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MP ahead of all in country to provide relief to farmers on natural calamity
Bhopal: March 27, 2015
Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh has said that Madhya Pradesh government is ahead of all to provide relief to farmers. Under leadership of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan during last 10 years, the state government has amended Revenue Book of Circulars 6-4 from time to time. Shri Singh said that through these amendments, outstanding increase of amount has been made in all provisions for relief in natural calamities in the state. He said that in several provisions, 2-fold to 10-fold increase has been made. Many new crops have been brought under ambit of relief.
Shri Singh said that for the first time in the state, crops of arhar and isabgol have been recognized as all-season crops. Financial powers of SDOs/Tahasildars have been enhanced for relief except loss of life/limb. Relief of Rs. 16 thousand per hectare or 400 per Paari is given on loss of 25 percent to 50 percent suffered by Pan Barejas. For over 50 percent loss, compensation worth Rs. 25 thousand per hectare or Rs. 625 per Paari will be given.
Minister Shri Rampal Singh informed that norms for giving relief have been enhanced remarkably following amendments in Revenue Book of Circulars 6-4. Relief of 3500 per hectare will be given for 25 percent to 50 percent loss to crops of vegetables, melons and water melons, Rs. 6000 per hectare on irrigated crops, Rs. 6000 on all-season crops if damaged during 6 or less months. If crops suffer over 50 percent loss, relief of Rs. 5500 per hectare will be given, Rs. 10 thousand for irrigated crops and Rs. 9500 per hectare on all-season crops if damaged during 6 or less months. If perennial crops suffer over 50 percent loss after 6 or more period after sowing, Rs. 10 thousand per hectare will given as relief for crops of vegetables, Rs. 13 thousand per hectare for vegetable crops grown through plantation, Rs. 4000 per hectare for sericulture, ericulture, mulberry and tussar crops and Rs. 5000 per hectare or moong crops.
According to Revenue Minister, Rs. 3000 per hectare relief will be given on 25 percent 50 percent loss crops of farmers 2 hectare or more rain-fed land and Rs. 4500 per hectare on irrigated land, Rs. 4500 per hectare on loss/damage to all-season sown/planted crops in less than 6 months and Rs. 8000 per hectare on loss/damage to all-season sown/planted crops during more than 6 months and Rs. 8000 for crops of vegetables.
The Minister informed that Rs. 4000 per hectare relief will be given on 25 percent 50 percent loss crops of farmers 2 hectare or more rain-fed land and Rs. 7500 per hectare on irrigated land, Rs. 9500 per hectare on loss/damage to all-season sown/planted crops in less than 6 months and Rs. 10000 per hectare on loss/damage to all-season crops during more than 6 months.
On loss of 25 percent to 50 percent, Rs. 300 per tree relief will be given if crops borne by trees of mango, orange, lemon, papaya, grapes, pomegranate etc. and Rs. 6 thousand per hectare on crops of orange, lemon, banana, grapes, pomegranate etc and Rs. 18 thousand per hectare or Rs. 450 per Paari on loss to Pan Bareja etc. On loss of over 50 percent on loss to crops, Rs. 400 per tree will be given trees of mango, orange, lemon, papaya, grapes, pomegranate etc, Rs. 8500 per hectare or Rs. 450 per Paari on crops of orange, lemon, banana, grapes, pomegranate etc. Rs. 28 thousand per hectare or Rs. 700 per hectare will be given if Pan Barejas suffer over 50 percent damage.
Following amendment in RBC 6-4, relief is also being given to affected families on loss of one big milch animal or 4 small milch animals and one big draught animal or 2 small draught animals.
Similarly, affected marginal and small farmers are being given relief of Rs. 25 thousand per hectare in case their land is eroded due to landslide or rivers changing their course. In place of Rs. 35000, compensation of Rs. 70 thousand is being given on damage of house and Rs. 20 thousand on kuchcha house. Relief of Rs. 5000 is being given instead of Rs. 2000 on loss of clothes, utensils and food grains.


Industries Minister Smt. Scindia inaugurates 8th Reverse Buyer-Seller Meet
Bhopal: March 27, 2015
Commerce & Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia inaugurated 8th Reverse Buyer-Seller Meet “Exportech-2015” here today. Bhopal MP Shri Alok Sanjar, 18 High Commissioners, Ambassadors and Consulars of 13 countries and about 80 buyers from 21 countries were present on the occasion. During the 3-day meet, state’s micro and small entrepreneurs will not only get opportunity to display their products directly to foreign buyers, but will also hold one-to-one meetings with importers.
The Minister said that efforts are being made to provide maximum facilities to foreign investors in Madhya Pradesh. Labour laws have also been amended due to which investors can obtain only 2 permissions instead 17. Similarly, all clearances are given at one place through single window system.
Representatives of SAARC and CIS countries, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asian countries and importers are taking part in the meet mainly Afghanistan, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Nepal, Hungary and Dubai. State’s entrepreneurs are displaying plastic and packaging material, spices and organic products, processed and unprocessed food product, herbal products and medicines, textile yarn & fabric, engineering and machine products (electrical products, fabrication, casting, fixtures & fittings, power & transformer equipments, insulation condensers and heat exchangers).
Among High Commissioners, Ambassadors and Consulars of 13 countries, Shri Maxwell Ranga of Zimbabwe, Shri Sabit Subasic of Bosnia, Shri Alem Tsehaye Wolmariam of Eritrea, Shri Carlos Durate of Brazil, Shri Shaida M Abdali and Shri Sayed Mujtaba Ahmadi of Afghanistan, Shri Ahmed Mohammed and Shri Ali Sajid Shakir of Maldives, Sushri Elizabeth Paula Napeyok of Uganda, Shri Octavian Dovre and Shri Lonout Mircea Viziru of Romania, Shri Mongy Badr and Sushri Nisha Shanmugam of Egypt and Shri Gayrat Tairov of Uzbekistan.
Entrepreneurs to participate in Hanover Trade Fair-2015
Industries Minister Smt. Scindia has invited state’s micro and small entrepreneurs to Hanover Trade Fair-2015 to be held in Germany. Smt. Scindia said that entrepreneurs interested in taking part in this fair display of their products in Madhya Pradesh Pavilion in this exhibition may contact Commissioner Commerce and Industries, MD of Madhya Pradesh Laghu Udyog Nigam and Vice-President of CII Madhya Pradesh Shri C.P. Sharma.


Farmers should face no difficulty at wheat procurement centres
Bhopal: March 26, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed for effective arrangements at wheat procurement centres in the state. He said that it should be kept in mind that farmers coming to procurement centres face no difficulty. Wheat which has lost shine due to hailstorm should also be procured.
The Chief Minister was reviewing arrangements for wheat procurement here today. Wheat procurement has begun in 4 divisions Indore, Ujjain, Bhopal and Narmadapuram from March 25 and will begin in remaining divisions from April 6. The Chief Minister will himself visit procurement centres and take stock of arrangements.
The Chief Minister sought information about arrangements for wheat procurement. He said that sieves and moisture meters should be made available at procurement centres. If any farmer’s wheat is assessed to be procurement on less than procurement price of Rs. 1450 per quintal, its sample should be taken and verified by Mandi Secretary. Weighing should not be repeated at places where big weighing machines are installed. One telephone number should be fixed for receiving complaints regarding wheat procurement so that farmers can register their complaints regarding procurement. Immediate action should be taken on such complaints.
The meeting was informed that 18 lakh 74 thousand farmers have registered themselves for wheat procurement, which is 1.50 lakh more than last year. As many as 2974 procurement centres have been set up. On the first day of procurement March 25, ten thousand 614 MT wheat was procured from 2 thousand 73 farmers.
The meeting was attended by Agriculture Production Commissioner Shri R.K. Swai, Principal Secretary to CM Shri Iqbal Singh Bains, Principal Secretary Agriculture Shri Rajesh Rajora, Principal Secretary Revenue Shri Arun Tiwari, Principal Secretary Cooperatives Shri Ajit Kesari and officers of Civil Supplies Corporation and MARKFED.


