 8 certificate courses would be offered including Prakrit and Jaina Studies, Learning Sanskrit Language, Buddhism, Yoga Tradition in India, Comparative Religion, Indian Philosophy, Kashmiri Shaivism Theory and Practice and Hindu and Buddhist Tantra.
The professors going to teach these residential courses are academics of international repute and none of them is below the level of Vice Chancellor. These professors include those from America, Germany and Tibet. Each of these two-month courses will have 25 to 30 students.
At present the university has 5 schools and 3 more schools would be added soon. Noted scholar Sushri Shashipriya Kumar, former Dean of Sanskrit Department of JNU, has been appointed Vice Chancellor of the university. Shri Sendong Rinpoche is the Chancellor of the university. He belongs to Tibet and was the first Prime Minister of Tibet government- in- exile. The Mentor Group of the university comprises renowned scholars from all over the world.

The 5 schools started initially include School of Buddhist Philosophy, School of Sanatan Dharma and Indic Studies, School of International Buddhist Studies, School of Comparative Religion, School of Languages, Literature and Arts. Soon, the School of Language, Literature and Arts would be bifurcated and 3 new schools added. These include Study of Civilizations, School of Western Philosophy and School of Futurology.
Teaching of three foreign languages including Chinese, Tibetan and Sinhaliese (Sri Lanka) would be started from next session. Shortly, a Centre of Alternative Education would be set up in the university. So far, 62 countries have hit the university’s website. Maximum hits were from America.
It may be mentioned here that Madhya Pradesh government has allotted 100 acre land and sanctioned 353 posts for this university building that is coming up at village Dhakana-Chikana near Salamatputr adjoining Bhopal. Foundation of the university costing about Rs. 400 crore was laid by Sri Lankan President Shri Mahinda Rajpakshe and Bhutanese Prime Minister Shri Jigme Y. Thinle on September 20, 2012.


2 students threaten to jump off university building over delay in being provided marksheets
Our Correspondent, 01 Aug,2014
Two students of Vikram University on Thursday threatened to jump off its office building if the authorities delayed providing them with their marksheets any further.
Reeta Raikwar from Mandsaur and Laxmi Tiwari along with some NSUI activists created ruckus on the campus premises and reportedly entered into a heated argument with vice-chancellor Prof JL Kaul and dean student welfare Rakesh Dand.

Varsity administration pacified the agitators and assured to give the marksheets within an hour.
Meanwhile, ABVP activists also protested over alleged irregularities in answer-sheet evaluation by teachers.


CBI files fresh FIR in coal scam
Our Correspondent, 01 Aug,2014
CBI has filed a fresh FIR against a Madhya Pradesh-based company in connection with its probe in the alleged irregularities related to allocation of coal blocks.
In its 23rd FIR in the probe, the agency has alleged criminal conspiracy and abuse of official position on part of the company, its directors and unknown members of 36th Screening Committee in respect of allocation of Thesgora B/Rudrapuri Coal Block, CBI sources said.

"It is alleged that screening committee deliberately did not follow the guidelines and showed undue favour to the company," it said. Searches were conducted by CBI at Indore and Satna in Madhya Pradesh.
"Investigation is continuing," CBI Spokesperson Kanchan Prasad said on Thursday.


MP asks Centre to review order on bonus price for foodgrains
Our Correspondent, 01 Aug,2014
Madhya Pradesh has asked the Centre to review its directive that instructed state governments not to announce bonus over and above the minimum support price (MSP) on rice and wheat this year.
Madhya Pradesh government has asked Centre to reconsider its directive, sources said.
In a directive issued by the Union Food Ministry, the Centre said that state-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) will restrict procurement of foodgrains from such states and will not give subsidy to states on procurement and distribution of surplus foodgrains.
Madhya Pradesh Food Minister today met Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and discussed the bonus issue, sources added.
The directive issued by the Union Food Ministry will be effective from the 2014-15 rice procurement season starting October and 2015-16 wheat procurement season beginning April. According to the directive, "If decentralised procuring (DCP) states announce bonus over and above MSP of rice and wheat for this year, the Centre will give subsidy only on foodgrains procured as required for PDS and welfare schemes."
A DCP state procures and distributes foodgrains itself and foodgrain subsidy is released by the Centre on a quarterly basis after distribution of grains by the state government. DCP is carried out in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Kerala, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and parts of Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.


Plastic Park to be developed soon in Raisen, promises 15,000 new jobs
Our Correspondent, 01 Aug,2014
As the Centre has already given its consent to chip in an amount of Rs 40 crore for the "Plastic Park" project near Bhopal, the state is likely to develop it soon.
The park will have more than 100 small and medium scale units and is aimed at offering jobs to at least 15,000 people.
According to a Business Standard report, the park would be developed on a 121 acre land in Tamot village of Raisen.
"Under a scheme Union Ministry of Chemcials and Fertilizers has approved a fund of Rs 40 crore few months back and an amount of Rs 8 crore has already been received for the purpose. Aydyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam, Bhopal has started inviting offers from small players who wants to set up plastic unit on the area," a government source was quoted as saying in the report.
A special purpose vehicle MP Plastic Park Development Corporation has been created for the development of the park, said the report. The park will also have a center of Central Institute of Plastic Engineering.
The development work will probably start post monsoon.


World’s largest solar plant in Rewa to produce country’s cheapest electricity
Our Correspondent, 31 July,2014
The world's largest and country's first Rs 4,000 crore mega solar power plant is all set to come up in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh in three years' time. The plant, which is a joint initiative by Ministry of new and renewable energy, Power Grid Corporation and Solar Energy Corporation of India, will produce nearly 700 megawatts of power. The project is being funded by the World Bank.
According to a report in Dainik Bhaskar, it is being estimated that electricity produced by the plant would cost Rs 5.40 per unit which is by far the cheapest electricity rates being charged anywhere in the country.
Currently, America houses world's largest solar power plant. The $2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, owned by NRG Energy Inc., Google Inc. and BrightSource Energy, produces nearly 400 megawatts which is enough power for 1,40,000 homes.
According to sources in the ministry, the upcoming plant in Rewa will be set up in 1,300 hectares of land. World and SICI have already conducted inspection of the land for the plant spread across Barseta, Ramnagar, Latar, Badwar in Gud tehsil.
In future, similar power plants are also being planned for Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Jammu and Kashmir. Madhya Pradesh was the first one to receive it because the state government was proactive in reserving land for the proposed solar power plant project.
As of the now, the country's largest 130 Megawatt power plant is also in Rewa.


Minor girl's scalp tear off in a Ferris wheel accident
Our Correspondent, 31 July,2014
A ride on Ferris wheel on Eid day proved costly for a 5-year-old girl in Gwalior on Tuesday afternoon. Muskan suffered critical injuries as her hair got stuck during the ride and left her without a major portion of scalp.
Having lost her hair and one ear in the incident, she was admitted to Jayarogya Hospital, where her condition is stated to be critical. Owner of the Ferris wheel has been arrested for negligence in operating the ride. Incident took place at Jhoola Mohalla of Gende Wali Sadak area.
Muskan had gone to attend fair with her father and mother, and was enjoying the ride before her long hair got entangled in the pivot of the wheel. As the ride approached downwards, her hair came out peeling off her skin and one of her ears, said police sources.
"Owner Narendra Mahawar had allowed more than the permitted capacity of children on the ride.
He didn't stop the ride even after hearing the child's cries," sub-inspector Girwarlal posted at Inderganj police station told TOI.
"She is in trauma centre and according to hospital sources, she is likely to undergo neuro surgery late on Tuesday night," he added.


Congress condemns BJP leader Prabhat Jha's comment on tomato
Our Correspondent, 31 July,2014
Congress on Wednesday strongly condemned the reported comments of BJP leader Prabhat Jha that tomato was not a poor man's vegetable and said the remarks were reflection of the Centre's "total failure" to rein in the skyrocketing prices of the vegetable.
In a joint statement, Delhi Pradesh Congress Chief Arvinder Singh and chief spokesperson Mukesh Sharma said the comments were insulting to the people of Delhi and demanded an apology from BJP.
"The comments were not only insulting. They were like rubbing salt to the wounds. Jha should tender an unconditional apology to the people of Delhi," Singh and Sharma said.
Both the Congress leaders alleged that the hoarders were having a good time in Delhi under the protection of a section of the BJP leaders. "The comments reflected justification of the price rise of the vegetable which is condemnable," said Singh and Sharma.
Sharma said if Jha does not tender an unconditional apology, Congress workers would be forced to start an agitation against him.
Tomato prices have gone upto Rs 80 per kg in retail vegetable markets in the city.
Traders at Azadpur Mandi in the national capital attribute the rise in prices to a substantial drop in supplies from the northern region and high prices in other areas in anticipation of drought.
There has been a steep fall in supplies this year from Himachal Pradesh, which is the major supplier of tomato to northern parts of the country.


CM Shri Chouhan to launch CM Helpline-181
Our Correspondent, 31 July,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan in a historic initiative toward redressal of people’s problems in Madhya Pradesh will launch CM Helpline on July 31 at C-21 Mall at 2.40 pm.

Helpline’s toll-free number will be 181. Anyone from anywhere in the state can register his complaint on this number. Call will be received immediately. Redressal will be ensured by forwarding complaint or problem to concerning department. Important information regarding the state will also be given by the helpline.


Sevadar at Veeranganas being raised in Madhya Pradesh
Our Correspondent, 31 July,2014
Top priority has been attached to women’s empowerment and betterment in Madhya Pradesh. The state has almost come out of the mindset of considering birth of a girl as a curse for family following implementation of welfare schemes for girls right from their birth, taking care of their education, health, marriage and birth of their own children. Madhya Pradesh is the fist state to implement Veerangana Yojana after Nirbhaya Case for social and political empowerment of women.
The scheme has brought forward fully alert and active face of Madhya Pradesh which is sensitive vis-à-vis misconduct-atrocities against women in the state. The scheme is being implemented by Sports and Youth Welfare Department. Through it, women and girls are being imparted special self-defence training.
Martial art training to women and girls is being imparted at every district headquarters. A target has been set to train 500 girls/women in every district. Training under Veerangana Yojana has been imparted to 19 thousand 890 girls/women in 42 district till March 2014.
It is noteworthy that women/girls are empowered physically, mentally and emotionally through this training. Under it, girls above the age of 10 years and women are trained by highly trained instructors to deal with any unexpected situation at workplaces, educational institutions, public places etc.
The physical training format of training under Veerangana Yojana has been prepared by including best techniques of martial arts, judo-karate, taekwando, wrestling etc. Besides, experts impart psychological training through screening of films at seminars in which a woman is depicted to defend her in adverse circumstances.


Sevadar at Asaram's Chhindwara ashram found dead; village head demands probe
Our Correspondent, 30 July,2014
A sevadar working at the ashram of self-styled godman Asaram here was found dead under suspicious circumstances with his family members suspecting a foul play. The sevadar, identified as Patiram was found dead on Monday in the ashram situated on the outskirts of Chhindwara town, police said. However, the postmortem conducted by a team of four doctors on Wednesday revealed that he died of snakebite, Chhindwara rural police station in-charge, KP Mishra told reporters.
Patiram's family members however, alleged that he died under suspicious circumstances as blood stains were found on his clothes as well as in his room, police said.
They also alleged that Patiram, who belongs to Neelkanthi village in the district was neither allowed to visit his home since last last 13 years, nor his family members were given permission to meet him, Mishra said.
The police official said though postmortem report has established the cause of the death, in view of the family's allegations, a probe would be conducted into the issue. Meanwhile, the Nellkanth village head, Shrichand has demanded a high-level probe into the death of sevadar.


Unlike last year, Shivraj Singh Chouhan refuses to wear skull cap this Eid
Our Correspondent, 30 July,2014
Unlike last year, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan refrained from wearing a skull cap this Eid. A young boy from the minority community offered him a skull cap, but he tactfully put it back on the boy's head.
Chouhan sent ripples in the Sangh by wearing a skull cap while greeting Muslims on Eid in August 2013. Film actor Raza Murad who had hailed Chouhan then for sporting the cap was also present at the Idgah Hills mosque on Tuesday.
He had praised the Chief Minister by drawing a comparison with Modi, who had declined to wear a skull cap gifted by a Muslim religious leader during the Sadbhavna fast in 2011 in Ahmedabad. "It is time that Modi learnt some things from chief minister Chouhan and does not show his aversion to skull caps," he had said.
A TOI report said that on Tuesday, Murad and senior Congress leader Suresh Pachauri sat with Chouhan on the dais along with MLAs and Bhopal MP Alok Sanjar, but none mentioned the skull cap.
When reporters asked the CM why the skull cap was not entertained this time around, without losing his cool, the chief minister tactfully replied, "What kind of a question is that?"
He said he wished everyone a happy Eid which is a festival of brotherhood and peace.


CAT 2014: Students to get 30 minutes more to attempt questions
Our Correspondent, 30 July,2014
Candidates appearing for the Common Admission Test (CAT) for entrance to IIMs and other prestigious business schools on November 16 and 22 will get 30 minutes more as number of questions will be more this time.
"Earlier, candidates appearing for CAT were getting 140 minutes to solve the paper, but now time has been increased to 170 minutes," a spokesperson of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore, which is conducting the online CAT 2014, said on Tuesday.
"Henceforth, in sections of Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, and Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning, the candidates will have to answer 50 questions each instead of earlier 30," the spokesperson said.
As per the new feature, the candidates can allot time accordingly to solve either of sections of their choice depending on their ability and convenience. "Students can also switch over and come back from one section to another," the spokesman said.
Earlier, students had to solve these sections in a serial order, with fixed duration of time.
The CAT 2014 will be held on November 16 and 22 across 99 cities at 354 examination centres in four sessions. The result will be declared in the third week of December. The registration process for CAT will begin from August 6 and close on September 30. TCS will take care of technical aspect of the computer-based examination.


Minor girl freed from clutches of 'tormentor' father
Our Correspondent, 30 July,2014
A 15-year-old girl was on freed from the clutches of her father, who allegedly assaulted and tortured her regularly.
The minor was rescued by an NGO, Child Line, with help from officials of Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Welfare Department.
Bhagwandas Sahu, Child Protection Officer of the Department, said they had received complaint from the NGO that one Rajesh Birthare often beat up his daughter and also tortured her.

Birthare, a resident of Palasia area, also did not allow his daughter to meet her mother, who has separated from her husband, Sahu said. The rescued girl is currently in custody of Child Line. An inquiry is on after which necessary action will be taken against Birthare, he added.


‘Mamaji’ Shivraj Singh Chouhan invokes NSA in sex determination cases
Our Correspondent, 29 July,2014
The Madhya Pradesh government has invoked National Security Act (NSA), mainly used against terrorists, against a person caught using sex determination tests to know the gender of a foetus. Having ushered in aggressive policies for promoting girl child in the state, the Madhya Pradesh government has decided to book owners of sonography centres under the National Security Act (NSA), if found involved in illegal sex determination tests.
The action would be ensured in accordance with the Pre-conception, Pre Diagnostic Techniques Act (PNPDT) 1994.
Health and Family Welfare minister Narottam Mishra has issued orders to this effect to the officers concerned while referring to a similar action ordered by Gwalior Collector in a sex determination test case recently.
He was addressing the meeting of state supervisory board constituted for monitoring the implementation of the said act.
The minister said that similar stringent action would be taken against sonography centres in other districts as well. Special teams would be formed for inspecting these sonography centres.
Chief Medical and Health Officers would also visit these centres every week for ensuring that the centres are adhering to the norms.
As part of the sate wide crackdown against sonography centres violating the norms, the health officers said that in last ten months, as many as 882 centres were inspected and out of this, registration of 30 were canceled over anomalies and 23 were sealed over violation of norms.
Besides, cases of 8 centres were handed to court for further action.
The officers told the minister that proper efforts are being taken at district level for promoting the girl child and maintaining gender balance under Hamari Bitiya campaign. Sharing a dubious distinction, Madhya Pradesh had recorded a sex ratio of 931 females against every 1000 males in the 2011 census. This was well below the national average of 920 females per 1000 males.
According to National Crime Records Bureau stats, 453 cases of female foeticide were registered over a three-year period till 2012, but only 28 people had been convicted.


Army recruitment fraud: Former defence personnel, 6 others arrested
Our Correspondent, 29 July,2014
The police on Monday arrested 6 men for using fake documents for recruitment into army on Sunday. According to SHO Praful Srivastav, former defence official Indrajit Sharma who is currently employed as a grade 4 official at Railway Department had procured fake certificates for them.
SHO said that Indrajit assured them recruitment into the army for Rs 2.5 lakh each.
Army had organised recruitment rally in Katani on July 21. All 6 had cleared their physical examination and were on their way to give their written examination when the police arrested them at the railway station.
Sharma has also been arrested. All of them have been charged under section 420, 467, 468, 471 and 34.


Cong leader gets bail in defamation suit by Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Our Correspondent, 28 July,2014
Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesperson KK Mishra was on Monday granted bail in a defamation suit filed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The CM had filed a case against Mishra after he accused him of involvement in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board scam better known as the Vyapam scam. Mishra had alleged that as many as 19 transport constables were selected through Vyapam exam from Gondia, the native place of CM's wife Sadhna Singh.

The Congress leader had also demanded a CBI probe to unearth the "nexus among middlemen, politicians, bureaucrats and education mafia which is behind the scam."
He claimed he was in possession of some SMSes which were purportedly sent by various people, including politicians and even some journalists among others, to the MPPEB exam controller Pankaj Trivedi and the system analyst Nitin Mahindra--both the main accused in the case--and mining baron Sudhir Sharma.


16-year-old Ratlam boy set to make it big in cricket
Our Correspondent, 28 July,2014
Son of a small time compounder, this 16-year-old boy hailing from a small town Ratlam is all set to make it big in cricket. Ashutosh Sharma was the part of Indian U-16 team which toured Bangladesh last year.
Despite having limited at his disposal, the boy did not allow problems to hinder his passion for the game. Now, a student of Madhya Pradesh Residential Cricket Academy, Ashutosh wants to make it big in international cricket by donning the Team India blue jersey soon.
During the last tour of Bangladesh, Ashutosh had drawn attention with his brilliant display of batting. In four matches played in Bangladesh, Ashutosh scored a century and two half centuries.
Afterwards, Ashutosh played in U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy from Madhya Pradesh and scored 600 runs.
The budding batsman is being groomed by former Team India batsman Amay Khurasia at Holkar stadium in Indore. He is now pursuing class XII in Christian Eminent School.
“Besides my passion for the game, I lay equal importance to studies,” he said, adding that he studies for six hours daily and also practices his favourite game for as many hours on daily basis.
After I was selected for the academy, I only dream of being part of Team India as soon as possible.
Last year fast bowler Avesh Khan was selected from Indore for U-19 Asia Cup held in UAE.
In the past, Indore has churned out stalwarts like Col CK Naidu, Vijay Merchant, Mushtaq Ali apart from modern day cricketers and administrators including Raj Singh Dungarpur, Chandu Sarwate, Sanjay Jagdale, Sandhya Agrawal, Narendra Heerwani and others.


Retired professor alleges woman using ‘black magic’ to have sex with him
Our Correspondent, 28 July,2014
The state cyber cell headquarters on Saturday initiated a probe into the complaint of 'paranormal activity' after repeated pleas from a terror-struck retired professor. According to a report in TOI, 66- year-old Professor Chandra Prakash Trivedi, a resident of Indore, is an author of 10 books on Vedic science.
"That woman is using air pressure magneto therapy to have sex with me. In the dead of night, I feel a 'presence' that nobody will believe. I have often run out of my house in the midnight," Trivedi said, adding that he knows people might think he is mentally disturbed "but I am not mad".
"Just because it was not a routine complaint, we cannot deny accepting a complaint. Let the complaint be investigated," Assistant inspector-general, cyber cell, NK Jhariya said.
However, officers are wondering whether there are other issues behind the bizarre complaint.
"It could be anything from an overactive imagination to narcotics driving hallucinations or indeed, a legitimate complaint. Whatever it is, we entertain all complaints be it against zombies or werewolves," said another police officer.
Trivedi also submitted copies of emails sent by the 'suspect woman' who he claims, unleashed evil spirits on him. "She lives in Odisha and is using air pressure magneto therapy to seduce me," claims Trivedi. His family claims he's medically fit and mentally stable.
"Spurt in spooky complaints may soon force the police department to set up an anti-ghost cell or acquire the services of an occult practitioner or even a psychiatrist," said a police officer.
During a public hearing at Bhopal in 2011, former DGP SK Rout had ordered investigations into a complaint lodged by Indore-based Ram Chandra, 50, who alleged he was being stalked by ghosts, who were not letting him sleep.
"The ghosts were unleashed on him to trouble him," he told the DGP. He said the matter was brought to a public hearing after senior police officers refused to entertain his plea. A baffled DGP assured him of a probe.


Brown sugar worth Rs 1.5 crore seized in Madhya Pradesh, two held
Our Correspondent, 28 July,2014
Two persons were arrested after brown sugar worth about Rs 1.5 crore was recovered from them, an official said on Monday. The flying squad of the narcotics department intercepted the two persons, Sher Khan and Chawan Khan, who hailed from Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, on late Saturday night while they had boarded the Indore-Mumbai Avantika Express at Ratlam, BR Meena, Regional Director of Narcotics Department, Indore said.

Upon search, brown sugar valued at about Rs 1.5 crore was seized from their possession and they were arrested at Bamaniya railway station, he said, adding that the duo was planning to go to Mumbai. The two have been booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, he said.


Uma Bharti demands CBI probe into Vyapam recruitment scam
Our Correspondent, 28 July,2014
Chambal ravines also to be developed Bhopal: Union Minister Uma Bharti had demanded investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB)scam, better known as Vyapam recruitment scam.
Speaking to reporters in MP's Satna, the BJP leader alleged that a CBI probe was necessary in the case as there was inter-state links in the scam. Notably, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's name had been dragged in the controversy in the recent past.

He had lashed out at the Congress for dragging his government into the scam. "We detected irregularities in recruitment and admission tests (conducted by MPPEB) and handed over the probe to the Special Task Force. But some people think that this is a good opportunity to drag my name into it. Such attempts will never succeed," said Chouhan.


Now, Rajdhani & Shatabdi Express to serve ‘Makke ki roti’ to passengers
Our Correspondent, 26 July,2014
Chambal ravines also to be developed India’s Railways Minister Sadanand Gowda has emphasised to improve the quality, hygiene of on-board catering services in the Rail Budget 2014-15. Among the several futuristic steps in this direction planned by the Railways, immediate check on the quality of current on-board catering services on trains has been initiated by the government, especially on the Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi trains, which are considered jewels of Indian Railways.
According to a report in Dainik Bhaskar, Makke ki roti, sarson ka saag and tandoori roti will be made available to the passengers on Rajdhani and Shatabi Express trains September. The tender will be passed by the end of August.
These food items of will be catered to the passengers under the category of 'Motel Food'. Railways is all set to coordinate with the top notch companies for the same. Indian Railways is taking steps towards promoting packaged food items on board.
Senior officials of the Railway board told media persons that it is going to engage into agreement with such 150 companies that would cater packaged food to A-1 grade stations. The scheme is going to be launched after a feedback period of 3 months.


MP wants to be India’s economic heart, Shivraj Singh calls for investment
Our Correspondent, 26 July,2014
With a view to make Madhya Pradesh heart of economic activity in India, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called on industry leaders to INVEST in the State and assured them of providing investor-friendly environment.
Chouhan met top corporate executives at an event in Madhya Pradesh on Friday night and told them the BJP Government was planning to develop the State as an industrial hub after achieving good progress on farm front.
"We have done a lot of progress on the agricultural front and achieved nearly 25 per cent growth in the sector last year. Now we want to develop the State as an industrial hub and make it the economic heart of India," he said.
He said the Government is preparing a road map for promoting industrial development in the State. "We have 18 lakh hectares of land which can be used for developing industrial parks or townships. We have many ideas and for this we are preparing a road map."
Chouhan, who took charge as Chief Minister in end-2005, said the State administration was also working towards providing single window clearance for projects. "The biggest hurdle for industry is clearances. We are working on developing a system whereby all the State-level clearances would be provided on one platform. We want to ensure single window clearance for all projects."
The Chief Minister said his Government will also decide a timeline for granting clearances.
Assuring an investor-friendly environment, he said "we have the necessary infrastructure in place. We are power surplus, our law and order situation is good and we have a good manpower. We want to set up more power projects. At the same time, we are also setting up training institutes under public-private partnership mode to develop skilled manpower." He further said besides power, infrastructure, health care and education, the Government is also looking at attracting defence sector-related units.
"We welcome the decision of Narendra Modi Government to allow 49 per cent FDI in the defence sector. We want the private sector to come and set up projects here to manufacture (defence) products that we currently import."


Proud moment: 16-year-old Bhopal boy selected for training from England’s Liverpool FC
Our Correspondent, 26 July,2014
It's a proud moment for the state as a Bhopal boy is all set to make his mark in the world of soccer. Pranendra Singh (16) has been selected for the U-17 squad and will get year-long training from the undertaking academy of England's Liverpool Football Club, a report published in TOI said.
Notably, he is the only one from the state to get full scholarship from the academy.
Bhopal-born Pranendra is the son of KS Thakur who is a BHEL employee.
"This is an ideal platform for me to showcase my talent on an international platform," Pranendra told media.
Pranendra has been playing football for the last three years.


Key MPPEB accused Sudhir Sharma surrenders before court
Our Correspondent, 26 July,2014
Mining baron and a key accused in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board's (MPPEB) police sub-inspector and constable recruitment exam, Sudhir Sharma surrendered before a local court here on Friday.
Sharma was absconding for a long time and the Special Task Force (STF) which is probing the MPPEB scam had announced a reward of Rs 5,000 on him.
The mining baron reached the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Pankaj Singh Maheshwari and surrendered, after which the judge informed the Special Task Force (STF) about it. Later, the STF filed an application in the court after which the magistrate handed over Sharma to the STF on a day's remand. The probe agency formally arrested Sharma in the court.
The STF's Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) D S Baghel informed the court that it wanted to arrest Sharma for his alleged involvement in the police constable and sub-inspector recruitment examination conducted by the MPPEB.
Sharma arrived in the court along with his lawyer Pratul Shandilya, who said that his client has been falsely implicated in the above two cases. Since an FIR was registered against him in these two cases, he wished to surrender before the court, his lawyer said.
Sharma, who was a school teacher, was very close to arrested former Higher and Technical Education Minister, Laxmikant Sharma.
The court also directed the STF to submit the case diary related to the constable recruitment scam tomorrow in court.


New industrial town to be set up in MP
Our Correspondent, 25 July,2014
Chambal ravines also to be developed Top industrialists evince interest in investment

Top industrialists from the country have expressed enthusiasm regarding investment in Madhya Pradesh. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has invited industrialists to INVEST in proposed new industrial town in Madhya Pradesh, development of Chambal ravines and other industrial sectors.
Heads of Tata, Reliance, Shaporji Pallonji, Welspun, Mahindra, Force, Godrej and other industrial houses called on Chief Minister Shri Chouhan in Mumbai today. Inviting the industrialists to Global Investors’ Summit to be held at Indore in October, the Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh is the ideal destination for INVESTMENT. He said that the new industrial town will be developed between Indore and Bhopal. Shri Chouhan said that establishment of industries in Chambal ravines will also result in all-round development of the area. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa.
Chairman of Tata Group Shri Cyrus Mistry evinced interest in production of solar power pumps and crops of pulses. He informed about expansion plan of Tata International in Dewas. Reliance Group’s Managing Director Shri Satish Seth informed about establishment of a new unit at company’s Maihar plant to increase cement production by 5 lakh million tonnes. He informed that the company has set a target to produce 12 million tonnes of coal this year which will be increased to 16 million tonnes next year. He also evinced interest in alternative energy, metro rail and defence sectors. Shaporji Pallonji Group’s Managing Director Shri Shapor Mistry showed interest in INVESTMENT possibilities in urban housing projects, Khan river diversion, water supply projects, hi-tech city and alternative energy. Chairman of IPCA Shri Premchand Godha informed about company’s projects existing in the state for the last 30 years and held discussions on new extension projects. DB Power Limited’s Managing Director Shri Girish Agrawal and LUPIN’s Director Shri K.R. Gupta also held discussions with the Chief Minister regarding investment.
Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra, Principal Secretary Commerce and Industry Shri Mohammad Sulaiman, TRIFAC’s Managing Director Shri Arun Kumar Bhatt and other officers were also present on the occasion.


Historic Judgment: A Madhya Pradesh court sentences acid attacker to death
Our Correspondent, 25 July,2014
Ambah: The Ambah court of Madhya Pradesh sentenced an acid attacker to death on Thursday. Accused Yogendra Singh had attacked a 28-year-old woman with acid on July 21, 2013 which led to her death. Three other family members of the woman were also injured in the attack.
The court ruled that the acid attack incident reported from Porsa town in Morena was rare and that accused Yogendra Singh should be given harshest punishment for the doing.
PC Gupta, the presiding judge ordered accused Yogendra Singh "to be hanged till death."
The deceased woman was attacked by Yogendra in the daytime while she was at her parent's home on July 21, 2013. The accused knocked the door and entered inside as it opened. Thereafter, he hurled the acid on woman and her family present at the home.
The woman died due to severe burn injuries from the fatal attack. Two cousins of the victim and her grandmother were also injured in the attack as they tried resisting.
According to reports, the incident is said to be of one-sided love. The woman was married to Sanju Gupta who hailed from Porsa while Yogendra Singh was in one-sided love with her.
Accused Yogendra Singh said "It is a conspiracy against me," after the court announced its decision.
Sanju Gupta, the husband of the deceased woman said "I was very hopeful that court will announce death sentence to the accused. Now, no man will dare to throw acid on a woman."
PC Gupta, District Additional Sessions Judge stated that the punishment of life imprisonment is not enough for such a crime. Thus, he sentenced Singh to death.


Husband's family forces woman to prove 'chastity' by holding red-hot iron rods
Our Correspondent, 25 July,2014
A local court ordered registration of cases against four people, including a woman's husband and mother-in-law, for allegedly forcing her to "prove" her "chastity" in front of a community panchayat by holding red-hot iron rods, if she wanted to live with her husband.
Allegedly, the complainant was asked to "prove her "chastity" by holding red-hot iron rods with her palms ("agnipariksha") over which leaves of plants coated with OIL were kept, her lawyer Santosh Khoware said on Wednesday.
Orders in this regard were issued by the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Rekha Chandravanshi, after a complaint by Poonam (25) on Tuesday.
The court ordered registration of cases under Section 498 A of the Indian Penal Code against the woman's husband Kunal Oatkar, mother-in-law Tara and their two close relatives Leela and her son Sandeep, the complainant's lawyer said.
The complainant who belongs to the Kanjar community, got married to Kunal on December 13, 2007. After some time, her husband and her in-laws allegedly demanded Rs 2 lakh in the name of dowry and started harassing her physically and mentally, her lawyer said.
Later, they "suspected" her "character" and demanded that she "prove" her "chastity" in front of the local community panchayat.
When she and her parents refused to appear before the community panchayat which her in-laws called, panchayat heads gave a call to socially boycott them from all functions, the complainant said.
Her complaint stated that she and her family faced social boycott since February and nobody invited them for any function nor came to her parent's house. Meanwhile, Kanjar community's Madhya Pradesh head, Shashi Khatabia termed the allegations levelled by Poonam against the panchayat as "hollow" and added that it had "nothing" to do with it.
She claimed that practices like "agnipariksha" were already "a thing of the past" and such traditions have "no relevance" in "modern" society.


Barbaric: Woman forced to prove 'chastity' by holding red-hot iron rods in front of community panchayat
Our Correspondent, 25 July,2014
Indore: A local court ordered registration of cases against four people, including a woman's husband and mother-in-law, for allegedly forcing her to "prove" her "chastity" in front of a community panchayat by holding red-hot iron rods, if she wanted to live with her husband.
Allegedly, the complainant was asked to "prove her "chastity" by holding red-hot iron rods with her palms ("agnipariksha") over which leaves of plants coated with OIL were kept, her lawyer Santosh Khoware said here on Wednesday.
Orders in this regard were issued by the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Rekha Chandravanshi, after a complaint by Poonam (25) on Tuesday.
The court ordered registration of cases under Section 498 A of the Indian Penal Code against the woman's husband Kunal Oatkar, mother-in-law Tara and their two close relatives Leela and her son Sandeep, the complainant's lawyer said.
The complainant, who belongs to the Kanjar community, got married to Kunal on December 13, 2007. After some time, her husband and her in-laws allegedly demanded Rs. 2 lakh in the name of dowry and started harassing her physically and mentally, her lawyer said.
Later, they "suspected" her "character" and demanded that she "prove" her "chastity" in front of the local community panchayat.
When she and her parents refused to appear before the community panchayat which her in-laws called, panchayat heads gave a call to socially boycott them from all functions, the complainant said.
Her complaint stated that she and her family faced social boycott since February and nobody invited them for any function nor came to her parent's house.
Meanwhile, Kanjar community's Madhya Pradesh head, Shashi Khatabia termed the allegations levelled by Poonam against the panchayat as "hollow" and added that it had "nothing" to do with it.
She claimed that practices like "agnipariksha" were already "a thing of the past" and such traditions have "no relevance" in "modern" society.


‘Naari Samman Raksha’ scheme: Stand up against women atrocities, get rewarded
Our Correspondent, 24 July,2014
Under a new scheme by Madhya Pradesh police, if one speaks out against women atrocities including rape, sexual harassment, abduction, chain snatching or human trafficking, the person would be rewarded with citation and cash up to Rs five lakh.
Sources in the police headquarters claimed that PHQ has prepared a plan and has handed it to the Home ministry for an approval.
The scheme, Naari Samman Raksha award scheme, would also have awards for individuals and groups, including Sarvottam Veerta, Uttam Veerta, Veertapurna Karya and Samuhik Prayas. The scheme aims at sensitizing people about women safety and encouraging them to support women against atrocities, said a senior officer posed at police headquarters, who wished not to be named.


Jaipur team in Bhopal to arrest absconding rape accused AIG Anil Mishra
Our Correspondent, 24 July,2014
Presently probing the allegations of rape leveled by a woman against AIG (CID) Anil Mishra, a team of Jaipur police has reached Bhopal for arresting the officer, who has been absconding ever since his name surfaced in the police complaint lodged in Jaipur.
The team which reached the state capital on Wednesday and met officials from the CID and administration wing and gathered inputs about the absconding officer. The team is expected to camp in the city for some more days to arrest the official.
A woman hailing to Jaipur had lodged a complaint of rape and blackmailing against Mishra early this month. Having registered the case on the complainant of the woman, the Jaipur police had intimated the Madhya Pradesh police about the case.
Afterwards, Mishra who is posted in Police Headquarters Bhopal, had applied for two days leave and did not return. The Jaipur police had met ADG (CID) Rajiv Tandon on Wednesday and reportedly gathered information about Mishra’s right from his appointment to others fields. He visitors also met administration wing officers and gathered more inputs about Mishra.
The visiting investigators also visited the office of the STF for compiling information about the a scam accused Shivraj Sharma but returned empty handed as the investigating officer concerned was absent from the office.
However sources claimed that the Jaipur police has remained clueless till now regarding whereabouts of the CID officer on the run. After registration of the case against him at Jaipur, Mishra allegedly had threatened the woman complainant several times but for several days, the officer switched off the mobile phone.


Petition against Narayan Sai disguising as a Sikh dismissed
Our Correspondent, 24 July,2014
A local court has dismissed a revision petition against Narayan Sai, the son of disgraced spiritual guru Asaram Bapu, seeking action for masquerading as a Sikh when he was arrested last year, and thereby "hurting the religious sentiments".
The petition, filed by Yuva Sikh Morcha's Gandeep Singh Bhatia here, was dismissed on Tuesday by Additional Sessions Judge AK Paliwal. The court held the petition to be "totally baseless and without any substance". Earlier, the judicial magistrate, on February 22, had dismissed the petition.
The petition said that Sai, a rape accused, hurt the religious sentiments of the Sikh community by trying to disguise himself as a Sikh by wearing a turban when the police arrested him in Haryana in December 2013.


Cases to be registered for being asked to prove 'chastity'
Our Correspondent, 24 July,2014
A local court ordered registration of cases against four people, including a woman's husband and mother-in-law, for allegedly forcing her to "prove" her "chastity" in front of a community panchayat by holding red-hot iron rods, if she wanted to live with her husband.
Allegedly, the complainant was asked to "prove her "chastity" by holding red-hot iron rods with her palms ("agnipariksha") over which leaves of plants coated with oil were kept, her lawyer Santosh Khoware told PTI here on Wednesday.
Orders in this regard were issued by the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Rekha Chandravanshi, after a complaint by Poonam (25) on Tuesday. The court ordered registration of cases under Section 498 A of the Indian Penal Code against the woman's husband Kunal Oatkar, mother-in-law Tara and their two close relatives Leela and her son Sandeep, the complainant's lawyer said.
The complainant who belongs to the Kanjar community, got married to Kunal on December 13, 2007. After some time, her husband and her in-laws allegedly demanded Rs 2 lakh in the name of dowry and started harassing her physically and mentally, her lawyer said. Later, they "suspected" her "character" and demanded that she "prove" her "chastity" in front of the local community panchayat. When she and her parents refused to appear before the community panchayat which her in-laws called, panchayat heads gave a call to socially boycott them from all functions, the complainant said.
Her complaint stated that she and her family faced social boycott since February and nobody invited them for any function nor came to her parent's house.
Meanwhile, Kanjar community's Madhya Pradesh head, Shashi Khatabia termed the allegations levelled by Poonam against the panchayat as "hollow" and added that it had "nothing" to do with it. She claimed that practices like "agnipariksha" were already "a thing of the past" and such traditions have "no relevance" in "modern" society.


Ex-bureaucrat Ram Singh first IAS to be terminated in MP
Our Correspondent, 23 July,2014
Bhopal: The sacking of tainted IAS couple Arvind and Tinu Joshi from service is only the second instance of its kind in Madhya Pradesh. Twenty-two years ago, Ram Singh, an IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, was caught by the CBI while accepting a bribe when he was posted as general manager of Delhi Milk Supply (DMS) on Central deputation.
Singh, an officer of the 1972 batch, had sought a bribe of Rs 2 lakh from milk societies to reverse his decision to increase the security deposit for supplying milk from Rs 6 lakhs to Rs 10 lakhs.
He was later sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment.


After Modi cabinet snub, BJP heavyweights now vying for a place in team Amit Shah
Our Correspondent, 23 July,2014
Having failed to find a place in the Narendra Modi cabinet, heavyweights from Bharatiya Janata Party’s Madhya Pradesh unit are now vying to be part of Amit Shah's team, who has been appointed party's national head recently.
Party Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Anil Madhav Dave on Monday had called on the party president Shah in New Delhi. Party insiders claimed that Dave might be handed any key responsibility in the party national executive.
Besides, party organizational secretary Arvind Menon also left for New Delhi abruptly on Tuesday. Sources claimed that Menon was summoned by party high command suddenly in New Delhi.
Menon along with the union minister and the incumbent party state head Narendra Singh Tomar was said to have close door discussions with Amit Shah for hours.
Party insiders claimed that the leaders deliberated upon the appointment of new party national head. The party's state wing has already endorsed Nand Kumar Chauhan’s name for the coveted post.
Moreover, the party national chief also had summoned Dave for discussions on Monday. Following this meeting, Dave is considered as strong contender for being part of Shah’s team in Madhya Pradesh.
In addition to this, the other senior leaders from Madhya Pradesh including Prabhat Jha, Faggan Singh Kulaste and former union minister Prahald Patel are also expecting key responsibilities in the new team led by Amit Shah.
Significantly, Shah is expected to attend RSS mega convention in state capital later this month, so he wants to complete discussions on the formation of the new team in Madhya Pradesh before he comes to Bhopal.
In all its likelihood, he might announce the name of the BJP state head after visiting Bhopal later this month. After inclusion of incumbent state head Narendra Singh Tomar in union cabinet, the BJP state unit is due to get a new president.


CBI, MCI joint team conducts surprise inspection of a private medical college
Our Correspondent, 23 July,2014
A joint team of CBI and Medical Council of India (MCI) officials on Tuesday conducted a surprise inspection of a private medical college to probe into alleged irregularities in the allocation of seats and anomalies in basic infrastructure facilities in the college.

A senior CBI official said that a 15-member team of CBI and MCI officials conducted the inspection of the Index Medical College here and launched a probe.
The probe is going on and further details are awaited, the official added.


Sedition case filed against Ved Pratap Vaidik for meeting Hafiz Saeed
Our Correspondent, 17 July,2014
A case of sedition has been filed in an Indore court against yoga guru Ramdev's aide and veteran journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik for meeting Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed in Lahore.
The case was filed by Congress member Vivek Khandelwal in an Indore court on Wednesday.
Vaidik has been booked under Sections 124A and 132 of the Indian Penal Code.
A similar case was was filed in a Varanasi court against him on Wednesday that will be heard on July 25.
Vaidik met Saeed in Lahore where he had gone as a member of an Indian delegation that also included Congress leaders Mani Shankar Aiyar and former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid.


Villagers save 7-month-old baby abandoned near Tincha falls for 48 hours
Our Correspondent, 17 July,2014
In a shocking case of inhumanity by parents, a seven to eight month old baby wrapped in a shawl was left lying near Tincha falls in Indore for 20-48 hours before she was spotted by villagers and rushed to the hospital.
According to a report in Bhaskar, the incident took place in Indore's Tincha village on Wednesday when a few villagers had gone to visit the falls. They saw movement inside a shawl lying around and on unfolding it, they found a baby.
Sarpanch Mahesh Kumar and another villager Jugal Dangi brought the child to Bhoori tillaur village, feeded her and then took her to MY hospital for treatment. According to doctors, the baby was lying there for 20-48 hours and had not eaten anything. The water content in the body was also low.
On learning about the incident, former MLA Jitu Jirati said he will adopt the girl. He also said that if here were any legal obstacles in doing so, he would bear the cost of the child throughout his life.


First flight from Bhopal carrying Haj pilgrims on Sept 17
Our Correspondent, 17 July,2014
Bhopal: The first flight from Bhopal to Saudi Arabia for Haj pilgrims will take off from here on September 17. "A total of five flights will take off from Bhopal's Raja Bhoj airport to Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage during September 17-21. A total of 1200 pilgrims will fly from here in these flights, each of which will carry 240 pilgrims," Madhya Pradesh Haj Committee chairman Sanawwar Patel said in a press release today.
He said that the Haj Committee of India, along with the officers of the Indian Airlines and Saudi Air Lines, had prepared a schedule to fly pilgrims from the Madhya Pradesh capital.
Patel said that he had not yet received schedule for the Indore embarkation point to carry Haj pilgrims from there after September 21.
"Both the Indian Airlines and Saudi Air Lines have agreed to give better facilities to pilgrims; and cleanliness will also be maintained," the release quoted Patel as saying.


Vaidik's entire family in Indore is known to be an RSS family: Congress' Shobha Oza
Our Correspondent, 17 July,2014
The controversy over journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik's meeting with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed refuses to die down with the Congress on Wednesday dubbing him as an "RSS volunteer beyond any doubt" and seeking to know the "hidden agenda" behind the meet.
"Vaidik is an RSS volunteer beyond any doubt. His entire family at Indore in Madhya Pradesh is known to be an RSS family. His father was among the prominent workers of the erstwhile Jansangh in Madhya Bharat," party spokesperson Shobha Oza told reporters. Oza, who herself hails from Madhya Pradesh, said, "Vaidik is an RSS volunteer beyond any doubt and to deny it is a white lie."
Wondering as to who was instrumental in ensuring Vaidik's meeting with Hafiz, she said that even Pakistani journalists can't meet the terror mastermind who carries a reward of USD 10 million. She said that the record of calls of Vaidik needed to be thoroughly probed as also it needed to be investigated whom he had met before and after the Pakistan visit.
Facing all-round attack, government has already disapproved of and condemned the meeting and said it has sought a report from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad about whether it was aware of this.


Now, get ‘prasad’ from Kashi Vishwanath, Ujjain’s Mahakal through speed post
Our Correspondent, 16 July,2014
In the wake of holy month of 'Shrawan', the postal department has joined hands with the authorities of Varanasi's Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Ujjain's Mahakaleshwar Temple to deliver the 'prasad' to the devotees at their doorstep, a report published in TOI said.
Noteworthy, Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Mahakaleshwar hold a special significance in this months as lakhs of devotees pay obeisance at these temples in the 'shrawan'.

The move has come by the postal department and the temple authorities for the people who are unable to make a pilgrimage to these two temples, the report added.
The devotees need to send a MONEY order of Rs 60 to avail the 'prasad' from the temples. For detailed report,


Illegal assets worth Rs 3.1 crore of MP clerk unearthed in Lokayukta raid
Our Correspondent, 16 July,2014
Lokayukta Police on Tuesday raided various premises of a clerk, posted in a Janpad Panchayat in neighbouring Khargone district, and unearthed properties worth over Rs 3.10 crore which are allegedly disproportionate to his known sources of income, a senior officer said.
"The clerk, identified as Babulal Patel (50), posted in Maheshwar Janpad Panchayat in Khargone district, allegedly amassed wealth through corrupt means. Acting on a complaint, a 50-member Lokayukta team conducted raids at Maheshwar town and Indore city and also at Machalpur village in Khargone district," Lokayukta SP Virendra Singh told PTI. He said that it has come to light during the raids that Patel amassed movable and immovable assets worth over Rs 3.10 crore, grossly disproportionate to his income.
"The immovable assets, in Indore and Khargone districts, include five houses, four plots, 40-acre agriculture land, a dairy farm having 50 buffaloes and a building material shop. Patel also owns a costly jeep, a car and three two-wheelers," the SP said. Besides, 300 gram GOLD jewellery and one kg silver ornaments were also recovered from his house and a bank locker. Singh said that domestic goods worth Rs 7.75 lakh, 28 bank accounts with Rs 14.73 lakh in deposit and a locker in Maheshwar were also found during the raids.
"Patel has also invested Rs 4.44 lakh in various insurance policies," the SP said, adding that a case under Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against Patel.


Now, arrest looms large over suspended rape accused AIG
Our Correspondent, 15 July,2014
Trouble seems to be mounting for suspended MP cadre Additional Assistant Inspector General (AIG) rank police official Anil Mishra, who is facing charges of raping a married woman in Jaipur. Rajasthan police may reach Bhopal to arrest him anytime soon.
Mishra, who is posted in the CID branch as an AIG since October 2011, has been untraceable ever since a married woman filed a FIR against him in Jaipur alleging that Mishra had promised to help her in dropping the charges against her husband who is lodged in Bhopal jail in a forgery case and had repeatedly raped her.

Mishra's Bagh Mughalia flat is also locked and his family is away from the city. Sources claimed that Mishra was supposed to present himself before senior officials on Monday, but he failed to appear.
On Monday, the Madhya Pradesh Government had suspended him after a report written by Madhya Pradesh DGP Nandan Dubey to the state government recommended action against Mishra.


Indore police develops new security system to keep your house safe from robbers
Our Correspondent, 15 July,2014
In a bid to bring down the burglary cases in the 'robbery capital' of Indore, the city police have devised a hi-tech, advanced and cheap home security system which will alert people in case of any suspicious activities outside their house.
"The new home security system can read the human temperature and alert the security system in case it finds anything suspicious," said Additional SP (ASP West) Vinay Prakash Paul. Claiming that features of the security system are unique and advanced, he said that the department has focused on three main components while designing the system.
"If somebody comes at the main door, a light will switch on automatically to alert the person inside the house," he said. "Secondly, if a woman, a kid or a senior citizen is alone at the house especially during day time, a musical alarm will start beeping in case there is suspicious movement outside the house."
The system can also save up to 15 telephone numbers of family members and police stations. In case of emergency, a call will be made automatically, added Paul.
"We have taken care of all the security measures in the system along with feeding up important and emergency numbers needed in times of crisis," said Paul.
He added that in case the house is vacant and robbers barge into the house, the system will read the human temperature and movement and will accordingly send an emergency message to phone numbers saved in the system.
"This system can be installed in a room where people keep their cash, jewellery and other valuables. It also has a special switch, which if clicked, will send an alert message to the police station of the area," said Paul.
"Aimed at spreading awareness among the people, the home security system will contribute in bringing down the crime level in the city," added Paul.


Senior MP police officer suspended after rape FIR
Our Correspondent, 15 July,2014
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh government on Monday suspended a senior police officer after a case of rape was registered against him by a woman in Jaipur. The order to this effect was issued by the state Home department against the Assistant Inspector General (AIG), CID, Madhya Pradesh Police, Anil Mishra, after a case under sections 376 (punishment for rape) and 384 (punishment for extortion) of IPC was registered against him in the women's police station (South) Jaipur on July 12, an official release said.
Mishra had already denied the charge.The 43-year-old woman had also accused Mishra of clicking objectionable pictures of her daughter and niece, a charge denied by the police officer.
In her statement, the woman, whose husband is lodged in a Bhopal jail in connection with a chit fund fraud case, had said that Mishra has been exploiting her physically since last two years and had raped her at Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur and other places.
The statement was recorded by the Jaipur police at her residence after she complained about her ordeal.
The victim's husband was booked by local police for allegedly committing a fraud in Madhya Pradesh, a police officer said on condition of anonymity.
Mishra had rejected the allegations, saying that "Being the part of a special team investigating a case of fraud in Bhopal in which her husband is under judicial custody for the last 8 months, I know that family but the allegations of rape and others are baseless. A detailed investigation would reveal the truth behind the case."


MP MLA wants to forgo monthly emolument for 'social cause'
Our Correspondent, 15 July,2014
Bhopal: A BJP MLA from Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh has announced that he would not draw monthly salary and wages from the state exchequer.

In a letter to the Speaker of Legislative Assembly, Sita Sharan Sharma, the legislator Chetanya Kumar Kashyap said that he did not want to draw the emolument since he has been involved in social work for long.

Kashyap requested the Speaker that his salary and wages which he has been entitled to be "used for the development of the state."


MP: Seven children die in wall collapse
Our Correspondent, 14 July,2014
Burhanpur: In a tragic incident, seven children died when a wall collapsed over their slums in Shikatpura area of Madhya Pradesh's Burhanpur town on Sunday night. Seven children were killed when the wall of their tenement collapsed in Madhya Pradesh's Burhanpur district, police said on Monday.

The children who were killed were between six months to 16 years of age. Nine people were injured in the wall collapse that took place late Sunday following downpour.

Officials said the wall between two houses collapsed, burying 16 people. Two of the injured are in a critical condition.


Changing times: ‘Gundecha Brothers’ use Skype to teach Dhrupad music worldwide
Our Correspondent, 14 July,2014
Moulding with the changing times, the Gundecha Brothers, well known as Dagarvani dhrupad singers, are imparting classical music training to students worldwide via Skype. Born in Ujjain, both Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha were initiated into music by their parents. They were conferred Padmashri in 2012 for their contribution in the field of Dhrupad and Indian classical music.
According to a report in Bhaskar, today, they claim they have students not only from India but from places like US, Argentina, Seattle and Brazil.
"There are many people out their who not only appreciate classical music but want to learn it too. We teach them using Skype. The feel is the same," says Umakant.
One of his students from US, Paten Mcdonald got in touch with the classical gurus back in 2012. He started learning Dhrupad from them on Skype and in a matter of 8 months applied for Full Bright scholarship that earned him a certificate.
Following in their footsteps, Sita player Smita Nagdev also has students in France and Switzerland. She imparts Sitar classes via Skype.
"It's easier to keep a tab on their improvement by getting in touch with them on Skype. I also the internet to reach out to Indian students who stay in different places," she says.


Digvijaya Singh ends fast over delayed compensation to farmers
Our Correspondent, 14 July,2014
Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Sunday ended his seven-day-long fast here seeking immediate disbursal of compensation to farmers affected by the crop damage and a CBI probe into alleged MPPEB scam.
Singh also gave a 15-day ultimatum to administration to do the needful and threatened to approach court of law if "justice is not done to affected farmers".
Singh ended his fast, which he had begun near the collectorate on Monday, in presence of his MLA son Jaivardhan Singh, former MP and his brother Laxman Singh and the state unit party vice-president Rameshwar Neekhra.
He accused Guna district administration of "misleading" Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the in-charge minister concerned on the issue, saying, "If farmers do not get justice in the next 15 days, I will knock the doors of the court on the issue."
Singh demanded that the survey on crop losses and the distribution of aid be completed within 15 days and the process be videographed.
He also asked Congress workers to record the distribution process on their end as well.
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Singh said that the prevailing drought-like conditions, price rise in rail fares etc. do not herald onset of "Acche Din" (good days). "(In this background) Do you think good days are coming...?" he said.
Raising doubts over "capability" of the Special Task Force (STF) which is probing the alleged Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, Singh said that the scope of the case is wide as candidates from other states are also involved in the irregularities.
"Is STF capable of questioning such outsiders? Only CBI is capable of doing so," he said while demanding an inquiry by the central agency into the admission and recruitment examination scam that rocked the state since last month.
"Even Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has termed the MPPEB scam as bigger than Bihar's fodder scam," Singh said. "Mining baron Sudhir Sharma is one of the main accused in the scam. It is a serious matter that he is still absconding," he said. The state government had already announced a reward of Rs 5,000 on Sharma.


Man arrested for making hoax bomb threat call
Our Correspondent, 14 July,2014
A 19-year-old youth was arrested in Indore on July13 for allegedly making a hoax call to police a week ago about a bomb being planted in Jodhpur-bound Ranthambor Express. The youth, Jitendra Johri, had called up Police Control Room on July 7 by identifying himself as Parabhakar and told them that a bomb was planted in the train, a Crime Branch official said.
Following the "tip off", various agencies including the GRP, police, RPF and a bomb disposal squad swung into action and searched for the explosive but in vain.
As the information turned out to be false, police started tracking location of the caller and finally zeroed in on Johri.
Police are questioning Johri to find out the motive behind making the hoax call.


Shivraj Singh slams Congress for dragging his name into MPPEB scam
Our Correspondent, 12 July,2014
Strongly criticising the Congress for dragging his name into the MPPEB scam, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in Indore on Friday that all attempts made by the opposition would fail, since the government did not have any bad intentions.
"We detected irregularities in recruitment and admission tests (conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board) and handed over the probe to the Special Task Force. "But some people think that this is a good opportunity to drag my name into it. Such attempts will never succeed,"
Chouhan said, addressing a function at Swami Preetamdas Auditorium. "The government's intentions about the issue are right and as a Chief Minister, I am stating this with full honesty. I did not say that there is nothing wrong with the system, but if I come to know about those who indulge in wrongdoings, I assure you that they will not be spared at any cost," he said.

The Chief Minister said that when the Indore Crime Branch informed him about evidence of wrongdoings in the Pre-Medical Test (PMT), he himself handed over the probe to the Special Task Force which cracked the case, he said.
Later, reacting to Congress agitations over MPPEB and MPPSC examination scams, he said, "The only job left for Congress these days is to create a ruckus, while we are taking action. Everything is clear. The probe agencies are doing their job properly".
Reacting to the demand that the CBI must probe these scams, Chouhan said, "Let them say whatever they wish to".
He said that due to lesser rainfall during monsoon, he has instructed officials to make necessary preparations to deal with the situation. He said that he would visit Ujjain's Mahakaleshwar temple on Monday to pray for good rainfall in the state.


Chouhan punishes a corrupt official, turns his bungalow into public property
Our Correspondent, 12 July,2014
Sending out stern messages to all corrupt officials in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took a route less travelled on Friday and constructed an anganwadi and a school inside a sub-inspector Arvind Tiwari's residence who was found guilty of corruption.

According to a report in Dainik Bhaskar, all the corrupt officials will be reprimanded, and the amount obtained from their account with be used for public use.

While many officials have been found guilty of corruption, government is geared up to take action against all.


MP CM opens school in bungalow seized from corrupt official
Our Correspondent, 12 July,2014
Indore: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated a school and an anganwadi centre on Friday, in a bungalow seized by the government from a corrupt engineer after a court order.
After a court order, the government seized Rural Engineering Services (RES) assistant engineer Arvind Tiwari's bungalow in the Sudama Nagar area, which he had allegedly built by amassing wealth through unfair means.
"In a novel experiment, for the first time, we seized this bungalow under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act to open a government school and an anganwadi centre in it," Chouhan said on the occasion.

Warning government officials on the occasion, he said that if it was proved that any public servant earned money disproportionate to his known sources of income, then his properties would be seized under the Prevention of Corruption Act, and used for public purposes.
On April 28, Special Judge Avnindra Kumar Singh had ordered seizure of Tiwari's properties, after finding out that he had amassed it through unfair means when he was posted as National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme's Assistant Engineer In-Charge, at Kannod in Dewas district.
Besides the Sudama Nagar property, the government also seized four houses constructed at several plots of Tiwari at Prabhu Nagar, a shop in Maurya Arcade in the Palasia area, Rs 4,16,100 cash and jewellery worth Rs 7,51,988, after a Lokayukta raid at his residence as well as subsequent court proceedings.


Man awarded life sentence for raping minor daughter
Our Correspondent, 12 July,2014
A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a local court for raping his minor daughter. Special Third Additional Sessions Judge Vijay Chandra on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to 40- year-old resident of Baadi town in the district, for repeatedly raping his daughter, who is about 14 years old.
The accused has eight children and was found guilty on the basis of the statements of his wife and other children. The sentence was awarded under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, a prosecution official said on Thursday. The court also directed Raisen Collector to provide relief to the victim within 30 days as per the present rules, as till date no separate fund for such purposes has been set up in the state under the POCSO Act. The judge also commended the role of the culprit's wife and other children in ensuring punishment to him.
The accused had raped his daughter by threatening her at knife-point. His wife was not at home when the incident took place on July 24, 2013. The girl later informed her mother and other relatives that he had earlier also raped her several times. The wife of the accused and other relatives then filed a complaint against him with the Baadi police following which he was arrested.


It is budget for rebuilding nation: CM Shri Chouhan
Our Correspondent, 11 July,2014
Reacting to the Union Budget, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has described it as the budget for rebuilding the nation. He said that it is an effort to balm the wounds given by the UPA government.
Shri Chouhan said that the budget seeks to lay foundation of powerful, rich and glorious India. He said that attention has been paid in the budget to everything be it internal security or rural and urban development or infrastructure development. Special attention has been paid to farmers and poor in the budget.

The Chief Minister said that the budget has started the process of bringing a new dawn in the lives of women and girls. The budget will have far-reaching consequences.


CM Shri Chouhan reviews dry spell at special meeting
Our Correspondent, 11 July,2014
There is strong possibility of good rains in Madhya Pradesh from July 13 or 14. This was informed by Director Meteorology Centre Dr. Anupam Kashyapi at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today.
The Chief Minister had convened this meeting at Vidhan Sabha to consider situation arising of dry spell and chalking out a STRATEGY accordingly. Dr. Kashyapi was specially invited to the meeting to give presentation on monsoon situation.
While discussing rains in the country and Madhya Pradesh Dr. Kashyapi informed that monsoon has not reached 17 percent areas this year. Much less rains have been registered in the country till date whereas 242.5 mm rains were registered last year during this period. Monsoon is strong in north-eastern India whereas dry spell continues in central India. Western Madhya Pradesh is worst-hit. He informed that normal rains have been registered only in Rewa and Sidhi while 18 districts have not witnessed rain fall till date. According to latest reports, it is raining in eastern Madhya Pradesh and monsoon is also becoming active in western Madhya Pradesh. Monsoon is becoming stronger gradually in north-western Madhya Pradesh and will be fully active in entire Madhya Pradesh within a couple of days.
Dr. Kashyapi informed the Chief Minister about arrival of monsoon and its intensity can be informed 2-3 hours earlier through Doppler radar so that people become alert.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan directed concerning officers to keep in touch with FARMERS in view of monsoon arrival situation. Field staff should also be alerted. Seeds should be kept in readiness. Farmers should not face any difficulty since every single day is very precious after delay in monsoon arrival. He directed to keep ready seeds of fast-ripening crops of soybean, maize etc. The Chief Minister said that maximum agriculture-related works under MNREGA should be undertaken at the earliest and wages paid to labourers.
The meeting was informed that arrangements have been made for fast-ripening seeds of moong, soybean, arhar, urad, maize, paddy, sesame, kodu, kutki and millet. Adequate funds are being given to every district with which they can make available seeds immediately to primary cooperative societies. Crop loans worth Rs. 5.50 thousand crore are being extended to farmers through cooperative banks.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and senior officers of concerning departments attended the meeting.


Late Shri Amritlal Patwa dedicated his life to social service
Our Correspondent, 11 July,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan paid tributes to late Shri Amritlal Patwa, the younger brother of former Chief Minister Shri Sunderlal Patwa at Kukdeshwar in Neemuch district today. The Chief Minister described Shri Patwa as a man of simple and easy nature. He said that Shri Patwa had dedicated his life to SOCIAL SERVICE. He gave important contribution in cow protection movement. Late Shri Amritlal Patwa himself ran a gaushala and looked after cows.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan reached Shri Patwa’s ancestral village Phulwari in Kukdeshwar this morning. He garlanded an image of late Shri Amritlal Patwa. Later, Shri Chouhan attended a condolence meeting.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Shri Arvind Menon, Minister of State for SCHOOL EDUCATION Shri Deepak Joshi, MLAs Shri Kailash Chawla, Shri Rajesh Yadav, Shri Jagdish Deora, former Minister Shri Narendra Nahata and former MP Shri Balkavi Bairagi.


Cong holds protest demanding CBI probe, Chouhan's resignation over MPPSC scam
Our Correspondent, 10 July,2014
Madhya Pradesh government has decided to increase the retirement age of labourers and other employees working in private sector to 60 years from current 58 years.
"The state government has issued a gazette notification regarding this decision which will benefit over 15 lakh employees working in the private sector," state Labour Commissioner KC Gupta in a statement here on Wednesday.

The decision was taken under the 100-day special scheme of the Labour Department and the government amended relevant laws after consulting industrial units and workers unions.
However, the decision will not be applicable to those employees who are working under various corporations and undertakings of the state government.
Addressing the partymen before his arrest, Yadav said, "During the BJP regime a number of scams have taken place in MPPEB and MPPSC, which have put the future of youths in darkness. But the state government is not ready for a CBI probe...Congress will continue to agitate on the issue unless Chouhan resigned from his post."
The question paper of the examination conducted for the recruitment of Ayurvedic Medical Officers got leaked on May 18 while the papers for the State Services prelims and Mains exams-2012 conducted by the MPPSC got leaked recently.
Both Delhi Police Crime Branch and the Special Task Force are probing the alleged leakage of 2012 exam papers after the former recently busted an inter-state racket involved in selling examination papers.
In the wake of the paper leaks, the MPPSC has already suspended interviews for State Services Examination-2012 scheduled to be held from July 30.


MPPSC scam: Congress holds protest demanding CBI probe, Chouhan's resignation
Our Correspondent, 10 July,2014
Indore: Congress workers on Wednesday staged a protest seeking a probe by CBI into the alleged Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) examination and recruitment scam and resignation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in this regard.
Congress workers, led by the state unit Congress president Arun Yadav, tried to walk towards the MPPSC office in Residency area by crossing the barricades put up by police who used mild force and water cannons to disperse them.
"Nearly 70 workers, including Yadav, former MP Sajjan Singh Verma and NSUI state unit president Vipin Wankhede were arrested for crossing the barricades that were put up by police in front of MPPSC office," said SP (East) OP Tripathi.

A media photographer allegedly suffered injuries in a stone-pelting incident that is reported to have taken place during the protest. However, police did not confirm the same.
Addressing the partymen before his arrest, Yadav said, "During the BJP regime a number of scams have taken place in MPPEB and MPPSC, which have put the future of youths in darkness. But the state government is not ready for a CBI probe...Congress will continue to agitate on the issue unless Chouhan resigned from his post."
The question paper of the examination conducted for the recruitment of Ayurvedic Medical Officers got leaked on May 18 while the papers for the State Services prelims and Mains exams-2012 conducted by the MPPSC got leaked recently.
Both Delhi Police Crime Branch and the Special Task Force are probing the alleged leakage of 2012 exam papers after the former recently busted an inter-state racket involved in selling examination papers.
In the wake of the paper leaks, the MPPSC has already suspended interviews for State Services Examination-2012 scheduled to be held from July 30.


MP government extends retirement age of private sector workers
Our Correspondent, 09 July,2014
Madhya Pradesh government has decided to increase the retirement age of labourers and other employees working in private sector to 60 years from current 58 years.
"The state government has issued a gazette notification regarding this decision which will benefit over 15 lakh employees working in the private sector," state Labour Commissioner KC Gupta in a statement here on Wednesday.

The decision was taken under the 100-day special scheme of the Labour Department and the government amended relevant laws after consulting industrial units and workers unions.
However, the decision will not be applicable to those employees who are working under various corporations and undertakings of the state government.


All students in this remote MP school can write with both their hands
Our Correspondent, 09 July,2014
Hardly one child in a million is ambidextrous and can write with both hands. But in a school in a village in Singrauli district, hundreds of them have mastered using both to write.
According to a report in Times of India, all students of Veena Vandini School in Budhela village, which runs till Class VIII, can write with both hands.
It is located in a remote area, 15 km from Budhela village. Most students are Dalits and tribals here. There are around 300 students in the school, of which 200 can fluently write with both hands. Other students are being trained.

It was set up by a former soldier, VP Sharma, on July 8, 1999.
"I was travelling in a bus when I read in a magazine that President Rajendra Prasad would write with both hands. This inspired me to try it. Later, when I launched my school at my native village, I tried training the students," said Sharma.
"We began training students from class 1 and by the time they reach class 3, they were comfortable with both hands. Students of class 7 and 8 can write with speed and accuracy. Further, they can write two scripts simultaneously, one with each hand," he said.

Fifteen minutes in each period of 45 minutes duration are devoted to writing practice.
"Students also know several languages, including Urdu," Sharma said. It was basically the ability to simultaneously write in two different scripts that drew South Korean researchers to my school around two years ago," he said.
They did an extensive study on students' ability to concentrate on writing, Sharma claimed.


IGNOU proposes study centres for sex workers
Our Correspondent, 09 July,2014
Regional office of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has proposed special study centres for sex workers in western Uttar Pradesh. IGNOU has sent this proposal to Delhi, says a report in Times of India.
The sex workers however feel that such centres are unnecessary. They say that they feel that there is nothing wrong with what they do, and add that they get frequent medical check-ups. They claim that this is the work they have done through generations and will not switch to something else.

Regional director of the university, however says, it is this attitude that needs to be fought. He says that through these study centres, they want to introduce them to a possibility of a new life.
The university was established with the aim of serving those deprived of conventional education. Earlier, IGNOU had reached out to jail inmates and rural students.


MP expectations from Rail Budget: Fulfill old pending demands, introduce new projects
Our Correspondent, 08 July,2014
With Modi government offering a steep fare revision ahead of rail budget soon after assuming office, the people in Madhya Pradesh are not too enthusiastic about the rail budget this time. They, however, expect that the new rail minister should fulfill old pending demands and a few new projects. Despite this fact locals are eager to know as to what there will be on offer for Bhopal rail division and other areas of the state in the rail budget to be presented on July 8. People from different section affirm that there is lot to be done in Madhya Pradesh which is way behind in terms of rail amenities as compared to the other states of country.

Out of the total 70,000 km rail lines in the country, Madhya Pradesh only has 4948km of rail network as against 5987km in Maharashtra, 5171km in Gujarat and 8310km in UP. Besides, the number is huge for persons who wish that the Modi government rolls back the steep fare hike imposed recently so that inflation hit public could heave a sigh of relief.

Member of Parliament from Bhopal Alok Sanjar said that apart from completing old projects, proposals were sent to the Centre for starting new trains from Bhopal and cities like Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.
Among other demands, we have demanded a new railway factory for the state, he added, saying that Shatabdi Express should be extended till Habibganj. Railway Passengers and Consumer Association, Bhopal, general secretary Niranjan Wadhwani said that the city requires Habibganj-LTT train to become daily. There are hardly seats for Mumbai in other trains.
Besides, a train for Pune is also required, he added. The three railway crossings in Bhopal in E-8, Habibganj Naka and Subhash Nagar should have bridges.

Among other aspirations, the locals from Bhopal cited examples of long pending proposals like development of Habibganj railway station as world class station, development of railway medical college, completion of third railway line between Bhopal and Bina and extension of Bhopal-New Delhi Shatabdi Express till Habibganj station.
Hemant Mehtani, member of Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee said that the state has faced apathy of central governments for long in terms of rail services but we hope that the BJP government would offer new trains and new projects in accordance with the budget constraints. The AC double decker train which is being discontinued from Indore-Bhopal route, should be shifted to Indore-Surat route, he said. For students convenience, new trains should be started on routes like Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore. Besides, state’s connectivity to South India is poor, so this should be taken care off in the rail budget. Bhopal a part of Central Railway is well off in rail facilities, so amenities should be improved in Malwa-Nimar region.

