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No one will survive if farmers do not survive
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 27, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that no one will survive if farmers do not survive since country cannot function if farming dies down. This is the factual position. That is why the state government is committed to making agriculture profitable. The Chief Minister was addressing a farmers' convention at Shajapur today. He said that crop insurance worth Rs. 209 crore will be given to farmers of Shajapur district. Of this, Rs. 102 crore has been distributed.
The Chief Minister dedicated and laid foundation stones of development works costing over Rs. 71 crore at Shajapur. He announced Rs. 70 crore for construction of underground sewerage system at Shajapur. The Chief Minister said that the state government will provide built-up houses to the poor. In the first phase of this campaign, houses will be provided to 1000 poor families in Shajapur district. The Chief Minister also announced construction of new bus stand in the city. Shri Chouhan announced development Kanja Pahadi as industrial area. The Chief Minister also announced Rs. 94 lakh for separate shades for fruit and vegetable sellers and other infrastructure development works at Shajapur Krishi Upaj Mandi.
The Chief Minister said that survey work at Lakhundar and Kali Sindh river will be conducted soon so solve drinking water problem of people of Shajapur city. He said that rain gauge equipments will be installed at every village in the district.
Dialogue with farmers
The Chief Minister held direct dialogue with farmers at the convention. He said that the farmers who are well-to-do should pay bank loan and electricity bills. He informed about measures taken by the state government in the interest of farmers. Shri Chouhan put forth 6 proposals before farmers at the convention which would be implemented with their consent. Shri Chouhan said that Soil Health Cards will be distributed to all farmers by year 2017. He said that temporary power connections will be converted to permanent connections in next 2 and half years at a cost of Rs. 5000 crore. He announced 80 percent subsidy on solar irrigation pumps for farmers. Referring to amendment in Land Revenue Code, he said that now land can be leased out for farming for more than one year with mutual consent.
CM's city visit
The Chief Minister passed through roads of the city in open Jeep. He also apprised himself of people's problems. Minister in-charge of Shajapur district Shri Paras Jain, MP Shri Manohar Untwal and Shajapur MLA Shri Arun Bhimawad were also present on the occasion.

New system to be evolved to solve teachers problems: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 27, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that a new system would be evolved to solve teachers' problems. Discussion will also be held with teachers about quality of teaching. Shri Chouhan stated this during discussions a delegation of State Adhyapak Sangh's office-bearers and District Presidents who met the Chief Minister at CM House here today. He informed that process of discussions with various sections of society is being expanded. In this series, programmes for direct dialogue with teachers, students, working women etc. will also be held.
The Chief Minister said that atmosphere of harmony is necessary in teaching sector. Teachers of Adhyapak cadre should live with honour and respect and brighten future of students. He said that teachers are valuable for him since they build future generation. With this spirit, Karmi Culture has been abolished and Adhyapak cadre formulated. He said that whatever the state government for Adhyapak cadre, it has done it with spirit of duty. More welfare works for Adhyapaks will also be done with same spirit.
He said that at present, Rs. 8 thousand crore is being distributed from the state exchequer to drought relief farmers as relief, loans and electricity subsidy. Shri Chouhan said that action to solve to problems of Adhyapaks will be taken at the earliest after discussions the representatives of the Sangh. He said that arrangements will also be made for regular discussions with representatives of Adhyapaks so that their problems are solve regularly.
MLA Shri Murlidhar Patidar informed about discrepancy in Adhyapaks' increment and other demands. Newly appointed President of State Adhyapak Sangh Shri Jagdish Yadav said that Adhyapaks used to get only Rs. 500 per month in year 1995. Whatever Adhyapaks have now has been given by the existing state government. For this, Adhyapak Sandh and their family members would remain indebted. Welcome address was delivered by State Convener of Adhyapak Sangh. Shri Raghevendra Sohgaura proposed a vote of thanks. Programme was conducted by Shri Darshan Singh Choudhary.
Former Chairman of Gau-Samvardhan Board Shri Shiv Chaube, members of executive body of State Adhyapak Sangh Shri Bharat Bhargav, Shri Rajesh Elia, Shri Shailendra Tripathi, Shri Bhagwati Sharma, Shri Prabhu Ram Malviya, Shri Vipin Tiwari, Shri Pushpraj Singh Parmar, Shri Pushpendra Joshi, Shri Sukhendra Singh and Shri Akhilesh Chouhan were present on the occasion.

1000 houses to be constructed for poor families at Sehore city
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 26, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched housing scheme for urban poor from Sehore city. Under the scheme, thousand houses for 1000 poor urban families out of 2300 would be constructed in the first phase. For this, the Chief Minister announced Rs. 50 crore. Shri Chouhan participated Antyodaya Mela at Sehore today.
The Chief Minister said that the government is committed to extending benefits to poorest of the poor section first of all. Relief worth Rs. 113 crore has been sanctioned for drought affected farmers of Sehore district. After from drought affected farmers, this relief will also be given to farmers whose crops have suffered damage, but no proof of it has remained. Such farmers will be given relief on the basis of certificates issued by panchs.
He urged youths to set up small industries in their respective villages. This will provide jobs to other eligible youths and dependence on agriculture will also decrease. The government twill provide them facility of loan etc. and ensure their skill development training.
The Chief Minister lauded initiative of Sehore district administration to provide facility of competitive exams to students at same place and said that it would help students preparing for various competitive exams. The Chief Minister gave away cheques as a token to 20 beneficiaries of Saadhikhar Abhiyan. Cheques worth Rs. 33 crore 90 lakh were distributed under the scheme to 57 thousand 954 beneficiaries.
Statue of Thakur Durgadas Rathore unveiled
On the occasion of unveiling of statue of Thakur Durgadas Rathore, the Chief Minister said that he is a symbol of India's self-respect. The community in which he was born is also praiseworthy. The Chief Minister directed the collector to ensure that Durgadas Park should be beautified and developed. Shri Satish Rathore, Shri Atul Rathore, Shri Prince Rathore and representatives of the community were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister sought information from students about school activities at Swadesh Nagar and directed officers to solve people's problems. Soon after arrival, the Chief Minister visited Gurdwara at Ganga Ashram on greeted people on Prakash Parv. The Chief Minister handed over keys of 16 school vehicles under Mukhyamantri Yuva Swarozgar Yojana and beneficiaries of Urban Livelihoods Mission.
Minister in-charge of the district Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh said that there would be no hurdle in development works of the district. MP Shri Alok Sanjar, Zila Panchayat President Smt. Urmila Maretha, MLAs Sarvshri Sudesh Rai and Ranjit Singh Gunwan, other public representatives and large number of common people were present on the occasion.

Guru Nanak showed new direction to entire humanity
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 26, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan paid obeisance at Gurdwara at Hamidia Road here today.
At the programme, Shri Chouhan was felicitated with shawl and turban.
Extending greetings on Prakash Parv, the Chief Minister said that Guru Nanak Ji showed a new direction to humanity.
Welfare of country and state will be ensured by following his ideals. He prayed for progress and prosperity of country and state and state's people. We should do good works and follow path of righteousness with blessings of Guru.
He said that Prakash Parv will be celebrated at CM House on December 6. Mayor Shri Alok Sharma, MP Shri Alok Sanjar, BDA Chairman Shri Om Yadav, Shri Ramesh Sharma Guttu Bhaiyya and large number of devotees were present on the occasion.

