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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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