President Pithmapur Audyogik Sangthan Gautam Kothari demanded completion of pending rail projects including Indore-Dahod rail project, Dhar-Chhota Udaipur project—both mooted in the year 2007-08.
Among other demands for the region, he underlined services like Duronto train for Indore-Delhi, increasing frequency of Indore-Nagpur Shatabdi Express and Intercity Express, Yashwantpur Express, Indore-Pune, Indore-Patna and Indore-Kolkata Express.
The demand for new trains included broad gauge line conversion from narrow guage between Jabalpur to Gondia, Electrification of railway track from Manikpur to Itarsi, Multi-storyed passenger facilitation centres on lines of airports, Catering should be done from base kitchens like Bhopal, Itarsi and Jhansi, Another train to Raipur connecting Bhopal and Jabalpur, Need for train from Jabalpur to Amritsar, Jabalpur-Jammu Tawi Express should be extended to Katra and others.

Last budget 2013-14
What MP had received – The rail budget has provided for a workshop for repair and rehabilitation of motorized bogies at Misrod on the outskirts of Bhopal and a skill development center at Ratlam. Of the six new trains which will pass through Madhya Pradesh, two originate from the state. One of them is from Indore to Chandigarh and the other from Jabalpur to Yashwantpur. Beside these, Mumbai- Delhi, Kolkotta - Sai Nagar (Shirdi), Bandra - Ramnagar, and Bikaner - Chennai will be passing through the state. The budget also has provided for gauge conversion of Satna - Rewa line and carrying out surveys for Bhopal - Ashtra and Balaghat - Bharweli tracks.
What MP did not receive –The state got no new projects in the budget.

Rail Budget 2012-13
What MP had received --Announcement of setting up of a diesel locomotive in Vidisha near here and introduction of a new AC Double-decker train between Habibganj and Indore. Inclusion of four stations of the state in the model station scheme, decision to introduce Rewa-Bina-Indore railway services

What MP did not receive
There is no commitment of Indore-Dahod rail line during the year 2012-13, priority not assigned to Indore-Mhow line and no concrete proposal for extension of railway services in the state.

Rail budget 2011-12:

What MP Received
New rail services were proposed for routes including Indore - Tirunelveli Express , Rewa-Mumbai, Bhopal - Damoh Intercity, Indore-Bangalore Express, Indore-Durg Express, Bhopal-Ranchi Express, Jabalpur-Dehradun Express, Indore-Pune express and so on.

What MP did not get
Projects for conversion of Gwalior-Sheopur narrow gauge line into broad gauge and extending it to Kota, completing Lalitpur-Singrauli railway line, sanctioning of Indore-Manmad rail line, construction of railway track up to Jain pilgrimage Kundalpur in Damoh and sanctioning of Khandwa-Dahod rail-line.


Shivraj Singh Chouhan seeks central help for Metro projects in MP
Our Correspondent, 08 July,2014
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday met Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu here and sought central assistance for various projects like Metro and housing in the state.
Chauhan also demanded financial assistance for Ujjain Kumbh Mela and smart city project for Gwalior.
Stating that the state government proposed to take up feasibility studies for introducing Metro projects in Gwalior and Jabalpur, he requested Naidu to provide financial support for preparation of Detailed Project Reports for the same.
He informed that DPRs for metro projects in Bhopal and Indore have been completed.

The Chief Minister said that under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) the state government has implemented most of the reforms and requested the Minister for release of Rs 150 crore that has been withheld.
In the meeting, he also discussed the organisation of Ujjain Kumbh Mela in 2016.
Stating that over five crore people are expected to participate in the Mela, Chauhan requested for central assistance on the lines given to UP government for the fair.
Naidu said that after the presentation of General Budget on July 10 and availability of resources for his Ministry, the state's requests would be given consideration.
Naidu asked the Chief Minister to take necessary action to allot immediately 22,000 houses that were constructed under JNNURM besides ensuring spending of funds allocated under National Urban Livelihood Mission.


Class X boy chases armed thief, saves goods worth Rs 8.5 lakh
Our Correspondent, 07 July,2014
A class X student from Bhopal on Sunday evening not only showed exemplary courage to counter armed thief but also forced him to leave behind stolen goods worth around Rs 8.5 lakh and flee.
Sandip Richharia (42) who resides in Lalghati's Rameshwaram apartment had gone out of Bhopal for some work. His father BD Richharia, who also stays with him, went out to the market on Sunday evening.
While leaving, he saw a boy talking on the mobile phone outside the house gate. When the elderly man returned home after a while, he saw the same boy coming out of his house with two bags in his hand. The thief pushed him aside but Richharia raised an alarm. His son-in-law Ajay Tiwari's son Anhad, who also lives in the same building, heard his voice. The class Xth student did not waste much time and chased the thief while also calling out for help.
As the thief approached Nayapura area, he took out a knife and tried to intimidate Anhad. However by that time, more boys from Anhad’s locality had reached the spot and all of them surrounded the thief. The thief kept brandishing the knife and ran away leaving the two bags he had stolen.
One of the bags reportedly contained gold and silver ornaments, while the other had iron tools in it.
Anhad is a class Xth student and studies in St Joseph Convent School. Talking to media persons, the braveheart said,“We should not wait for police all the time as the police can’t guard all the houses 24x7,” the boy said.


To buy a bike, man sells his wife for Rs 50,000
Our Correspondent, 07 July,2014
In a shocking incident of human trafficking, a man sold his wife to an agent for Rs 50,000 so that he could buy himself a bike, who in turn sold her to a third party. The incident was reported from Betul in Madhya Pradesh. The duo got married four years ago and have a one and a half year old child.
A few months ago, the woman, who hails from a tribal family, went missing. As days passed, her parents got increasingly worried. Days later, she called her paternal aunt and informed that she had been sold to an agent.
Her father approached police to lodge a missing persons complaint and told them that he suspected her husband had sold her. On SP's orders, officials sprung into action and first raided the agent's house only to find it locked.
However, they continued searches and were able to track the woman down in Chachauda village in Guna district.
According to a report in Amarujala, he told the police officials that her husband took her to Bhopal on June 4 on the pretext of getting her employed as a labourer. On the way, he dropped off his child at his brother's house and then took his wife to Rajgarh. He then sold her to agent Arvind Meena in Nevali village and fled with the money.
Arvind kept her in his house and then sold her to a man named Chachauda village resident Dileep Paliwal, who forcibly married her and assaulted her often.
All three have been booked for human trafficking, efforts to nab them are on while the woman has been reunited with her family.


MP CM accuses Congress of indulging in mudslinging at BJP after suffering defeat in LS polls
Our Correspondent, 07 July,2014
Hitting out at Congress, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday accused the party of indulging in mudslinging at BJP after suffering humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha polls.
He termed Congress as "defeated, tired and piqued" while speaking to reporters during his visit at Mohankheda near here to meet top RSS leaders, including Sangh chief Mohan Bhaghwat. "It (Congress) is just indulging in mudslinging at the state government after suffering humiliating defeats in the recent elections," Chouhan said, in reply to a query on Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam issue.
On being asked whether RSS leaders were satisfied with his reply (on the ongoing scam row), Chouhan said, "There arises no question of remaining dissatisfied with me. I have repeatedly said in the Assembly and outside as well, whatever wrongdoings were there, it was during Congress government's rule, as there was no system in place then," he said. "We have devised a transparent system and made over 3.58 lakh appointments (in BJP's regime). Among them, wrongdoings were found in 228 cases," Chouhan said.
The Chief Minister said all those who were involved in MPPEB and PMT scam are in jail now. Chouhan spent nearly three hours with top Sangh leaders who are camping here from July 1-8.


50-year-old tribal man lived with an arrow in his belly for 42 years
Our Correspondent, 05 July,2014
A 50-year-old man, a resident of tribal-dominated Borkuwan village of Alirajpur, has allegedly been living with an arrow in his stomach for the last 42 years. In 1972, Man Singh who was 8 years old back then, was hit by an arrow while playing with a friend. Despite rural medications, a small part of the pointed arrow remained inside his belly.
According to a report in Times of India, Singh lived without pain all these years until a honeybee stung him in the same part of his body. It snowballed into a full-fledged festering wound, forcing Singh's family to take him to Alirajpur district hospital.
"We conducted an X-ray examination of Man Singh's body, which revealed that a three-inch broken arrow was present in the body part outside which the honeybee had stung. Singh subsequently recollected how he was hit by the arrow as a youngster. He was promptly hospitalised, but now we're sending him to MY Hospital in Indore for specialised surgery," general surgeon at Alirajpur district hospital R Mandal said.

In yet another similar case, a 40-year-old tribal man Shobhan Singh has been living with a sharp-edged knife and a metallic spanner inside his stomach for the last 13 months. Shobhan, a resident of Haraswat village of Alirajpur, is lodged at Alirajpur district jail for the last eight months in a murder case. He recollected how angered with his wife, he swallowed a knife and a metallic spanner to end his life but didn't die. He kept the incident to himself until recently when he experienced excruciating pain in the stomach. "X-ray of Shobhan's body revealed the alien objects which stunned us. He urgently needs surgery and is being sent to MY Hospital, after approval from jail administration," Dr Mandal added.


MP government calls Digvijaya's letter to Chief Justice 'publicity stunt'
Our Correspondent, 05 July,2014
Criticising Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, Madhya Pradesh government on Friday said the letter he has written to Madhya Pradesh High Court Chief Justice AM Khanvilkar on the MPPEB scam, was just a "publicity stunt".
During a press conference earlier Digvijay Singh told reporters about the letter written to the Chief Justice, in which he has strongly objected to Additional Advocate General Pushpendra Kaurav defending the government in the court on the issue of MPPEB scam. In the letter, Singh pointed out the "conflict of interest" as Kaurav had earlier represented Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leader VD Sharma in the High Court in cases related to admission in private medical colleges in his capacity as a lawyer and that matter is still sub-judice.
Singh claimed that Kaurav was "rewarded" and appointed as Deputy Advocate General and later as Additional Advocate General because of this and now he is defending the government and the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) in the scam.

However, the Madhya Pradesh ministers - Kailash Vijaywargiya, Bhupendra Singh, Uma Shankar Gupta and Dr Gaurshankar Shejwar held a joint press conference, in which they lashed out at the senior Congress leader. "There is no legality in the letter written by Singh to the Chief Justice. Had he been serious on the issue he would not have issued copies of the letter to the media and would have sent it confidentially. It is just a publicity stunt," Vijaywargiya said.

The ministers contended that in his capacity as AAG, Kaurav has every right to defend MPPEB as it has not committed anything wrong but the officers and employees working in it were involved in the scam. "MPPEB is a body under the state government and is a state subject as per the constitution. By raising objection against Kaurav, Singh is trying to mislead the the probe as the scam was not committed by MPPEB, but the officers and employees working in it to whom Special Task Force (STF), which is probing the scam, has made the accused," Vijaywargiya claimed.

They also claimed that nowhere in the STF's FIRs in the MPPEB case the name of senior RSS functionary Suresh Soni had been mentioned. "His name was mentioned in the statement given by an accused in the case and such statements have no locus standi before the court," they said. "Through this letter, Singh is trying to affect the ongoing High Court-monitored probe," they alleged. According to Vijaywargiya and others, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan would soon announce a probe into the irregular appointments being made during the Congress regime in Rewa district. Earlier in the day, Congress members led by Opposition leader Satydev Katare staged a walkout from the House stating that their demand for a CBI probe into the scam was left unheeded.


MPSSC suspends interviews for MP State Services Examination
Our Correspondent, 05 July,2014
Indore: The Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) suspended interviews for State Services Examination-2012 scheduled to be held from July 30 due to alleged leaks of exam papers as exposed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch and Special Task Force.
According to an MPPSC release issued by its secretary, Manohar Dube, "Taking cognisance of news reports that few people arrested by Delhi Police Crime Branch have admitted that they sold the State Services 2012 preliminary and mains examination papers by purchasing them from a printer, the Commission has decided to suspend interviews of the above exam scheduled to be held from July 30."
The Secretary said that the Commission has asked Delhi Police and the Special Task Force to submit a detailed report in this regard, but so far it has not received the report.
Both Delhi Police Crime Branch and the Special Task Force are probing the alleged leakage of 2012 exam papers after the former recently busted an inter-state racket involved in selling examination papers of different government services.
After getting a factual report from the two probe agencies, the Commission will take a final call on organising interviews for the above examination.
Dube also informed that for the 2013 State Services Preliminary Examination, the Commission has decided to get the papers printed by a new printer. The Commission had organised the State Service, 2012, Mains Examination from October 1 to October 25, 2013 and the results were declared on April 25, 2014.
Interviews of eligible candidates were scheduled to be held from July 30, 2014, which were suspended today.


MPPEB Scam: Congress making false charges to derail probe, tweets Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Our Correspondent, 04 July,2014
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has claimed that Opposition Congress has levelled false allegations in connection with the MPPEB scam 'just to derail the investigation being conducted under the supervision of the High Court.'
In a series of tweets on Thursday night, Chouhan also said, "High Court has further held that the STF investigation is above board as it has arrayed even highly placed as accused based on evidence."
"High Court's order dated 16-4-2014 while dismissing petitions for transferring the matter to CBI has commended the state's prompt action," he said in a tweet.
"Lakhs of appointments were made based on merit. The moment I came to know about irregularity, I ordered a probe by STF to book the guilty," he said in another tweet.
Chouhan said that an attempt was made to bring transparency by empowering a centralised agency to conduct exams for all subordinate civil services fairly.

"Earlier regime's arbitrary policies perpetuated after abolishing junior PSC and ad hoc appointments for back door entry were exposed," he tweeted.
"Examples of Congress' illegal recruitments were given in which they appointed daily wage labourers and hand pump mechanics as teachers," he also alleged in a tweet.
Chouhan, who is under fire from Congress in connection with the alleged Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, had earlier said in the state Assembly that he will not only quit politics but will take 'Sanyas' if allegations levelled by Opposition against him and his family are proved.
The Chief Minister on Thursday had also announced that alleged irregularities committed during previous Congress regime in recruitments for government jobs will be probed and all efforts made by the Opposition to take his wicket on the MPPEB scam would prove futile.


Police inspector's wife commits suicide
Our Correspondent, 04 July,2014
An inspector's wife allegedly committed suicide in her flat in Indore, police said on Thursday. The deceased's husband, inspector Upendra Chhari is currently posted as in-charge of Bharveli police station in Balaghat district.

The victim, identified as Sayeeda alias Akanksha Chhari, was living in her apartment at Vishnupuri along with her 11-year-old son, allegedly committed by hanging herself last night, following an altercation with her husband over phone, sub-inspector at Bhanwarkua police station said.

After autopsy, the body was handed over to deceased's family members, he said. Her husband refused to comment on the incident as he is not in a position to speak at the moment. A case has been registered in this regard and further investigations were on, police said.


Revenge politics? MP government slaps land misuse notice on Oppn leader’s wife
Our Correspondent, 04 July,2014
In what looks like a revenge bid from Shivraj Singh Chouhan against Congress over their tussle on Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board(MPPEB) scam, the government served a legal notice to Satyadev’s wife, Meera Katare, for running fitness centre illegally on government land.
According to a report in Indian Express, the government served a legal notice to Meera Katare stating that her fitness centre was situated on government land that could be used only for residential purposes. The notice asked Meera to give an explanation along with the relevant documents. The fitness centre has been functioning for the last two years and is managed by Katares’ two sons.

It seems like a revenge plan by Shivraj because this comes just a day after he said in the Assembly that the Congress was hitting him below the belt. He claimed it was under his rule that the discrepancies in the MPPEB were corrected.
“The Congress is playing a dirty game. During the previous regime , appointments were made according to the wishes of Congress leaders and I have only tried to correct the irregularities. For the last many days, the Opposition has been levelling baseless allegations against me. They have awakened a sleeping lion. I am not a wicket which can be uprooted. If they think that they can bowl me out, they are mistaken. Just like Angad, I will stay and run my government,” Chouhan had said.
Redirecting the allegations against him back to Congress, Chouhan accused Congress leaders of having appointed their relatives in various government posts when Digvijaya Singh was CM.
“They are scared to hear what I have to say about the discrepancies that took place during their time. Now I will not tolerate any such attacks and we’ll bring out the irregularities that were done when they were in power,” he said.


To avoid Manali-like tragedy, warn people before opening floodgates: Government
Our Correspondent, 03 July,2014
The Madhya Pradesh government has asked authorities to provide prior information to officials concerned and people before releasing excess water from dams.
The direction was given in regard to two dams on river Narmada - Indirasagar and Omkareshwar - in Khandwa district under Nimar region by Indore Divisional Commissioner Sanjay Dubey, an official release said on Wednesday.
Dubey was speaking at a meeting on disaster management which was attended by officials manning these dams and also from other departments under the Indore Division. District Collectors and SPs besides people to be directly affected by release of dam waters should be alerted well in advance so as to avoid any mishap or damage to property, he said. Release of water from the dams in the event of excessive rainfall often leads to flood-like situation in districts under the Indore Division, he said.
In such a scenario, the District Collectors should be ready with disaster management plans, Dubey added. Manali tragedy in Himachal
Twenty-four students from the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology were swept away June 8 after water was released into the river without warning from nearby 126 MW Larji hydropower project.
Tenughat dam tragedy in Jharkhand
On June 21, Just days after 25 students were washed away in the dam tragedy in Manali, 10 students got trapped in the water flow Tenughat dam in Bokarao in Jharkhand. The incident took place after the water was suddenly released from the dam.
The students had gone to have bath when suddenly water was released from dam. All ten school students are still trapped between fierce flows of water.


Madhya Pradesh Assembly debates exam scam
Our Correspondent, 03 July,2014
The ruling BJP Wednesday stumped the opposition Congress in the state Assembly by agreeing to its motion for discussion on the alleged "mega" Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam involving the 'high and mighty'.
The decision to accept the motion for discussion was announced by Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma after the Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare raised the issue of adjournment motion notice on the matter, soon after the House assembled for the day and took up the scheduled Question Hour.
The Speaker asked Katare to wait till the Question Hour ended but he insisted that the Chair give a ruling on the matter.
However, following intervention by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Speaker admitted the motion for discussion.
Chouhan said he was in favour of admitting the motion as many things were being alleged about the scam "without substance".
Congress members including Katare, Sunderlal Tiwari and Jeetu Patwari were not expecting such a decision and they raised rules and procedure to get it delayed.
The ruling party members including Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra and Industries Minister Kailash Vijayawrgiya then asked them to admit that they are not ready for the debate at this moment.
But Speaker then ruled that since the motion has been admitted and the treasury bench members agreed to it, it cannot be taken back and called the name of Congress member Kamleshwar Patel to initiate the debate.
Besides highlighting various alleged irregularities in the scam, Patel demanded from the government to hand over the case to CBI for an "impartial probe".
Taking part in the debate, Forest Minister Gaurishankar Shejwar said that lot of things are being said about the scam but the fact is that in the last seven years 1.27 lakh posts were filled through MPPEB in which over 1.23 crore candidates had appeared.


Attached property allotted for government school and office
Our Correspondent, 03 July,2014
Following orders by a court regarding property attachment in a case, Indore Collector has allotted the property with conditions for a government school and office. This is perhaps the first case of such allotment in the state. This will pave way for use of attached buildings for official purposes and public interest causes.
Through an order, Indore Collector Shri Akash Tripathi allotted one room of house number 1675-D, Sudama Nagar, Indore to Women and Child Development Department to conduct anganwadi centre and all other rooms to District Education Officer for running Government Community Hall Primary School, Lodha Colony there. Similarly, the first floor of building constructed on plots number 7, 8, 53 and 54 in Prabhu Nagar, Indore have been allotted for offices of District Women’s Empowerment Officer, Child Welfare Committee, ISDS Rural-2 and Deputy Director Women’s Empowerment.
The allotment is temporary and on final disposal of the case or on the order of the court, it can be vacated anytime.


3 men rape minor girl, blackmail her over video clip; booked
Our Correspondent, 02 July,2014
Three youths have been booked for making an obscene video clip of a minor Dalit girl and blackmailing her, police said.
One of them has been booked on rape charge also. Lasudia Police Station in-charge Narendra Gaharwar said Suraj (20), Deepesh (21) and Ritesh (22) were booked on a complaint filed by the 17-year-old victim. They have been charged with abduction and under relevant sections of the IT Act. Deepesh, in addition, faces sexual assault charge, he said.
In her complaint, the girl said she was was on her way to a coaching class on January 30 when the trio (who apparently knew her) convinced her to join the birthday party of their friend. They took the girl to a house, where Deepesh allegedly raped her, while Suraj and Ritesh made an objectionable video clip of her, it said.
Ritesh then demanded Rs 50,000 from the girl's family and threatened to upload the clip on Internet if the money was not paid.
Fed up with his threats and constant harassment, the girl and her family lodged a police complaint.


MPPEB scam: Congress holds protests, demands CBI probe and Shivraj Singh Chouhan's exit
Our Correspondent, 02 July,2014
Congress on Tuesday staged protests in Bhopal demanding a CBI probe into the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam and also the resignation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Congress workers led by state party president Arun Yadav and Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare staged the protest at Jawahar Bhawan demanding that Chouhan should step down, alleging involvement of the "high and mighty" in the scam. Terming it as a major scam, Congress workers demanded CBI probe into the MPPEB scam, which is being probed by state police's Special Task Force (STF).
The Congress workers, who also staged a road blockade near the Roshanpura Square, were taken into custody following a minor scuffle between them and the police. The workers also staged a sit-in protest at the premises of Central Jail after they were released by police. The protests were staged at all district headquarters in the state, Congress leader Pankaj Chaturvedi said.
On Sunday night, Former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia had said that Chouhan should quit on moral grounds.
Earlier this month, over 100 students who allegedly cleared the Pre-Medical Test (PMT) through unfair means were arrested by the Special Task Force from different districts of Madhya Pradesh in connection with the scam. The PMT was conducted by MPPEB whose top officials were already arrested by STF since the scam surfaced in 2013.
The STF had arrested former State Technical Education minister and BJP leader Laxmikant Sharma on June 15 for his alleged involvement in the contractual teachers recruitment scam. The contractual teachers examination too was conducted by the MPPEB. The arrests were carried out after Madhya Pradesh High Court, which is monitoring the scam, directed the STF to submit a status report in the matter on June 30.
On Monday, the report was submitted in-camera by top STF officials before a division bench of Chief Justice A M Khanvilkar and Justice Alok Aaradhe. The STF informed the court about the arrest of Sharma in connection with the scam and a reward it has announced against those who are absconding. The court has fixed the matter for July 18. Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Congress legislators led by Katare reached Assembly on tongas and bullock carts in protest against the hike in price of petrol and diesel. The Congressmen also sported black head-gears while sitting inside the House in protest on the issue.


MP CM holds contingency meeting over sub-normal monsoon
Our Correspondent, 02 July,2014
Bhopal: With monsoon playing truant, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday held an emergency meeting with the GoM on Agriculture to review the situation and directed the officials to provide all possible help to farmers.
During the meeting, Chouhan also sanctioned Rs 40 crore to deal with the situation in the state which is reeling under deficient rainfall.
"Chouhan asked the officials to ensure availability of seeds and fertilisers for the farmers," state Health and Parliamentary Affairs Minister and Cabinet spokeskman Narottam Mishra told reporters.

"He also ordered action under the National Security Act (NSA) against those selling duplicate seeds and thus playing with the lives of the farmers," he said.
The state has recorded 57 per cent deficit in normal rainfall in June, Mishra said.
"In view of the above situation, the Chief Minister immediately sanctioned Rs 40 crore and promised that it will be raised to Rs 200 crore to deal with the situation arising out of delayed rainfall," he said.
The Chief Minister also ordered starting of minor works under MNREGA scheme to provide relief to the farmers and directed Panchayat and Rural Development Ministry to implement it soon, the Minister said.
He also directed the Energy Department officials to ensure availability of power in view of the sowing season in rural areas.
The GoM on Agriculture has been set up with an aim to work in an integrated manner on matters relating to agriculture.


State government’s budget example of efficient fiscal management
Our Correspondent, 02 July,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has described state government’s budget tabled in Vidhan Sabha today as an example of efficient fiscal management. He said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is making efforts to reduce inflation and state government’s budget is a good and effective step towards this.
Shri Chouhan said that this is a unique budget under present circumstances since no new tax has been imposed. On the contrary, burden of taxes has been reduced on a number of public utility items like farm implements, which will bring down their prices. Now, Madhya Pradesh has become a state whose annual budget is to the tune of Rs. one lakh 17 thousand crore, which was Rs. one lakh 2 thousand crore last year. State has made this achievement without any new taxation. In year 2003-04, 22 percent of revenue receipts went to payment of interest on loan. Present state government has reduced this down to 6 percent. This budget contains separate agriculture budget also under which Rs. 22 thousand 413 crore has been provisioned. It is more than 19 percent of the total budget. He said that the state government has chalked out Vision Document 2018 for development of Madhya Pradesh. This budget is the roadmap of the Vision Document. Funds have been allocated in the budget for development programmes and schemes keeping in view the roadmap to get included Madhya Pradesh among most developed states of the country by year 2018.

Adequate funds have been earmarked for all sectors including agriculture, irrigation, infrastructure, rural development, power, drinking water etc. Provision has also been made in the budget for Narmada-Gambhir Link Project after Narmada-Kshipra Link Project. Funds have also been earmarked for starting light metro train in Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur. In view of requirement of human resources, budget for technical education has been increased by 40 percent. Now, upto Rs. one crore loan will be given under Mukhyamantri Yuva Swarozgar Yojana. Adequate arrangements have been made keeping in view education, health and women’s empowerment. Tax relief has been given on highly essential goods. This budget is an effort to ensure upliftment of every section of society.


Congress to stage a protest rally against MP CM Chouhan
Our Correspondent, 01 July,2014
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is facing heat from the opposition over his alleged involvement in the State Public Service Commission scam.

Congress is set to stage a massive protest rally against Chouhan on Monday. Oppostion is also likely to take up the matter in MP assembly as well.

Chouhan is being accused of allegedly altering the PSC rules to recruit his niece as a deputy collector.


MPPEB case: STF submits status report before MP High Court
Our Correspondent, 01 July,2014
The Special Task Force (STF), probing the alleged Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, on Monday filed a status report in the High Court which is monitoring the investigation.
The report was submitted in-camera by top STF officials before a division bench of Chief Justice A M Khanvilkar and Justice Alok Aaradhe.
"The report was submitted in a sealed envelope to the division bench," said Additional Advocate General (AAG) Puhspendra Kourav.
STF chief Sudhir Shahi and Assistant Inspector Generals (AIG) Kamal Mourya, Ashish Khare and Rajesh Chandel were present in the court.
The STF informed the court about the arrest of former state minister Laxmikant Sharma in connection with the scam and a reward it has announced against those who are absconding. The STF also told the court that the accused being arrested in connection with the scam are questioned on the basis of evidence gathered against them. The court has fixed the matter for July 18.

A total of 139 petitions had been filed before the high court alleging wrongdoings in the examination and recruitment of candidates and 20 out of them have sought a probe by CBI. Though the court rejected these petitions and also the demand for a CBI probe while observing that STF is conducting the probe in a fair manner, it decided to monitor the investigations as demanded by the petitioners.
A total of 56 FIRs have so far been registered in the scam.
The alleged scam has been hogging the headlines for quite some time with opposition Congress demanding a CBI probe alleging involvement of the "high and mighty."
Congress has already demanded a Special Investigating Team (SIT) probe monitored ideally by the Supreme Court or by the High Court.


Madhya Pradesh’s rice quota to be increased: Shri Ramvilas Paswan
Our Correspondent, 01 July,2014
Amending food grains quota for Madhya Pradesh under public distribution system, eligible families will be provided 75 percent wheat and 25 percent rice, respectively. Earlier, this was 80 percent and 20 percent. Process adopted by Madhya Pradesh to implement Food Security Act will be replicated in entire country. This was stated by Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Shri Ramvilas Paswan while distributing eligibility slips to beneficiaries under National Food Security Act during Food Security Festival at Seoni today. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah and Farmers Welfare & Agriculture Development Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen were present on the occasion.
Shri Paswan said that Food Security Act could not be implemented in 20 states and 5 Union Territories in the country. Madhya Pradesh has done an unprecedented work by implementing it and Chief Minister Shri Chouhan deserves compliment for this. He said that Chief Minister Shri Chouhan has tried to extend the Act’s benefit to maximum number of people by simplifying rules under it. Centre and state will work in tandem to develop Madhya Pradesh as an ideal state, he added.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that taxes received from natural resources are being used to extend benefits to the poor through various schemes. The Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh state is the first that had started providing subsidised food grains to the poor by launching Mukhyamantri Annapurna Yojana way back in year 2008 much before passage of National Food Security Act. Efforts have been made to extend Act’s benefit to maximum number of people by simplifying some of its provisions. About 75 percent people of the state including 25 categories of poor along with SCs and STs and BPL families have been brought under the Act’s purview. Eligible beneficiaries have been included after a survey of all people except Class-1, II and III officers and income tax payers. Condition of producing caste certificate for SCs and STs under the scheme has been abolished. Instead, they can avail benefit of the scheme by just giving an affidavit.
The Chief Minister said that state government wishes that every poor person has a house. In Madhya Pradesh, occupants of land till 2013 will be made owners. He urged people to cooperate in School Chalen Ham Abhiyan. He administered an oath to people and public representatives to get admitted to school children living in their neighbourhood.
During Food Security Festival, 2 lakh 34 thousand 900 families have been identified and 9 lakh 82 thousand 804 persons have been brought under purview of Food Security Act by distributing eligibility slips to them.

Along with eligibility slips, food grains were also distributed as a token to street vendor Shri Rajesh Patel, scheduled tribes member Shri Naresh Markam, scheduled castes member Smt. Gita Bai Mana, minorities member and domestic help Baswin Khan and hair dresser Dalchand Sarathe. Seoni district administration was also given ISO certificate for giving concrete shape to good governance.
MP Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, MLAs Shri Kamal Marskole, Shri Dinesh Munmun Rai, Shri Rajneesh Singh, former MLA Shri Dhal Singh Bisen, Shri Naresh Diwakar, Smt. Nita Pateriya and Shri Vaid Singh Thakur were also present on the occasion.


School Chalen Ham Abhiyan
Our Correspondent, 01 July,2014
Chief Minister’s message to be telecast on Doordarshan today
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will address people of the state under “School Chalen Ham Abhiyan” through Doordarshan at 6.28 pm on July 1. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that “Educated Madhya Pradesh is must for developed Madhya Pradesh. The Chief Minister said that every child should go to school and complete his education with quality.”

It is noteworthy that for attaining this goal, the Chief Minister has also undertaken statewide tours under “School Chalen Ham Abhiyan”. The Chief Minister has urged all sections of society to send all children to schools. In the same series, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan will appeal to all sections of society to send all children to schools in his address on Doordarshan on July 1, 2014. Doordarshan Kendra Bhopal will telecast Chief Minister’s message in entire state simultaneously.


Agricultural institutes should lead next farm revolution: Pranab Mukherjee
Our Correspondent, 30 june,2014
District Poverty Initiative Project (DPIP) and National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) are empowering self-help groups in rural areas of the state. After constitution of women’s self-help groups, these women have improved economic condition of their families. Self-help groups are also discharging important responsibility of providing jobs to unemployed rural youths. So far, lakhs of poor rural families have been associated with over 70 thousand self-help groups in Madhya Pradesh. Planned efforts are being made to empower them economically through livelihoods activities.

The enlightened women of remote village Moi near Biaora bypass in Rajgarh district have changed the fortunes of their families as well as village. Women associated with 8 self-help groups in the village have saved Rs. 81 thousand through small bits of saving. As may as 328 families live in this small village under Gram Panchayat Nariyabe. DPIP provided Rs. 11.92 lakh loan to these self-help groups through Gram Utthan Samitis. Besides, Regional Rural Bank and ICICI Bank also fixed credit limit of Rs. 50 thousand for every group. So far, these self-help groups have received loans worth Rs. 18 lakh 71 thousand. Women members of these SHGs have increased their family income through rearing of buffaloes and goats and other livelihoods activities. They are also repaying loans in time and are now expanding their livelihoods activities by obtaining second installment of loan.

Women members of self-help groups also take part regularly in Gram Sabhas. It is thanks to their sustained efforts that piped water scheme has been started in the village. They have also struggled against the practice of open-air defecation and have constructed toilets in their houses. They are well aware of a number of schemes beneficial for their families and villages. A shine of self-confidence is visible on the faces of women associated with self-help groups. This positive change has also served as inspiration for women in nearby villages.

Poor rural women of tribal-dominated village Kachnariya in Rajgarh district have also written a new chapter of economic development of their village by joining self-help groups. The 152 families in the village had joined livelihoods activities with start of DPIP in year 2009 in the villages. They have formed 12 self-help groups. The self-help groups were provided Rs. 17.69 lakh loans by Gram Utthan Samiti. Later, they also obtained loans from banks. Members of the SHGs have taken Rs. 60.79 lakh loans so far. With the financial assistance, women of village Kachnariya have changed fortunes of their families. These women and families are running flour mills and grocery shops as well as cycle repairing, centring, animal husbandry and other occupations successfully. Through income from her successful occupation, Imrat Bai, member of Shri Krishna Bhagwan self-help group of the village has educated her son upto engineering in Indore and has made her daughter-in-law self-reliant by getting her training in tailoring.

As many as 170 self-help groups of 25 villages under DPIP have joined cluster-level organisation constituted in December 2013 last at village Kalipeeth in Rajgarh district. The cluster has been named as Laxmi Community Cooperation Organisation. With infrastructural assistance from State Livelihoods Mission, the cluster has constructed its office building apart from computers and furniture. So far, DPIP has provided Rs. 31.22 lakh loan to these groups. Besides, Regional Rural Bank has also fixed Rs. one lakh credit limit for every SHG. Using these funds, the groups have established shops to form a rural market. So far, loans worth Rs. 46.50 lakh have been provided to various groups for livelihoods activities of which they have repaid Rs. 19.21 lakh.


Shankaracharya's comment on Sai Baba is his personal view: BJP
Our Correspondent, 30 june,2014
BJP on Sunday refused to be dragged into the reported exchange of words between Dwarkapeeth Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati and Union Minister Uma Bharti over the alleged comments made by the seer on the Sai Baba of Shirdi.
"This is the matter among the seers, and BJP is a political party. Whatever the Shankaracharya has said is his personal opinion and you should seek his reaction on this. It will be better if this issue is not turned into a debate," BJP national spokesperson Vijay Sonkar Shastri told reporters at the party office.

The Union Water Resource Minister yesterday said that though the Shankaracharya was like a father figure to her but she had faith in Sai Baba who never claimed he was god.
Complaints have been filed against the seer by devotees of Sai Baba at various places in the country for allegedly hurting their religious sentiments through his comments.
Meanwhile, on the Congress' allegations on involvement of senior leaders of BJP and RSS in the Madhya Pradesh exam and recruitment scam, Shastri said, "It won't be appropriate to comment on this since the matter is sub-judice now."

However, he said that Congress was levelling false allegations against the BJP leaders in order to malign their image and is "over-reacting". On the price rise, he said that the Narendra Modi government was committed to rein in inflation and steps are being taken in this direction.
To a query on Ram temple issue, Shastri said, "BJP is in favour of building a grand temple in Ayodhya, but the issue is between the common people and government now".


MPPEB scam: Scindia demands CBI probe, Chouhan's resignation
Our Correspondent, 30 june,2014
Indore: Former union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has demanded a CBI probe into the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam and also resignation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on moral grounds.
"The probe should be handed over to the CBI and Chouhan should step down from Chief Minister's post on moral grounds in view of the alleged involvement of his ministers and people associated with them in the scam, for an impartial probe into it," Scindia told reporters here last night.
Raising questions over the probe into the scam being presently conducted by the Special Task Force (STF), he said the investigation should be done by the CBI.
"It is not possible for the STF to probe the scam. Instead it should be handed over to the CBI. Earlier, the BJP leaders were afraid of CBI, but now what hesitation they have in getting the MPPEB scam probed by the central agency?" Scindia said.
He also said that those responsible for the scam should take the onus and the probe should be carried out with full transparency along with strict action in the matter.
The former Union Minister also took to task the Modi-led government at the Centre on the issues of inflation, rise in railway fares, and increase in crimes against women.

Apparently hinting at Union Minister Nihal Chand Meghwal, who is facing rape allegations, Scindia said "the persons who are accused of committing atrocities against women have become Central minister."
"Why there is so much difference between the BJP's words and deeds?" he asked.
"Before Lok Sabha polls, BJP used to say that good days will come soon, but as a common man, I can say on the basis of government's 30 days that this government has not been able to meet the people's expectations," Scindia added.


MP Assembly pays tributes to Gopinath Munde, others
Our Correspondent, 30 june,2014
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Monday paid tributes to leaders and eminent persons who recently died including former Union Minister Gopinath Munde, former Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker S Mallikarjunaiah and noted author Khushwant Singh.
After paying the tributes, the House was adjourned for the day.
Soon after the House assembled on the opening day of the monsoon session, Speaker Dr Sita Sharan Sharma mentioned the passing away of senior BJP leader Munde, veteran leader Mallikarjunaiah, Khushwant Singh, sitting MLA Prabhat Pandey, former Deputy Speaker of MP Assembly Narayan Prasad Shukla, former Union Minister Tapan Sikdar and former state minister B R Yadav.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan described Munde as a mass leader whose death was a loss not only for Maharashtra, but to the entire nation.
Chouhan also condoled the death of Sikdar, Yadav and Khushwant Singh.
Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare also lauded the services rendered by Munde and others.
Following this, the members stood in silence for two minutes in memory of the departed souls and later the House was adjourned till tomorrow morning.


Agricultural institutes should lead next farm revolution: Pranab Mukherjee
Our Correspondent, 28 june,2014
President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday called on "committed, capable and hard-working" professionals of the country's agricultural institutes to lead the next farm revolution.
"We require committed, capable and hardworking professionals from our agricultural institutions to spearhead the next farm revolution," Mukherjee said at the golden jubilee convocation of the Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya in Jabalpur. Agricultural universities have a "huge stake" in the success of the farm sector, he said, adding that the "yardstick of their performance" is the quality of graduates being produced.
He opined that the quality of agricultural universities have degraded over the time.
"Agriculture was taught in the world-renowned universities of Takshila and Nalanda. Yet, over the years we have not been able to maintain our position. Global recognition eludes our agricultural universities today," Mukherjee said.
He, however, lauded the efforts of agricultural scientists and farmers for making India the world's fourth largest agricultural sector.
"It is to the credit of our agricultural scientists and farmers that India transformed itself from being a net importer of food grains in the 1960s to being self-sufficient and an exporter," Mukherjee said.


MPPSC launches probe into appointment of ex-official's son
Our Correspondent, 28 june,2014
Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) has started an inquiry into the alleged fraud in the appointment of the son of a former official as Deputy Superintendent of Police in 2010.

MPPSC Secretary Manohar Dubey told Bhasha/PTI that the Chief Minister's office had received a complaint that the then Deputy Secretary of MPPSC, Nirmal Upadhyay, had facilitated the selection of his son, Nihit, by resorting to a malpractice in the exam.
The complaint was forwarded to MPPSC, which has initiated a probe.


MP Bohra Samaj’s ‘tiffin revolution’ feeds more than 10,000 households
Our Correspondent, 28 june,2014
Known for their management skills and uninterrupted services to deliver tiffin for the last 125 years, the Mumbai dabbawalas now have inspired a trend in Indore, with the Bohra Samaj catering food to nearly 10,000 households in Indore, now for the past 3 years.
The unique system of Dabba (Tiffin) was adopted by the community in 2011, under instruction of Dr. Syedna Mohammded Burhanuddin, which is delivered to the household of community members from the community kitchens.

According to a report in Patrika, the system is organized and handled by community volunteers. The food delivered is enough for two meals. The women of the community are freed for economically gainful employment, taking part in education of their children and other endeavors. This system has proved to be a great relief for economically weaker section of the community.


MPPEB scam: No link of any RSS leader's involvement, says Ram Madhav
Our Correspondent, 28 june,2014
After reports named several of its past and present functionaries in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Friday took the allegations head-on claiming that there was no proof of any such involvement.
Quashing the claims, senior Sangh leader Ram Madhav said, "We have gone through all available material in the Vyapam case, and found no link of any senior RSS leader in it.”
He denounced the allegations levelled against RSS leaders and hinted at a conspiracy behind it. "These are baseless, malicious and politically motivated,” said Madhav.
Earlier in the day, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had also said that the law would take its own course in the case.

The MPPEB has been in the news for alleged corruption in conducting examinations for recruitment to various state government jobs.
The MPPEB scam related to the Pre-Medical Test and recruitment to various government services, including teachers, constables and food inspectors has been taking place in the state since the last few years, until the matter was exposed after a few impersonators were arrested in Indore.
As per reports recent audit by the Madhya Pradesh Local Fund Audit office for 2007-08 found alleged financial and administrative irregularities, including unauthorised disposal of application forms, worth crores of rupees by the MPPEB.


MP STF probe reveals RSS leaders’ involvement in MPPEB scam
Our Correspondent, 27 june,2014
The ongoing probe in the multi-crore MP Professional Examination Board scam has opened yet another can of worms signalling that a few RSS leaders may also have been involved in recruitment anomalies.
According to ABP, the massive revelations came during interrogation of key accused and MPPEB's former exam controller Pankaj Trivedi to Madhya Pradesh STF. During questioning, he said that the ex-higher education minister Laxmikant Sharma had referred KS Sudarshan's relative Mihir Kumar for the post of food inspector on the former RSS chief's request.

He further said that Mihir was appointed as the food inspector as he was portrayed as RSS leader Suresh Soni's close aide.
Trivedi's revelations point at how RSS leaders may have exploited their power and position to get their close ones government posts.
While Pankaj Trivedi is behind the bars in connection with the MP pre-medical test scam, Laxmikant Sharma was arrested for involvement in contract teachers' recruitment scam of MPPEB.


RSS leaders involved in MPPEB scam?
Our Correspondent, 27 june,2014
Bhopal: The multi-crore Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam has now knocked at the RSS doors.
As per reports, names of several top RSS functionaries have cropped up in the case, including Suresh Soni and ex-chief late KS Sudarshan.
Pankaj Trivedi, ex-controller of MPPEB or Vyapam, has told the Special Task Force (STF) probing the case in a written statement that former state higher education minister Laxmikant Sharma had recommended that a candidate named Mihir Kumar be appointed food inspector. Sharma, as per the statement, had said that Mihir was a man of RSS leader Suresh Soni. Apart from Mihir, Sharma had also recommended the names of four other candidates.

Mihir Kumar, in his statement to the STF, disclosed that he used to work as helper to former RSS chief KC Sudarshan. Reports quoted Mihir as saying in the statement that he had given a photocopy of the application form for food inspector examination, 2012, to Sudarshan, requesting him to ensure his appointment.
Sudarshan, as per reports, spoke to Sharma and told Mihir to fill the answers which he knew and leave the rest of the OMR sheet blank.
Mihir obtained 7th rank in the examination conducted by Vyapam on October 7, 2012.

The MPPEB has been in the news recently for alleged corruption in conducting examinations for recruitment to various state government jobs.
A recent audit by the Madhya Pradesh Local Fund Audit office for 2007-08 found alleged financial and administrative irregularities, including unauthorised disposal of application forms, worth crores of rupees by the MPPEB.
The opposition Congress even dragged the name of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife Sadhna Singh in the MPPEB scam.
The CM has rejected the allegations and even filed a defamation case against MP Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra.


Woman policeman arrested for receiving Rs 1500 bribe
Our Correspondent, 27 june,2014
A woman sub-inspector (SI) was caught red-handed by the Lokayukta police accepting a bribe of Rs 1,500 in Indore on Thursday.
The woman SI identified as Ansuia Jain was caught following a tip-off by Shailendra Singh Sikarwar, Superintendent of Police (SP) Lokayukta, Virendra Singh told reporters.

Sikarwar's daughter-in-law had filed a complaint of molestation in the Bhanwarkuan Police Station following which the SI demanded a bribe 1,500 for taking action in the matter swiftly.
The SI was trapped as per the plan by a woman officer, Asha Sejkar the moment Sikarwar handed over the money to her.
A case was registered against Jain under Prevention of Corruption Act in this regard.


Social stigma adds to the woes of 12-year-old boy with rare physical deformity
Our Correspondent, 27 june,2014
In a rare medical condition, a 12-year-old boy in Indore has extraordinarily large feet, almost double the size of others.
According to a report in Bhaskar, Ramkishan Dhuma Barela's right feet is 3-inch long. His body weight is 26 kg 44 gm out of which his feet alone account for 6 kg 700 gms. As the toe and fingers are also abnormally large, he faces difficulty in finding shoes of his size and has to walk without wearing a footwear.
A class 7th student, Ramkishan has become the talk of town because of the deformity.

His father says that more than the problem his son faces in walking, its the societal behaviour towards the minor boy that concerns him more.
Meanwhile, various doctors Ramkishan has approached have turned him away saying there is no treatment for such a health problem.


Turn Mamta Abhiyan into campaign of society and people: CM Shri Chouhan
Our Correspondent, 27 june,2014
Smt. Madhuri Dixit lauds workers committed to women healthcare
Second phase of Mamta Abhiyan for saving maternal and infant lives launched

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called for turning Mamta Abhiyan for saving maternal and infant lives as a campaign of society and people. He urged all sections of society to cooperate in this campaign, which has been started with the cooperation of UNICEF to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was launching second phase of the campaign at Samanvay Bhavan here today. Health Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra and noted cine star Smt. Madhuri Dixit were specially present on the occasion. Smt. Madhuri Dixit has been appointed as brand ambassador of the campaign for 2 years.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that 24-hour power supply has been ensured and infrastructure development works undertaken in the state. Now, a campaign is being conducted to change the state focusing on health and education. Arrangements have been made to provide better healthcare to women and children. Birth of child is the most beautiful incident in the world since nature goes on with it. Coordinated efforts have been made to ensure that mother faces no problems. Maternal and infant mortality rate has come down remarkably in the state. Credit for successful healthcare efforts in rural areas goes to ASHA and health workers operating there. Public awareness will have to be created towards better health of women and children.

The Chief Minister said that Beti Bachao Abhiyan has been launched in the state to change people’s mindset about girls. A number of schemes including Ladli Laxmi Yojana, Gaon Ki Beti and Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana have been launched for girls in the state. Daughters are gifts of God. Society and country will survive only when girls survive. He urged to send every child to school.

Shri Chouhan said that attention has been focused on health and education after attaining self-dependence in road, power and water sectors. State government has resolved to ensure 100 percent institutional deliveries. He stressed the need for coordinated efforts for creating awareness towards health services and keeping family small. He said that field-level Anganwadi and ASHA worker’s role is praiseworthy in achievements of Madhya Pradesh in health sector.

Health Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra said that Madhya Pradesh has witnessed remarkable improvement in health sector. Institutional deliveries have gone up to 86 percent from 22 percent in the state. Constant efforts are being made to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate in the state. Services have been provided for safety of mothers. Gauravi Abhiyan has been launched to safeguard women’s honour.

Smt. Madhuri Dixit said that she is happy after joining Mamta Abhiyan of the state government. She said that India is a country of diversities with different cultures and traditions. It is difficult to bring them together. She said that ASHA and Anganwadi workers putting in hard work for better health of mothers and children are praiseworthy. She said that the three points included in Mamta Abhiyan – love, safety and honour- are in itself a mission. The state government has provided a number of facilities and counselling centres about which women need to be made aware. She said that lives of 80 percent women can be saved with a little awareness. She urged people to avail benefit of these facilities through awareness. Urging for uniform behaviour with sons and daughter, she called of sending girls to schools saying that education to mothers open\s doors of progress and prosperity. She praised UNICEF and progressive leadership of the Chief Minister.
UNICEF’s State Head Shri Trevor Clark lauded objectives and concept of Mamta Abhiyan and hoped that Chief Minister’s leadership will result in better results of the campaign. He said that UNICEF will continue to support it.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan, Health Minister Dr. Mishra and Smt. Madhuri Dixit felicitated health workers and officers for excellent performance in reduction of maternal and infant rate and provision of health services at district, village and division levels. Among ASHA workers, Gunjan of Khandwa, Smt. Durga Deora of Ratlam and Smt. Nisha Tiwari of Panna were felicitated. The Chief Minister felicitated Smt. Snehlata Tiwari of Sidhi, Smt. Mamta Gautam of Rajgarh and Smt. Sunita Kirar of Alirajpur for excellent performance in institutional delivery. Similarly, the Health Minister felicitated Bhopal’s health officer Dr. Pankaj Shukla, Dr. Prakash Garg of Dewas and Dr. Hemant Sinha of Balaghat. Dr. Jamra of Bhopal, Dr. Nidhi Vyas of Gwalior and Dr. Sharad Pandit of Indore were honoured for excellent work.

The Chief Minister handed over campaign’s logo, memento of Sanchi Stupa and shawl made of kosa to Smt. Madhuri Dixit. He also released CD of a film based on Mamta Abhiyan, booklet containing guidelines, booklet published by Social Behaviour Cell, CD of campaign’s song and brochure of Mamta Abhiyan.

Giving information about nature of Mamta Abhiyan, Principal Secretary Health Shri Praveer Krishna informed that rural health providing system has been strengthened. Teams comprising about 75 thousand workers and 7 thousand doctors are engaged in this work benefiting 20 lakh mothers and 20 lakh children.
Minister of State for Health Shri Sharad Jain, Bhopal MP Shri Alok Sanjar and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa were also present on the occasion.


Man leaves Rs 52 lakh job in Paris to become an IPS officer
Our Correspondent, 26 june,2014
Vinayak Verma left his high-paid job in Paris to fulfill his dream of working as an IPS officer and serving the people of the country. According to a report in Bhaskar, in 2012, he cleared civil service examinations in the first attempt. A graduate from National Law School of India, Bengaluru, Vinayak worked with a Paris law firm and on an annual package of Rs 52 lakh. Even as he had long working hours, he took out time to study and cleared the exam in 2012.

A year later, he took the test again and scored 187 rank. He decided to leave his job and get back to India. Currently he is taking training from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy. He is a Madhya Pradesh cadre officer.
"You cannot crack the exam by rote learning. Keep your eyes and ears open all the time. A day-to-day increase in knowledge is what helps in the end," he said


ED receives copy of FIR against PMT scam mastermind Jagdish Sagar, initiates probe
Our Correspondent, 26 june,2014
After Madhya Pradesh Police and Special Task Force (STF), PMT scam mastermind Dr Jagdish Sagar has fallen in the radar of Indore-based Enforcement Directorate’s sub-zonal office over trail of huge money accumulated by the tainted physician and his gang, while helping out students get into medical courses through fraudulent means.

The Indore sub-zonal office had recently received copy of the charge sheet filed by STF against Dr Sagar from Bhopal. Following this the Enforcement Directorate has started probing the case.
A senior officer from the office said that at present Sagar’s credentials are being probed under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). ED probe is still in the initial stages as the officers could not elicit much information from Sagar and his aides as all of them are lodged in different jails.

The ED officers suspect that Sagar and other accused have invested huge sums of money accumulated during PMT-scam into properties, gold, bonds, shares, land plots etc. He was known for leading a luxurious lifestyle: possessing gold jewellery, posh houses and high end cars including Mercedes and Fortuner.
Sources in STF said that Sagar’s gang charged Rs 7 lakh to 25 lakh for getting students admitted into medical colleges through unfair means. The indore sub-zonal office of ED Ahmedabad circle is probing Sagar’s assets in 62 cases under PMLA and under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) in 30 cases related to the PMT scandal.

He was arrested from a hotel in Mumbai by Indore crime branch on July 12, nine days ahead of PMT counselling in 2013.
After his arrest from Mumbai, the police had raided his sprawling bungalows in Indore recovering note counting machine, foreign currencies including US dollars, 125 cartridges of various bores, huge amount of jewellery, foreign liquor and documents pertaining to other investments.


MP CM says Congress is suffering from "Shivraj phobia"
Our Correspondent, 26 june,2014
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that opposition Congress was suffering from "Shivraj phobia" as it is levelling "baseless" allegations of wrongdoings against him in connection with the state examination and recruitment scam.
Responding to allegations made against him by the Congress in connection with the Professional Examination Board and PSC recruitment scams, the Chief Minister told reporters last evening before leaving for Gwalior that the opposition party "was suffering from a phobia about him".

"Earlier also Congress leaders had levelled baseless charges but in the end they turned out to be false and misleading," he said. Chouhan said that Congress has become frustrated following a string of electoral defeats and its leaders are levelling such charges against him only to stay relevant.
Congress had last week accused Chouhan and his family members of being involved in the MPPEB scam, related to recruitment in various government jobs and also in the Pre-Medical Test (PMT). The Chief Minister had already rubbished all allegations and even filed a defamation suit against state Congress chief spokesperson, KK Mishra for levelling "baseless" allegations against him and his wife.
Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson, Brijendra Singh Sisodia on Thursday said, "They (allegations) be treated in the same way as the Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had torn an ordinance (on shielding convicted politicians) stating that it should be consigned to dust bin".


E-Governance with outdated websites?
Our Correspondent, 25 june,2014
If you are a net lover and wants to know about the schemes running in Madhya Pradesh online, you would be disappointed to observe that for a long time the major government sites of Madhya Pradesh have not been update.

It’s not so while ago when Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chauhan expressed his views on e-governance in a function where Information Technology Excellence Awards were being distributed. He said, “Good governance is priority of the state government. Its basis is e-Governance. These days, charisma of information technology is visible everywhere in the state.”

“E-Governance is state government’s priority. This sector has immense potential. It should be our goal that Madhya Pradesh leaves behind Silicon Valley in information technology,” he further added.

But looking at the outdated information on these major government websites the idea of making M.P a potential E-government state seems not viable. Between these slogans of E-governance by P.M Narendra Modi and C.M Shivraj, there are 7 out of total fifty six websites of the state which are completely unavailing. It includes sites related with new and renewable energy, public sector, rehabilitation, manpower planning, horticulture and food processing, jati kalyan vibhag etc.

If you click on of the most important website, the website of Department of commercial tax (https://mptax.mp.gov.in/), a dialogue box pops up which says that the domain is expired and no longer available. The website of information technology of M.P has not been updated for more than a year. There are more than a dozen sites which are not update from several months.

The websites which are not updated
Department Date of last update
Urban administration 1, April ,2013
Biodiversity and bio-technology 9, July, 2008
Information technology 12,March, 2013
Medical education 8,Jan, 2013
Parliamentary work 22, May, 2012
Tribal welfare 24, April,2012
Charitable and religious welfare 25, Aug,2012
Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development 3,Jan,2014
Backward classes and minorities welfare 1,March,2013
Housing board 11,April,2014

  • On the website on Minorities Welfare department the latest news displays the scholarship list of year 09-10.
  • On the site of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development the new update is of 100 day action plan although, it’s been 60 days since the action plan expired.
  • On the site of Fisheries department the content is not updated since 2010-11.
  • On the site of Panchayat and Rural Development department a new website of the department is mentioned but that site is unfunctional.
Anuja Gurele


For first time in 10 years, Shivraj Singh Chouhan fights graft taint
Our Correspondent, 25 june,2014
Bhopal: After becoming one of BJP's poster boys, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh – Shivraj Singh Chouhan – is fighting graft taint for the first time in 10 years.
Chouhan, who has been the CM for over a decade, and his family has been accused of corruption by the opposition Congress.

The opposition last week claimed that Chouhan and his wife Sadhna Singh were involved in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam. The MPPEB conducts entrance and recruitment tests for admission in medical and engineering courses, and selection in certain government services, among others.
The opposition has alleged that as per an audit carried out by the Madhya Pradesh Local Fund Audit office for 2007-08, a difference of about Rs 4 crore was detected in revenue earned from sales of application forms by the MPPEB or 'Vyapam'.

Yesterday, Congress levelled fresh allegations against Chouhan, claiming his direct involvement in the MP Public Service Commission (PSC) scam.
Congress's leader of opposition Satyadev Katare told a press conference yesterday that the MP CM had got the PSC rules changed in order to appoint his niece, Ritu Chouhan, as deputy collector.
"This time we are not accusing the chief minister's wife, but Shivraj Singh Chouhan himself for irregularities. He has to resign and if he doesn't, then the Governor should ask for his resignation," Katare said.
Chouhan, meanwhile, has filed a defamation case against MP Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra over the allegations he had made on Saturday. The CM also made a hurried visit to New Delhi yesterday to speak to the party brass and explain his position.
Chouhan held a long meeting with Union minister Nitin Gadkari and also met RSS functionaries and other senior BJP leaders.
The BJP, meanwhile, said that the meeting was routine one and nothing more should be read into it.


Saibaba devotee moves court against Dwarka Peeth seer
Our Correspondent, 25 june,2014
A complaint was on Tuesday filed in a local court against the Shankaracharya of Dwaraka Peeth Swaroopananda Saraswati for his alleged remarks against Saibaba of Shirdi.
The complaint was filed by a law student, Abhishek Bhargava (23) before the judicial magistrate first class (JMFC), Dilip Gupta.
"The court has posted the matter to August 20," said Abhishek's counsel Sanskar Bhargava.
"The statement of Shankracharya against the Sai Baba has deeply hurt the feelings of a large number of his devotees," the complaint alleged.
The plaint is filed under sections 295 A (deliberately hurting religious sentiments) and 298 (statement given with an intention to hurt religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code and has sought trying of the seer before the court.


MPPEB scam: Chouhan files defamation suit against Cong leader
Our Correspondent, 25 june,2014
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday slapped a defamation suit against state Congress chief spokesperson K K Mishra, for levelling "baseless" allegations against him and his wife.
The defamation suit was filed here in the court of District and Session Judge Sushma Khosla who will take up the matter on June 26.
Chouhan's action comes after Mishra had last week alleged involvement of Chouhan and his family members in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, related to recruitment in various government jobs and also in the Pre-Medical Test (PMT).
The suit was filed on behalf of Chouhan by Public Prosecutor Anand Tiwari.

Mishra had alleged that calls were made from the mobile phone of Sanjay Chouhan, son of Shivraj Singh Chouhan's maternal uncle Phoolsingh Chouhan, to MPPEB's arrested exam controller Pankaj Trivedi and system analyst Nitin Mohindra and they (Trivedi and Mohindra) also made calls on that number.
However, the fact is no such person is Chouhan's uncle.
The actual name of his maternal uncle is Randheer Singh who died long back, Tiwari said.
The prosecutor said the MPPEB scam is being probed by Special Task Force under the supervision of High Court.

The probe was ordered by Chouhan and if he or his family members were involved in it, then the Chief Minister would have not ordered it, he said. Similarly, it was alleged that 139 calls were made to MPPEB officials from Chouhan's residence, but no details were provided, Tiwari said.
It was also alleged that 19 persons from Maharashtra's Gondia district, Chouhan's in-laws' place, were selected as transport inspectors, while the fact is that no person from Gondia or any other state other than MP was recruited, he claimed.
Tiwari also said that these "false, misleading, derogatory and concocted allegations led to mental harassment" of Chouhan and therefore, a case of defamation should be registered against Mishra and he should also be punished for the same.
The Chief Minister, in a series of tweets yesterday, had rubbished all allegations and said he will file a defamation suit against the Congress leader.


Allegation of recruitment from Gondia blatant lie
Our Correspondent, 24 june,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that no relative of his wife from Gondia (Maharashtra) has been selected as transport constable in Madhya Pradesh. He said what to talk about Gondia, not even a single soul from entire Maharashtra has been selected for this post.
In his tweet today, the Chief Minister said that canard-mongers claimed that 17 persons from Gondia have been selected for transport constable’s post. Coming down heavily on such persons, the Chief Minister said that why such people do not attempt any fact-checking on their own before carrying out such ill-motivated and baseless canards in media? They alleged that 139 calls were made from CM house. They also issued call details which showed that not even one call was made from CM house.
The Chief Minister said that just as a lie has no legs to stand on, a call details report has no legs of its own. It required substantiation. They do not even see the CDR.
The Chief Minister said that he is not going to take it kindly. This is a clear case of defamation. The accusers will soon be served notice. The Chief Minister said that whatever little he has heard of media norms, they require taking the version of the person against whom allegations are being hurled. But this has not been done in this case.

Shri Chouhan said that he knows that defeat hurts, particularly when it is twice. There are few people who maintain grace in defeat. But should they stoop so low?
The Chief Minister said that entire list of selected transport constables was available on the departmental website. They did not care even to have a look at it. Shri Chouhan said that he is determined to cleanse assessment systems of all thuggery. The youth having nothing else but his genius to declare should not feel lost.


Vyapam scam: Laxmikant Sharma to be produced in court today
Our Correspondent, 24 june,2014
Bhopal: Under arrest in connection with the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (Vyapam) scam, former minister Laxmikant Sharma will be produced in a local court here on Tuesday.
Sharma was arrested on June 15 by the Special Task Force (STF), probing into the scam following his alleged involvement in the contractual teachers recruitment scam.
The exam was conducted by MPPEB and Sharma was its Minister in-chagre in his capacity as the then Technical Education Minister in the last BJP government in the state.
STF had demanded that the former minister should be sent to police remand till June 23, but court declined it's request and granted only four days remand.
Opposing the remand, Sharma's lawyer contended that STF has already questioned the former Minister in connection with the scam twice and also quizzed him yesterday.
Since he has been already interrogated, there is no need for granting any remand, he said.
The STF said it has to match the names of candidates against whom his name was mentioned following recovery of date from a hard disk, which was sent by the agency to the Gandhi Nagar (Gujarat) based forensic laboratory.


Union Minister Najma Heptulla quits MP State Waqf Board
Our Correspondent, 24 june,2014
Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla has resigned as member of Madhya Pradesh State Waqf Board after her induction in the Union Cabinet, an official statement said on Monday.

"She has resigned as a member of Madhya Pradesh State Waqf Board in view of her induction in the Union Cabinet. The resignation with effect from May 27, 2014 has been submitted to the Chairman of the Madhya Pradesh State Waqf Board," it said.


Appoint Priyanka Gandhi as head of panel to review LS poll debacle: Congress leader Aslam Sher Khan
Our Correspondent, 24 june,2014
Senior Congress leader and hockey Olympian, Aslam Sher Khan on Monday said that Priyanka Gandhi should be appointed as the head of the committee set up by the party to review its debacle in the Lok Sabha elections.
"Priyanka Gandhi had looked after the elections campaign in the Rae Bareli and Amethi Lok Sabha constituencies and ensured that her mother Sonia Gandhi and brother Rahul Gandhi emerge victorious," Khan told PTI in Bhopal on Monday.
There is "no need" to give any post to Priyanka in the party, though more responsibility should be entrusted on her, he said.
The committee is presently headed by former Defence Minister AK Antony.
"I feel that the panel under the chairmanship of Antony cannot do much, as he (Antony) himself was part of the system which led to the party's worst-ever performance," he said.
"In my view, Congress leaders and workers are more likely to openly talk to Priyanka rather than Antony about what went wrong in the Lok Sabha polls," Khan added.


MPPEB scam: Shivraj Singh Chouhan to file defamation case after Cong allegations
Our Correspondent, 23 june,2014
Unfazed over allegations of wrongdoings in Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board scam, state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said he will soon file a defamation case on the issue. However, he did not specify against whom he wished to do so.
"We have verified all information about allegations and have made all preparations to file a defamation case and would give statement in the court," Chouhan told reporters at the party office here, without taking any name.
State Congress chief spokesman KK Mishra had last week demanded a CBI probe to unearth the "nexus among middlemen, politicians, bureaucrats and education mafia which is behind the scam."
He claimed he was in possession of some SMSes which were purportedly sent by various people, including politicians and even some journalists among others, to the MPPEB exam controller Pankaj Trivedi and the system analyst Nitin Mahindra--both the main accused in the case--and mining baron Sudhir Sharma. However, state BJP general secretary Nandkumar Singh Chouhan had said "the allegations related to the MPPEB scam were baseless and concocted."

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh had on Sunday accused Chouhan of allegedly being involved in the teacher recruitment scam in the state, a charge rubbished by the MP government as "untrue".
Meanwhile, addressing BJP workers at Khajuraho during the two-day session of BJP MLAs which concluded on Sunday, Chouhan said the party leaders are not required to bow their heads in shame as his government has not done anything wrong.
The Chief Minister also said that the Special Task Force (STF) was probing the case and truth would come out in the matter.

STF had arrested former state technical education minister and BJP leader Laxmikant Sharma on June 15 for his alleged involvement in the contractual teachers recruitment scam.
Over 100 students who allegedly cleared the Pre-Medical Test (PMT) through unfair means had also been arrested by STF from different districts of Madhya Pradesh. PMT was conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), whose top officials were already arrested by STF since the scam surfaced in 2013.


Vyapam one of the worst scams till date: D Raja
Our Correspondent, 23 june,2014
Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja on Monday termed the Vyapam scam as one of the worst scams till date . "This is one of the worst scams. There must be stringent actions against these people," said Raja.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that people have stopped taking the Congress seriously and therefore it was high time for introspection for the party.
"People have stopped talking them seriously. It's high time that they start introspection,” said Naqvi.
Yesterday, Naqvi had said that the Congress as a party that has transformed itself into an 'allegation party'.
The recruitment scam had reportedly involved manipulation in the selection process for government jobs conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB).
A Special Task Force has been constituted for an investigation into the Vyapam scam which had detained Laxmikant Sharma, a former state technical education minister, for interrogation.
The high profile teacher's recruitment scam in Madhya Pradesh is being linked to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's wife, Sadhna Singh.


Those involved in MPPEB scam should not be spared, says Uma Bharti
Our Correspondent, 23 june,2014
Amid growing demand to hand over the MPPEB scam probe to CBI, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Sunday said the accused involved in the case should not be spared at any cost.
"I expect that the criminal (behind the Madhya Pradesh Professional Board Examination scam), howsoever powerful he may be, should not be spared," Bharti said in a statement in Bhopal.
Congress had earlier accused Bharti of being involved in the scam. The Congress had alleged that she had recommended names of candidates for contractual teacher exam conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB).
When her name cropped up in the scam in December 2013 in a section of media, she rushed back to Bhopal and met State Director General of Police (DGP) Nandan Dube on the issue. However, the Special Task Force probing the scam had later issued a statement clarifying that she had no role in it.
Bharti had earlier termed the scam as bigger than the fodder scam of Bihar and also demanded a CBI probe into it.
In a related development, Union Minister and state BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar told reporters, "Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will file a defamation suit against Congress chief spokesman KK Mishra for levelling baseless allegations against him in MPPEB scam."
Tomar said that if Congress has any evidence against the BJP leaders, then it should submit them in the court.
The state Congress spokesman provided a cell number claiming that it belongs to Chouhan's relatives and from this number 139 calls were made to MPPEB officials including the main accused Chief Exam Controller Pankaj Trivedi. However, he did not provide call details for the same. Meanwhile, Congress had yesterday demanded a CBI probe into alleged MPPEB scam relating to use of fraudulent means in pre-medical tests and recruitment to various government services.


Body of 47-year-old journalist found
Our Correspondent, 23 june,2014
Body of a 47-year-old sports journalist was found lying in Vidur Nagar area of the city, police said on Sunday.
The body of journalist Lokendra Bayas was recovered from CAT Road area near Vidur Nagar, Rajendra Nagar police station in-charge, Kamlesh Sharma adding that Bayas was associated with an eveninger.
Police suspect that he died as a result of some illness. "However, the exact cause will be known only after getting the autopsy report," Sharma said.

The last rites of Bayas, known for his unique style of writing sports copies, were performed on Sunday at a local crematorium. Bayas is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.


Madhya Pradesh: Situation under control in Mhow
Our Correspondent, 20 june,2014
Mhow: No untoward incident was reported in Mhow town of Indore district on Friday, where tension prevailed following the alleged murder of a RSS worker last evening, police said.
An official release said that the last rites of Prashant Sharma, the deceased, were conducted and ex-gratia of Rs one lakh was given to his kin.
Collector Akash Tripathi, DIG Rakesh Gupta, SP Abid Khan and other senior officials visited the town.
Tension had gripped Pithampur industrial area near Indore after the murder.
Sharma had gone to the cricket ground in Vishwas Nagar area last evening to pacify a group of children who had a fight over some issue while playing, Kishanganj police station in-charge, Ramesh Chandra Bhaskare told reporters here.
While Sharma was mediating in the issue, a miscreant, identified as Sohail Khan, having a criminal record, along with his six associates reached the spot and attacked him (Sharma) with a rod and sharp edged weapons causing grievous injuries, he said.
Sharma was rushed to Mhow Civil Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, Bhaskare said.
A large number of RSS activists also gathered at the hospital and later allegedly ransacked the accused's shop and set it ablaze along with other houses, he said.
Soon, heavy police force from adjoining areas was deployed in the tense area and police had to open fire to control the situation, he said.
An RSS activist, a local BJP leader and a state intelligence officer were also injured in the violence, Bhaskare said.