CM Shri Chouhan extends Guru Nanak Jayanti greetings
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 25, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has extended greetings and best wishes to people of the state on Guru Nanak Jayanti.
In his message, the Chief Minister said that he spread light of social equality to remove darkness of social discrimination from the world.
He gave message of respect to all religions and community harmony for uniting entire humanity.
Shri Chouhan said that Guru Nanak Ji's messages are ever relevant.
Every person should follow them.

ITI to be opened at Chandla in Chhatarpur
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 25, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that farmers need not worry about crop loss since adequate drought relief is being given to them in the state. Relief worth Rs. 216 crore has been given to Chhatarpur district. The Chief Minister was addressing people at Sijai Dham Ashram in Lavkush Nagar tahasil in Chhindwara district today. He said that relief will be deposited in farmers' bank accounts soon. He directed district administration officers to deposit drought relief in farmers; bank accounts within 15 days.
The Chief Minister said that drought affected farmers will be provided wheat, rice and salt at the rate of Re. one per kg. Loans will not be recovered from them. One year's interest of loan will be borne by the state government. Assistance will also be given to affected farmers for marriages of their daughters.
The Chief Minister said that the state government will give 33 percent reservation to women in police and Forest Department and 50 percent in Education Department. Therefore, people should promote their daughters. In the state, government is extending loans to youths to set up small and cottage industries.
The Chief Minister said that ITI will be opened at Chandla. He announced upgradation of government middle school of village Muderi to high school, construct one more Gaushala and veterinary dispensary at village Sijai. He said that a Maha Panchayat to solve problems of Adhyapaks will be held at Bhopal on December 5.
The Chief Minister along with his wife and son participated in Pran Pratishtha programme of Lord Shiva at temple constructed recently by Parmanad Maharaj at Sijai Dham Ashram. He dedicated Samvid Gurukulam Vidyalaya established by Sadhvi Ritambhara. MLAs Shri R.D. Prajapati, Smt. Lalita Yadav, Zila Panchayat President Shri Rajesh Prajapati and former Minister Shri Ramkrishna Kusmaria were present on the occasion.

Water Festival at Hanuwantiya in Indira Sagar Dam in February
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 24, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that maximum opportunity should be given to tourists to participate in attractive tourism fairs in the state. Fairs should be organized as joy festivals. Shri Chouhan was reviewing preparations for mega 'Water Festival' to be held at Hanuwantiya in Indira Sagar Dam in February 2016. Minister of State for Tourism Shri Surendra Patwa and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that wide publicity should be made about Water Festival. Better transport facilities should be made available for access to venue of the event. He directed to explore possibilities of construction of airstrip. Directives were also given to include regional artistes and talents in cultural programmes to be held during Water Festival.
The Chief Minister was informed that maximum works to convert Hanuwantiya to tourism spot have been completed. Water Festival will be held in February 2016. Fair's basic theme would be 'entertainment on water and sand'. Arrangements of over 100 safe luxury tents will be made during festival. Besides, a 60-seater cruise and 30-seater cruise boat will also be available. Cruise excursion will be held from Handiya upto Joga Kila during Water Festival.
This 4-hour water journey will be 75 km long. Lunch will be provided at the fort. Besides, environmental trekking, cycling, adventure sports, parasailing, hot air balloon, lattern flying, kiting, tug of war, bullock cart race and stargazing programmes will also be held. During Utsav, craft bazaar of regional crafts and handloom will be put up. Colourful cultural programmes of song and music will also be held in the evening.
Secretary to CM and Tourism Shri Hari Ranjan Rao, OSD Shri Komal Singh and officers of Tourism Department attended the meeting.

CM Shri Chouhan inspects arrangements at Ijtema venue
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 24, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan inspected venue of 68th Alami Tablighi Ijtema at Intkheri near here today and apprised himself of arrangements. He said that this religious event is a matter of pride for Bhopal. Every possible assistance would be extended to organize it without any interruption and in well planned manner.
Inspecting the arrangements, the Chief Minister said that this congregation is world famous. It is prestigious for the state. It is matter of pride that this programme is held at Bhopal. He assured the organizers that there would be no difficulty in arrangements.
The Chief Minister sought information from Collector Shri Nishant Warwade about sanitation, power, drinking water, security, traffic and other arrangements at the venue. He expressed pleasure that organizers have put a ban on use of polythene, tobacco, bidi, cigarette, gutkha etc. at the venue. He said that this would give a positive message to society. He hoped that the programme will be held peacefully and in better way like every year with cooperation of volunteers.
It is informed that the programme will be held from November 28 to 30. Lakhs of people from country and abroad will attend it. As many as 10 lakh people are expected to participate the programme on its concluding day November 30. The organisers informed that necessary arrangements are being ensured with community participation.
MLA Shri Vishnu Khatri, IG Shri Yogesh Choudhary, DIG Dr. Raman Singh Sikarwar, other officers and members of the organizing committee were present on the occasion.

Solution to problem of climate change lies in Indian philosophy and lifestyle: Smt. Sushma Swaraj
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 23, 2015
Minister for External Affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj has said that solution to problem of climate change lies in Indian philosophy and lifestyle. She said that science of safeguarding nature is enshrined in Indian philosophy, lifestyle, traditions and culture. She said that solution to problems like global warming cannot be found unless lifestyle in accordance with Indian philosophy is not adopted. Therefore, these traditions and culture need to be revived to preserve nature.
She was addressing concluding function of 2-day national symposium on 'Global Warming and Climate Change - Towards Solution' at Vidhan Sabha conference hall here today. The symposium was organized jointly by EPCO, Narmada Samagra, Madhya Pradesh Jan Abhiyan Parishad and Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society (CECOEDECON) in the context of Simhastha-2016.
Smt. Swaraj said that the world is facing 2 major challenges of terrorism and climate change. Terrorism is attack of human beings on human race and climate change is the result of attack of human beings on nature. The attack began with start of industrialization in 18th century. Some developed countries who created crisis for Earth due to wanton race of development are now seeking its solution from all the countries.
Smt. Swaraj said that development made in artificial manner has become a problem for nature and it is an irony that its artificial solution is being searched. She said that solution cannot be found unless lifestyle is changed. Referring to natural disasters in India due to climate change, she said that it is not caused by India, but even then we wish to become partner in efforts to find its solution. She said that Indic knowledge is totally scientific. She said that carbon credit is being talked about at global level, but green credits should also be given. She said that solution to global warming can be found only then resolve is taken to abandon greed, save Earth from destruction and utilization of natural resources only as per need.
Ideological Mahakumbh on agriculture, cottage industry, sanitation and Beti Bachao also to be held
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that ideological Mahakumbh on agriculture, cottage industry, sanitation and Beti Bachao will also be held. Shri Chouhan said that Earth's natural resources faced crisis due to rise in tendency to use them from materialistic point of view. Number of equipment emitting carbon has also increased. It has affected agriculture. He said that its effective solution is Rishi farming or organic farming. He said that the organic farming is being done on a large area in Madhya Pradesh, but farmers cannot be coerced for it. They should be motivated through reasoning that organic farming too gives profit in zero budget. Shri Chouhan said that simple and straightforward lifestyle is better solution to environmental problems. He said that small and cottage industries are being promoted on a large scale in the state. Local youths are being motivated to establish food processing units in 23 thousand Gram Panchayats in the state.
Vidhan Sabha Speaker Dr. Sitasaran Sharma said that along with scientific methods, cultural revival should also be started to solve problems of global warming and climate change. He said that world is facing 2 major problems global warming and global war, which have assumed alarming proportions now.
MP and Member of Organising Committee Shri Anil Madhav Dave threw lights on discussions made in 15 sessions during both days of seminar. He urged participants and subject experts to ponder over ways to deal with global warming during Simhastha-2016 collectively and individually. These will be discussed at the time of releasing Simhastha Declaration. Minister of State for Urban Development and Environment Shri Lal Singh Arya proposed a vote of thanks.

