Material prosperity meaningless without spiritual awakening, India to become most value-based country: Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Ji Maharaj
Bhopal: April 18, 2015
Yugdrishta Yogi Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Ji Maharaj has said that material prosperity is meaningless without spiritual awakening. He said that Simhastha Mahakumbh-2016 will pave way for this. He said that world peace cannot be possible if every person does not have peace of mind. He said that peace is not an imported thing; it dwells naturally in the hearts and minds of human beings.
Simhastha to assume ideological proportions
Sadguru Vasudev Ji lauded the seminar and the events to be held thereafter ahead of Simhastha Mahakumbh. He said that under imaginative leadership of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, these events will give ideological proportions to Simhastha Mahakumbh side by side being a festival of holy bath. He was addressing inaugural session of 3-day international seminar on “Valued-based Life” at Vidhan Sabha here today. Series of these seminars will continue upto Simhastha Mahakumbh 2016. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan presided over the seminar.
Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Ji Maharaj praised efforts of Chief Minister Shri Chouhan to bring about spiritual awakening side by side economic growth. He also referred to state’s unprecedented agriculture growth. Urging all to participate in Simhastha-2016, he said that Simhastha is not a mere ritualistic event, but a state of spiritual science.
Sadguru said that India would be known as the most value-based country in the world after 25 years. India alone can offer solutions to internal problems in the world. He said that now people have started seeing outside self instead of looking above themselves. They have become capable to think about themselves. India is now capable to solve its conscience-related maladies.
Sadguru Said that being born as human being is in itself an important event and objective of human life to acquire all capabilities for human welfare. He said that soil of India is unique. Bhav, raga and tala form India. Raga is fixed while tala can be selected. He said that life is a form of Karma. A human being performs physical, mental, emotional and energetic works, but is not able to be conscientious about them. He said that Dharma means the rules which govern and discipline inner self and nature.
Sadguru while replying to queries of audience said that there is a cacophony in India. Eeveryone is free to do anything, but every person is peace-loving by nature. It is the very identity and capability of India. He said that peace is a basic need. There may be a lot of concepts, but accurate tools are not available to implement them. If there are tools, wisdom to use them is lacking. He said that correct use of these tools has been described in Indian values of life. The acumen to use wisdom is found only in Indian values and Yogic science.
Giving outlines of the seminar, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that it is a humble effort of the state government to revive traditions of ideological Mahakumbh. The Simhastha Declaration would offer solutions to global problems. Solutions to contemporary problems will be presented through Simhastha Declaration. He said that apart from material development, a government should also strive for improving happiness index. He said that over 2500 research papers have been collected from country and world at the international seminars. Over 100 scholars will deliver lectures. Throwing light on concept of seminar’s subject, he said that values are getting eroded in every walk of life. Life is meaningless without values. Referring to rich ideological heritage of Indian culture, he urged to disseminate it throughout the world through Simhashta.
Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Ji Maharaj and the Chief Minister paid floral tributes to statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the premises of Vidhan Sabha. Shri Chouhan felicitated Sadguru with shawl, coconut and memento. The seminar began amidst religious chants of Vedic Mantras. The seminar is being held by Department of Cultural with the cooperation of Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, New Delhi and Makhanlal University of Journalism & Mass Communication, Bhopal
Former CM Shri Kailash Joshi, Minister of State for Culture Shri Surendra Patwa, members of the cabinet and large number of distinguished people from all walks of life were present on the occasion.
Complicated operations of patients to be performed in state itself now
Bhopal: April 18, 2015
Three medical college hospitals in the state including Gwalior, Rewa and Jabalpur will be converted to super speciality hospitals. Principal Secretary Medical Education Shri Ajay Tirkey informed that super speciality hospitals at the 3 places would cost Rs. 150 crore each.
The Central Government has approved the proposal. With construction of super speciality hospitals of the 3 medical colleges, complicated operations like kidney transplant, neurosurgery, heart stents, bypass surgery etc. and their treatment will be available in the state itself.