ALL MANREGA PAYMENTS MADE ELECTRONICALLY IN MADHYA PRADESH
Bhopal: March 26, 2015
Madhya Pradesh is the first state of the country where all payments under MANREGA are being made electronically. During the current financial year 18 lakh 7 thousand 789 works have been completed at a cost of Rs. 3,193 crore under the scheme in the state.
This was informed at a meeting of the general body of Employment Guarantee Council chaired by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today. Minister for Panchayats and Rural Development Shri Gopal Bhargava, Minister for Finance Shri Jayant Malaiya, Minister for Public Works Shri Sartaj Singh, Minister for Tribal and Scheduled Castes Welfare Shri Gyan Singh and Vice-chairman of State Planning Commission Shri Babulal Jain also attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister stressed on completion of MANREGA works within time limit with quality. Its implementation should be constantly monitored. He directed to draw up a comprehensive programme under Jalabhishek Abhiyan. The meeting was informed that a labour budget of every village has been prepared under the scheme.
The Electronic Fund Management System of Madhya Pradesh has been replicated by 28 states of the country. Priority is being given to Anganwari buildings, Gram Sampark and Khet Sadak roads and agriculture related works under MANREGA.
Prominent among others who attended the meeting include Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, ACS Rural Development Smt. Aruna Sharma, ACS Finance Shri Ajaynath and ACS Planning Smt. Ajita Vajpaiyee Pandy.


MP Governor’s son, accused in Vyapam scam, reportedly dies of brain hemorrhage
Bhopal: March 25, 2015
Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav’s son Shailesh Yadav, who was wanted in connection with the MPPEB scam, reportedly died of brain hemorrhage in Lucknow on Wednesday morning. Both the Governor and his son are accused in the scam that broke nearly two years ago and involves several other accused from Uttar Pradesh.
While the Governor had challenged the FIR against him, his son was on the run and notices issued to him by the Special Investigation Team (STF) could not be served over last several weeks since his name appeared in a supplementary chargesheet filed in a local court. The Raj Bhavan in Bhopal had refused to accept a notice saying Shailesh did not live there.
The investigating agency was reportedly preparing grounds to attach the properties owned by Shailesh in UP. Veerpal Singh, an accused arrested in November 2014, had alleged that Rs 3 lakh in cash was given to Shailesh in Raj Bhavan to ensure that 10 candidates from Bhind cleared the examination for contractual teachers. None of the 10 candidates were eventually appointed because they did not hold a diploma or a degree in education.
Madhya Pradesh’s octogenarian governor was admitted to a hospital in Bhopal a few days ago. Calling Shailesh’s death suspicious, the Opposition Congress has demanded a probe.


Journalist attack: 24 hours on, Bhopal police still clueless
Bhopal: March 25, 2015
Even 24 hours after senior journalist Manoj Verma was attacked, the Bhopal police remained clueless about the assailants on Monday.
Verma works with a regional Hindi daily in Bhopal. Both his hands were fractured in the attack, and he was operated upon on Monday. Superintendent of police (SP), South, Anshuman Singh said police teams have fanned out in the state capital to identity and nab the assailants.
“Three police teams from MP Nagar and Ashoka Garden police stations have been formed and they are carrying out searches. The investigation is being led by city superintendent of police (CSP) Arvind Khare,” he said.
On Monday, the police acquired the CCTV footages installed at different places of the state capital and scanned the footages to establish the identity of the assailants who attacked the journalist near Subhash Nagar railway crossing on Sunday night.
The senior journalist was returning home after work. Four bike-borne miscreants attacked him from behind. The journalist sustained serious injuries on his head and also both hands got fractured. He is undergoing treatment at a private hospital and his condition is stated to be stable.
Meanwhile, journalists of the state capital held a meeting and condemned the attack on Verma and demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident. Senior journalist Sunder Rajan presided over the meeting.
“This is most unfortunate. Journalists in the state are being attacked at regular intervals and whenever a delegation of journalists meet the home minister Babulal Gaur for action against the culprits, there comes a rude reply from him,” alleged the journalists.
The journalists have now decided to meet chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and bring to his notice the attack on journalists in the state and demand all possible measures to check recurrence of such incidents.


CM Shri Chouhan holds discussions with NITI officials in New Delhi
Bhopal: March 24, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited NITI in New Delhi today and sought information from senior officers of Central government’s coordination and management-related departments about Centrally-sponsored schemes. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa was also present on the occasion.
It is noteworthy that Shri Chouhan is Convener of the sub-committee on rationalisation of Centrally-sponsored schemes. A meeting of the sub-committee is to be held on March 27. Taking seriously the responsibility entrusted to him by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister sought minute details of existing procedures etc. with a view to effectively implement country’s development schemes, fiscal partnership between Centre and states.
Referring to Shri B.K. Chaturvedi Committee, the Chief Minister also enquired about rationalisation of schemes. It was informed that as per its wish, number of schemes has now been reduced to 72 including 66 old and 6 new. Of these, 18 schemes are of continuous nature and centre-state partnership is being considered in 38 schemes. Eight schemes have been freed from central assistance. It will depend on states whether to continue them with their resources or discontinue. Accepting recommendations of 14th Finance Commission, the Central Government will provide 42 percent state share instead of 32 percent. Therefore, Rs. 5.26 lakh crore is estimated to be provided to states instead of Rs. 3.48 lakh crore and Rs. 1.78 lakh crore.
Commission’s Executive Director Smt. Sindhushri Khullar, Union Secretary Economic Affairs Shri Rajiv Maheshwari, Union Secretary Expenditure Shri Ratan P. Watal and senior officers of NITI were present on the occasion.


Country to progress only with spirit of patriotism
Bhopal: March 24, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the country can progress only with the spirit of patriotism. India has attained independence due to sacrifices of thousands of youths. Shri Chouhan stated this while flagging off teams of girls on experience journey to international borders of India under “Maa Tujhe Pranam” Yojana here today. Sports & Youth Welfare and Commerce & Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia was specially present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that this is the day when Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru had attained martyrdom. They were hanged to death by Englishmen. Saluting the 3 martyrs, he said that over 30 thousand soldiers have laid down their lives for protecting borders. We are living peacefully since soldiers are working at borders under difficult situations. “Maa Tujhe Pranam” Yojana has been introduced to help youths understand these situations on borders. He asked the team members to assure brave soldiers deployed on borders that entire country stands by them, salute soil of border and take pledge not to let martyrdom of Shaheed go waste and to be always ready to sacrifice everything for the sake of country.
The Chief Minister handed over National Flag to the team. It was informed that this team comprising 130 girls will visit Wagha and Hussainiwala borders. Girls of 17 districts of Madhya Pradesh comprise the team. ADGP Shri Rajiv Tandon and Director Sports & Youth Welfare Shri Upendra Jain were also present on the occasion.