Process to implement recommendations of Vishwa Hindi Sammelan started: Smt. Sushma Swaraj
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 23, 2015
Minister for External Affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj has thanked Madhya Pradesh government and all partners for success of 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan. At a simple ceremony at her Bhopal residence, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the state government got an opportunity to serve Hindi by becoming partners in holding the event. For this, he expressed gratitude towards Minister for External Affairs Smt. Swaraj and all partners.
Smt. Swaraj said that the decision to hold 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan at Bhopal was right. Lauding arrangements, she said that a committee has been constituted to implement recommendations made at the Sammelan. Besides, their implementation has also commenced. MP Shri Anil Madhav Dave also thanked works, officers and all partners of the Sammelan.
Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta, MP Shri Alok Sanjar, MLA Shri Rameshwar Sharma, former Union Joint Secretary Hindi Shri Mridul Kumar, existing Joint Secretary Shri Rajesh Kumar, Commissioner Culture Shri Ajatshatru Shrivastava, vice chancellor of Makhanlal Chaturvedi University of Journalism Shri B.K. Kuthiyala etc. were also present on the occasion.

CM Shri Chouhan stresses need to develop entrepreneurship in state
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 21, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has stressed the need to develop entrepreneurship in Madhya Pradesh for accelerating pace of state's development. Young entrepreneurs in the state have ability and talents. Addressing Captains of Industry programme of Nav Dunia here today, the Chief Minister said that minimum one food processing unit based on adequate availability of agriculture or forest produced at local level will be established at every Gram Panchayat.
He urged successful entrepreneurs to motive young generation for entrepreneurship. The Chief Minister felicitated outstanding achievers in industry sector. He exhorted young entrepreneurs to come forward and take resolve. The government will extend them maximum cooperation apart from bank loan guarantee. He said that youths should become employers and not job seekers.
Shri Chouhan said that after having established basic infrastructure for agriculture, road, electricity and water, now industries will be promoted in the state. He said that Madhya Pradesh is maintaining growth rate for last many years. Agriculture growth rate is over 20 percent on an average during last 4 years. Growth rate is continuously in double digit. He said that the state government alone cannot ensure development. Industrial community also need to support it.
He said that agriculture is priority sector, but industries should also be paid attention. Relief of Rs. 3,500 crore and as much insurance amount is being distributed to farmers. He stressed the need for innovations to take earn more profit from agriculture. He said that agriculture has been affected this year, but he is confident that the state will beat Punjab in wheat production this year also. He said that full blueprint is ready to transform Madhya Pradesh.
The Chief Minister said that it would be good if farmers get more profit for their produce. Profit of middlemen should be reduced and farmers' profit should be increased. Referring to condition of industries in the state, he said that there is a recession in real estate businesss in the state. Discussions will be held soon with those associated with real estate business.
At the outset, Business Head of Nai Dunia Shri Sanjay Shukla welcomed the Chief Minister. Group's General Manager Shri Neeraj Pandey delivered the welcome address. The Chief Minister released a book on Simhastha published by the group. Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava was also present on the occasion.

Except income tax payers, all other farmers eligible for relief
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 21, 2015
On the directives of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh, process to give relief against crop loss to farmers has been simplified through a circular issued to all collectors today. It has been made clear in the directives issued by the state government that income tax payer farmers will not be eligible for relief.
Income tax payer farmer means farmer, his wife and adult children. A farmer will be eligible for relief if he pays professional tax and service tax, but is not an income tax payer. Provisions for relief have been made only in the interest of farmers in the state. The state government has also made it clear that if an income tax payer farmer who has given his farm on lease to a farmer (Shikami or Bataidar) with mutual consent and who is not income tax payer then he will also be eligible for relief.
Relief is distributed to farmers against crop loss due to natural calamities like floods, deficient rainfall and drought as per provisions of Revenue Book of Circulars 6-4. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has understood difficulties of farmers and effected adequate increase in rates for calculation of relief from time to time.
Detailed directives have also been given by Madhya Pradesh government regarding relief to all district collectors on November 6, 2015. After receipt of information that apart from income tax payer farmers, such farmers who have tractors, TV etc. have also been deprived of relief, this clarification has been issued.
The state government has made it clear that all other farmers, than those who are income tax payer or any member of their family is tax payer, are eligible for relief. For relief, application can be submitted on plain paper giving details of land and sown area.
From farmers whose crops have been affected by drought or any other calamity only a declaration will be taken that they or any other member of their families are not income tax payers. Declaration forms will be provided free of cost by collectors. Otherwise, a farmers can apply on plain paper giving his name, land holding and mention that he is not an income tax payer.

Governor administers pledge of national integrity
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 20, 2015
Governor Shri Ram Naresh Yadav administered pledge of national integrity on National Integrity Day to officers and employees of Raj Bhavan Secretariat here today.
The Governor paid tributes to former Prime Minister late Smt. Indira Gandhi after garlanding her photograph.
The Governor administered pledge to work dedicatedly to maintain country's integrity and strengthen it and solve their religious,
linguistic and regional disputes, political and economic grievances peacefully through constitutional methods.
Principal Secretary to Governor Shri Ajay Tirkey, other senior officers and employees were present on the occasion.

Central committee for Simhastha-2016 constituted
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 20, 2015
The state government has constituted a central committee for Simhastha-2016 under Madhya Bharat Simhastha Mela Act-1955. Order has been issued to constitute committee by overwriting all previous orders issued in this regard through exercise of powers given by the Act.
Shri Makhan Singh has been appointed Chairman of the committee. Its members include Home Minister, Finance Minister, Panchayats and Rural Development Minister, Forest Minister, PWD Minister, , Public Health, Family Welfare and AYUSH Minister, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Protection Minister,
Public Health Engineering, Parliamentary Affairs, Religious Trusts & Endowment Minister, School Education Minister, Energy, New & Renewable Energy and Public Relations Minister, Revenue & Rehabilitation Minister, Women & Child Development Minister, Transport Minister, Minister of State for GAD & Urban Development and Administration,
Minister of State for Culture & Tourism, MP Shri Chintamani Malviya, MLAs Sarvshri Paras Chandra Jain, Mohan Yadav, Dilip Shekhawat, Bahadur Singh Chouhan, Anil Firojia, Satish Malviya, Mukesh Pandya, Chairman of Simhastha Fair Authority, Ujjain Smt. Meena Vijay Jonewal, Chairperson of Ujjain Zila Panchayat Smt. Vishnu Hakam Singh Anjana and Chief Secretary.
Besides, Additional Chief Secretaries of Finance, School Education, Panchayats & Rural Development and Water Resources departments, Agriculture Production Commissioner, Principal Secretary (Coordination) in Chief Secretary's Office, Principal Secretary GAD (Human Rights Cell/Personnel),
Principal Secretaries of Jail, Finance, Religious Trusts and Endowments, Transport, Forest, Energy, Public Health & Family Welfare, Urban Development & Environment, Public Works, Public Relations, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Culture, Public Health Engineering, Women and Child Development, AYUSH and New & Renewable Energy departments, Secretaries of Urban Development & Environment, Panchayats & Rural Development and New and Renewable Energy departments, Commissioner Public Relations, Commissioner Cooperatives, Ujjain Divisional Commissioner, Indore Divisional Commissioner, Ujjain Collector, IG Ujjain, vice-chancellor of Vikram Vishwavidayalaya, Divisional Railway Manager, Western Railway,
MD of Tourism Development Corporation, CEO of Ujjain Zila Panchayat and 10 local people nominated by Ujjain Collector have been also included as members of the committee. Simhastha Fair Officer will be Member-Secretary of the committee.