HC orders Lokayukta probe against Gaurishankar Bisen on corruption charges
Our Correspondent, 20 june,2014
Madhya Pradesh High Court has ordered a Lokayukta probe against state Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister Gaurishankar Bisen on a PIL levelling corruption allegations against him.
The Lokayukta probe was ordered by a division bench of Chief Justice A M Khanvilar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Thursday in a public interest litigation filed by former MLA Kishore Samrite.
The PIL alleged that since 1994, when Bisen hardly had any property, has amassed huge wealth in the name of his family members and relatives in Balaghat, Pune and Bhopal. The petitioner claimed that it was not possible for any person to amass such a huge wealth without resorting to corrupt means.
The PIL listed details of properties submitted by Bisen in his affidavits to the Election Commission from 2003-2011.
During hearing of the PIL, when no one appeared from Bisen's side, the court said that since the matter is quite serious, it has appointed two senior lawyers, Naman Nagrath and A P Shrotiya, as amicus curiae to assist the court in the matter.
The court also issued a notice to the Home Secretary on the issue.
The petitioner alleged that the minister had purchased a flat worth lakhs in Pune in the name of his daughter, land worth Rs 2.5 crore in front of Balaghat collector's residence in the fictitious name, another land worth Rs 91 lakh in Balaghat in the name of his wife, a sanitary pipe factory and an agriculture land worth Rs seven crore in Waraseoni, Balaghat.
The PIL also alleged that he had purchased land worth crores in Bhopal's Ratibad and Kolar road areas and also took bribe worth crores in awarding contracts for water supply scheme.


Rajnath to inaugurate session of MPs & MLAs on Saturday
Our Correspondent, 20 june,2014
Bhopal: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate a two-day session of the newly-elected MPs and MLAs from Madhya Pradesh at Khajuraho on Saturday.

The session will also be addressed by Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj and Narendra Singh Tomar, a BJP release said today.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh and Tomar, who is also the state BJP president, will address the concluding session on June 22.


MP PMT scam gets bigger, 500 arrested including students, parents
Our Correspondent, 20 june,2014
Bhopal: Another 65 students have been arrested in connection with the Pre-medical entrance test recruitment scam in Madhya Pradesh. The Special Task Force has arrested a total of 500 people including parents for seeking admission in various government medical colleges through unfair means.

A total of 1,100 medical students had their candidature cancelled by the examination board after the probe.
The drive (to nab the students) was launched on the directives of the Madhya Pradesh Police Headquarters (PHQ), Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Rakesh Gupta said.
The parents of these students allegedly paid huge sums of money to agents and officials of Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) in lieu of getting their wards admitted in government medical colleges by adopting unfair means.


HC orders Lokyaukta probe against MP Agriculture Minister
Our Correspondent, 20 june,2014
Bhopal: The Jabalpur High Court has ordered a probe by the Lokayukta against Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Minister Gauri Shankar Bisen in a disproportionate assets case. The court passed the order after a petition was filed against Bisen for amassing properties disproportionate to his income.
A person named Kishore Samrite in 2012 had filed the PIL against Bisen, which accused him of indulging in corruption and amassing wealth disproportionate to his income.

The PIL says that the Agriculture Minister had amassed unaccounted wealth since 1984. It also states that Bisen has two flats in Pune in his daughter and wife's name worth Rs 50 lakhs and 90 lakhs respectively. He also owns a land worth Rs 2.50 crore and bought a factory manufacturing sanitary pipe for Rs 90 lakhs.
Bisen is an MLA from the Balaghat constituency and was inducted into Shivraj Singh Chouhan Cabinet last year. The Bharatiya Janata Party had swept the MP Assembly elections last year.


Medical college to be opened in Khandwa with Centre’s cooperation
Our Correspondent, 20 june,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that every child should be educated so that no one’s life is spoil. The Chief Minister stated this at “School Chalen Ham Abhiyan” and “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh” programme at Khandwa today. Announcing to open a medical college Khandwa with Centre’s cooperation, he said that cooperation of all is must for development of Madhya Pradesh. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah and MP Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan were present on the occasion.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that education is must for development. It opens new doors for progress. He said that all of us must ensure that no child in our vicinity remains depriving to going to school and studies continuously. We can realise the dream of educated Madhya Pradesh only by paying attention to this. On the occasion, the Chief Secretary administered pledge to people to ensure campaign’s success.

Shri Chouhan informed about government’s various schemes. He said that state government’s priority is to provide water and power. People should pay attention that these resources are used with frugality. He said that de-addiction is also necessary for development of every person.

The Chief Minister inaugurated and laid foundation stones for 48 development works costing Rs. 41 crore 71 lakh 81 thousand in Khandwa district. He distributed assistance worth Rs. 4 crore 54 lakh to 1264 beneficiaries of various schemes. Shri Chouhan also released press directory of Khandwa.


Woman gang-raped in MP; one arrested in MP
Our Correspondent, 18 june,2014
Dewas: A 25-year-old married woman was allegedly gang-raped in the jungles of Barijahi Ghat here, police said Wednsday.
The incident took place on Monday near the Baagli-Punjapur road in the district, where a group of unidentified men abandoned the victim after sexually abusing her, TI J R Jumnani said.
The tragedy for the woman compounded when bees attacked her even as she was trying to drag herself to reach the road, police said.

The woman has been admitted to a local hospital, where she is undergoing treatment.
One of the accused has been arrested and search is on for the remaining, police added.


17-year-old enters Limca Book of Records for mathematical prowess
Our Correspondent, 18 june,2014
A seventeen-year-old youth from a village in Madhya Pradesh has entered the Limca Book of Records by solving complex mathematical sums correctly in a very short time.

Rishabh Kaneria, who recently passed his 12th std examination, told reporters here that he set a record by solving ten arithmetical sums which involved dividing a ten-digit number by a five-digit number within a mere 2 minutes and 21.5 seconds in a test conducted by an official of Limca Book of Records at Visakhapatnam in June last year.

He received a certificate from Limca Book of Records in this regard recently. Kaneria hails from Shujalpur village of Shajapur district. He said he aims to join the IIT.


Laxmikant Sharma in STF’s custody till 20th June
Our Correspondent, 17 june,2014
Formen Higher Education Minister, Laxmikant Sharma will remain in custody of Special Task Force till 20th teacher recruitment scam. During this period STF will try to dig out big details regarding MPPEB scam from him and about the other people connected in the Falsification matter. On Monday, at 3 in afternoon, STF produced him in front of CJM, Abhilasha Mawar where he was put to 4 day remand. Laxmikant kept his suspicious silence in the court room and didn’t utter a word. He denied speaking even after he was told to do so by the judge. STF DSP D.S Baghel said in the court that Laxmikant has got a lot of students selected through falsification methods and through his recommendations. He asked the court to let STF have his custody till June, so that racket involved in the scam could be determined. 23rd However, lawyer of Sharma, defended and said that STF already had him twice in the custody and hence the permission of custody should not be given now.
It’s a jolt to the truth, but the truth will win. I have full faith and trust on the law.
Laxmikant Sharma


Biggest arrest by STF on MPPEB scam: Former Minister Laxmikant Sharma arrested
Our Correspondent, 16 june,2014
Former minister Laxmikant Sharma was arrested from his official residential Bungalow in Dayanand Nagar, by Special Task Force on Sunday, due to his suspected involvement in MPPEB falsification matter. Sharma is alleged for his involvement in contractual teacher recruitment scam and a FIR was filed against him sometime back. Arrest of Sharma just a day before return of CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan, from South Africa tour is worth noticeable. Laxmikant has been kept in special STF cell and will be produced before court on Monday afternoon. According to sources, STF will demand to keep former minister on remand in order to get some important information about the scam. Traumatized by his sudden arrest kept quiet for a while and then said will get arrested to save the big names of the scam.
Opposition Leader in Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Satyadev Katare, alleged that STF is not arresting the "big fish" involved in the scam. He also demanded for CM’s resignation as well as wants that the probe should be handed over to CBI.
Satyadev Katare
Opposition Leader in Madhya Pradesh Assembly
However, the state Higher and Technical Education Minister, Uma Shankar Gupta told reporters that the BJP government has never interfered in any administrative action the last 10 years and are willing to aid STF in their probe.
"The government has given free hand to the STF to probe the scam,"

Uma Shankar Gupta
state Higher and Technical Education Minister


Meet Suhaas Gopinath, boy who became world’s youngest CEO at 17
Our Correspondent, 14 june,2014
At the age 17, Indore's Suhaas Gopinath who hails from a non-business family, became the world's youngest CEO and president of his own multi-national company Globals Inc. According to a report in Bhaskar, inspired by the success path of Bill Gates, he decided to start Globals Inc, an IT service company, in Bangalore at the age of 14 when he was not even old enough to drive in some countries or sign legal documents.
"I wanted to be a veterinarian in middle school, but my ambitions changed on entering high schoo, he says. Most of his classmates had computers in their homes and Gopinath was treated as a pariah as he did not have one. He decided to show his classmates that he was far better than them.

"My elder brother provided me money to use the net at internet cafes. With the help of books I learnt how to create a website at the age of 14. I was successful and started getting contracts from US based companies in 2000. Then I never looked back," Gopinath said.
"I did not get any support from parents. My father was in the Indian army. He wanted me to do engineering and MBA and get a good job. He believed entrepreneurship was not middle class' cup of tea. However, I went ahead," he added.

Now, at 25, Gopinath heads a multimillion dollar company having presence in US and several European companies. His company's revenue in 2010-11 from Indian operations was around Rs55 crore. He employs 150 persons in India and 50 in foreign countries.
He is also the member of World Economic Forum as the Young global leader and has various recognition like International Best Business Executive, Rotary Club's prestigious Young Achiever Award, Limca Book of World Records.


Meet Suhaas Gopinath, boy who became world’s youngest CEO at 17
Our Correspondent, 12 june,2014
At the age 17, Indore's Suhaas Gopinath who hails from a non-business family, became the world's youngest CEO and president of his own multi-national company Globals Inc. According to a report in Bhaskar, inspired by the success path of Bill Gates, he decided to start Globals Inc, an IT service company, in Bangalore at the age of 14 when he was not even old enough to drive in some countries or sign legal documents.
"I wanted to be a veterinarian in middle school, but my ambitions changed on entering high schoo, he says. Most of his classmates had computers in their homes and Gopinath was treated as a pariah as he did not have one. He decided to show his classmates that he was far better than them.

"My elder brother provided me money to use the net at internet cafes. With the help of books I learnt how to create a website at the age of 14. I was successful and started getting contracts from US based companies in 2000. Then I never looked back," Gopinath said.
"I did not get any support from parents. My father was in the Indian army. He wanted me to do engineering and MBA and get a good job. He believed entrepreneurship was not middle class' cup of tea. However, I went ahead," he added.

Now, at 25, Gopinath heads a multimillion dollar company having presence in US and several European companies. His company's revenue in 2010-11 from Indian operations was around Rs55 crore. He employs 150 persons in India and 50 in foreign countries.
He is also the member of World Economic Forum as the Young global leader and has various recognition like International Best Business Executive, Rotary Club's prestigious Young Achiever Award, Limca Book of World Records.


Shivraj Singh Chouhan explores investment avenues in Madhya Pradesh from South Africa province
Our Correspondent, 12 june,2014
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met South Africa's Gauteng province Premier (Chief Minister) Maemolla David Makhura and his council of ministers and discussed investment in the state, during his third-day of visit to the African nation.
Chouhan and the Gauteng Premier on Tuesday held detailed discussions on processing and value addition of minerals in beneficiation sector, agro processing and value addition in agriculture sector and urban transport system, an official release said in Bhopal on Wednesday.

Chouhan informed that Madhya Pradesh is exploring the possibility of introducing metro train and is interested in drawing on the rich experience of South Africa.
During discussions on development sector, Makhura said that Gauteng is interested in learning from Indian experience in training its youths. Social development and women empowerment issues were also discussed, the release said.
The Gauteng government also desired to learn as to how Madhya Pradesh was ensuring women's empowerment and uplift by working at grassroot level with social and non-government organisations, it said.

Those present on the occasion included Gauteng's Minister for Economic Development Lebogang Maile, Minister for Finance Barbara Creecy and Minister for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi.
Gauteng province has the largest economy in South Africa and also has as the largest population.


Case registered against student for leaking RGPV examination paper
Our Correspondent, 12 june,2014
A case has been registered against an engineering college student for allegedly leaking Rajiv Gandhi Prodyogiki Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV) examination paper on the mobile messaging service WhatsApp, a police officer said on Wednesday.
The case was registered against the student Rahul Sharma, based on a complaint by a private engineering college's senior examination superintendent, lodged at the Rajendra Nagar police station.
Sharma had allegedly leaked the Bachelor of Engineering fourth semester examination's Digital Electronics paper held on June 9, about two hours before the examination on WhatsApp, he said.

The officer informed that one Shashank Dixit sent the question paper to Sharma, after which he forwarded it to a few others. He said that Sharma has not yet been arrested and efforts are on to trace him as well as his mobile phone through which he allegedly leaked the paper.


I want death, says man ostracised from village 25 years ago over a skin disease
Our Correspondent, 12 june,2014
In yet another case calling for an action against social stigmas, an elderly man in Bhind in Madhya Pradesh, suffering from a skin disease, is struggling to find a home for his himself. The man was ostracised from his village 25 years ago over the disease.

"I was not allowed to sit beside the people. Children would harass me and nobody would provide my food. I need death," he said.

The man has demanded euthanasia.


Meet the ‘football family’, 8 out of 14 members are national level players
Our Correspondent, 11 june,2014
Fourteen members of a family in Bhopal are football players out of which eight are national level players. According to a report in Bhaskar, JP Singh's family which stays in Rajendra Nagar near Bhopal railway station is popularly known as the 'Football family'. From coaches to referees to players, they have it all.
All of them are not only fond of the sport but are also making a conscious effort to make it as famous among Indians as cricket. The first football player of the family who is now a coach Jayaprakash Singh said,"I played football at the national level back in 1980. Football is like oxygen in my life, I cant live without playing it."

He has been training new players for football for years. He runs a training camp where even girls are trained.
"When I started playing football, people told me it wasn't fit for girls and that I should play soft games. That's when I decided that I will prove myself and wash away the perception. U want to excel at the game," said Shalini Singh, family's woman national player.


Police arrests complainant, solves case of alleged robbery
Our Correspondent, 11 june,2014
The police has cracked a case where cash worth Rs 6 lakh was looted, with the arrest of the complainant, police said. The complainant, Gaurav Sharma (23), who is an agent of the Tata Capital Finance Services Ltd complained to the police that when he was on his way from Vidisha to Ganjbasoda on June 9, he was looted by four miscreants who stopped him near Kaagpur river by parking their jeep on the road, Vidisha Superintendent of Police Dharmendra Choudhary said.

Sharma claimed that the miscreants not only snatched his bag containing Rs 6.8 lakh cash collected by him from different villages, but also took away his mobile phone.
Later, he filed a complaint at Kararia police station. After initial investigations, the police got suspicious, took Sharma into custody and interrogated him, after which he broke down and revealed that he along with his friends Rajkumar Prajapati and Dinesh Bharadwaj cooked up the loot story.

The police also recovered the looted money from a place in Vidisha, after which he was formally arrested. A hunt has been launched to nab two other conspirators, the police officer said.


Shivraj Singh Chouhan pledges Rs 1 crore to revive Mahatma’s Tolstoy Farm
Our Correspondent, 11 june,2014
To nurture the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa, where he first began his Satyagraha, the Madhya Pradesh government will donate Rs. 1 crore for the restoration of his Tolstoy Farm.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced this during a visit to the now derelict area, south of Johannesburg, owned by a neighbouring brick manufacturing company. Paying his tributes, Mr. Chouhan touched the ground and recalled the ideals of compassion, non-violence and the force of truth that Gandhi stood for.
“This contribution is symbolic of the commitment of the people and Government of Madhya Pradesh to uphold and preserve the universal values that Gandhiji stood for,” he said. “Gandhian values are more relevant than ever today in our common pursuit to foster a peace loving and harmonious global society,” the Chief Minister added as he stressed the ancient Indian value of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is but one family).

Mr. Chouhan is leading a delegation from the State to promote investment and joint ventures between South African public and state enterprises.
Indian High Commissioner Virendra Gupta initiated a project to establish a “Garden of Remembrance” at the Farm, to be developed and managed by a group of local community organisations.
“To commemorate 100 years of Gandhiji’s return to India from South Africa in 1914, a function is being organised by the High Commission of India in collaboration with the local Indian community and the Government of South Africa on 20 July 2014 at the Tolstoy Farm,” Mr. Gupta said.
A trust to take forward the project will be formally launched on the day, he added.
Established by Gandhi in 1910, the Tolstoy Farm drew its name from Leo Tolstoy, whose writings had influenced the Mahatma. It spreads over an area of 1,100 acres donated by his architect friend Herman Kallenbach.
People from diverse backgrounds, race and religion stayed together here to form a community of Passive Resisters. They adopted Gandhi’s principles of Satyagraha to fight the unjust and racist regime of the then South Africa.
Tolstoy Farm was then a thriving self-sufficient commune for scores of people led by Gandhi, who had a law office in the city.
After the last family moved out in the 1970s, the remaining buildings and huge fruit orchards were destroyed by vandals and all that remains is the foundation of the house occupied by Gandhi.


BJP ridicule MPCC’s move to rent out party office
Our Correspondent, 11 june,2014
The Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress leaders have got entangled in war of words over State Congess unit’s proposed move of renting out party office ‘Jawahar Bhawan’. Ridiculing the unusual move from its political rival, BJP spokesperson and MLA Vishwas Sarang said that Congress if facing starvation in state.
Congress spokesperson JP Dhanopia retaliated by stating that BJP knows starvation much better as their leaders faced worse days and brought the party to the present situation.
Making a mockery of Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee’s (MPCC) financial woes, BJP spokesperson Vijendra Singh Sisodia added that the BJP was ready to help out the Congress party. Recently the MPCC had decided to rent out portions of Jawahar Bhawan which acted as party state headquarters till the tenure of ex-MPCC head Subhash Yadav. The complex has 58 shops rented out by the party but the remaining portions are lying unoccupied for years.

The recent move from MPCC came to counter cash crunch ans managing expenses like salaries of party staff and other regular expenses.
As soon as the Congress party has got ousted from the power in New Delhi, the All India Congress Committee has asked all the state comittees for generating funds on their own. Recently a formal advertisement was published from MPCC chief Arun Yadav, seeking bids from the interested tenants.


Shivraj Singh Chouhan meets South African officials to explore scope for trade
Our Correspondent, 10 june,2014
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday met Premier Ace Magashule of the Free State province of South Africa to explore areas of co-operation and trade.
The two leaders agreed to build strong links between Madhya Pradesh and Free State, according to an official release. Chouhan is on a visit of South Africa looking for investment opportunities. Accepting Chouhan's invitation to visit Madhya Pradesh, Magashule said that a delegation would visit the state in July to search avenues for co-operation and trade in the fields of agriculture, education and the development of small and medium enterprises. The premier would also participate in The Global Investors' Summit to be held at Indore in October, the release said.

Chouhan and other Madhya Pradesh delegation members also held discussions with officials of the Northwest Province who made an extensive presentation about their investment and development plans.
South Africa's Northwest province has expressed a keen interest in Madhya Pradesh. Discussions focused on key sectors like tourism, wildlife management, exploration, mining and food processing, the release added.


Appeal to open 110 ITIs in state and MSDC in Bhopal-Gwalior
Our Correspondent, 10 june,2014
Minister Shri Gupta meets Union Minister Shri Tomar
Technical Education and Skill Development Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta met Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in New Delhi today. Shri Gupta urged the Union Minister to get sanctioned at the earliest the proposal for opening multi-skill development centres in Bhopal and Gwalior, ITIs in 110 development blocks and skill development centres in 313 development blocks. Shri Tomar said that action will be taken in this regard soon.

The Skill Development Minister informed that the state government has opened skill development centres in 135 development blocks and 30 new ITIs using its own resources. The state government had sent proposal to the Central Government on August 1, 2009 to open 110 ITI s in unserviced blocks and skill development centres in 313 development blocks. The state government had also identified land for 130 ITI s. Similarly, a proposal for opening 2 multi-skill development centres has also been sent on July 2, 2012.


MP government to ban sale of tobacco near college campuses
Our Correspondent, 10 june,2014
Bhopal: Aiming to make college campuses tobacco free, the Madhya Pradesh government has decided to ban the sale of tobacco products within a 100-metre radius of these institutions, an official release said.

Those violating norms would have to pay a penalty of Rs 200, it said, adding that the government has directed college principals to install warning boards at various points in the campus.
The government also said that if anybody is found smoking or chewing tobacco products within the campus and the concerned principal fails to take any action, then the penalty would be realised from the head of the institute.
Under the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Act 2003, principal and college teachers are empowered to take action against those smoking and chewing tobacco in the campus.

The Act put a blanket ban on smoking in government offices, entertainment centres, libraries, hospitals, stadiums, hotels, shopping malls, coffee houses, private offices, court campuses, railway stations, bus stops, auditoriums, public transport, educational institutions, tea-stalls, roadside eateries and other public places.
Any person found smoking at these places would have to pay a fine of Rs 200 , it said.


Policeman shoots his mother-in-law to death for filing dowry case
Our Correspondent, 10 june,2014
Apparently resenting a dowry harassment case filed against him, a police constable allegedly shot dead his mother-in-law on Monday with his service rifle and also injured two others, including his father-in-law, police said.
Later, constable Ashok Gathe (30), posted at Pandhrinath police station, also tried to kill himself with the same rifle and in the process got seriously injured, the police said. Surprisingly, after piercing through Gathe's body, the bullet hit another youth Amit Tiwari (25) who is also the son of a police constable.

The incident took place in Krishnabagh Colony area where Gathe opened fire at his mother-in-law Gaura (40) and father-in-law Mansharam Pagare (45), causing grievous injuries. Gaura died on the spot while Pagare is undergoing treatment in a hospital. Both Gathe and Tiwari are also undergoing treatment in a hospital, the police said.
Pagare's daughter, Varsha, got married to Gathe in 2011 but due to alleged dowry harrassment, she left her husband's place along with her one-and-half-year-old daughter and lived with her parents.

However, Gathe allegedly used to scold and abuse her even at her parents' residence, after which Varsha and her parents filed a dowry harrassment case against Gathe at Vijay Nagar police station. The police suspect that because of this case he got very angry and took the extreme step. A case has been registered.


Notices to 316 students who cleared PMT exams by unfair means
Our Correspondent, 09 june,2014
Bhopal: Government Medical Colleges in Madhya Pradesh will be sending notices to over 300 students facing charges of adopting unfair means including impersonation during the Pre-Medical Test (PMT) exams between 2006-2012.
Notices would be served to a total of 316 students in six government medical colleges across the state, Directorate of Medical Education (DME) sources said on Sunday.
Once the notices are served, students will be able to give their version on the charges made out against them.
The decision to send notices to students was taken after the DME asked the Deans of the government medical colleges to do so, they said.
First Information Reports (FIRs) have already been registered against 284 students and around 200 of them have been placed under suspension.
At Gandhi Medical College here, notices have been served on 25 students who were placed under suspension but were allowed by the High Court to appear for their examinations this year.


Chhatarpur: Dalit groom, on horse-back, pulled down, beaten up
Our Correspondent, 09 june,2014
A dalit groom was allegedly beaten and forced to get down from the horse he was riding as part of a pre-wedding ritual, by upper caste men at Sadwa village in the district, the police said in Chhatarpur on Sunday.
The incident took place two days ago, when as part of a pre-wedding ritual, the Dalit groom Manoj Ahirwar (21) went around the village on horseback, seeking blessings of village elders, when upper caste members objected to it, Chhattarpur's additional superintendent of police (ASP) Neeraj Pandey said.
He said that the police arrested seven people identified as Ladle Yadav, Khadia Yadav, Ammu Yadav, Mitthu Yadav, Jaahar Yadav, Ram Singh and Pavrat Pal, while six other accused are absconding.

As per village "tradition", only upper caste grooms are "allowed" to ride on horseback, while lower castes have to walk on foot to seek blessings of elders.
However, when the dalit groom was on his procession along with others on a horseback, a few among them allegedly commented something about upper caste women, which led to a scuffle and they strongly objected to the lower caste groom "violating" village "tradition".

Upper caste men including village headman Khuman Singh, allegedly attacked the Dalit groom, who was pulled down and beaten mercilessly. Allegedly, they also attacked women members of the procession and later escaped the spot.
The dalit groom and others went to the Badamalhera police station and lodged a complaint, after which a case was registered against 13 people including Khuman Singh and his two sons under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the SC/ST Act.


NTPC invites bids for 1,320-MW Khargone project
Our Correspondent, 09 june,2014
Country's largest power producer NTPC has invited bids for construction of the 1,320-MW Khargone thermal project, estimated to cost Rs 7,000 crore. Bids have been sought for EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction) package for the Khargone super thermal power plant coming up in Madhya Pradesh.
The plant would have two units, each having a generation capacity of 660 MW.

The state-run major plans to finance the EPC package for Khargone plant through External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) and own resources, according to the tender document issued on Saturday.
Scope of work include design, engineering, manufacture, supply, construction, erection, testing and commissioning works for the EPC package.
NTPC would be awarding the work through international competitive bidding process that would have two stages -- techno-commercial and price bids.

The utility is already working on projects, together having about 4,800 MW capacity in Madhya Pradesh. These include 1,600 MW Gadarwara and 2,640 MW Barethi plants.
Overall, the power producer has an installed generation capacity of 43,108 MW.
Meanwhile, recently, NTPC had put in place a detailed policy on banning business dealings involving unprofessional and frivolous vendors. Under the policy, an agency could be banned on various grounds, including instances where it "employs a public servant dismissed/removed or employs a person convicted for an offence involving corruption or abatement of such offences".

Besides, an agency could face ban if its proprietor has been guilty of malpractices such as bribery, corruption and fraud.
The power utility accounts for nearly 30% of the country's overall electricity generation.


CM Shri Chouhan holds one-to-one meetings with investors at Johannesburg
Our Correspondent, 09 june,2014
During his investment promotion visit to South Africa, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan held one-to-one meetings with investors interested in investment in mining, energy and infrastructure sectors at Johannesburg today.

The Chief Minister also visited Constitution Hall where Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned when he led satyagrah against apartheid. Shri Chouhan visited Shri Nelson Mandela’s house in Soweto, where the Chief Minister said that life and fight of late Shri Mandela for justice will always inspire the mankind towards righteousness. He quoted Shri Mandela’s words that “A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest.” Shri Chouhan said that this re-enforces the approach of his government.

In Johannesburg, Shri Chouhan also visited gaol no. 4 where Gandhiji was incarcerated. The Chief Minister said that this place reminded him Einstein’s famous quote on Gandhiji that “Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one in flesh and blood ever walked on this earth.”


Shivraj Singh Chouhan lays foundation of Symbiosis Foundation's university
Our Correspondent, 07 june,2014
The foundation of the Pune-based Symbiosis Foundation's University of Applied Sciences was laid in Bada Bangdada area in Indore on Friday.
Being set up at an initial investment of Rs 150 crore, the foundation stone was laid by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
"With the laying of foundation stone for the university established by Symbiosis Foundation, we hope that the country gets recognition in the world," the Chief Minister said in the presence of its Founder Chairman Shantaram Balvant Majumdar.
Chouhan stressed on skill development of youth in the state so that they get maximum employment opportunities. The Chief Minister said the government helps institutes like Narsee Monjee and Symbiosis set up their campuses in the state. After focusing on establishing basic infrastructure facilities, the state government's focus is on improving the health and education sector, for which it has drawn up a five-year plan, he said.
Symbiosis Foundation's Vice Chairperson Swati Majumdar said the insitute would invest Rs 150 crore initially to establish Symbiosis University of Applied Sciences.
The residential university will begin different courses from 2016 and in the next five years, nearly 5,000 students will study at this institute.


Aamir Khan to inaugurate MP's first women's assistance centre
Our Correspondent, 07 june,2014
Actor Aamir Khan will inaugurate Madhya Pradesh's first Medha Mahila Seva Kendra to provide medical, legal and psychological assistance to harrassed women on June 16.
The state government also roped in actress Madhuri Dixit Nene as brand ambassador for MP's ambitious 'Mamata Abhiyan', which is a maternal and child health, vaccination and family welfare programme, a press release issued by the state government said in Bhopal on Friday.
Madhuri has given her consent for becoming the brand ambassador of the Mamata Abhiyan, it said. The actress will take part in a programme organised by UNICEF in Bhopal on the issue, on June 26, the release said.


Digvijaya Singh congratulates Sumitra Mahajan on being elected as LS speaker
Our Correspondent, 07 june,2014
Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh on Friday congratulated the senior BJP leader and Indore MP Sumitra Mahajan on being elected as the new Lok Sabha speaker.
"I offer my best wishes to Tai (elder sister in Marathi, as Mahajan is popularly known in the state) on being unanimously elected as the new Lok Sabha Speaker,
" Singh said in a statement, adding that it was a matter of pride for Madhya Pradesh that for the first time a person from the state would be occupying the Speaker's post.


Abdul Kalam motivates IIT students, calls for bridging rural-urban divide
Our Correspondent, 06 june,2014
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam on Thursday stressed on bridging rural-urban divide in the world and said fruits of growth must reach every section of society. "Inequality between rural and urban population in the world must be removed. Equal distribution of resources will help in bridging the poor-rich divide and it is necessary that fruits of rapid economic growth reach every section of society," he said.
Kalam was speaking at the convocation ceremony of the Indian Institute of Technology-Indore. Time has come to ensure sustainable and inclusive development through innovative ideas so that facilities in urban centres are available in rural areas too, he said.
"Rural population is blessed with natural resources and equipped with traditional skills. Both these advantages should be used judiciously to change their lives for better." Kalam said the students receiving degrees today should mull how and what they can give back to society and contribute in its growth. Earlier, around 120 students were awarded B.Tech degrees in various streams.


Indore’s ‘Tai’ Sumitra Mahajan elected Lok Sabha Speaker
Our Correspondent, 06 june,2014
Indore Madhya Pradesh Veteran BJP MP and eight-time MP from Indore Sumitra Mahajan has been elected as the Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha unanimously on Friday. She has become the second woman after Congress's Meira Kumar to hold the post. The Speaker's election took place after the remaining 29 members of the House administered oath. Sumitra Mahajan's name was on Thursday approved for the post. 19 members including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP MPs and parliamentarians from other parties had moved motions proposing her name for the high office.
Speculations were rife last month that Sumitra Mahajan, and not LK Advani could be named the next Lok Sabha Speaker. LK Advani had reportedly expressed his keenness for the Speaker's post, but reports claimed that his name was not even being considered.
Meanwhile, talking to reporters in Bhopal last month, Sumitra Mahajan had said she had only read about the speculations regarding her appointment as Speaker in the newspapers. "I am not aware of any move afoot to make her the Speaker of new Lok Sabha. Everything will be clear on June 6," she had said.
She contested and won first time Lok Sabha Elections in 1989, against former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Prakash Chandra Sethi who had held various posts in Home Ministry and other key departments.
-Mahajan has never lost the Lok Sabha elections ever since and was elected from Indore for the eighth time in the just-held polls by a margin of 4.67 lakh votes. -She worked as Indore's Corporator in 1982. In 1984-85, before becoming MP she held the post of Deputy Mayor.
-She was a Minister of State in the Atal Behari Vajpayee government from 1999 to 2004. She was also minister from 2002 to 2004 and held portfolios of Human Resources, Communications, Petroleum and Natural Gas and IT.
-In the 15th Lok Sabha elections, Mahajan was a member of the Speaker panel.


No government can ensure there is no rape: Babulal Gaur
Our Correspondent, 06 june,2014
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur on Thursday landed in a controversy with his remarks that no government can ensure rape is prevented and action can be taken only after the act, triggering angry reaction from Congress which said he has no right to continue in office.
"It is a social crime which depends on the man and the woman. It is sometimes right and sometimes wrong. Unless a complaint is filed, nothing happens," he said. The minister went on to amplify that "It is not possible for any government to ensure that rape is not committed. Action can be taken only after the act is done," the Minister told reporters at his residence. He said women should learn judo, karate to defend themselves.
"Unless the person wants, no one can dare touch her. The item numbers in films create a bad environment," he sought to reason. The minister cited the instance of a Hindi movie actress who was kissed on the cheek by a leading Hollywood actor on stage in Delhi in 2007. The actress had seen nothing wrong with it, he said.
Sharply reacting to Gaur's statement, Congress leader Manak Agarwal said that the Minister has no right to continue in office. By his statement, the minister had done nothing but given encouragement to would be rapists, he said, adding the minister's job was to provide protection to women and not to rapists.
Coming out in defence of Samajwadi supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, he said they too cannot do anything to prevent rapes in Uttar Pradesh. Both Mulayam and Akhilesh have drawn flak for their comments after they came under attack over the recent gangrape and murder of two cousin sisters in Badaun in UP.
BJP distanced itself from Gaur's comments. Party leader Lalitha Kumaramangalam said it were his personal comments. "Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that he understands the gravity of the problem. He seems to be looking at it from a very orthodox point of view. This is certainly not the BJP stand. "We are very clear that empowerment and security for women is a very big challenge for us, especially given the current situation in several states.


CM Shri Chouhan to hold road shows abroad to attract investment
Our Correspondent, 06 june,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will hold a series of road shows abroad to attract investment. He will make the beginning from South Africa where he will hold road shows from June 7 to 15 and make investors aware of investment potential in Madhya Pradesh.
Shri Chouhan will go to Mumbai at 2 pm on June 6 from where he will depart for South African industrial city Johannesburg in the evening. He will along with a delegation meet the High Commissioner at Johannesburg on June 7. He will hold discussions with investors on June 8. Shri Chouhan will meet head of Guteng region and members of Indian Business Forum on June 9. Shri Chouhan will participate in local programmes at Kruger on June 10 and 11. The Chief Minister will meet top representatives of commerce and industry in the capital Cape Town on June 12, 13 and 14. Shri Chouhan will return to Mumbai on June 15 and reach Bhopal at 8 am on June 16l


CM Shri Chouhan pays courtesy visit to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
Our Correspondent, 06 june,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi today and greeted him with shawl, coconut and bouquet. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and Secretary Shri Hari Ranjan Rao.
After meeting Prime Minister Shri Modi, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that he apprised the Prime Minister of a number of issues of Madhya Pradesh. Discussions were held on Simhastha to be held in Madhya Pradesh in year 2016. Giving Basmati status to the rice of Madhya Pradesh, changing of format of MNREGA and opening new vistas of development were also discussed.
Shri Chouhan said that he has come for a courtesy meeting with the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister is fully aware of problems of Madhya Pradesh and other states. He had himself been a Chief Minister. Now, there will be no discrimination against any state. All states will get cooperation from the Centre. Shri Chouhan said that he also put forth issues of increase in states’ share in Central taxes and giving more autonomy to states for chalking out schemes. The Chief Minister said that good days have now come for all. Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, all states and regions will develop evenly. Implementation of crop insurance scheme was also discussed. Centre-State share in Right to Education Act and issues pertaining to MNREGA also came up for discussions.
On Smt. Sumitra Mahajan’s appointment as Lok Sabha Speaker, Shri Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh has got prominent place in Parliament. Appointment of Tai is a matter of happiness for us.


Another insensitive remark! Babulal Gaur says crime against women cannot be prevented
Our Correspondent, 05 june,2014
Madhya Pradesh In yet another instance highlighting the insensitivity of politicians towards crime against women, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur on Thursday said that these incidents cannot be prevented.
Gaur's remarks come at a time when UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh are receiving flak for their callous statements on crimes related to women.
CM Akhilesh Yadav had recently slammed media for highlighting incidents of rape in Uttar Pradesh only and ignoring those happening in other states.
Akhilesh said, "These incidents are not happening only in Uttar Pradesh. If you go online, you will find that such cases are reported elsewhere too. Did the national media highlight those incidents?"


Sumitra Mahajan nominated by MPs across party lines for LS Speaker post
Our Correspondent, 05 june,2014
Madhya Pradesh Senior BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan is all set to be the next Lok Sabha Speaker as her name has been nominated by MPs across party lines to acquire the post.
The 71-year-old leader's name was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was seconded by BJP patriarch LK Advani.
Mahajan was the lone name proposed by 19 members including BJP MPs and parliamentarians from other parties.
Mahajan will be the second woman to hold the key position after the outgoing Speaker Meira Kumar.
Mahajan has never lost the Lok Sabha elections since 1989 and was elected from Indore for the eighth time in the just-held polls by a margin of 4.67 lakh votes. She was a Minister of State in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government from 1999 to 2004.


MP government gives Rs 1.5 lakh to family of man killed by tiger
Our Correspondent, 05 june,2014
Madhya Pradesh government has given Rs 1.50 lakh compensation to the family of a 22-year-old man who was killed by a tiger in Khitauli range of Bandhavgarh tiger reserve.

Ramesh Bhumia, from Medra village in Barhi tehsil of Katni district, was killed in the tiger attack on May 27.

A sum of Rs 10,000 was given to Bhumia's father the day he died. Later, a cheque of Rs 1.40 lakh was given to the deceased's wife as compensation under the scheme for loss to human life by wild animals, an official release said in Bhopal on Thursday.


Increase efforts for environmental conservation
Our Correspondent, 05 june,2014
In his message on World Environment Day, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa has said that efforts for environmental conservation should be increased at every level. Pace of degradation of environment has increased for the last some decades, which is casting adverse effects on human beings, animals, forests and nature. Efforts made from time to time at government/non-government levels need to be stepped up, he added.
The Chief Secretary said that all of us need clean and healthy environment. Environmental conservation is also necessary with development. Apart from government, it is also responsibility of voluntary organisations to work towards conservation of forests, hills and rivers and ensure cleanliness in cities and villages. The Chief Secretary has urged all sections of society to contribute in ensuring better environment.


Sumitra Mahajan, longest serving woman parliamentarian, slated to become LS Speaker
Our Correspondent, 04 june,2014
Indore Madhya Pradesh Speculations are rife that veteran BJP leader and eight-time MP from Indore Sumitra Mahajan could be named the next Lok Sabha Speaker. LK Advani had reportedly expressed his keenness for the Speaker's post, but reports claim his name is not even being considered.
Meanwhile, talking to reporters in Bhopal last month, Sumitra Mahajan said she had only read about the speculations regarding her appointment as Speaker in the newspapers. "I am not aware of any move afoot to make her the Speaker of new Lok Sabha. Everything will be clear on June 6," she had said.
The election of the new Speaker will be held on Friday. If chosen for the post, Mahajan will be the second woman Speaker after Meira Kumar, who presided over the lower house for the last five years.
After Speaker is elected, the President will address a joint session of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on June 9. The week long session will end on June
She has been representing Indore constituency since 1989. She contested and won first time Lok Sabha Elections in 1989, against former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Prakash Chandra Sethi.
A former Union Minister of State, Sumitra was minister from 2002 to 2004 and held portfolios of Human Resources, Communications and Petroleum.
Popularly known as Tai (sister), she won the elections to the 16th Lok Sabha with a margin of 4,66,301 votes. She got 8,54,372 votes while Indian National Congress party's Satyanarayan Patel got 3,88,071 votes.


MP Power signs agreement with KRBL for supply of 15 MW power
Our Correspondent, 04 june,2014
An agreement was inked in Bhopal between MP Power Management Company and M/s KRBL for supplying 15 MW of power to the state.
Stating this, an official release said here on Wednesday that the Power Purchase Agreement was signed in the presence of the company Managing Director, Manu Shrivastava and General Manager of KRBL, RD Saxena.
KRBL Limited will set up a 15 MW solar power plant at village Hatipura in Barod tehsil of Agar district. The supply of power generated by this plant to Madhya Pradesh will start after 18 months from December 2015.
Power from the plant will be obtained for next 25 years at the competitive tariff of Rs. 6.949 per unit, the release added.


Three arrested for youth's murder in Indore
Our Correspondent, 04 june,2014
Three persons were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the murder of a youth in Indore over a dispute, police said. With the arrest of Ravi (22), Raju (20) and Nanuram (25), the number of persons arrested so far for murdering Nitin Rathore (26) has reached five, while two others, namely Hari Singh and Trilok are still on run.

Rathore was murdered allegedly by seven persons who attacked him with sharp-edged weapons near Power House recently. Police had apprehended Radheshyam (30) and Sanju (25) in this regard on May 25. Acting on a tip-off, police on Tuesday nabbed the trio from Station area of the city.


Light metro to run in Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur
Our Correspondent, 04 june,2014
Light metro will be run in Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur under mass rapid transit system. Detailed project report of metro is being prepared. This was informed through a presentation by Urban Administration and Development Department regarding mass rapid transit system before Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today. urban Administration and Development Minister Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa were also present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that all pratical aspects of the project should be examined thoroughly. Apart form fixing metro route in Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur, aspects related to the project should be investigated in advance. He directed that in the detailed project report, possibilities of extending the project in nearby areas in future should also be considered. Suggestions should be given about financial and managerial arrangements of the project. Detailed project report should be chalked out in integrated way and implemented in phases.
During the presentation on mass rapid transit system at Chief Minster’s residence, information was given about project costs of heavy metro, mono rail, advance tramway and light metro apart from their financial, administrative and technical practicability. The presentation also demonstrated comparative usefulness of light metro in Jabalpur, Bhopal and Indore.
Additional Chief Secretary Finance Shri Ajay Nath, Principal Secretaries Shri S.N. Mishra, Shri S.K. Mishra, Commissioner Urban Administration and Development Shri Sanjay Shukla and other officers were present on the occasion.


One killed, 22 injured as bus falls into river
Our Correspondent, 03 june,2014
A person was killed and 22 others including seven women were injured on Saturday when the private bus in which they were travelling fell into the Hiran river off a bridge, police said.
The bus was on its way to Jabalpur from Dhimarkheda in the district.
There wasn't much water in the river, police said.
The deceased passenger was yet to be identified.
Sixteen of the injured were admitted in Jabalpur's Government-run Victoria Hospital while the rest were admitted in a hospital at Sehora.


Javadekar or Sitharaman to contest Rajya Sabha poll from MP?
Our Correspondent, 03 june,2014
Bhopal: BJP may field Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar or the Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for the lone Rajya Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh, a source said.
By-election for the seat was announced by the Election Commission today. "The seat will go to either Javadekar or Sitharaman," a BJP leader told.
Both, at present, are not members of either house of the Parliament.
The bypoll was necessitated by resignation of BJP's Faggan Singh Kulaste from Rajya Sabha, after he won the Lok Sabha election from Mandla.
The process for filing nominations for the bypoll started today with Election Commission issuing a notification.
Madhya Pradesh Assembly's Principal Secretary, Bhagwandev Israni, has been appointed as the Returning Officer.
Israni said last date of filing nominations is June 9.
Scrutiny will be done on June 10 and the last date for withdrawal is June 12. If necessary, the election will be held on June 19, he said.


Governor Shri Yadav condoles Union Minister Shri Gopinath Munde’s death
Our Correspondent, 03 june,2014
Governor Shri Ram Naresh Yadav has expressed profound grief over the death of Union Rural Development Minister Shri Gopinath Munde in a car accident and offered condolence to his bereaved family. He said that the country has lost a talented, committed and alert leader in Shri Munde’s death. The Governor said that late Shri Munde continued to struggle for safeguarding interests of the poor and farmers throughout his life.
Governor Shri Yadav has prayed to Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss.
Today, officers of Madhya Pradesh Bhavan in New Delhi laid a wreath on the body of Shri Munde on behalf of Governor Shri Yadav.


CM Shri Chouhan condoles death of Union Rural Development Minister Shri Gopinath Munde
Our Correspondent, 03 june,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has expressed profound grief over the death of Union Rural Development Minister Shri Gopinath Munde. Shri Munde died in a tragic road accident in New Delhi on June 3. He was 64.
In the condolence message, Shri Chouhan said that untimely death of Shri Munde is a great setback for country and party. The country has lost a talented, committed and sensitive leader who was dedicated to development and public interest issues.
Shri Chouhan said that Shri Munde was top leader in Maharashtra’s politics. Shri Chouhan has prayed to Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss.


Shivraj Singh Chouhan wants Narmada-Malwa link to be made national project
Our Correspondent, 02 june,2014
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti to declare Narmada-Malwa link and Bargi diversion as national projects.
Chouhan, in a letter to Bharti on Sunday, also urged for early clearance of pending irrigation projects of the state, an official release said.
He said that fulfilling river linking dream of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the state government has completed Narmada-Kshipra Link Project costing Rs 400 crore.
This will make available water not only for Simhastha- 2016, but also for industrial units in Ujjain, Dewas and Pithampur and 300 villages.
The estimated cost of Narmada-Malwa Link project is Rs 26,000 crore and the state government cannot mobilise such large sum from its own resources, Chouhan said.
Therefore, it needs to be declared as a national project and it fulfills all norms of national project set by Government of India, he said. In the letter, the Chief Minister also urged to declare Bargi diversion as a national project.


In 3 years, MP man carves 2.5 km road out of a mountain!
Our Correspondent, 02 june,2014
Madhya Pradesh After Bihar's mountain man Dashrath Manjhi, Gyan Singh Neengwal has achieved a similar feat by carving out a 2.5 kilometre road, 5-feet in width out of a mountain single-handedly.
40-year-old Gyan Singh hails from Gumadia Khurd Falia village which is 7 kms away from Niwali area in Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh.
It was difficult to to commute on the road connecting the two areas. Villagers would have to walk long distances to fetch drinking water or to take ailing persons to a hospital. Meeting basic needs became a problem for the villagers.
According to a report in Bhaskar, to do away with such problems, Gyan Singh started cutting the mountain in 2011 to carve a road out of a mountain that would make the journey from his village to Niwali town easier.
He is also a farmer. During rains, he would switch to farming and hence would stop his construction work. However, whenever he would get time, he would start working again.
It took him three years to complete the work and in May 2014, the road was thrown open for use. Lives of 70 families living in Gumadia Khurd Falia has become far easier.
He had started off alone, but looking at his cause and determination, his two wives joined him in making the road. Soon, villgares also came forwrd to help Gyan Singh.


CBI carries out simultaneous raids to probe recruitment scam
Our Correspondent, 31 may,2014
The CBI carried out simultaneous raids at a number of places in the country on Friday, including the residence of N S Gajbhiye, former vice-chancellor of Dr Hari Singh Gour Central University at Kanpur in connection with an alleged recruitment scam in the prestigious institute.
Raids were also carried out at the premises of recruitment committee members and also against five selected teachers in Sagar, Kanpur, Nagpur and Karnal, a CBI official said.
CBI SP, Manish Shroti told PTI that on the basis of various complaints received, three cases were registered and after getting a warrant, raids were carried out at Gajbhiye's Kanpur residence, university premises at Sagar, Karnal (Haryana) and nine other places.
CBI sleuths have recovered fixed deposit receipts worth Rs 30 lakh from Gajbhiye's Kanpur residence, Rs 30 lakh bank balance, property details of three flats at Nagpur, Lucknow and Noida, jewellery as well as Rs 25,000 cash, he said.
Six CBI teams in Sagar examined documents related to the five selected teachers and selection committee.
The CBI also seized a large number of documents related to alleged irregularities in recruitments.
However, the CBI has not made any arrests so far.


Reliance Cement launches in Madhya Pradesh
Our Correspondent, 31 may,2014
Reliance Cement Company Private Limited on Friday launched its product in Madhya Pradesh. "Madhya Pradesh is one of the largest cement consuming states in India with total consumption of around 13 million tonnes per annum," RCC CEO Arvind Pathak told reporters after launching the product.
"The (local) market is expected to grow at the rate of eight per cent over the next few years," he said.
He claimed that in a first in India, the Reliance Cement bags will have a unique QR code printing, which can be read through smartphones to get more information about the product.
The company at present has a capacity to produce 5.8 Million Tonne Per Annum (MTPA) and is planning to raise it to 50 MTPA. Pathak, however, did not specify any timeframe for it.


Sacrificed for ritual, man resurfaces after three years
Our Correspondent, 31 may,2014
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh A man who was kidnapped and sacrificed nearly three years ago, resurfaced well and healthy, much to the shock of his relatives, police and including those who were booked for his murder.
According to a report in The Times of India, Sandeep Gond, the dead man, of Barha village that comes under Barela police station in Jabalpur district, was arrested by the police from near his village on Wednesday night while he was making a call to his relatives. Sandeep was wanted by Barela police station for assaulting his aunt in 2011.
Although, his mother Janki Bai filed a complaint in Barela police station accusing nine people, including Barha village sarpanch Nirbhjay Singh, of kidnapping her son to perform 'human sacrifice'
She alleged her son was sacrificed as an offering to a deity before undertaking new construction work. The accused disposed of his body after the secret ritual, she claimed. When the police did not take cognizance of the complaint, Janki Bai moved Jabalpur sessions court demanding an FIR.


MP government to seek Central funds for pending projects
Our Correspondent, 30 may,2014
The ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh has pinned high hopes on the NDA government at the Centre for getting Central funds for the state's pending projects.
"Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has instructed his Cabinet colleagues and officers to prepare a list of pending projects with the Centre for their early clearance," official sources told PTI.
Chouhan gave these instructions to the ministers and officials on his return from New Delhi on May 27 after taking part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony. The chief minister told them to prepare the list in three days and take maximum advantage of the fact that the BJP-led government is at the Centre. "Chouhan told them that he will personally go with them to New Delhi to meet the Prime Minister on the issue," the sources said.
During the UPA government, Chouhan had on many occasions raised the issue of alleged step-motherly treatment meted out to the state in allocation of Central funds and had also staged protests on the issue.
Prior to the Lok Sabha polls, he, along with his entire Cabinet, had staged a protest in Bhopal for not getting adequate Central assistance for rain/hailstorm-hit farmers. "We have demanded nearly Rs 250 crore from the Centre for dealing with the problem of Naxalism and for police modernisation in Madhya Pradesh," state Home Minister Babulal Gaur said.
Gaur had met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi after the oath-taking ceremony and apprised him with the problems being faced by the state, specially removal of Central paramilitary forces by the UPA government from the Naxal-hit Balaghat district.
Poor quality of national highways in the state too figured on the priority list of government.


Centre approves electronics projects worth Rs 89 crore in Madhya Pradesh
Our Correspondent, 30 may,2014
The Central government has sanctioned electronics manufacturing projects worth Rs 88.65 crore in two districts of Madhya Pradesh.
The projects, coming up at Badwai near in Bhopal and Purva near Jabalpur, will provide employment to over 17,000 people, said a release issued by the state government's Information Technology department.
The cost of the cluster project at Badwai is pegged at Rs 48.34 crore, wherein the contribution of Centre will be 50 per cent.
The state government through the Madhya Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (MPSIDC) and the units to be set up under the project will equally bear 25 per cent cost. "For the project, 50-acre land has been allotted where world-level high quality facilities of power, water, road and other infrastructure will be provided. The project will be operational within 2.3 years," the release added.
According to the state government, a collective investment to the tune of Rs 260 crore by the units is expected for the project.
"In them, 3000 people will get direct and 9000 indirect employment," the release said.
The cost of the cluster project at Purva is estimated at Rs 40.31 crore.
"The pattern of cost sharing for this project will be same as in Badwai cluster," the release added.


After losing her leg, girl to write to Modi on defective railway platform
Our Correspondent, 30 may,2014
Indore, Madhya Pradesh A young pharmaceutical company employee from Shimla, Nishi Kumari, will write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the sequence leading to an accident at Indore railway station on May 23 in which she lost her leg.
24-year-old Nishi Kumari, a post-graduate in Bio-technology from Bhubaneshwar, works as a quality assurance officer with a pharmaceutical company in Himachal. She is a native of Sasaram district of Bihar.
According to a report in Times of India, on the fateful day, Nishi along with her cousin Mukesh reached Platform No. 5 to catch Indore-Jabalpur Express to go to Bhopal to meet sister Surabhi. In her hurry to catch the train, which was pulling out of the platform, she slipped under the wheels of the train and lost her right leg.
She is currently recuperating under care of his farmer father Niranjan Singh and retired Bihar PWD department official maternal grandfather Vishnu Dayal Rai at Room No. 302 of Gokuldas Hospital in Indore.
"Eldest of three sisters and two brothers and younger sister Surabhi pursuing BE from a college in Bhopal, she desperately needed the job of quality assurance professional with pharma major at Pithampur, Dhar. She appeared for interview, hours before the accident. We've already spent Rs 2.5 lakh on her treatment. We urge the centre and railways to help us fund treatment of our daughter," her grandfather said.
Even as her family members are desperate for financial help, Nishi is waiting for the wounds to heal before she writes the letter to Narendra Modi and seeks his co-operation. "Modi came to power at the Centre largely because of vote of youngsters. I want to write about my pain to new PM. I hear that many more accidents had taken place at Platform No. 5 of Indore railway station in the past due to a big gap between train and platform. It is proving a death knell for productive lives and needs to be brought to the notice of PM," Nishi said.
"We've big hopes from new PM and I feel the letter written by me is taken due care of by him, followed by railway ministry taking necessary steps to ensure that no more accidents take place at platform on Indore railway station," she added.
Plastic surgeon Dr Nishant Khare, who is treating Nishi said, she is responding well to the treatment and her wound is fast healing. Within 3-4 days, we'll go for skin grafting on wound parts of the right leg. In a week or 10 days, she might be discharged from hospital, he added.


Post-poll rout, MP Congress to undertake party re-structuring
Our Correspondent, 30 may,2014
Reeling under crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh, the state Congress is mulling an overhaul of the party organisation.
However, no time-line has been set for the re-structuring, Madhya Pradesh Congress President Arun Yadav said on Wednesday. "I can say that the party organisation will be re-structured but no date has been fixed for it," Yadav told reporters in Bhopal.
The re-structuring of the party does not necessarily mean there is something wrong with the present set-up, he said, adding that the proposed recast would be done both at the state and district level.
The main Opposition party managed to win just two Lok Sabha seats, out of 29, in the just-concluded polls. Congress, which is out of power in BJP-ruled MP since 2003, also faced comprehensive defeat in the Assembly elections held in November last year.


Ayurved Medical Officer exam cancelled following a paper-leak
Our Correspondent, 29 may,2014
Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) on Wednesday cancelled the Ayurved Medical Officer Examination, held on May 18, following a paper-leak.
The decision to cancel the examination was taken on the basis of the report of police's Special Task Force, official sources said.
The STF had exposed the paper-leak on May 24 by arresting four persons. So far seven persons have been held.
The examination for 722 posts of Ayurved Medical Officers was conducted on May 18, for which 7,500 candidates appeared.
The date of the re-examination will be announced later on, MPPSC sources said.


Angry at wife for visiting parent’s home, man gets her gang raped by brother, friend
Our Correspondent, 29 may,2014
Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh In a shocking incident, a man got his wife gangraped by his brother, brother-in-law and friend while he stood witness to the whole incident.
According to a report published in Amar Ujala, the 22-year-old victim was staying with her parents following a fight with her husband a fortnight ago.
Irked over the whole incident, the husband and the other accused kidnapped the woman, took her to a dam in Parsen, raped and left her.
Even after the incident, man showed no remorse and told her that she deserved it when the victim called him after she reached home. He even threatened her.
Later, the victim lodged a complaint with the police. Police have registered a complaint and is on the lookout for the accused.


Sasan power project's 4th unit in Singrauli starts generation
Our Correspondent, 29 may,2014
The power generation at the fourth unit of the Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) in Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh has started.
The generation at the fourth unit started on Tuesday with Madhya Pradesh getting 250 MW as its share, Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited's Managing Director Manu Shrivastava said in a release in Bhopal. The total capacity of Sasan UMPP is 3,960 MW.
A total of six units, of which four are already commissioned, are being set up in the plant. The generation from the fifth and the sixth unit too will start soon. The state at present gets 1,000 MW power from UMPP; in the near future it will get an additional 500 MW from the project. The state is getting the power from the Sasan UMPP at the rate of 70 paise per unit, the release added.


EOW initiates probe against Jyotiraditya Scindia in land grabbing case
Our Correspondent, 28 may,2014
Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh It seems the Modi-led BJP government is wasting no time in pulling up the alleged corrupt ministers of the Congress.
Just a day after Modi sworn in as the Prime Minister of the country, the Madhya Pradesh economic offences wing (EOW) has already sprung into action and initiated an inquiry against former Union minister and Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia in a land-grabbing against him.
Surendra Srivastava, a businessman from Gwalior, had approached EOW accusing Scindia and his family members of illegally selling 0.146 hectare land to a private builder in Gwalior for Rs 95 lakh even as it was declared government land by the High Court.
"Kamla Raje Charitable Trust sold 0.146 hectares of land to Narayan Builders and Developers Ltd through Jyotiraditya Scindia Charitable Trust despite it being declared a government land by Gwalior bench of MP high court in 2006," he had alleged.
In response, EOW issued notices to officers of district administration and revenue department seeking explanation on alleged illegal land deal by scions of erstwhile rulers of Gwalior state.


Boy gets one-year rigorous imprisonment for biting off neighbour's ear
Our Correspondent, 28 may,2014
A local court on Tuesday sentenced a youth to one year's rigorous imprisonment for grievously injuring his neighbour following a quarrel over his pet dog in 2013.
Upper Sessions Court judge PK Sinha held Pushparaj alias Pintu (20) guilty under various sections, including section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), of the Indian Penal Code for biting off the right ear of Gabbar (22) after the quarrel.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on Pintu. It is prosecution's case that Pintu bit off almost entire right ear of Gabbar after the latter had hurled a stone at his pet dog on March 27, 2013, at Mirzapur village.
"Pintu had also threatened to kill Gabbar if he threw stone at his dog again in future," said public prosecutor NA Mandloi.


MPPSC paper leak: Exam controller removed, Kirti Khurasia appointed in his place
Our Correspondent, 28 may,2014
After the leakage of question paper for Ayurveda medical officer's exam came to light, the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) has removed Shrikrishna Sharma from Exam Controller's post and appointed Kirti Khurasia in his place, official sources said here on Tuesday.
Secretary of the Commission, Manohar Dube, removed Sharma from the post and handed over the charge to Khurasia, sources said. "Khurasia was posted as Deputy Examination Controller of the MPPSC and the decision to replace Sharma with Khurasia was taken after the leakage of Ayurveda Medical Officer paper came to light," sources said.
On May 24, the police had busted a racket involved in leaking MPPSC exam papers, following which the Commission has temporarily suspended the process of checking answer sheets.
The Special Task Force (STF) had arrested four persons in this connection.
The examination for the 722 posts was conducted on May 18, for which total number of 7,500 candidates had appeared.


Youngest cabinet minister 37 years ago, Sushma Swaraj now becomes first woman Foreign Minister
Our Correspondent, 27 may,2014
Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh Sushma Swaraj on Monday became the first woman External Affairs Minister, in yet another first for the 62-year-old BJP leader.
Apart from having the distinction of becoming the youngest cabinet minister in Haryana government at the age of 25, Swaraj has also many other firsts such as being the first woman Chief Minister of Delhi and woman spokesperson for any political party in the country.
Swaraj has also been given the charge of Overseas Indian Affairs.
Swaraj is assuming the charge of the Foreign Ministry, one of the senior-most offices in the Union Cabinet, at a time when India's growing international influence gives it a prominent voice in global affairs even as issues in the region keep the largest democracy busy.
Ties with Pakistan and China are some of the perennial challenges for Indian foreign policy practitioners. Incidentally, the MEA also has a woman Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh.
In 1977, at 25 years of age, Swaraj became the youngest-ever cabinet minister. She held the education portfolio in Haryana. In 1979, she became the state president of the BJP in Haryana. She was also the first woman spokesperson for any political party in India and won the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award.
Swaraj, a law graduate who practised in the Supreme Court, has been elected seven times as a Member of Parliament and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly.
She began her political career with RSS student wing ABVP in the 1970s. Member of the Haryana Assembly from 1977 to 1982 from Ambala Cantonment, she was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister in the Devi Lal government.
She was Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting during the 13-day Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government in 1996. She resigned from the Cabinet in the next Vajpayee regime to take over as the first woman Chief Minister of Delhi in October 1998.


Narendra Singh Tomar: From a municipal councillor to a cabinet minister
Our Correspondent, 27 may,2014
Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh From a municipal councillor to a Cabinet Minister in Narendra Modi government, Madhya Pradesh BJP chief Narendra Singh Tomar's rise in his political career has been quite significant.
56-year-old Tomar, who made his debut in the Union Council of Ministers, has held several important positions in the party and was instrumental in ensuring a third term for Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan besides a thumping victory for the party in the Lok Sabha polls.
Of the total 29 Lok Sabha seats in the state, BJP won 27.
Tomar, who is known for his connect with the rank and file of the party, shares a good rapport with the RSS leadership.
The second-time MP, who won Lok Sabha poll from Gwalior, made his first foray into active politics in 1980 after he became the President of the Gwalior unit of BJP Youth Forum.
The BJP loyalist gradually became a municipal councilor and the state President of BJPYF in 1991.
Tomar was twice elected as member of Madhya Pradesh Assembly between 1998 and 2008. He served as Cabinet Minister in the state government between 2003-07 and was later tasked to head the state party unit in November 2006.
Tomar represented Morena constituency in the last Lok Sabha.


BJP workers across MP celebrate PM Modi's swearing-in
Our Correspondent, 27 may,2014
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh BJP workers across Madhya Pradesh celebrated the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister by setting off fire crackers and distributing sweets over a cup of "NaMo" tea.
As President of India Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath of office and secrecy to Modi, BJP workers across the state celebrated by setting off fire crackers, dancing, distributing sweets and NaMo tea, BJP's Traders' Cell's State Co-ordinator Gopikrishna Nema said.
Celebrations took place at district and divisional levels and BJP workers installed LED screens to telecast live proceedings of the oath-taking ceremony. Their supporters also distributed sweets on the occasion at various places. Various cities and towns in the state were decorated with lights and lamps on the occasion.


To inspire students, lessons on Narendra Modi’s life might be added in school curriculum
Our Correspondent, 26 may,2014
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Lessons on the life of Narendra Modi may be included in the school curriculum with the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh considering such a proposal to "inspire" students.
"We have received suggestions from various quarters that a life-sketch of Modiji be taught in the schools, to inspire students from early age," School Education Minister Paras Jain told said on Sunday.
Modi, who led BJP to a mammoth victory in the Lok Sabha polls, will take oath as the Prime Minister on Monday. If incorporated, these lessons would be taught from standard three to standard six," the Minister said. However, he clarified that at present this was only a proposal.
"Like freedom fighters and other leaders of repute, the life of Modi-ji too would inspire the young minds," he said. During the election campaign, several comics on Modi's life were released in various parts of the country.


MP Lokayukta detects ill gotten wealth worth over Rs 300 crore
Our Correspondent, 26 may,2014
Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta has detected in the last five years wealth and properties worth over Rs 300 crore acquired allegedly through corrupt means.
As many as 146 cases related to Disproportionate Assets (DA) were registered involving corrupt proceeds worth Rs 303 crore between June 29, 2009 and April 30, 2014, Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta Justice (retd) Prakash Prabhakar Naolekar said. He said the state Lokayukta has registered 891 trap cases in which government officials were allegedly found demanding and receiving bribe from people during the same period.
The Lokayukta has registered 704 cases and detected or seized properties worth Rs 417.27 crore allegedly acquired through corrupt means during February 1982 and March 2013. State government has punished 4,280 gazetted and non- gazetted officials during the period on recommendations of Lokayukta for their alleged involvement in corruption, according to Lokayukta's data.
Recently, Lokayukta Police had conducted searches in residence of an IPS officer for his alleged involvement in corruption. Last week too, it had raided the official residence and other premises of State Joint Director (Industries), in two cities and unearthed details of immovable properties worth crores, which were disproportionate to his known sources of income. Lokayukta is a statutory body, free from the executive influence, mandated to check corruption in the state.


Girl marries ‘girl friend’, family files FIR
Our Correspondent, 24 may,2014
Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh Young couple getting married to each other is a normal practice to hear about but the relationship of two 'girl' friends living together was so strong that they both decided to tie knot and marry each other.
According to a report in Rajasthan Patrika, Nikita Asani, a 24-year-old resident of Satna went missing from home a few days ago under suspicious circumstances. The family had filed a complaint suspecting kidnapping.
On May 22, police reported a young woman in Jabalpur who resembled Nikita. When her parents were called to the station for identification, Nikita refused to return home with her parents, insisting to stay with her friend forever. She disclosed that she has married hEr live-in partner Rajini Raj Nagar and has pronounced her husband.
While the police urged Nikita to go back with her parents. she said that she is an adult and can understand what is good or bad for her.
According to sources, several criminal cases are pending against Rajini Nagar who has been accused of 'trapping' girls in her 'net' in the past.


25-year-old woman software engineer ends life due to illness
Our Correspondent, 24 may,2014
Fed of her illness, a woman software engineer allegedly committed suicide at her hostel in Indore, police said on Friday. 25-year-old Bhavna Vishwakarma was found hanging in her hostel room in the Geeta Bhawan area on Thursday night, they said.
In her suicide note, she mentioned that she was taking the extreme step due to her illness and nobody is responsible for her death.
However, she did not elaborate on the ailment. Bhavna belongs to Jabalpur and was working in a software firm at Indore.


One crore saplings to be planted in a day under Hariyali Mahotsav
Our Correspondent, 24 may,2014
One crore saplings will be planted in a day under Hariyali Mahotsav in Madhya Pradesh. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Hariyali Mahotsav should be turned into a mass movement. Shri Chouhan reviewed activities of Forest Department at Mantralaya here today. Shri Chouhan directed to chalk out a comprehensive policy to establish forest produce-based industries. Through them employment will be provided to 4 lakh people in 5 years. Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister directed to make arrangements for training, marketing and packaging for forest dwellers establishing small industries for linking forests to employment. For this, 5-year time-bound scheme should be chalked out. Ensure public participation at every level to turn Hariyali Mahotsav into a mass movement. Preparations for the movement should be made in June. Reviewing Bamboo Mission, he said that a big target should be set to provide employment to people living near bamboo forests. Forest Department should work by strking a balance between environment and development. He termed as useful the workshop for apprising departmental officers regarding provisions of Forest Conservation Act.
The Chief Minister directed that a comprehensive scheme should be chalked out to upgrade degraded forests. He directed to chalk out an action plan keeping immense potential of eco-tourism in view. He directed to adopt scientific methods to ensure that tigers and other wild animals do not enter populated areas. He directed to make system of online payment to labourers practical and transparent so that labourers face no problems. Appreciating work of Joint Forest Management Committees, the Chief Minister directed to hold convention of these committees once a year. The meeting was informed that Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country where committee members have been appointed their secretaries instead of Forest Rangers. He said that problems of forest dwellers should be solved with humanitarian approach. The Chief Minister also directed to pay special attention to forest protection and develop a mechanism for quality control.
The meeting was informed that Kanha Tiger Reserve has won the first and Satpura Tiger Reserve the second prize under Bio-Diversity Awards of UNDP and Union Ministry for Environment and Forests. Widespread plantation work will be undertaken in state’s forests. About 7.50 crore saplings will be planted in July next. It was informed that a group of 5 tigers has been seen drinking water together in a lake in Ratapani. Number of grasslands is being increased in the area to increase the number of antelopes there. Four targeted sets of SHG beneficiaries under forest-based industries will grow bamboos, medicinal and aromatic plants. Works under PPP mode are being done for eco-tourism in Ralamandal in Indore, Beehar in Rewa and Araniya in Dewas.
Additional Chief Secretary Finance Shri Ajay Nath, Principal Secretary to CM Shri Manoj Shrivastava, in-charge Principal Secretary Forests Shri Radheshyam Julaniya, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Shri Anil Oberoy and departmental officers were present on the occasion.


MP BJP eyes Union Cabinet berths for Sushma Swaraj, Sumitra Mahajan
Our Correspondent, 23 may,2014
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh With the BJP winning 27 out of the total 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh, party leaders are looking for inclusion of at least 3-4 ministers from the state in Narendra Modi's Cabinet.
The spectacular win of the BJP in Madhya Pradesh for the first time after the carving out of Chhattisgarh state from it has fuelled the aspirations of party leaders as well as people, party sources told reporters.
Among the probables, Leader of Opposition in the last Lok Sabha and Vidisha MP, Sushma Swaraj is the top most contender from the state for a Union Cabinet berth.
Eighth time MP from Indore, Sumitra Mahajan is also a powerful contender.
State BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar's claim is also strong as he along with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan gifted 27 seats to Modi, who during his rallies prior to the Lok Sabha polls had urged people to send "maximum lotuses" from MP for a strong central government, sources said.
Tomar won from the prestigious Gwalior seat with a margin of nearly 30,000 votes in a keenly contested election. The name of parliamentary board member and Rajya Sabha MP, Thavarchand Gehlot, who was deputed by the party to select a successor to Modi in Gujarat, is also doing rounds for a Cabinet berth. Gehlot hails from Malwa-Nimad region and represented Shajapur Lok Sabha seat (now Dewas) for four terms, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004, sources said.
Former Union minister Faggan Singh Kulaste is also a contender. He was one of the BJP MPs who displayed wads of currency notes in connection with the cash-for-vote scam during the July 22, 2008 trust vote in the Lok Sabha. This time he won the LS polls from Mandla, they said.
The name of former Union minister Prahlad Patel, who won from Damoh LS seat, is also doing rounds for inclusion in the Union Cabinet, the sources said.
"Though it is the prerogative of Prime Minister, we are confident that under the leadership of Modiji, Madhya Pradesh will get due representation and injustice being meted out to it since last ten years of UPA rule will end soon," state BJP's media in-charge Hitesh Bajpai told reporters.