Work with spirit to provide liberal relief to farmers
Bhopal: March 23, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that he wishes to provide liberal relief to farmers in view of losses due to hailstorm. Officers should work with this spirit. The Chief Minister also directed to increase relief on loss to crops of spices and isabgol upto Rs. 26 thousand per hectare and provide compensation on loss of orange crop at the rate of per tree. Shri Chouhan was addressing a high-level meeting for providing relief to hailstorm-affected farmers at his residence here today. He directed for proper survey of crop loss. He said that orders regarding relief should be issued immediately so that there is clarity about distribution of relief in affected areas and the process can be started soon. Till late night, the Chief Minister held discussions with senior officers on various alternatives for giving relief and directed to issues necessary directives to all concerning departments.
The Chief Minister said that he had toured most of affected districts and held discussions with farmers. Shri Chouhan said that losses of farmers must be compensated at every cost. Government should adopt humanitarian approach to provide relief. He said that a farmer works very hard to grow crops. Under such circumstances, government will adopt fully liberal approach to compensate their losses.
Shri Chouhan said that farmers have full trust in the government. This trust will increase when people and government machinery will undertake survey of crop loss jointly. This will also minimize mistakes generally committed in distribution of relief. Shri Chouhan informed that farmers are satisfied with sensitive efforts of state government. He directed that claims and objections will be accepted after survey and any error in it will be immediately corrected. The meeting was informed that 2.50 lakh hectare area has suffered heavy loss affecting 2 lakh farmers. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and senior officers of concerning departments attended the meeting.


Top priority to helping farmers tide over crisis
Bhopal: March 23, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that every possible assistance will be given to farmers affected by untimely rains and hailstorm. Farmers should not worry as it is first priority of the state government to help them tide over this crisis at any cost. The Chief Minister was addressing farmers after inspecting crops affected by untimely rains and hailstorm at village Bagdua in Sheopur and village Sowat in Ashok Nagar district today.
He inspected crop loss in the fields of Shri Ram Prakash Meena, Shri Nathulal Meena, Prahlad Meena and other farmers and fields of Shri Devi Singh Raghuvanshi, Shri Shivam, Shri Rajkumar Singh, Shri Ghanshyam, Shri Bhure Ram and Shri Chain Singh Sahu in Ashok Nagar district.
The Chief Minister said that farmer grows crops with hard work. He will not left alone to shed tears. He said survey of crop loss will be undertaken by staff of Agriculture, Revenue and Rural Development departments with the cooperation of affected village’s people jointly.He directed district administration to conduct survey with transparency and impartiality. Name of any eligible farmer should not be left out in any case. He said that farmers whose crops of wheat, mustard etc have suffered over 50 percent loss will be given compensation at the rate of Rs. 15 thousand per hectare by considering it 100 percent loss while Rs. 26 thousand per hectare relief will be given against loss to crops of maithi, coriander and other spices.
Shri Chouhan said that farmers whose crops have suffered over 50 percent loss will be provided wheat, rice and salt at the rate of Re. one per kg till next crop. He said the crop cutting exercise must be undertaken on mandatory basis so that farmers can get maximum benefit of crop insurance. He said that loans will not be recovered from affected farmers, their short-term loans will be converted to mid-term loans.
MP Shri Anoop Mishra said that the Chief Minister is the son of the soil that therefore realises pain of farmers. Sheopur MLA Shri Durgalal Vijay and Ashok Nagar MLA Shri Gopilal Jatav demanded maximum assistance.


Crop cutting experiment to start soon in hailstorm-affected areas
Bhopal: March 21, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that crop cutting experiment will be started at the earliest to provide benefit of crop insurance scheme to farmers whose crops have been affected by hailstorm and untimely rains. He said that loans will not be recovered from affected farmers whose crops have suffered over 50 percent loss. Short-term loans will be converted to mid-term ones and interest will be paid by government. Affected farmers will be provided loans at zero percent interest for seeds and fertilizers.
The Chief Minister was addressing farmers after taking stock of crop loss at Sihora and Sehore Madaka in Seoni district today. He visited affected areas and inspected crop loss.
The Chief Minister said that farmers need not worry. Survey work is continuing on a large scale with total transparency. Loss of over 50 percent will be treated as 100 percent loss. Lists of surveys will be displayed at Gram Panchayat buildings for people to see. Anyone can register objection to lists and make suggestions. Survey will be undertaken afresh, if needed.
The Chief Minister said that the state government has arranged Rs. 500 crore to help affected farmers. More funds will be given, if needed. All steps will be taken to provide benefit of crop insurance to farmers due to which losses will be compensated to a large extent. Last year, farmers were provided Rs. 2187 crore crop insurance amount, which is maximum in the country. He said that farmers suffering over 50 percent loss will be given compensation at the rate of Rs. 15 thousand per hectare while Rs. 26 thousand per hectare relief will be given against loss to crops of vegetables and spices.
The Chief Minister said that relief of Rs. 1.50 lakh will be given on death of person, Rs. 16 thousand 500 on death of animal and Rs. 10 thousand on loss of small animal. Separate relief will be given against damage to house, roof tiles, etc. Rs. 25 thousand will be given for marriages of daughters of farmers who have suffered 100 percent loss. They will be provided wheat, rice and salt at the rate of Re. one per kg till next crop.
Consoling farmers, the Chief Minister said that we will overcome this crisis unitedly and assistance and relief to farmers will not be curtailed.
CM inspects crop loss in Satna district too Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan took stock of crop loss in farmers’ fields at villages Kuwan, Babupur and Pawaiyya in Raghuraj Nagar tahasil of Satna district today. At Pawaiyya, he inspected wheat crop of Nagendra Singh, gram crop of Amar Singh and Masoor crop of Arun Singh. He was accompanied by Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla.
Addressing farmers after inspection, Shri Chouhan said that government will give full compensation to them. Crop insurance benefit will also be provided. He gave detailed information to affected farmers about assistance being given by government.


Affected farmers to get Rs. 25 thousand for daughter’s marriage
Bhopal: March 21, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that farmers affected by hailstorm will be given Rs. 25 thousand for marriage of daughter. This facility will continue till next crop. Shri Chouhan was addressing hailstorm-affected farmers at village Gurawar in Shivpuri district today. He was accompanied by Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh and Commerce & Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia.
The Chief Minister said that the state government has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with farmers whenever any calamity struck them. He said that crop insurance benefit worth Rs. 2127 crore has been made available to farmers. He said that farmers are in crisis again this time. The state government is standing by them to deal with situation. He said that loan recovery has been suspended from farmers whose over 50 percent crop has been affected. Till next crop, they would be provided wheat and rice at the rate of Re. one per kg. If a farmer has any objection about survey, then survey of his crop will be done again.
Soon after reaching village Gurawar, the Chief Minister took stock of crop loss in the fields of Devendra Singh and Tara Singh. He assured that full compensation will be given against damaged crops.


Distinguished villagers also to be involved in survey work
Bhopal: March 19, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that distinguished villagers will also be involved in survey of losses to crops due to hailstorm to curb irregularities in the work. Shri Chouhan was addressing farmers of village Poonchhari in Morena district today. He was accompanied by Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, Minister of State for GAD Shri Lal Singh Arya and MP Shri Anoop Mishra.
The Chief Minister directed collectors to keep watch over survey. He said that 5 people of the village where survey will be undertaken will be involved in it, who will assist survey team. Later, objections raised regarding survey list pasted at Gram Panchayat building will also be disposed of by the villagers included in survey team.
The Chief Minister said that government’s top priority at present is to solve farmers’ problems in this hour of crisis. Referring to relief to affected farmers, he said that they would be given compensation of Rs. 15 thousand per hectare while Rs. 26 thousand per hectare relief will be given on loss of vegetable crops. He said that affected farmers’ short-term loans will be converted to medium-term ones and state government will also pay interest. He said that farmers will be provided loans at zero percent interest rate for next crop and they would not be considered defaulters.
The Chief Minister said that crop cutting exercise must be undertaken during survey so that farmers can get benefit of crop insurance. On reaching village Poonchhari, Shri Chouhan visited fields to take stock of damage suffered by crops due to hailstorm. He inspected crop losses in the fields of Munna Gaur and Bhajju Jatav and consoled them that state government stands by them in this hour of crisis.