National Integration Week from November 19 to 25
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 19, 2015
National Integration Week will be observed in Madhya Pradesh from November 19 to 25.
During the week, National Integration Day will be observed on November 19, Minorities Welfare Day November 20, Linguistic Equality Day November 21,
Weaker Sections Day November 22, Cultural Unity Day November 23, Women's Day November 24 and Environmental Conservation Day will be observed on November 25.
General Administration Department has directed to keep in view of provisions of Model Code of Conduct for by-elections 2015 in concerning districts in view while observing the week.

Governor Shri Yadav pays tributes to late Smt. Indira Gandhi on birth anniversary
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 19, 2015
Governor Shri Ram Naresh Yadav has paid tributes to former Prime Minister late Smt. Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary.
The Governor said that on account of her talent, foresight and political firmness, late Smt. Gandhi not only overwhelmed Indian political arena, but also left imprints on global political horizon. Smt. Gandhi was known as Iron Woman.
The Governor said that late Smt. Gandhi has given alert setup of national security and new direction to country's foreign policy.
Her significant contributions include Green Revolution, India's victory on Pakistan in 1971 and nuclear explosion.
The Governor has exhorted youths ensure active participation in nation-building to realize dream of developed India seen by late Smt. Indira Gandhi.

Shri Ashok Singhal was flag bearer of Hindu re-awakening
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 18, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has expressed profound grief over the death of Viwshwa Hindu Parishad's leader Shri Ashok Singhal.
Shri Chouhan said that Shri Ashok Singhal was flag bearer of Hindu re-awakening.
He gave invaluable contribution to establishment of Hindutva's importance in world community.
He remained firmly committed to rich platform of Hindu culture and active till his last breath to build Indian on the lines of nationalist values.
New generation will always remember his contribution.
Shri Chouhan has prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss.

Campaign to issue soil health card to every farmer
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 18, 2015
A campaign would be conducted to issue soil health card to every farmer and test soil of every field in the state. 'Mitti Bachao-Kisan Bachao Abhiyan' would be conducted from World Soil Health Day on December 5 till December 12.
During the campaign, soil health cards will be distributed to farmers at state and district level programmes.
Agriculture Production Commissioner Shri P.C. Meena and Principal Secretary Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Dr. Rajesh Rajora reviewed preparations and strategy for the campaign starting from December 5 at a meeting here today.
A meeting of agriculture cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan on October 20 had decided to launch 'Mitti Bachao-Kisan Bachao Abhiyan' to increase soil fertility and adding nutrients to arable land.
The meeting held in the context of the decision today was informed that a target has been set to obtain 8 lakh samples of soil for testing. So far, one lakh 45 lakh samples have been tested and soil health cards given to farmers.
For this, a soil testing lab will be set up at every development block. At the meeting, Dr. Rajora directed all concerning officers to ensure maximum preparations at their levels for activities to be held during the campaign so that prescribed target can be achieved.
It is noteworthy that soil needs 16 types of nutrients for growth of plants. Of these, the soil gets carbon dioxide, oxygen and hydrogen from air and water.
Testing of remaining nutrients including organic carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, potash, PH, electrical conductivity, sulphur, zinc, iron, manganese, baron and copper is conducted.
On the basis of test, advice is given to farmers about quantity and type of fertiliser if any these nutrients is lacking in the soil.

National Award to Hoshangabad collector
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 17, 2015
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will confer National Award to Hoshangabad Collector Shri Sanket Bhondve for excellent works for rehabilitation and upliftment of disabled person. The award will be conferred in New Delhi on December 3.
In Hoshangabad district, various welfare programmes and activities for upliftment of disabled persons have yielded encouraging results. Government of India has selected Hoshangabad in the category of best districts.
To make disabled persons self-reliant and settle them, development block level introductory conventions of would-be disabled grooms and brides were held. As many as 51 disabled couples' marriages were soleminised at mass marriage functions at district level. The newly married disabled couples were blessed by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan. At the convention, disabled couples were given gifts by various social organizations Atal Bal Palaks. They performed Kanyadan of disabled brides like their parents and are still extending financial assistance to them and fulfilling other social responsibilities. Muslim disabled couples' marriages were also solemnized at the mass marriage function. Newly married couples with provided grant of Rs. 50 thousand each and their Aadhar cards and Jan-Dhan bank accounts were opened on the spot and sanction orders issued pertaining to Rupay Card and benefits under other government schemes.
So far, marriages of 101 disabled couples have been solemnised in the district. They were provided jobs in private institutions as per eligibility by holding job fairs. A special campaign was conducted for recruitment of disabled persons in government service and vacancies filled. Besides, they were also benefited under various government schemes. Disabled persons were trained in various trades and provided self-employment through bank loans.
The local level committee constituted in the district under Legal Guardianship Scheme of National Trust has issued certificates to 150 handicapped persons. Under this scheme, 1604 beneficiaries are being given benefit of Niramay Health Insurance Policies worth upto Rs. one lakh each. According to National Trust under Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, Hoshangabad figures in top 5 districts selected under the scheme in entire India during year 2014-15.
Disability certificates have been issued by District Disability and Rehabilitation Centre to 5192 physically challenged, 1055 sight impaired, 508 short vision impaired, 2780 hearing impaired, 2265 mentally retarded and 123 mentally deranged disabled persons. Disabled persons were given 5600 aides equipment and 236 artificial limbs. Pension as per eligibility is being given to all disabled persons in the district.
Pension of Rs. 500 per month is being given to 1566 mentally retarded and persons with multiple disability. They are being benefit on priority under disabled welfare programmes in the district. They are also being extended benefits under toilet construction scheme, Mukhyamantri Aawas, Indira Aawas, scholarships for disabled persons, food grains distribution etc.
Hurdleless ramps etc have been constructed in all government offices in the district to facilitate disabled persons. Presently, disabled persons' health is being checked, modern and artificial limbs, tri-moped etc are given to disabled persons under Umang programme by holding camps at development block level.

Change in district charge of 3 Ministers
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 17, 2015
The state government has effected partial change in charge of districts of 3 Ministers.
Kunwar Vijay Shah, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection will be in-charge of Khargone, Barwani and Burhanpur districts.
Similarly, School Education Minister Shri Paras Chandra Jain will be in-charge of Ratlam, Shajapur and Khandwa districts and Minister for Transport,
IT, Science & Technology, Public Service Management and Public Grievances Redressal Shri Bhupendra Singh Thakur has been made in-charge of Indore,
Tikamgarh and Ujjain districts.