Self-employment schemes to be rationalised for effective implementation
Our Correspondent, 23 may,2014
Self-employment schemes of various departments in the state will be merged in 3 new schemes for their effective implementation. The proposed schemes are Mukhyamantri Yuva Uddyami Yojana, Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana and Mukhyamantri Aarthik Kalyan Yojana. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave in-principle sanction to these proposed schemes at a meeting held at Mantralaya for self-employment schemes’ rationalisation. It is noteworthy that 7 departments are implementing 13 self-employment schemes. Nodal department for these schemes will be Industries Department.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that while unifying separate self-employment schemes, it should be kept in view that facilities under them are not curtailed. He said that efforts should be made that maximum number of youths come forward to establish their self-employment taking advantage of these schemes. The Chief Minister said that effective implementation will be easy after merger of all self-employment schemes in these schemes. Shri Chouhan directed to undertake a campaign to train young entrepreneurs in concerning trades. This will help them set up self-employment. Scheme should be chalked out to provide marketing facility to them. Shri Chouhan said that talented youths should not lag behind in setting up self-employment due to lack of money. The Chief Minister directed to undertake rationalisation of self-employment schemes within time-limit. What are proposed schemes
Under Mukhyamantri Yuva Uddyami Yojana, loan worth Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. one crore will be provided to young entrepreneurs. They must be between 18 and 40 years of age having minimum qualification of X exam pass. Income is no bar. Under the scheme, loan subsidy of 5 percent will be given for maximum 7 years. Youths need not margin money.
Under Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana, loans from Rs. 20 thousand to Rs. 10 lakh will be given. Educational qualification should by V class pass and age between 18 and 45 years. For general category people, 15 percent margin money upto a maximum of Rs. one lakh will be given and 30 percent margin money upto a maximum of Rs. 2 lakh for beneficiaries belonging to SCs, STs, other backward classes, women, minorities, general category poor and disabled. Loan subsidy of 5 percent will be given for maximum 7 years upto maximum Rs. 25 thousand.
Under Mukhyamantri Aarthik Kalyan Yojana, working capital will be provided to poorest people, which will be maximum Rs. 20 thousand. Educational qualification is no bar. Age must be between 18 and 55 years. Margin money will be 50 percent of the project cost upto maximum Rs. 8 thousand.
Commerce and Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Shri Ajay Nath, Principal Secretary Commerce and Industries Shri Mohammad Sulaiman and senior officers of concerning departments were present on the occasion.


Traffic on national highways should not be hampered: CM Shri Chouhan
Our Correspondent, 23 may,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to ensure that traffic on national highways should not be hampered. Repair work of roads should not be delayed. CM Shri Chouhan chaired a meeting of State Road Development Corporation’s Board of Directors here today. PWD Minister Shri Sartaj Singh, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Shri Ajay Nath, Principal Secretary PWD Shri K.K. Singh and corporation’s Managing Director Shri Vivek Agrawal were present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that proper arrangements should be made for outflow of water in residential areas after increase in height of roads so that people do not face problems in rainy season. He reviewed various schemes of the corporation and sought information about action taken report of the last meeting. The meeting was informed that all targets under department’s 100-day action plan have been achieved. Works under NUT and BOT projects are being completed within time-limit. As many as 70 percent NUT works are being completed within time-limit. On the occasion, Board of Directors endorsed tenders for construction works, continuity of service of contract workers and other administrative works.


’114-year-old’ class X student furious with blunder on her online marksheet
Our Correspondent, 22 may,2014
Madhya Pradesh In a shocking lapse on the part of Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education officials, a student's age on her class X marksheet on the website was mentioned as 114 years.
According to a report in Naidunia, the girl student hails from Damoh ditrict in Madhya Pradesh. She logged onto the state board's website the day results were announced and found that her date of birth was mentioned as 31 July, 1900 instead of 31 July, 2000.
Even her father's name was wrong, she claimed. "His name was written as Bajendra Kumar when his original name is Bajendra Singh Thakur," she said.
After spotting the mistakes, she approached the authorities with her complaint. She also raised doubts on the results saying "if they could make such mistakes, it is highly likely that the results they released could also be incorrect and should be verified again."


E-mail Policy for first time in MP to expedite government work
Our Correspondent, 22 may,2014
In a significant step to further expedite government work through use of information technology, a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today sanctioned state government’s E-mail Policy-2014. Madhya Pradesh is the first state to implement such a policy.
Main objective of E-mail Policy is to give legal status to e-mail correspondence and dissemination of data. It also aims at ensuring users’ access and use of e-mail facility provided by Madhya Pradesh government.
All departments, offices, affiliated institutions and autonomous bodies which draw funds from Madhya Pradesh’s consolidated fund, will be provided all e-mail related facilities free of cost. Under the policy, guidelines will be issued for giving legal status to e-mail facilities and their use. It will be compulsory for employees of various state government departments, their affiliated organisations, corporations, boards etc., who use this facility, to follow the E-mail Policy.
Presently, e-mail correspondence and sent documents are not authorised under any policy procedure like manual/traditional correspondence, validity of works done and decisions taken using e-mail are questionable. With implementation of E-mail policy now, this problem will end. Now, e-mail based communication can be included formally in the category of approved and acceptable to all concerned.


Cabinet endorses amendment to University Act for improvement in higher education’s quality
Our Correspondent, 22 may,2014
The cabinet endorsed today draft amendment Bill of Madhya Pradesh University Act 1973 for improvement in quality of higher education in the state. The cabinet meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
The amendment bill proposes ensuring transparency in work management, enhancing role of district administration and academics in the working committee. Now, working committee can undertake quality reforms through educationists’ experience.
Besides, selection committee for teaching posts has been reconstituted. As a result, selection process will be expedited. Time-limit will also be adhered to in the recruitment of class III and IV staff.


MP approves policy for legal sanctity to e-mail correspondence
Our Correspondent, 22 may,2014
Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday approved its 'e-mail policy 2014' to give legal sanctity to such correspondences within departments and with the people.
MP has become the first state in the country to approve such a policy, an official statement said in Bhopal. The 'e-mail policy 2014' was approved by the state Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Bhopal on Wednesday, official sources said.
The aim of the policy is to accord legal sanctity to the correspondence and data exchanged through such medium so that precious time of the government and people is saved, the sources said.
The facility will be provided free of cost to all the departments, constitutional and autonomous bodies that draw funds from the consolidated fund of the state for carrying out its activities, they said. Now the e-mail based communication in the state will be treated as valid in law, sources added.


Madhya Pradesh police seeks hearing through videoconferencing
Our Correspondent, 21 may,2014
Madhya Pradesh police is seeking video-conferencing facility in courts and jails for conducting hearing in sensitive matters, especially after the recent incident in which SIMI operatives allegedly raised inflammatory slogans against Narendra Modi.
Madhya Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Nandan Dubey, however, said that the incident was just an attempt by the accused to gain media attention.
"Whenever SIMI activists look at the media cameras, they start shouting. The basic aim behind their act is to get media's attention and they made such an attempt earlier also," he told reporters in Indore on Tuesday.


State and country to scale new heights of development
Our Correspondent, 21 may,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan greeted newly elected BJP Members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh at Madhya Pradesh Bhavan in New Delhi today. Shri Chouhan had invited them to high tea. Those present on the occasion included BJP MPs from Madhya Pradesh Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Shri Anup Mishra, Shri Kaptan Singh Solanki, Shri Virendra Kumar Khatik, Shri Nagendra Singh, Shri Sudhir Gupta, Shri Phaggan Singh Kulaste, Shri Rakesh Singh, Shri Ganesh Singh, Shri Bodh Singh Bhagat, Shri Alok Sanjar, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Shri Manohar Untwal, Shri Dilip Singh Bhuria, Shri Prahlad Patel, Dr. Bhagirath Prasad, Shri Laxminarayan Yadav, Smt. Reeti Pathak, Smt. Jyoti Dhurve, Shri Subhash Patel, Shri Nand Kumar Chouhan, Smt. Najma Heptullah, Shri Chandan Mitra, Shri Satyanarayan Jatia, Shri Thawarchand Gehlot and Ministers Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya and Dr. Narottam Mishra.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that now a new chapter of development will be added to Madhya Pradesh. State government has ensured better development of Madhya Pradesh with its resources. But several projects are pending due to lack of desired cooperation of the Central government, which will now be promptly cleared. This will give the country and state a new identity on international level.
Shri Chouhan told the MPs that nowadays, even the most ordinary BJP workers are getting highest posts in the party. When an ordinary worker gets high post, it further boosts morale of other workers. Shri Narendra Modi is set to become Prime Minister. Several persons who were ordinary party workers till recently are now going to represent the state in Parliament now. Shri Chouhan asked the MPs to set high standards in society by keeping their conduct on a high pedestal. It is necessary for MPs to serve people with transparency and high standards to maintain people’s continued trust.
Smt. Sushma Swaraj said that Lok Sabha election results are astonishing for political parties. Majority government has been formed for the first time after 1984. It has forced election analysts to re-think. People had laughed away our claim of winning even 272 seats. Now, the party has won 282 seats on its own and NDA 335 seats. Major victory comes with sense of discharging responsibilities. Smt. Sushma Swaraj said that now lists of all pending proposals of Madhya Pradesh should be sent to the Central Government at the earliest so that clearance can be taken from concerning departments.


E-hospital project reviewed
Our Correspondent, 21 may,2014
Principal Secretary Health Shri Praveer Krishna reviewed activities of E-hospital Project launched by Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Department with the cooperation of National Informatics Centre (NIC). In-charge Commissioner Health Shri Faiz Ahmad Kidwai, Commissioner Gas Relief Shri R.L. Khandelwal, Commissioner Food and Drug Administration Shri D.D. Agrawal, State Information Service officer Shri M. Vinayak Rao, Deputy Secretary Gas Relief Shri K.K. Dube, Superintendent of J.P. Hospital Dr. Veena Sinha and other officers were present on the occasion.
The Principal Secretary directed to registered complete profile of patients under the project, detailed information about indoor and outdoor patients and make arrangements in the interest of patients by connecting hospitals with computers. Process to introduce E-hospital Project in Bhopal’s hospital was also reviewed. Discussions were held on 108-Ambulance Service, treatment of patients brought to hospital through Janani Suraksha Yojana and entries of telephonic/SMS messages in hospital records, patients’ treatment and surgeries. Discussions were also held on hospitals’ computerization through NIC and increase in other facilities.


MBA students to study how ‘Brand NaMo’ was created
Our Correspondent, 20 may,2014
Indore: Madhya Pradesh The reasons for the spectacular electoral victory of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi will now be a part of management research study of Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) in Indore.
The case study will find out the reasons behind electoral success.
According to a report in Times of India, groups of four faculty members and students have initiated a case study on 'Brand Namo' which was seen become a major political force in the country when Modi was campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls. "Four of our students are working on a case study on how 'Brand Namo' was established," said marketing management professor, Nishikant Vaikar.
Vaikar said that the study would be completed in next three months and lessons would be taught to students along with the principles of marketing.
A student researcher, Abhinav Chaurasia, said, "We will look into the details what kind of management concepts were used in the poll campaigning including advertising, PR and media management. We have now started collecting facts on his success to make a case study."


Lokayukta raids bureaucrat's premises, unearths illegal assets worth crores
Our Correspondent, 20 may,2014
Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta Police on Monday raided the official residence and other premises of State Joint Director, Industries, RC Kuriel in two cities and unearthed details of immovable properties worth crores, disproportionate to his known sources of income.
Acting on a tip-off, the raid was carried out simultaneously at Kuriel's official residence in Anna Nagar at Bhopal and his private house in Jabalpur district, by a team of Lokayukta officials from the city, Lokayukta's Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) SP Chouhan told PTI.
So far, Lokayukta sleuths have recovered documents of properties including seven houses (of which two are in Minal Residency, Bhopal) three farm houses including one at Bairagarh, Bhopal and two shops, allegedly belonging to him.


Couple names twin sons ‘Narendra’ and ‘Modi’
Our Correspondent, 19 may,2014
Indore: In awe of BJP leader and PM-elect Narendra Modi's personality, a couple have named their twin sons born on May 16 as 'Narendra' and 'Modi'. "I and my civil engineer husband are hugely impressed by the personality of our future prime minister Narendra Modi and have decided to name our sons as 'Narendra' and 'Modi'," said Aarti Kumawat.
The couple feel that the birth of their twin sons on May 16 and the BJP's landslide victory on that day has some "divine" link. Aarti gave birth to the twin sons in a local hospital.
"We feel that with their unique names, our sons will get motivation to proceed ahead in their life," Kumawat told reporters on Sunday.


Attackers chop elderly woman’s legs to loot her silver jewellery
Our Correspondent, 19 may,2014
Indore : Unidentified miscreants severed the legs of an old woman to loot her silver jewellery, causing grievous injuries, in Bagadia's forest area, about 70 km away from Indore in the neighbouring Dhar district, police told reporters on Sunday.
The victim, 70-year-old Kasturi Bai was rushed to M Y Government Hospital in Indore in a serious condition, they said.
According to police, the incident took place yesterday when Bai went to the forest to graze goats and unidentified miscreants overpowered her by tying her hands and inserting a piece of cloth in her mouth.
On the basis of suspicion, the police picked up five people from the forest area, who are being questioned.
In western parts of Madhya Pradesh, women wear heavy silver bangles as part of the tradition due to which they become an easy targets.


Vote percentage of political parties in Lok Sabha elections in MP
Our Correspondent, 17 may,2014
BJP gets 54 percent and Congress 34.9 percent
In the elections to 16th Lok Sabha in Madhya Pradesh for 29 constituencies, BJP’s 27 and Congress’ 2 candidate registered victories. Apart from nationally recognised parties Bharatiya Janata Party, Indian National Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, CPI and CPI (M), 50 other political parties’ candidates and 126 independents had contested elections. Total 378 candidates tried their luck in the Lok Sabha elections of which 29 were successful.
As many as 2 crore 96 lakh voters cast their votes in EVMs while over 27 thousand exercised their franchise through postal ballots. In today’s counting, Bharatiya Janata Party stood first by securing one crore 60 lakh 14 thousand 924 votes followed by Congress which secured one crore 3 lakh 40 thousand 58 votes. Congress secured 34.9 percent votes which is 19.10 percent less than BJP. Bahujan Samaj Party stood third with 11 lakh 24 thousand 463 votes. It secured 3.8 percent votes while independent candidates received 5 lakh 48 thousand 882 votes, which was 1.9 percent.
As many as 3 lakh 91 thousand 797 voters pressed NOTA button, percentage of which was 1.3. Aam Aadmi Party secured 3 lakh 49 thousand 572 votes, which is 1.2 percent, Samajwadi Party 2 lakh 20 thousand 660 votes, which is 0.7 percent, Gondwana Ganatantra Party one lakh 69 thousand 453 votes, which is 0.6 percent and CPI received 96 thousand 683 votes, which is 0.3 percent.


2014 Arjun Singh’s son Ajay loses Satna seat
Our Correspondent, 17 may,2014
Madhya Pradesh Two-time BJP MP Ganesh Singh on Friday defeated his Congress rival Ajay Singh from Satna constituency by a margin of 8,688 votes in a keenly contested polls.
Ajay, son of late Union Minister Arjun Singh, is Leader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly.
Ganesh Singh secured 3,75,288 as against 3,66,600 votes secured by Ajay. This was the lowest winning margin in the 29-seats of the state which was largely lapped up by the BJP.
Ajay was trying his luck for the first time in the Lok Sabha polls and has been an MLA from the neighbouring Sidhi Assembly seat for many years.


2014 Lok Sabha poll counting LIVE: BJP wins 15 seats, Sushma Swaraj wins Vidisha by 2.5 lakh votes
Our Correspondent, 16 may,2014
Madhya Pradesh Election Commission of India is gearing up for the counting day on Friday. Security will be tight at 51 counting centres across the state as counting for the 29 seats begins at 8 am.
2:03 PM
BJP’s Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan wins in Khandwa
1:40 PM
BJP’s Dr Virendra Kumar wins in Tikamgarh
1:38 PM
BJP candidate Laxmi Narayan Yadav wins from Sagar
1:37 PM
BJP candidate Riti Pathak wins from Sidhi by over 1 lakh votes
1:33 PM
BJP has created history, I congratulate country’s PM Narendra Modi, other party workers: Raman Singh
1:29 PM
BJP leader Rakesh Singh wins by 1 lakh 90 votes in Jabalpur
1:14 PM
BJP candidate Deoram Chavan wins in Dindori
1:12 PM
BJP candidate Sumitra Mahajan wins in Indore; BJP ahead in 14 sets
12:45 PM
I would thank everyone for their support. This is a pure victory of BJP and our allies are with us: Sushma Swaraj
12:34 PM
BJP’s Prahlad Patel wins in Damoh
12:32 PM
Sushma Swaraj wins by 2.5 lakh votes in Vidisha
12:30 PM
Rakesh Singh wins by 1 lakh 90 thousand votes in Jabalpur
12:25 PM
BJP gets 3 seats as Jyoti Dhurve wins in Betul
12:25 PM
Congress registers its first victory in MP, Kamal Nath wins in Chhindwara by 80,000 votes
12:21 PM
BJP’s Sudheer Gupta wins in Mandsaur
12:13 PM
BJP wins 2 seats in Madhya Pradesh, leads in 25
11:42 AM
BJP candidate Dilip Singh Bhuria leads in Ratlam
11:41 AM
BJP’s Savitri Thakur leads in Dhar by 80,000 votes
10:05 AM
After three rounds, Sumitra Mahajan leads with 40,000 votes in Indore
9:53 AM
Kamal Nath leads by 14,000 votes in Chhindwara
9:50 AM
Narendra Singh Tomar trails in Gwalior
9:45 AM
Narendra Singh Tomar trails in Gwalior
9:26 AM
BSP leads in 1 seat
9:25 AM
BJP candidate Sumitra Mahajan leads by 20,000 votes in Indore
9:11 AM
BJP leads in 23 seats, Congress in 3
9:11 AM
Congress candidate Jyotiraditya Scindia leads in Guna
9:00 AM
BJP candidate Ashok Sanjar leads in Bhopal
8:57 AM
BJP candidate Sumitra Mahajan leads in Indore
8:51 AM
Out of 29 seats, BJP leads in 15 seats, Cogress in 1
8:38 AM
BJP leads in 10 seats, Congress in 1
8:36 AM
Kamal Nath leads in Chhindwara
Elaborate arrangements have been made for counting of votes for the 29 Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh at 51 district headquarters on Friday.
ALSO READ: 2014 Lok Sabha elections: Top contests in Madhya Pradesh
Before counting of votes cast through EVMs, postal ballots will be counted. The total number of postal ballots received in the state is 54,823. A total of 2.96 crore votes will be counted through 16,152 EVMs. The total number of voters in the state is 4,80,91,624. State Election Commission has deployed over 15,000 employees for the counting process while the Election Commission has deputed 62 central observers.
A total of 378 candidates including 37 women are in the fray in the state. Prominent among them include Union ministers Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia, who contested from Chhindwara and Guna respectively. Former Union ministers Kantilal Bhuria (Ratlam), Sumitra Mahajan (Indore) and Madhya Pradesh Congress president Arun Yadav (Khandwa) and former Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Ajay Singh (Satna) are also in the fray.


Sushma ahead in Vidisha, BJP nominee also leads in Ratlam
Our Correspondent, 16 may,2014
#Madhya Pradesh BJP's Sushma Swaraj is leading by a margin of 3,552 votes against Laxman Singh of Congress from Vidisha seat in Madhya Pradesh.

Saffron party nominee Dileep Singh Bhuria is ahead of his Congress rival and sitting MP Kantilal Bhuria by 909 votes from Ratlam seat.


Madhya Pradesh HSSC Class 12 and Class 10 examination 2014 results declared
Our Correspondent, 16 may,2014
Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) declared the results of Class X and XII board exams on Thursday. Minister of State for School Education Paras Jain declared the results.
According to ETV reports, Itarsi resident Harshit Ojha topped class 10 state board exams while Gwalior resident Shubhankar Shukla stood second.
The pass percentage this year was 47.74 in 10th boards. While, 47.89 percent boys who appeared for the exam, 47.56 percent girls cleared the exams.
The total percentage of students who passed the 12th board exams was 66.76. The percentage of boys who cleared the exams was 66.76 per cent boys and girls was 64.92 per cent.
Tripti Tripathi topped class 12 (science) exams, Piyush from Shahjahanpur was the topper in Agriculture stream, Omprakash Parmar bagged first position in Arts
Students can see their results on:
www.mpresults.nic.in
www.mponline.gov.in
www.examresults.net
More than 18 lakh students had appeared for the 2014 board exams.


Madhya Pradesh HSSC Class 12 and Class 10 examination 2014 results declared
Our Correspondent, 14 may,2014
Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) declared the results of Class X and XII board exams on Thursday. Minister of State for School Education Paras Jain declared the results.
According to ETV reports, Itarsi resident Harshit Ojha topped class 10 state board exams while Gwalior resident Shubhankar Shukla stood second.
The pass percentage this year was 47.74 in 10th boards. While, 47.89 percent boys who appeared for the exam, 47.56 percent girls cleared the exams.
The total percentage of students who passed the 12th board exams was 66.76. The percentage of boys who cleared the exams was 66.76 per cent boys and girls was 64.92 per cent.
Tripti Tripathi topped class 12 (science) exams, Piyush from Shahjahanpur was the topper in Agriculture stream, Omprakash Parmar bagged first position in Arts
Students can see their results on:
www.mpresults.nic.in
www.mponline.gov.in
www.examresults.net
More than 18 lakh students had appeared for the 2014 board exams.


MP: Lokayukta raids premises of IPS officer
Our Correspondent, 14 may,2014
Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta today carried out searches at the residential premises of Inspector General of Police (IG) Mayank Jain. The Lokyukta sleuths have unearthed documents showing assets including 50 acres of land, two nursing homes and 8 houses spread across Rewa, Indore and Bhopal.
The raid was conducted following a complaint filed against Jain for amassing illegal property and documents.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, anti-corruption team (Lokayukta), SS Udawat, said investigations are taking place.
"During the raid, we have recovered documents related to bank and other documents as well. We will check and investigate," said Udawat.
The anti-corruption officials, in the last few months, have carried out raids at the residence of various officials, who have been accused of amassing illegal wealth.


Shatabdi Express passenger finds worms in food, alleges inaction
Our Correspondent, 14 may,2014
Bhopal : A passenger of Shatabdi Express going from Delhi to Bhopal was shocked when she discovered that the rice served to her, had worms.
According to a report in Times of India Surbhi Saxena, was travelling from Gwalior to Bhopal when she made the disgusting discovery. She claims that despite the complaint made to TTE no action was taken. She finally wrote about the issue in a complaint book.

The complaint would be forwarded to northern railway since the train originates from New Delhi and comes under northern railway's jurisdiction, an official said.


Bhopal producer’s movie makes its way to Cannes
Our Correspondent, 14 may,2014
Bhopal : Films made by Indian producers have been selected at the Cannes Film Festival for many years now, but it is the first time for this film producer from Bhopal. According to a report in Bhaskar, Deepak Simhal's Hollywood movie 'Pernicious' will be screened at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, one of the largest film festivals which will start on May 14. The film 'Pernicious' will be screened on May 15.

Produced by Benetone Hillin Entertainment in association with Shyamal Pictures, the film was shot in Thailand. The plot of the movie involves three girls whose holiday in Thailand turns into a nightmare when they unleash the spirit of a murdered child.


Bhopal’s Vinod Katiya among 705 people short-listed for settling on Mars permanently
Our Correspondent, 13 may,2014
Vinod Katiya from Bhopal is among 705 candidates who have been short-listed by a Netherlands-based organisation for going to Mars for permanent settlement. The chosen candidates have already cleared two rounds of selection and are yet to clear two more.
According to a report in Bhaskar, in December 2013, a Netherlands-based non-profit organisation chose 1,058 people for their 13,000 crore Mars project, out of which 62 were Indians. But, after the final interview, 705 people were short-listed and divided in groups of four, each group comprising two men and two women for the sake of convenience during training.
One of them is 32-year-old Vinod Katiya for whom this Mars mission is like a dream come true. He completed education from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, and now works in a Delhi-based private company. However, going to space has been his dream as a child, he says.
"When I told my wife, she thought I was joking. Nobody immortal. That is why I chose to go on this mission," he said, adding that he prepared very hard to get through the selection procedure.
The organisation 'Mars one' claims that it had got 2 lakh applications from more than 140 countries which was narrowed down to 705 after two rounds of selection (interview and medical test). Among the 705 shortlisted, there are 44 Indians. They are yet to undergo two more rounds and training to understand the living conditions at Mars.
Also, this project will only sponsor only one-way travel for these people, which means they will leave their families behind and establish human settlement on Mars to stay there permanently.


Post poll survey: Divided Congress drowns, BJP to bag 24-28 in MP
Our Correspondent, 13 may,2014
The Bharatiya Janata Party led by its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is expected to storm the state, reveals the CNN-IBN post-poll survey released on Monday. The saffron party is expected to win anywhere between 24 and 28 seats, while the Congress will be reduced to one seat at the least and five at the most, the survey revealed.
Fifty per cent of the respondents revealed that they have voted for the BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the 2014 general elections, as per the survey conducted across 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state.
In Madhya Pradesh, which has been its bastion for some time now thanks to a popular chief minister and a fractured rival, the BJP is actually seeing a rise in vote share -- from 43% in 2009 to 50% at present.
The Congress, instead of being able to exploit the anti-incumbency of the ruling party, has actually yeilded more ground to it. The party has experienced a 6% fall in voting percentage over the last five years -- from 40 to 34%. When asked about possible reasons behind the Congress's repeated electoral defeats in the state, 37% of the respondents agreed that factionalism was the biggest problem with the party.
A wave of defections has plagued the party since 2013, with MLA Narayan Tripathi of Maihar being the latest. He was preceded by Sanjay Pathak and Dinesh Ahirwar, MLAs from Vijayraghogarh and Jatara respectively. The ship-jumping began in July last year when, stunning both sides of the aisle, deputy leader of the state Congress legislative party Choudhury Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi stood up and spoke against a no-confidence motion tabled by his own party on the floor of the House.
The Aam Aadmi Party, which created ripples in the state after the assembly elections in 2013 and also tried setting up a strong organisational base, got a thumbs up from just 3% of the electorate. That's even below the Bahujan Samaj Party's 5%.
Narendra Modi is the choice for PM with 44% of the respondents falling behind him. However, this figure was 54% in January 2014 (CNN-IBN-Lokniti-CSDS National Election Tracker). Rahul Gandhi as prime minister gets the support of 25% of the electorate, while CM Chouhan gets a mere 3%. The chief minister's name was once doing the rounds both within and outside the BJP as a possible PM candidate, but going by the survey he remains a regional player as of now.
In MP, it is the BJP which drove in Modi and not the other way round. Sixty-two per cent of those surveyed said that they would have voted for the BJP even if Modi had not been the candidate for PM. Just 15% hinged their support to the party on Modi's candidature.
At a macro level, the issue of price rise reigned supreme on the minds of the voters (31%) in the state. Going by their support to the BJP, it is clear that they blamed this on the UPA government at the Centre. Corruption (19%) and unemployment (10%) came in second and third places respectively.
The post-poll survey here also revealed the existence of a strong sentiment of anger against the government at the Centre. More than half of the voters surveyed (51%) felt that the Congress-led Union government had discrminated against the state -- which had been a campaign plank for Chouhan. "Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi have diminished PM Manmohan Singh’s position. It is the mother-son duo who takes important decisions," the chief minister had said in April, adding that when he had approached Singh seeking a special package for MP, "the PM sought Sonia Gandhi’s approval."


Google boy: LKG student Jaitra has mastered world map, Chemistry’s periodic table
Our Correspondent, 12 may,2014
Gwalior,Madhya Pradesh A student of LKG in Gwalior Jaitra Sharma has become the second Google boy after Haryana's Kautilya Pandit.
Just like Kautilya, he possesses a sound knowledge of planets and solar system. Four-year-old Jaitra, also has the names of capitals of all the countries across the world on his fingertips. He identifies the places on the world map in seconds. Born on September 28, 2009, Jaitra has mastered Chemistry's periodic table that is usually taught to Class 11 students at a tender age of 4.
In an interview to a newspaper, Jaitra's mother Shikha said," We did not know about his talent to grasp things quickly. As he grew up, I learnt of it. His father then started teaching him. His memory is very sharp, he doesn't forget anything." Earlier, Kautilya who hails from Kharhar village in Jhajjar district, came to be known as the Google boy after he learnt by rote information relating to geographical borders, planets in space, mineral resources when he was five years eight month old and studying in Class 1.
During an interview to a TV channel, a question-answer session was conducted with celebrities like Shivani Kashyap asking him questions to check his IQ. Kautilya replied to most of the questions correctly, with minor mistakes.
His father Satish Sharma and grandfather were present, as their son faced a barrage of questions.
Neurologist Dr Kapil Singhal, who was present at the live show, said, Kautilya possessed an IQ of above 150, same as was possessed by famous scientist Albert Einstein. "His analytical powers are very good and made me spellbound", said Dr Singhal.


Ice making factory using dirty water, people complain of dead insects in ice
Our Correspondent, 12 may,2014
Some Mandsaur residents have alleged that the shop keepers are selling dirty ice to them.

According to one of the resident, they found dead insects in the ice they brought from the market.

Food and Drugs Administration official said that they found many irregularities at the ice making factory.

He said that the ice making factory was not using potable water and they even found dead insects inside the facility.


Women and Child Welfare Department averts eight child marriages
Our Correspondent, 12 may,2014
The Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Welfare Department on Sunday prevented marriages of 16 minors at a mass wedding event at Badodiya Khan village near Indore.

Women and Child Welfare Department official Nirmala Rokade told PTI that after organisers of the event were warned about its illegality, the marriages of these eight minor couples did not take place.

As per the law, the minimum age of marriage for men is 21 years, while for women, it is 18 years.


Man who shot bride dead during her marriage is her cousin: Police
Our Correspondent, 10 may,2014
Investigations have revealed that the man who shot dead a woman on stage during her wedding ceremony in the city on Friday night, was victim's cousin, police said.
According to police, the accused - Anurag is son of the victim Dr Jaishri Namdeo's aunt (her father's sister) and he had fallen for her since he was pursuing coaching for bank examinations.
Anurag, who worked in a private bank as a supervisor, reached the place around 11.15 pm when the marriage was being solemnised. He took out a country-made pistol and shot dead his own sister in a brutal manner. She was immediately rushed to a private hospital, where she succumbed in her bridal dress.
Anurag is from Garhakota town in Sagar district. Jaishri was pursuing a post-graduate course in paediatrics from the Government Gandhi Medical College (GMC) and was getting married with her colleague Dr Rohit Namdeo, Superintendent of Police (Bhopal North) Arvind Saxena told PTI.
"Though the accused is claiming that he killed his cousin as he fell for her, we are not believing him completely and we will further question him once he recovers," he said.
At present, Anurag is undergoing treatment in the hospital as he was thrashed badly by the people and relatives of the bride after the gruesome murder, he said, adding the accused is in police custody at present.
Jaishri had come in contact with Rohit a few months back only and got engaged last month.


PMT scam: 1,045 admissions secured through alleged unfair practices, cancelled in MP
Our Correspondent, 10 may,2014
With a Pre-Medical Test (PMT) scam coming to light in Madhya Pradesh and a subsequent probe into it, so far 1,045 admissions secured through alleged unfair practices have been cancelled in the state's various medical colleges.
The scam, which came to light in July last year, took place with alleged connivance of Madhya Pradesh Professional Board Examination (MPPBE) key officials directly associated with conducting the examination, few doctors and middlemen. "So far we have cancelled admissions of 1,045 students who cleared PMT by allegedly adopting unfair means, including mass copying," sources associated with the probe told PTI.
The number of admissions cancelled so far include 439 of 2013, 333 of 2012, 98 of 2011, 90 in 2010 and 85 of 2009, sources said. The main accused in the scam are MPPEB's former exam controller Pankaj Trivedi, MPPEB's system analysts Nitin Mahendra and Ajay Sen and state PMT's examination in-charge CK Mishra. Also allegedly involved in the scam are doctors Jagdish Singh Sagar, Vinod Bhandari and Sanjeev Shilpkar. All of them are in jail under judicial custody.
The scam came to light when last year, Indore-based health activist Dr Anand Rai had tipped off police about the presence of large number of scorers (impersonators) staying in different hotels of Indore city, following which the city crime branch conducted a raid and arrested four of them. Later, when police questioned them, they revealed that they were working for Dr Sagar, considered as the kingpin of the racket being run by him for quite a long time.
Indore police arrested Sagar from a Mumbai hotel in July last year and recovered incriminating documents, including a seating plan which matched with the MPPEB's seating arrangement. According to Rai, the racket was operational in the state since 1994.


WCD officials raid house, prevent 'marriage' of a minor girl
Our Correspondent, 09 may,2014
Officials from Women and Child Development (WCD) department on Thursday prevented a marriage of a 17-year-old minor girl here, as part of their drive to check child marriages in the district.
Acting on a tip-off, WCD officials raided a house in Brahmabagh colony and prevented the marriage of the minor girl, Laxmi Chouhan, who was supposed to get "married" on May 10, WCD Project Officer Chitra Yadav told PTI. Though her pre-marriage ceremonies had already begun, officials counselled her parents not to go ahead with her "marriage", because it is against the law to marry off a girl who is below 18 years of age.
Laxmi's parents gave an affidavit that they would not marry her off until she completes 18 years of age. Under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, marriage of a boy below 21 years of age and a girl below 18 years is a crime which attracts two years imprisonment or Rs 1 lakh as fine or both, if found Indore guilty.


Two arrested for rape, murder of folk singer in Chhattarpur
Our Correspondent, 09 may,2014
Two people were on Thursday arrested in Chhattarpur in connection with the alleged rape and murder of a Panna-based woman folk singer. A body was found buried under bricks in a room at a field in Gurraiya village of the district on May 3, Chhattarpur superintendent of police Lalit Shakyawar said.
Later, the deceased was identified as the 32-year-old folk singer from Panna district.
Acting on the leads, police picked up one of her singing team members Rahul Nagar, with whom she was last seen.
When police interrogated Nagar on the basis of suspicion, he admitted that he took the woman on his motorcycle to Gurraiya village, where he along with two others — Aslam Mansoori and Abid Musalman — first raped her at gunpoint and later looted her valuables amounting Rs 3,500, Shakyawar said.
Nagar also admitted that they later killed her by hitting her on head with a stone and fled from the spot after hiding the body under the bricks.
Police also recovered valuables including gold ornaments, damaged SIM card, purse, make-up articles and a brick with blood stains from the accused.
A motorcycle and a country made revolver were also seized from them, the SP said.
While Nagar and Mansoori were arrested on Thursday, search was on to nab Abid Musalman, he added.


Youth Congress leader Jagdish Mehar shot dead
Our Correspondent, 08 may,2014
A Youth Congress leader from Madhya Pradesh was allegedly shot dead by unidentified persons on the Jabalpur-Jaipur national highway in Khuri village in Rajgarh, police said on Wednesday.
District Youth Congress general secretary, Jagdish Mehar (35) was shot at last evening when he was travelling in his jeep, they said.
The assailants after attacking Mehar fled from the spot in the leader's four-wheeler.
Mehar died on the spot, after he was attacked with a knife too.
According to medical reports, three bullets were found in his body besides a knife injury.
A case of murder has been registered in this regard and further investigations are on, police added.


Haj pilgrims to get 5-star level facilities at 'Rubaat' in Saudi Arabia
Our Correspondent, 08 may,2014
About 250 Haj pilgrims of the then Bhopal royal estate will get five-star like facilities this year at Rubaat (guest house) in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage.
Late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi's daughter Saba Sultan, who is the Mutawalli (custodian) of Auqaf-e-Shahi (royal properties), had recently de-centralised its work and formed a five-member executive board to solve all its issues, including the Rubaat problems at Mecca and Madina in Saudi Arabia.
Saba had authorised one of the executive board member, Sikandar Hafeez Khan, to look after the Rubaat problems and provide accommodations to Haj pilgrims at Saudi Arabia. Khan, after returning from Saudi Arabia, told reporters on Tuesday evening that 2014 Haj pilgrims of the erstwhile Nawab estate including Bhopal, Raisen and Sehore districts of Madhya Pradesh this time will get five-star level facilities (for food and lodging) during Haj pilgrimage.
The present Rubaat building will be demolished later this year for expansion of the Mecca, he said.
Khan said he has identified a building there and brought a proposal to purchase it in lieu of the present building which would be demolished later.
The proposal has been put before Saba Sultan and after obtaining her permission to purchase the building there, it would be taken to Mecca Shahar Qazi for final approval.
As per Mecca law, no Waqf building can be purchased and no fund can be released without Qazi's permission there.


Police rescue youth from kidnappers in less than 24 hours
Our Correspondent, 07 may,2014
In less than 24 hours, police rescued a 24-year-old youth who was allegedly kidnapped by a couple for a ransom of Rs 1.50 crore, police said here on Tuesday.

Inspector General of Police Vipin Maheshwari told reporters that the couple has been identified as Ishant Mishra (25) and Jaycee (30), who allegedly kidnapped the youth, identified as Ashish Rajguru, after asking him to come to Mahalaxmi Nagar on Monday. First, they allegedly demanded a ransom of Rs 1.50 crore from the victim's father Anil Rajguru and later brought down the ransom amount to Rs 10 lakh.

Police arrested Mishra after he went to the place chosen by Ashish's father to collect the ransom, after which the youth was located at an apartment. An award of Rs 50,000 has been announced for the police team which rescued the youth, sources said.


ECI’s directives regarding security of EVMs and strong rooms
Our Correspondent, 07 may,2014
Election commission has issued directives regarding security of EVMs and strong rooms at 51 district headquarters in Madhya Pradesh. District election officers have been asked to inspect strong rooms daily along with SPs.

It has been said in the directives that daily reports of visits should also be maintained in log book and posted on commission’s website till counting day. Office of the Chief Electoral Officer has also written a letter in this regard to all collectors and district election officers.


Two killed, 77 injured as bus overturns and falls into drain
Our Correspondent, 06 may,2014
Two passengers were killed and 77 others were injured when the bus in which they were travelling overturned and fell into a drain near Arjun Badod village, around 18 km from the district headquarters on Monday, police said.
According to police, the driver could have lost control of the vehicle as the bus was overcrowded.
The deceased were identified as Anaar Singh (65) and Nirmala Bai (45), both residents of Barotha village in Dewas district, police said. Among the 77 injured, 59 persons were admitted in government-run MY Hospital in Indore. Five of them are in serious condition. Seventeen others are undergoing treatment at Dewas, while one injured was admitted to a private hospital, police said.
"The bus driver lost control of the vehicle as one of the tyres of the bus burst," police said adding that the driver fled from the spot after the mishap.
A case was registered in this regard and further probe is on.


Home minister Babulal Gaur takes serious note of cracker unit fire
Our Correspondent, 06 may,2014
Taking a serious view of a recent fire in a cracker factory at Badnagar in Ujjain district which claimed 18 lives, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur said in Bhopal on Monday that all cracker units will be inspected and directed officials to ensure safety measures at these units.
After inspecting the cracker unit in Badnagar which caught fire, Gaur directed officials to ensure that they have proper fire-fighting equipment, sand and water to deal with any emergency situation, official sources said.
The minister said that after receiving the probe report of the incident, appropriate action would be take to prevent recurrence of such incidents.
After visiting the factory, Gaur also met victims of the fire incident.
Victims' kin demanded Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh compensation instead of Rs 1.5 lakh each for deceased and Rs 50,000 each for the injured and also immediate shifting of these units outside the city for the safety and welfare of the people, sources said.
The fire in the cracker unit claimed 18 lives including that of 11 women, three men, three girls and one boy, sources said.
A case has been registered against the owner of the cracker manufacturing unit Yusuf Hussain and his supervisor, Shabbeer Hussain, sources said.


MP polls: 226 LS candidates in 31-50 age bracket
Our Correspondent, 05 may,2014
Bhopal: Of the 378 candidates in fray for 29 Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh where elections were held last month, 226 are in 31-50 years age group, including 113 candidates each in 31-40 and 41-50 age brackets.
The oldest candidate is 75-year-old independent Baba Abdul Hameed Khan in Khandwa Lok Sabha constituency, an official release said here today.
Master Sajid Siddiqui of Social Democratic Party in Bhopal and BJP candidate Laxminarayan Yadav from Sagar Lok Sabha seat are both 73 years old.
Similarly, two candidates of minimum 25 years of age are in the fray, including independent Brahmanand Pratap Singh in Sidhi and independent Udai Pratap Singh in Hoshangabad. Khangar Neeraj contesting in Tikamgarh is 26 years old.
In other age groups, 36 candidates are in 25-30 age group, 68 in 51-60 age group, 39 in 61-70 age bracket and nine candidates in 71-75 age group, the release added.


Bank clerk arrested for raping woman on marriage pretext
Our Correspondent, 05 may,2014
A bank clerk was arrested for allegedly raping a woman on the pretext of marriage and sent to judicial remand. Jitendra Jatav, a resident of Morena, had promised to marry the woman, and established sexual relations with her before getting a job at a public sector bank, prosecution said on Sunday.
However, after getting appointed as clerk in the bank's Balaghat branch, he refused to marry the woman and fixed his marriage with someone else, following which the victim filed a complaint against him recently, prosecution said.
The accused was arrested by police on Saturday and produced before a local court which, despite his written assurances to marry the woman (complainant), sent him to judicial remand.
Jatav was supposed to get married on May 1 and following his arrest, his planned marriage with a Gwalior-based woman also broke.


Governor pays tributes to former President late Dr. Zakir Hussain
Our Correspondent, 03 may,2014
Governor Shri Ram Naresh Yadav has paid tributes to former President late Dr. Zakir Hussain on his death anniversary.

The Governor said that Bharat Ratna and educationist former President Dr. Zakir Hussain’s role had been important in nationalistic works and freedom movement. His works as Chairman of University Grants Commission are worth emulating.

The Governor has exhorted youths to play a creative role in nation-building by following ideals and messages of Dr. Zakir Hussain.


law students of a tiger hunting its prey goes viral on Whatsapp
Our Correspondent, 03 may,2014
Bhopal: Wild tiger numbers are at an all-time low. We have lost 97% of wild tigers in just over a century. Tigers may be one of the most revered animals, but they are also vulnerable to extinction. As few as 3,200 exist in the wild today.
The largest of all the Asian big cats, tigers rely primarily on sight and sound rather than smell. They typically hunt alone and stalk prey. In a recent incident a group of students ventured into the forest and shot a video of a tiger hunting a cow. These students of National Law Institute University weren’t terrified at the sight of the tiger which is mostly known to react on instincts and loathes encroachment or invasion of its territory. Though the small excursion transformed into legal action taken against these law students when the video went viral on Whatsapp. The forest department has taken the matter seriously and lodged a police complaint against the students and have also initiated a probe into the matter.
This video was shot on Thursday by a group of NLIU students who had ventured into a forest close to their campus. As per the forest department five tigers reside in this area of the forest, this includes two tigress, one tiger and two tiger cubs. People are forbidden to go inside the forest and despite the knowledge of the fact the students ventured into the forest.
After they spotted a tiger hunting its prey they used their mobile phones to capture the video and sent it to each other on Whatsapp, when the viral video was received by the forest department a legal action was initiated against the students, Bhopal’s forest department’s officer said the act was suicidal as tigers can attack humans during their hunt.


Officials directed for adequate preparations of poll counting
Our Correspondent, 02 may,2014
Bhopal: Returning officers of 29 Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh, collectors and district election officers have been directed to ensure all preparations for poll counting to be held on May 16 as per Election Commission's directives.

The office of the Chief Electoral Officer here has given directives regarding selection of counting venues and appointment of polling staff and counting agents, an official release said here today.
Districts will have to do first, second and third randomisation of counting staff and micro observers.
It has been directed to ensure that no unauthorised person enters counting hall.
Districts have been directed to make arrangements for counting agents and counting tables in counting centres.
Directives have been given to place computer table near the table of RO for feeding round-wise results in the computer, the release said.


Five kin of ex-MP minister Dashrath Singh Lodhi killed in road accident
Our Correspondent, 02 may,2014
Five relatives of former MP minister Dashrath Singh Lodhi were killed when their jeep collided with a stationary truck on Jabera-Sagar road in Sagar, police said today.

The deceased persons were going to take part in a pre-marriage function when the mishap occurred last night, they said. The jeep rammed into the stationary truck following which four persons died on the spot while another one succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital.

The deceased were identified as - Devendra Singh Thakur (Lodhi's paternal uncle), Ujiyar Singh Thakur (Lodhi's younger brother) Nanhe Thakur, Kamlesh Thakur and Narendra Singh Thakur (all close relatives of the former minister), police said. A case has been registered in this regard and further investigations are on, they added.


Right to health be made a fundamental right: Shivraj Chouhan
Our Correspondent, 01 may,2014
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday demanded that Right to Health be made a fundamental right.
"Right to Health should be included in the fundamental rights (in the Constitution)," Chouhan said after inaugurating a hospital in Bhopal.
Chouhan said Madhya Pradesh should have medical institutions with all facilities available, so that people need not travel outside the state for treatment.
His government had chalked out a policy for enhancing healthcare facilities with the participation of the private sector, he added.
Medical tourism was being given a boost in the state, he said while calling on the private sector to extend help in the implementation of government schemes for the poor.
State Health Minister Dr Narottam Mishra said the government was committed to provide healthcare facilities free to the poor.


Urban body and 3-tier Panchayat elections 2014-15
Our Correspondent, 01 may,2014
A 3-day programme to impart training in preparation of photo bearing electoral rolls for urban body and 3-tier Panchayat elections 2014-15 is at starting State Election Commission from tomorrow. As many as 252 officers including commissioners of all municipal corporations, additional commissioners, deputy commissioners (Revenue), deputy commissioners (development), deputy district election officers, superintendents posted in the local election offices, tahsildars and naib tahsildars will participate in it.
On May 1, training will be imparted in the first session to all 14 municipal corporations’ commissioners and additional commissioners. In the second session, deputy commissioners (development) of all the divisions will take part. Total 38 officers will attend both the sessions.
In the first session on the second day i.e. May 3, 66 officers will take part in the training including deputy commissioners (revenue) of all the divisions and deputy district election officers and superintendents/assistant superintendents posted in the offices of the local election office in all districts of Indore, Ujjain, Bhopal and Narmadapuram divisions will take part and 46 such officers of all districts of Gwalior, Chambal, Rewa, Shahdol and Jabalpur divisions in the second session.
In the first session on the last day May 5, training will be imparted to 50 tahsildars and naib tahsildars of 25 districts including Morena, Sheopur, Bhind, Rewa, Sidhi Singrauli, Satna, Shahdol, Anuppur, Umaria Ratlam, Shajapur, Agar-Malwa, Mandsaur, Neemuch, Gwalior, Shivpuri, Guna, Ashok Nagar and Datia, Indore, Dhar, Khargone, Barwani and Jhabua district.
In the second session on the same day, training will be imparted to 52 tahsildars and naib tahsildars of remaining 26 districts including Alirajpur, Khandwa, Burhanpur, Ujjain, Dewas, Dindori, Sagar, Damoh, Panna, Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh, Bhopal, Sehore, Raisen, Rajgarh, Vidisha, Hoshangabad, Harda, Betul, Jabalpur, Katni, Narsinghpur, Chhindwara, Seoni, Mandla and Balaghat.
It is noteworthy that the State Election Commission has decided to conduct ensuing urban body and 3-tier Panchayat elections through EVMs for the first time. This training is being imparted regarding preparations of photo bearing electoral rolls and functioning and handling of EVMs.


MP: Man posts woman's obscene photos on Facebook, jailed for 3 years
Our Correspondent, 29 April,2014
Bhopal: In a first of its kind verdict in Bhopal, a local court has sentenced a youth to three years in prison for posting obscene photographs of a woman on Facebook. The convict has also been directed to pay a penalty of Rs 22,000 for the cyber crime.

The woman had approached the state cyber cell in January 2013 alleging that the man created a Facebook profile with her name, address and morphed pictures to defame her.

The IP address of the user was traced to the complainant's neighbour who was then arrested.


MP Collectors told to ensure webcasting of EVM security in strong rooms
Our Correspondent, 29 April,2014
Bhopal: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer has directed all district Collectors in Madhya Pradesh to ensure webcasting of strong rooms in view of EVM security during counting of votes.
Stating this, an official release said here today that District Collectors have been told that webcasting of security arrangements at strong rooms is being linked with CEO's website for people to see it. This was informed by Additional Chief Electoral Officer Shri V.L. Kanta Rao during a video-conferencing with collectors here yesterday.
Earlier, Election Commission's IT Department's officer Shri Abhishek held discussions with collectors regarding use of Genesis software for counting of votes.
During the video-conferencing, collectors were asked to send compliance certificate regarding security of strong rooms. Links about webcasting of strong rooms should be informed so that they can be linked with website.
Election Commission will provide software for webcasting and Collectors were also directed to send reports about counting rounds in prescribed proforma.


MP ATS arrests suspected SIMI member Gulrez Ali
Our Correspondent, 28 April,2014
Madhya Pradesh police's Anti- Terrorist Squad on Sunday arrested a Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activist Gulrez Ali from the station area when a police team from Delhi was about to bring back another SIMI activist Abu Faisal.
ATS sleuths caught Gulrez from the station area where they were present in strength to take the custody of Faisal, who was brought to Bhopal from New Delhi by a Delhi Police team, police sources said.
Gulrez who carried a reward of Rs 15,000, was later produced before a court which remanded him in police custody till May 5. A case was registered against him for his alleged involvement in anti-national activities in 2013 under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Arms Act and the Explosives Act.
Since then the ATS had been keeping a watch on him, the sources said.
When the ATS sleuths got information on Sunday that Gulrez could be present somewhere near Bhopal station's platform number one, it intensified its vigil and nabbed him the moment he was spotted, they said.
The ATS re-arrested Faisal from Barwani district some time ago after he escaped from Khandwa prison with six others on October 2. A National Investigative Agency (NIA) team took him for questioning in connection with different terror attacks in the country and his links with other Indian Mujahideen operatives, the sources said.
Later, Faisal was also taken by the Delhi Police team for questioning in connection with his alleged involvement with recently arrested IM operatives.


SUVs are burglars' vehicle of choice this summer
Our Correspondent, 28 April,2014
BHOPAL: SUVs have won the favor of burglars this summer. Two incidents of theft wherein thieves came in Scorpios and decamped with cash and valuables have come to light in past three days alone.
Both incidents took place in parts of new city between noon and evening. The accused, deemed to be around four in number, targeted locked houses. In both casers, they came in a white Scorpio, parked them outside the houses, broke the locks and escaped with cash and valuables in less than an hour.
Incidents in question have been reported in Shahpura and Ayodhya Nagar areas. In Ayodhya Nagar, the thieves even attacked the complainant's son when he tried to catch them.
Even the neighbours didn't smell anything fishy, as in both incidents the white Scorpio parked outside the house gave them the impression that a family friend had come for a visit.
The police suspect that a seasonal gang is getting active and employing very little change in their modus operandi. A gang, run by Bunty and Iqbal, strikes in a similar fashion and moves in cars. Iqbal is from Indore while Bunty resides in old city here. They were arrested by Talaiya police in September last year and were released only last month.
The police say the thefts have not been committed by the infamous chaddi baniyan gang that generally gets active in summers, and that a different gang must be behind these thefts.
The city witnesses an average of ten thefts every day. The strictness of police during the model code of conduct could also not bring down the number of thefts in the city.
The cases include: Ayodhya Nagar theft wherein the house of Balwant Singh Raghuvanshi, 48, a resident of Santosh Vihar colony, was burgled and he was robbed of around Rs 2 lakh on April 25. When his son Abhishek tried to catch the accused, they attacked him, although, the youth sustained only minor injuries on hand.
Similarly, in the theft that was registered at Shahpura police station, burglars barged into a doctor's house and stole cash and valuables worth Rs 1 lakh in E-8 Arera Colony on April 26. The thieves came in a white Scorpio in the evening when Dr Dinesh Garg and his wife had gone to 10 number market for an hour.
Apart from the two incidents mentioned above, Rs 6 lakh was robbed from a locked flat from Rachna Nagar on March 23. In this theft too, the accused committed the crime in the evening. Officials did not rule out the possibility that the same gang was behind all these theft that took place within a gap of a day or two last week.
A massive vehicle-checking drive is underway in the cit. The police are checking vehicles, white Scoripos in particular, at entry and exit points of the city.


BJP, Modi not separate from each other, says Chouhan
Our Correspondent, 25 April,2014
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said Narendra Modi and BJP cannot be viewed as separate from each other and maintained the Prime Ministerial candidate has blessings of all top party leaders. “BJP and Modi are complementary to each other.
They are inseparable and Modi has full blessings of party’s stalwarts like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, among others,” he said. Chouhan was talking to reporters after casting his vote along with his wife, Sadhna, at his ancestral village Jait in Vidisha Parliamentary constituency. The people of the country are yearning for change and therefore, they will vote for BJP and help install a party-led government at the Centre, he said.
To a question, he said BJP will fulfil its “Mission-29” (to win all the 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh) and he has no doubts about it.


Madhya Pradhesh Polls: 42.29 % voting recorded till 2 PM
Our Correspondent, 25 April,2014
Bhopal: About 42.29 per cent voters exercised their franchise till 2 pm today for 10 Lok Sabha seats in the third and final phase of polling in Madhya Pradesh.”Polling is going on peacefully and so far 42.29 per cent electorates including 49.82 per cent men and 34.27 per cent women have cast their votes,” Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer, Jaideep Govind told reporters here.Meanwhile, reports of poll boycott were received from Khargone’s Satavada village (Polling Booth no. 15) on the issue of lack of basic facilities.Besides, only five votes were polled till now at Polling Booth No. 142 in Ratlam’s Jaora town on the same issue, the CEO said.Efforts are on to persuade people to exercise their right to franchise by concerned officials but they are not relenting, he said.The poll per cent in ten Lok Sabha seats in MP is as follows: Vidisha (42.57%), Dewas (44.05%), Ujjain (38.28%), Mandsaur (47.91%), Ratlam (41.67%), Dhar (38.07%), Indore (40.52%), Khargone (48.92%), Khandwa (41.21%) and Betul (39.69%). Poll officials also seized Rs 10.71 lakh in two separate cases in Ratlam constituency, the official said.
Besides 945 litres of country-made liquor worth Rs 1.70 lakh in Indore, 148 litre liquor worth Rs 25,000 from Betul constituency and 21 litre in Dewas were seized by poll personnel.
A poll official in Harda district which falls under Betul constituency passed away due to cardiac arrest while on duty, the CEO added.


Madhya Pradesh Polls: Nearly a quarter vote
Our Correspondent, 24 April,2014
Almost a quarter of the voters cast their ballot in the first few hours of Thursday in Madhya Pradesh‘s 10 Lok Sabha seats where one of the candidates is senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, officials said.
Brisk polling was seen for 10 Lok Sabha seats and one assembly seat, officials said.
Three polling booths witnessed poll boycott by voters, but the authorities said they are trying to convince them to vote.
In Vidisha, BJP’s leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj is pitted against Congress candidate Lakshman Singh, the younger brother of Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh.
For the Indore seat, BJP has fielded Sumitra Mahajan who is contesting against Satyanarayan Patel of Congress and Anil Trivedi of Aam Aadmi Party.
Of the 10 parliamentary constituencies, Congress had won six in the 2009 Lok Sabha election.
Nine electronic voting machines were changed following glitches.
As many as 118 candidates are in the fray for the 10 Lok Sabha seats and 11 candidates for the by-poll in Vidisha assembly constituency.
The parliamentary constituencies where polling is being held are – Vidisha, Dewas, Ujjain, Indore, Dhar, Ratlam, Mandsaur, Khargone, Khandwa and Betul.
In the first four hours of voting, Dewas recorded 30.11 percent voter turnout and Dhar recorded 19.2 percent turnout. The state’s parliamentary seats recorded an average voter turn out of 22 percent.
Balloting is being held at 19,444 polling booths where 46,133 electronic voting machines (EVMs) are being used.
A total of 155,552 officials have been tasked to hold polling.
As many as 16,960,213 electors, including 8,171,532 women, are eligible to exercise their franchise.
This is the third and final round of polling in the state. The first two phases saw voting in 19 constituencies.


MP: It's BJP's sense of purpose vs Cong's lack of it
Our Correspondent, 24 April,2014
Bhopal: Action shifts to the prosperous Nimar-Malwa belt as Madhya Pradesh awaits polling for 10 seats in the third and final phase on 24 April. Two constituencies spilling beyond Malwa-Nimar belt are Vidisha and Betul. The campaign ends on Tuesday for this phase. Though the Congress holds a 6-4 advantage on these seats it remains an underdog as the BJP displays extra sense of purpose in the fight. Of the 12 seats the Congress held in the outgoing Lok Sabha from Madhya Pradesh, it won six from this region in 2009. In the assembly elections in November, the Congress lost a majority of the assembly segments to the BJP. That should have prodded the party into working harder. It ended up demoralising the workers instead. The party had provided three helicopters and a plane for the state unit. The facility has been grossly underutilised by the national leaders or star campaigners. Most hours were logged by the state leader of the opposition Satyadev Katare in covering 21 parliamentary constituencies in a month.
The party was expecting Union Minister Kamal Nath to campaign extensively after the polling was over in his constituency Chhindwara in the first phase. He has so far visited only Dewas that his protégé Sajjan Singh Verma is grimly battling to defend. Party sources say Kamal Nath is scheduled to visit Betul on the last day of campaign. Sonia Gandhi is reported to have drastically cut down her campaign. Similarly Jyotiraditya Scindia who was tied up in Gwalior, Shivpuri and Guna region for the second phase of polling has not rushed to the other parts since Thursday when polling ended in his constituency. He is now scheduled to visit some areas in Malwa and Nimar. Rahul Gandhi has visited the region fairly frequently. But the results of campaign remain a mystery. The BJP also has its share of intra-party squabbles. But it gives the impression of a much better organised unit..
Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj is battling hard for a second term from Vidisha not so much due to stiffer opposition from the Congress but because of reports of sabotage by pro-Modi elements in the state. There is no love lost between Modi and Swaraj. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is, however, is sparing no effort in his campaign for her. In Betul, the contest has aroused curiosity after the Congress lured away state minister Vijay Shah’s elder brother Ajay Shah and fielded him against sitting MP Jyoti Dhurve. While Vijay Shah and other members of the family are under pressure to ensure the BJP’s victory the Congress has to deal with angry Korku tribal leader Rahul Chauhan who was dropped at the last minute. Another key constituency is Indore the state’s commercial hub that has returned BJP’s Sumitra Mahajan for the past 25 years. Her main rival this time is Satyanarain Patel (Congress) a rich farmer from the region whose campaign was lit up by film stars. Rahul Gandhi’s confidante Meenakshi Natarajan is defending the Mandsaur seat against BJP’s Sudhir Gupta and AAP’s Paras Sakhlecha. Gupta is a little known candidate and his candidature was opposed within the party. At Ratlam former PCC chief and sitting MP Kantilal Bhuria who faces former Union minister Dilip Singh Bhuria (BJP) has his task cut out after the Congress had lost all the assembly segments in November. BJP’s Chintamani Malviya is offering a tough fight to sitting Congress MP Premchand Guddu at the pilgrim town Ujjain. The Congress candidate has courted quite a few controversies and his nomination surprised state party leaders. Another incumbent member of the parliament and PCC chief Arun Yadav is defending Khandwa against old rival Nandkumar Singh Chauhan (BJP). The presence of Alok Agrawal of the AAP has made the triangular contest interesting. The AAP has a strong organisation of people displaced by the Narmada Dam. Successive state governments have glossed over their problems giving the movement a cutting edge. Like Premchand Guddu the Shajapur-Dewas sitting Congress MP Sajjan Singh Verma has also been in the news for frequent run-ins with party leaders. He faces stiff challenge from Manohar Untwal of BJP. At Khargone, the BJP replaced sitting MP Makan Singh Solanki with Subhash Patel who faces Ramesh Patel (Congress). At Dhar-Mhow the Congress similarly replaced sitting MP Gajendra Singh Rajukhedi with


Jeweller carrying more than 4 kg gold arrested
Our Correspondent, 22 April,2014
A jeweller carrying more than four kg of gold jewellery was caught on Monday at the Gujarat-Madhya Pradesh border at Pitol barrier in a joint action by the flying squad and the police.
The jeweller was on his way to Ratlam from Rajkot and was not carrying valid documents to prove authenticity of the gold jewellery, police said. The seizure which is worth Rs 1.39 crore is significant in view of Lok Sabha polls to be held on April 24 in Ratlam under the third and final phase in Madhya Pradesh.

Identified as Dinesh Dhanjibhai Soni, the jeweller has not produced valid papers so far to prove that the consignment was genuine, due to which he has been detained by the police and a case registered, they said.


MP: After being allegedly molested, 15-year-old girl sets herself ablaze
Our Correspondent, 22 April,2014
Singrauli: In yet another incident of sexual assault on children, after being allegedly molested by her neighbour, a 15-year old girl set herself ablaze in Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh. The minor girl succumbed to her injuries on Monday.

The girl had on Monday gave her dying declaration, which said that the accused attempted rape on her two days ago. The police has arrested the accused.

This comes just a day after a 14-year-old girl girl was allegedly gangraped and thrown off a moving bus in Singrauli. The minor was allegedly gangraped by five people.
Rewa IG Pawan Srivastava has reached Singrauli on Tuesday morning to examine the situation.


Re-polling at 6 booths tomorrow
Our Correspondent, 21 April,2014
BHOPAL: Re-polling will be held at six polling booths of four constituencies in the state on April 22. Election commission (EC) has ordered re-polling on these booths following complaints of booth capturing and poll related irregularities, on Sunday.

Polling at these booths was held during the second round of elections on April 17.

Re-polling would be held at booths in Gwalior, Sagar, Bhopal and Rajgarh Lok Sabha seats.
Under Gwalior, it would be held in Jaderuakala polling booth, Pitua and Bakna polling booths in Sagar, Govindpura and Barkheda booths in Bhopal as well as Harjipura polling station in Rajgarh, official sources said.


Rs. 20.50 crore liquor, cash and jewellery seized during Lok Sabha elections
Our Correspondent, 21 April,2014
Strict action is being taken to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh. Apart from police and Excise staff, flying squads, Income Tax teams and SST have intensified search operations to check misuse of black money and illicit distribution of liquor in districts. In view of elections in 10 Parliamentary constituencies on April 24, search and checking operations have been intensified in concerning areas. So far cash and kind including liquor worth Rs. 20 crore 50 lakh has been seized since announcement of elections in the state.

Seizures so far
FS/SST/police

2.42 lakh litre liquor
Rs. 2.80 crore bullion weighing 479 gram at Badnagar in Ujjain
Rs, 6.94 lakh cash by flying squads.
Rs. 1.14 crore seized by SST
Rs. 72.61 lakh cash seized by police
Rs. 5.37 crore worth 1.75 lakh litre liquor seized by police
Rs. 2.77 crore worth 864.804 kg drugs and narcotics seized by police
Excise staff

66346 litre liquor from various places
Liquor worth Rs. one crore 12 lakh.
Income Tax Department

Rs one crore 72 lakh cash seized.

Out of Rs. 3 crore 66 lakh cash seized since announcement of elections on March 5, SST has seized Rs. one crore 14 lakh 37 thousand 810, police Rs. 72 lakh 61 thousand 780, Income Tax Department Rs. one crore 72 lakh and flying squads have seized Rs. 6 lakh 94 thousand 100.
Police has seized large quantity of bullion also. It seized 479 kg silver plates costing Rs. 2 crore 80 lakh at Badnagar in Ujjain. Flying squads seized 401.2 lakh litre liquor worth Rs. 91 thousand 300, SST 444.9 litre liquor worth Rs. 83 thousand 340, police one lakh 75 thousand 117 litre liquor worth Rs. 5 crore and Excise Department seized 66 thousand 346 litre liquor worth Rs. one crore 12 lakh 40 thousand. In this way, total 2 lakh 42 thousand litre liquor worth Rs. 6 crore 52 lakh has been seized.
Police has seized 864.804 kg drugs/narcotics worth Rs. 2 crore 77 lakh. Flying squads have seized various kinds of goods worth Rs. 33 lakh 73 thousand 759 and SST Rs. 40 lakh 38 thousand 370 and police seized other materials worth Rs. 4 crore 65 thousand 620. In this way, Rs. 3 crore 66 lakh cash, Rs. 2 crore 80 lakh worth bullion, Rs. 6 crore 52 lakh litre liquor worth 2 lakh 42 thousand, Rs. 2 crore 77 lakh worth 864.804 kg drugs/narcotics and Rs. 4 crore 75 lakh worth other material have been seized.


Fire engulfs marriage party bus in Madhya Pradesh, five dead
Our Correspondent, 19 April,2014
Bhind: At least five people were burnt to death and several others were injured when a bus carrying members of a marriage party caught fire on Friday night.
Three kids were among the dead, official sources said.
“Bus catches fire in Bhind, Madhya Pradesh, five dead,” said Deputy Inspector General (Chambal Range), DK Arya.
He added, "We have received reports from the spot that five persons -- two men and three children -- were killed when a bus carrying a marriage party came in contact with a high tension line and caught fire."
According to initial reports, a 'tremendous fire' engulfed the entire bus after coming into contact with a high tension wire.

The death toll may increase as the bus was carrying nearly 50 people and was totally gutted in the mishap, police officials said.
The marriage party belonged to one Uday Singh Gurjar and the bus was on its way to Arjaria from Baroa village in the district when the tragedy struck.
Those rescued sustained 80-90 percent burns and were sent to a nearby hospital.
"So far, seven persons, who suffered burn injuries, have been admitted to the district hospital," Arya said.


Voting percentage of male and female voters increases in 10 Lok Sabha seats compared to last Parliamentary elections
Our Correspondent, 19 April,2014
Voting percentage of male and female voters has increased in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in 10 Parliamentary constituencies compared to Lok Sabha elections-2009. Percentage of male voters was 54.76 percent in year 2009 while it was 60.98 percent on elections held on April 17, which is 6.22 percent more. Percentage of female voters was 36.16 percent in year 2009 while it was 54.61 percent in elections held on April 17, which is 11.02 percent more. Besides, 37 out of 420 other voters also cast their votes, their percentage being 8.81.

Of the one crore 67 lakh 12 thousand 779 voters in the second phase, 91 lakh 26 thousand 502 voters exercised their franchise. Thus, average percentage of voting in 10 Parliamentary constituencies Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Guna, Sagar, Tikamgarh, Damoh, Khajuraho, Bhopal and Rajgarh stood at 54.61. Maximum 63.99 voting has been registered in Rajgarh and minimum 45.63 percent in Bhind. Voting percentage was 50.72 percent in Morena, 52.88 percent in Gwalior, 60.72 in Guna, 58.50 in Sagar, 50.15 in Tikamgarh (SC), 55.27 in Damoh, 50.54 in Khajuraho and 57.83 in Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency.

Maximum 72.30 percent male voters voted in Rajgarh and maximum 54.84 percent female voters voted also in Rajgarh. This time, 50.72 percent voting was registered in Morena against 50.43 percent in year 2009, Bhind 45.63 against 35.74, Gwalior 52.88 against 41.27, Guna 60.72 against 55.05, Sagar 58.50 against 49.18, Tikamgarh 50.15 against 44.27, Damoh 55.27 against 45.76, Khajuraho 50.04 against 44.04, Bhopal 57.83 against 46 and 63.99 percent voting was registered in Rajgarh Parliamentary constituency this time compared to 52.31 percent in Lok Sabha elections 2009.

Among the 19 districts under the second phase, 58.65 percent voting was registered in Sheopur district, 49.43 in Morena, 43.58 in Bhind, 51.98 in Gwaior, 49.66 in Datia, 56.72 in Shivpuri, 59.45 in Guna, 62.56 in Ashok Nagar, 56.41 in Sagar, 48.83 in Tikamgarh, 49.64 in Chhatarpur, 57.55 in Damoh, 53.21 in Katni, 59.49 percent in Vidisha, 56.98 in Bhopal, 66.63 in Sehore, 61.23 in Rajgarh and maximum 69.49 percent voting was registered in new district Agar-Malwa.

Among 80 Vidhan Sabha constituencies in the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies, maximum 62.08 percent polling was registered in Sarangpur in Rajgarh district followed by 59.56 in Chanderi in Guna, 58.88 in Susner in Rajgarh, 53.89 in Rajgarh, 53.34 in Khilchipur, 58.67 in Bamori, 58.42 in Ashok Nagar, 57.16 in Khurai in Sagar, 56.34 in Ambah in Morena, 58.88 in Jabera in Damoh, 55.41 in Vijaypur, 56.25 in Mungawali in Guna and 51.74 percent voting was registered in Pichhor.