Don’t shed tears, I am here to help
Bhopal: March 19, 2015
When Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited village Daru in Neemuch district to take stock of isabgol crops destroyed by hailstorm, farmer Kanwarlal could not hold back his tears while narrating his agony to CM. Shri Chouhan embraced the farmer and told him, “Don’t shed tears, I am here to help you”.
In the field of Kanwarlal, the Chief Minister talked to officers regarding assessment of loss to isabgol crops caused by hailstorm.
At village Daru, Shri Chouhan took stock of loss to isabgol crops of woman farmer Prem Bai Patidar and Dalu Ram Teli in their fields.
During discussions with farmers, he assured them every possible assistance to them.


Distribution of remaining forest right letters should be completed by June
Bhopal: March 18, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that remaining forest right letters should be distributed by June 2015. A meeting of Tribal Advisory Council chaired by Chief Minister Shri Chouhan decided that teachers of English, maths and science in schools under Tribal Welfare Department will not be deployed in any work other than teaching.
The Chief Minister said that rules about cutting of trees on land belonging to tribals should simplified and made practical. Limit of trees to be cut during one year should be increased from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 10 lakh. He directed to solve cases pertaining to reserved forests on private land, revenue villages and forest villages should be solved within time-limit. He directed to ensure action in this regard holding a joint meeting of Forest and Revenue departments in the direction of the Chief Secretary.
The Chief Minister directed to prepare a proposal for considering alternative arrangements for teaching work on reserved posts till availability of candidates of reserved classes. He directed to intensify recruitment campaign to fill up reserved posts. Shri Chouhan informed that he would go among farmers whose crops have been affected by natural calamity. Government is making efforts for effective assistance to farmers.
Tribal Welfare Minister Shri Gyan Singh, Minorities, Denotified, Nomadic and Semi Nomadic Tribes Welfare Minister Shri Antar Singh Arya, Council’s Member MLAs Sarvshri Bail Singh Bhuria, Nagar Singh Chouhan, Rajendra Dadu, Champalal Deora, Sajjan Singh Uikey, Ram Pyare Kulaste, Pandit Singh Dhurve, Omprakash Dhurve, Jai Singh Marawi, Smt. Pramila Singh and Smt. Nandini Marawi were attended the meeting.


Govt. to extend full cooperation to urban bodies for cities’ comprehensive development
Bhopal: March 18, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged newly elected Mayors to take pledge for comprehensive development of cities. The state government will extend every possible cooperation for rebuilding of cities. He said that the financial cooperation given to urban bodies in the state is an example before entire country. He urged urban bodies for effective use of funds provided by the state government for effective implementation of its schemes. The Chief Minister said that institutional arrangements should be made separately for this. The Chief Minister said that good governance is top priority of the government. The Chief Minister was addressing convention of newly elected Mayor at Paryavaran Parisar here today.
Describing cities as mirrors to development, Shri Chouhan said that institutional arrangements should be made for sanitation. He said that the state government will extend full financial cooperation. But urban bodies should also strengthen their financial resources.
The Chief Minister said that all departments will be directed to hold consultation of Mayors on all issues pertaining to urban development. He said that time has come now to live upto people’s expectations. Referring to urban development of Singapore, he said that everything is possible through strong willpower for hard work for development. If Mayors make up their minds to perform miracles, scenario of cities can be changed. He expressed happiness that Mayor have started innovations with self-inspiration.
Referring to Mukhyamantri Adhosanrachna Vikas Fund, Mukhyamantri Shahari Swachchhata Mission, Mukhyamantri Shahari Peyjal Yojana, Atal Ashray Yojana and other innovative schemes for changing face of cities, Shri Chouhan said that there is no dearth of funds for urban development. He urged Mayors that funds received from state government for urban development should be used in time with total transparency. Giving example of Sagar Municipal Corporation, he said that if corporators decide jointly then new paradigms of good governance in urban administration can be set.
Referring to housing facilities for the urban poor, Shri Chouhan urged Mayors to chalk out such schemes that illegal colonies do not come up. He said that slums can be got rid of only through providing constructed pucca houses. Until this arrangement is made, it would be inhuman to evacuate people from area they are living at for decades. It is the first duty after becoming Mayor that maximum efforts should be made to ensure prosperous life of urban poor. For this, all poverty alleviation schemes of state government should be implemented effectively. He urged Mayors that e-governance methods should be used upto maximum to end corruption in services like building permission.
Urban Development and Environment Minister Shri Kaialsh Vijayvargiya said that it is the prime responsibility for First Citizen of City to ensure planned development of city, increase income sources and coordinate with all departments of state and Central governments for welfare of cities. He said that the quantum of funds provided by the state government for urban infrastructure development is an example for entire country.
Principal Secretary Urban Administration Shri S.N. Mishra informed Mayors about state government’s ideology and vision about urban development. Discussions were also held on urban bodies’ fiscal management and their role in implementation of important schemes of state government. Water supply, public transport, skill development, sanitation, housing, infrastructure development, e-Nagar Palika etc. also came up for discussion.
Shri Chouhan released book “Bharat Main Nagriya Vikas – Madhya Pradesh Ke Sandarbh Main”, published by Local Bodies Training Institute.
Commissioner Urban Administration Shri Sanjay Shukla, Bhopal Mayor Shri Alok Sharma, newly elected Mayors of other Municipal Corporations in the state and Secretary to CM Shri Vivek Agrawal were also present on the occasion.


Gwalior to have global level Integrated Textile Apparel Zone
Bhopal: March 17, 2015
A global level Integrated Textile Apparel Zone will be completed at Gwalior by December 2016. It will be constructed on about 200 acres at cost of Rs. one thousand crore and provide jobs to over 30 thousand people. Women will also get employment opportunities. Various companies are participating in construction of this zone.
Draft of action plan for the project was handed over to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan by representatives of these companies at his residence here today. For this, cooperation will be sought under various schemes of Union Ministries for Textiles and Union Micro & Small Industries.
The Chief Minister said that the state government will extend maximum infrastructural assistance. He said that the state government is committed to state’s economic growth and will fully encourage new projects through its industry-friendly policies. Under investment promotion policy, they would be provided basic facilities like power, water and land.
The zone will produce grey fabric, technical textile, home finishing and yarn dyeing fabric. In the zone, factory will be constructed on 75 acres, automation unit and residential facilities on 15 acres and fibre finishing and waste treatment plant will be constructed on 115 acres. Ultramodern technology will be used for the first time in the world for manufacturing in this zone.
The zone will be constructed jointly by Pallav Group, Coimbatore, Theni Guru Krishna Textile, Smita Group, Priya Export, Prakash Cotex India, Arrow Cot Spinners, Periyar Amman Spinning, Asahi Filters Limited, L.M.P. Weavers, Thomas Textiles, Balavigna Weaving Mills and Saran Print Park.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, PS Industries Shri Mohammad Suleman, PS Urban Development Shri S.N. Mishra, Gwalior divisional commissioner Shri K.K. Khare and companies’ representatives Shri R. Jai Mohan, Shri S. Raja Shekhar and Shri V.S. Palanisamy were present on the occasion.