PR Minister Shri Shukla inspects white tiger safari at Mukundpur
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 16, 2015
Public Relations, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla inspected Mukundpur zoo-cum-rescue centre and white tiger safari in Satna district today.
He held discussions with senior administrative officers regarding selection of venue of the programme of possible visit of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for formal inauguration of tiger safari in January next year. MP Shri Janardan Mishra accompanied him.
The Minister identified programme venue in front of main gate of zoo. He also gave necessary directives regarding arrangements for dais and sitting.
The Minister apprised himself of daily activities of newly arrived white tigress Vindhya and bear and progress of their adaptation to environment of the zoo.
He said that construction of enclosures should be expedited so that other wild animals can also been brought to Mukundpur zoo and it is formally inaugurated at the earliest.

Be positive in compensation cases
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 16, 2015
Public Relations and Energy Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla has said that humanitarian approach should be adopted with positive viewpoint in disposal of compensation cases. He directed to expeditiously dispose of appellate cases of land acquired from farmers.
Shri Shukla was reviewing cases of compensation against land acquisition from residents of villages in Amarpatan and Maihar sub-divisions of Satna district for 4-lane national highway Rewa-Lakhnadaun via Jabalpur at Rewa today.
Minister Shri Shukla sought information regarding land acquisition, award, supplementary award and distribution of compensation. He is informed about payment of 93 percent in Amarpatan and payment of 78 percent of compensation in Maihar.
It was informed that total 411 cases are pending pertaining to 60 villages of Maihar tahasil and 28 villages of Amarpatan tahasil.
The Minister directed to present cases to Rewa Commissioner at the earliest to ensure early distribution of compensation. Former MLA Shri Narayan Tripathi was also present on the occasion.

CM Shri Chouhan greets people on Deepawali at home village Jait
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 14, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan exchanged Deepawali greetings with people at his home village Jait today. He also dedicated Gram Panchayat building costing Rs. 14 lakh 85 thousand.
Shri Chouhan worshipped Kul Devi-Devta and Maa Narmada and wished for welfare of state's people.
During Jan-Darshan, he heard problems of villagers and directed officers to solve them.
Chief Minister's wife Smt. Sadhana Singh and son Shri Kartikey Chouhan were also present on the occasion.

CM Shri Chouhan visits hospital to see small girl injured in road accident
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 14, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited a local hospital here today to enquire about health of 4 years old girl Mohini Sharma. Mohini got injured in a tragic road accident.
He also announced to bear entire expenses on her treatment.
Mohini Sharma's leg was run over by a bus in Karond area recently. Doctors informed Shri Chouhan that her leg has been re-joined after surgery and she is recovering gradually. The Chief Minister, his wife Smt.
Sadhana Singh and son Shri Kartikey talked to the girl and wished her early recovery.
Mohini's father Shri Brahmanand Sharma gave information about accident to the Chief Minister.

Conserving nature and environment duty of all
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 13, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that it is duty of all to conserve nature and environment. Govardhan Pooja is occasion to express gratitude towards nature.
The Chief Minister stated this on the occasion of Govardhan Pooja on the second day after Deepawali here today. His wife Smt. Sadhana Singh also performed Gau-Pooja with rites and rituals.
The Chief Minister said that in Indian culture, message of conserving nature is given through Govardhan Pooja. India has the tradition to conserve living beings, plants & trees, rivers and environment since this would keep the Earth safe.
Nature should be tapped but not exploited. He urged to take pledge on Govardhan Pooja to conserve trees and plants, rivers and environment.
Shri Chouhan and Smt. Sadhana Singh and their son Kartikey performed Pooja and Arti and wished for augmentation of cow progeny in Madhya Pradesh.
Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh and Shri Shiv Chaube were also present on the occasion.

14 percent more power supplied on Deepawali than last year
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 13, 2015
In the state, more power was supplied than last year on 3 days during Deepawali this year. Record 20 crore 20 lakh 31 thousand units of power were supplied on Deepawali on November 11 compared to 17 crore 71 lakh 4 thousand units last year.
This amounts is increase of 14 percent. The peak power demand on Deepawali was 9 thousand 178 MW against 7901 MW last year. This is increase of 16 percent than last year.
Energy Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla, Principal Secretary Energy Shri I.C.P. Kesari and Managing Director of MP Power Management Company Shri Sanjay Kumar Shukla have congratulated all power companies, engineers and employees for ensuring constant power generation and smooth supply during Festival of Lights.
Maximum 20 crore 62 lakh 19 thousand units of power were supplied on Narak-Chaudas on November 10, a day before Deepawali compared to 17 crore 99 lakh 23 thousand units last year.
This is 15 percent more than last year. Peak hour demand on Narak-Chaudas was 9,582 MW, which is 18 percent more than last year's power supply of 8,150 MW. On Dhanteras on November 9 this year, 20 crore 63 lakh 65 thousand units of power were supplied.

Proposals to set up Food & Agriculture Centre of Excellence in state
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 10, 2015
In the series of regular interaction with investors, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan met 6 industrialists and delegations here today. Those who met the Chief Minister included Executive Director of Star Agriware Housing and Collateral Management Limited Shri Amit Mundawala, Association of Private Warehouse's President Shri Abhinav Suryavanshi and delegation, President of Messrs Grasim Shri Dinesh Shukla, Chairman of Messrs HIG Shri Ravi Jhunjhunwala, Director of Messrs Essar Power Shri K.V.B. Reddy and President of CII Shri Sanjay Kirlosker and delegation.
Star Agriware Housing and Collateral Management Limited proposed for joint business in wheat procurement with Civil Supplies Corporation and State Marketing Federation. The company also evinced interest to collaborate in procurement services. The Chief Minister directed for detailed examination of company's proposal. He said that facilities of farmers should be kept in view while examining the proposal.
Association of Private Warehouse informed about difficulties being faced in warehousing sector in the state. The Chief Minister said that efforts would be made to extend every possible assistance to investors in warehousing sector in the state. One office-bearer of the association will be included in the state level committee constituted in this regard.
President of CII Shri Kirlosker informed about suggestions to make agriculture profitable and reforms in labour laws. He said that CII wishes to set up Food & Agriculture Centre of Excellence in the state, which would apprise farmers of technical knowledge and do value addition of their produce. The Chief Minister directed to examine the proposal. CII also suggested to constitute a task force to attract new investments.
President of Messrs Grasim Shri Shukla and HEG's President Shri Ravi Jhunjhunwala suggested to rationalize electricity duty structure and tariff. They also urged to rationalize entry tax on coal. The Chief Minister directed to chalk out detailed proposal in this regard.
Shri Reddy of Essar Group urged to exempt power plants from water cess and entry tax on coal.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Agriculture Production Commissioner Shri P.C. Meena, Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra, Principal Secretary Industries Shri Mohammad Suleman, Principal Secretary Commercial Taxes Shri Manoj Shrivastava, Principal Secretary Energy Shri I.C.P. Kesari, Principal Secretary Revenue Shri K.K. Singh, Principal Secretary PWD Shri Pramod Agrawal and Principal Secretary Agriculture Dr. Rajesh Rajora were also present on the occasion.

CM Shri Chouhan along with family does shopping on Dhanteras
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 10, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with family did shopping on Dhanteras at New Market here today.
Shri Chouhan was accompanied by wife Smt. Sadhana Singh, son Shri Kartikey, Mayor Shri Alok Sharma and Shri Bhagwandas Sabnani.
He did shopping in the market under the Indian tradition of buying something on Dhanteras.
Shri Chouhan did shopping going round the market. On the way, he exchanged Dhanteras and Deepawali greetings with people.
On the occasion, he purchased a silver coin and a utensil of copper.