54.41 percent voting in second phase of Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh
Our Correspondent, 18 April,2014
Over 8.20 percent more polling compared to Lok Sabha elections in 2009 Maximum 63.40 percent voting in Rajgarh and minimum 45.16 percent in Bhind

As many as 54.41 percent voters cast their votes in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in 10 Parliamentary constituencies today according to information received till late night in Madhya Pradesh. This is 8.20 percent more compared to Lok Sabha elections in these constituencies in year 2009. Today, 61.08 percent male and 46.46 female voters exercised their franchise. Maximum 63.40 voting has been registered in Rajgarh and minimum 45.16 percent in Bhind.
Increase in poll percentage has been registered due to widespread voter awareness campaign in Madhya Pradesh. Voting percentage was 46.21 in Lok Sabha elections in these constituencies in year 2009.
Voters exhibited enthusiasm despite extreme heat and rains in some areas. in the second phase voting percentage was 51.67 percent in Morena, 45.15 in Bhind (SC), 50.78 percent in Gwalior, 61.11 in Guna, 59.08 in Sagar, 50.67 in Tikamgarh (SC), 54.06 in Damoh, 50.11 in Khajuaraho, 58.42 in Bhopal and 66.40 percent in Rajgarh Lok Sabha constituency.


MP High Court rejects pleas seeking CBI probe into MPPEB scam
Our Correspondent, 18 April,2014
The Madhya Pradesh High Court has rejected a bunch of petitions seeking a CBI probe into the MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam.
A total of 14 petitions, demanding investigation by the central agency into the scam were filed in the High Court pertaining to irregularities in selection/ appointments made by MPPEB with alleged connivance of officials and politicians in the Pre-Medical Test, Pre-PG Test and for number of government jobs including recruitment of teachers.
The pleas were rejected by the bench in Jabalpur on Wednesday.
The petitioners contended that since high-profile persons including Ministers and bureaucrats were involved in it, MP Police's Special Task Force (STF) which is probing the case at present will not be able to act impartially as it is directly under the state government and therefore it should be conducted by the CBI.
However, the bench of Chief Justice A M Khanvilkar and Justice K K Trivedi rejected the demand on the ground that it is not like that STF is not arresting people deliberately.
But the court also suo motu took cognizance in the matter and said that it will keep a watch on the STF probe in the scam and directed the registry to file a separate petition on the issue.
The court also directed the Tikoganj Police Station in Indore (where it was unearthed) to handover the probe related to the scam to the STF following registration of FIR in 2011 in the matter.
Congress leaders in Madhya Pradesh have been demanding the handing over of the case to CBI for long and have also filed a petition on the issue.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had admitted in the state Assembly on January 15 that 1,000 out of the over 1.47 lakh appointments and selections made by MPPEB since 2007 were found to be fake.
He had stated that those found guilty will not be spared irrespective of his/her position.
The scam was unearthed in 2009 and the MPPEB had last year disqualified those students who had been identified by the probe agencies and allegedly benefited from irregularities in the entrance examination.
The STF has filed FIRs against 130 people including former State Higher Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma, who has been linked to irregularities in selection of teachers.


Sushma red faced as Guna nominee fails to turn up at helipad
Our Correspondent, 16 April,2014
Shivpuri: Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj's proposed rally here in Madhya Pradesh in support of the party nominee from Guna seat, Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya ended up in no show on Tuesday as the local leaders failed to turn up at the helipad to receive her.
No BJP leader was present to receive the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha when her chopper landed at around 1.45 pm, except the media, sources said.
Even no party vehicle was present at the spot except a security vehicle with a tag "Escort", which Sushma thought was due to the Model Code of Conduct which is in force, they said.
However, when she realised it was a escort vehicle, she asked the driver to stop and returned to the helipad where she found a few local BJP leaders whom she asked about Pawaiya who was reportedly in Ashoknagar town at that time.
When efforts to contact Pawaiya proved futile, Sushma got angry at the "shoddy" arrangements and refused to address the party's rally in Shivpuri and left for Ashoknagar in the same chopper to address a scheduled public meeting at 2.18 pm, sources added.
However, before addressing the rally in Ashoknagar, she publicly scolded Pawaiya who was present at the spot, over the treatment meted out to her at Shivpuri.
Both Shivpuri and Ashoknagar are parts of the Guna Parliamentary constituency.
Pawaiya is in the fray against Congress stalwart and Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia from Guna seat. Later, Sushma addressed the rally at Ashoknagar and appealed to voters to throw out "corrupt" Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.


Governor's former OSD, BSP leader arrested in recruitment scams
Our Correspondent, 16 April,2014
Dhanraj Yadav, former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav, and BSP leader Radha Raman Ahirwar have been arrested in connection with two recruitment examination scams in the state.
The MP Special Task Force arrested the two accused yesterday from Bhopal, STF sources said here today.
While Yadav was arrested in connection with the police examination recruitment exam of 2012, Ahirwar was booked for rigging teachers' recruitment examination conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (PEB) in 2011.
Sources said that Yadav misused his official position and referred many candidates for recruitment as police constable to PEB's Exam Controller Dr Pankaj Trivedi and Chief System Analyst, Nitin Mahindra.
Also, names of candidates referred by Yadav were found from the data sheet on the hard disk on Mahindra's computer.
While Ahirwar, ex-BSP president of Vidisha district got selected some candidates in contractual teachers eligibility test grade-II through Yadav and Trivedi.
Both Yadav and Ahirwar reportedly hail from Mau district of Uttar Pradesh.


Ambedkar's birth place devoid of fervour amid poll code
Our Correspondent, 15 April,2014
The 123rd birth anniversary of the architect of the Indian Constitution, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar was observed on Monday at his birth place in Mhow near Indore.
However, because of the enforcement of the model code of conduct in view of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, no major function was organized which used to be a routine affair in Indore every year on the occasion with large number of leaders making a beeline to pay respect to him at his grand memorial, sources said.
There were no elaborate cavalcades of political leaders, nor were there any huge stages erected for announcements centred around a section of the society.
Sources said because of the fear of being booked for violation of MCC, political leaders in Mhow also refrained from putting up their posters and banners carrying their photographs.
A few candidates from the Dhar Lok Sabha constituency and some other political leaders made a quiet visit to the Ambedkar memorial.
However, thousands of his followers from across the country arrived in the cantonment town to pay their respect on the occasion. The Ambedkar memorial was dedicated to the nation on April 14, 2008 on the occasion of the leader's 117th birth anniversary.
The government had also rechristened Mhow as Dr Ambedkar Nagar in 2003 in his memory.


Sale of liquor to be banned 48 hours before polling
Our Correspondent, 15 April,2014
Election Commission has issued directives regarding ban on sale of liquor before polling for second phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state on 17. According to the Election Commission, sale of country-made liquor, IMFL or any spirited intoxicant at hotels, restaurants, shops or any other place will be banned 48 hours before polling. The commission has directed for strict compliance of legal provisions under Representation of People Act 1951 to prohibit sale and distribution of liquor on polling day. During 48 hours before end of polling in any constituency, sale and distribution of spirit-based liquor, intoxicant or any substance of the same nature will be prohibited in hotels, restaurants, schools, shops and any other public and private place. Violator of the prohibition will be liable for 6 months’ imprisonment or Rs. 2 thousand fine or both.
Dry day will also be declared as per provisions of Madhya Pradesh Excise Act. Directives have been given to keep special watch over inter-state borders during this period.
The constituencies where polling will be held on April 17 . These constituencies are Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Guna, Sagar, Tikamgarh, Damoh, Khajuraho, Bhopal and Rajgarh. Polling will be held from 7 am to 6 pm.


Man murdered, police suspect crime of passion
Our Correspondent, 14 April,2014
BHOPAL: A 30-year-old man was found murdered with slit throat at his house on Sunday morning. The incident took place barely 100 metres from Piplani police station.
Illicit relation is suspected as the crime motive. The wife was sleeping with four kids in the house at time of incident, but she told police not having any idea about the murder of her husband.
Police said Baburam Makoria was found lying in a pool of blood when they reached on the spot. The man worked as sweeper at BHEL and in a hotel at MP Nagar. A person known to the family has been rounded up on suspicion.
A native of Mahoba in UP, Makoria lived with his wife Kiran and four sons . It was suspected someone known to him and his wife murdered him with a sharp-edged weapon , police said
Kiran told police she along with her sons were sleeping in the bedroom which her husband had locked from outside, telling her that he and his friends were partying
Four brands of liquor bottles, two glasses and some cigarettes were recovered from the spot. Kiran said she asked her husband to open the door at night, but she slept again after Baburam didn't respond. The incident came to light when Kiran banged the door in morning. However, when Baburam did not respond, she called neighbours for help.
There were signs of struggle at the spot. Police are not convinced about Kiran's statement that she did not hear a sound or voice of her husband who was brutally murdered close to the room where she was sleeping.
Bafati, who worked with Baburam and would often visit his house has been arrested.


Over 60 percent complaints of political parties redressed
Our Correspondent, 14 April,2014
A total of 824 complaints have been received from political parties and others against government officers and employees so far during Lok Sabha elections. Of these, 409 complaints have been redressed and process is underway of redress remaining 415 complaints. Of the 198 complaints received from various political parties, 128 have been redressed. Thus, over 60 percent of their complaints have been redressed.

Of the AAP’s 15 complaints 11 have been redressed, BJP’s 42 out of 61, Bahujan Samaj Party 5 out of ten, Congress 63 out of 104 and one complaint each from Lok Janshakti Party, RPI and Samata Party have been redressed. Similarly, 2 out of 3 complaints received from Gondwana Ganatantra Party and 2 out of 2 from Samajwadi Party have been disposed of. Only 70 complaints remain to be redressed now.


CEO Shri Jaideep Govind reviews election preparations in Morena and Gwalior
Our Correspondent, 12 April,2014
Chief Electoral Officer Shri Jaideep Govind reviewed preparations of Lok Sabha elections 2014 in Gwalior and Morena at a meeting at Gwalior today. He directed officers to ensure free and fair elections. Everyone should carry out his responsibility to accomplish this challenging work, he added.
Additional Chief Electoral Officer Shri V.L. Kanta Rao, Gwalior Commissioner Shri K.K. Khare, IG Shri Adarsh Katiyar, Collector and district election officer Shri P. Narhari, SP Shri Pramod Verma and other officers were present.
Shri Govind directed to keep strict watch over transport of illicit liquor, weapons and vehicles. He gave directives about other important issues also. Divisional commissioner Shri Khare, IG Shri Katiyar and SP Shri Pramod Verma informed that all is set for the elections.

Morena
At Morena, Shri Govind said that polling officers and employees have important responsibility of conducting elections. He directed them to work with coordination. Those present at the meeting included Additional Chief Electoral Officer Shri V.L. Kantarao, Chambal Commissioner Shri Shivanand Dube, Chambal Range IG Shri D.C. Sagar, Election Commission’s observer Shri V.L. Keroore, Dr. Kendavelu, police observer Shri Govind Singh, collector and district election officer Shri Madan Kumar, SP Shri Irshad Ali and all senior officers of the division.


District and Vidhan Sabha constituency wise poll percentage in Parliamentary seats
Our Correspondent, 12 April,2014
Out of toal of one crore 44 lakh 25 thousand 460 voters, 91 lakh 65 thousand 123 voters cast their votes in the first phase Lok Sabha constitenies in 17 districts and 70 Vidhan Sabha constituencies in the state. Of these, some constirneices cover two districts each. Poll percent in Balaghat Lok Sabha constituency’s Balaghat, Baiher, Lanji, Paraswara, Lanji, Paraswara, Varaseoni and Katangi in Balaghat district was percent 68.86 Barghat and Seoni in Seoni district 72.75 and 65.13 percent, respectively.

Chhindwara
In Chhindwara district, plling percentage was 77.46 in Chhindwara, Junnardeo 76.33, Amarwada 79.09, Chorai 80.95, Saunsar 81.18, Parasiya 78.17 and Pandhurna Vidhan Sabha constituencies 80.75 percent.

Hoshangabad
Polling percentage in Hoshangabad Vidhan Sabha constituency was 63.76, Seoni-Malwa 68.11, Sohagpur 68.85, Pipariya 69.33, in Nasinghpur Vidhan Sabha constituency in Narsinghpur district 66.61, Tendukhera 65.42, Gadarwara 65.05 and in Raisen district’s Udaipura Vidhan Sabha 59.26 percent.

Jabalpur
In Jabalpur district’s Patan Vidhan Sabha seat, poll pecentage 56.8, Bargi 61.21, Jabalpur-East 54.97, Jabalpur-North 61.49, Jabalpur-cantt 58.37, Jabalpur-West 56.62, Panagar 59.82 and Sihora 59.31 percent.

Mandla
In Mandla Parliamentary seat’s Bichhiya Vidan Sabha constitutency, poll percent was 62.2, Niwas 66.62, Mandla 66.0, in Dindori districts’s Shahpura Vidhan Sabha constituency 67.58 and Dindori72.98, Gotegaon in Narsinghpur district 65.48 and in Seoni district’s Keolari and Lakhnadaun 68.35 and 64.25 percent, respectivley.

Rewa
In Rewa Parliamentary constitutnecy’s Sirmaur Vidhan Sabha constitunecy, polling percentage was 50.9, Semariya 55.78, Teonthar 52.24, Mauganj 51.43, Devtalab 53.39, Mangawan 56.3, Rewa 54.22 and Gurh 56.07 percent.

Satna
In Satna Parliamentary constitutnecy’s Chitrakoot Vidhan Sabha constitunecy, polling percentage was 58.29, Raigaon 63.27, Satna 60.21, Nagaud 65.14, Maihar 59.17, Amarpatan 65.32 and Rampur Baghelan 67.18 percent.

Shahdol
In Shahdol district’s Kotma Vidhan Sabha constitunecy, polling percentage was 59.57, Anuppur 60.08, Pushprajgarh 66.72, in Katni district’s Barwara 54.2, Jaisingh Nagar 71.54 and Jaitpur 70.08, in Umaria district’s Bandhavgarh 58.72 and Manpur 54.81, percent.

Sidhi
In Sidhi Parliamentary constitutnecy’s Sidhi Vidhan Sabha constitunecy, polling percentage was 55.62, Churhat 57.62, Sihawal 56.67, Doahni 56.84, in Singrauli district’s Chitrangi 57.3, Singrauli 54.95 and Devsar 52.52 and in Shahdol district’s Beohari 62.43 percent voters were cast.


Chandigar 60% in MP
Our Correspondent, 11 April,2014
BHOPAL: The first phase of polling for Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh in nine parliamentary constituencies, covering 17 districts across the state on Thursday was peaceful with 59.28 percent turnout reported till filing of this report. Barring some minor clashes between BJP and Congress workers at Chhindwara, Rewa and Sidhi, the polling was smooth and without any untoward incident.
114201414550640-largeIn Satna district, the Congress complained that a dacoit gang threatened the voters in villages and campaigned for the BJP candidate Ganesh Singh. The Election Commission of India ( ECI) has sought report from district officials in this regard. Polling was held in nine constituencies – Satna, Rewa, Sidhi, Shahdol, Jabalpur, Mandla, Balaghat, Chhindwara and Hoshgangabad.
The highest turnout, 70.93 percent, was registered in Chhindwara constituency where Congress candidate and union minister Kamalnath is in the fray against Chandrabhan Singh. The lowest turnout of 48.14% was recorded in Jabalpur, where Congress’ Vivek Tankha faces sitting BJP MP Rakesh Singh.
Voters boycotted polling at Churhat and Pataihara polling booths of Sidha and Chakariya of Singrauli district because of local issues and in protest of not getting MNREGA wages. In the first three hours, in all, 14.57 percent turnout was recorded at all constituencies but the voting picked up in the afternoon.
Voting process was withheld for a while at some booths because of technical snags in EVMs. Election officials said EVMs were changed at 56 booths. ” The machines were changed either at the time of mock poll or after the polling as per the norms,” said CEO Jaideep Govind.
Polling was held in three assembly constituencies of Balaghat district between 7 am and 4 pm because of naxal- menace, amid deployment of heavy security forces. At other places, particularly at border districts, extra force was deployed. In all 210 FSTs, 210 SSTs, and 470 quick response teams were on their toes during the poll, besides checking of vehicles and security arrangements at 97 border outposts.
Congress’ polling agent at Tarai locality of Chitrakoot assembly segment lodged a complaint with the ECI that Balkhadiya dacoit gang threatened voters and asked them to vote for the BJP. Immediately, the ECI sought report from Satna district collector and SP.


Lok Sabha poll: 35 per cent votes cast till 2 pm in 9 seats of MP
Our Correspondent, 11 April,2014
Bhopal: 35 per cent voting was registered cast till 2 pm in nine out of the 29 parliamentary constituencies in Madhya Pradesh began on Thursday with high-profile contenders like Union Minister Kamal Nath in the fray. The constituencies where polling is underway in the first phase are Chhindwara, Mandla (ST), Balaghat, Rewa, Sidhi, Satna, Jabalpur, Shahdol (ST) and Hoshangabad. Prominent among those contesting in this phase are Union minister and Congress stalwart Nath and late Arjun Singh's son and MLA Ajay.
While incumbent Nath is pitted against Choudhary Chandrabhan Singh of BJP in Chhindwara, Ajay Singh is taking on sitting BJP MP Ganesh Singh from Satna seat.
Lok Sabha poll: 35 per cent votes cast till 2 pm in 9 seats of MP
Other key contestants include former Attorney-general of Madhya Pradesh Vivek Tankha, who is in the race as a Congress nominee from Jabalpur constituency where he is battling sitting MP Rakesh Singh of the BJP.
Voting will be held at 16,592 polling stations across these nine seats with 118 candidates in the fray.
In 2009 general elections, out of these 9 seats, the BJP had won six seats and the Congress was victorious on three. Polling for the rest 20 constituencies in MP will be held on April 17 and 24.


Voting begins in Madhya Pradesh for nine Lok Sabha seats
Our Correspondent, 10 April,2014
Bhopal: Balloting began on Thursday in nine Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh, officials said.
As many as 118 candidates are in the fray in the nine constituencies - Chhindwara, Satna, Rewa, Balaghat, Sidhi, Shahdol, Mandla, Jabalpur, and Hoshangabad - where over 11 million voters will decide their fate.
Polling for the rest of the constituencies will be held April 17 and 24.
In Chhindwara, Congress leader and union minister Kamal Nath is pitted against Bharatiya Janata Party's Choudhary Chandrabhan Singh.
Balloting is taking place at 16,592 polling stations. As many as 132,736 poll officials are on duty.
The Maoist-affected constituency of Balaghat is on high alert.


Rahul Gandhi hops over security barricades to shake hands with his fans as hundreds beeline at rally
Our Correspondent, 10 April,2014
Bhopal/Morena: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday to campaign for party candidates in the general polls. He reached the Ambedkar Sports stadium in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh in late afternoon to garner support for Congress candidate Jyotiraditya Scindia. Hundreds of people, including women and kids waited under the scorching sun to catch a glimpse of Rahul.
Gandhi, who was all smiles, waved to the crowd that beelined to see him, as he entered the venue.
Before addressing the crowd he hopped over the security barricades and reached out to his fans. The crowd went berserk as he shook hands with some of them.
We bring you more pictures of the day.


CEO Shri Govind reviews poll preparations in Shahdol, Singrauli and Sidhi
Our Correspondent, 09 April,2014
Chief Electoral Officer Shri Jaideep Govind reviewed preparations for Lok Sabha elections in Shahdol, Singrauli and Sidhi constituencies in the state today. He directed to ensure free and fair polling. Shri Govind said that role of polling staff in very important in electoral process. At Shahdol, he inspected polling booths and praised efforts for voter awareness. He directed to ensure proper enforcement of commission’s directives.
In Singrauli, the Chief Electoral Officer sought information from polling staff about their problems at Polytechnic College Pachor.
Shri K.K. Rao from the Election Commission told polling staff that this is the time for their test. They should conduct free and fair elections with hard work.
In Sidhi, the CEO directed to ensure adequate security arrangements during election. He expressed satisfaction over election preparations.
Joint Chief Electoral Officer Shri S.S. Bansal was also present on the occasion.


Notices to 316 students who cleared PMT exams by unfair means
Our Correspondent, 09 April,2014
Bhopal: Government Medical Colleges in Madhya Pradesh will be sending notices to over 300 students facing charges of adopting unfair means including impersonation during the Pre-Medical Test (PMT) exams between 2006-2012.
Notices would be served to a total of 316 students in six government medical colleges across the state, Directorate of Medical Education (DME) sources said on Tuesday.
Once the notices are served, students will be able to give their version on the charges made out against them.
The decision to send notices to students was taken after the DME asked the Deans of the government medical colleges to do so, they said.
First Information Reports (FIRs) have already been registered against 284 students and around 200 of them have been placed under suspension.
At Gandhi Medical College here, notices have been served on 25 students who were placed under suspension but were allowed by the High Court to appear for their examinations this year.


Son of BJP MLA opens fire while campaigning, 5 Congressmen injured
Our Correspondent, 08 April,2014
Five Congressmen were injured on Monday when son of BJP MLA Pratibha Singh opened fire at his rivals while campaigning at Mankhedi village under the Jabalpur Lok Sabha seat following a dispute, police said.
"Golu Singh, who has a past criminal record, fired at his rivals following a dispute in which five Congressmen identified as Durjan Patel, Abhay Pratap, Nilesh Singh, Rakesh Patel and Roopsingh Patel suffered injuries," Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Makrand Deoskar told reporters. Among the injured, four were admitted to government medical college here for treatment, where their condition is said to be stable, he said.
Congress candidate and noted lawyer from Jabalpur Lok Sabha seat Vivek Tankha reached the hospital where a large number of Congressmen gathered and held protest demanding action against the accused.


BJP confident of giving tough fight to Kamal Nath in Chhindwara
Our Correspondent, 08 April,2014
The BJP is confident of giving a tough fight to Union Minister Kamla Nath on his traditional Chhindwara Lok Sabha seat, drawing courage from its performance in 2013 Assembly elections in which it bagged four out of seven seats from there.
Nath, Union Minister for Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs, is contesting for a ninth term from Chhindwara and had won the last Lok Sabha election with a margin of over 1.20 lakh votes. While Nath is banking on his 34-year achievements and his deep relations with the people, BJP candidate and sitting MLA from Chhindwara, Choudhary Chandrabhan Singh is pointing to the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's good governance and development to urge voters to allow the 'lotus' (BJP's poll symbol) to bloom in the constituency.
Singh, who won the Assembly polls by a margin of 24,778 votes, had unsuccessfully tried his luck twice in Lok Sabha polls from the seat - against Nath in 1991 and then against the minister's wife Alka Nath in 1996. He has again been fielded by the BJP against Nath with a hope that he would be able to make a dent in the Congress stronghold because of the prevailing "Modi wave".
However, expressing confidence of his victory this time also, Nath said, "I have a 34-year-long relationship with the people of Chhindwara and they will again vote for Congress." "There is no Modi wave in the country as claimed by the BJP. It will not have any impact in Chhindwara," he said.
The BJP won from Junnardeo, Chourai, Chhindwara and Saunsar seats while Congress bagged Amarwada, Parasia and Pandhurna seats in the 2013 Assembly polls, giving a little edge to the saffron party.
However, in the Lok Sabha polls Chhindwara has always remained loyal to Nath, who is winning from here since 1980 and later retained the seat in 1984, 1989, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009, except in 1996 when his wife contested polls in place of him due to Havala case.


Bhopal students run for nation’s economy
Our Correspondent, 07 April,2014
Bhopal: These students and professionals of the Institute of Professional Education & Research ran to show their support for India's economy. The marathon race, 'Run for the Indian economy' was organised in Bhopal on Sunday for a resurgent India and to show concern for country's economy.
The event was organised by Institute of Professional Education and Research (IPER), Bhopal.
One of the organisers of the marathon, Gurleen Singh Khalsa, said this is a gesture to show that people are aware and concerned and will not rest till economy gets its due.
The four kilometres long race took place between Vyapam Square to TT Nagar stadium on Sunday morning in Bhopal.


Pre-Medical Test Scam: Father-son Duo Held
Our Correspondent, 07 April,2014
Indore: A medical student and his father were arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) in connection with the MP Professional Examination Board's (MPPEB) Pre-Medical Test (PMT) scam. The duo, identified as Kundan Verma and his father Badrilal Verma, was arrested by the STF and produced before a court on Sunday, STF sources said. While the court has remanded Kundan to police custody till April 9, his father was sent to judicial custody.
Kundan was studying in MBBS first year in Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College in Indore and his father managed his admission through a gang involved in the scam in exchange of huge sum of money, police said.
So far, more than 30 persons, including the MPPEB's Examination Controller, Dr Pankaj Trivedi and three other officers were arrested by the STF in connection with the scam.
Earlier, Madhya Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) on Tuesday arrested three students and their fathers in connection with the multi-crore pre-medical test (PMT) scam. Amit Kanse and his father Satyam, Ravindra Kharte and his father Madan and Rinki Jhauvri and her father Ramprakash, all residents of adjoining Dewas district, are being questioned after their arrest, police said.
The scam was exposed by the Indore Police on July 2 after arresting a number of people, including three officials of MP Professional Examinations Board, responsible for conducting examinations for various professional colleges.
The scam pertain fraudulent methods adopted by some students to get admission in professional colleges in the state.


A person who has not seen Parliament House wants to be the PM: Mohan Prakash
Our Correspondent, 05 April,2014
Ujjain: All India Congress Committee ( AICC) General Secretary and Madhya Pradesh in- charge, Mohan Prakash addressed a low- attended public meeting, at the launch of Congress party’s campaign for the General Elections- 2014 for Ujjain parliamentary constituency.
The meeting was held at Shahid Park on Friday afternoon. Prior to it, party’s candidate Premchand Guddu filed his nomination papers. Mohan Prakash, who was in avatmal ( Maharashtra) along with the AICC Vicepresident Rahul Gandhi, reached Indore by a special plane and then landed at the Nagjhiri helipad to address the meeting. He was supposed to arrive in the afternoon, but could reach Ujjain at about 3.30 pm. The party organisers had to take fresh permission from the election authorities twice, as the schedule of meeting remained disturbed.
Also, the public faced a lot of inconvenience. On one hand, the attendees had to wait for a long time as the meeting was scheduled at 10 am; on the other, the denizens suffered a lot in wake of traffic diversions. In his 20 minute speech, Mohan Prakash poohpoohed the BJP nominee for the PM post, though he avoided taking his ( Narendra Modi’s) name directly.
He, in stead, termed him as Bhaiji. “ It is a new instance in Indian politics that a party is roaming with its PM candidate… general elections is held to elect representative for Lok Sabha, but such a person has been projected as the PM, who has never seen the doors of Parliament House… his credentials are doubtful… he remained silent as a CM during the massacre of thousands of people in Gujarat,” Mohan Prakash said. He also expressed his fear of country being thrown in the winds of communal fire, if BJP is voted for power.
Those, who expressed views in the meeting included sitting MP and Congress’ candidate Premchand Guddu, senior party leaders including Manohar Bairagi, MP Vasishtha, Satya Narayan Pawar, Surendra Singh Sisodia, Dilip Singh Gurjar, Ramlal Malviya, Babulal Malviya, Sultan Lala, Pratap Mehta, Bamshankar Joshi, Mahesh Soni, Rajesh Sharma ( Indore), ogesh Sharma, Jai Singh Darbar, Vivek adav, Ravi Rai, Deepak Mahere, Surendra Marmat, Ajit Bourasi and Sita Soni among others. Ajit Singh Thakur conducted the programme while Anant Narayan Meena proposed a vote of thanks.
Prior to it, Guddu filed his nomination papers before the District Collector and District Returning Officer BM Sharma. Senior leader Narayan Prasad Sharma, Pratap Mehta and Jai Singh Darbar also accompanied him. Party organizers had planned to take out a vehicle rally, but it was cancelled at the last moment. Guddu also visited the Mahakaleshwar Temple and Maulana Mouj Sahab ki Dargah to seek blessings.


See what happened when 3 girls riding on two-wheeler tried to escape from police
Our Correspondent, 05 April,2014
Ratlam: The police are acting strict as the Lok Sabha elections approach. The police investigation drive was going on in Ratlam on Friday.The three girls riding on a two wheeler vehicle panicked after watching the drive from a distance near a roundabout in the afternoon.
The girl handling the starring of Activa got scared of getting challaned and speed up the vehicle in panic. She probably thought that she will escape the police.
In clutter and haste, the vehicle got out of control and hit the motorcycle ahead. This further led to unbalance of the bike and the family riding on it fell on the road.
Thereafter, policemen warned the girls to drive carefully and asked them to leave.


LS polls a fight between two ideologies: Sonia
Our Correspondent, 04 April,2014
Sidhi, MP Congress President Sonia Gandhi today described the current Lok Sabha elections as a confrontation between two ideologies with the forces who divide people being on the one side and the Congress on the other.
“On the one hand, there are forces that divide people, put brothers against each other and intend to come to power by any means. On the other hand, there is Congress that has worked towards maintaining unity and shown new ray of hope. You have to decide which ideology you choose for the country,” said Ms Gandhi while addressing an election rally here. Asserting that the Congress never makes false promises, she said that the party fulfilled almost all the promises it made in its manifestoes in 2004 and 2009. She promised that the Congress would implement its every promise if voted back to power.
Launching an attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in Madhya Pradesh, Ms Gandhi said that the Congress had time and again been criticised for corruption but corruption was rampant in Madhya Pradesh. “Ministers and government employees are involved in corruption cases.
The Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam has come up. Mafia are ruling the roost,” she said. In a rebuttal of the allegations of discriminatory attitude by the Centre against the Madhya Pradesh Government, the Congress President said that the Centre had provided enough funds to the government but only people could speak whether the benefit actually reached them.


In Pics: What happened when Indore traffic police stopped this man for violating speed limit?
Our Correspondent, 04 April,2014
Indore: The traffic police of Indore challaned 19 cars near shopping complex area on Thursday arounf 6 in the evening.
The police forfeited Rs 19500 from 19 cars for over speeding. The fastest among all the cars was a Safari which was being driven at 75 kmph.
They stopped a Maruti swift car speeding at 60 kmph. The man driving it was Sarabjit Singh who told police that he was driving towards the hospital as his father was not well. The police did not rely on his statement and asked to show the documents.


Shivraj rally chanted - Sonia Gandhi and Rahul me how poverty
Our Correspondent, 03 April,2014
Sheopur. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday in Sheopur At a public meeting in support of BJP's Anup Mishra bridge transfixed own virtues. He not only Prime Minister Manmohan Singh , Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi challenged themselves to poverty but also gave inspiration to preach. Congress slogans mocking the poverty of the poor in the last 60 years, Congress charged the removal. In his speech to the pawn-hour prime ministerial candidate of BJP Minister Narendra Modi in the last mentioned.
He said the former prime self. From the late Indira Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi, self. PV Narasimha Rao, HD Deve Gowda, IK Gujral, Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi shouted all the same, poverty alleviation. But at this time, but the poor out of poverty have not diverge.
Minister said that the Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Raj Singh poverty so they learn how to learn is deleted poverty? At the end of his speech praising Narendra Modi BJP's PM candidate and that the country needs a strong government with a strong leader. As well as playing a pinch decided to take stringent and older.


On the question of Muslims Naidu said lower ticket - as much as bread flour
Our Correspondent, 03 April,2014
Indore. Vankya Naidu, former BJP national president came to Indore on Wednesday. During this time he openly discussed in the media. Two Muslims are in the general election ticket in question, he replied quizzically. Said - as much as bread dough. Muslims come close. It would be married to the child. How the child will be born without marriage. They are gradually understanding and encouraging them to join. Meanwhile, the BJP now are looking to get more than 250 seats. The environment and we will form the government with absolute majority.
Mohan Prakash said - not just honey bees in the country as the yoga guru Ramdev Baba Ramdev Congress state in-charge Mohan Prakash on Wednesday sharply attacked in Jhabua. Said - a sage who come every morning. Modi to PM talk. He also did not object whose business has not. Baba is not in the country as bees, honey, so people are more than four times that.


AAP ki Press Conference - Saasan Bijli Ghotala
Our Correspondent, 02 April,2014
In continuation of questioning the role of Chief Minister Of Madhya Pradesh in pressurizing the central government to allot Mahan Coal Block to Essar & Hindalco despite Ministry of Forest and Environment not agreeing to it, Akshay Hunka from Aam Aadmi Party is raising some pertinent questions for the knowledge of People of Madhya Pradesh in relation to the role of the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh in helping Anil Ambani’s Reliance Power Limited get surplus Coal from Sasan Project. The matter in concern is related to coal which is the property of People of India and MP and how the same is being squandered for the profit of one family (Anil Ambani owner of RPL) as against the interests of people.
The questions are as follows;
1. Has Madhya Pradesh Government signed any Power Purchase agreement with RPL yet? If not then why?
2. How much Electricity MP can expect from Sasan Power and at what cost?
3. Till March 2009, Ministry of Coal took the stand that the two coal blocks (Moher & Moher Amlohri) initially allocated was sufficient for Sasan project and that the third block (Chhatrasal) was not required. Why then Chhatrasal was taken away from NTPC and allotted to Sasan?
4. How did Ministry of Power on 9th October, 2006 came to conclusion that the two blocks allotted to Sasan UMPP was inadequate? Do they have any mechanism to assess the quantum of coal in a block which is better than that which Ministry of Coal has? Who is Ministry of Power working for-people or a family?
5. In November 2007 MP CM wrote to the PM that RPL be allowed to divert the surplus coal from Sasan. What mechanism the CM had to get this knowledge? Is the CM working for the people of MP or for a family? Why is the CM helping one family as against the people of MP?
6. On the one hand CM-MP is suggesting of surplus coal and on the other hand RPL is claiming till 2008 surplus coal cannot be extracted from Sasan. Why is the CM issuing contradictory statement?
7. On 6th August 2008, RPL claims that they intend to use world class technology leading to increased recovery factor hence higher annual production of coal and hence there becomes a possibility of surplus coal from the three blocks of Sasan. People would like to know what that latest technology is and why the same is not being utilized by Ministry of Coal?
8. The benefit of the surplus coal when diverted to other projects would be to the tune of 29033 crores plus for RPL as per the CAG audit. Should the people of MP not get electricity worth 29033 crores for free?
9. When China has been aggressing into India so often why Sasan power is using Chinese equipment? When these equipments go bad then will all the coal get diverted to other projects? Is their any mitigation made available to this risk?
10. Despite huge undue profit being made by RPL, why has now in the year 2013 RPL filled a petition before CERC to increase the tariff of Sasan project?
11. The electricity cost in MP is already high, who will be responsible for even higher electricity cost? Why the interest of people is not taken into consideration especially by the elected mebers?
12. How is the people of India wrong when they consider Congress and BJP are together in annihilating the interests of people to promote the interests of a family, particularly the Ambani family?


Narendra Modi spoke in Jabalpur - country on the brink of destruction, save the changes necessary
Our Correspondent, 02 April,2014
Jabalpur. BJP's star campaigner and candidate for prime minister Narendra Modi said while addressing a memorial ceremony in the courtyard in the center most of the time since independence the Congress government, but these are the point of ruin the country in the reign of the years of is turned on. Would bring the country to save the changes.
Vintage - answer questions from people in the familiar manner, Shri Modi said that the people have given Congress 60 years, 60 months, let us now Mr. Modi said that the political parties and candidates for elections are fought, the entire country is contesting for the first time. People MP or government not to make this time, but who is to decide on the shoulders Assign responsibility. This is the first election results have already been declared. People remove the Delhi government has decided not to punish.
Congress manifesto cheat sheet
Cheat sheet to the Congress party's manifesto at the last election, Shri Modi said that Congress intended to be around 50 thousand rural court had said, but the government has made in five years only 250 grams, the court. Congress declared the same thing is repeated again.
20 thousand factories locks engaged
Encircles the Congress Government of Delhi, Shri Modi said that half the country is forced to live in darkness. Villagers do not even know half of the country's power is what it was. 20 thousand factories in the country appear to have locks. No coal to make electricity. Mines are closed.
Prepared to meet the life-consuming dream 20 thousand factories locks engaged
Encircles the Congress Government of Delhi, Shri Modi said that half the country is forced to live in darkness. Villagers do not even know half of the country's power is what it was. 20 thousand factories in the country appear to have locks. No coal to make electricity. Mines are closed.
Prepared to meet the life-consuming dream
Mr. Modi asked the gathering, from youth to question your parents spent their life like, so want to spend my life or what you want to accomplish Unhne dreamed. He said you must have dreamed at night, I dream of the day and these dreams I am willing to absorb their lives.
Only the blue prints made in 60 years
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, pointing to the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said the prince saying that the country's development blue print of the infrastructure is built. When they found the 60-year blueprint to prepare them 600 years to conclude what they will.


Now get ranked according to the National Law University
Our Correspondent, 02 April,2014
Bhopal. Nation's famous law colleges in the application process is over. Test for admission to 11 May. CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) after counseling the candidate will be allotted Anelu released, according to their rank. This time it will Sentrlaij whole process, the candidates will be asked Choice according to their rank.
Klatt organized by the University Gujarat National Law being. The five-year LLB and LLM course of this examination will be entered into. Candidates applying for Klatt had to spend much money, why should candidates prepare for the exam too seriously. To assist candidates who are preparing for CLAT Gujarat National Law University website at http://www.gnlu.ac.in has the chance to provide online counseling. Http://www.clat.ac.in Also on the website of CLAT entrance exam previous question paper is also the facility of downloading. Practitioners-old question - can prepare with the help of letters.
The five-year question 200
Objective examination for admission to LLB total of 200 questions are asked. A quarter numbers will also cut the wrong question. English comprehension paper 40, 50 from General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics 20, Legal Aptitude and Legal Reasoning 50 questions will be 40. IES will total 54 questions. 50 questions will be based on objective pattern, which of course will be based on the UG. Four questions will ask detailed frock 25-25 the rest of the number. It will be based on constitutional law and the judicial process. This paper will have 150 numbers.
Will center on having more than one hundred
In addition to the CLAT examination Bhopal, Lucknow, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Cuttack, Gadhinagr, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patiala, will be in Raipur and Ranchi. But in a city, there are more than a hundred candidates can be given for the center.


REPORT: Congress' hands-res imagery worn by 'AAP' hat!
Our Correspondent, 01 April,2014
Bhopal. Was first settled by the Congress party's former MLA Kalpana Parulekar has a common man. He has confirmed. Imagine electoral Mahidpur (Ujjain) were angered by his defeat in. The stalwarts of the Congress; which includes Digvijay Singh was convicted. Meanwhile, the district coordinator Vijay Mishra you assume - are experienced in politics. Surely benefit from his party.
Arun Yadav was not spared ...
After the debacle of the Congress in elections to replace Bhuria was made PCC chief Arun Yadav. This comment was conceived, the state Congress president Arun, nothing done, do not punish the traitors, then going to be good for him! January imagine you were in touch with the leaders. He twice - once from the top leadership in Delhi, you had to get going.
Congress leaders on the issue of corruption would have supported them, despite the scam of thousands of crores in Madhya Pradesh BJP government does not. He said bluntly in his trademark style corruption in Delhi is more than the MP. Imagine it clear that he was feeling suffocated in the Congress.


Today, many services are expensive, service cuts, what more expensive and cheaper
Our Correspondent, 01 April,2014
New Delhi / Bhopal. In the new fiscal year starting from April pockets for different services you may need to loose some. Private sector Axis Bank, Dhanlaxmi Bank and City Union Bank service charges are increased. Especially DD, duplicate pin, I have to pay more for services such as SMS alerts.

The effect of the new fiscal year starting from April
Gas cylinder: 12 cylinders in a year subsidy
From April to March 2015 to 12 gas cylinders will be subsidized. Cylinders will not take advantage of the subsidy on the 13th.


TI had to salute, greet and open fake SI Poll
Our Correspondent, 31 March,2014
Indore. Small Gwaltoli police on Sunday arrested a fake female sub-inspector. SI girl's uniform was spun resident of Ujjain. He Mhow police station on charges of molestation was stopped in the station. TI revealed on Sunday that the police never questioned. After coming to lie to the police station crying - Drama began to whine. Small Gwaltoli TI Narayan Sharma Parveen night called Sub Inspector KS banded damsel in uniform arrived at the police station. With two - three were boys. Gurudev Singh, was brought to the police station holding the Mahu. Staff told police he molested a young woman.
Meanwhile, police said the woman struck her peers, then wounded by violence. A young woman assumes the SI station staff. No matter the application of departmental action taken. A young woman in her Activa leave the police station went to the car with friends. Imran Qureshi on Sunday he sent to the police station to take the train. Call girl told police boss TI is calling you. Young woman in uniform arrived at the police station.

Uniforms were not right on the stars
TI young woman arrived at the cabin. Salute to Small officer is usually large. Young woman can not salute, saluted. The two stars were banging on his shoulder, while the stars that are planted in the middle of the nozzle to the other stars. He asked - Who are the police, who RI, TI said he could not answer it - I will send you to jail. She cried listening to this.

Do not tell my mother-in-law
Polls opened the drama of a young woman began to cry. There were tears in his eyes. She was begging hands to forgive that, sir, do not tell my mother, she will die. I'm remains of Ujjain Dultganj. I read the BA second year. My dad egg and apply jamming. They wanted me Bnanu police. I SI and constable examination three times, but was not selected. I came looking for a job in Indore. Donned uniforms for security.

Anyone can purchase uniforms
TI said Shabnam Parveen's maiden name. Afsar Ali is divorced from her husband. Eight year old son. He was stitched uniform Mrimata huge Taylor. There is no ban on uniform construct. Police arrested him about other incidents have also been questioned. Imran is also taken into custody. Information is also removed along with the other boys.

The first six months saw
Six months ago Gurudeva told police she was disturbed by Ajak DSP. He reached his hand into the neck with the boys at Sarwate bus was parked. Ajak putting the car had stopped at the police station. Anyone seeing an awesome style uniform and asked her ID card.


In MP, 10 killed, 30 injured in road accident
Our Correspondent, 31 March,2014
SEHORE (MP): Ten people were killed and over 30 others injured when a tractor-trolley collided with a lorry near Icchawar town, 57km from Bhopal, on Sunday, police said.
The incident took place when the victims were returning to Ladhawat village after taking bath at Awalighat, a religious place located on the banks of the Narmada river, Sehore district's superintendent of police (SP) Raman Singh Sikarwar said.
Four of the seriously injured were referred to Bhopal while others are undergoing treatment at Icchawar and Sehore.
The deceased, including four women, have not been identified, Sikarwar said, adding that further investigations were on.


UPDATE: CBI reconstructed house overnight, morning notes packed in the bag!
Our Correspondent, 29 March,2014
Were caught red-handed accepting a bribe of Rs 10 lakh, Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax Poonam Rai and her husband Khangalti BJP leader Ganesh Malviya's home overnight to CBI. Both were arrested this morning.
Bhopal. Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax, CBI on Friday Poonam Rai and her husband BJP leader Ganesh Malviya bribe of one million and five people were arrested. CBI Bharat Nagar (Shahpura) of the Income Tax Colony 2007 batch IRS officer Poonam had taken it at home. CBI search operation continued overnight at the home of the lunar cycle. The CBI took off from the house in the morning.


EXCLUSIVE: weather patterns change, but not change MENU century!
Our Correspondent, 29 March,2014
Nation's most high-speed Shatabdi Express train passengers per season food - drink menu does not change. If heat or cold or rainy weather; eat - drink is a - little ones. Century travelers menu changes according to the season should be. Meanwhile, according to railway officials of the Railway Board set menu's are being served.
New Delhi - Bhopal Shatabdi Express passengers dot Correspondent Dainik Bhaskar Bhopal station conversation, so most would say that the weather should be included in the items menu. The quality of food was too feeble travelers. He said that since eating - drinking rates are set again, since the quality has decreased significantly.


PI was stopped, waiting to board the freshly administered by 1.5 million jobs, Learn how
Our Correspondent, 28 March,2014
MP Board 12th to arrive at the number of court challenging degree from IIM Indore will be tomorrow's daughter.
Indore. Six years ago in the 12th Result Board of Secondary Education Madhya Pradesh (MP Board) because of the disability did not get admission in BITS Pilani. He fought a long battle with low marks in Maths, courts have found Huq was too late then.
Yet his spirit is not broken. Degree of PGP at IIM Indore on Saturday will only daughter.
A large company that employed him on annual package of Rs 15 lakh. The story of Purva Vijayavargiya. In 2008 his number 35 came in 12th in math, which were not accepted.


REPORT: High Security number plates, and a number of further, more in the back!
Our Correspondent, 28 March,2014
Bhopal. Transportation Minister Bhupinder Singh to the government; All Haisikyoriti link plates festival Company Private Limited has given strict instructions to improve the system, but things are just spoiled. Now people are getting complaints that the company's employees are in a hurry writing the wrong number.
High security number plates to put a link to the company's new private limited company hauls celebration unfolded. The company's employees are making the wrong numbers on vehicles in haste. Such complaints are making every day. Meanwhile, company officials say it is human error. I've got the wrong number plate of the vehicle driver, they can register their complaints come to the office.

Complaints pile of ...

Poor number plate detection, time did not get the number plate, number plate over the stock after being struck by complaints such as Link Fest new complaint against the company now message is out. The company's employee number plate of a vehicle are putting in another vehicle.
Macna complaint went to the RTO office Sunil Gupta Colony resident in April 2013, he bought a two-wheeled vehicle. After a long time of high security number plates on their vehicle Employed in December. His car number is 4734 MP 04 UM. Company employees properly in their vehicle number plate on the rear, but the front number plate was writing MP 04 UM 4732.
According to Mr Gupta, He later went to the office of the Company are urged to change the number plate, but they are not hearing. Suresh Kumar said Saket Nagar - his vehicle was put in the wrong number plate. Three days later, the car number plate was noticed, it was discovered that the front plate and the back plate isolated on different numbers. He complained of by the RTO, then went to number plate has been changed today.


EXCLUSIVE: In the general election ring 'AAP' band!
Our Correspondent, 27 March,2014
The common man on the pattern of party elections will assist the general election campaign in the musical. Musical groups linked from Bhopal to entertain the voters during the general congregations could come.
Bhopal. Assembly elections to win the heart of Delhi, 'you' campaign through the musical was a new experiment, which was successful. You won 28 seats in the Delhi government was formed. Now the common man will win the formula adopted in the general election.
The party's state secretary, says Akshay Hunka - meetings between songs - music of the presentation draws energy from the people. Rachna Dhingra of any candidate campaigning in support of the musical is being planned.


RGPV: CCTV cameras to monitor the imitators
Our Correspondent, 27 March,2014
Rajiv Gandhi Technological University (Arjipivi) examinations will be included in each candidate's surveillance camera. University has started installing CCTV cameras at all the examination centers.
Examination at the Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV), a government technical university of Bhopal was cancelled on Saturday in wake of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's oath taking ceremony.
All the engineering examinations, including the third and eighth semester papers, have been cancelled in view of the swearing-in ceremony, sources said.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan took oath at a function at Jamboori Maidan in Bhopal.


SPECIAL: Bajayumo new youth - Anthem, let 'them' well why Modi - Brand!
Our Correspondent, 26 March,2014
MP nearly quarter million voters in the 18-29 age group. These expectations are so many different parties. Similarly, around 51 districts in Madhya Pradesh Bajayumo the standing army of college AMBASSADORS. Motive; students tell Modi's virtues and flaws of the UPA.

Bhopal. Madhya Pradesh in 29 constituencies (230 assembly seats) Rs 4 crore 65 lakh, there are 7121 voters. These 2 million in 1741 to 20 million are women. 23 lakh 59 thousand 304 voters Voters in the 18-19 age group, while 1 crore 40 lakh 94 thousand 850 voters aged 20-29. Young voters will write the destiny of the country, so all the parties agree.
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (Bajayumo) to woo the young voters across the country are appointed ambassador for the college. The selection was made through online registration. 50-50 in all 51 districts of Madhya Pradesh have been the ambassador of about 2,500 college. Their purpose is to tell college students that the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi why are essential for the country? The college also focus on the flaws of the UPA government are ambassadors. Each district has deployed 50 campus AMBASSADORS
BJP Yuva Morcha state president said Amardeep labored through online registration, we had opted for youth AMBASSADORS on campus. For this particular task, we AMBASSADORS be appointed in every district has 50 campuses. In this way the state has been appointed ambassador campus of more than two thousand. Ambassador of the university and college going youngsters to exercise their franchise will be aware. Also, we discuss BJP youth of remarkable functions are added to this particular campaign.


Gandhi over Nehru's Congress, the party he left Aliens: Shivraj
Our Correspondent, 26 March,2014
Tikamgarh. Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru's Congress is over. The party is now left to foreigners. She dropped to her country to country. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday psyche of Tikamgarh said this while addressing the Parliamentary Conference on the stage.
He further said that the Congress is not a contest. Rather Party leader slammed - Sending throws. He died in the prime candidate to announce themselves and then fall to the ground. He said that Rahul 100-150 Wherever animals are returned by approaching women. Have been circulating for years, but the poverty is nowhere deleted.


Engineering student jumps inside white tigers' enclosure in Madhya Pradesh, scares big cats
Our Correspondent, 25 March,2014
BHOPAL: An engineering student jumped into an enclosure of two white tigers for a fight, but he ended up scaring them.It took nearly an hour for the local police and zoo keepers to rescue the student.
The incident took place at Gwalior's Gandhi Zoo in Madhya Pradesh around 5 pm on Monday.
Yashonandan Kaushik, a resident of Anand Nagar in Gwalior, scaled the boundary wall and jumped inside the enclosure and challenged the tigers' for a fight.
Stunned visitors witnessed how he made "exaggerated movements" for one hour to tempt the white tigers'.
He climbed the wall and jumped in, believing that the ferocious predators will attack him. Instead, the two captive tigers got scared and ran away. Yashonandan started luring the tigers, by dancing erratically and grimacing at them, but nothing happened.
As Kaushik continued challenging them, one of the zoo keepers went inside and locked the tigers' inside.
He was detained by police and left after interrogation. His father Ashok Kaushik told police that Yashonandan is studying at IPS Academy college, Indore. He is a student of electronic communication.
His family members assured police that he would be taken to a medical centre for a psychiatric counselling.


Ensure proper arrangements for free and fair elections
Chief Secretary Shri de Sa at review meeting

Our Correspondent, 24 March,2014
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa has directed to undertake constant campaign for increasing voter awareness under SVEEP plan so that maximum number of people exercise their franchise. The Chief Secretary also directed to entrench state’s borders with Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh as well as inter-district border, deploy more police personnel at sensitive and critical polling booths, keep in live contact with all polling booths under communication plan and ensure regular patrolling by mobile teams. Shri de Sa reviewed Lok Sabha election related preparations in Shahdol and Rewa divisions at Umaria today.
Shri de Sa directed to ensure training of polling teams, proper arrangements for poll material, special security at strong rooms and counting venues. He said that before polling, sector magistrates should take stock of arrangements at all polling booths and ensure all necessary arrangements there. DGP Shri Nandan Dube assured all police officers of Shahdol and Rewa divisions that forces will be provided as per their requirements.
Commissioner Shri D.P. Ahirwar informed through a presentation that 982 out of total 6516 polling booths in Rewa, Satna and Shahdol Lok Sabha constituencies have been declared sensitive. The polling booths lacking telephone and mobile connectivity will be linked through wireless sets. As many as 199 criminals have been externed from 7 districts during Lok Sabha elections. Arrests have also been made under NSA.
Preparations for wheat procurement
The Chief Secretary also reviewed preparations for wheat procurement at a meeting with commissioners and collectors of Shahdol and Rewa divisions. He directed for proper arrangements in both the divisions.
The Chief Secretary directed to pay attention to ensure that farmers get proper price and face no difficulty at wheat procurements centres. The Chief Secretary undertook district-wise review of implementation of Food Security Act. It was informed that 80 wheat procurement centres have been set up in Shahdol division and 212 in Rewa division. All is set for wheat procurement in both the districts.
DGP Shri Nandan Dube, commissioner Shri D.P. Ahirwar, ADG Law & Order Shri S.L. Thousen, ADG Intelligence Shri Sarabjeet Singh, IG Naxal Area Shri Sanjeev Sami, IG Shahdol Shri Ved Prakash Sharma, IG Rewa Range Shri Pawan Shrivastava and all district collectors of the 2 divisions were present on the occasion.


CS directs to enforce model code strictly
Our Correspondent, 24 March,2014
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and DGP Shri Nandan Dube have directed to enforce model code of conduct strictly at Jabalpur today. They reviewed poll preparations in Jabalpur division. All arrangements should be ensured for free and fair elections and senior officers should maintain regular monitoring.
Jabalpur divisional commissioner Shri Deepak Khandekar, Principal Secretary Home Shri Raj Kishore Swai, ADG Intelligence Shri Sarabjeet Singh, ADG Law & Order Shri S.L. Thowsen, IG Shri Sanjeev Verma, collectors and SPs were present on the occasion.
Commissioner Shri Deepak Khandekar informed that large-scale security arrangements have been made in the division. Action has been taken against anti-social elements. Eye is being kept on the people who can influence elections. Such people and places have been identified.
IG Jabalpur Shri Upendra Jain and IG Balaghat informed about action taken against anti-social elements and criminals under various sections.


Send references to Election Commission through proper channel
ECI’s directives regarding MCC

Our Correspondent, 24 March,2014
Election Commission has said that references from Government of India to the commission should be sent via Cabinet Secretary. Similarly, state government’s references should be routed through Chief Electoral Officers. Various ministries, departments and public sector undertakings had sought clarification about some issues pertaining to model code of conduct.
Earlier also, the commission had given directives regarding implementation of various schemes, projects and rural development works. Despite this, large number of references are being sent directly to the commission. Some of these are not of urgent nature and can wait till after elections. According to the commission, various ministries and departments are sending references without properly going through guidelines available on its website.
In view of this, the commission has reiterated that all references proposed to be put before the cabinet or a cabinet committee should be routed to the commission through Cabinet Secretary, not directly. Ministries, departments and public sector undertakings will send their references through concerning ministry/department.
According to the commission, CEOs should not send those references to it about which they can decide themselves. Only those references should be sent to the commission in which there is doubt whether they are covered under the existing guidelines of the commission or not.


Congress and SP submit lists of star campaigners
Our Correspondent, 22 March,2014
Indian National Congress and Samajwadi Party have submitted lists of their star campaigners with Election Commission
and Office of the Chief Electoral Officers.
Congress has submitted a list of 40 star campaigners and SP 20 star campaigners.
Congress
Congress’ list of star campaigners includes Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Sarvshri Manmohan Singh,
Shri Rahul Gandhi, Mohan Prakash,
Digvijay Singh, Gulam Nabi Azad, Arun Yadav, Satyadev Katare, Kamalnath, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kapil Sibbal,
Anand Sharma, K. Rahman, Rajiv Shukla, Bhupendra Singh Hudda, Shakil Ahmad, Ajay Maken, Rakesh Kaliya, Satyavrat Chaturvedi,
Suresh Pachouri, Kantilal Bhuria, Ajay Singh, Rameshwar Neekhra, Subodh Mohite, Raj Babbar, Sushri Meenakshi Natrajan, Smt. Shobha Ojha,
Sarvshri Balkavi Bairagi, Mukesh Nayak, Sanjay Pathak, Haribhau Rathore, Vivek Mushran, Talat Aziz,
Ghufrane Azam, Yogesh Yadav, Kunal Choudhary, Smt. Mandvi Chouhan, Sarvshri Prakash Jain, Sardar Singh Dangas and Syed Sajid Ali.
Samajwadi Party
Samajwadi Party’s list of star campaigners includes Sarvshri Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav,
Mohd. Azam Khan, Ram Gopal Yadav, Shivpal Singh Yadav, Kiranmay Nanda, Smt. Jaya Bachchan, Choudhary Munawwar Saleem, Ramsakal Gurjar,
Deep Narayan Yadav, Ram Sewak Yadav, Deep Singh Pal, Ashok Yadav, Sukhlal Kushwaha,
Dr. Rajkumar Kushwaha, Rakesh Singh Baghel, Vijayveer Yadav, Pawan Jain, Dr. I.M.P. Verma and Ashwini Yadav.


CM Shri Chouhan to undertake video-conferencing with commissioners and collectors on March 22 as per ECI’s directives and conditions
Our Correspondent, 22 March,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will undertake a video-conferencing with commissioners and collectors on March 22.
Chief Electoral Officer Shri Jaideep Govind has granted permission for this video-conferencing to discuss loss to crops due to hailstorm
and relief measures as per Election Commission’s directives and conditions.
In the context of conditional permission for video-conferencing in case of natural calamity, the Chief Electoral Officer apprised the Principal Secretary
Revenue about conditions for the video-conferencing to be held from 4 pm.
The conditions include that only divisional commissioners and collectors of the concerning area
will be called to the video-conferencing.
No issue other than rescue/relief and other aspects connected to the calamity will be discussed in the video-conferencing.
No publicity will be given to the video-conferencing before and after and
it should not be open to media. During video-conferencing, no promise about relief/assistance or any political statement or announcement will be made.
The government has also been directed to submit a copy of the audio-video recording of the
video-conferencing by the evening of March 22, to the office of the CEO. Additional Chief Electoral Office
Shri V.L. Kantarao will represent the CEO’s Office at the video-conferencing.


Notification for 2nd round of Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh on March 19
Our Correspondent, 19 March,2014
Notification for second round of Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh will be issued on March 19. With this, process of filing nominations will get underway in 10 Lok Sabha constituencies, which will continue till March 26. In Madhya Pradesh, polling for second phase of Lok Sabha elections will be held on April 17. These constituencies are 1-Morena, 2-Bhind, 3-Gwalior, 4-Guna, 5-Sagar, 6-Tikamgarh, 7-Damoh, 8-Khajuraho, 19-Bhopal and 20-Rajgarh. Nominations will be accepted from March 19 from 11 am to 3 pm except Sunday, March 23. Nominations can be submitted to returning officer of concerning Lok Sabha constituency.

Second phase constituencies 1-Morena, 2-Bhind, 3-Gwalior, 4-Guna, 5-Sagar, 6-Tikamgarh, 7-Damoh, 8-Khajuraho, 19-Bhopal and 20-Rajgarh

March 26 is the last date for receiving nominations, which will be scrutinised on March 27.

 

ROs of constituencies
Morena
Bhind
Gwalior
Guna
Sagar
Tikamgarh
Damoh
Khajuraho
Bhopal
Rajgarh
Collector Morena
Collector Bhind
Collector Gwalior
Collector Shivpuri
Collector Sagar
Collector Tikamgarh
Collector Damoh
Collector Panna
Collector Bhopal
Collector Rajgarh
Nominations can be withdrawn till March 29. Election Commission has directed to conduct polling from 7 am to 6 pm in Madhya Pradesh and other states of the country. Polling for the second phase will be held on April 17.


Gandhinagar, Bhopal in the fray as BJP brainstorms over Advani's seat
Our Correspondent, 19 March,2014
New Delhi: After finalising its PM candidate Narendra Modi's Varanasi seat, the Bharatiya Janata Party is now brainstorming over senior leader LK Advani's seat. As the BJP meets on Wednesday to decide on more seats, the Madhya Pradesh unit of the party is backing senior leader LK Advani's candidature from Bhopal.
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan called Advani two days back and requested the NDA chairman to contest from Bhopal. The same was communicated to BJP President Rajnath Singh.
Sources say the sitting MP of Bhopal Kailash Joshi has also requested Advani to contest from Bhopal.
However, the BJP feels Advani shifting base to Bhopal will be a huge embarrassment to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Sources say Rajnath and Modi want Advani to contest from Gandhinagar. The Gujarat unit has also recommended him from Gandhinagar.
Sources say Advani has told Rajnath that the party should take a call on his candidature. The BJP is also likely to decide on Narendra Modi's Gujarat seat.
The Gujarat unit wants Narendra Modi to contest from either Ahmedabad East or Surat. "The people and the party here wants that Modiji must be made to contest from Gujarat," the state BJP spokesperson Vijay Rupani said.


Electioneering material being removed continuously in cities and towns
Our Correspondent, 18 March,2014
Electioneering material used by political parties and candidates is being removed continuously to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha elections in the state. Even 14 days after announcement for Lok Sabha elections, process has been started to remove posters, banners, wall writings etc. in cities and towns of the state. Under Prevention of Defacement of Public Property Act, 67 thousand 137 wall writings, posters, banners etc have been removed from public and private properties. As many as 58 thousand 437 posters, banners and wall paintings have been removed from public properties and 8700 publicity material from private properties.
So far, 14 thousand 559 wall writings, 21 thousand 464 posters, 13 thousand 274 banners and 9 thousand 140 other materials have been removed from public properties. During the action, 42 cases have also been registered. Similarly, 3325 wall writings, 2474 posters, 2185 banners and 2039 other materials have been removed 8700 from public properties after registering 4cases.
Three cases including an FIR have been registered for violation of Prevention of Defacement of Properties Act, 2 FIRs for misuse of loudspeaker, and 5 cases including 4 FIRs. As many as 2 FIRs have been registered against 14 persons for effort to bribe voters and 54 cases including 4 FIRs have been registered in other cases. In this say 66 cases including 29 FIRs have been registered so far.
Model code of conduct is being strictly enforced in Lok Sabha to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha election. At Barwani, Patel Rock Drill, Khandwa complained that PHE’s executive engineer invited tenders even after announcement of elections which is being investigated by the collector. Inspector of University Police Station in Gwalior Shri Saxena registered an FIR against Shri Bhupendra Singh and Shri Pankaj Sharma for violating government order. A case has been registered at Barghat police station against former Congress candidate for Barghat Vidhan Sabha constituency Shri Arjun Kakodiya on the complaint of violation of mode code of conduct lodged by Shri Narendra Singh Thakur of BJP in Seoni district.


Governor extends Holi greetings to state’s people
Our Correspondent, 18 March,2014
Governor Shri Ram Naresh Yadav has extended greetings and best wishes to state’s people on Holi. In his message, the Governor said that Holi is the symbol of Indian culture and social harmony.
Governor Shri Yadav has said that festival of Holi promotes brotherhood and brings about prosperity in life. The Governor has urged people to celebrate Holi with traditional harmony and enthusiasm.


Over one lakh licensed weapons deposited
Our Correspondent, 15 March,2014
Large-scale security arrangements have been made to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh. To prevent misuse of weapons, illegal arms are being recovered and licensed weapons got deposited. So far, one lakh 3 thousand 610 licensed weapons have been deposited. In the series, 828 licensed weapons have been seized and 216 arms licenses cancelled. So far, 7 thousand 366 non-bailable warrants have been issued of which 1104 were issued in last 24 hours. Similarly, 3313 illegal weapons have been seized. Police has seized 514 weapons during last 24 hours.
Action has been taken under various sections of CrPC against 24 thousand 216 persons so far and 13 thousand 720 persons have been bound over. Action was taken against 82 persons for violating this provision. In police action, explosives of 2 types have been seized. Besides, 3 different kinds of bombs and 204 live cartridges have also been seized.
As many as 199 check posts have been set up in view of security in Vidhan Sabha constituencies. In all, one thousand 540 majra-tolas have been identified under vulnerability mapping. Similarly, 5 thousand 768 people who can harass voters have also been identified. Prohibitory action has been taken against 992 such persons.


Over 2.75 lakh voters fill up forms to get names included in electoral rolls
Our Correspondent, 15 March,2014
As many as 2 lakh 85 thousand 32 voters have filled up forms to get their names included in electoral rolls on Sunday last at all 53 thousand 946 polling booths in the state on the directives of Election Commission of India. These include one lakh 24 thousand 249 voters between the age group of 18-19 years. Of these, 65 thousand 595 are males, 56 thousand 621 females and 2033 others. One lakh 60 thousand 783 voters about the age of 19 years also applied for this purpose including 85 thousand 194 males and 75 thousand 589 females. Thus, total one lakh 50 thousand 789 males and one lakh 32 thousand 210 females applied for getting their names included in electoral rolls at these camps.
So far, names of 66 thousand 453 new voters whose applications were received at the camps have been included in electoral rolls. Only 130 of the received applications have been rejected for various reasons. Process to include remaining names is underway. According to Chief Electoral Officer Shri Jaideep Govind has directed all districts send information at the earliest.


IT Department to keep watch over use of black money during Lok Sabha elections
Our Correspondent, 14 March,2014
To ensure free and fair Lok Sabha elections, Income Tax Department is maintaining a watch on airports, railway stations, hotels, farmhouses, hawala agents and middlemen. On the directives of Election Commission of India, the Income Tax Department has started this action soon after announcement of Lok Sabha elections. The department is also keeping a keen eye on carriers of undisclosed income.
On the commission’s directives, the Income Tax Department has set up a 24X7 control room and monitoring cell at the state capital. Its toll-free number is 18002337600. Complaints and information regarding carrying of large amounts for bribing voters will be received on this number. Directorate of Income Tax (Investigation) will investigate against concerning person and district election officers will provide to him necessary security force to carry out operations. Results of the investigation will be sent to the commission with a copy marked to CEO. Soon after announcement of Lok Sabha elections, the Income Tax Department has opened Air Intelligence Units in all airports of poll bound states and airports having commercial flights to poll bound states and is maintaining strict vigil over the movement of cash through aircrafts. If any cash exceeding Rs. 10 lakh is reported to the department, its officers will take necessary action under Income Tax laws. If it is found that the amount is being carried to bribe voters then the CEO will act in the case under the provisions of Indian Penal Code.
If information of cash withdrawal in excess of Rs. 10 lakh is reported from the bank from the account of any person to the DEO, the same will be forwarded to the nodal officer of Income Tax Investigation Directorate in-charge of the district who will take prompt action under the Income Tax laws.
If any information pertaining to election expenses by any candidate or political party is gathered by the Investigation Directorate either during the election campaign or in the course of investigation of any person including the candidates, it will be reported to the commission.
As per section 29 C of Representation of People Act, 1951, the political parties will not get exemption, if they do not submit contribution reports to the commission before due date of filing Income Tax Return. The Income Tax Department will also send reports about parties enjoying tax exemptions with filing Form-29 C within 2 weeks after announcement of elections.
It is noteworthy that instances have been reported to the commission and in media that large sums of undisclosed cash and other articles are distributed and innovative methods are adopted to camouflage ostentatious election expenditure by the candidates during election process. Such expenses for gratification of the voters are mostly out of undisclosed income. According to the commission, use of black money is a major issue in the forthcoming elections. The commission has deployed Director of Income Tax (Investigation) and states’ Directorate of Income Tax (Investigation) to keep a watch over efforts to camouflage excessive election expenses. The commission has directed to make necessary arrangements for this by opening units in each district for the notification of elections and take prompt action as per Income Tax laws.


Over 60 thousand banners, posters removed for impartial elections
Our Correspondent, 14 March,2014
Model code of conduct is being strictly enforced in Madhya Pradesh to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha election. After announcement for Lok Sabha elections, process has been started to remove posters, banners, wall paintings etc. in cities and towns of the state. Under Prevention of Defacement of Public Property Act, 60 thousand 97 wall paintings, posters, banners etc have been removed from public and private properties. As many as 53 thousand 92 posters, banners and wall paintings have been removed from public properties and 7005 publicity material from private properties.
So far, 13 thousand 677 wall writings, 19 thousand 424 posters, 11 thousand 775 banners and 8 thousand 216 other materials have been removed from public properties. During the action, 737 cases have also been registered. Similarly, 2929 wall writings, 1999 posters, 1741 banners and 7005 other materials have been removed from public properties after registering 1629 cases.
Investigation is underway against 39 BJP workers on complaint of violation of model code of conduct by President of Chhindwara Congress Committee Shri Pradeep Saxena. SDM is ensuing action on the complaint by Shri Ganga Prasad Tiwari against Secretary of Kekda Amarwada Gram Panchayat Shri Jagan Chandravanshi. Complaint against Hoshangabad BJP General Secretary Shri Akhilesh Khandelwal is being investigated for holding a press conference against State Congress President Shri Arun Yadav at Bhopal Naka Trisection in Hoshangabad. Mandsaur collector is conducting investigation for holding a public meeting without prior permission on the complaint by Sarvshri Dinesh Joshi, Ashish, Ishwar Singh Chouhan against fgvMLA Shri Hardeep Singh Dang and Congress candidate Sushri Meenakshi Natrajan.
State has 53 thousand 946 polling booths where polling for 29 Lok Sabha seats will be held in 3 phases.