Govt. stands fully by farmers
Bhopal: March 17, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed for immediate survey of loss to crops due to recent hailstorm in villages of the state. He said that state government stands by farmers in this hour of crisis. He would himself visit hailstorm-affected areas from March 18. According to information received so far, over 1000 villages in 15 districts have suffered heavy damage among 1400 affected villages.

CM to undertake visits
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan will visit hailstorm-affected villages from March 18. On March 18, he will visit affected villages in Neemuch, Mandsaur, Ujjain, Shajapur and Rajgarh districts. In later days, he will also visit all the districts affected by hailstorm.
At the meeting late this evening here today, the Chief Minister reviewed losses due to hailstorm. He said that staff of Revenue, Agriculture and Panchayats departments should be included in joint survey teams. Information about assessment of losses should be displayed on notice boards of Panchayats. Damage to crops stacked in barns after harvesting should also be assessed and compensation against it should also be paid.
Main points of review
CM Shri Chouhan reviewed losses due to hailstorm.
Joint teams of 3 departments will undertake accurate survey in affected villages.
Compensation will also be given of harvested crops in barns/fields suffered damage/rot.
Losses to crops of isabgol and coriander will also be compensated.
Survey will be undertaken with humane and fair approach.
CM to visit hailstorm-affected villages from March 18.

The Chief Minister made it clear that fair approach should be adopted in assessment of losses. Figures of survey should not be more or less but accurate. He also said that state government will stand by farmers in this hour of crisis even if it has to suspend any other work.
The meeting was informed that mainly crops of wheat and gram along with isabgol and coriander have suffered damage in affected villages. All these crops will be included in compensation.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, PS to CM Shri S.K. Mishra, PS Agriculture Shri Rajesh Rajora and PS Revenue Shri Arun Tiwari attended the meeting.


MoU signed between MP Medical Alumni Association of North America and Medical Education Department
Bhopal: March 16, 2015
In the presence of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, an MoU was signed between MP Medical Alumni Association of North America and Medical Education Department here today. This will facilitate exchange of modern medical techniques and health facilities. The association has about 1100 doctors from Madhya Pradesh.
The Chief Minister said that the MoU will benefit Madhya Pradesh. Constant efforts are being made to improve medical facilities in the state. Free treatment, medicines and pathological tests are being done in state’s government hospitals. He said that he considers education, medicines, food, clothing and housing as fundamental rights of people. Facilities are being provided to state’s people keeping this in view. The government has given facility of free treatment of swine flu in private hospitals. Health Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra informed that 8 lakh people are provided free medicines daily in the state.
Dr. Devendra Shrivastava of MP Medical Alumni Association of North America informed that the association decided to enter into an MoU with Madhya Pradesh on being impressed after meeting Chief Minister during his America visit and his speech. Under it, association’s member coming to Madhya Pradesh will provide specialist medical facilities. They would upgrade techniques and libraries in medical colleges. The MoU was signed by President of Association Dr. Devendra Shrivastava and Principal Secretary Medical Education Shri Ajay Tirkey. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra were also present on the occasion.


Government stands by farmers in this hour of crisis
Bhopal: March 16, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that survey should be started immediately in the villages affected by recent hailstorm in the state. He said that state government stands by farmers in their hour of crisis. The Chief Minister will himself visit hailstorm-affected areas.
The Chief Minister undertook review of loss to crops due to hailstorm. He directed that staff of Revenue, Agriculture and Panchayats departments should be included in joint survey teams. Assessment about crop loss during survey should be displayed at Panchayats. The Chief Minister directed to postpone Antyodaya Melas for time being in view of untimely rains and hailstorm.
It was informed that 450 villages of 14 districts have been affected by hailstorm in the state. Wheat and gram crops have been affected in these villages. The meeting was also informed about loss to crops of isabgol (spogel) and coriander in Neemuch and Mandsaur districts. Assistance under 6-4 of Revenue Book of Circulars is also given on loss to these crops. Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, Health Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretaries to CM Shri Iqbal Singh Bains and Shri S.K. Mishra, Principal Secretary Agriculture Shri Rajesh Rajora and Principal Secretary Revenue Shri Arun Tiwari also attended the meeting.


Movement necessary for conservation of lifeline Narmada river
Bhopal: March 14, 2015
Energy & Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla has said that the issue of environmental conservation coupled with development has always been challenging. Shri Shukla stressed the need for launching mass movement for environmental conservation, specially Narmada river’s conservation. The Minister was addressing a one-day state-level workshop on “Role of NGOs in Conservation of Narmada River through Sustainable Farming” held by Madhya Pradesh Jan-Abhiyan Parishad here today. Magsaysay Awardee and eminent environmentalist and water conservation expert Shri Rajendra Singh was also present on the occasion.
The Minister said that Narmada river is considered lifeline of Madhya Pradesh. Existence of Narmada is linked with existence of the state. Shri Shukla stressed the need for adopting message of water and energy conservation in practical life. Shri Shukla said that Madhya Pradesh has carved out an identity in organic farming in the country in recent years. Madhya Pradesh has 40 percent share in country’s total organic farming. He laid emphasis on promoting organic farming in specially in villages on the banks of Narmada. He said that conservation of tributaries of Narmada is also essential. He urged representatives of organisations linked with Jan-Abhiyan Parishad to create awareness about it in society.
Water conservation expert Shri Rajendra Singh said that conservation of rivers has been mainstay of ancient Indian culture. India remained world guru as long as water, women and rivers were respected in the country. He said that due to Narmada river, Madhya Pradesh is known as natural resources rich state in the country. Shri Singh said that every citizen of the state should resolve to prevent flow of filthy effluents to Narmada and all other rivers in the state. State’s rivers will remain clean and conserved only through it. He criticized construction of big dams on rivers in the name of development. He said that we must understand natural science of rivers. Development will be sustainable and free of destruction if we ensure development in tandem with nature. Shri Singh stressed the need for enlightening and organizing society for river conservation work. He highlighted role of government, society and seers in reviving rivers. He also referred to recent natural disasters.
Vice-President of Jan-Abhiyan Parishad Shri Pradeep Pandey said that harmony can be maintained in society only through creative values. He informed about works to be undertaken in future for conservation of Narmada river. At the outset, Executive Director of Jan-Abhiyan Parishad Shri Umesh Sharma informed that the organisation has been doing Narmada conservation work since 2009. Narmada river flows through 16 districts and 51 development blocks in the state. There are 1107 ghats, 766 nullahs, 263 ashrams and 290 temples on the banks of Narmada. Shri Sharma also informed about Parishad’s activities.
Chairman of Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board Shri N.P. Shukla also spoke on the occasion. District Coordinators of Jan-Abhiyan Parishad and representatives of voluntary organisations attended the workshop.


Be cautious towards change in weather
Bhopal: March 14, 2015
Intermittent rains are being experienced in some districts of the state. Therefore, all possible efforts should be made to save crops from possible damage. Wheat crop has been sown in the state in about 58 lakh hectares this year. Though there is considerable gap between sowing operations, but it will hardly affect the yield. Farmers have been advised to engage in farming operations only in accordance with adverse weather conditions.
Directorate of Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development has issued an advisory of farmers to undertake threshing soon after cutting of crops. It may be risky to stack cut crops in the field for long. Therefore, crops should be collected and kept at safe places at the earliest. Barns should be covered with tarpaulin. They should also be stacked away from power transformers.
According to the advisory, threshing should be done by forming small bunches to avoid moisture in harvested crop. Farmers should keep turning these bunches. If threshing has been completed, food grains should be safely stored. For this, containers should be made clean and bacteria-free before storage. According to the advisory, farmers should pay attention to weather forecasts while planning agriculture works. In this regard, the department is also sending SMSes to farmers.