Conducive atmosphere to set up industries in Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 9, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that there is conducive atmosphere for establishment of industries in Madhya Pradesh. He said that due to Investors Meet in the state during previous years, major industrial houses have evinced interest in investing in Madhya Pradesh and establishing their units in the state.
The Chief Minister was addressing a function after laying foundation stone of new unit of Vacmet India at Ujjayani in Dhar district today. The company will invest Rs. 1580 crore on this unit through which about 8000 persons will get jobs. First of the 3 phases of the unit will be completed by January 2017. All 3 phases will be completed in 5 years.
The Chief Minister said that agriculture is state government's top priority, but industries along with agriculture are also necessary. Youths will get jobs only through industries. He said that his dream and resolve is that youths of state get jobs in the state itself. Shri Chouhan said that Vacmet company's unit is proof that major industries are coming to the state. He informed that during his Japan visit, investors there had wished for Japanese township in the state. For this, it has been decided to make available land at Pitahmpur.
The Chief Minister told officers of Vacmet company to give jobs to local people. During the period of construction of the unit, the company can prepare local youths for job by imparting them training as per its requirement. Regarding demands mentioned in memorandum of MLA Smt. Nina-Vikram Verma, the Chief Minister said that process will be undertaken to convert Majra-Tolas to revenue villages. Former Union Minister Shri Vikram Verma also spoke on the occasion.
Unit to be set up on 65 acres
Chairman & MD Shri Ramesh Chandra Agrawal informed that the company is producing polymer and BOPP film since 1993. At present, its 4 units are located at Chhata near Mathura and fifth one is being established at Ujjayani.
The unit will produce BOPP film, which is used in food packaging, industrial packaging, labeling and electrical insulation. He said that the company is exporting the film to about 80 countries.

CM Shri Chouhan condoles death of Shri Satyanarayan Sharma
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 9, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has expressed profound grief over death of journalist Shri Nitendra Sharma's father Shri Satyanarayan Sharma.
In his message, the Chief Minister said that Shri Sharma had keen interest in Indian philosophy and spiritualism.
Shri Sharma, 80, died here on Sunday morning.
Shri Chouhan has prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss.

India Today State of States Conclave
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 7, 2015
Madhya Pradesh was conferred first prize for achievements in agriculture sector in India Today State of States Conclave in New Delhi today. The prize was received by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan from Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh.
It is noteworthy that Madhya Pradesh has witnessed 15 percent increase in state's agriculture production in year 2014-15 and 45 percent increase in area under irrigation during last 5 years. Farmers are being provided interest-free loans in the state. Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country where farmers return 90 percent of agriculture loans and remaining amount is paid by the state government to concerning banks.
For making agriculture profitable, area under irrigation has been increased side by side adequate power supply to farmers. For the first time in history, farmers are being supplied power for about 10 hours a day. Availability of new transformers, planned process to replace dysfunctional transformers, simplification of process to give temporary connections and reduction in its charge have proved to be significant steps of the state government. Farmers have been given facility to pay electricity bills only twice a year. On permanent connections of farmers, the state government is given subsidy of Rs. 31 thousand per connection.
Along with agriculture, considerable increase has also been made in horticulture area. This has reduced burden on traditional farming. Promotion to production of fruits, flower, spices and medicinal plant crops is one of the factors of this achievement.
While addressing the conclave after receiving the prize, the Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh is on the path of leaving Punjab behind in food grains production in future. He informed that the state has done so in wheat production.
Shri Chouhan gave credit to farmers' hard work for state's constant progress in agriculture sector. The state has maintained maximum growth rate in the country for last 4 years and is receiving Central government's prestigious Krishi Karman Award for consecutive last 3 years.
Madhya Pradesh is pioneer in oilseed production in the country and second in food grains production. The state stands first in production of soybean and gram and second in masoor and mustered. The state has made very fast progress in food grains production. Two-fold increase has been registered in production of maize, three-fold in wheat and four-fold in production of paddy in the state.
Area under irrigation through canals has been increased from 7.50 lakh hectares to 36 lakh hectares during last 10 years. Remarkable increase has been made in summer crop area along with unprecedented increase in productivity.
Rs. 5500 crore annual subsidy is given by the state government so that farmers can obtain power at lower tariff. Due to state government's efforts availability of chemical fertilizers has increased by 30 percent. Madhya Pradesh produced maximum certified seeds since priority has been given to this sector in the state. Rain-fed agriculture area in the state has decreased to one-fourth during last 10 years.
The Chief Minister gave credit to farmers' hard work for state's agriculture development and expressed gratitude towards India Today group and jury for this award.

CM Shri Chouhan meets Union Finance Minister
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 7, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan apprised Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley of severity of drought in Madhya Pradesh in New Delhi today. The Chief Minister dwelt in detail on adverse impact of drought on farmers and farming and urged him to send Central team to assess crop loss in the state at the earliest. Shri Chouhan also handed over a detailed memorandum in this regard to the Union Minister.
Earlier, Chief Minister, Finance Minister and Agriculture Minister have already apprised the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister of severity of drought and submitted memorandums.
Shri Chouhan informed Union Minister that NABARD has reduced its share for making available loans to farmers from 50 to 40 percent. Shri Chouhan urged that share of NABARD should be increased in view of severe drought in the state so that proper and timely assistance can be provided to farmers.
Shri Chouhan also discussed issue of Basmati rice with the Finance Minister. He informed that court has declared Madhya Pradesh a Basmati rice producing state on the basis of geographical indicators and historical facts. APEDA is not recognizing this and has also appealed in the Supreme Court against this decision. He urged the Union Minister to intervene in the matter and help declare the rice produced in geographical areas of the state falling in the category of Basmati rice area as Basmati rice and apprise APEDA of actual situation.
Union Minister Shri Jaitley gave a patient hearing to issues raised by the Chief Minister and assured to send Central team soon to study crop loss in Madhya Pradesh. Shri Jaitley also assured to take suitable decisions on issues pertaining to NABARD and Basmati rice.

Cheque towards relief presented to CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 6, 2015
A cheque of Rs. one lakh towards relief to farmers was presented
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan on behalf of Vidisha Nagar Palika.
Nagar Palika Chairman Shri Mukesh Tandon,
MLA Shri Toran Singh Dangi and other public representatives were present on the occasion.

Divisional workshops to train Agriculture Deptt. field staff begin
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 6, 2015
Agriculture scientists and senior officers will impart training to field staff of Agriculture Department to apprise farmers of high techniques and quick solution to their problems.
For this, a divisional workshop has got underway here from today.
At the workshop, agriculture scientists and officers will impart training in modern high techniques of crop production and solve problems cropping up in various phases of crop.
Field staff will be informed of enhancing understanding of agriculture in modern context.
Divisional workshop of Narmadpuram will he held on November 6, Ujjain November 18, Indore November 19, Jabalpur November 23, Rewa and Shahdol November 24, Gwalior November 26, Morena November 27 and Sagar 30.