142 auxiliary polling centres set up for Lok Sabha elections
Our Correspondent, 13 March,2014
Election Commission of India has accorded sanction to proposal of setting up 142 auxiliary polling centres set up for Lok Sabha elections in the state. Chief Electoral Officer Shri Jaideep Govind has directed district election officers to ensure all necessary arrangements at these auxiliary polling centres.
Of these, 8 auxiliary polling centres have been sanctioned in Karera Vidhan Sabha constituency in Shivpuri district, 2 in Pohri, 11 in Shivpuri and 5 in Pichhor. In Tikamgarh district, 6 auxiliary polling centres have been sanctioned in Tikamgarh Vidhan Sabha constituency, 4 in Niwari and 5 auxiliary polling centres in Khargapur. In Shahdol district, one auxiliary polling centre has been set up in Byohari Vidhan Sabha constituency. In Anuppur district, 4 auxiliary polling centres have been sanctioned in Anuppur Vidhan Sabha constituency and one in Pushprajgarh. In Katni district, 2 auxiliary polling centres have been sanctioned in Vijahraghogarh Vidhan Sabha constituenc, 11 in Mudwara and 6 in Bahori Band. In Mandla district, 2 auxiliary polling centres have been sanctioned in Mandla Vidhan Sabha constituency. In Chhindwara district, one auxiliary polling centre each has been sanctioned in Junnardeo and Pandhurna Vidhan Sabha constituencies.
In Harda and Hoshangabad districts, one auxiliary polling centre each has been sanctioned. In Raisen district, 3 auxiliary polling centres have been sanctioned in Udaipura Vidhan Sabha constituency, 13 in Bhojpur, 5 in Sanchi and 3 in Silwani. In Shajapur district, 2 auxiliary polling centres have been sanctioned in Shajapur and one auxiliary polling centre in Kalapipal Vidhan Sabha constituency. In Dewas district, 3 auxiliary polling centres have been sanctioned in Dewas Vidhan Sabha constituency and one in Bagli. In Khandwa district, 4 auxiliary polling centres have been sanctioned in Mandhata Vidhan Sabha constituency, 5 in Khandwa and 4 auxiliary polling centres in Pandhana.
Similarly, in Khargone district, 2 auxiliary polling centres have been sanctioned in Bhikangaon Vidhan Sabha constituency, 2 in Maheshwar, 2 in Khargone and one in Bhagwanpura. In Barwani district, 3 auxiliary polling centres have been sanctioned in Pansemal Vidhan Sabha constituency and one in Barwani. In Dhar district, 2 auxiliary polling centres have been sanctioned in Gandhwani, 3 in Kukshi, one in Manawar, 2 in Dharampuri and one auxiliary polling centre has been sanctioned in Dhar Vidhan Sabha constituency.
State has 53 thousand 946 polling booths where polling for 29 Lok Sabha seats will be held in 3 phases.


Political parties’ manifestos should not include promises causing hurdles in free and fair elections
Our Correspondent, 13 March,2014
Election Commission of India has advised political parties to avoid including such promises in their election manifestos that are against the principles and ideals of Indian Constitution. The commission has clarified that it will have no objection if promises pertaining to welfare of people as per directive principles for states are included in manifestos.
The commission has also desired from political parties to include promises in manifestos which are transparent as well as credible. It has been mentioned in model code of conduct that financial resources to fulfil promises should also be included in manifestos. People’s trust should be sought on the promises which can be fulfilled.
The commission had also discussed these provisions in the model code of conduct with political parties and candidates and they had supported them for strong democracy.


Seizure of illegal liquor begins in districts
Our Correspondent, 12 March,2014
Illegal distribution and sale of liquor has been strictly banned in Madhya Pradesh in view of Lok Sabha elections. Since announcement of elections, 428 litre liquor has been seized and action taken against 17 persons in Gwalior district, 136 litre liquor and action against 5 persons in 5 cases in Jabalpur and 267 litre liquor and action against 3 persons in 2 cases in Satna district.
On March 9 last, excise staff conducted 207 raids, seized 647 litre liquor from various places and arrested 83 persons in 116 cases. Similarly, 23 litre IMFL was seized during 205 raids and 19 persons were arrested.


Over 2 lakh voters fill up forms to get names included in electoral rolls
Our Correspondent, 12 March,2014
Over 2 lakh voters have filled up forms to get their names included in electoral rolls on Sunday at all 53 thousand 946 polling booths in the state on the directives of Election Commission of India. Information about it has been received from 39 out of 51 districts so far. According to it, 88 thousand 894 voters between the age group of 18-19 years have filled up Form-6. Of these, 47 thousand 326 are males, 39 thousand 537 females and 2 thousand 31 others. One lakh 12 thousand voters about the age of 19 years also applied for this purpose include 61 thousand 110 males and 61 thousand 294 females. Thus, total one lakh 8 thousand 436 males and 90 thousand 831 females applied for getting their names included in electoral rolls at these camps.
So far, names of 35 thousand 301 new voters whose applications were received at the camps have been included in electoral rolls. Only 25 of the received applications have been rejected for various reasons. Process to include remaining names is underway. According to Chief Electoral Officer Shri Jaideep Govind, information is being collected from 12 remaining districts also. These districts have been directed to send information at the earliest. They include Neemuch, Mandsaur, Ujjain, Dhar, Jhabua, Alirajpur, Barwani, Khargone, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Raisen and Shivpuri.


Over 47 thousand banners, posters and hoardings removed during 5 days
Our Correspondent, 11 March,2014
Model code of conduct is being strictly enforced in Madhya Pradesh to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha election. On the fifth day after announcement for Lok Sabha elections, process was continued by election staff to remove posters, banners, wall paintings etc. in cities and towns of the state. Under Prevention of Defacement of Public Property Act, 47 thousand 505 wall paintings, posters, banners etc have been removed from public and private properties. As many as 42 thousand 573 posters, banners and wall paintings have been removed from public properties and 4932 publicity material from private properties.
So far, 12 thousand 14 wall writings, 14 thousand 401 posters, 9 thousand 501 banners and 6 thousand 657 other materials have been removed from public properties. During the action, 666 cases have also been registered. Similarly, 2240 wall writings, 1499 posters, 1291 banners and 4932 other materials have been removed from public properties after registering 1152 cases.
As many as 2 cases of misuse of vehicles have come to the fore in districts in which 3 FIRs have been registered. Similarly, 3 cases have been registered for enticing voters through cash or kind. Six FIRs have been registered in 5 other cases.
FIRs for violation of model code of conduct were registered by Madhav Nagar police station, Mahakal, Dewas Gate and Nilganga and against BJP workers by Desai Nagar police station on the complaint of Manish-Kalu.


ECI launches mega campaign to increase polling percentage
Our Correspondent, 10 March,2014
On the initiative of Election Commission of India, camps were held for the first time at polling booths in the country to include new voters’ names in electoral rolls. Large number of youths turned up at 53 thousand 946 polling booths in Madhya Pradesh to get their names included by filling up Form-6. They were helped in filling up the forms by Booth Level Officers (BLOs) present at polling booths. Deputy Election Commissioner of India Shri Vinod Zutshi inspected camps at polling booths set up at Central School No-3 at Misrod Road, Government Higher Secondary School and Sagar Public School. He was accompanied by Chief Electoral Officer Shri Jaideep Govind, Joint Chief Electoral Officer Shri S.S. Bansal and District Collector Shri Nishant Warwade.
First Shri Vinod Zutshi visited polling booths number 271, 272 and 273 in number-154 Govindpura Vidhan Sabha constituency which is a part of 19-Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency. All these 3 polling booths are situated at Central School (KV-3). Shri Zutshi sought information from BLOs Shri R.S. Mehra, Shri Vijay Kumar and Smt. Abha Biskiya about process to include names and gave necessary directives. He held discussions with youths who had turned up in large number at these polling booths. He inspected copies of electoral rolls pasted on the walls of polling booths and enquired youths about status of their names in the electoral rolls. The Deputy Election Commissioner directed that EPIC cards should be provided at the earliest to the youths submitting Form-6 here. He informed voters that they can get their names included in electoral rolls till March 12 in the constituencies where Lok Sabha elections are to be held on April 10, March 16 where elections are to be held on Aril 17 and March 26 in the constituencies where Lok Sabha elections are to be held on April 24.
Later, Shri Zutshi and Shri Govind visited polling booths number 284, 285, 286 and 287 situated at Higher Secondary School, Misrod and interacted with voters. Giving his introduction to voters he said, “I have come from Election Commission of India……How can I help you?”. On this, voters narrated their purpose of visiting the polling booth and praised holding of the camp. On asked by Shri Zutshi as to how they got information about the camp, the youths replied that they got it from media. He enquired youths about problems being experienced in getting their names included and gave necessary directives to officers.
Following this, Shri Zutshi visited polling booth numbers 249, 250, 251, 252e, 253 and 254 at Sagar Public School and held detailed discussions with voters. He distributed previously prepared EPIC cards to them. After inspecting polling booths, Shri Zutshi left for New Delhi. After this, Shri Jaideep Govind and Shri Nishant Warwade visited polling booth numbers 207, 208 and 209 situated at Ratanpur Sadak Government Middle School under 155-Huzur Vidhan Sabha constituency, took stock of arrangements and held discussions with voters.

 


Power shutdown areas in Bhopal today
Our Correspondent, 10 March,2014
Due to lines’ maintenance and construction works, power will remain shut down in different parts of the city at different times on March 10.
According to General Manager, City Circle, Shri Anil Khatri, power will remain shut down from 10 am to 4 pm in Rituraj Colony, Goyal Hari Apartment, Nilkanth Colony, Sanjay Nagar, Maulana Azad Nagar, Idgah Hills, Convent School, Bright Colony, Prince Colony, Prabhu Nagar, Ram Nagar, Niyamatpura, Regiment Road, Kumharpura, Vinoba Colony, Shahjahanabad, Kachchi Masjid, Purana Court, Master Lal Singh Hospital, MP Agro Putlighar, Fakhruddin Masjid area, Indira Nagar, New Rajiv Nagar, Vasundhara Colony, Tila Jamalpura, Chhaoni Road, Masjid Badjodiyan, Faqeerpura, Mangalwara police station, Galla Bazar, Azad Market, Jumerati Gate, Kayasthpura, Gurjarpura, Purana Kabadkhana, Laxmi Talkies area, Sarai Sikandari, Laxmi Talkies, Masjid Shakoor Khan, Guliya Dai Ka Mohalla, Lalwani Press, Chaukse Nagar, Satguru Complex, Super Bazar, Berasia Road, Ghangaur Ki Baori, Saleem chowk, Old Sindhi Colony etc.
Similarly, power will remain shut down from 12 noon to 3 pm in Berasia Road, Bafna Colony, Green Park Colony, Hunuman Mandir Tila, Congress Nagar, Nagar Nigam Colony, Berasia Road etc and from 10 am to 4 pm in Shikhar Plaza, Lake City Enclave, Leelashah Ashram, village Bhainsakheri, Nai Basti Bhainsakheri, Satguru Cold Storage, Bright Colony, Idgah Gurudwara, Niyamatpura, Maulana Azad and Sadar Colony and from 9 am to 5 pm in New Subhash Nagar, Arjun Nagar, Varanyam Motora, Ashok Nagar, Chambal Colony, Shalimar Complex, Ashoka Enclave, Yalghar Press, Pul Bogda etc.

 


Over 30 thousand banners, posters and hoardings removed from government and private buildings
Our Correspondent, 8 March,2014
Model code of conduct is being strictly enforced in Madhya Pradesh to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha election. On the second day after announcement for Lok Sabha elections, posters, banners, wall paintings etc. were removed promptly in cities and towns of the state. Under the provisions of Prevention of Defacement of Public Property Act, 30 thousand 758 wall paintings, posters, banners etc have been removed from public and private properties. As many as 28 thousand 502 posters, banners and wall paintings have been removed from public properties and 2256 publicity material from private properties.
So far, 9 thousand 559 wall writings, 8 thousand 440 posters, 6 thousand 58 banners and 4 thousand 445 other materials have been removed from public properties. During the action, one case has also been registered. Similarly, 1376 wall writings, 693 posters, 680 banners and 506 other materials have been removed from public properties.
As many as 2 cases of misuse of vehicles have come to the fore in districts. Similarly, 2 cases have been registered for holding of meeting speeches without official permission.
Action under Motor Vehicle Act has been taken by SDM of Chanderi in Ashok Nagar district against Union Minister of State for Energy Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia for violation of code of conduct. Shri Scindia’s video film-equipped vehicle was being plied without permission from RTO. In another case, Bhopal Collector is investigating a complaint lodged by Indian National Congress against Chief Minister and others regarding violation of permission for dharna. SDM Amarwada is enquiring into complaint by Smt. Kamini Shah (Congress) of Chhindwara alleging that Amarwara’s SDO Forest Shri Basant Kakre is posted since June 2011 and indulging into political activities.

 


Political parties’ workshop regarding Lok Sabha elections on March 8
Our Correspondent, 8 March,2014
A workshop of representatives of recognised political parties will be held on March 8 at CEO office at 4.30 pm. Deputy Election Commissioner of India Shri Vinod Zutshi will participate in it. Three representatives each of six recognised political parties including Bahujan Samaj Party, Bharatiya Janata Party, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Indian National Congress and Nationalist Congress Party have been invited to participate in the workshop.

 


BLOs to sit at all polling booths on March 9 to include new voters’ names
Our Correspondent, 7 March,2014
The Election Commission of India has directed to hold special camps at all polling booths in the state on Sunday March 9 to include names of eligible voters in electoral rolls. At the camps, Booth Level Officers will sit withy electoral rolls. One copy of electoral rolls will be pasted on the wall of polling booth so that voters can check their names. Electoral rolls will also be read out at the camps for the convenience of illiterate persons.
BLOs will also carry forms 6, 7, 8 and 8A, which will be filled up by willing persons. The commission has directed to make wide publicity of the camps. It has directed that public announcement through drumbeats should be made at local levels. District election officers have been directed to inform political parties about camps. They have been asked also to urge political parties to make available their booth level agents at the camps. Facility of filling up forms of willing voters will also be available at the camps. After filling up, the BLOs will undertake physical verification, local scrutiny etc and then submit the forms to ARO. ARO will dispose of forms after completing process in 11 days. Special initiative will be taken at the camp to include names of all remaining eligible voters.
The commission has also directed to undertake publicity that EPIC card holders can check their names in electoral rolls and fill up form-6 if their names are missing from electoral rolls. According to the commission, EPIC is only an identity document and a person cannot vote despite having it if his name is not included in electoral rolls. The commission has directed to send details of filled up forms received at the camps in prescribed proforma. Instructions have been given to make available area-wise information of received forms on CEO’s website. States have been asked to receive information and details of forms by March 11 and dispose them of by March 20. Soon, the commission will also hold a video-conferencing in this regard with CEO and DEOs.

 


Central government should sanction immediate special package for relief to affected farmers
Our Correspondent, 5 March,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Central government should sanction immediate special package for relief to affected farmers and send study team by March 6 to assess crop loss in the state. CM Shri Chouhan was addressing affected farmers after inspecting hailstorm-affected crops in villages in Seoni district today. Farmers Welfare and Agriculutre Development Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen was also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that hailstorm has shaken farmers. Major calamity has hit farmers’ families by damage to crops. He informed farmers that state government will leave no stone unturned in providing them relief. He said that government is giving top priority to relief to farmers and it will be distributed to them liberally.
The Chief Minister informed that before coming to hailstorm-affected village Kandipar, he has provisioned Rs. 2000 core in vote on account so that immediate relief can be given to farmers. He informed that provision has been made to give ex-gratia of Rs. 1.50 lakh on death of a person, Rs. 16 thousand 500 on loss of cow-bullock, Rs. 40 on poultry, Rs. 1650 on goat while compensation will also be given to villagers against damage to roof tiles and potters on damage to pottery.
The Chief Minister has also demanded from the Centre that Madhya Pradesh should be accorded status of the state producing good Basmati. Shri Chouhan said that the Central government is discriminating against Madhya Pradesh in this regard. Farmers are not getting proper price for gram since Central government imposed export fee on it and is not abolishing duty on dram imports. He urged the Central government to ensure procurement of gram from farmers on support price.
The Chief Minister visited village Kandipar in Seoni district to inspect damaged crop of tribal farmer Ram Bharose. His entire crop has been affected. Shri Chouhan assured Ram Bharose that government will provide full compensation against his damaged crop.

 


Campaign to provide benefit of National Crop Insurance Scheme to farmers
Our Correspondent, 5 March,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that a campaign will be launched to provide full benefit of National Crop Insurance Scheme to farmers. The Chief Minister was inspecting hailstorm-affected fields of farmers at village Dangarhai in tribal area of tahsil Vankheri in Hoshangabad district today. Shri Chouhan visited filed of farmer Arvind Prasad Phoolwar and inspected his crops.
The Chief Minister said that total amount of insurance is Rs. 2300 crore, which includes about Rs. 11 crore 500 thousand of the state government. This amount will be distributed as immediate relief to farmers. Shri Chouhan said that farmers are not getting desired benefit of National Crop Insurance Scheme. This scheme is benefiting only the insurance company and farmers are getting no benefit. Insurance companies give only that much compensation as is received by it as premium. And to top it all, insurance company also deducts 2.5 percent commission from it, which is injustice to farmers.
He said that government staff is in full swing to provide relief to farmers. Government has given top priority to farmers. Shri Chouhan directed survey teams to assess loss to farmers’ crops with total sensitiveness with same seriousness as shown by the state government and take the work as a challenge. They should visit village to village to conduct survey. He warned that survey should not be wrong in any case. The Chief Minister said that people have been moved by this calamity faced by farmers. He informed that MPs, MLAs, IAS officers and employees’ unions have contributed to CM’s Relief Fund so that farmers can get maximum relief. Former MLA of Pipariya Shri Suresh Rai announced to give Rs. one lakh to CM’s Relief Fund on the occasion.

 


Hailstorm-affected farmers to be given relief on top priority
Our Correspondent, 4 March,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that hailstorm-affected farmers will be given relief on top priority. He said that he will not let tears to come in farmers’ eyes due to this calamity. CM Shri Chouhan was addressing farmers’ conventions at villages Moodra and Naulas after visiting hailstorm-affected areas in Vidisha district today.
The Chief Minister visited villages Shahshabad and Badher in Vidisha district. He inspected crop loss in fields of affected farmers Bishan Singh and Gyan Singh.
Shri Chouhan said that over 20 thousand villages in the state have been affected by hailstorm. Such a calamity he has never seen before. Shri Chouhan said that state government has taken extraordinary decisions in favour of farmers to meet challenge of this calamity, which were not taken by any government before. He said that if required, funds for development work will be curtailed to provide relief to farmers.
The Chief Minister informed farmers that Re. one per kg wheat and rice will be given to farmers who have suffered over 50 percent loss. Recovery by banks and moneylenders has been suspended. Strict action will be taken against moneylenders if they use force to recover loans.
On the occasion, a Rs. 65 thousand cheque was presented to the Chief Minister for relief to affected farmers. This amount was donated by professors and employees of SATI Engineering College Vidisha.
CM tours hailstorm-affected villages in Raisen district
After Vidisha and Rajgarh districts, the Chief Minister toured hailstorm-affected villages in Raisen district today. At village Chhater, he inspected damaged wheat and gram crops of farmer Yogendra. Shri Chouhan said that farmers should not feel lonely and helpless since state government stands by them in their hour of crisis.
The chief Minister said that apart from compensation, every type of assistance will be provided to farmers. He said that apart from crops loss, compensation will also be given in case of death of cows, buffaloes, cocks, hens and chickens and damage suffered by potters. He said that no stone will be left unturned in providing assistance to farmers even if Central government does not provide funds for the same.

 


Survey teams should assess crop loss with honesty and sensitiveness
Our Correspondent, 4 March,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed all divisional commissioners and district collectors to ensure that survey teams assess crop loss due to excessive rains with honesty and sensitiveness. He assured farmers that government stands by them in their hour of crisis and they will be given every possible assistance. CM Shri Chouhan visited village Bamlabe Jod in Biaora tahsil of Rajgarh district today and interacted with affected farmers.
Commerce & Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Zila Panchayat Chairperson Smt. Sumitra Bhilala, MP Shri Narayan Singh Amlabe and local MLAs were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister visited affected fields in areas around village Bamlabe Jod. Later, addressing farmers, he said that state government has set aside Rs. 2000 crore to deal with calamity of hailstorm. More funds will be allocated if required. The Chief Minister directed commissioners and collectors to accelerate pace of crop loss survey. He said that relief amounts should be distributed soon after completion of survey.
The Chief Minister informed farmers that they will be given compensation for 100 percent crops loss for over 50 percent loss. He said that compensation will also be given against loss to crops of garlic and orange. Shri Chouhan informed that Rs. 500 per tree compensation will be given on loss of orange tree and Rs. 400 per tree on 50 percent loss. He said that Rs. 25 thousand each will be given for marriage of daughters of farmers who have suffered 50 percent loss. State government will also pay interest on loans taken by farmers so that they can avail loans at zero percent interest for next crop.
The Chief Minister said that apart from compensation, farmers will be given benefit of crop insurance through crop cutting experience. Shri Chouhan directed officers and employees not to be indifferent in providing relief to farmers in their hour of crisis. Relief should be provided to all affected farmers with honesty and sensitiveness. He said that 10 percent DA will be given to officers and employees. Government will look after them and they should look after farmers.

 


75 % population of state to get benefit of Food Security Act
Our Correspondent, 1 March,2014
Food Security Act will be implemented in Madhya Pradesh with effect from March 1, 2014. State’s 75 percent population will be under the Act’s purview. So far, over 3 crore 70 lakh 73 thousand people’s names have been included in Samagra Portal developed by Food and Civil Supplies and Social Justice departments. Even before implementation of this Act, wheat and rice are being provided at the rate of Re. 1 under Annapurna Yojana through public distribution system in the state since January 1, 2014.
As per Food Security Act, Central Government will provide wheat at the rate of Re. 2 per kg and rice at Rs. 3 per kg to the state government. However, both wheat and rice will be provided at Re. one per kg under Mukhyamantri Annapurna Yojana by giving additional subsidy to all eligible families.
Food Security Act to be implemented in the state from March 1.
Over 3 crore 70 lakh people’s name included in Samagra portal.
Food and Civil Supplies Department has made large-scale preparations for implementation of National Food Security Act. Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) card holders and priority families will get its benefit. These include BPL families, beneficiaries of social pension scheme, building and other construction workers, Mukhyamantri Mazdoor Suraksha Card, forest rights patta holders, cycle rickshaw & handcart pullers, women domestic helps, urban vendors, registered bidi workers, landless kotwars, registered weavers and craftpersons, registered hair dressers, persons affected by defence agreement, registered railway porters, labourers of closed mills, registered persons with multiple disabilities and mentally retarded persons, inmates of old age homes, children of juvenile homes, porters and weighing assistants at mandis and all SC and SC domiciles of the state. In SC and ST category, income tax payers and class I, II and III officers and employees of state and Central governments have not been included in the scheme. According to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s announcement, all registered fishermen, drivers, conductors and calamity-affected families will also be provided subsidised food grains by including them in the category of priority families.
In the SC and ST category, all income tax payers and Class I, II and III officers-employees of Central and state government have not been included in this scheme.
Of total 3 crore 70 lakh 73 thousand persons registered on Samagra portal, 2 crore 84 lakh 3 thousand belong to rural and 86 lakh 70 thousand to urban areas. Registrations at Samagra portal are being done under supervision of collectors. Urban bodies are conducting survey in urban areas and Panchayats in rural areas with cooperation of Food Department.
After implementation of National Food Security Act, every AAY ration card holder will get 35 kg food grains and families identified under priority families will get 5 kg per person per month.
The state government has also decided that families having over 7 members will be provided 5 kg food grains per person under Antyodaya Anna Yojana. In this way, every eligible family will get over 35 kg food grains each.

 


State government stands by farmers in this extraordinary crisis
Our Correspondent, 1 March,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that state government stands by hailstorm-affected farmers in this hour of extraordinary crisis. State government will take extraordinary decisions to provide relief to farmers. Ideal crop insurance scheme will be chalked out by state government. A Loan Relief Commission will be constituted to deal with such situations. Besides, a Natural Disaster Relief Fund will also be set up to provide immediate relief to farmers. The Chief Minister has urged farmers to have patience and courage. Every possible assistance will be provided to them. Shri Chouhan chaired a high-level emergency meeting regarding losses to crops due to excessive rains and hailstorm. Cabinet members and senior officers were present at the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that as per preliminary information, crops have suffered damage in 9 thousand 584 villages in 49 districts. It is hour of crisis for farmers. State government has initiated every possible step to deal with it. Loan recovery from farmers has been suspended and interest on loan for this period will be paid by state government. Farmers’ over 50 percent loss will be considered as 100 percent loss and they will be provided compensation at the rate of Rs. 15 thousand per hectare. Assistance of Rs. 25 thousand each will be given for marriage of such farmers’ daughters. State government will also provide relief on 25 percent to 50 percent loss. He directed officers to ensure that no moneylender makes forceful recovery from affected farmers. Farmers who have suffered over 50 percent losses will be provided wheat and rice at the rate of Re. 1 per kg. Loan recovery period of farmers who have availed interest-free loans will be extended.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan has directed all ministers to monitor relief distribution in their respective districts. Joint teams of Revenue, Agriculture and Panchayat departments have been formed to ensure total transparency. Teams of senior officers will undertake monitoring to ensure that farmers get benefit of crop insurance scheme. A committee comprising Agriculture Production Commissioner, Additional Chief Secretary Finance and Principal Secretary Revenue will undertake centralized monitoring of relief amount’s distribution. Strict action will be taken against indifference in survey. Additional budget for relief to farmers will be made in vote on account. If required, farmers will be provided relief through deductions in budget for development works. Shri Chouhan urged people of the state to be ready for this sacrifice. He urged Centre to declare this crisis as national calamity and send teams immediately to assess losses.
At the meeting, Ministers suggested to undertake crop cutting experiment within time-limit, preparation for moong cultivation as alternative crop and provide relief also to affected farmers of forest villages. Home Minister Shri Babulal Gaur, Finance Minister Shri Jayant Malaiya, Agriculture Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen, PWD Minister Shri Sartaj Singh, Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar, Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, Food Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah, Public Health Engineering Minister Sushri Kusum Mahdele, Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta, Minister of State for School Educational Shri Deepak Joshi, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Shri Surendra Patwa, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, DGP Shri Nandan Dube and other senior administrative officers were present on the occasion.
Every field should be surveyed
During video-conferencing soon after this meeting, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan directed commissioners and collectors to ensure distribution of relief immediately to farmers in this hour of crisis. He said that senior officers should leave normal administrative work and interact with farmers. Survey should be undertaken for immediate relief with total transparency. Every field should be surveyed and no field be left out. Farmers should be provided benefit of crop insurance scheme. Loan recovery has been suspended. Money Lending Act should be invoked to ensure that moneylenders do not recover loans forcefully from farmers. The farmers whose crops have suffered over 50 per cent loss will be provided wheat and rice at the rate of Re. 1 per kg for next 8 months. Arrangements for seeds and fertilisers for next crop should be made now. He said that this hour of crisis is a test for administration’s leadership and efficiency. Apart from wheat and gram, survey of damage to other crops and vegetables should also be undertaken. Relief should also be provided to farmers having forest land pattas, whose crops have suffered damage.
Chief Secretary Shri de Sa directed that preliminary survey should be completed in next 5 days. List of farmers who have suffered over 50 percent loss should be chalked out. Collectors informed about magnitude of crop loss in various districts. Members of the state cabinet and senior officers of concerning departments were present on the occasion.

 


CM Shri Chouhan interacts with hailstorm-affected farmers in Shajapur and Dhar
Our Correspondent, 1 March,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan is continuously touring hailstorm-affected areas in the state and consoling farmers. He says that farmers’ loss will be compensated even if expenditure on development and other works has to be curtailed. Shri Chouhan undertook intensive tour of hailstorm-affected areas in Dhar and Shajapur districts today.
At Dhar district headquarters, Shri Chouhan sought information from farmers, public representatives and district administration regarding damage caused by rains and hailstorm. From there, Shri Chouhan went to village Dharwara, Dedla, Ratwa and Padliya and inspected affected crops. Later, he also visited village Ranayal and Bhilkheri in Kalapipal development block in Shajapur district.
Shri Chouhan informed farmers that hailstorm has caused widespread damage throughout the state. Ripe crops of farmers have been damaged before harvesting. Informing about decisions taken by state government, he said that he will help farmers overcome this extraordinary crisis. They need not worry. Every village and field will be surveyed with total transparency.
Shri Chouhan said that district’s officers will be held responsible if any irregularity is found in survey work. He said that efforts will be made to provide benefit of crop insurances scheme also apart from relief amounts.
Shri Chouhan informed that Rs. 15 thousand per hectare relief will be given by considering over 50 percent loss as 100 percent loss. Rs. 25 thousand assistance each will be given for marriage or Nikah of daughters of such farmers under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana. They will also be provided wheat and rice at the rate of Re. 1 per kg. Relief will also be given on crop loss from 25 percent to 50 percent. Loss to fruit, flower and vegetable crops will also be assessed and compensation given. Arrangements will be made for seeds and fertilisers for next crops. Compensation against loss of cattle and damage to houses will also be given.
The Chief Minister said that state government has decided to suspend loan recovery from farmers during current fiscal and interest on loan for this period will also be given by it. Shri Chouhan directed district administration to provide relief to farmers at the earliest.

 


CM Shri Chouhan to visit hailstorm-affected areas in Tikamgarh and Chhatarpur districts today
Our Correspondent, 1 March,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will tour hailstorm-affected areas in Tikamgarh and Chhatarpur districts today. Shri Chouhan will reach village Kudila in Kharagpur tahsil of Tikamgarh at 12 noon by helicopter. Shri Chouhan will hold discussions with farmers and inspect fields. From here, the Chief Minister will go to other areas. From Kudila, Shri Chouhan will go to Mantguan in Chhatarpur district and inspect damage to crops. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan will return to Bhopal at 3.40 pm.

 


CM Shri Chouhan worships on Mahashivratri
Our Correspondent, 28 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with Smt. Sadhna Singh performed worship of Lord Shiva at Badwale Mahadev Mandir here this evening. Later, he also visited Maa Bhawani Mata Mandir and had deity’s darshan.

 


Re. 1 per kg wheat-rice to farmers with over 50 % crops loss
Our Correspondent, 28 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Re. 1 per kg wheat and price will be provided for 8 months to farmers who have suffered over 50 % crops loss by including their names in the list of beneficiaries. Shri Chouhan said that maximum assistance will be provided by the state government to the affected farmers.
Shri Chouhan visited hailstorm-affected villages in Sehore district’s tahsils Rehti, Nasrullahganj and Ashta including Chakaldi, Kothar Pipaliya, Kankariya, Harmau, Suned, Ladkui, Bhadakui, Gularpura and Kanyakhedi today. The Chief Minister took stock of crops and held discussions with hailstorm farmers. Consoling farmers, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that state government stands by them.
Shri Chouhan said that hundreds of villages in 40 districts of the state have been affected by this natural calamity. For this, necessary instructions have been given to field staff. The field staff will survey every single field and ensure payment of proper relief and crop insurance amount to affected farmers.
The Chief Minister said that farmers will be able to marry off their daughters from home this year. They will be given Rs. 25 thousand assistance each under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana even if affected farmers marry off daughters from home. Defaulter hailstorm-affected farmers will also be provided seeds and fertilisers by societies. Recovery of loan from affected farmers will be suspended. Payment of interest will be made by the state government.
On girls’ demand at village Kothra, the Chief Minister announced to open a high school from next academic session.
In-charge Minister of Sehore district Shri Rampal Singh, former Chairmen of corporations Shri Rajendra Singh Rajput and Shri Guru Prasad Sharma and Zila Panchayat Chairman Shri Dharmendra Singh Chouhan were present on the occasion.

 


Former Deputy Prime Minister Shri Advani dedicates Narmada-Kshipra Link Project
Our Correspondent, 26 Feb.,2014
Malwa region witnessed historic confluence of 2 holy rivers Narmada and Kshipra today. Ex-Deputy Prime Minister Shri Lal Krishna Advani dedicated Madhya Pradesh government’s ambitious Rs. 432 crore Narmada-Kshipra Link Project at Kshipra’s originating point at village Mundla Dostar (Ujjaini) in Indore district. Shri Advani said that this confluence will become a new centre of pilgrimage in the country. Abhishek of Lord Mahakal in next Mahakumbh will be done with Narmada water. This project has been completed in a short span of just 14 months.
Shri Advani said that whenever he comes to Madhya Pradesh, he witnesses new proofs of development. He said that only 14 months ago, apprehensions were being expressed that Malwa will turn a desert. This project will be fruitful for Malwa region. In future, Malwa will also get water as a result of Shri Chouhan’s resolve to link Kali Sindh, Parwati and Gambhir rivers.
Shri Advani said that former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee had announced river-link project to save the country from droughts and overcome shortage of dirking water. A task force for this was constituted headed by the then Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu. Giving a ruling to this effect, the Supreme court had directed in year 2012 to constitute a committee of ministers and officers and hold its meetings every 2 month. Shri Advani said that a similar project was undertaken in Gujarat by flowing Narmada water into Sabarmati river
Malwa to turn green
Shri Advani said that after Narmada-Kshipra link, now Kali Sindh, Gambhir and Parwati rivers will also be linked with Narmada. Gradually, all Malwa rivers will be inter-linked. Malwa will have plenty of water and turn lush green. He informed that the Supreme Court in one its orders had observed in year 2012 that work of linking rivers is not being undertaken in the country. We are proud that Madhya Pradesh has done a commendable work in this direction.
Narmada water will change destiny
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Narmada water has come to change destiny of Malwa. The project will provide irrigation and drinking water to a large area in Malwa region. It will increase groundwater level. Malwa will have ample water and food. He said that the state government’s resolve to bring Narmada to Malwa has been fulfilled today. Village Ujjaini will become a new pilgrimage centre. Shri Chouhan said that under river-link project, Narmada water will be flown into Gambhir river at a cost of Rs. 2200 crore. Later, Kali Sindh and Parwati rivers will also be linked with Narmada following which 16 lakh acre will be irrigated and drinking water will be provided to 3 thousand villages and 72 towns in the region including Dewas and Shajapur. Crops will sway right from Ujjain to Neemuch and industries will get ample water. Shri Chouhan that had special words of praise for Principal Secretary Water Resources Shri Rajneesh Vaish and his team of engineers and employees.
The Chief Minister said that re-building of the state has begun. Madhya Pradesh will be made number one state in the country with the cooperation of every section of society. State is making progress in agriculture sector. Now, 24x7 power is supplied in the state. Outstanding work is also being undertaken in industrial and technical sectors. A day before, foundation stone for Infosys has been laid at Indore. Asia’s largest solar power plant is all set to be inaugurated in Neemuch.
Dev Guradiya and Kevdeshwar temples to be renovated
The Chief Minister said that Dev Guradiya and Kevdeshwar temples will be renovated. He said that a 4-lane road is being constructed upto confluence at Dev Guradiya. It will be upgraded to 6-lain if needed in future.
At the outset, Shri Advani, Shri Gadkari, Baba Ramdev, Smt. Sushma Swaraj etc. unveiled a foundation plaque at the confluence point. They released Narmada water and worshipped Maa Narmada.
Project
Under Narmada-Kshipra-Simhastha Link Project, Narmada water has been brought to Kshipra’s originating point at village Sisliya at a height of 348 meters through pumping at 3 places. From here, water will flow down through Kshipra river upto a distance of about 115 kilometers to Ram Ghat in City of Mahakal Ujjain. Project’s capacity is 432 MLD.
Centre of attraction
Confluence spot of Narmada and Kshipra has been given a beautiful shape. Narmada water falls like a waterfall from a height. On the upper side of the waterfall, image of Makarwahini Maa Narmada has been displayed as providing water to image of Kachhapwahini Maa Kshipra. Water pools, ghats and canals here are also attractive.

 


Narmada-Kshipra link project to guide countryFormer Deputy Prime Minister Shri Lal Krishna Advani has said that Narmada-Kshipra Link Project will serve as guide in the country.
Our Correspondent, 26 Feb.,2014
Former Deputy Prime Minister Shri Lal Krishna Advani has said that Narmada-Kshipra Link Project will serve as guide in the country. Shri Advani was addressing Narmada-Kshipra Milan Samaroh at Ujjain today. Along with Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, he launched the project by releasing Narmada water from a kalsh into Kshipra river.
Shri Advani said that Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s achievement of linking Narmada with Kshipra will serve as a guide not only for other states, but also the future Central governments. Former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee had announced river-link project. the Supreme court had also directed to carry the project forward. However, this project was implemented by Madhya Pradesh, which is definitely praiseworthy.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Narmada-Kshipra Link Project was necessary to save Malwa from becoming a desert. This is project’s first phase. Later, Gambhir, Parwati and Kali Sindh rivers will also be linked with Narmada. Shri Chouhan said that fulfilling dream of Atal Ji, 16 lakh acre will be irrigated and drinking water will be provided to 3 thousand villages and 72 towns in the region through the project. He said that Madhya Pradesh is progressing on the path of development. Infosys has come to Indore and Narmada to Ujjain. Besides, country’s largest solar power project is set to be inaugurated in Neemuch district.
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Smt. Sushma Swaraj said that confluence of Narmada and Kshipra gives spiritual bliss. Kshipra river had dried up and Ujjain city had lost its lustre. But now Malwa region will regain its pristine glory due to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s achievement of linking Narmada with Kshipra. Maharashtra’s former Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari said that confluence of both the holy rivers is a historic event. He congratulated Madhya Pradesh government on fulfilling dream of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Yoga guru Baba Ramdev said that Bhagirath of modern era Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan deserves fulsome praise for bringing Narmada water to Kshipra. Apart from solving drinking water problem, the project will also provide irrigation water to farmers.
People accord warm welcome
Ram Ghat and Datt Akhada were profusely bedecked and decorated on the occasion of Narmada’s confluence with Kshipra. Large number of people accorded a warm welcome to Maa Narmada with deep devotion. Temples on both the banks of Kshipra were tastefully decorated. An attractive stage was set up right in the midst of Kshipra river.
Release of Narmada water into Kshipra was marked by heavy fireworks and mangal dhun by Police Band. Devotees at Ram Ghat and Datt Akhada welcomed Maa Narmada by clapping hands.
MP Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Urban Adminsitration & Development Minister Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya, former Chief Minister Shri Kailash Joshi, School Education Minister Shri Paras Jain, MP Shri Thanwarchand Gehlot and other public representatives worshipped the river. MP Dr. Satyanarayan Jatiya, Minister of State for School Education Shri Deepak Joshi, Vice-Chairman of State Planning Commission Shri Babulal Jain, Shri Arvind Menon, Mayor Shri Rameshwar Akhand, MLA Dr. Mohan Rao, Shri Anil Firojiya, Shri Dilip Singh Shekhawat, Shri Bahadur Singh Chouhan, Shri Satish Malviya, Shri Mukesh Pandey and former MLA Shri Shiv Narayan Jagirdar were also present on the occasion.

 


Ex-Army Chief Shri Singh calls on CM Shri Chouhan
Our Correspondent, 26 Feb.,2014
Former Army Chief General V.K. Singh called on Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today. General Singh was accompanied by his wife Smt. Bharti Singh.

 


PR Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla’s tour programme
Our Correspondent, 26 Feb.,2014
Public Relations, Energy, New & Renewable Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla will accompany Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan on board an aircraft to Neemuch on February 26, 2014. Along with Shri Chouhan, Shri Shukla will take part in the inaugural programme of solar energy plant. The Public Relations Minister will return with the Chief Minister by plan to Bhopal in the afternoon.

 


Madhya Pradesh to be number one state in information technology
Our Correspondent, 25 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh will be number one state in information technology in the country. The state is entering golden age in IT and e-Governance sectors and is also among 3 top states in e-Governance and is an ideal place for investment in information technology sector. Shri Chouhan was addressing foundation stone laying ceremony of Infosys campus at Indore today.
On the occasion, founder and Executive Director of Infosys Shri Narayan Murthy informed that in the first phase, the company will invest Rs. 400 crore and undertake construction in 7 lakh square feet for seating 5000 software professionals.
The Chief Minister said that it is a matter of pride that important companies like Infosys and TCS are starting work in Madhya Pradesh and other major companies are also coming. Due to it, Indore will become an IT hub. He said that efforts are being made that state’s talents do not have to go outside for jobs and get employment in the state itself. About 1.50 lakh engineers are passing out in the state every year. Shri Chouhan said that IT sector’s contribution in GDP was 1.2 percent in year 1998, which has risen to 6.9 percent now.
The Chief Minister said that software exports from Madhya Pradesh was of about Rs. 250 crore in year 2012. Madhya Pradesh is centre of special attraction for IT companies after Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Gurgaon and Delhi. IT companies are eager to come to Madhya Pradesh due to its strong economy, good infrastructure, peaceful atmosphere, better connectivity, adequate availability of land and talent pool.

Shri Narayan Murthy
Founder and Executive Director of Infosys Shri Narayan Murthy said that apart from better atmosphere, basic facilities are also available in Madhya Pradesh. Indore is the only city which has both Indian Institute of Technology and Indian Institute of Management. Indore is a suitable investment destination for IT and ITeS industries. He said that Infosys is company with annual turnover of US Dollars 7.4 billion and over one lakh 58 thousand employees.
Shri Narayan Murthy said that this Infosys campus in Indore’s Super Corridor will be constructed on 130 acre land allotted by Madhya Pradesh government. The first phase of this state-of-art campus is expected to be completed in next 24 months.
Shri Vijayvargiya
Urban Administration and Development Minister Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya said that better facilities and atmosphere for investment is available in Madhya Pradesh. Due to state government’s efforts Indore has become hub of health, education and IT. He assured that Infosys will get all permissions within 6 days. State government has given a major contribution to development by providing land to units investing in Indore’s Super Corridor.
Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Information Technology Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh, Mayor Shri Krishna Murari Moghe, MP Smt. Sumitra Mahajan and other public representatives were also present on the occasion.

 


Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh
Our Correspondent, 25 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that efforts are being made to get Madhya Pradesh declared as Basmati paddy cultivation area. Recently, discussions have been held with Central government for procurement of gram on support price. He said that state government has extended relief to hailstorm-affected and drought-hit farmers from its own exchequer without caring for Central assistance.
Shri Chouhan was addressing an “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh” convention at Raisen today. Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Smt. Sushma Swaraj was also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that state government has made agriculture profitable. It is the result of farmers’ hard work and state government’s efforts in agriculture sector that Madhya Pradesh has received Krishi Karman Award for the second time consecutively. The Chief Minister urged all sections of society to discharge their duties earnestly, dedicatedly and honestly. He said that no eligible person will remain deprived of wheat, rice and salt at Re. 1 per kg. Middle Class Commission will solve problems of middle class. He said that now scholarships will be given to children of general class also. He said that facility has been given to reserved class students to hire room in cities to pursue education. On foreign study of these sections’ children, Rs. 15 lakh per student will be spent.
Smt. Sushma Swaraj appreciated Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s efforts to make Madhya Pradesh a golden state. She urged all to give active cooperation in this. She said that Madhya Pradesh was once a sick state which has been brought to the category of developing states. Smt. Swaraj gave credit for second time Krishi Karman award to Madhya Pradesh to farmers’ hard work and state government’s policies.
Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar said that Madhya Pradesh is the only state to give bonus on wheat procurement. Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh referred to welfare schemes of state government for all sections of society and urged people to avail their benefits. Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Shri Surendra Patwa also spoke on the occasion.

 


Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh a drive to promote sense of belonging
Our Correspondent, 25 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh Abhiyan” is a drive to promote sense of belonging in every citizen of the state. He said that Madhya Pradesh will be included in the list of prosperous states through people’s cooperation. Shri Chouhan was addressing an “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh” convention at Vidisha today. He inaugurated and laid foundation stones for Rs. 89 crore public welfare works and launched beneficiary-oriented schemes. Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and local MP Smt. Sushma Swaraj was also present on the occasion.
Referring to state’s public welfare schemes, the Chief Minister said that state government will never discriminate between citizens. Government wishes to help every poor of all sections. He said that poor students will be given scholarship. Every poor person will be provided wheat and rice at Re. 1 per kg so that no one sleeps hungry in Madhya Pradesh.
The Chief Minister said that Vidisha will be among leading districts in next 5 years. Irrigation facilities and roads have been expanded. Besides, every thing found lacking will be provided in the district.
Shri Chouhan said that he is concerned about every person in the state. He infored government employees that Madhya Pradesh will revise their dearness allowance every time the Central government revises it.
After participating in the convention, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan visited Vidisha’s School of Excellence to see a cricket match. He congratulated Shri Mahendra Singh of Kanara Club on being selected in Ranji Trophy team and announced Rs. one lakh to him.
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and local MP Smt. Sushma Swaraj said that Rs. 45 crore cancer institute will be opened at Vidisha. She informed that Rs. 189 crore has been sanctioned to ensure early construction of medical college. Smt. Swaraj said that “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh” is a resolve, appeal and invitation made by head of the state to people to become partners in state’s development. She said that 2 of its shining examples are that Madhya Pradesh has received Krishi Karman Award twice and gender-based discrimination has been ended.
Revenue & Rehabilitation Minister and in-charge of district Shri Rampal Singh said that he will discharge responsibility of district entrusted to him by the Chief Minister.

 


100 lakh MT wheat to be procured on support price
Our Correspondent, 24 Feb.,2014
All is set for procurement of100 lakh MT wheat in Madhya Pradesh in the Rabi season this year. Madhya Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation has been appointed as nodal agency to procure wheat on support price. Procurement of wheat on support price will be made from March 18 to May 26. So far, 17 lakh 43 thousand farmers have been registered for wheat procurement.
Wheat procurement will start in Ujjain, Bhopal, Indore and Narmadapuram divisions from March 18 which will last till May 19 and in Chambal, Gwalior, Rewa, Shahdol, Jabalpur and Sagar divisions it will be done from March 25 to May 27. Civil Supplies Corporation will procure wheat in 24 districts and MARKFED in 27 districts. Large scale preparations have been made in five districts
Hoshangabad, Harda, Sehore, Raisen and Bhopal districts where wheat procurement is made on a massive scale. For assessing quantum of possible procurement in Madhya Pradesh, verification of 41 lakh 42 thousand hectare irrigated and 72 thousand 900 hectare unirrigated land has been made by patwaris so far.
Effective arrangements have also been made for safe storage of procured wheat. Civil Supplies Corporation has arranged 4 lakh 16 thousand bales of gunny bags. State Warehousing Corporation has arranged to store 93 lakh MT wheat in godowns and 10 lakh MT in silo bags.
Civil Supplies Corporation has also made arrangements to ensure prompt payment to farmers against wheat procurement. For this, the state government has obtained credit limit of Rs. 18 thousand 690 crore from Reserve Bank of India. Payments to farmers will be made within 7 days after procurement. Last year, Rs. 9,527 crore was paid to farmers against wheat procurement of which Rs. 953 crore was bonus. Wheat was procured from farmers last year at support price of Rs. 1350 per quintal on which Rs. 150 per quintal bonus was given.
For convenience of farmers, the State Civil Supplies Corporation has computerised the procurement process. All information about farmers and their registration is stored in computers at concerning procurement centre. SMS alert facility has also been given to farmers. Through it, farmers will be informed as to when they have to reach procurement centres to sell wheat and when payment will be made to them. Last year, 63 lakh 51 thousand MT wheat was procured on support price in the state.

 


CM Shri Chouhan launches Pulse Polio Campaign by administering dose to children
Our Correspondent, 24 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched Pulse Polio Campaign on the occasion of National Vaccination Day by administering polio dose to children here today. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that 2 polio drops are drops of life. Shri Chouhan appreciated contribution of doctors, World Health Organisation, UNICEF, Rotary, other voluntary, social, political organisations and public representatives in making India polio-free.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan flagged off pulse polio awareness vehicle of Rotary International. Minister of State for School Education Shri Deepak Joshi, NRHM Director Sushri M. Gita, Rotary District President Shri Nitin Dufriya, Pulse Polio Chairman Shri Ramesh Tiwari and vaccination officers were present on the occasion.

 


Chief Minister’s Jandarshan at Vidisha
Our Correspondent, 22 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan sanctioned a number of rural development works during Vidisha Jandarshan on Friday. During his visits to villages Palki, Tharr, Dehri, Jhirniya, Barkhera Gambhir and Naulas, the Chief Minister sanctioned a number of works of roads, education, power, water and health.
Rs. 6 lakh for schools
The Chief Minister gave away cheques Rs. one lakh each to St. Mary High School, Government Maharani Laxmi Bai Girls Higher Secondary School, Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Trinity Convent School, Vatsalya School and Shamshabad’s Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya. The Chief Minister had announced Rs. one lakh for 6 educational institutions which had participated in cultural programmes at main Republic Day function at Vidisha. On the occasion, the Chief Minister and his wife Smt. Sadhna Singh wished bright future to school children. They exhorted students to complete studies and get posted at high posts.
City visit
The Chief Minister went round the city. He visited a number of localities and interacted with people cordially. The people also reciprocated the Chief Minister’s gesture. Shri Chouhan visited the house of late Shri Mohan Malik and consoled his family members. The Chief Minister inspected Vidisha’s new Krishi Upaj Mandi and directed to provide all facilities to farmers. He directed to ensure availability of fertilizers, seeds, pesticides and agriculture implements there.
I am a farmer to the core
During Jandarshan programme at village , Palki, Tharr, Dehri, Jhirniya, Barkhera Gambhir and Naulas, the Chief Minister said that he is a farmer to the core of his heart and has deep attachment with farming.
MNREGA to improve fields
The Chief Minister said that now sanction will be given to improve farms through MNREGA. He informed that now gram will also be procured on support price in the state like wheat.
Major demands conceded
Higher secondary school will be opened from next session at village Palki. CC road from main road in the village upto school sanctioned apart from stopdam-cum-culvert on Seu river.
CC road from main road at village Narot.
Higher secondary school building and new Panchayat building sanctioned at village Tharr. Expansion of piped water scheme and an additional bore also sanctioned in the village. Ghats will be constructed on lake.
Apart from opening a high school, pattas will be given under Mukhyamantri Aawas Yojana to houseless people at village Dehri. Ancient temple of the village will be renovated. Besides, bridge-cum-stopdam, school’s boundary and CC road upto main village road also sanctioned.
Apart from construction of road from village Tilak to Peeperhuntha, survey of irrigation dam over Amrohi will also be undertaken.
Sanction to high school’s boundary wall and piped water scheme at village Jhirniya. Road from Barkhera Gambhir and Jhirniya to Semra pucca road, veterinary dispensary, anganwadi building and sub health centre also sanctioned.
Talab sanctioned at village Darguwan.
New transformer to be installed at village Berkheri.
High school to be opened from next session at village Barkhera Gambhir. Piped water scheme and pucca road from village Barkhera Gambhir to Lakhooli also sanctioned.
Survey of irrigation Talab will be undertaken at village Amrohi, school’s boundary and stopdam on river Tumain will be constructed.
Higher secondary school will be opened at village Naulas from next session and road will be constructed from village’s bus stand to Ulakhera and Naulas to Nitarri.
Road from Ambar Road to Mohanakhejda sanctioned.
fields
The Chief Minister felicitated girl student Pinki Raghuvanshi with shawl and coconut. Pinki has passed class X exam with 91 percent marks.

 


Madhya Pradesh police has made several achievements
Our Correspondent, 22 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh police has made several outstanding achievements in strengthening peace. It has demolished SIMI network, controlled Naxal problem and rid Chambal area from dacoits.
The Chief Minister was addressing programme “Madhya Pradesh Police Award 2014” held by ETV to felicitate police officers for outstanding performances.
Shri Chouhan said that felicitation by society for outstanding performance will inspire other officers and other sections of society also. The Chief Minister said that healthy criticism should always be welcomed but outstanding performance should also be publicly appreciated. State government is committed to ensuring police personnel’s welfare. As many as 30 thousand jawans have been recruited. Honorarium of home guards has been increased.
The Chief Minister and Home Minister Shri Babulal Gaur felicitated police officers for outstanding performance. Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred to Shri Umrao Singh, Community Policing Award to Shri Sanjay Rathore, Traffic Management Award to Shri Darshan Singh, Best Training Award to Smt. Manisha Pathak Soni, Best Services Award to Shri Dilip Soni, Award for Fight Against Crimes to Shri Mahendra Singh Chouhan, Gallantry Award to Shri Vasudev Rawat and Best Investigation Award was conferred to Shri Vidyadhar Pandey.
Director General of Police Shri Nandan Dube and ETV’s Chairman Shri Jagdish Chandra were present on the occasion.

 


Extension of renewable energy policy period to be considered
Our Correspondent, 21 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that extension of renewable energy policy period from 3 to 5 years will be considered on the demand of renewable energy sector investors. Every possible assistance will be extended to renewable energy sector entrepreneurs in the state. Investors of renewable energy sector called on Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Mantralaya here today.
The Chief Minister said that arrangements will be made to ensure that timely payments are made on supply of renewable energy. Grid system will be developed in renewable energy sector. During meeting with Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Shri Arvind Bansal and Shri Gautam Chopra of DJ Continuum Group informed that they are setting up 180 MW wind energy plant in the state. It is proposed to be upgraded to 350 MW. Shri Ashok Dutta of Rison Power informed about installation of 100 MW wind energy plant which will be upgraded to 300 MW. Shri S. Murli of Orange Group informed that the company is establishing a 150 MW wind energy plant in the state.
Shri Rahul Munjal of Hero Future Energy informed his company is setting up a 200 MW wind energy plant under renewable energy sector. It will be upgraded to 300 MW in future. Shri Sharad Saluja of Sterling Agro Industries Limited informed that the company has set up a 6.5 MW wind energy plant in the state, which will be upgraded to 50 MW. Similarly, Shri Parag Sharma of Renew Power Ventures informed that the company is establishing 200 MW wind power plant in the state.
A delegation of renewable energy sector investors from Gujarat who are interested to invest in this sector also called on Chief Minister Shri Chouhan. Headed by Chairman of National Solar Energy Federation Shri Pranav Mehta, the delegation comprised Shri Jigar Jain and Shri Nayan Parikh of Inspira Group. Additional Chief Secretary Shri S.R. Mohanti, Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra and Secretary Shri Vivek Agrawal were also present on the occasion.
Meeting with NTPC Chairman
NTPC Chairman Shri Arup Roy Choudhary called on Chief Minister Shri Chouhan today. He informed that work is on in Gadarwara and Barethi thermal power projects in the state. He urged the state government to make available its coal block for proposed thermal power plant in Khargone district. Shri Choudhary said that if the state government provides its coal block the NTPC will make available 85 percent of total power generated by it to Madhya Pradesh. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan assured to consider it. Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra was also present on the occasion.
Shri G.K. Gambhir of Today Energy and Shri Arun Bharat Ram and Shri Ashish Bharat Ram of Shri Ram Films also called on the Chief Minister today.

 


Process to hire private warehouses made transparent
Our Correspondent, 21 Feb.,2014
Madhya Pradesh Warehousing and Logistics Corporation has ensured transparency in the process to hire private warehouses under joint partnership scheme. The corporation has registered 75 lakh MT capacity on its web portal. The private warehouses hire by the corporation will be displayed on the portal for three years. Online registration has been made by 2100 private warehouse onwers. After registration, details of warehouses and their owners can be seen on corporation's website www.mpwarehousiong.com.
Online registration of 75 lakh MT made in the state.
Online Registration for this Rabi season to start soon.
During last 2 Rabi seasons in the state, 35 lakh MT and 48 lakh MT wheat was stored safely, respectively. The corporation had given 4-month business guarantee to private houses for storing procured wheat last year. Process of online registration for this Rabi season will be completed in next 4 to 5 days. Following this, private warehouse owners will be able to register online this year also.
6.06 lakh MT storage under Bundelkhand Package
Godowns of 6 lakh 6 thousand MT capacity are being constructed in 6 districts under Central Government’s Bundelkhand Package Sagar, Damoh, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur, Panna and Datia. Under it, Logistics Corporation is constructing warehouses and marketing infrastructure at 15 places in Sagar district and mini market-cum-godowns at 7 places. All these works will be completed by March 2014. The Logistics Corporation has spent Rs. 169 crore on these constructions.

 


Halalpura bus stand police chowkie in new building
Our Correspondent, 20 Feb.,2014
Home and Jail Minister Shri Babulal Gaur has directed to shift the police chowkie near the entry gate of Halalpura bus stand to one side. The building will be constructed by the agency responsible for bus stand’s development. Shri Gaur was inspecting under-construction works of Halalpura bus stand here today. Corporator Shri Krishna Mohan, local people, SP Shri Arvind Saxena and other officers were present on the occasion.
On local people’s demand to shift the police chowkie near the entry gate of Halalpura bus stand to one side, Minister Shri Gaur directed that it should be operated from a place in the side. Under-construction works of Halalpura bus stand include 29 shops and shades for washing and repair of vehicles. Construction of shops will give Rs. 5 crore revenue apart from monthly revenue in the form of rent. This will help operate arrangements of the bus stand. Shri Gaur also inspected new Rein Basera constructed at the bus stand.

 


Shaurya Dals to be constituted in every village and city ward
Our Correspondent, 19 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that for women’s empowerment, Shaurya Dals will be constituted in every village and city ward now. New ration cards will have name of woman as head of family. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was addressing state-level convention of Shaurya Dals at his residence here today. Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Maya Singh and Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta were also present on the occasion. At the convention, an MoU was signed between Madhya Pradesh government and U.N. Woman.
The Chief Minister said that for their empowerment, women need to be empowered economically, politically and socially. Effective initiative in this direction has been taken in Madhya Pradesh. He urged to strengthen women’s self-help groups. United efforts need to be made for saving girls and save them against discrimination. Mindset of people indulging in discrimination must be changed. Respect to women is our cultural tradition. State government has implemented schemes like Beti Bachao Abhiyan, Ladli Laxmi Yojana and Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana. Women are being given 50 percent reservation in local bodies and appointment of teachers. Shaurya Dals should create awareness about women’s rights, de-addict villages and awaken women towards their welfare schemes. He urged that all people should cooperate to ensure prosperity and development of Madhya Pradesh.
Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Maya Singh said that Shaurya Dals have been constituted in 6 districts of the state. The teams have done commendable work to stop discrimination against women. Now, these teams are being constituted in entire state. Violence against women can be overcome by changing people’s mindset towards them.
Dr. Rebecca Richman of U.N. Woman said that significant work has been done in Madhya Pradesh for women’s empowerment. Election of 15 lakh women in Panchayats is a major achievements including implementation of successful programmes like Ladli Laxmi Yojana, Gaon Ki Beti Yojana and Beti Bachao Abhiyan. Madhya Pradesh is the first state to pass gender budget.
Now, U.N. Woman will cooperate with Madhya Pradesh government in this regard. International Federation for Agriculture Development’s Country Coordinator Sushri Meera Mishra said that Shaura Dals are doing better work for changing people’s mindset. U.N.D.P’s Deputy Country Director Sushri Alexandra Soloviva said that Grameen Haat programme of Madhya Pradesh has won UN’s Public Service Award last year. Shri Vincent Derlong of International Federation for Agriculture Development also spoke on the occasion. Principal Secretary Women & Child Development Shri B.R. Naidu informed about CM’s Community Leadership Development Programme and Commissioner Women & Child Development Smt. Kalpana Shrivastava about constitution of Shaurya Dals.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan released training guidebook of Shaurya Dals. He felicitated members of Shaurya teams for commendable work. A short film focusing on Shaurya Dal was screened at the programme. Artistes of Bal Bhavan presented mini dance drama on role of Shaurya Dals. State Child Rights Protection Commission Chairperson Smt. Usha Chaturvedi, MLA Shri Vishwas Sarang, Director Women’s Empowerment Smt. Neelam Shami Rao and members of Shaurya Dals were present on the occasion. Director of Tejaswini Programme proposed a vote of thanks.

 


British MPs appreciate Madhya Pradesh’s development achievements
Our Correspondent, 19 Feb.,2014
A team of British Members of Parliament of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has hailed achievements in development by Madhya Pradesh. The delegation of British MPs on visit of the state met Panchayats, Rural Development and Social Justice Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava at his residence today. They appreciated Madhya Pradesh Government for significant growth in social and economic sectors and rapid development in rural areas of Madhya Pradesh. The British MPs described Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan leading the state government for third time as very pleasant. On the occasion, extensive discussions were held on progress of programmes and schemes being implemented in the state with financial cooperation of British Government’s Department of International Development (DfID). Additional Chief Secretary Panchayats and Rural Development Smt. Aruna Sharma and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.
Led by Shri Liam Byrne, the delegation of British MPs comprises Baroness Blackstone, Sarvshri Simon Burns, Stephen Hepburn, Baroness Manzoor, Baroness Northever, Virendra Sharma and Dr. Roberta Blackman-Woods. The delegation also appreciated Ladli Laxmi Yojana to check female foetus and Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana to prevent child marriages. They also discussed construction of all-weather roads in remote villages of the state, availability of banking service within every 5 kilometer radius through ultra small banks and communication facilities like internet connectivity to accelerate pace of development works in rural areas through information technology. They also apprised themselves with features of Samagra Social Security Mission launched to deposit benefits under various social security schemes and scholarships directly into beneficiaries bank accounts. They assured that DfID will provide every possible assistance for important programmes of social upliftment.
Additional Chief Secretary Smt. Aruna Sharma informed about better implementation of departmental schemes and improvement in rural living standards through empowerment of three-tier Panchayat institutions. Significant achievements of Panch Parmeshwar Yojana for ensuring sanitation and environment improvement in rural areas, Maryada Abhiyan to eradicate habit of open-air defecation in rural areas and mid-day meal programme for school children were also underlined on the occasion. Smt. Sharma informed about features of Darpan software evolved to make accounting transparent in all 23 thousand 6 Gram Panchayats in the state. She also urged DfID to extend technical cooperation in this. The members were also provided printed copies of departmental schemes. Commissioner-cum-Director Finance Shri Ashish Upadhyay, Director Social Security Mission Shri Sanket Bhonve, CEO of State Rural Livelihoods Mission Shri L.M. Belwal and other departmental officers were present on the occasion.

 


M.P. Urges Centre To Procure Gram on Support Price
Our Correspondent, 18 Feb.,2014
The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged the Centre to procure gram on declared minimum support price in the larger interest of farmers. He said that the credit limit of National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) should be increased to Rs. 5000 crore so that farmers do not suffer loss due to binding credit limit. The Chief Minister Shri Chouhan met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on the issue in New Delhi today and had discussions with him on related aspects of the issue. Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Smt. Sushma Swaraj was also present during meeting of Shri Chouhan with the Prime Minister. Shri Chouhan also met Union Finance Minister Shri P. Chidambaram in this regard and discussed with him the issue.
Shri Chouhan informed the Prime Minister that market rate of gram is Rs. 2324 per quintal which is 30 percent lower than the minimum support price of Rs. 3100 per quintal declared by the Centre. He said that farmers will suffer heavy loss if their produce is not procured on support price. Shri Chouhan said that state government is ready to extend full cooperation in respect of storage.
During his 15-minute discussions with the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh is the largest pulses producing state. Bumper crop of gram is expected this year. The procurement of gram on support price may go to 15 lakh MT this year. Drawing Prime Minister’s attention towards discussions held between State Government and NAFED, Shri Chouhan informed the Prime Minister about unwillingness of NAFED to procure gram on support price.
The Chief Minister said that ensuring remunerative price to farmers is the top priority of state government. Farmers cannot be left to the mercy of market, which can force them to sell their produce on throw away prices. The Chief Minister urged the Centre to take initiatives and make advance preparations for procurement of gram on support price, increase credit limit of procuring agency and arrange for jute bags. He said that Madhya Pradesh is ready to cooperate with the NAFED.
The Chief Minister proposed that if Union Agriculture Ministry agrees to designate State’s agency MARKFED as procurement agency, the state government will happily come forward and ensure necessary coordination between NAFED and Agriculture Ministry and execute statutory action.
Agreeing to Chief Minister’s logic, the Prime Minister said that Central Government is committed to procure gram on support price. All requisite arrangements will be made. The Union Finance Minister Shri P. Chidambaram also assured justified action.

 


Madhya Pradesh Honoured as BEST TOURISM STATE
Our Correspondent, 18 Feb.,2014
Madhya Pradesh has won the Best State tourism award for compressive development of tourism. Madhya Pradesh also bagged Awards for Best Tourism Film and Best Civic Management of Tourist Destination – Pachmarhi.
The Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Dr. Shashi Tharur presented the award to Madhya Pradesh at a National Tourism Award presentation ceremony at Vigyan Bhavan New Delhi today. The Minister of state for Culture and Tourism Shri Surendra Patwa received the Awards. Those present included Managing Director MP Tourism Development Corporation Shri Raghvendra Singh and senior officers.
Diversity in Tourism
Madhya Pradesh has secured a strong visibility on the world tourism map. Known as The Heart of Incredible India, Madhya Pradesh has shown the way to strengthen cultural integration by promoting spiritual tourism.
The State Government has made provision of providing grants to the prospective pilgrims for visiting Angkor Vat in Cambodia, Sita Mata temple site in Sri Lanka, Mansarovar Pilgrimage –China. Besides, visit Nankana Sahib and Hinglajdevi shrine in Pakistan. Madhya Pradesh already enjoys a global identity of having three world monuments – Bhim Betka, Sanchi and Khajuraho.
The wilderness of Madhya Pradesh also occupies unique place in the world and remains the most sought-after destination for the nature lovers.
The Amarkantak-Achanakmar reserve figures in the list of world’s 20 new mega biodiversity sites listed by the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). Recently Panna Tiger Reserve has created a history in wildlife conservation by rearing tiger families. Resultantly, the number of tigers has gone up to 23 from zero.
Madhya Pradesh was judged for The Best State Award on 17 parameters prominent among them include investment friendly policy for tourism, increase in tourist arrival, tourism infrastructure development, improving connectivity for tourist sites.
The Award for the Best Civic Management of a tourist destination in India was judged on seven parameters mainly overall cleanliness, waste management, efficient traffic management, care of environmental and greenery in and around tourism destinations. The tourism promotion film was judged as the best tourism film on the basis of concept and effective communication of the concept promotion of Indian Tourism.
Novel Tourism Initiatives
The State has taken novel initiatives for promotion and management of tourism in the state exploring new areas like eco-tourism, heritage tourism, and spiritual tourism. The Mukhya Mantri Tirth Darshan Yojana - CM’s Pilgrimage Scheme in collaboration with IRCTC has not only encouraged domestic tourism but also promoted religious tourism. So far 2.50 lakh elderly persons have visited the pilgrimage sites of their choice free of cost. The M.P. Eco Tourism Board has developed 38 eco-tourism sites. Farm tourism is also being promoted. In recent past, a number of groups of farmers, farm scientists, managers and IT professionals visited the state to study the system of E-procurement of wheat. A new scheme Khet Tirth Yojana has been launched to encourage visits of farming community to the best managed fields and farms within the state.
Madhya Pradesh offers a diversity in tourism. The tourist flow has increased to 6.33 crore in 2013 from 5.34 crore in 2012 representing 18.14 percent increase. It was 87 lakh in 2004. New marketing officers are being opened at Chandigarh, Noida, Jaipur, Bengaluru, and Patna. Air connectivity has been ensured for Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Satna and Khajuraho. The tourism budget has increased manifold from Rs. 15 crore in 2004 to 154 crore at present. In last two years, 28 tourism related projects worth Rs. 314.62 crore have been sanctioned.
Special Tourism Zones
The State has identified 16 tourism zones – Indira Sagar, Ban Sagar, Gandhi Sagar, Khajuraho, Datia, Orchha, Sanchi, Mandu, Tawa Nagar, Tamia-Patalkot, Salkanpur, Chitrakoot, Panna, Choral, Maheshwar and Amarkantak. Each tourism zone is known for a distinct tourism activity. Selani, Island – Omkareshwar in Khandwa district will soon have water and adventure tourism.
As many as seven forts and fortresses of private and state ownership have been identified for promoting heritage tourism. These include Rampur Fort (Guna), Arjun Palace (Narsingarh-Rajgarh), Rani Palace (Tikamgarh), Rani Palace (Ratlam), Scindia Boarding House (Neemuch), Rajgarh Palace (Datia) and Madhavgarh Palace (Satna).
Holy City Concept
The State Government has encouraged spiritual tourism in a big way. The cities having shrines visited by thousands of pilgrims have been declared as Holy Cities and compressive planning has been made for their management. The State has 12 holy cities - Amarkantak, Maihar, Chitrakoot, Orchha, Ujjain, Omkareshwar Maheshwar, Panna, Datia, Multai, Salkanpur and Mandla. The sale of eggs, meat and fish remains prohibited at these places. Besides, cruelty against animals and birds has been prevented. Sale of liquor is prohibited in and around these cities. Ujjaini village – the origin of Kshipra near Indore will be developed as pilgrimage site. Ujjaini is confluence of Narmada and Kshipra rivers.

 


Schoolchildren’s scholarship to be deposited directly online in bank accounts
Our Correspondent, 17 Feb.,2014
Now, schoolchildren’s scholarship will be deposited directly online in their bank accounts through Samagra Shiksha Portal. After feeding information about school students on this portal, there will be no need to seek various information time and again. Concerning information will be obtained as soon as student’s Unique ID is linked with Samagra Shiksha Portal. Scholarships of students of class I to XII will now be desposited directly in their bank accounts online through Samagra Shiksha Portal www.shiksha.samagra.gov.in. Students will be sent information about sanction of scholarship through SMS. Nine departments’ 30 types of scholarships are going to be transferred through this easy and transparent method.
Mapping of students studying in various schools in the state is being undertaken through Samagra Portal developed with the cooperation of National Informatics Centre (NIC). This has made easy the process of sanctioning scholarships to students as per their eligibility. Process to update students’ data through their admission details in future will also be easier. They will not have to apply repeatedly for scholarship and will start getting benefit as per their eligibility. Repeated survey of students will also not be required. Through this software, tracking of students from class I to XII will also be easier.
Students will get various facilities easily through Samagra Shiksha Portal. Students’ school and class-wise biodata will be available on it online apart from school-level lists, village & ward-wise lists and details aboug students’ families. Students’ parents and guardians will be able to check their eligibility for scholarship directly on Samagra Shiksha Portal. Details about category of eligibility and type of scholarship can also been seen on the portal, which will have lists of disabled students.
With this new online technique, chances of any error in transferring scholarships have been completely eradicated. Students will get scholarship benefit only on the basis of their respective eligibility. They will not have to do rounds of different departments for various scholarships. Teachers and principals will also be relieved of hassles of paper work. Through the portal only eligible students will be able to get scholarships while ineligible ones will be left out.