6 more centres of pilgrimage included in Mukhyamantri Tirth-Darshan Yojana
Bhopal: March 13, 2015
As many as 2.50 lakh senior citizens have been given benefit of free journey to centres of pilgrimage under Mukhyamantri Tirth-Darshan Yojana in the state so far. On the lines of Madhya Pradesh’s scheme, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand have also implemented similar schemes.
During current year, about 1.50 lakh senior citizens will visit various centres of pilgrimages under the scheme. Now, Ayodhya, Mathura, Prayag, Ganga Sagar, St. Thomas Church Kerala and sant Kabir’s birthplace Lahartara have also been included in the scheme. This was informed at a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa was also present on the occasion.
Shri Chouhan said that constant efforts should be made to further improve the scheme. Quality of food and other facilities provided to pilgrims during journeys should be tested from time to time. He said that special attention should be paid to security of senior citizens during journeys. Doctors should be present in the train. Efforts should be made Minister-level office-bearers of corporations/boards should also accompany pilgrims during journeys.
The meeting decided to increase grant for journey to Kailash Mansarovar from Rs. 30 thousand to Rs. 50 thousand. The meeting also decided to relax age-limit of disabled persons under the scheme. The meeting was informed that development blocks in districts and zones in cities have been made units. A gazetted officer is being sent with every journey. Under the scheme, pilgrims have been sent to centres of pilgrimage in 259 trains. Feedback is sought from pilgrims after every journey.
Principal Secretary Culture Shri Manoj Shrivastava and Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra also attended the meeting.


“Maa Tujhe Pranam” Yojana
Bhopal: March 13, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed that maximum number of youths should be sent on journeys to country’s borders under “Maa Tujhe Pranam” Yojana. Year-long journeys should be planned by chalking out a calendar excluding months of rainy season and exams. Shri Chouhan reviewed “Maa Tujhe Pranam” Yojana here today.
The Chief Minister said that objective of the scheme is to inculcate spirit of patriotism among youths. He referred to his discussions with youths returning after visiting border areas of the country. He informed that after returning from visits, youths are filled with new vigour and sentiments and sense of respect towards soldiers and love for nation.
He stressed the need for giving opportunity of journey under the scheme to meritorious talents of various fields. He directed to ensure participation of maximum number of people, specially adolescent girls and boys in the scheme through transparent process. New venues should also be identified in tandem with Border Security Force, Indo-Tibet Police Force and infantry.
The meeting was informed that teams comprising 73 girls will be sent on journey in the last week of March during 2015. Under the scheme, teams visited Kargil, Leh, Drass and R.S. Pura in Jammu-Kashmir, Hussainiwala and Wagha border in Punjab, Longowal, Tanot Mata Ka Mandir in Rajasthan and Kochi in Kerala.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, CM’s OSD Shri Rajiv Tandon, Secretary Sports & Youth Welfare Shri Amit Rathore and Director Sports Shri Upendra Jain were also present.


Development possible only through people’s participation
Bhopal: March 12, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh is developing at fastest rate in the country. He said that government alone cannot ensure development if people do not participate in the process.
Shri Chouhan was talking to tourists from Kerala at his residence here today. Shri Chouhan said that country will progress automatically if Kerala and Madhya Pradesh learn from each other and move ahead.
Referring to schemes with people’s partnership, Shri Chouhan said that a government is successful when all people of the state are happy and healthy. He said that Indian philosophy wishes everyone’s happiness and welfare.
The state government is working towards this direction. Shri Chouhan invited the tourists to Simhastha 2016.


Now, Rs. 50 thousand to couples under disabled persons marriage incentive scheme
Bhopal: March 12, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan blessed 51 newly wed disabled couples at a function for mass marriage of disabled persons at Hoshangabad today. He announced that assistance under CM’s disabled persons’ marriage scheme will be increased from Rs. 25 thousand to Rs. 50 thousand. He said that the increased amount will also be given to couples who tied nuptial knots at today’s function.
The Chief Minister lauded holding of disabled persons’ mass marriage function by district administration. He said that such events will also be held in all districts of the state.
The Chief Minister said that every possible assistance for employment will be extended to the couples married at today’s function. He said that apart from self-employment, the disabled couples will also be provided 6 percent reservation in government jobs. Shri Chouhan said that Director of Narmada Apna Hospital Dr. Rajesh Sharma has announced to give jobs to 5 disabled persons married at today’s function. Directors of other establishments should also take initiative to provide jobs to these disabled persons.
PWD Minister Shri Sartaj Singh said that this unique function might be first of its kind in the country. Madhya Pradesh is proud that government under Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan is always ready to extend assistance to the poor and girls.
Presiding over the function Vidhan Sabha Speaker Dr. Sitasaran Sharma said that mass marriage function of disabled persons under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana has been held on a grand scale today. He said that state government’s welfare schemes have been replicated by a number of other states of the country. MP Shri Udai Pratap Singh expressed gratitude towards the Chief Minister for this unique initiative for protection of girls. He said that Kanyadan Yojana is not only popular in the state, but also in the whole country.
Commissioner Shri V.K Batham said that division-level mass marriage function of disabled persons is first in the state and country where marriages of 51 disabled couples have been solemnized. Nikahs are also being held in the function. One inter-caste marriage was also solemnized. Social workers and Atal Bal Palaks have also extended cooperation in holding the function.
Rs. 2 lakh cheque to couple for inter-caste marriage The Chief Minister gave away cheque of Rs. 2 lakh as incentive to the only inter-caste couple who got married at today’s function. He wished successful married life to the couple. CM Shri Chouhan performs Kanyadan At the function, Pandit Somesh Parsai performed marriages of 50 girls with Vedic rituals. Shri Chouhan performed ritual of Kanyadan.
Under the scheme, both brides and bridegrooms were separately given Rs. 50 thousand each. Under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana, Rs. 10 thousand fixed deposit receipts in the names of brides and bridegrooms, Rs. 2 lakh to inter-caste couple, disability certificates and marriage registration certificates were given away. Nisar and Hina become life partners
A Muslim disabled couple also got married under Mukhyamantri Nikah Yojana. Shahr Qazi Ashfaq Ali solemnized marriage of Nisar Khan and Hina Khan with Muslim rituals. Souvenir “Sanjog” and magazine Yuva Uddyami released Chief Minister Shri Chouhan released souvenir “Sanjog”. He also released magazine “Yuva Uddyami”.
MLA Shri Vijaypal Singh, Hoshangabad Nagar Palika President Shri Akhilesh Khandelwal, former MLA Shri Madhukar Harne, former Chairman of Gaupalan Board Shri Shiv Chaube, Itarsi Nagar Palika Chairman Smt. Sudha Agrawal and other local public representatives were present on the occasion.