Electricity-related complaints should be redressed promptly
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 5, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed officers to redress electricity-related complaints at the earliest. He also directed to chalk out an action plan to replace burnt and dysfunctional transformers and extension of permanent pumps connections to farmers within a week.
After seeking information from CMDs of all 3 power distribution companies about power distribution arrangements, the Chief Minister directed them to improve arrangements so that people face no difficulty. Energy Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, ACS Finance Shri A.P. Shrivastava, Principal Secretary Energy Shri Manu Shrivastava and Secretary to CM Shri Vivek Agrawal attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister told the officers that making available enough power to farmers is state government's top priority. For this, feeders have been separated for irrigation pumps. He said that dysfunctional transformers should be replaced immediate by getting deposited only 10 percent instead of 50 percent. For permanent pump connections, only 2 months' advance should be got deposited from farmers.
Besides, a long-term plan should be chalked out to give permanent pump connections to farmers. Convergence of other schemes should also be made in it so that all farmers can obtain permanent pump connections. He also directed officers to motivate farmers to use solar pumps.
The meeting was informed that permanent pump connections are being given by getting deposited 2 months' advance instead of 4 months. Due to it, farmers have to deposit less amount. This, year 84 thousand temporary pump connections have been given in the state. Similarly, 1546 dysfunctional transformers have been replaced by getting deposited only 10 percent.

Worlds first zoological cum rescue center at Mukundpur in Satna
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 5, 2015
World's first Zoological Park and Rescue Center is getting ready at Mukundpur in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh. It will be the first centre in the world where a white tiger and a variety of wildlife could be spotted and white tiger safari can be enjoyed.
The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has written to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi requesting him to dedicate it to people in the last week of January or February 2016 .
Shri Chouhan in his letter to the Prime Minister apprised him of the past saying that Vindhya region is known for the birth place of white tiger. In 1951, a white tiger cub was caught by the Maharaja of Rewa. Its name was Mohan. The white tiger breeding took place in captivity. The white tigers alive across the world are the progeny of the white tiger Mohan and tigress Radha.
Shri Chouhan in the letter mentioned that all requisite approvals have been obtained for Mukundpur Zoological Park and Rescue Center. The center will not only promote tourism but also generate employment opportunities for the local people. It will also serve as ex-situ conservation site and would be developed as wildlife conservation awareness center.

New roadmap prepared for riddance from crisis of drought
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 4, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan finalized new roadmap to save farming and farmers from drought in future and make agriculture profitable here today.
Senior IAS, IPS and IFS officers put forth suggestions after group discussions to make agriculture profitable, various alternatives and means to make farming more effective during Krishi Manthan at Academy of Administration. It is noteworthy that on the directives of the Chief Minister, these officers had undertaken visits to villages and assesses crop loss. Recommendations based on field experience and agriculture experts' suggestions were submitted to chalk out new roadmap.
The Chief Minister directed to chalk out an action plan on the recommendations which are worthy of being implemented immediately and constituted a high level committee to finalise remaining recommendations.
As per new roadmap of agriculture, senior police, administration and forest service officers will visit villages one in every 3 months. They would send reports about implementation of schemes to government and also solve problems on the spot. This would be a regular administrative exercise.
Soil health cards will be issued to all farmers by March 2017.
Arrangements will be made to give permanent power connections to farmers. A campaign would be conducted for this.
Farmers will be motivated to install solar pumps. For this, they will also be given subsidy.
State level institution will be constituted to promote exports of horticulture and agriculture products. The institution will function like APEDA.
Small subsidy schemes for farmers will be merged into major schemes.
A campaign will be launched to connect all farmers with cooperatives societies' network.
Land Revenue Code will be amended to give legal status to taking and giving farming on lease.
One food processing unit each will be set up in all 23 thousand Gram Panchayats. It would result in value addition of local products. Local youths will be motivated under Mukhyamantri Yuva Udyami Yojana about establishment of these units. They would be given necessary financial assistance and training.
Along with increasing milk route, routes for vegetables, food grains and flower crops will also be developed. Federations will be constituted for them.
Now, minimum 5 buffalos or cows would be given for establishing dairy to make the occupation profitable.
Separate space will be earmarked in Mandis for fruits and vegetables. Every district will have one model Mandi for fruits and vegetables. Strict action will be taken on deducting inordinately excessive commission at Mandis.
Intensive water conservation campaign will be conducted during next 3 years. Under it, new water structures will be constructed and old ones repaired.
A model scheme will be chalked out to promote drip and micro irrigation. A model formula would also be chalked out to give subsidy on it.
Model Demonstration Farm will be developed in every district. Farmers will be motivated to grow crops suitable for their respective areas.
Agriculture field staff will be trained to make agriculture modern. Agriculture Science Centres will be strengthened and agriculture graduates linked to them.
Automatic rain gauge instruments will be installed in all villages.
Post-Harvest Management Instituted will be set up for value addition of agriculture products.
Separate policy will be chalked out for agro forestry.
Model schemes based on animal husbandry and fisheries will be chalked out.
SMS service will be launched to give necessary information to farmers and mobile application will also be developed for this in future.
Food processing units will be set up to promote agri business for which food processing units' clusters will be formed.
The Chief Minister directed to chalk out an action plan as per these recommendations. He said that challenge of drought situation will be converted into an opportunity to further improve agriculture and rid farmers of crisis permanently.
During presentation, suggestions were put forth by different groups. Group for Indore-Ujjain divisions suggested to chalk out specific schemes at state level to improve farm inputs, balanced use of fertilizers, soil testing campaign and make every district self-reliant in seeds. It also suggested use of organic fertilizers should be promoted. Combined Disaster Relief Fund should be constituted by merging disaster relief and crop insurance. Energy Department should conduct a campaign to give permanent power connections. Solar energy should be promoted in remote areas. Subsidy-based agriculture implements should be stopped. Mandi Act should incorporate provision of grading. Vegetable route should be developed on the lines of Milk Route. A training programme should be conducted to promote alternative employment activities for farmers.
The second group suggested that crop cutting experiment should be undertaken earnestly. Sprinkler and drip irrigation should be expanded. Availability of quality of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides should be ensured in markets. Model farms of good seeds should be developed on service land. Crop diversity should be promoted. Unscientific ways in agriculture must be ended completely.
The fourth group suggested to increase power supply for irrigation upto 14 hours daily to increase crop area. The fifth group suggested to make banking correspondence effective, expand crop area, increase micro irrigation and training in Industrial Training Institutes for methods to increase farm production. Agriculture experts Dr. Punjab Singh, Dr. Gyanedra Singh, Dr. Ashok Gulati and Dr. Rambhau Patil also spoke on the occasion.
Members of the state cabinet, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, members of Task Force and senior officers were also present.

Citizens get Rs. one crore during Samadhan Online
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 4, 2015
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa solved various pending problems of citizens during Samadhan Online today. Payment of about Rs. one crore was made in various cases today.
On directives of CS, compensation of Rs. 42 lakh 58 thousand 800 was made to Smt. Pratibha Samaiyya of Jabalpur against acquisition of her land for construction of road. The Chief Secretary also directed to give amount of interest on compensation to the applicant.
CS directed Urban Development and Public Works departments to ensure payment of amount of consultancy work to Shri Rajesh Gangele of Bhopal during current month. Directives were also given for immediate payment of family pension to Smt. Ganga Ramanathan of Bhopal following death of her husband.
CS also took action on pending cases of Shri Jai Singh (Ashok Nagar), Shri Ram Bharose (Sehore), Sushri Gazala Parveen (Bhopal), Shri Ashok Shukla (Rewa), Smt. Nisha Parmar (Chhindwara), Smt. Lata Hardiya (Indore), Smt. Zebunnisa (Umaria), Shri Brajwasi Goswami (Chhatarpur) and Shri Keshariya (Chhatarpur).