 


Centre’s erroneous policies harmed to farmers: CM Shri Chouhan
Our Correspondent, 17 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Central Government’s erroneous policies have harmed the farmers. He said that all states will have to mount pressure on the Centre to hold discussions with farmers before chalking out policies pertaining to them. He said that farmers understand their problems better than policymakers. Shri Chouhan was addressing Punjab Agriculture Summit held by the Punjab Government at Mohali Chandigarh today.
Shri Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh has drawn inspiration from Punjab’s functioning in agriculture production sector. Madhya Pradesh was rid of tag of Bimaru state by providing farmers irrigation, power and credit facilities. Shri Chouhan said that to ensure prosperity of farmers, cost of agriculture will have to be reduced and maximum benefit ensured by increasing support price. Special attention needs to be paid to cost of farming at the time of fixing support price. Support price will have to be fixed in such a way that farmers must get 50 percent profit.
Referring to crop insurance scheme, Shri Chouhan demanded to amend it. He said that farmer and not tahsil should be considered an independent unit while assessing crop loss. He said that farmers’ problems remain unchanged even 65 years after India’s independence due to Central Government’s erroneous policies.
Chhattisgarh’s CM Dr. Raman Singh, Andhra Pradesh’s former CM Shri Chandrababu Naidu, Uttar Pradesh’s CM Shri Akhilesh Yadav and Agriculture Ministers of Bihar, Gujarat and Bengal also spoke on the occasion.

 


Need to conserve indigenous knowledge about water: CM
Our Correspondent, 15 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has stressed the need to preserve old water structures apart from constructing new ones. Indigenous knowledge about water needs to be preserved. Common people should be associated with water structures’ preservation. Shri Chouhan was addressing inaugural session of international conference under Jheel Mahotsav here today.
The Chief Minister said that society should stand shoulder-by-shoulder with government to preserve lakes, stepwells and wells. Creation of new water structures is also necessary apart from conserving old ones. Directives have been given to remove encroachments from lakes and other water structures. A project is underway to link lakes with rivers in Bundelkhand. Due to lack of awareness, sense of attachment with lakes has been eroded. Water has been regarded as deity in Indian culture. Water is symbol of purity. Life cannot be imagined without water. Civilizations have thrived on river banks. Our water structures have been affected by increasing population and urbanization. Society and common people will have to be made aware about water structures.
Urban Administration, Housing and Environment Minister Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya said that water structures are connected with our culture and traditions. It is a major challenge before society that water structures are losing their identity. Their preservation is duty of all. Water, forests and land are foundations of life. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa said that lakes and water structures maintain environmental balance. They are centres of bio-diversity and micro organisms. EPCO is undertaking preservation of 150 lakes in the state. The welcome address was delivered by Additional Chief Secretary Shri M.M. Upadhyay. Japanese environment specialist Dr. Nakamora, Dr. Khosla, representatives from India and abroad are participating in the conference held by Housing & Environment Department. Principal Secretary Urban Administration Shri S.N. Mishra proposed a vote of thanks at inaugural session.

 


National Rural Livelihoods Mission
Our Correspondent, 15 Feb.,2014
Under National Rural Livelihoods Mission, extensive efforts are being made for economic upliftment of the rural poor. For this, 10 thousand self-help groups comprising one lakh women will be constituted in districts under the mission by the end of financial year. A target of Rs. 108 crore bank linkage has been set for women’s SHGs under 100-day action plan. The mission is also training 100 Bank Mitras to help poor families and women’s SHGs. Badges are also being given for identification to Bank Mitras.
State Rural Livelihoods Mission CEO Shri L.M. Belwal informed that linkage of all eligible SHGs is being done. Apart from providing financial assistance through banks, quality of products of SHGs will also be ensured. Ajeevika Bazaars will be established at district, division and state levels for sale of groups’ products. Logo of “Ajeevika Brand” has been prepared for ensuring uniformity in groups’ products.
SHGs are being associated with agricultural activities in a planned way. Campaign has also been launched to motivate group members for multi-level cropping. They are being associated with production of Kodu-Kutki, Ramtil etc.
National Rural Livelihoods Mission started in Madhya Pradesh since April 2012. The Mission is being implemented intensively in phases in 46 development blocks in 10 tribal-dominated districts of the state. It has also been implemented unintensively in 212 development blocks. As per decision of Union Rural Development Ministry, Swarn Jayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SJGWY) was converted into National Rural Livelihoods Missions in year 1999. Its objective is to remove poverty in rural areas by providing useful self-employment and skill-based labour to the poor.

 


Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh
Our Correspondent, 15 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh government will live upto people’s expectations. No stone will be left unturned in providing basic amenities to people. He urged all sections of society to cooperate with the efforts of Madhya Pradesh government for all-round development of the state. The Chief Minister was addressing an “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh” convention at Singrauli today. On the occasion, he distributed assistance amounts and material worth Rs. 22 crore 50 lakh to over 5600 beneficiaries under various schemes. He inaugurated works costing Rs. 16 crore 71 lakh and laid foundation stones for Rs. 13 crore 89 lakh works.
The Chief Minister administered pledge to people to plant saplings, maintain hygiene, construct toilets, conserve water, respect women and de-addict village. The Chief Minister said that every possible effort is being made to make agriculture profitable and improve living standard of the poor. They are being provided wheat, rice and iodised salt at the rate of Re. 1 per kg and free medicines. Efforts are also being made for their proper housing. As many as 15 lakh houses will be constructed for the poor in next 5 years. Proper arrangements have been made for education. Free books, uniform, cycles as well as scholarships are being given to students. Laptops will be given to students securing over 85 percent marks in class XII exam and smart phones to students taking admission in colleges. Assistance worth Rs. 15 lakh will be provided to students going on study abroad.
The Chief Minister said that Mining Engineering College will be opened at Singrauli and college at Mada. Funds will be allocated for buildings of girls colleges at Baidhan and Murwa. He also announced local development works.
Public Relations and Energy Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla also spoke on the occasion. MP Shri Govind Mishra, MLAs Shri Ramlallu Bais, Shri Rajendra Meshram, Shri Kunwar Sing Tekam, other public representatives and large number of people were present on the occasion. The Chief Minister also performed Kanya Poojan. He blessed 140 newly wed couples at mass marriage function. He also gave away National Savings Certificate to beneficiaries of Ladli Laxmi Yojana.

 


Vidisha to be developed as model city
Our Correspondent, 15 Feb.,2014
During a review meeting at Vidisha, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said that Vidisha will be developed as a model city. Whatever is necessary for this will be done. Message should be disseminated to city’s residents that their partnership is also vital in this. He said that Vidisha is a historic city. Its pristine glory will be restored.
The Chief Minister said that crossings and parks should be beautified under campaign to beautify Vidisha city. He urged to paint houses on both sides of National Highway passing through the city with same colour with people’s cooperation so that city emerges as Pink City like Jaipur. He said that attention should be paid that water is not logged in houses on National Highway since height of road has increased after cement-concrete works. Better arrangement for release of water should be made. Infrastructure works should be done as per city development plan. Funds for sewage treatment network should be judiciously utilised and works completed at the earliest. Land allocated at village Dhanora Haveli for airport was also discussed on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that a large stadium will be constructed at Vidisha which is near the state capital. He directed the collector to earmark at least 50 acre for the proposed stadium, which should be given suitable shape as per norms prescribed for holding one-day international cricket matches.
Shri Chouhan said that dialysis machine will be made available to district hospital. Consent was expressed to set up dialysis machine at one of blood bank rooms till construction of new rooms. The meeting was also informed about progress of construction of medical college building.
The Chief Minister sought updated information regarding implementation on announcements made by him during his earlier tour of Vidisha Vidhan Sabha constituency.
Additional Chief Secretary Panchayats, Rural Development and Social Justice Smt. Aruna Sharma, Commissioner Urban Administration Shri Sanjay Shukla, Secretary Health & Family Welfare Smt. Suraj Damor and Engineer-in-Chief PWD Shri Akhilesh Agrawal apprised the Chief Minister about compliance of announcements at the review meeting which continued till late night.

 


Government and society to develop golden Madhya Pradesh
Our Correspondent, 14 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that government and society will work in tandem to develop a golden Madhya Pradesh. Pace of development will increase manifold if farmers, labourers, industrialists, traders, students, teachers, employees and public representatives work unitedly in right earnest and dedication. The Chief Minister was addressing an “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh” convention at Satna today. On the occasion, Shri Chouhan laid foundation stones for over Rs. 92 crore works and inaugurated over Rs. 66 crore works. On the occasion, he also distributed assistance amounts worth Rs. one crore to 1068 beneficiaries and tri-cycles to disabled persons.
The Chief Minister said that lack of funds will not be allowed to hinder development of Vindhya region. Water of Bargi river will be brought to Satna. Basic facility will be developed for industrial development. Rewa-Satna Road will be converted to 4-lane and flyover will also be constructed at Satna. He said that 2 higher secondary schools will be opened in the city in the ensuing academic session. The Chief Minister urged people present on the occasion to take up at least one creative work. He said that people can choose works including water conservation, environmental protection, plantation, sanitation, toilet construction, girls’ education etc. On the occasion, the Chief Minister inspected an exhibition put by various departments and performed Kanya Poojan.
Public Relations Minister and in-charge of district Shri Rajendra Shukla said that adequate availability of water and power has moved state ahead in agriculture sector. As a result, the state has won Krishi Karman Award for consecutive second time. MP Shri Ganesh Singh also spoke on the occasion. Former Minister Shri Nagendra Singh, MLA Shri Shankarlal Tiwari and large number of public representatives were present on the occasion.

 


CM Shri Chouhan urges to develop Vidisha as model Vidhan Sabha constituency
Our Correspondent, 14 Feb.,2014
During tour of villages under Vidisha Janpad on Thursday, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan urged people to cooperate in developing Vidisha as a model Vidhan Sabha constituency. He said that without people’s cooperation concept of model Vidhan Sabha constituency and model village cannot be concretised. He said that every state government scheme will be implemented in ideal way and representatives of other states will visit Vidisha to see them.
The Chief Minister said that officers and employees should pay special attention that people eligible under 22 norms of National Food Security Act are not left out. He directed them to undertake door-to-door survey for this.
Shri Chouhan said that every possible effort will be made to end mutual animosity in villages. He said that the Panchayats elected unopposed will be given Rs. 5 lakh reward. They will be given one and quarters time more funds than other Panchayats.
The Chief Minister said that decisions in favour of farmers are being taken at every level to make agriculture profitable. He urged farmers to use modern implements in farming and pay special attention to horticulture crops.
The Chief Minister appealed to farmers to send children to school regularly. Government is bearing entire expenses on their education. They are being given free uniform, cycles and books. Rs. 5000 per girl will be given if girl students get admission in next class after securing 60 percent or more marks in class XII exam. If they secure more marks smart phones will be given and on securing over 85 percent marks, free laptops will be provided.
During programmes, Shri Chouhan announced to sanction a bridge costing Rs. one crore 85 lakh on Andiya Road at village Saunthar. At village Roda, he announced construction of a bridge over Ghatheri. He announced high school building at village Saunthar, piped water scheme at village Dangarwara, deepening of lake, digging of new handpump, construction of school’s boundary wall and a platform, opening of new middle school at village Adampur, fencing around Qabristan, opening of high school at village at village Bhatni and announced survey for construction of stop dam on Nevan river.
During Chief Minister’s tour, cancer patients gave applications for treatment and arrangements were made immediately to send them to Bhopal. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was weighed against fruits at villages Ahmadpur, Hansua and Dangarwara.
The Chief Minister participated in local programmes at villages Sauthar Ghatkheri, Kankarkheri, Dangarwara, Bhatni, Hansua and Teelakheri, gave a patient hearing to people’s problems and directed to solve them.

 


Over 3.60 crore people in state under purview of Food Security Act
Our Correspondent, 14 Feb.,2014
So far, 3 crore 65 lakh 83 thousand 523 people in the state have been brought under purview of Food Security Act to be implemented in Madhya Pradesh with effect from March 1, 2014. State’s 75 percent population will be under the Act’s purview. Samagra portal has been developed jointly by Food and Civil Supplies and Social Justice Departments. Even before implementation of this Act, wheat and rice are being provided under Annapurna Yojana through public distribution system in the state since January 1, 2014.
Food Security Act proposed to be implemented in the state with effect from March 1.
3 crore 50 lakh people included in Samagra portal.
AAY and priority families beneficiaries of Food Security Act.
Food and Civil Supplies Department has made large-scale preparations for implementation of National Food Security Act. Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) card holders and priority families will get its benefit. These include BPL families, beneficiaries of social pension scheme, building and other construction workers, Mukhyamantri Suraksha Card, forest rights patta holders, cycle rickshaw & handcart pullers, women domestic helps, urban vendors, registered bidi workers, landless kotwars, registered weavers and craftspersons, hair dressers, persons affected by efence agreement, registered railway porters, labourers of closed mills, registered persons with multiple disability and mentally retarded persons, inmates of old age homes, juvenile homes, porters and weighing assistants at mandis and all SC and SC domiciles of the state. In SC and ST category, income tax payers and class I, II and III officers and employees of state and Central governments have not been included in the scheme. Of total 3 crore 65 lakh 83 thousand 523 persons registered on Samagra portal, 2 crore 81 lakh 10 thousand 803 belong to rural and 84 lakh 72 thousand 720 to urban areas. Registrations at Samagra portal are being done under supervision of collectors. Urban bodies are conducting survey in urban areas and Panchayats in rural areas with cooperation of Food Department. After implementation of National Food Security Act, every AAY ration card holder will get 35 kg food grains and families identified under priority families will get 5 kg per person per month.

 


National Family Assistance Pension implementation through Samagra portal now
Our Correspondent, 14 Feb.,2014
Economic assistance under National Family Assistance Pension Scheme will now be made available through Samagra portal. This amount will be deposited directly in savings bank accounts through treasury system. Under National Family Assistance Pension Scheme, Rs. 20 thousand lump sum assistance is provided to legal heir in consequence to death of earning member of BPL family. It is provisioned to sanction this assistance amount within 30 days of receipt of application. Janpad Panchayat CEO has been made competent officer for this in rural areas and Commissioner Municipal Corporation/Chief Municipal Officer of Municipal Council.
Till date, payment of assistance amount was made through cheque to the bereaved family which causes delay. Now, verification of National Family Assistance Pension Scheme will be done quickly through their details available on Samagra portal. Under the new process, verification of information pertaining to concerning beneficiaries on Samagra portal for payment of assistance amount in new cases sanctioned with effect from October 2013. On receipt of application, Samagra ID will be provided to affected family and the deceased by concerning department. Application must bear applicant’s Aadhar number, savings bank account number and mobile number. In the process for assistance amount, first of all the deceased person will be declared dead on Samagra portal. Following it, assistance amount will be made available through Samagra portal. The application will be available online on the portal.
Directives have been given that after completion of process for verification and sanction, the first bill should be sent to treasury between first and 25th of every month and the second bill between 21st of current month and 6th of next month. Now, process has started to sanction cases as on December 21, 2013 through Samagra portal and deposit assistance amounts in concerning families’ bank accounts. Apart from assistance amount under National Family Pension Scheme, beneficiaries will also be given benefit of Janshree insurance scheme. If applicant is widow of deceased person, she will also be given benefit of Widow Pension Scheme.

 


It’s possible to attain God through Karma Yog
Our Correspondent, 14 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan participated in Ekadash Kundatmak Shri Sitaram Mahayagya and Ramcharit Manas Sammelan at Siyagahan in Sehore district and wished for state’s development and happiness and prosperity for people. After performing worship, the Chief Minister also sought blessings of seers.
Shri Chouhan told devotees that there are ways including devotion, knowledge and Karma for attaining God. A person can also attain God through Karma Yog by discharging his duties with complete dedication and commitment. He said that no stone will be left unturned to ensure women’s respect and dignity. The Chief Minister said that motto of his life is to ensure that women get equal treatment in society and right to live respectfully. The Chief Minister performed pooja at Dev Narayan Mandir in the village. He also inspected under-construction building of Government Higher Secondary School at Baktara.
Revenue & Rehabilitation Minister and in-charge of district Shri Rampal Singh, MARKFED Chairman Shri Ramakant Bhargava, Shri Rajendra Singh Rajput, Zila Panchayat Chairman Shri Dharmendra Singh Chouhan, other public representatives and large number of people were present on the occasion.

 


CM Shri Chouhan extends greetings on Sant Ravidas Jayanti
Our Correspondent, 14 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has extended greetings and best wishes to state’s people on Sant Ravidas Jayanti.
In his message, Shri Chouhan said that life of Sant Ravidas inspires for building an equitable society. The biggest teaching given to society by Sant Ravidas is that one becomes great due to deeds and not by birth. He taught that purification of heart is pre-requisite to attain God.
Shri Chouhan has urged state’s people to draw inspiration from life and deeds of Sant Ravidas.

 


CM Shri Chouhan meets Union Minister Shri Veerappa Moily
Our Correspondent, 11 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Union Environment and Forest Minister Shri Veerappa Moily at Paryavaran Bhavan in New Delhi today and urged him for clearances pertaining to environment and forests for various projects of Madhya Pradesh. Shri Chouhan informed the Union Minister that clearance for 4-lane road project in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh is pending with the Union Forest Ministry. If the Forest Ministry clears it, the road will be completed at the earliest. He urged for immediate Central Government clearance to it. Shri Moily assured of prompt action.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that an environment-related proposal is also being sent to the Union Government for construction of second unit of Shri Singaji power plant in Khandwa district. It is still pending. Besides, Madhya Pradesh Government has sent its policy pertaining to mining of minor minerals, notification for which is yet to be issued. Shri Chouhan said that state governments can formulate their policies as per Supreme Court’s directive and Madhya Pradesh government has formulated its mining policy and sent to the Centre for approval.
Besides, other projects of Madhya Pradesh are also pending with the Central Government for environmental clearance. The Union Ministry for Environment and Forests should give clearance at the earliest. Union Minister Shri Moily assured early action on all these demands. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Secretary Shri Vivek Agrawal, Commissioner Mining and Residential Commissioner.

 


Madhya Pradesh gets Krishi Karman Award second time
Our Correspondent, 11 Feb.,2014
Madhya Pradesh has emerged as Grain Bowl of the India contributing immensely to India’s granary with steady and excellent growth in food grain production. President Dr. Pranab Mukherjee presented the prestigious Krishi Karman Award to the Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a grand award ceremony at Vigyan Bhavan here today.
Madhya Pradesh is the only state to have won the Krishi Karman Award in the total food grain production category consecutively for second time since the institution of Award in 2010-11. The Award carries a trophy, a citation and cash Rs. 2 crore in total food grain production category. Farmers Smt. Shashi Khandelwal from Chaurai in Chhindwara and Shri Yogendra Kaushik from Badnagar, Ujjain were honoured by the President as ideal farmers.
Those present included Union Minister for Agriculture Shri Sharad Pawar, Minister for Forest and Environment Shri Virappa Moily, Minister for Agriculture Madhya Pradesh Shri Gauri Shankar Bisen, MP State BJP President Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, General Secretary Shri Arvind Menon, Agriculture Production Commissioner Shri Madan Mohan Upadhyay, Principal Secretary Agriculture Dr. Rajesh Rajora, Director Agriculture Shri D. N. Sharma and other senior officers.
The impressive performance of Madhya Pradesh agriculture sector is attributable to increase in irrigation capacity, uninterrupted power supply, improved storage infrastructure, timely supply of farm inputs like seeds, fertilizers, and farmer friendly bold decisions like zero percent interest on farm loans and bonus on wheat, rice, maize procurement. It is for the first time the state excelled in wheat, pulses and paddy.
Madhya Pradesh has topped in food grain production in the country with the food grain production of 277 lakh tons in 2012-13 including 161 lakh tons of wheat. It has maintained double digit agriculture growth rate. In respect of wheat procurement, Madhya Pradesh has maintained its ranking in the country. The contribution of Madhya Pradesh to India’s total food grain production goes up to 11.2% in 2012-13.It contributes 17.5 % to India’s total wheat production and 28.65% to total pulses production.
Madhya Pradesh surpassed Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Bihar in the category of States producing over 10 million tones food grain. The State’s performance for the Award was adjudged on 7 criteria – production of grains, yield, procurement, progress of expenditure, yield increase over all India average and significant initiatives. Madhya Pradesh did excellently well in each criteria.
The production of food grains was 128.90 LMT in 2007- 08, which increased to 277 LMT in 2012-13. Similarly, productivity increased from 1064 kg/hectare in 2007-08 to 1952 kg per hectare in 2012-13. Production of pulses touched 51.91 lakh MT in 2012-13 from 26.73 LMT in 2007-08.
Wheat Procurement
The state has performed outstandingly in production and procurement of wheat in last five years. The wheat productivity has increased to 2959 KG/Hectare in 2012-13 from 1714 KG/Hectare in 2007-08. Production of wheat was 67.37 lakh tones in 2007-08. It reached 161.25 lakh MT in 20012-13. This year Madhya Pradesh is expecting 175 lakh tones production. Initiatives like e-procurement of wheat and increase in bonus on procurement have encouraged wheat growing farmers. In last five years, bonus of Rs. 2752 crore was paid to them.
Contributing factors
Credit facility – Farmers having small land holdings have been encouraged to cultivate their fields. A decade ago, a sizeable number of farmers feared to invest due to lack of credit facilities. Now agriculture credit at zero percent interest is available to them through cooperatives. In last five years, loans worth Rs. 39,820 crore have been distributed to farmers.
Farmers are using Kisan Credit Cards. Bonus to the tune of Rs. 34,000 crore on wheat procurement has been distributed to them. Bonus on maize is being distributed from this year.
The amount of cooperative loans distributed in 2003-04 was Rs. 1273 crore. It increased manifold in 2013-14 touching Rs. 11209 crore figure. As many as 32 lakh farmers will be getting loans worth Rs. 12 thousand crore by March end this year. Crop loans to the tune of Rs. 25 thousand crore will be distributed in coming five years. The cooperative banks are offering core banking facility to them.
Irrigation – In last ten years, the irrigation potential in the state not only increased tremendously but also efficiently utilized. Completion of major reservoirs after a gap of two to three decades, simultaneous completion of canal systems irrigating the fields, which remained water-deficient for years, construction of wells under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme or innovative schemes like Balram Talab Yojana proved instrumental. The irrigation through canals increased from 7.5 lakh hectare in 2003 to 25 lakh hectare in 2013.
Electricity –A decade before farm sector suffered a lot owing to intermittent supply of electricity. Power deficiency obstructed the agriculture growth in many ways. A number of steps like improving power sector infrastructure, feeder separation, relieving the farming community from the burden of power tariff, waiving off Rs. 1800 crore in favour of agriculture consumers, ensuring at least 10 hour electricity supply yielded fruitful results. The power to agriculture was 6776 million units in 2009 which increased to 9478 million units in 2012-13 representing an increase of 16.2 percent.
Warehousing Infrastructure – The total storage capacity available in 2010-11 was 79 LMT, which has increased to 115 LMT in 2013-14 and by next year it would touch 152 LMT surpassing other states. Madhya Pradesh is the first state to start use of silo bags in the country.
Innovations – A number of innovations aiming at making the agriculture a profitable venture helped alter agriculture scenario. Prominent among those include deep ploughing, wheat and moong intensification, village wise farm mechanization, Krishi Cabinet for speedier decision making about issues concerning agriculture, Krishi Vigyan Kendras educate 5000 farmers in every district, e-procurement of wheat, C.M. Farm Pilgrimage Scheme to help farmers learn new methods and practices by visiting ideal fields.

 


CM Shri Chouhan seeks blessings from Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on success of River Link Project
Our Correspondent, 11 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan sought blessings of former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on success of Narmada-Kshipra-Simhastha Link Project, in New Delhi today. The confluence of Narmada and Kshipra rivers has fulfilled Shri Vajpayee’s river link dream. State BJP President Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and General Secretary Shri Arvind Menon were also present on the occasion.
It is noteworthy that Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited confluence point of Narmada and Kshipra rivers on Sunday to inspect the Rs. 432 crore Narmada-Kshipra-Simhastha Link Project.
The project is an example for the country. A big dream has been realised in Madhya Pradesh. The project will prove to be boon for Malwa region which was on the verge of becoming a desert. In the project’s next phase, Gambhir, Kali Sindh and Parwati rivers will also be linked with Narmada. According to Shri Chouhan, the project will provide drinking water to 70 towns and 3000 villages in Malwa region. Malwa region will have adequate food and water due to it. Malwa’s groundwater level will also rise.
It is noteworthy that Narmada water has started reaching originating point of Kshipra river at village Ujjaini in Indore district. A sense of enthusiasm has gripped Malwa region. The confluence point of Narmada and Kshipra village Ujjaini will be developed as Holy Pilgrimage Centre.

 


CM Shri Chouhan to receive “Krishi Karman Award” in New Delhi today
Our Correspondent, 10 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will receive Krishi Karman Award being conferred by Government of India to Madhya Pradesh for second time in New Delhi on February 10, 2014. The award is being given to Madhya Pradesh for consecutively second year for policy-related efforts for excellent implementation of farmers’ schemes apart from evaluation of states’ agriculture production. President Shri Pranab Mukherjee will confer the award.
It is noteworthy that a well planned strategy is being implemented in Madhya Pradesh for increasing production and productivity of crops. For this, corrective steps have been ensured in every component of farming and at every stage. Food grains production has increased remarkably during the last 5 years. It was 128.90 lakh MT in year 2007-08, which increased to 287.35 lakh MT in year 2012-13. It is 25.11 percent more as compared to food grains production in year 2011-12.
Wheat has played the most important role in food grains production’s increase. During year 2007-08, production of wheat was 67.73 lakh MT, which increased to 161.25 lakh MT in year 2012-13. With this, Madhya Pradesh reached the 3rd position after Uttar Pradesh and Punjab though state’s target is to outdo Punjab. The massive rise in wheat production manifested itself when over 85 lakh MT wheat was procured on support price while arrival at Mandi committees was to the tune of 120.09 lakh MT. This was 10.87 percent more than that of year 2011-12.

 


Malwa to have abundance of food and water again
Our Correspondent,10 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan took stock of works under Narmada-Kshipra Link Project for bringing Narmada water to Kshipra river’s originating point at Indore district’s villages Mundla-Dostar-Ujjaini today. Shri Chouhan worshipped Maa Narmada at the site developed for supplying Narmada water to Kshipra river. The project will be inaugurated soon on Kshipra banks at Ujjain.
The Chief Minister said that bringing Narmada water to Kshipra is an unprecedented achievement for Malwa region. Due to it, Malwa will have abundance of food and water again. The project will irrigate a large area apart from providing adequate drinking water. Farming will flourish, water level in Malwa will increase and industries will also get adequate water.
The Chief Minister informed that Gambhir, Kali Sindh and Parwati rivers will be liked with Narmada river in the second phase. For this, DPR will be chalked out and implemented at the earliest. He congratulated entire team of Narmada Valley Development Authority for successfully completing first phase of the project within prescribed time-limit of 14 months. Shri Chouhan said that he is overjoyed after seeing Narmada water on the soil of Malwa today. This work is like deed of Bhagirath for bringing Maa Ganga on earth.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that village Ujjaini and confluence point of Narmada and Kshipra waters will be developed as a Holy Pilgrimage Centre. The area will be fully developed. He said that statues of Maa Narmada and Maa Kshipra will be installed here. Image of Bhole Shankar will also be in between the two statues. He urged people not to waste water and use sprinkler and drip system in place of traditional method of irrigation.
Urban Administration and Development Minister Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya said that Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has done the seemingly impossible work of linking Narmada water with Kshipra river on the soil of Malwa, which is a sign of his strong willpower. MLAs, public representatives, journalists, distinguished citizens and large number of villagers were present on the occasion.

 


Banking facilities reach remote rural areas of Madhya Pradesh
Our Correspondent, 10 Feb.,2014
By making banking facilities available in the remote rural areas, Madhya Pradesh Model 'Samriddhi' prepared for the purpose of increasing of economic growth got unprecedented success. Recently, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a report on this unique model. Praising this model as the best innovation in direction of good governance, the Union Personnel, Public Complaints & Pension Ministry invited officers of state government to Delhi to give a presentation of the model.
It is noteworthy that effective efforts have been made in rural areas of Madhya Pradesh for connectivity. These include road connectivity, broadband connectivity for making facilities available to the citizens through information technology and management of banking and financial facilities. Additional Chief Secretary Panchayats, Rural Development and Social Justice Smt. Aruna Sharma stated that banking facilities have been ensured by establishing Ultra Small Banks in range of each 5 kms to give a fillip to economic growth in the state. Under financial inclusion model of Madhya Pradesh 'Samriddhi', 14 thousand 667 villages were identified in which villagers had to travel from 20 to 90 kms for banking facilities. For removing this disparity, total 2,998 ultra-small banks are being opened in rural areas. Of this, 2,024 ultras small banks have been opened and have transacted business of over Rs. 800 crore in just a few months. Due to its success, this unique model of Madhya Pradesh has drawn attention of many states of the country and their delegations have been reaching here to study the processing system of ultra-small banks. It was considered earlier that in rural areas banks do not get adequate business from banking facilities, but rural banking has got new direction from the unprecedented success of 'Samriddhi' model.
Needy people have easily been benefited with beneficiary-oriented schemes through ultra-small banks. Through these banks, direct funds have been transferred to bank accounts of beneficiaries. Through ultra-small banks, economic assistance and pension amounts are reaching directly by Samagra portal in the bank accounts of BPL families, old people, non residential, weaker people and widows in rural areas by ultra-small banks apart from scholarships of students, amounts for school uniform & bicycles and for Janani Suraksha Yojana.
For running ultra-small banks, local villagers are appointed as business correspondent by the banks. These banks have been opened in Gram Panchayat buildings and E-Panchayat rooms so that villagers may trust them easily. Ultra-small banks are being established at very low cost due to easy system of information technology and small equipments. Used for running the banks, hand-held devices can be carried anywhere easily. According to immediate requirement, USBs reach the villagers' home and fields too and it makes available the facilities to villagers in opening accounts and in payments. With this unique system, benefits of banking facilities are reaching the blind, weak and old villagers at their home easily

 


Every moment to be utilised in making MP number one state in country
Our Correspondent, 8 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that every moment in the next 5 years will be utilised for making Madhya Pradesh the number one state in the country. Cooperation and participation of all will be needed in it. The Chief Minister said that optimum cooperation will be extended to private sector for opening a medical college at Balaghat. The Chief Minister administered oath to people to give their best contribution in enriching Madhya Pradesh.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was addressing an “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh” convention at Balaghat today. He also inaugurated and laid foundation stones for 21 construction works costing Rs. 88 crore. He launched sale of rice at Re. 1 per kg under Mukhyamantri Annapurna Yojana.
The Chief Minister said that no stone will be left unturned to make agriculture profitable. The state government will make efforts to increase irrigation potential further to reach out water to every field. He said that shanties of the poor will not be demolished. They will be given pattas.
Shri Chouhan inspected new collectorate building of Balaghat constructed at a cost of Rs. 10 crore. The Chief Minister laid foundation stone for Rs. 10 crore building of Krishi Upaj Mandi.
The Chief Minister laid foundation stone for renovation of Dada B. Malik Auditorium at Deendayal Puram at Balaghat. He unveiled a life-size statue of Veerangana Rani Durgawati at Rani Durgawati Chowk. He also unveiled statues of Amar Shaheed Sardar Bhagat Singh at district hospital and Raja Bhoj at Moti Talab. Shri Chouhan inaugurated a park in memory of Shri Ramabapu who had donated land for the reservoir in year 1875.
Agriculture Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen said that state government has given agriculture university to Balaghat. This year, Rs. 43 crore has been provisioned for the university. The Agriculture Minister informed that as per wish of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Rs. 25 lakh will be given for construction of Kisan Bhavan at Balaghat. He underlined need to open a medical college with cooperation of private sector informing that land for it has been identified.
MP Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Farmers’ Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen, Minister of State for Family Welfare and Health Shri Sharad Jain, MLAs, public representatives and large number of people were present on the occasion.

 


e-Panchayats to have public facilities
Our Correspondent, 8 Feb.,2014
Under e-Panchayat Programme, all 23 thousand 6 Gram Panchayats in the state are being converted to e-Panchayats. E-Panchayat rooms are being constructed in the Gram Panchayats which have buildings. Facilities under Panch Parmeshwar Yojana, Performance Guarantee, Self-Taxation Scheme, Integrated Development Scheme, BRGF, RGF etc. will be provided in e-Panchayat rooms where ultra small banks are also being set up. Services including caste and income certificates, copies of khasra, maps etc. will also be delivered within time-limit here. The ultra small banks established here will ensure swift transfer of funds to beneficiaries under various schemes like social security pensions, scholarships of students and Janani Suraksha Yojana.
For smooth implementation of e-Panchayat system, societies constituted at district-level are purchasing and providing computer material to all 23 thousand 6 Gram Panchayats. Every computer will be loaded with MS Windows-7, home basic operating system, MS Office-2013 and Indic productivity softwares. Every e-Panchayat will be provided a scanner, laser printer, UPS, 40-inch LCD TV, 8-port lane switch, 3 patch cards and 8 GB pen-drive. Details of all material provided to e-Panchayats are being uploaded on website through mobile apps. Directives have been given to snap photographs of hardware with mobile camera and geo-tag it through mobile apps. Through this system, tracing of stolen computer material will become easier.
Panchayats & Rural Development Department has directed to hand over responsibility of safety of computer hardware and related material for e-Panchayat system to Gram Panchayat Secretary, Gram Panchayat Coordination Officer and Sarpanch. In case of theft of this material, FIR will have to be lodged with concerning police station. If stolen material is not recovered, its cost will be realised from Gram Panchayat Secretary/Sarpanch. Guidelines and directives have also been issued to ensure insurance of computer material using 10 percent reserved funds of Panch Parmeshwar Yojana and pay annual premium.
Smooth power supply is being ensured in the Gram Panchayats where computer appliances have been installed. Payment of electricity bill will also be made using 10 percent reserved funds of Panch Parmeshwar Yojana and if not available under this head then by using Performance Grant Fund. Expenditure on broadband connectivity will also be made through these heads. Internet connectivity will be taken from BSNL or any other internet service provider (ISP). For broadband connectivity, 512 KBPS speed will be compulsory. It will be based on Wi-Max or OFC technology. Delivery of prescribed public facilities is being ensured in the e-Panchayats where internet connectivity is available.

 


District development plans to be chalked out through discussions with people
Our Correspondent, 8 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that districts’ development plans will be chalked out through discussions with people. He directed that through interaction with farmers knowing ground realities, priorities for development should be fixed and schemes be sent from district level. The schemes will be implemented in consultation with experts.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was addressing an “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh” convention at Mandla today. On the occasion, he inaugurated and laid foundation stones for various development works costing over Rs. 59 crore 15 lakh. He also distributed benefits worth Rs. 35 crore to 5,672 beneficiaries under various schemes.
The Chief Minister said that all Madhya Pradesh can be developed as a golden state only when all sections of society discharge their responsibilities earnestly. He appealed for cooperation of all in this task. He informed that Rs. 400 crore irrigation schemes have been chalked out to make agriculture profitable. Power generation capacity has been increased in the state but it has to be increased further. Efforts will be made to increase income of tribal farmers by setting up processing units for Kodu-Kutki. Forest dwellers are being extended benefit by procuring forest produce at support price by Vanopaj Sangh. The Chief Minister said that people forcibly encroaching upon government land will be removed but urban poor dwelling on government land for long will be given pattas. Scholarship will also be given to students belonging to general category. He said that free laptops will be given to students passing class XII exam with 85 percent or above marks. He said that cancer treatment medicines will be provided free in government hospitals.
Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said that the Chief Minister has launched a number of welfare schemes for all sections of society. Citizens will have to walk shoulder to shoulder with him to make Madhya Pradesh a pioneer state.
At the outset, the collector informed that about 1700 kilometer long pucca roads have been constructed in the district during last 10 years and outstanding increase in power sector has also been registered. So far, 1195 senior citizens of the district have been sent on pilgrimage under Mukhyamantri Tirth-Darshan Yojana.
MP Shri Narendra Tomar, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare and in-charge of the district Shri Sharad Jain, Rajya Sabha Member Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Zila Panchayat CEO Smt. Sampatiya Uikey, district’s MLAs and other public representatives were present on the occasion.

 


One sports ground for one particular game
Our Correspondent, 7 Feb.,2014
One sports ground in the city will be developed for one particular game where all facilities pertaining to that game will be made available. This was stated by Minister of State for Higher and School Education Shri Deepak Joshi at inaugural session of national research symposium at Hamidia College here today. Topic of the symposium was “Physical Education and Sports Among Youths : Expectations, Challenges and Possibilities”.
The Minister of State for Higher Education said that opening of sports school is also being considered. It will be from class I. Arrangements for employment for the students will be made after completion of education. He said that healthy body is considered as prime happiness in life in our culture since ages. Health problems are increasing since people now consider money as the prime happiness. Shri Joshi urged for time management for physical fitness. He said that food should be consumed for healthy body and not for taste. Minister of State for Higher Education said that efforts will be made to implement suggestions put forth by symposium’s keynote speaker Shri Rajendra Singh. Shri Joshi also released college’s souvenir.
Country needs sports grounds, not hospitals
Director Physical Education, Jiwaji University Gwalior Shri Rajendra Singh said that every school, college, city and village must have sports ground. If children do physical exercises since beginning then they will not have go to hospital. Physical exercises prevent heart attack and diabetes, strengthen bones, increase work capacity, stem aging and consolidate immune system. Shri Singh said that all principals should come to college on bicycles. If they do so, students will also be inspired for cycling, Shri Singh added.
Shri Singh said that Madhya Pradesh is the first state where Sports Policy has been formulated. He demanded that physical training, Yoga and sports should be included in all level curriculums. Physical Training Instructor (PTI) in colleges should be called as Human Engineer. Physical exercise is a must for children’s all-round development. He urged to note down that heart will be healthy only when body is healthy. He said that there is saying in the country “Parhoge Likhoge To Banoge Nawab Aur Kheloge-Koodoge To Hoge Kharab” while the situation is contrary in foreign countries.
Principal Dr. Smt. Sudha Singh informed about the national research symposium. Former vice-chancellor Dr. J.S. Narooka, Prof. Malik, faculties and students from various states were present on the occasion.

 


Security arrangements for night-shift woman workers strengthened
Our Correspondent, 7 Feb.,2014
The state government has issued orders regarding strengthening of security arrangements for woman workers during night shifts in state’s information technology units. This point was included in top priorities of 100-day action plan of the Labour Department.
The order directs to ensure regular inspection of all information technology units in the state where women are working in night shifts. Legal action will be taken if complaints regarding misconduct with woman workers or failure to comply with rules are received or their violation is found in any such units.
The Labour Minister informed that permission has been granted to women in information technology units in the state to work from 9 pm to 7 am with certain rules and conditions. These include that concerning unit will ensure prosecution process in deeds of sexual harassment, make available proper arrangements of work, rest, health, sanitation, ensure immediate proper action under Penal Code in cases of criminal nature, formulate complaint redressal committee, proper lighting arrangements in and around in the establishment, adequate security arrangements for women at entry and exit gates, make available proper shade for women coming early on duty or waiting to leave after duty, separate canteen for women, appointment of minimum 2 women wardens for night shift, at least one-third supervisors or shift in-charges or foreman women for night-time health facilities, payment of equal wages, compliance of labour laws etc.

 


Betul to be made ideal district
Our Correspondent, 6 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that efforts will be made to make Betul as an ideal district. District action plan will be chalked out after considering basic requirements, industries, business, employment and agriculture potential of Betul. Special attention will be paid to district’s basic requirements and beauty. There will be no lack of funds for development. Shri Chouhan was addressing an Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh convention a Betul today.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister laid foundation stones of 10 Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana roads costing Rs. 21 crore 2 lakh, building of Shahpur model school costing Rs. 2 crore 97 lakh and girls hostel building costing Rs. one crore 37 lakh. He also distributed amounts/material to beneficiaries of various schemes.
Shri Chouhan said that efforts will be made to promote agriculture development and milk production. He said that marginal farmers will be able to utilise MNREGA funds to improve their fields. Illegal colonies will be regularised as per rules. As many as 15 lakh houses will be constructed for the poor in next 5 years. The Chief Minister said that the state government has chalked out a scheme to provide free cancer treatment medicines in district hospitals. Now, Rs. 25 thousand per couple assistance will be provided under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana. Employees are expected that people face no inconvenience. The Chief Minister also administered pledge for de-addiction, keeping villages clean and extend cooperation in Beti Bachao Abhiyan.

 


Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh
Our Correspondent, 6 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that NCC and National Service Scheme (NSS) activities will be expanded in the state. These institutions create atmosphere to raising disciplined and cultured future citizens. Making NCC compulsory in schools and increasing snacks budget to cadets will be considered.
Shri Chouhan was addressing cadets of NCC and members of NSS from Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh at his residence here today. State’s NCC cadets have brought laurels to Madhya Pradesh by taking part in Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
Shri Chouhan exhorted the cadets to participate in Madhya Pradesh Banao Abhiyan. He informed that Bachpan Bachao Abhiyan will also be linked with it. He said that their motto should be save the future generation from ill effects of any kind of addiction. The Chief Minister informed that under Madhya Pradesh Banao Abhiyan, plaintive drive, water conservation, Beti Bachao Abhiyan, clean environment works and campaign to increase literacy are being undertaken. Now, Bachpan Bachao Abhiyan will also be launched in the same series. He said that country and state expects much from youths. Through knowledge, skills and etiquettes, the young generation will be able to contribute to re-building of country and state. He exhorted students to contribute their best by fixing goals.
On the occasion, Shri Chouhan gave away certificates and cash prizes to NCC cadets of the state who brought laurels by participating in Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
Major General Shri A.K. Ghosh, Additional Director NCC Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh informed NCC cadets’ achievements during last one year.
The NCC cadets also presented cultural programmes. Chief Minister’s Banner was presented to Sagar division for outstanding achievements. Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta, Minister of State for School Education Shri Deepak Joshi also spoke on the occasion. Principal Secretary Higher Education Shri J.N. Kansotiya, Principal Secretary School Education Shri S.R. Mohanty and Brigadier Shri B.M. Singh were also present on the occasion.

 


Bachpan Bachao Abhiyan to be launched
Our Correspondent, 5 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that NCC and National Service Scheme (NSS) activities will be expanded in the state. These institutions create atmosphere to raising disciplined and cultured future citizens. Making NCC compulsory in schools and increasing snacks budget to cadets will be considered.
Shri Chouhan was addressing cadets of NCC and members of NSS from Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh at his residence here today. State’s NCC cadets have brought laurels to Madhya Pradesh by taking part in Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
Shri Chouhan exhorted the cadets to participate in Madhya Pradesh Banao Abhiyan. He informed that Bachpan Bachao Abhiyan will also be linked with it. He said that their motto should be save the future generation from ill effects of any kind of addiction. The Chief Minister informed that under Madhya Pradesh Banao Abhiyan, plaintive drive, water conservation, Beti Bachao Abhiyan, clean environment works and campaign to increase literacy are being undertaken. Now, Bachpan Bachao Abhiyan will also be launched in the same series. He said that country and state expects much from youths. Through knowledge, skills and etiquettes, the young generation will be able to contribute to re-building of country and state. He exhorted students to contribute their best by fixing goals.
On the occasion, Shri Chouhan gave away certificates and cash prizes to NCC cadets of the state who brought laurels by participating in Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
Major General Shri A.K. Ghosh, Additional Director NCC Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh informed NCC cadets’ achievements during last one year.
The NCC cadets also presented cultural programmes. Chief Minister’s Banner was presented to Sagar division for outstanding achievements. Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta, Minister of State for School Education Shri Deepak Joshi also spoke on the occasion. Principal Secretary Higher Education Shri J.N. Kansotiya, Principal Secretary School Education Shri S.R. Mohanty and Brigadier Shri B.M. Singh were also present on the occasion.

 


Awareness campaign for checking tobacco consumption
Our Correspondent, 5 Feb.,2014
A major awareness campaign will be launched to check tobacco consumption. Social organisations and common people will be associated with the campaign to be spearheaded by the Chief Minister. This was announced by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at the inaugural session of a workshop on World Cancer Day here today. Health Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra was also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country to ban Gutka. Apart from campaign to check tobacco consumption, it is also necessary to implement laws strictly. Harms of tobacco consumption will also be highlighted during “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh Abhiyan”. Free medicines for cancer will be provided in all district hospitals. Increase in VAT on tobacco and its products will be considered. Suggestions to be put forth at this workshop will be effectively implemented, he added.
Delivering welcome address at the outset, Principal Secretary Health Shri Praveer Krishna informed that district officers of education, health, Panchayat, police and administration are participating in the workshop. Cancer specialist Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi said that tobacco consumption is not an addiction but a disease. It causes death of every third person consuming it. About 2 crore persons consume tobacco in the state. Children must be saved from tobacco. DGP Shri Nandan Dube, social worker Shri Madan Mohan Joshi, Principal Secretary Education Shri J.N. Kansotiya, Principal Secretary Technical Education Shri Sanjay Singh and Health Commissioner Shri Pankaj Agrawal were also present.

 


Kisan Sammelan at Narsinghpur on February 12
Our Correspondent, 4 Feb.,2014
Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen has said that a grand Kisan Sammelan will be held at Narsinghpur on February 19 where farmers will be trained. It will be attended by in-charge minister, MLAs and local MP.
Shri Bisen said that farmers should pay only prescribed fee for cattle in the market. If they are charged excessive fee then they should inform concerning police station. Shri Bisen said that complaint in this regard can also be sent to concerning tahsildar and SDO Revenue.
Shri Bisen said that farmers can directly talk to him on mobile number 9425139726. Farmers can also register FIR directly at police station. The Agriculture Minister said that strict action will be taken against persons committing irregularities in cattle markets.

 


Training to NIC and IT officers on February 5
Our Correspondent, 4 Feb.,2014
Additional Chief Electoral Officer Shri V.L. Kantarao will inaugurate a 3-day training session on February 5 at 10 am at Academy of Administration for the officers of National Informatics Center and Information Technology Department.
Subject experts will deliver lectures in the training session and the topics include management of electoral rolls, public grievances, monitoring process of election expenditures, counting software, nomination and the counting of the votes, EVM tracking, monitoring of the voting messages, communication plan of the National Informatics Center, voting day monitoring, nomination overview, the daily activities of the voting and nominations of SFT and SST. The training session will be concluded by Joint Chief Electoral Officer Shri S.S. Bansal.

 


Trust shown in state government will be maintained
Our Correspondent, 3 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Chhindwara city will soon have Municipal Corporation for its speedy development. He said that Rs. 54 crore will be distributed as compensation towards loss of soybean crops to farmers. Shri Chouhan was addressing an “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh” convention at Chhindwara polo ground today. On the occasion, he inaugurated and laid foundation stones of various development works costing Rs. 20 crore and distributed cheques and material worth Rs. 98 crore under beneficiary-oriented schemes to one lakh 98 thousand beneficiaries. Agriculture Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen, Rajya Sabha member Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, MLAs Shri Choudhary Chandrabhan Singh, Pt. Ramesh Dube, Shri Nanabhau Mohod and Shri Natthan Shah were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that the trust shown by state’s people in recent Vidhan Sabha elections will be maintained in any case. Referring to power, he said that power generation was only 2900 MW 10 years ago which has been increased to 11 thousand MW now. The state government will make efforts to ensure generation of 20 thousand MW power by year 2020. He said that the state government is sensitive towards farmers’ interests. Now, Rs. 150 per quintal bonus is also being given by the state government on procurement of maize. The Chief Minister said that all kinds of labourers, SC and ST people will be provided wheat, rice and salt at the rate of Re. 1 per kg.
Referring to the urban poor, the Chief Minister said that pattas will be given to them on the land where they are residing in urban areas. Now, Rs. 25 thousand per couple will be given under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana. The Chief Minister urged people to de-addict villages. He said that no new liquor shop or distillery will be opened in the state and milk production will be augmented.
Former BJP President Shri Nitin Gadkari said that 10 years ago, Madhya Pradesh was counted among Bimbaru states, but due to present state government’s efforts Madhya Pradesh has become a pioneer state. He said that country’s agriculture growth is 2.50 percent and that of Madhya Pradesh 18.90 percent. The function was also addressed by Mahamandleshwar Swami Akhileshwarananda Giri.

 


Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan“Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh Yatra”
Our Correspondent, 3 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the state government has adopted policy of zero tolerance against corruption. Those usurping common people’s rights will not be spared. Such people will be jailed and their property confiscated. He said that no stone will be left unturned in developing Madhya Pradesh as the leading state of the country. He urged all sections of society to cooperate in this.
The Chief Minister was addressing an “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh” convention at Seoni today. On the occasion, he distributed benefits worth Rs. 13 crore 35 lakh to 26 thousand 930 beneficiaries of different schemes. He also inaugurated and laid foundation stones of 130 construction works costing Rs. 63 crore.
The Chief Minister said that districts’ plans will be chalked out in districts. Efforts are on to open a medical college under PPP mode at Seoni. He said that no village road will remain kuchcha during next 5 years. Khet-Sadak Yojana has been launched to facilitate farmers reach their farms. He said that crop loans are being provided at zero percent interest rate as part of the efforts to make agriculture profitable. Paddy and wheat are being procured on support price with bonus. Now, maize has also been included in this scheme. Poor people are being provided wheat and rice at the rate of Re. 1 per kg. Every eligible family will get its benefit. For the poor, 15 lakh houses will be constructed in next 5 years.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister urged people to plant maximum number of trees, send children to school, respect daughters and work towards de-addiction. Minister in-charge of the district Shri Gaurishankar Bisen also spoke on the occasion.
The Chief Minister inaugurated state-level agriculture fair on the premises of Seoni polytechnic college. He visited stalls of various departments. At the stall of Women and Child Development Department, he worshipped feet of girls and applied Tilak and distributed National Savings Certificates to them.

 


CM Shri Chouhan lays foundation stone of Rs. 1 crore bus stand at Anuppur
Our Correspondent, 3 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan laid foundation stone of new bus stand to be constructed at a cost of Rs. one crore with public participation at Anuppur during his “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh” programme on Friday. Shri Chouhan said that every possible assistance will be given by the state government for development of Anuppur district. He said that lack of fund will not be a hurdle in proper development of the district.
Local MLA Shri Ram Lal Rautel, Jaitpur MLA Shri Jai Singh Marawi, Zila Panchayat Chairperson Smt. Chameli Patel, Vindhya Vikas Authority’s former Vice-Chairman Shri Anil Gupta, former MP Shri Dalpat Singh Paraste, other public representatives and people were present on the occasion.
Inspection of under-construction park
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan inspected a park being constructed at a cost of Rs. one crore with public participation by Anuppur Nagar Palika Parishad. He appreciated attractive wall paintings and woodwork to make the park more attractive. The Chief Minister also posed for photograph with artists working at the park.

 


Every section of society should be active partner in rebuilding of state
Our Correspondent, 1 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called upon that every section of society to be active partner in rebuilding of state. He said that the state government is developing industry and agriculture side by side. No stone is being left unturned to provide better education and employment to maximum number of youths. Shri Chouhan was addressing an “Aao Banayen Madhya Pradesh” convention at Anuppur today. On the occasion, he inaugurated and laid foundation stones for Rs. 35 crore construction works.
The Chief Minister said that a network of cottage and small industries is being laid to ensure state’s economic growth and to provide new employment opportunities. Assistance to youths is being given to help them establish self-employment under Mukhyamantri Yuva Swarozgar Yojana. Trade Promotion Board has been constituted to promote business. Education is being improved. Laptops will be given to class XII students securing over 85 percent marks.
Referring to agriculture, the Chief Minister said that all agriculture-related schemes will be chalked out only after consulting farmers. Farmers will be sent on government expenses to study modern farming countries in foreign countries. Apart from traditional farming, horticulture is also being promoted. Rs. 600 crore has been provisioned for relief to excessive rains-affected farmers.
Shri Chouhan urged people to plant maximum number of saplings, conserve village’s water in the village, keep village clean and de-addict it and ensure respect to girls and women. He said that Rs. 5 lakh each will be given additionally to Panchayat elected unopposed. The Chief Minister also went round an exhibition put up on the occasion by various departments. He also worshipped feet of girls. Earlier on arrival at Anuppur, tribal artistes greeted him with traditional Gudum dance.

 


“Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh” Yatra
Our Correspondent, 1 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that piped water will be supplied to every rural household by linking group of villages with the scheme. Besides, construction of roads upto farms has also been started. Shri Chouhan was addressing an “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh” convention at Dindori today. On the occasion he distributed Rs. 91 crore 28 lakh cheques to 30 thousand 491 beneficiaries. He also inaugurated and laid foundation stones for Rs. 27 crore construction works and sanctioned 51 works.
The Chief Minister said that the state government will live upto people’s expectations. State will be made more prosperous and developed through people’s cooperation. For this, he urged people to become partners in state’s efforts. He said that special attention is being paid to all-round development of tribal areas. In the series, agriculture and industries are being promoted in Dindori district apart from increase in irrigation facilities. Efforts will be made to open food processing plants in the district. He said that better educational opportunities are being provided to tribal students. Tribal students can hire a room in cities for studies rent of which will be paid by the state government.
Shri Chouhan said that the poor in the state are being provided wheat, rice and iodised salt at the rate of Re. 1 per kg. In next 5 years, 15 lakh houses will also be constructed for the poor. So far, forest land right papers have been given to 2 lakh persons. He said that pattas will be given to people dwelling on government land by constructing shanties.
Minister in-charge of the district Shri Sharad Jain, MLAs Shri Omprakash Dhurve and Shri Omkar Markam also spoke on the occasion.
CM stops his carcade seeing a disabled youth
A man of deep sensitiveness, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan stopped his carcade on seeing a disabled youth walking on knees. He was going to participate in the convention. He gave a patient hearing to disabled Amar Singh Tekam and got him seated in a vehicle of the carcade. He not only took him to the convention but also seated him on the dais. He directed officers to solve his problems. He directed health officers for medical examination of all disabled persons present at the convention. He said that if needed, they will be sent for treatment on government expenses to Delhi-Mumbai.

 


Reliance Group to invest Rs. 50 thousand crore
Our Correspondent,1 Feb.,2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the state government is committed to further accelerating pace of development by inviting maximum industrial investment to the state. For this, the state government is ensuring every possible effort for transparency and good governance. Shri Chouhan was holding discussions with Reliance industrial group’s Chairman Shri Anil Ambani here today.
The Chief Minister said that apart from strong industrial infrastructure, result-oriented administrative arrangements, full attention is being paid to ensure completion of various industrial projects within time-limit. Shri Ambani informed the Chief Minister that Madhya Pradesh is the only state where his company is investing Rs. 45 thousand crore in a particular sector.
He said that his company will invest over Rs. 50 thousand crore in the state in next 6 months. Describing Chief Minister’s progressive leadership as helpful for industrial growth, Shri Ambani said that Rs. 30 thousand crore investment will be made in Sasan project in the next 6 months. He said that present investment in energy sector in Madhya Pradesh will increase power generation capacity in the state in future. This will not only strengthen state’s economy, but will also increase availability of power in Madhya Pradesh. Of this, Rs. 4 thousand crore will be invested in coalmines. Besides, Rs. 15 thousand crore additional investment will also be made. He informed that Rs. 2000 crore will be invested in Chitrangi project.
He informed that 5 million tonne capacity cement factory will be established at Maihar. Three times more investment will be made in this sector. Shri Ambani said that healthy partnership with government is necessary for industrial development. Industries need political stability, transparency and good governance and Madhya Pradesh is most suitable from these points of view.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary Industries Shri P.K. Dash, Principal Secretary to CM Shri Manoj Shrivastava, Principal Secretary Shri S.K. Mishra and Principal Secretary Energy Shri Mohammad Sulaiman were present on the occasion.

 


Directives to give pension amount and compassionate appointment
Our Correspondent, January 31, 2014
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa met citizens today and directed concerning departments’ officers to ensure prompt action.
The Chief Secretary directed Principal Secretary Scheduled Castes Welfare to dispose of application of appointment on compassionate ground of Satna district’s Aparna Sen. On application of Bhopal’s Shri Yunus Khan and Sushri Radha Rajak, the Chief Secretary directed Principal Secretary Urban Administration & Development to ensure action.
Shajapur district’s Shri Mahmood Khan applied for payment of pension of his mother late Nafeesa Bi. The Chief Secretary directed Principal Secretary AYUSH to do the needful.
Sagar district’s Shri R.K. Tiwari drew attention towards non-payment of dues after his retirement from cooperative bank. The Chief Secretary directed Commissioner Cooperatives to dispose of the case. On the complaint of Rajgarh district’s Shri Subhash Sharma against irregularities against some education officers, the Chief Secretary Directed Principal Secretary School Education to ensure action.
The Chief Secretary has ensured action by concerning departments in 350 applications given by people who met him without prior appointment.

 


Solution to problems possible by following ideals of Mahatma Gandhi
Our Correspondent, January 31, 2014
Governor Shri Ram Naresh Yadav paid floral tributes to the statue of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary at Gandhi Bhavan here today. Addressing an all-religion prayer meeting, the Governor said that Mahatma Gandhi was one of the biggest political and spiritual leaders of freedom movement. Mahatma Gandhi’s greatness lies in the fact that he never tried to gain power and always kept away from it despite securing independence of the country. On the occasion, Governor Shri Yadav distributed prizes to winners of school-level debate, essay and other competitions organised on Gandhi Ji’s death anniversary.
Governor Shri Yadav said that worldwide problems like terrorism, naxalism and lawlessness can be solved only by following Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of non-possession, truth and non-violence. He exhorted teachers and parents to teach moral values to children and pay special attention to their character-building to make them good citizens. Shri Yadav said that Gandhi Ji understood others’ sufferings. In his book “Mere Sapnon Ka Bharat” he had advocated for equal rights to all sections including women. Shri Yadav said that the real tribute to Mahatma Gandhi will be that we take pledge to safeguard humanity and ensure public welfare imbibing his ideals.
Gandhi Ji’s favourite Bhajans and songs were sung at the all-religion prayer meeting. Gandhi Bhavan Trust Secretary Shri Ramchandra Bhargava, All Saints School Principal Smt. Kaiser Zaman, teachers and large number of students were present on the occasion.
Earlier, Governor Shri Yadav reached old Vidhan Sabha building and garlanded a statue of Mahatma Gandhi there.

 


C.M. Shri Chouhan for immediate release of Rs. 575 crore central assistance
Our Correspondent, January 30, 2014
The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has sought personal intervention of the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for immediately releasing the central assistance of Rs. 575 crore for the state.
Shri Chouhan in his letter to the Prime Minister termed it unfortunate that even after more than three months since the submission of memorandum to Government of India, the central assistance has yet to be received and this is causing unrest. Shri Chouhan sought immediate release of the requested central assistance of Rs. 575 crore.
The Chief Minister in his letter apprised the Prime Minister of large scale damage of Kharif crops due to heavy rains and devastating floods in monsoon season of 2013. He pointed out that continuous heavy rains from the middle of June to September 2013 caused flooding in many parts of the State particularly in central and western regions. Major rivers like Narmada and Tapti flowed above the danger level, which resulted in damage of Kharif crops. Several human lives and cattle heads were also perished. Large scale damage to houses and public properties was also reported due to heavy floods, he mentioned in the letter.
Shri Chouhan said that after conducting the detailed survey of all kinds of damage including crop damage, a memorandum was prepared as per National Disaster Relief Fund norms and was submitted to Government of India on 28th October, 2013 seeking additional central assistance of Rs. 575 crore to meet the immediate losses.
The Chief Minster reminded the Prime Minister of his meeting in December 2013 saying that the extent of damage and plight of the farmers on account of natural calamity was apprised of and a request was made to sympathetically consider the State's demand.

 


C.M. Shri Chouhan for reconsidering impractical provisions of Food Safety and Standards Act
Our Correspondent, January 30, 2014
The Chief Minister Shir Shjvraj Singh Chouhan has requested the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to urgently convene a meeting of all Chief Ministers to ascertain their views regarding implementation of provisions of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. He sought Prime Minister's indulgence in keeping the implementation of the provisions of the Act under abeyance till the issues are fully resolved.
Shri Chouhan said that provisions of the Act need reconsideration as they are impractical and cannot be implemented. Shri Chouhan said that small business operators have been adversely hit on account of the stringent provisions of the Act. Unable to cope with the high benchmarks prescribed, which in some cases are impractical, most will be forced to close their businesses.
Shri Chouhan brought to the notice of the Prime Minister extreme hardships being faced by very small food business operators (FBOs) in Madhya Pradesh. He said that entire country is facing similar problems on account of promulgation of the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
The Chief Minister said that Government of India vide its notification dated 5th February 2013, has stipulated a deadline of 4th February 2014 for registration and issue of licenses to all FBOs. He pointed out in the letter that in Madhya Pradesh the FBOs are estimated to be approximately 7 lakh. He drew Prime Minister's attention to the previous letter dated 30th March 2012, requesting him to reconsider the provisions, as they relate to larger FBOs and to very poor and petty FBOs like street hawkers and road side vendors.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government is deeply concerned and conscious of the need to provide safe food to the people. However, in doing so, it would not be appropriate to treat all categories of FBOs by the same yardsticks of registration. For example, there is no minimum limit prescribed for turnover in the Act. This results in the same standards to be applied to poor, petty and at times illiterate FBOs belonging to Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes transacting their businesses in remote rural hamlets. This does not appear to be fair or practical, nor it is even necessary. The Act in its present form is not designed to achieve the noble objective that it purports to.
Shri Chouhan in the letter said that the penal provisions of the Act border on the draconian, stipulating both imprisonment up to 6 months and fine of up to Rs. 5 lakh for carrying out business without license and a fine of up to Rs. 2 lakh for carrying on business without registration. The latter, as it concerns petty FBOs, seems to be extremely harsh and will bring such business to a grinding halt on account of apprehension of punishment. He said that this will also lead to reintroduction of the inspector Raj and incumbent corrupt practices which we are striving to remove at all costs.
The Chief Minister said that another impractical provision is that the Act treats unprocessed commodities such as food grains, on the same footing as processed, packaged or cooked and ready to consume items. This has resulted in traders refusing to purchase food grains from farmers. The Kharif arrivals in the state are peaking and farmers are bringing their produce to various designated Krishi Upaj Mandis spread all over the State. Apprehensive of the harsh provisions of the act, traders have stopped purchase leading to closure of all transactions in Krishi Upaj Mandis and a complete halt of food grain purchase operations in the state. This has led to law and order problem at many places, and also serious resentment and unrest in both, the farmers and FBOs.
Shri Chouhan said that he is aware of the observations of the Hon’ble Supreme Court on the issue of food safety and standards. However, it is necessary that the Central Government place the facts in the correct perspective before the Hon’ble Court. If this is done the Court would take a reasonable view in the matter. He said that keeping in view the approaching deadline of 4th February, 2014 for issue of licenses and registration of FBOs, the impractical and unimplementable nature of the provisions, and the great turmoil that it has caused, the provisions of the Act need reconsideration and extensive discussion, The fallout of this in each state of the country also needs to be examined in detail to look for reasonable solutions, he added.
Writes to All Chief Ministers
The Chief Minister Shri Chauhan has also written letters to all the Chief Ministers apprising them of the stringent and impractical provisions of the Act. He urged the Chief Ministers to bring to the notice of the Prime Minister the impractical and uniplementable nature of provisions of the Act.

 


Farmers to go abroad to study advanced farming
Our Correspondent, January 30, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that as part of efforts for making agriculture profitable, farmers will be sent abroad to study advanced methods of farming. After learning, they will inform their fellow farmers of these techniques, he added. The Chief Minister said that district’s plan will be chalked out in district itself. For this, a committee comprising public representatives and senior citizens will be formed in every district. Districts’ plan will be chalked out keeping in view their specfic requirements and resources.
Shri Chouhan was addressing an “Aao Banayen Madhya Pradesh” convention at Burhanpur today. On the occasion, he inaugurated and laid foundation stones for construction works costing Rs. 30 crore 77 lakh. He also distributed assistance worth about Rs. 24 crore to over 11 thousand beneficiaries.
The Chief Minister said that apart from improving ancient heritage of historic city Burhanpur, tourism will also be promoted there. Textile industry, powerlooms and all kinds of industry will be promoted in the district. Initiative to establish an industrial area in the district will also be taken. The Chief Minister said that apart from food, clothes and houses, the state government is also providing education and better health facilities to people. The Chief Minister urged people to contribute to state’s all-round development. He also administered pledge of Aao Banayen Madhya Pradesh” on the occasion.
MLAs Smt. Archana Chitins and Shri Rajendra Dadoo and former MP Shri Nand Kumar Chouhan also spoke on the occasion. The Chief Minister also went round an exhibition on the theme of social justice put up by various departments. At exhibition of Women and Child Development Department, he worshipped feet of 11 girls of belonging to various communities.

 


CM Shri Chouhan attends Shrimad Bhagwat Katha at village Mahu Kalan
Our Correspondent, January 30, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan attended Shrimad Bhagwat Katha at village Mahu Kalan in Budhni tahsil of Sehore district today. Shri Chouhan said that there are 3 ways to attain God – knowledge, worship and karma. The Chief Minister said that God can be attained if one carries out his duties and responsibilities earnestly. Shri Chouhan said that nothing is more pious than welfare of others. He said that he has only one goal in his life that women get equal status and respect in society. Shri Chouhan also took part in Aarti.
MARKFED Chairman Shri Ramakant Bhargava, MLAs Shri Vijay Pal Singh and Shri Rajendra Singh Rajput, Shri Guru Prasad Sharma and other public representatives were present on the occasion.

 


Indian Institute of Information Technology to come up at Bhopal
Our Correspondent, January 29, 2014
Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) will be established at Bhopal. An MoU and Memorandum of Association (MoA) between Government of India, state government and Mineral Resources Development Corporation was endorsed at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today.
This will be one of the 20 new Indian Institutes of Information Technology to be established in the country by Government of India under PPP mode. The Government of India will share 50 percent of total Rs. 128 crore to be spent on this project. Of the remaining funds, 35 percent i.e. Rs. 44 crore 80 lakh will be borne by the state government and Rs. 19 crore 20 lakh by Mineral Resources Development Corporation, which is industrial partner in the project. For the project, 50 acre land has been earmarked at village Barkhera Nathu near Bhopal.
The cabinet endorsed State Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy. Its objective is to ensure easy access to state government-owned sharable, non-sensitive data and information. As a results, this data collected for public use can be used by civil society for better consideration and decisions. The police has been formulated in the context of National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy.
The cabinet sanctioned 33 class III posts for family courts at Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Rewa, Sagar, Ujjain, Gwalior, Tikamgarh, Shahdol, Rajgarh and Hoshangabad. These include 11 posts each of copier, record keeper and office typist.
The cabinet decided to create one post of assistant programmer for IT Cell of Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission.
The cabinet sanctioned 2 posts of staff officer for posting in Up Lokayukta/ Director General, Special Police Establishment of Lokayukta Organisation in the pay scale of Rs. 6600 in place of grade pay Rs. 5400. Besides, 2 posts of private secretary to Secretary and IG were also sanctioned.
It was decided to deem as regular the service rendered after direct recruitment/ promotion through relaxation in rules by 9 clerical employees of Special Branch of Police Headquarters.
The cabinet decided to create one new post each of Director Library Service, Reference Librarian and Technical Assistant Library in the High Court Jabalpur.
The cabinet decided to purchase land in submergence area of Sighpur Barrage Medium Irrigation Project in Uttar Pradesh from farmers through mutual agreement under Uttar Pradesh government’s policy.
The cabinet sanctioned advance of Rs. 19 lakh 50 thousand for liver transplant of Shri Mohammad Pyare, Forest Ranger, Tourism Range, National Park Van Vihar, Bhopal. He will be treated at Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon.
Decision to withhold pension
The cabinet decided to withhold pension of a number of officers/ employees for irregularities in government service proved against them. Since Sushri Prabha Choudhary, retired Deputy Secretary was found guilty in departmental enquiry, it was decided to permanently withdraw 10 per cent of her pension.
It was decided to institute departmental enquiry against Shri A.K. S. Gaur, retired S.D.O, Mungawali in Ashok Nagar district.
It was decided to withdraw 10 percent pension of Shri U.K. Arya, the then District Commandant, Dewas Home Guard for 5 years and pension of Shri Premanshu Vishwas, retired DSP, Special Armed Force for 2 years. Three percent pension of Shri S.S. Tomar, retired Deputy Director, Local Fund Examination , will be withheld while 25 percent pension of Shri R.R. Chaube, retired Assistant Director, Local Fund Examination , Vidisha will be withheld. Recovery of Rs. one lakh 72 thousand 733 will be made from dues of the then executive engineer PWD Shri Avdhesh Kumar Verma for financial loss to government caused by him. At the same time, his 10 percent pension will be withheld for 2 years. It was decided to institute departmental enquiry against Shri P.D. Verma (retired), the then executive engineer PWD, Dindori for financial irregularities.
The cabinet decided to withhold 5 percent pension of Shri R.L. Dheengra, retired executive engineer, Water Resources Department for one year. Departmental enquiry will be conducted against Shri A.K. Shukla, retired executive engineer, Water Resources Department and Shri A.K. Phuskele, retired Assistant Hydrologist. It was decided to permanently withhold 30 percent pension of Shri V.K. Hazari, retired Joint Director, Veterinary Services, Rewa.