Preventive measures for swine flu control must be continued
Bhopal: March 11, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that preventive measures for swine flu control must be continued in view of change in climate. Medicines should be available in adequate quantity. The Chief Minister gave these directives at a meeting of state coordination committee for swine flu control here today. He decided to continue treatment of swine flu patients in private hospitals under CM’s Discretionary Fund till March 31. Earlier, this facility was given upto March 15 to poor swine flu patients unable to bear expenses on their treatment in private hospitals. It was informed that number of swine flu patients visiting hospitals for test has decreased by 30 to 40 percent. Swine flu has been effectively controlled compared to other states as a result of continuous alertness. Lives of 1067 swine flue patients have been saved in the state.
The Chief Minister sought area-wise information about arrangements for swine flu treatment. He directed to increase awareness about sanitation. Temiflu should be available in adequate quantity in centres set up for testing of swine flu. The medicine should also be made available in hospitals in nearby areas of major cities. Special attention should also be paid that doctors and paramedical staff engaged in swine flu treatment are not infected by it.
The meeting was informed that samples of 3555 patients were obtained in the state from January 1 till date of which 1,461 were found positive. In government and private hospitals, 1,067 patients cured from disease and 200 patients are undergoing treatment. At Bhopal, Gwalior and Jabalpur, 200 swine flu samples are being tested everyday. For treatment, 550 screening centres have been set up. Two lakh 50 thousand Temiflu tablets have been made available to private and government hospitals in the state. These are enough to meet requirements till March 31. Meanwhile, 1000 doctors and paramedical staff engaged in swine flu treatment have been vaccinated. Medicines and treatment materials are available in adequate quantity in the state. Helpline has been started in every district. Now, Health Department will launch state-wide health dialogue campaign. From March 16 to 31, as many as 90 thousand employees of Health Department and 980 Mamta Raths will visit door to door to make people aware about swine flue, dengue, malaria and diarrhoea. They will advise people for early treatment. The Chief Minister directed that apart from chalking out schemes, their effective implementation should also be ensured.
It was suggested at the meeting that medicine for Schedule X, under which the temiflu available only at government hospitals and some selected medical stores, should delete from schedule and made available to all medical stores. Doctors should be advised to refer patients with swine flu symptoms to concerning district hospitals or authorized private hospitals instead of treating themselves.
Principal Secretary Health Shri Praveer Krishna informed that first case of swine flu came to light in 2009. This time, the disease has spread with three-fold more intensity. It has affected 22 states and caused 332 deaths in Gujarat, 321 in Rajasthan and 201 in Maharashtra. In Madhya Pradesh, 193 patients have died. He said that most of deaths occurred since treatment of patients was much delayed. Maximum alertness is being ensured in the state. Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary Health undertake daily review of swine flu treatment. Review was undertaken even on the day of Holi.
Principal Secretary Medical Education Shri Ajay Tirkey, Commissioner Health Shri Pankaj Agrawal, Director Health, Joint Directors Health posted in all districts and representatives of private hospitals and health organisations were present on the occasion.


Shaurya Dals to be constituted in all districts of MP
Bhopal: March 9, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Shaurya Dals will be constituted in all districts of Madhya Pradesh. Presently, Shaurya Dals exist in 20 districts. He said that Mahila Panchayat will be held at Bhopal in ensuing April. The Chief Minister was addressing International Women’s Day function here today.
The Chief Minister said that Rs. 51 thousand each under Lado Abhiyan will be given to girls who have been felicitated today for preventing their child marriage. Society and government should work in tandem to curb discrimination against girls. An atmosphere should be created where birth of a girl child is celebrated. This Abhiyan is working towards changing mindsets in Madhya Pradesh. Abhiyan has been lauded at both national and international levels. Women’s empowerment should be in mission mode. There should be stricter legal provisions to punish gender crimes. He called for a debate in the country on death sentence to rapist.
Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Maya Singh said that women can be empowered by making them self-reliant. A number of schemes have been implemented for women’s empowerment in the state. Benefit of Ladli Laxmi Yojana has been extended to 19 lakh girls in the state so far. Under Lado Abhiyan, 51 thousand child marriages have been prevented. CM’s Community Leadership Development Programme is being launched. Integrated efforts need to be done for women’s security.
At the function, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan gave away Rani Avanti Bai Gallantry Award for year 2014 to Ku. Shyamu Bai of village Dodi in Agar district, Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia Social Service Award to Smt. Sukanya Bai of village Kundarpura in Chhatarpur district, Mukhyamantri Nari Samman Puraskar to Smt. Pushpa Mehta and Smt. Uma Yadav of Bhopal. He also felicitated girls preventing their child marriages under Lado Abhiyan, outstanding ASHA workers and members of best Shaurya Dals. A souvenir focusing on Jawahar Bal Bhavan was also released at the function. Beneficiaries of Shaurya Dals, CM’s Women’s Empowerment Programme, Lado Abhiyan and Tejaswini programme shared their experiences. Children of Jawahar Bal Bhavan presented a dance drama. A film focusing on women’s empowerment was also screened. MP Shri Alok Sanjar, MLA Shri Vishwas Sarang and DGP Shri Surendra Sinh were also present on the occasion. Principal Secretary Women and Child Development Shri J.N. Kansotiya informed about departmental activities. Commissioner Women’s Empowerment Smt. Kalpana Shrivastava through light on programme’s outlines.


CM Shri Chouhan overwhelmed by strength of Shaurya Dal
Bhopal: March 9, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan got overwhelmed by strength of Shaurya Dal. Congratulating Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Maya Singh and her team, he assured to develop a Madhya Pradesh where everyday is dedicated to girls instead on just one day. The Chief Minister expressed happiness after watching a presentation at main function of International Women’s Day here today focusing on Shaurya Dal and women coming out of four walls of household to work for society.
Sukhrania Devi is a tribal woman of village Kundarpura in Chhatarpur district. She informed that women of the village were disturbed by alcoholism of manfolk. She along with other members of Shaurya Dal demolished liquor distillery and imposed total prohibition in the village. Similarly, she forced teacher of village school to attend classes regularly and punctually and ensured that anganwadi is opened at right time. Not only this, she also saved a girl from being sold. She has been conferred state government’s Vijaya Raje Scindia Award.
Ku. Shyamu Bai Bais is a student of B.A. Final. Had she not shown courage, she might have been a victim of child marriage. She opposed her child marriage solemnized in year 2005 and refused to go to her in-laws’ house. Her parents also got impressed by her courage. She not only refused going to her in-laws’ house, but also got her marriage declared null and void through court. Shaurya Dal helped the girl in this task. For fighting against social evils, Shyamu Bai has been conferred Rani Avanti Bai Gallantry Award. Ku. Divya Rathore and Ku. Muskan Bhargava’s tales of child marriage are just one month old. These Indore girls prevented their own child marriages by moving application. Similar courage was shown by Bhuveneshwari Raikwar of Mandsaur district, Ku. Manju Vanshkar of Sehore district, Pinki Shukla of Anuppur, Kajal, Mangi Patidar, Jyoti, Anita, Mamta, Ranu Bhavsar Ahirwar of Anuppur district and Aarti Jat of Dewas who prevented their child marriages and got them declared void. Marriages of Jyoti of Mandsaur and Bharti Jat of village Singwada in Dewas district were being solemnized with grooms of over 50 years old persons. The Chief Minister felicitated all these girls on International Women’s Day.
The Chief Minister gave away letters of citation to Shaurya Dals for their outstanding works in 20 districts of the state. The Chief Minister felicitated Shaurya Dals of Manzur Nagar in Chhatarpur district, Mohadi in Balaghat district, Shastri ward of Betul, Bhagirathpura in Indore, Rani Durgawati Ward of Mandla, village Padariya Kalan in Panna, Aliwara in Raisen, ward number 16 of Hoshangabad, Manna-Pipliya in Dewas, Parsen in Raisen district, Dhunyu in Chhatarpur, village Barga in Dindori, village Madhopura in Mandla, village Thauna in Tikamgarh, Gopal Ganj Ward of Sagar, Tilekheri in Vidisha, village Sewra and Badghati in Sehore. Village Rampuriya in Rajgarh, ward number 63 Shanti Nagar of Bhopal, Churari in Tikamgarh, Durga Nagar Bhateela in Jabalpur and Badakhor in Morena district for outstanding social reform works.