Loulis Mills of Greece to invest in state
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 3, 2015
Chairman of Loulis Mills of Greece Shri Constentinos Loulis and Director of Nutech Mediworld Company Dr. Gita Shroff met Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today.
Loulis Mills has proposed about Rs. 72 crore investment in state's food processing sector. Similarly, Dr. Shroff wishes to set up production and treatment centre of stem cell technology in Madhya Pradesh.
The Chief Minister said that food process is priority sector of the state government. It would result in value addition of farmers' produce. All facilities will be provided in the state to all serious investors. He said that people will be greatly benefited by treatment through stem cell technology.
Loulis Mills has offered to set up a major wheat-based food processing unit at Nimarni Food Processing Park in Khargone district at an estimated cost of Rs. 72 crore. It would give jobs to 95 persons. In the second phase, the company would invest about Rs. 350 crore giving jobs to 400 persons.
Dr. Shroff informed that muscles, bones and tissues of any part of body can be regenerated through stem cell technology. Her institution is working in this field for many years. She wishes to set up production and treatment centre of stem cell technology at Bhopal.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretaries to CM Shri Iqbal Singh Bains and Shri S.K. Mishra, Principal Secretary Industries Shri Mohammad Suleman and Secretary to CM Shri Hari Ranjan Rao were also present at the meeting.

Minister Smt. Scindia reviews Shivpuri water augmentation and sewerage project
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 3, 2015
Commerce & Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scandia reviews water supply schemes of Shivpuri city here at Mantralaya. Smt. Scindia directed to immediately start work to remove clear water, raw water pipelines from stretch of national highway.
Smt. Scindia said that remaining works of water treatment plant under water augmentation scheme and overhead tanks should be completed at the earliest so that adequate drinking water arrangements should be made in the city for next summer.
She instructed for hydraulic testing of pipeline laid under the scheme so far.
She directed for efforts to start Shivpuri water supply scheme by January 2016 and necessary alternative arrangements to ensure that drinking water crisis does not occur in the city next summer. Smt. Scindia directed to pay attention to quality in road restoration under Shivpuri sewerage project.
Principal Secretary Urban Development and Environment Shri Malay Shrivastava, Principal Secretary PHE Shri Ashwini Kumar Rai, Collector Shivpuri Shri Rajiv Dube attended the meeting.

Madhya Pradesh a state with immense possibilities
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 2, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh is a fast growing state. All of us have to make this state with immense possibilities of development the best state in the world. He urged people to contribute their mite in it with passion and commitment. Shri Chouhan addressed Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day function at Lal Parade Ground here today. Home Minister Shri Babulal Gaur was also present on the occasion.
On the occasion of state's 6oth foundation day, the Chief Minister expressed gratitude towards all former Chief Ministers, political leaders, bureaucrats, employees, industrialists, traders, businessmen and common people whose hard work and commitment has made Madhya Pradesh fastest growing state in the country. He informed that state's growth rate is highest in the country for last 2 consecutive years. Growth rate has been over 10 percent during last 7 years against the national average of 4.50 percent. He said that despite climate change, vagaries of weather and natural calamities during last 2-3 years, Madhya Pradesh has achieved highest agriculture growth rate in the world during last 4 years. He said that the state is passing through crisis of drought. Maximum assistance and relief are being given to farmers. Farmers who have lost one year, will not be allowed to lose lives. They will be given relief as well crop insurance amount. Recovery of loans has been suspended. Interest is also being paid by the state government. Farmers will be provided loans at zero percent interest rate for next year also. The government will also help for marriages of their daughters. He said that efforts are being made to change crop pattern, crop cycle, decrease pressure of population on agriculture and increase production of fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants to enhance farmers income. Madhya Pradesh has taken resolve also to be pioneer in the country in efforts to give a new direction to agriculture.
The Chief Minister said that the state is progressing rapidly in the direction of Make in Madhya Pradesh on the lines of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's Make in India Campaign. Reliance Group is going to invest Rs. 46 thousand crore in the state. Companies like TCS and Infosys are also investing in the state. Global level plants are being set up. State is also becoming education hub. He said that once Madhya Pradesh was known as a sick state. There were more power shut downs than power supply. Now, power generation in the state has increased from 2900 MW to 15000 MW and area under irrigation from 7.50 lakh hectares to 36 lakh hectares. Narmada-Kshipra Link Project has been completed. Efforts are on to link Ken river with Betwa. Free medicines are being supplies and free pathological tests conducted in government hospitals. Dial 100 Service has been launched to further improve law and order situation. On being called, the first response vehicle will reach incident spot in 5 minutes in urban areas and 30 minutes in rural areas.
He said that there are immense natural, historic and human resources are available in the state. There is no lack of talent in our youths. The government is committed for their progress. Women have been given 33 percent reservation in government jobs. Investments are being invited to generate new job opportunities. Current year is being observed as Tourism Year to tap maximum tourism potential in the state. Government is extending capital, technology and marketing facilities to youths to set up industries. He said that state's Foundation Day is symbol of hard work and contribution of every citizen of the state and should be celebrated with joy and enthusiasm.
Minister of State for Culture Shri Surendra Patwa greeted people on Foundation Day. He gave details about programmes marking the occasion. Shri Rajesh Roshan presented 'The Roshans'. Sushri Maitreeye Pahadi 'Ath Hindi Katha' in which 350 artistes depicted journey of Hindi is various eras. After the programme, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan also felicitated Sushri Maitreeye Pahadi.
MP Shri Alok Sanjar, Mayor Shri Alok Sharma, MLAs Shri Vishnu Khatri, Shri Rameshwar Sharma, Speaker of municipal corporation Dr. Surjeet Singh Chouhan, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary Culture Shri Manoj Shrivastava, Commissioner Culture Shri Ajatshatru and massive gathering were present on the occasion.

CM Shri Chouhan pays surprise visit to tribal children
Bhopal:MMNN: Nov. 2, 2015
Joy of students of Government Post-Matric Tribal Boys Hostel on Bhadbhada road knew no bounds to suddenly find Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan amidst them.
They were celebrating Hostel Day and Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day in the hostel. They were in for a pleasant surprise to see motorcade of the Chief Minister entering the premises and jumped with joy as the Chief Minister alighted from his vehicle.
Shri Chouhan while returning to CM House after inaugurating ambitious Dial 100 Scheme at state level control room, suddenly directed his motorcade to turn towards children.
Seeing the Chief Minister coming towards them, the children jumped with joy and started slogans of 'Zindabad'. The Chief Minister met with students intimately and shook hands with them. The students were overwhelmed seeing the Chief Minister meeting them in easy-going way.
Shri Chouhan greeted the students on Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day. He said that on way to CM House from function, when he noticed enthusiasm of students felt an strong urge to go amidst them. He turned the motorcade towards them. On this, students started raising slogan 'Zindabad' loudly.
Shri Chouhan told the students that seemingly impossible works can be successfully done through hard work, dedication, courage and patience. He exhorted the students to excel in education and pursue education in major educational institutions.
All help will be provided to them. Chairman of Tribal Development Commission Shri Narendra Marawi was also present on the occasion.

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