 


Every village to be linked with roads: CM Shri Chouhan
Our Correspondent, January 29, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that every village in the state will be linked with roads in the state in next 5 years. Shri Chouhan was inaugurating administrative building of Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation here today. The building has been constructed under concept of green buildings on 2027 square meter area at Arera Hills in the state capital.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that Road Development Corporation has added to state’s prestige by constructing quality roads. At the administrative building, he also inspected country’s first road accident response system and traffic management system. This system will start functioning soon. Through it, roads measuring 20 thousand kilometers will be monitored. The Chief Minister said that earlier Madhya Pradesh was a backward state in the matter of roads, but is now on top in the country. He congratulated all concerning staff for corporation’s efforts.
Describing roads as veins of development and prosperity, the Chief Minister said that construction of roads in villages has checked villagers’ migration to cities. He said that corporation has achieved this success through its wisdom. He also laid emphasis on use of modern technology in road construction and ensure quality. He said that expert staff of the corporation has made unprecedented achievements in minimum time due to their hard work, capability and skills. Stressing the need for completion of roads within time-limit, he said that it is possible through use of modern equipments and technique.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan felicitated corporation‘s engineering staff associated with construction works with letters of commendation.
Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava said that this administrative building is a symbol of fast-paced development in the state. He said that once Madhya Pradesh was infamous for bad roads, but is now achieving fame for good roads. Even Government of India has shown faith in MP Road Development Corporation.
Public Works Minister and corporation’s Vice-Chairman Shri Sartaj Singh said that Madhya Pradesh has achieved outstanding successes in road, water and power sectors during a decade. Now, quality roads in Madhya Pradesh are being discussed all over the country. Madhya Pradesh will become top state in the country in the matter of roads in next 5 years, he added.
Bhopal Mayor Smt. Krishna Gaur said that Road Development Corporation’s role is vital in state’s infrastructure development. Congratulating officers and employees of the corporation for administrative building, she said that it will lead to increase in work capacity and work culture will also touch new dimensions.
It is noteworthy that Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation is carrying out Rs. 40 thousand crore road construction works. Impressed by the corporation, the Central Government has also handed over construction of 1600 kilometer long National Highways. It is also constructing 34 railway over-bridges and check-posts.
After inauguration, the Chief Minister went round the administrative building. Former Chief Minister and MP Shri Kailash Joshi, Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, senior administrative officers, corporation’s division level officers and employees were present on the occasion. Corporation’s Managing Director Shri Vivek Agrawal proposed a vote of thanks.
What is road accident response system
Road accident response system will pave way for resumption of traffic quickly after accidents on State Highways and other major roads in the state. road accident response will be given concrete shape by linking it will all toll plazas.
Citizens and tourists travelling on major roads will be able to see latest situation of road jams on the departmental website. It will be easier to obtain information regarding pace of traffic, photos etc. from toll plazas through traffic management system.

 


Syedna Sahib was a religious leader who showed new path to humanity: CM Shri Chouhan
Our Correspondent, January 29, 2014
Paying tributes to 52nd religious head of Dawoodi Bohra community Dr. Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin Sahib, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Syedna Sahib was a religious leader who showed new path to humanity. He respected all religions. Peace can be established throughout the world by following his teachings.
Shri Chouhan was addressing a function held to pay tributes to religious head of Dawoodi Bohra community Dr. Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin Sahib here today. Shri Chouhan said that Syedna Sahib may not be present physically among us, but he will always be with us spiritually. Remembering meetings with Syedna Sahib at Ujjain and Mumbai, Shri Chouhan said that he among the fortunate people who had kissed his hand. He still carries feeling of that holy touch. Shri Chouhan said that he will invited Syedna Sahib’s successor Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin Sahib to Bhopal.
On the occasion, representatives of various sections of society, religions and political parties paid tributes to Syedna Sahib. They included State President of Indian National Congress Shri Arun Yadav, Child Rights Protection Commission’s Chairperson Smt. Usha Chaturvedi, MLAS Shri Surendranath Singh and Shri Arif Aqeel, Vice-President Shri Rameshwar Neekhra, District President Shri P.C. Sharma, General Secretary Shri Sajid Ali, Shri Arif Beg, Shri Arif Masood, Shri Lalit Jain of Jain community, Haji Haroon sahib, Amil sahib, Shri Gyani Harjeet Singh, municipal corporation Chairman Shri Kailash Mishra and Mufti Abdul Razzaq.

 


MP’s traders should purchase farmers’ product without worry
Our Correspondent, January 27, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh’s traders should purchase farmers’ product without worry. They should not stop purchasing farmers’ products having become sub-standard due to apprehension of provisions of Food Safety and Standards Act 2006. No action will be taken against traders on purchase of farmers’ products. On the Chief Minister’s assurance, traders’ associations decided to call off strikes in Mandis.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan assured a delegation of traders here today that a permanent solution will be evolved regarding difficulties being caused to farmers and traders by provisions of Food Safety and Standards Act. He said that traders and farmers from almost all places have informed about difficulties due to this Act. State’s 37 Mandis’ are shut due impractical provisions of the act. The Prime Minister and presidents of all major opposition parties will be apprised of difficulties cropping up due to this Act’s provisions. A meeting of Chief Ministers of all states will be convened on the issue to suspend the Act’s
implementation with immediate effect and make its provisions practical and later the Prime Minister will be urged in this regard. He said that this Act should be streamlined. The delegation was led by School Education Minister Shri Paras Jain.

 


Rs. 3,502 crore sanctioned under Panch Parmeshwar Yojana so far
Our Correspondent, January 27, 2014
So far, Rs. 3,502 crore has been sanctioned to all 23 thousand 6 Gram Panchayats under Panch Parmeshwar Yojana launched in the state in year 2011-12 to ensure sanitation and environment improvement in rural areas. Under the scheme, sanction has been granted to construct 7,844.64 kilometer long cement-concrete roads. So far, 4,734 kilometer long internal roads have been constructed in villages. The scheme is changing scenario of villages, which are getting rid of mud and garbage. One after another, pucca roads are being constructed in villages with approval from Gram Sabhas. Under the scheme, 64 thousand 230 CC roads were sanctioned of which 36 thousand 943 have been completed.
Gram Panchayats are being allocated funds on the basis of population. Rs. 5 lakh per annum is given to Gram Panchayats with upto 2000 population, Rs. 8 lakh to Gram Panchayats with 2000 to 5000 thousand population, Rs. 10 lakh on 5000 thousand to 10000 population and Rs. 15 lakh is given to Gram Panchayats with above 10 thousand population. Panch Parmeshwar Yojana was implemented in Madhya Pradesh for the first time in the country to provide a consolidated budget for development to Gram Panchayats. Under the scheme, funds received from 13th Finance Commission, State Planning Commission, minor minerals’ royalty, additional stamp fee, budget given for safeguard assets to Panchayat raj institutions and construction of Panchayat buildings have been integrated.
The scheme has eased work of infrastructure development in villages. Annual financial assistance to Gram Panchayats has increased now from 2 to 4 times more as compared to year 2009-10. Fiscal powers of Gram Panchayat Sarpanchas have also been increased to Rs. 15 lakh. In view of Panchayats’ important role in rural development, funds under various schemes are now given to them under Panch Parmeshwar Yojana.
Under the scheme, cement-concrete roads with drains are being constructed in interior areas of villages for smooth flow of traffic. Besides, buildings of previously sanctioned anganwadis are also being constructed using these funds. For e-Panchayats, 200 square feet rooms are also being constructed in Gram Panchayats. The scheme provides that 20 percent of these funds can be spent on maintenance of assets and handpumps, sanitation and environment improvement. It also provides for undertaking labour-oriented works through MNREGA convergence. Through this novel initiative, Gram Panchayats are spending much more funds on development through MNREGA convergence.

 


Appeal to convene Chief Ministers’ meeting on Food Safety Act
Our Correspondent, January 27, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said implementation of Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 in its present form is not proper. He said that Act’s provisions are against both traders and farmers. In this regard, he will write a letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to convene Chief Ministers’ meeting. He said that provisions of this Act are causing difficulties to both traders and farmers.
Addressing a meeting convened at Mantralaya to discuss Act’s implementation and discrepancies cropping up due to it, the Chief Minister said that legal experts’ opinion will be sought for rectifying the Act. Consent of all states’ Chief Ministers will also be taken. He said that sale of farm products degraded due to weather in Mandis is being affected. Even though farmers and fishermen have been kept out of this Act’s purview, but even then farmers are being affected. He said that this Act will be opposed. Traders’ interests will be safeguarded.
Health Minister Shri Narottam Mishra, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary Health Shri Praveer Krishna and Secretary to CM Shri Hari Ranjan Rao were present on the occasion.

 


Republic Day felicitation function held at Raj Bhavan
Our Correspondent, January 26, 2014
A felicitation function to mark Republic Day was held at Raj Bhavan today. Welcoming the guests, Governor Shri Ram Naresh Yadav said exchanged Republic Day greetings and best wishes with the guests. The Governor felicitated freedom fighters by offering shawls and coconuts to them.
Home Minister Shri Babulal Gaur, MP Shri Kailash Joshi, Leader of Opposition in Vidhan Sabha Shri Satyadev Katare, MLAs, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Chairpersons of corporations and boards, corporators, representatives of religions, office-bearers of political parties and social organisations, vice-chancellors of universities, public representatives, senior officers of army, police and administration, journalists and distinguished citizens were present on the occasion.

 


Attention to be paid to businessmen’s interests
Our Correspondent, January 26, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan attended Regional Businessmen’s Convention at Vidisha today. He said that businessmen’s role is very important in state’s development. He said that the state government has constituted Trade Promotion Board to look after interests of businessmen. With this, the state government intends that policy should be framed in consultation with businessmen. Shri Chouhan said that representatives of 8 businessmen’s associations of which one will be from Vidisha. The Board will meet at least twice a year. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that state’s growth rate is much more than the national average. Apart from increasing it further, every possible effort is also being made to promote trade and employment.
Shri Chouhan said that maximum number of solar and wind power plants will be set up to make the state self-reliant in power sector.
Shri Chouhan announced Rs. 10 lakh assistance to Shri Indrasen Arora whose relatives died in fire incident at a recent function at Vidisha. It is noteworthy that Shri Chandrapal Arora, Smt. Meena Arora, Shri Jatin Arora, Smt. Poonam Arora and Master Mahir had died in the fire incident.
Earlier, the Chief Minister Shri Chouhan released annual calendar of the Businessmen’s Association. Shri Govind Goyal and Shri Kailash Agrawal also spoke on the occasion. Representatives of businessmen’s associations, businessmen and citizens were present on the occasion.
CM Shri Chouhan takes mid-day meal
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan took mid-day meal at Government MLB School at Vidisha on Republic Day. Shri Chouhan started the meal by offering sweets to school student Ku. Shivani. Shri Chouhan served meal to students and also took meal with them.
At Arihant Vihar Colony
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan attended at programme at Jain Mandir in Arihant Vihar Colony. He said that Rs. 2 crore 24 lakh works being undertaken for colony’s development should be done with quality. Arihant Vihar Sangharsh Samiti and Arihant Vihar Jain Mandir Committee welcomed Chief Minister Shri Chouhan and presented mementoes to him.

 


Prime Minister to be urged to change Food Security Act
Our Correspondent, January 24, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that he will urge the Prime Minister to change Food Security Act of the Union Government. Some provisions of the Act causing difficulties to businessmen should be removed. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was addressing a convention during “Aao Banayen Madhya Pradesh Yatra” at Dhar today. On the occasion, he inaugurated and laid foundation stones for construction works costing Rs. 53 crore 23 lakh and distributed cheques and material worth Rs. 35 crore 31 lakh to 5,260 beneficiaries of various schemes.
The Chief Minister said that districts’ development schemes will not be chalked out at Bhopal. They will be formulated after convening Panchayats at district-level. Apart from food, clothes and houses, people will also be provided free treatment and education. Necessary steps will also be initiated for media persons’ welfare.
The Chief Minister said that a network of cottage and small industries is being laid throughout the state to give fillip to economic development and provide more employment to people. Trade Promotion Board has been constituted to promote business in the state. The Chief Minister said that Rs. 600 crore has been provisioned to give compensation to farmers against loss to their soybean crops due to hailstorm and other natural calamities. Shri Chouhan directed to provide relief to farmers affected by recent hailstorm at Sardarpur in Dhar district.
The Chief Minister said that all sections need to work in tandem to ensure all-round development of the state and give new dimension to Madhya Pradesh. He said that no new liquor factory or shop will be opened in the state. Illicit liquor sale will be effectively curbed. Employees with good performance will be rewarded and negligent ones punished. He urged people to plant saplings, use water and power judiciously, de-addict villages, send children to schools and respect women. He also administered pledge of “Aao Banayen Madhya Pradesh” to people.
MLA Smt. Neena Verma, MP, MLAs, other public representatives, administrative officers, and large number of people were present on the occasion. He also inspected an exhibition on beneficiary-oriented schemes put up by various departments

 


Dewas to have medical and engineering colleges
Our Correspondent, January 24, 2014
Engineering college and medical college will be opened under PPP mode at Dewas. New bus stand will also be constructed. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced this at “Aao Banayen Madhya Pradesh” convention at Dewas today. On the occasion, the Chief Minister inaugurated and laid foundation stones for Rs. 104 crore construction works.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that agriculture development schemes will be chalked out after discussions with farmers. Farmers will be sent to foreign countries for training in advance farming techniques. He informed that Rs. 600 has been provisioned for relief to farmers affected by natural calamities. Shri Chouhan said that Drivers’ Panchayat will be held in the series of Panchayats where welfare schemes will be chalked out by consulting them. He informed that now scholarship will be given to students of general category also. Laptops are being provided to students securing 85 percent or above marks in class XII. The students taking admission in colleges after passing class XII exam from government school will be given smart phones.
The Chief Minister said technical knowledge, bank finance, loan guarantee and cooperation in marketing will be provided to develop industries in the state. Trade Promotion Board has also been constituted to promote business in Madhya Pradesh. Shri Chouhan said that permanent caste certificates will be issued from class 1, which will be useful throughout life. Multi-purpose Narmada-Kshipra Link Project to save Malwa region from becoming desert will be inaugurated in February. Projects will also be chalked out to link Kali Sindh, Parvati and Gambhir rivers with Narmada.
The Chief Minister said that government staff with excellent performance will be rewarded and negligent ones punished. He said that officers should not misuse their powers. He urged people to adopt equal approach towards boys and girls. He said that 15 lakh houses will be constructed in new 5 years. The Chief Minister said that arrangements for food, clothes, house, education and health will be made for every citizen in the state. He also administered oath of Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh” on the occasion.
He urged to plant maximum number of saplings, conserve village’s water in village itself, send all children to school, keep villages clean and de-addicted and respect women and girls. He said that additional Rs. 5 lakh each for development will be given to Gram Panchayats elected unopposed. The Chief Minister also inspected an exhibition based on public welfare schemes.
Minister of State for Culture and Tourism and in-charge of Dewas district Shri Surendra Patwa and Minister of State for School Education Shri Deepak Joshi also spoke on the occasion. Zila Panchayat Chairman, MLAs and other public representatives were also present on the occasion.

 


CM Shri Chouhan inspects Jhiriya Tola School in Shahdol
Our Correspondent, January 23, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited various villages in Shahdol district today and gave a patient hearing to people’s problems. The Chief Minister interacted with girl students during inspection of Jhiriya Tola Primary School. On girl students’ demand, the Chief Minister directed collector to construct school’s boundary wall. Shri Chouhan also sought information from girl students regarding mid-day meal programme and distribution of free books and uniforms.
At Gram Panchayat Pachgaon, the Chief Minister sought information from girl students about quality of teaching. The girl students informed that teaching in the school is good. They have received uniforms and books. Later, the Chief Minister visited Antara Mandir, interacted with villagers and assured to solve their problems. Residents of Purani Basti, Shahdol informed that road from Pachgaon to railway crossing has suffered damage. The Chief Minister directed collector to ensure construction of this road under Adhosanrachna fund. During the visits, the Chief Minister was accorded rousing reception by villagers at various places.

 


CM Shri Chouhan makes surprise inspection of Anjad hospital
Our Correspondent, January 23, 2014
After returning from Barwani after taking part in “Aao Banayen Madhya Pradesh” convention on way to Khargone Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan made a surprise inspection of Anjad hospital. He heard problems of hospital from doctors and patients and sought information regarding facilities being provided. He directed to repair staff quarters. On the demand for X-ray machine and lab facility in the hospital, he assured action after examining the proposals.
During inspection, the Chief Minister directed for treatment of 5-year-old Daksh Deepak of Anjad at Indore. Daksh is deaf and dumb by birth.

 


K D Khan New Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), Journalist Atmadeep , Jaikishen Shrama and IAS Officer Heeralal Triwedi New Information Commissioner
Our Correspondent, January 22, 2014
Separate budget for the Promotion and Publicity of the RTI Act Should be earmarked-Atmadeep
Three Member Committee Comprising CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan , Leader of Opposition Satyadev Ratare and Parliamentary affairs Minister Narottam Mishra appointed K D Khan, PS Law as the New Chief Information Commissioner of MP. Heeralal triwedi, IAS, Sukhraj Singh, Gopal Danotia and senior Journalists Atmadeep and Jaikirshen Sharma Appointed As the Information commissioners .
While talking to the MetroMirror.com Atmadeep said that separate budget for the Promotion and Publicity of the RTI Act should be earmarked to reach to the common men and empower them to seek the information for better governance and transparency. He also said that various seminars and workshops will be arranged to aware the maximum people about RTI.

 


UNDP appreciates Forest Department’s livelihoods works
Our Correspondent, January 22, 2014
A team of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) toured Sidhi forest division’s Churhat circle and appreciated projects being implemented there. Led by Sushri Eugenia Katsigris, Texas, America, the 5-member team visited villages Badhwar, Maldeva,
Padkhuri, Kolhudeeh, Madila, Gandhi Gram, Madwas etc and undertook minute study of bamboo production, bamboo rhizomes, women’s SHGs manufacturing incense sticks, sowing of grass, bio-dynamic organic farming technique, manufacture of handicraft from Seesal fibre, manufacture of ropes with rags, bio-gas plants, production of lac by beneficiaries and other activities.
Sushri Eugenia Katsigris wrote in her report that she has been much impressed by livelihoods activities at Gandhi Gram in Sidhi district. Sushri Katsigris said that new relations developed in the midst of jungles and bamboo rehabilitation has impressed her a lot. Another team member Gujarat’s former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Shri Khanna also appreciated women’s
enthusiastic participation in livelihoods programmes and cooperation being extended for increasing families’ economic status in villages Maldeva, Gandhi Gram and Kolhudeeh.
The inspection team inspected project’s documents at village Badhwar, bamboo rhizomes and bamboo meadows, women’s self-help groups at village Maldeva, bio-dynamic organic farming activities at village Madila, community training centre and incense stick women’s SHG at village Kolhudeeh, manufacture of incense sticks and ropes with rags, bio-dynamic organic farming activities and fish farming at village Gandhi Gram. The team members held separate discussions with beneficiaries and trainers. The team inspected lac production in Madwas and Energy Forest in Khajuriha.
From Madhya Pradesh, the inspection team comprised Additional Chief Conservator of Forests and UNDP Project Director, Bhopal Shri Ravi Shrivastava, chief Conservator of Forests Shri Dhirendra Bhargava and UNDP’s Project Manager Shri S.D. Burman.

 


UNDP report on Madhya Pradesh’s financial inclusion to be released in New Delhi
Our Correspondent, January 22, 2014
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has prepared a report on unique model of financial inclusion under implementation in Madhya Pradesh to extend banking facilities and benefits to maximum number of people. The report will be released in New Delhi on January 24.
Reserve Bank of India and international organisations like UNDP has been drawn towards model of financial inclusion implemented in the state through joint efforts of Madhya Pradesh Government and commercial banks. United Nations Development Programme has constituted a team for evaluation, study, achievement and way forward of Madhya Pradesh’s programme.
Team’s report will be released at a national workshop in multi-purpose hall of India International Centre, New Delhi on January 24. Luminaries associated with development and financial sectors will be present on the occasion.
Financial inclusion model of Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh has written a new chapter in rural areas’ progress by moving ahead on the path of financial inclusion. This new beginning of economic transformation has been made through Madhya Pradesh’s financial inclusion model. With this, Madhya Pradesh as become the first state in the country by launching direct benefit transfer system. Now, other states are also replicating it and entire country is lauding it.
Ensuring communication linkage with remote areas first of all 3-tier communication system was introduced in remote areas. These included communication facility, information technology and arrangement for fiscal institutions and resources. This has resulted in a new and rapid journey of development in all 23006 Gram Panchayats and 53 thousand villages in the state.
Now, Gram Panchayats are connecting with country, state and world through e-Panchayats. Priority is being given to contact sources for integrated development of rural areas. Work is under progress at a rapid pace on road contacts, banking facility and e-Connectivity. Work of e-Panchayat has been started in all Gram Panchayats in the state. For this, Rs. 230 crore has been allocated at the rate of Rs. 1 lakh each to every Gram Panchayat for purchasing computer, printer, monitor and LCD TV. Ultra small bank is being set up at every Panchayat building with internet connectivity. E-panchayat rooms are being constructed in all new buildings of Panchayats. At e-panchayat room, villagers will get facilities of ultra small bank, post office and citizens facilitation centre.
Easy access to banking facility at villages has been ensured with expansion of road and communication facilities to remote areas. An ultra small bank is being opened in 14 thousand 679 villages banking facilities does not exist from 20 to 90 kilometers. Due to ultra small banks amounts of pensions for BPL families, destitute senior citizens, destitutes, widows and disabled from the Union and State Governments are being deposited directly in their bank accounts. Similarly, rural persons have also been receiving various government assistance and subsidies, student scholarships and health assistances scheme easily through ultra small banks. They have also given facility to retain savings in their accounts in nearby ultra small banks. About 3000 ultra small banks are being set up in the state.

 


State government will provide DA from Centre’s date
Our Correspondent, January 21, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that dearness allowance will be given to state government’s staff from the date Central Government declares the same. He urged officers and employees to work unitedly for state’s development, discharge duty earnestly and bring about positive change in people’s lives. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was addressing New Year function of Madhya Pradesh Mantralaya (Secretariat) Employees Union here today. Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta and Minister of State for General Administration Shri Lal Singh Arya were also present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that more funds will be available for public welfare when state’s growth rate will rise. He said that decisions on all problems of employees will be taken after due consideration. He said that State Middle Class Commission has been constituted to solve problems of middle class. Its our resolve to develop Madhya Pradesh as the pioneer state in the country in which every section’s cooperation is necessary. Growth rate in Madhya Pradesh has been over 10 percent and agriculture growth rate over 18 percent during last 7 years. State’s budget has increased to Rs. one lakh 2 thousand crore from Rs. 21 thousand crore. Officers and employees are inseparable parts of the government. Every possible effort will be made for their treatment and other facilities. He urged to cooperate in Beti Bachao Abhiyan. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan also inaugurated newly constructed building of Mantralaya Employees Union.
In the welcome address, Mantralaya Employees Union’s President Shri Sudhir Nayak demanded to revise pay scales of section officers, rationalise cess, Mantralaya employees housing colony and appoint highly educated peons as assistant grade-3. He informed that Quality Improvement Committee has been constituted in Mantralaya. Vande Mataram and Madhya Pradesh Gaan was presented at the function. Shri R.K. Tanwani sang welcome song. Shri Shiv Chaube, Shri Basant Purohit, representatives of various employees associations and large number of employees were present on the occasion. Shri Subhash Verma conducted the proceedings and Shri Ashish Soni proposed a vote of thanks.

 


Madhya Pradesh has emerged as area of better investment
Our Correspondent, January 21, 2014
A business delegation of Taiwan led by ambassador Shri Chung Kwang met the Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Mantralaya here today.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that India and Taiwan have close cultural and trade relations. Ties between the 2 countries will cement further with increasing relations with Madhya Pradesh. Shri Chouhan informed the delegation that Madhya Pradesh’s economic growth rate has been double digit continuously for last 7 years. It is the fastest growing state in the country. He said that Madhya Pradesh has achieved unprecedented agiculture growth rate of 18.91 percent. Now, efforts are being made on large scale for increasing investment. He said that Taiwan’s investment proposals are welcome in food processing, electronics, construction, information technology, solar panel construction etc.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan informed that state’s industrial investment policy and procedures are industry-friendly and totally transparent. The Chief Minister said that a delegation from the state will be sent to Taiwan. He also invited Taiwan’s investors and delegations to Global Investors’ Summit at Indore on October 8,9, and 10, 2014.
Hailing the Chief Minister, Taiwan’s Ambassador Shri Kwang described him as a popular Chief Minister. He said that constant rise in growth rate of Madhya Pradesh is a proof of leadership capacity. He said that trade activities have increased in south-eastern countries due to world tendency to look east. Investment worth 200 billion US dollar has been made in these countries. He said that new investment sectors need to be explored in view of increasing business competition, high labour and excessive demand. Madhya Pradesh has emerged as new investment area in India. He said that India is the only hope. Shri Kwang informed that Taiwan’s delegation had visited Punjab also. He said that there immense investment potential in Madhya Pradesh in food processing, automobile, and agriculture sectors.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan presented Madhya Pradesh’s literature to Shri Kwang. Shri Kwang presented a memento to the Chief Minister. Additional Chief Secretary Shri P.K. Dash, Secretary Shri S.K. Mishra and Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre’s Executive Director in India Dr. Guan Jili were present on the occasion.

 


Trade fairs and exhibitions to be held to promote trade and export in Madhya Pradesh
Our Correspondent, January 20, 2014
For promoting trade and export in Madhya Pradesh, national and international level trade fairs will be held at Gwalior, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and Khajuraho. For this, Commerce and Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia chaired a meeting of major stakeholders at Madhya Pradesh Bhavan in New Delhi yesterday.
Smt. Scindia invited all exhibition organisers to hold trade fairs, exhibitions, meetings and conventions at various places in Madhya Pradesh. Proposals for such events were sought for Gwalior Export Facilitation Centre and Gwalior Trade Fair. Besides, details of places at Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur were also given where major national and international events can be held. Possibilities of holding events at hotels and premises of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation’s hotels were also discussed and appeal was made to send proposals for them.
Apart from state’s archaeological, cultural heritage and tourism development, industrial development was also discussed. Additional Chief Secretary Commerce, Industries and Employment Shri P.K. Dash, Managing Director Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Shri Raghavendra Singh and Managing Director MP Laghu Udyog Nigam Shri Anupam Rajan gave a detailed account of all possible event venues in the state.
Chairman of Apparel Export Promotion Council and Secretary General proposed to open a branch of Apparel Management Institute, Gurgaon in Madhya Pradesh. He also proposed to open Apparel Training and Design Centre. Smt. Scindia assured to extend every possible cooperation in this regard. In the same series, a proposal was offered to CII to organise auto expo and horticulture expo in Madhya Pradesh. On this, CII assured to act without delay.
Shri P.K. Dash urged all institutions to give their lists so that state government can ensure necessary action on their proposals. General Manager of India Trade Promotion Organisation informed that organisers have to move to other places also due to lack of space at Pragati Maidan. Therefore, ITPO will extend full cooperation in organizing large expos at suitable places in the state.
Representatives of Laghu Udyog Bharti appreciated works for industrialization in Madhya Pradesh. They assured maximum possible cooperation in establishment of small, micro and medium industries in the state. Chairman of Confederation of Small and Micro Industries appreciated works towards vender development in the state and stressed the need to generate maximum employment in rural areas.
Shri S.K. Gupta, Executive Director of Carpet Export Promotion Council of India, Chairman of Apparel Promotion Council Shri Virendra Uppal, Joint Director of FICCI Shri Samrat Su, ASSOCHAM’s Director Shri Ravi Vig, JWT India’s Director Shri Amit Goswani, ITPO’s Senior General Manager Shri Dalel Singh, Export Promotion Council’s Executive Director Shri Rakesh Kumar, Camrock Design’s Director Shri Ashwin Kumar, UBM India’s Head Corporate Affairs Shri Sanjay Bose, CEO of Sicons Global Shri Roop Dayani and representatives of several other institutions participated in the meeting.
At the meeting all organizations appreciated excellent infrastructure in Madhya Pradesh and consent was given to chalk out proposals for large national and international events in the state.

 


Implementation of Mukhyamantri Kanyadan and Nikah Yojana through Samagra portal
Our Correspondent, January 20, 2014
The state government has decided to implement Mukhyamantri Kanyadan and Nikah Yojana through Samagra portal. Applicants will fill up various sets of information on the application form given on the portal for availing benefit of the scheme.
Madhya Pradesh Social Security Mission has issued detailed guidelines and directives regarding this. Now, Samagra ID of girl and her family and Aadhar number will be registered on the portal for availing benefit of the scheme. Besides, particulars of girl’s caste certificate issued by SDO will also have to be provided apart from her bank account number, name of bank branch, IFSC code, girl’s age certificate and guardian’s mobile number.
The Social Justice Department has directed to implement this scheme through Samagra portal. Now, all marriage progammes held after December 31, 2013 and details of beneficiaries will be uploaded on Samagra portal. Now, couples will get singed marriage certificates downloaded from the portal.
It is noteworthy that under the scheme, financial assistance is provided for marriage of marriageable girls, widows and abandoned women of the poor, destitute and needy families. Now, assistance amount for girls getting married in mass marriage programmes has been increased from Rs. 13 thousand to Rs. 16 thousand for household things. Besides, it has been decided to deposit Rs. 6 thousand in fixed account of concerning girl for 5 years. In this way, every girl getting married under the scheme will get Rs. 22 thousand. Now, Rs. 3 thousand instead of Rs. 2 thousand will be given to organizations holding mass marriage functions. The orders have come into force with effect from January 1, 2014.

 


CM Shri Chouhan condoles Syedna Burhanuddin Saheb’s demise
Our Correspondent, January 18, 2014
Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has expressed profound grief over the death of Bohra community’s religious head Syedna Burhanuddin Saheb. Shri Chouhan said that Syedna Saheb conducted activities of social welfare and spiritual development with coordination. He gave the message of truth, non-violence and charity to all. He spread light of spirituality in society. His teachings will continue to inspire society. Shri Chouhan has prayed to Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul.

 


Rs. 10 lakh assistance each to families of 3 martyrs
Our Correspondent, January 18, 2014
Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has sanctioned Rs. 30 lakh assistance to families of 3 soldiers who laid down their lives in Naxal violence in Madhya Pradesh. Rs. 10 lakh assistance has been sanctioned from Kargil Assistance Fund to Smt. Sangeeta Ahke of village Dulara, post and tahsil Ghoradongri, district Betul whose husband Shaheed Shri Madanlal died in Naxal attack at Bijapur (Chhattisgarh). Smt. Asha Singh of village Doomar Kachhar in Anuppur district has also been sanctioned Rs. 10 lakh assistance from Kargil Assistance Fund whose husband constable Shri Rahul Singh was martyred last year at Darbhaghati in Bastar district. The Chief Minister also sanctioned Rs. 10 lakh to Smt. Gita Devi, widow of soldier Shri Gurudayal who was martyred in IEED blast and firing by Naxals on Potangi-Visakhapatnam Road on August 25, 2013. Shri Gurudayal of village and post Paredha, tahsil Lahar, district Bhind was a constable with 161st Battalion of BSF.

 


CM Shri Chouhan inspects call centre
Our Correspondent, January 17, 2014
Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed functioning of helpline here today. He inspected call centre at MP Nagar and apprised himself of problem redressal arrangements. The Chief Minister stressed the need to increase number of lines of call centre.

 


Zero tolerance against corruption key to good governance
Our Correspondent, January 17, 2014
Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that responsibility of senior officers will be fixed if corruption and negligence is found at lower level. Zero tolerance against corruption is the key to good governance.

 

 


CM Shri Chouhan along with wife reaches Hoshangabad
Our Correspondent, January 16, 2014
Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged people to become partners in state’s all-round development. The Chief Minister along with his wife reached Hoshangabad on the occasion of Makar Sankranti and worshipped Maa Narmada at Sethani Ghat. On the occasion, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh” Abhiyan has been launched in the state. He said that people will be associated with implementation of government schemes and programmes. MP Shri Udai Pratap Singh, MLA Shri Vijaypal Singh and other public representatives were present on the occasion.
Madhya Pradesh gets State of the Year Award
Our Correspondent, January 14, 2014
State of the Year Award was conferred to Madhya Pradesh at a dignified function in Mumbai today. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan received the award presented by CNBC 18. The award has been conferred to Madhya Pradesh for fastest growth.
On the occasion, Shri Chouhan said that it was a big challenge to develop Madhya Pradesh as the most developed state in the country due to its earlier BIMARU status. We accepted this challenge and made efforts day in and day out to develop the state in every sector. People were also made partners in development. Panchayats of various sections of society were held and practical policies and schemes were framed as per people’s aspirations. Attention was paid to all sectors including agriculture, irrigation, roads, power, industries etc. As a result, Madhya Pradesh’s growth rate continued in double digit. Madhya Pradesh received Krishi Karman Award last year. It is a matter of pride that the state has been selected for this award this year too. Shri Chouhan said that where there is will there is a way. He said that he now wishes to make Madhya Pradesh number one state in the country in investment also. He said that he himself is the single-window for fulfilling industries’ requirements and solving their problems. Number of industries in the state is increasing. In future, employment will be made available to youths by laying a network of small and cottage industries in rural areas.
Shri Chouhan said that former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee had dreamt of River Link Project. Any other state might not have realized it, but Madhya Pradesh has realized Shri Vajpayee’s dream by linking holy rivers Kshipra and Narmada. In future, other rivers will also be linked.
When asked that when Shri Lal Krishna Advani said that you (Shri Chouhan) and Shri Modi are equal in status, then will you move to the Centre? On this, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that he will stay in Madhya Pradesh and develop it as number one state in the country. I believe that Shri Narendra Modi will prove to be the best Prime Minister, he added. The State of the Year Award was presented to Chief Minister Shri Chouhan by founder editor of News Network-18 Shri Raghav Behel and editor-in-chief of CNBC Shri Sanjay Pugaliya.
CM Shri Chouhan greets on Makar Sankranti
Our Correspondent, January 14, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has extended greetings and best wishes to people on Makar Sankranti and wished for their prosperity and progress.
In his greeting message, Shri Chouhan said that Makar Sankranti gives the message of social harmony as per Indian traditions. The festival marks change of Sun’s direction and season and brings about sweetness and brotherhood in people’s lives.
Governor extends greetings of Milad-un-Nabi and Makar Sankranti
Our Correspondent, January 13, 2014
Governor Shri Ram Naresh Yadav has extended greetings and best wishes to people of the state on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi and Makar Sankranti.
In his message, Governor Shri Yadav said that seers, prophets and saints have given message of peace and harmony. Our country boasts of tradition to celebrate all festivals with mutual love, brotherhood and harmony.
Governor Shri Yadav has urged to celebrate festivals with traditional goodwill, brotherhood and harmony.
Salman Khan all praise for CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Our Correspondent, January 13, 2014
INDORE: Actor Salman Khan praised chief minister Shivraj Singh during his visit to hometown here on Sunday. The actor said Madhya Pradesh has developed a lot in the last one decade and the credit for it goes to chief minister.
Khan said he does not support any political party but supports people who do good work. "MP chief minister has worked for development of the state and which is why people have elected him for the third time," said Khan while interacting with mediapersons in the city. The actor also met with midwife Rukmani Bai who nursed Khan during his birth in Indore. Khan said he was glad to meet her after decades.
Thousands of fans had gathered outside the hotel where Salman stayed. A stampede-like situation arose inside the hotel's lobby forcing police to cane some.
AAP effect: Shivraj Singh Chouhan conducts surprise inspection; fines Joint Director for smoking in office premises
Our Correspondent, January 13, 2014
Bhopal: Shivraj Singh Chouhan who scored a hat-trick by winning the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh for the third consecutive term astonished people by conducting a surprise inspection of the Town and Country Planning (TNCP) office. Meanwhile, the Joint Director of TNCP, VP Kulkreshtha, was found smoking in his room during the course of surprise inspection at his office and was fined. The Collector Nishant Varvare fined Kulkreshtha to the extent of Rs. 200 for violating rules prohibiting smoking in the office premises. Smoking in public places was prohibited nationwide from October 2, 2008 and the same rule applies to government offices."
Chouhan also stopped at Patrakar Colony at 3: 30 pm to examine the quality of the road that had been constructed by the municipal corporation endeavoring to obtain information from the residents in Kolar Nagar Palika.
Meanwhile the traffic was not diverted or stopped for the Chief Minister’s convoy to pass through. The fleets of cars providing security to the Chief Minister’s vehicle were seen moving along with other vehicles on the road.
Chouhan inspected the road being constructed at Patrakar Colony and went to the extent of getting the road dug to test its quality. The road is only one day old and had been constructed under the guidelines laid down in Chief Minister Infrastructure Plan. The road was found to be six centimeters deep in accordance with the standard for a good quality tarred road. The Chief Minister also asked for reports about the tarmac road to be sent to Vallabh Bhawan.
CM Shri Chouhan undertakes surprise inspection of public facilities
Our Correspondent, January 11, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan undertook surprise inspection of building permission, development permission and colonizers licence branches of Town and Country Planning and Kolar Nagar Palika here today. He also halted at random at Patrakar Colony and examined quality of road being constructed by municipal corporation. He sought information about quality of road from residents and examined thickness of asphalt layer by getting it dug. It is noteworthy that the Chief Minister had received complaints regarding delay in delivery of building permission and other necessary documents.

Appreciation for work as per rules, punishment on negligence

Shri Chouhan reached Kolar Nagar Palika Parishad office at about 4 pm. He enquired concerning in-charge officer and employees about issuance and maintenance of main documents and certificates including nomination, building permission, birth-death, marriage certificates. After enquiring about time-limits for disposal of applications, he warned that strict action will be taken in case applications were not disposed of within time-limit. He also directed the staff to seek information about necessary documents while receiving applications and keep in view time-limit prescribed under Public Service Delivery Guarantee Act. Shri Chouhan directed district collector Shri Nishant Warwade to examine all files of Kolar Nagar Palika and apprise him about it. Work as per rules will be appreciated and negligence will be punished, he added.

Inspects public service centre

Shri Chouhan also undertook surprise inspection of public service centre set up at Kolar Nagar Palika. He interacted with applicants for various services. People complained about late delivery of ration cards. The Chief Minister said that labourers’ registration should be made with sensitiveness. He enquired of staff about functioning and procedures at the public service centre. Chief Municipal Officer Kolar Shri Rajesh Shrivastava informed the Chief Minister about process to receive and redress applications. The Chief Minister said that time-limit for giving building permission is 60 days. Seeking information about procedures, the Chief Minister also examined concerning registers. Advising to avoid use of official jargon, he directed to use words and language which can be understood easily by common people.
A complainant Shri Prem Narayan Ghoshi informed the Chief Minister that his building permission is pending. The Chief Minister redressed the complaint immediately. Shri Chouhan tallied building permission register with wealth tax register and stressed the need to dispose of applications in this way.
About marriage and death certificates, the Chief Minister was informed that both these certificates are issued without delay. The Chief Minister directed that if an applicant does not turn up on time then these certificates should be sent to him by post. The Chief Minister also inspected register of Jan-sunwai and directed for constant monitoring of public-oriented works.

Inspects town and country planning office, fines smoking

Shri Chouhan undertook surprise inspection of town and country planning office. He enquired about delay in issuing development permission and colonizers licence. He imposed fine on Joint Director V.P. Kulkreshtha on being found smoking in his room. The Chief Minister directed to computerize entire system. He sought files containing record of receipt and disposal of applications.
Inspection of public facility centre

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan inspected municipal corporation’s public facility centre at Manisha Market. He examined files and talked to a citizen Shri Gopal Rao over mobile as to whether he has any difficulty or whether some staff member is demanding money. Shri Gopal Rao informed that he was issued building permission within 21 days and information regarding it was given to him by the staff over mobile phone. Examining registers for various facilities and disposal of applications at the centre, the Chief Minister directed that there must be column for applicant’s mobile number on application form so that discussions can be held with him from any level.

Inspection of road quality

Shri Chouhan inspected road being constructed at Patrakar Colony. He had the road dug for test of quality.
The Chief Minister informed that there should be machines to examine quantity of asphalt at the road construction sites and record of quality should also be maintained. Bhopal Collector Shri Nishant Warwade and OSD Shri Komal Singh accompanied the Chief Minister.
CM Shri Chouhan inaugurates photo exhibition
Our Correspondent, January 11, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated a photo exhibition on Bhopal’s lifestyle and culture at Swaraj Veethika here today.
The exhibition is being held by photo journalist Shri Sanjiv Gupta. It contains 122 colour and black & white photographs.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that exhibition is a gift of sweet memories. Photographs are so live that it is not felt that this is an exhibition. The exhibition will continue till January 11, 2014.
Brahman community for all communities
Our Correspondent, January 10, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Brahman community is for all communities in the country. All sections of society have expectations from Brahman community for religion, culture and rituals. Shri Chouhan was addressing Brahman MLA’s function organised by Brahman Ekta, Asmita, Sahyog Evam Sanskar Manch at Manas Bhavan here today. Shri Chouhan felicitated Shri Brajmohan Azad, Shri Kamlesh Shukla and Shri Tiwari for public welfare works. He also released community’s souvenir. Brahman MLAs elected to 14th Vidhan Sabha were honoured with shawls and mementoes.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that God dwells in every grain of Indian culture. Narayan dwells in Daridra. People are supreme power. He said that he is servant Chief Minister of people. He believes that service to them is service to God. The Chief Minister said that he has come to this programme to seek blessings for state’s people. He wishes that state does not have poverty, hunger and disease. All are happy and everyone’s welfare is ensured.
He said that happiness of heart, body, mind and soul can be attained by following path of knowledge, devotion and Karma. A good government is which works as per interest of people.

Extending New Year greetings to newly elected MLAs, Shri Chouhan hoped that they will work with dedication for development of their constituencies and state.
The programme was conducted by Shri Ramesh Sharma. Former Chief Minister and MP Shri Kailash Joshi, Cooperatives and Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, Minister of State for School and Higher Education Shri Deepak Joshi, Leader of Opposition in Vidhan Sabha Shri Satyadev Katare, Shri Devnath Ji Maharaj, Mahant Janapao, large number of saints of the community and distinguished citizens were present on the occasion.
Chalk out scheme for affordable houses for labourers coming to cities
Our Correspondent, January 10, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that micro long-term planning for affordable houses should be done keeping in view number of labourers coming to cities. Shri Chouhan was reviewing 100-day action plan of Urban Administration & Development Department here today. The meeting was informed that a detailed project report will be prepared for Integrated Mass Rapid Transit System/Metro Rail Project in Bhopal and Indore. Urban Administration & Development Minister Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa were also present on the occasion.

The Chief Minister said that integrated development schemes should be chalked out for sub-urban areas including residential and commercial use and transport system. He laid stress on systemising set-up of urban bodies. He said that both short-term and long-term works should be undertaken in urban bodies. Works like sanitation, release of logged water etc. should be done under short-term works. Shri Chouhan directed that fire brigade and disaster management arrangements should be strengthened in all urban areas.

Informing about departmental schemes, Minister Shri Vijayvargiya said that necessary improvements will be made in Indore and Bhopal BRTS after inviting suggestions. Policy of multi-level parking in big cities will be chalked out. Policy will also be framed for urban lease renewal. Five thousand residential units will be constructed for economically backward and deprived sections. Over 10 thousand individual toilets will be constructed in entire urban area of the state through Mukhyamantri Shahri Swachhta Mission. Door-to-door waste collection will be started in minimum 2 wards of all municipal corporations. Automatic Building Plan Approval System will be implemented in 5 major cities of the state. Works will be started in 15 cities under Mukhyamantri Shahri Pey-jal Yojana. Works will be started in 132 towns under Mukhyamantri Shahri Adhosanrachna Yojana and 20 cities under UIDSSMT. Skill augmentation of 35 thousand beneficiaries will be done under urban bodies.
Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary Shri Manoj Shrivastava, Principal Secretary Urban Administration and Development Shri S.N. Mishra and other officers were present on the occasion.
BJP MLA Sitasharan Sharma appointed as Speaker of Madhya Pradesh Assembly
Our Correspondent, January 9, 2014
BHOPAL: Senior BJP legislator Sitasharan Sharma was today unanimously elected as the Speaker of Madhya Pradesh Assembly. The proposal to elect Sharma, who represents Hoshangabad seat, was moved by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and seconded by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Narottam Mishra.

From the Opposition bench, the proposal was supported by senior Congress MLAs, Mahendra Singh, Satyaprakash Sakhwar, Dr Govind Singh, newly-nominated Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Satyadev Katare, besides Independent MLA Kal Singh Bhabar.
Sharma's appointment was announced later by pro-tem Speaker K D Deshmukh.
After the announcement, Chouhan and other senior leaders accompanied Sharma to the Speaker's Chair as per the convention. Congratulating Sharma for becoming Speaker, Chouhan said it was important for the Chair to act in an impartial manner.

Katare also greeted Sharma on the occasion and urged him to ensure that at least 75 sittings of the House take place in a year so that Opposition gets ample opportunity to raise issues of public interest on the floor.
Expressing his gratitude, Sharma assured the House that he will not only protect rights of its members but also ensure that it will function as per the rules and traditions.
Rs. 12 crore 46 lakh to 34 colleges for various construction works
Our Correspondent, January 9, 2014
The Higher Education Department has allocated Rs. 12 crore 46 lakh 44 thousand to 34 government colleges for various construction works. Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta directed to complete the works within time-limit.

Rs. 47 lakh 75 thousand has been allocated to Government College Paraswara for additional room, Rs. 5 lakh 36 thousand to Aranya Bharti College Baihar for computer room, Rs. 3 lakh 75 thousand to Girls College Narsinghpur for electrical fitting, Rs. 8 lakh 16 thousand to Banda for cycle stand and library counter, Rs. 35 lakh 14 thousand to Saunsar for study room, lab upgradation and boundary wall, Rs. 21 lakh 50 thousand to Arts and Commerce College Jabalpur for hall, Rs. 73 lakh 42 thousand to Lakhnadaun for lab, library and drinking water arrangements and Rs. 27 lakh 60 thousand has been allocated to Katangi for additional room and lab.

Similarly, Rs. 12 lakh 98 thousand has been allocated to Government PG College Mandla for staff room, Rs. 13 lakh 10 thousand to Sailana for classroom, Rs. 35 lakh 44 thousand to Hatpipaliya for boundary wall, Rs. 30 lakh 67 thousand to Depalpur for boundary wall, Rs. 23 lakh 59 thousand to Neemuch for sports hall, Rs. 49 lakh 64 thousand to Susner for boundary wall, Rs. 13 lakh 5 thousand to Girls College Ujjain for lab and staff room, Rs. 12 lakh 35 thousand to Ashta for staff room, Rs. 10 lakh to Sardarpur for badminton court, Rs. 26 lakh 60 thousand to Alirajpur for auditorium, Rs. 8 lakh 82 thousand to Neemuch for canteen and Rs. 12 lakh 32 thousand has been allocated to Government College Mehgaon for building constructon.

Rs. 40 lakh 57 thousand has been allocated to Government College Vijaypur for boundary wall, Rs. one crore 10 lakh to Girls College Tikamgarh for girls hostel construction, Rs. 76 lakh to PG College Panna for indoor stadium, Rs. 49 lakh 94 thousand to PG College Satna for electrification and additional room, Rs. 22 lakh 44 thousand to Maihar for auditorium, Rs. one crore 47 lakh 89 thousand to Nai Garhi for building construction, Rs. Rs. 7 lakh 57 thousand to Amarpatan for main gate of additional room, Rs. 5 lakh to Bijawar for electrical fitting, Rs. 43 lakh 81 thousand to Arts and Commerce College Bhopal for interior decoration and furniture, Rs. 2 lakh 49 thousand to Sanskrit College Lal Ghati Bhopal for drainage, Rs. 39 lakh 64 thousand to Timarni for additional room, Rs. on e lakh 43 thousand to Shahpur for drinking water arrangements, Rs. 8 lakh 45 thousand to Barghat for hall and staff room and Rs. 40 lakh has been allocated to Government College for Excellence Gwalior for NCC Complex.
Farms to be linked with roads in every Gram Panchayat, 10 thousand km long roads to be constructed in 100 days
Our Correspondent, January 8, 2014
Cluster of farms will be linked with roads in every Gram Panchayat. Work on construction of 10 thousand km long roads will be started in next 100 days. This was informed during review of 100-day action plan of Rural Development Department at Mantralaya today. During discussions, CM Shri Chouhan said that linking farms with roads will be a revolutionary initiative. Due to it, not only farmers will be able to visit their fields and bring crops from there without difficulty, but the rural economy will also be strengthened.

For increasing food grains storage capacity in rural areas, 10,820 godowns will be constructed in 100 days. Rs. 120 crore will be provided to needy persons under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA in 100 days. Rs. 900 crore is available in districts for MNREGA works.
The Panchayat Department will construct 445 Haat Bazaars during next 100 days. The Chief Minister directed to accelerate pace of development. As many as 4000 works will be completed under Special Backward Area Development Grant Fund. Under Kapildhara sub-plan, 71 thousand 800 wells will be constructed by March 2014.

Directing to accelerate pace of toilets’ construction for eradicating habit of open-area defecation, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan instructed to attach top priority to it. It was informed that beginning will be made to recharge minimum one river in every district during 100 days. During review of Social Justice Department, it was informed that Samagra Smart Cards will be issued to all eligible beneficiaries for their social security.
During Cooperative Department’s review, it was informed that Madhya Pradesh is ahead of other states in producing seeds through seed cooperative societies. During next 100 days, 50 seed cooperative societies will be activated. For increasing storage capacity, godowns of 1000 MT capacity will be constructed at 12 places. Farmers will be provided Rs. 2000 crore cooperative loans. Farmers counselling centers will be set up in branches of District Cooperative Banks. About 4500 primary cooperative societies will be computerized. Common facility centres will also developed in them.
Rural Development, Panchayats & Cooperatives Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and Principal Secretaries of concerning departments attended the meeting.
Share capital of Seeds Corporation increased to Rs. 40 crore
Our Correspondent, January 8, 2014
A cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today decided to increase share capital of State Seeds and Farm Corporation from Rs. 15 crore to Rs. 40 crore. The decision has been taken to help the corporation meet its targets. With this, farmers will get high quality seeds on time.

The cabinet decided to allot free land to Madhya Pradesh medical university at Jabalpur.
The cabinet sanctioned construction of Tikamgarh-Orchha road’s stretch from 71/8 km to 81/2 km. The work will be done through Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation. Estimated cost of this 9.24 km long road is Rs. 72 crore.

The cabinet decided to extend by one year guarantee period for Rs. 1868 crore 81 lakh loan from Rural Electrification Corporation to Power Distribution Companies for implementation of feeder separation scheme. Similarly, it was decided to give one-year extension on guarantee for loan of Rs. 1388 crore 23 lakh from Rural Electrification Corporation to R-APDRP Part-B Scheme.
The cabinet created 6 posts to make available human resources for project pertaining to establishment of GIS Lab. These include 3 posts of GIS operator and one post each of remote sensing assistant, GIS Application Development Lead and GIS Application Developer.
The cabinet sanctioned creation of one post each of deputy election officer, accountant-cum-upper division clerk and lower division clerk for local election office in newly constituted Agar-Malwa district.
The cabinet endorsed constitution of Middle Class Commission and Madhya Pradesh Business Promotion Board and special concession in rates of rice to be provided to BPL and Antyodaya beneficiaries under public distribution system.
Budhni Vidhan Sabha constituency to be made ideal
Our Correspondent, January 6, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Budhni Vidhan Sabha constituency in Sehore district will be made ideal. Apart from basic facilities like roads, power and water, better employment opportunities will also be provided to youths here. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was addressing public meetings at Rahti and Nasrullahganj in Budhni Vidhan Sabha constituency today. He said that a farmers’ convention will be held here soon where farmers will be trained by national-level scientists in farming of cash crops, horticulture and medicinal plants.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan directed the collector to hold camps at Gram Panchayat level to include names of eligible beneficiaries in the list for providing wheat and rice at the rate of Re. 1 per kg. He directed to complete this work by February 28. The Chief Minister said that discussions will be held with common people at various levels for making Budhni Vidhan Sabha constituency an ideal one. Shri Chouhan also reached Janpad office at Nasrullahganj and sought information through videoconferencing about Board exam preparations being made by students.

Silver crown presented for Kanyadan Yojana
When a worker presented a silver crown to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, he gave it away for marriages to be held under Kanyadan Yojana.

Inspected roads

During his visit, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan inspected 2 roads in Neelkanth Road area of Nasrullahganj by walking on foot. He enquired about quality of road from Nagar Panchayat CMO and sub-engineer. He said that no comprise will be made with quality of roads. On finding bad quality of Nasrullahganj Nagar Panchayats’ roads, Shri Chouhan directed to issue suspension orders of CMO Naushad Ahmad Lari and sub-engineer Hari Shankar Phulre. He also directed public representatives to keep special watch over quality of construction works. MARKFED’s Chairman Shri Ramakant Bhargava and public representatives were present on the occasion.
Rajasthan’s PWD Minister Shri Khan meets CM Shri Chouhan
Our Correspondent, January 6, 2014
Rajasthan’s Public Works Minister Shri Yunus Khan called on Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Mantralaya here today.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan congratulated Shri Khan for excellent performance. Shri Khan said that roads have been constructed with better quality in Madhya Pradesh.
He will apprise himself about various road projects here. Secretary to Chief Minister Shri Vivek Agrawal was also present on the occasion.
Narmada-Kshipra Link Project to be unveiled soon
Our Correspondent, January 4, 2014
In the second session, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed 100-day action plans of 12 departments today. These included Labour, Revenue, SC, ST, Minoririties Welfare, Denotifed, Semi-Nomadic & Nomadic Welfare, Women and Child Development, Narmada Valley Development, General Administration, Aviation, Culture and Tourism departments.

Labour Welfare Centres in all districts

It was informed during discussions on Labour Department’s action plan that it is being considered to increase service period of labourers from 58 years to 60 years. This will benefit 20 lakh labourers. Similarly, wages of bidi workers area also proposed to be increased. It will benefit 10 lakh bidi workers.

It was informed at the meeting that process of simplifying labour laws will be started during these 100 days. Documents and forms pertaining to rules will be posted online. Labour Welfare Centres will be set up in all districts
Work of Narmada-Kshipra Simhastha Link Project has been completed. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will unveil it soon. After this, process will be started to seek permission from Government of India for Narmada-Malwa-Gambhir Link Project. The Chief Minister directed to complete all works within time-limit.
The Revenue Department will imparted foundation training of computer to all naib tahsildars during 100 days. The Chief Minister directed to complete assessment work of crop loss in all districts and distribute compensation. He said that people should get all revenue-related documents without difficulty.

SC, ST Welfare Department will assist needy students going to cities for imbibing education under Aawas Sahayata Yojana. The Chief Minister directed to make available best teachers and tutors to prepare students of these sections for competitive exams.
The Women & Child Development Department will prepare outlines for Mukhyamantri Samudayik Netritiva Vikas Yojana so that women can be trained in community leadership.
The Chief Minister also discussed action plans of General Administration and Aviation Department. Labour Minister Shri Antar Singh Arya, Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, SC, ST Welfare Minister Shri Gyan Singh, Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Maya Singh, Minister of State for Narmada Valley Development and General Administration Shri Lal Singh Arya, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Shri Surendra Patwa, Additional Chief Secretary Shri P.K. Dash and Principal Secretaries of concerning departments attended the meeting.
Madhya Pradesh becomes power-surplus state
Our Correspondent, January 4, 2014
It was informed at the meeting of the Energy Department that Madhya Pradesh has become power-surplus state. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan directed to ensure better utilisation of surplus power.

Renewable Energy and Mineral Resources Development

Shri Chouhan said that process of MoU for use of state’s resources should be simple and transparent. MoUs of companies not starting work within prescribed time-limit should be cancelled. He directed to frame a new policy for minor minerals. He said that mining should not be wanton. It should be ensured that mining work is undertaken through Gram Panchayats and small contractors. Local labourers should get employment in mining of minor minerals like sand, gravel etc. Prices of minerals should not be steep. There should not be much burden on common people. He directed Mineral Resources Development Department to present a base paper regarding this during these 100 days. At the meeting, Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla presented 100-day action plans of departments. He informed that feeder separation works to the tune of Rs. 6000 crore have been completed. Efforts are also underway to bring down transmission losses from 40 percent to 25 percent. Sarni power plant will be ready for unveiling by February-end.

Sports

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that maximum use of available funds should be ensured during 100-day action plan period. Extremely necessary repair works should be completed. Talented players should also be identified at district and block level.

Employment

The Chief Minister said that new sectors should be explored for employment generation. He said that employment possibilities should also be expanded in both industry and service sectors.

Industries

Shri Chouhan said that identification of land for new industrial areas should be included in 100-day action plan. He directed to make single-window system more effective and the best in the country and world. He directed to pay special attention to implementation of Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana. He also laid emphasis on developing Gwalior Mela Authority on the lines of Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. He informed that process will be undertaken to identify the fairs attended by over 5000 people and data upgradation of Endowment Department’s assets.
CM Shri Chouhan congratulates Shri Ishwar Pandey on selection in cricket team
Our Correspondent, January 3, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has congratulated talented player Shri Ishwar Pandey on his selection in the Indian cricket team.

Shri Pandey of village Sirmor in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh has been selected in Indian cricket team slated to tour New Zealand. As a fast bowler, Shri Ishwar Pandey has performed excellently in domestic cricket, specially Ranji Trophy.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan has described Shri Ishwar Pandey’s selection in Indian cricket team as an achievement for the state.
Now, Rs. 30 thousand, one pair of oxen and pumpset for SC, ST farmers
Our Correspondent, January 3, 2014
SC, ST Welfare Minister Shri Gyan Singh has said that now, Rs. 30 thousand, one pair of oxen and pumpset each will be provided to SC, ST farmers. Shri Singh stated this while inaugurating various different works costing Rs. 18 lakh 83 thousand in Umaria district. Shri Gyan Singh said that satellite survey of forest dwellers residing on forest land as on year 2005 and left out forest land pattas will be undertaken. Due to this, no eligible beneficiary will be deprived.

Minister Shri Gyan Singh informed that apart from medical and engineering education, tribal students will also get the opportunity to study abroad. Ten tribal students of the state figuring in the merit list will be sent abroad for studies. He said that farmers will also get transportation and traffic facilities under Sudoor Gram Sampark Yojana. Wheat and rice will be provided at the rate of Re. 1 per kg who have been registered under Labour Welfare Board and are job card holders.
Brining Narmada water to Vidhya government’s priority
Our Correspondent, January 2, 2014
Minister of State for General Administration, Aviation and Narmada Valley Development Shri Lal Singh Arya has said that it is the priority of the state government to bring Narmada water to Vindhya region through Bargi diversion project. He said that Bargi diversion project should be constructed speedily with quality. Shri Arya was reviewing Bargi diversion project at Maihar today.

He informed that for water flow in Mandakini river of Holy City Chitrakoot throughout the year, a proposal will be examined to bring water from Bargi canal or Bansagar canal.

Shri Arya reviewed main canal work of Bargi diversion project’s right bank canal from 0 km to 197.4 km and 2 canals branching out from 197.4 km including Nagaud-Satna branch canal from 0 to 131.40 km and Rewa branch from 0 to 39.3 km. Shri Arya said that documents of the schemes which are to be taken up with the Union Government for approval should be made available at the earliest to ensure necessary action the at Central level.

Shri Arya informed that Maa Sharda Ki Paudi will be constructed on the lines of Har Ki Paudi near Sharda Devi Mandir at Maihar connecting it with Bargi main canal. Shri Lal Singh Arya also inspected bridge lining work of Bargi left canal at 11.2 km, 127 meter long aqueduct at 16.29 km and drainage culvert at 10.21 km.

Shri Arya cautioned officers not to compromise with quality of constructon works. Shri Arya said that efforts should be made in right earnest to implement 100-day, one-year and five-year action plans speedily as per wish of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Sijngh Chouhan.
Immense global level tourism possibilities in MP : CM Shri Chouhan
Our Correspondent, January 2, 2014
Decks are clear for arrival of Asiatic lions at Palpur-Kuno in Sheopura district from Gujarat following court decision. Thus, Palpur-Kuno will become centre of attraction for tourists from around the world. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan has directed to chalk out a detailed action plan to put Madhya Pradesh on world tourism map.
Referring to immense global level tourism possibilities in Madhya Pradesh during a review meeting of Tourism and Culture departments here today, Shri Chouhan directed to establish identity of Madhya Pradesh through international level schemes. Events like Khajuraho dance festival, Bhagoriya Utsav and Tansen Samaroh need to be expanded further and marketed internationally. He said that world-level publicity should be undertaken about immense global level tourism possibilities in Madhya Pradesh. Bharat Bhavan should not be confined within any realm and outstanding talents of arts, literature, music and drama should be invited to it from all over the world.

The Chief Minister directed to initiate steps to provide jobs to youths in tourism sector. He said that Madhya Pradesh has its unique culture, nature and spiritualism. This information should be disseminated to all tourism-related people in the world. This will facilitate international tourists to chalk out their tourism plans. He said that detailed publicity plans should be chalked out to promote tourism. There is no dearth of budget. He directed to identity and develop new tourism destinations. Referring to Narmada-Kshipra Link Project, he said that a tourism spot can be developed at confluence of Narmada and Kshipra. New areas like Madai and Palpur-Kuno can be given global identity. Similarly, Chorna, Ratapani and beautiful jungle areas near Bhopal can also be developed as tourist attraction. Golf courses are being proposed at Sanchi and Khajuraho. Bhopal’s historic building Taj Mahal will also be readied for tourism without interfering with its archaeological status. A floating restaurant will be introduced in Atal Bihari Vajpayee Regional Park, Indore. The Chief Minister directed to start tourism activities in Sagar Island also.
The Chief Minister directed for special efforts to make Bharat Bhavan an international centre for displaying arts again. He said that novel and creative efforts are needed to establish global identity of Bharat Bhavan.

It was informed at the meeting that tourist arrival in the state was about 10 lakh in year 2006, which has reached 5 crore 30 lakh. Madhya Pradesh is pioneer in implementation of “Hunar Se Rozgar” scheme. About 3.50 thousand youths have got job in tourism sector in the state. Ayurvedic Health Centre will be constructed in 10 acres at Pachmarhi. Additional units of Madhya Pradesh Tourism have been set up at Choral, Mandsaur and Tamiya.

A 100-day action plan has been chalked out to promote tourism. Final touch is being given to 20 tourism schemes for giving new identity of tourism in the state. Strategy has been chalked out for wide publicity of international level events by fixing dates. Palpur-Kuno sanctuary is being developed from eco-tourism point of view. It was also informed that a new website of Tourism Department will be prepared in early 2014. It will contain facility of virtual tour of Sanchi, Orchha, Khajuraho and other tourist destinations.
Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Shri Surendra Patwa, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, CM’s Principal Secretary Shri Manoj Shrivastava, Principal Secretary Culture Shri B.P. Singh, Commissioner Archaelogy Shri Pankaj Rag, CM’s Secretaries Shri S.K. Mishra and Shri Hari Ranjan Rao, MP Tourism Development Corporation’s Managing Director Shri Raghavendra Singh, Director Culture Shri Shriram Tiwari were present on the occasion. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan also released book “Sant Sen Bhagat”.
Take pledge to make Madhya Pradesh more prosperous and strong in New Year
Our Correspondent, January 1, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has extended greetings and best wishes to state's people on New Year.
In his greeting message, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan wished for prosperity and progress of state's people. He wished that new vistas of mutual cooperation between government and people and integrated development of the state will be opened up in the New Year.

Shri Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh is the state where maximum number of public welfare schemes have been implemented. State has to be developed at a rapid pace. For this, every citizen's cooperation is precious. Every citizen should come forward with new resolves, new hopes and full self-confidence. Madhya Pradesh will be developed only through concerted efforts, he added.
Shri Chouhan said that every citizen's role is vital in making Madhya Pradesh clean, healthy, beautiful and rich. He urged state's citizens to take a resolve for making the state rich and powerful in the New Year.
Every deptt. to chalk out action plan to implement Vision Document and Jan-Sankalp
Our Correspondent, January 1, 2014
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Vision Document 2018 and Jan-Sankalp 2013 are roadmaps of state’s development and symbols of people’s expectations. Real leadership of its implementation will rest with minister of concerning department. Every department should chalk out 100-day, one-year and 5-year action plans to implement Vision Document and Jan-Sankalp. The action plans will be finalised by minister of concerning department. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was addressing a meeting of Ministers and senior officers at Mantralaya today.

100-day action plan from January 1

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan called for prospering and developing the state through concrete works. He asked them to prove true to people’s expectations and not waste even a single day. A Vision Document has been prepared to make Madhya Pradesh a pioneer state in next 5 years. Departmental Ministers can improve its implementation. Minister should themselves give a presentation during departmental review meetings. He said that fiscal discipline should not be ignored. There should be policy of zero tolerance against corruption. Irregularities will not be tolerated in any case. Give fully clean and transparent administration. Promote officers with clean image. Field postings should be made only after judging officers’ work capacity and honesty. Departmental enquiries should be disposed of within time-limit. Every work should be completed within time-limit. Responsibility should be fixed if work is not done within time-limit. Departmental Ministers can seek advice from experts. Special attention should be paid that no one is able to misuse power. The 100-day action plan will be implemented from January 1. Assessment of work will be done on its basis. Ministers should get the action plan uploaded on departmental websites and seek people’s suggestions about it. All departments should simplify procedures. No compromise should be made with quality of construction works. The Chief Minister stands by officers for works done for state’s development.

Increase per hectare agriculture productivity

The Chief Minister said that per hectare agriculture productivity, rate of seeds transplant and dairy production should be increased. Strict action should be taken against spurious seeds and fertilisers. It was informed that Madhya Pradesh will become number one state in the country in next 2-3 years leaving Gujarat and Punjab behind.

Action plan for infrastructure development in education

Shri Chouhan directed to ensure attendance of teachers in schools. An action plan for infrastructure development should be chalked out in school education. Posting of principals of higher and technical institutions should be rationalised. International level educational institutions should be brought to Madhya Pradesh. Revolutionary changes should be brought about in hospitals’ cleanliness and sanitation. Ensure attendance of doctors and chalk out a concrete action plan to bring down maternal and infant mortality rates and eradicate malnutrition. Ensure availability of nutritious diet at village level. Pay special attention to women’s security. During tours, Ministers should also inspect industrial training institutes. The resolve to provide jobs to 10 lakh youths in next 5 years should not remain a mere formality. It was directed that a drinking water source should be available in every habitat and drinking water should be supplied to houses through piped water schemes in villages. Consider to evolve new system for rural transport. The single window for industrial investment should be made single window in true sense.

Presentations were given at the meeting on agriculture, irrigation’s diversification, education, health services, women’s empowerment, skill development, inclusive development, water supply, roads, power supply, renewable energy schemes, urban development & public transport, environment management, rural development & sanitation, employment generation & investment promotion, sports, tourism, heritage & culture and good governance. It was informed that the fallow land in Madhya Pradesh will be reduced from 11 lakh hectare to 5 lakh hectare to increase agriculture production. Meadow development programme will be implemented on a large scale to increase dairy production. Availability of a school will be ensured within every 5 kilometers. Gross enrollment ratio in higher education will be increased. E-Net Scheme will be launched to monitor maternal and infant welfare. The Health Department has chalked out a scheme to construct 4 thousand buildings of hospitals. Community leadership capacity building scheme will be started for women. Employment exchanges will be converted into human resource centres. Availability of piped water will be ensured for every rural household in next 5 years. All majra-tolas will be linked with roads. New plants will be set to ensure supply of quality power. Power generation in the state will exceed 21 thousand MW in next 5 years. Madhya Pradesh’s power distribution system is the best in the country. Renewable energy generation will be increased to 4 thousand MW in next 5 years. Transport Unified Authority will be constituted to ensure better urban transport. In view of public facility, development plans of 377 cities will be chalked out. A scheme will be chalked out to link every village with road. Global-level infrastructure development works will be done in industrial areas. A master plan will be chalked out to provide international level facilities at tourist centres. International aviation facility will be developed at Indore and Bhopal. Government procedures will be reconstructed to ensure transparent and responsible administration.
 
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