100 organisations greet CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal: March 7, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that he would continue to work for maximum welfare of state’s people. Public-oriented schemes implemented in Madhya Pradesh are social justice schemes. Programmes will continue to be implemented for welfare of women, farmers, economically backward people and business class. A Kisan Panchayat will be held soon. The Chief Minister was addressing representatives of various sections of society, workers of organisations and public representatives who came to greet him on his birthday at CM House here today. On the occasion, birthday greetings were extended to Shri Chouhan on behalf of about 100 organisations. Representatives of various religions also blessed Shri Chouhan. Chief Minister’s wife Smt. Sadhana Singh was also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that he regards his birthday as resolve day. Shri Chouhan said that people are his life. He feels pain when a citizen of the state if pricked by thorn in the foot. Shri Chouhan said that allegations are imposed against him due to his popularity, but he is not worried about them. The Chief Minister assured that decorum has been fully maintained in public life. Those who visited CM House to greet Shri Chouhan included former CM Shri Kailash Joshi, former MP Shri Kailash Sarang, Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, Bhopal MP Shri Alok Sanjar, Bhopal Mayor Shri Alok Sharma, MLAs Shri Surendra Nath Singh, Shri Rameshwar Sharma and Shri Vishwas Sarang, Bhopal Municipal Corporation’s Chairman Shri Surjeet Singh Chouhan, former Mayor Smt. Krishna Gaur, Shri Om Yadav, Shri Ramdayal Prajapati and Shri Ramkishan Chouhan were also present on the occasion.
At the outset, former MP Shri Kailash Sarang while described Shri Chouhan as unique Chief Minister said that he will have a special place in the history since he has cared about every section’s welfare. Guests at the programme garlanded the Chief Minister. Large number of workers were present in the function. Process of visitors coming to greet Chief Minister Shri Chouhan continued from morning till late night.


Rs. 80 crore for Kolar sewage system
Bhopal: March 7, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced Rs. 80 crore for construction of sewage system in Kolar area. He said that Kolar town should be named after Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. Shri Chouhan was addressing foundation laying function of Kolar drinking water pipeline project costing Rs. 52 crore here today. Former Chief Minister Shri Kailash Joshi was also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that he would not breach the love, affection and trust shown by Kolar’s people. He said that people of Kolar will get piped water in their houses from next year. All requirements regarding development of Kolar area will be fulfilled. Two new bridges, 2 roads and mini stadium will be constructed. He said that the state government has undertaken works with humanitarian approach. Constant efforts are being made to ensure that everyone gets a roof. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has resolved that every person will have his own house by year 2022. Shri Chouhan said that his birthday is the day of resolve for him. His motto is that girls should not be considered as burden, but boon in the state, youths should not visit door-to-door for employment, no one is deprived of education and treatment due to shortage of money and his every breath is for welfare of state’s people. On the occasion, Shri Chouhan also extended Holi greetings.
MP Shri Alok Sanjar said that there is no difference between sayings and deeds of the state government. River of development is flowing in the state. The government is looking after interests of all, right from children to senior citizens.
Bhopal Mayor Shri Alok Sharma said that municipal corporation will do all works to ensure sanitation, beautification and development of Bhopal city. He said that after elections, the municipal corporation has done the first work of implementing drinking water scheme for Kolar.
MLA Shri Rameshwar Sharma said that the state government has given everything desired by people of the area. The state government is cooperating in every sector including marriages of girls, meals, clothes, houses, education and health facilities.
Earlier, MLA Shri Rameshwar Sharma tied turban and welcomed Chief Minister Shri Chouhan Municipal Corporation Chairman Shri Surjeet Singh Chouhan proposed a vote of thanks. Madhya Pradesh Gaan was also recited. Members of Municipal Corporation MIC corporators and people of Kolar in large number were present on the occasion.


CM Shri Chouhan inaugurated police housing complex at Indore
Bhopal: March 5, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated newly constructed police housing complex costing Rs. 17 crore 56 lakh at Rau in Indore today. The complex constructed by Madhya Pradesh Police Housing Corporation has 180 houses for police personnel. The Chief Minister also inspected the complex.
The Chief Minister said that untiring efforts are being made in the state to provide better facilities to police personnel. Large number of houses are also being constructed for them. He said that the state government are making efforts that police personnel discharge their duties in tension-free atmosphere.
DGP Shri Surendra Sinh, ADGP Shri Rajiv Tandon, Corporation’s MD Shri Sanjay Rana, MLAs Sarvshri Mahendra Hardia and Shri Rajesh Sonkar, DIG Shri Rakesh Gupta and Collector Shri Akash Tripathi were present on the occasion.


All-India Kirar Kshatriya Mahasabha’s President meets CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal: March 5, 2015
All-India Kirar Kshatriya Mahasabha’s newly elected President Shri Shivaji Patel along with Samaj’s delegation paid a courtesy visit to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today.
He presented a bouquet to the Chief Minister.
Shri Chouhan congratulated Shri Patel on being elected. MLA Shri Prahlad Bharti, MLA Shri Ramkishan Patel, former MLA Shri Ramkishan Chouhan, National Secretary Shri Pradeep Chouhan etc. were present on the occasion.


CM Shri Chouhan launches pulse polio campaign by administering dose to children
Bhopal: March 2, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched pulse polio campaign by administering polio drops to children here today. The Chief Minister said that 2 drops of pulse polio are drops of life.
Shri Chouhan lauded contribution of doctors, World Health Organization, other voluntary, social and political organization and public representatives for efforts to make India polio-free.
Rotary International’s Programme Director Dr. H. Basu, Director Health Dr. Navneet Kothari, Director NHRM Shri Faiz Ahmad Kidwai, Dr. Santosh Shukla and Dr. Veena Sinha were also present on the occasion.


Lord Ram is identity of India: Chief Minister Shri Chouhan
Bhopal: March 2, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Lord Ram is the moving spirit of India. Lord Ram is identity of Indian culture. He said that even today, common people of India imbibe moral education from Ramayana. People have memorized “chaupais” of Ramayana. Shri Chouhan said that Ramayana has cast deep impact not only on Indians, but also entire world, specially South Asian people. Shri Chouhan was addressing Ramayana lover audience before presentation of the epic by an art troupe from Cambodia under the series International Ramayana Mela at Bharat Bhavan here today. The series has been held by Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
Shri Chouhan lauded the council for holding International Ramayana Mela. He informed that the state government bears half of expenses on journey to Angkor Wat in Cambodia where Indian culture has been displayed on grand scale. It is noteworthy that Angkor Wat’s famous temples are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Episodes of Ramayana have been carved at inside walls of the temples. He said that now foreign artistes will also perform at Bharat Bhavan.
Union Foreign Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj said that Ramayana is the epic of human kind. It connects countries of the world. It is a guide for entire humanity. She said that an exhibition based on premises of Angkor Wat temples of Cambodia will be held at Bhopal. Describing Bhopal as cultural capital of India, she referred in detail to wide popularity of Ramayana in various countries. She informed that 8 lakh population of South Korea believes that their ancestors were natives of Ayodhya in India. Centre of Ramayana is being constructed in Mauritius.
Council’s President Shri Satish Chandra Mehta while informing about series of International Ramayana Mela informed that it was held in New Delhi from February 23 to 27. The council has decentralized cultural events. Ramayanas of 7 countries are being presented in 12 cities in the country. Bhopal has also been selected for the series. Cambodian artistes gave emotional presentation of Ramayana’s episodes.
Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, Principal Secretary Shri Manoj Shrivastava and large number of culture lovers were present on the occasion.


 
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