Patients of the state will need not visit Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai etc. for this. State-of-the-art machines like G I Endoscope, Cath, Cath Lab, Heart-Lung machine etc. would be installed for complicated operations.
Facilities to be provided to 3 medical colleges
Neurology, Neurosurgery, Surgical Gastroenterology, Paediatric Surgery, Nephrology, Urology, Neonatology and Anaesthesiology to Gwalior Medical College.
Neurology, Neurosurgery, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery, Nephrology and Urology to Jabalpur Medical College.
Neurology, Neurosurgery, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery, Nephrology, Urology and Neonatology to Rewa Medical College.
PS Shri Tirkey informed that DPRs of super speciality hospitals of the 3 medical colleges of states have been sent to the Centre for approval before such proposals from other states. Courses of DM and MCH concerning super speciality hospitals will also be available in the state. The Central Government has appointed SCC as Project Management of the 3 medical colleges.
MPPEB Scam: MP High court stays operation of FIR against Gov Ram Naresh Yadav
Bhopal: April 17, 2015
More than 40 days after Governor Ram Naresh Yadav was booked for his alleged involvement in the MPPEB scam, the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday stayed the operation of the FIR against him.
The octogenarian had moved the high court in the first week of March with a plea to quash the FIR arguing that he enjoyed immunity under Article 361 from any criminal proceedings till he was in office.
A division bench led by Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar had heard arguments from both sides and posted the matter for judgement today.
His lawyers had argued that the FIR was based on hearsay evidence.
Advocate Ashish Trivedi told The Indian Express that Friday’s interim order pertains only to the Governor in the FIR (4/2015).
CM Shri Chouhan chairs meeting of sub-group of NITI in Delhi
Bhopal: April 17, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan and convener of sub-group of NITI Ayog on rationalisation of Centrally sponsored schemes convened its meeting in New Delhi today. NITI Ayog’s Vice-Chairman Shri Arvind Pangarhiya, CEO Smt. Sindhushri Khullar and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa attended the meeting. The sub-group headed by Smt. Khullar comprises senior officers of Central and state governments.
The Chief Minister said that objective is to rationalize Central schemes to ensure that their maximum benefits reach people. India is a vast country and its different states have their specific needs and priorities. Therefore, Central schemes must be flexible so that they could be moulded as per specific needs of states. Besides, share of Centre and states in Centrally-sponsored schemes should also be acceptable and result-oriented to ensure that no problems are faced in their implementation.
The meeting was informed by senior officers of concerning Central government departments about existing formats of 17 flagship Central schemes like Swachchhata Abhiyan Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao, National Rural Health Mission, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, National Agriculture Development Scheme, National Agriculture Irrigation Development Scheme, Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan etc, process of implementation, states’ role and partnership, Central grants etc. He gave important suggestions while pointing out changes being effected in schemes in view of 14th Finance Commission’s recommendation to provide 42 percent share of divisible pool to states instead of 32 percent. It is noteworthy that now, states will be given 5.26 lakh crore instead of Rs. 3.48 lakh crore.
Light was thrown in detail on national scenario concerning schemes for school education, agriculture, animal husbandry, health & family welfare, rural drinking water, urban welfare, agriculture research and education, water resources, river development, women and child development.
Describing the about 5-hour long meeting as meaningful, the Chief Minister said that the sub-group would chalk out a draft encompassing outcomes of meetings held with officers of NITI Ayog and member Chief Ministers of the sub-group and suggestions in this regard. Following discussions on this draft at April 27 meeting, the sub-group will discharge its duty in rationalisation of Centrally-sponsored schemes.
2 national awards for Academy of Administration
Bhopal: April 16, 2015
R.C.V.P. Noronha Academy of Administration, Bhopal was conferred with 2 national training awards at 2-day symposium on excellence in training on April 11 and 12 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi by Union Ministry for Personnel and Training.
Chief guest and Additional Principal Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office Dr. P.K. Mishra gave away certificates and trophies to Academy’s Director Smt. Shikha Dube and Academy’s team. Union Secretary Personnel and Training Shri Sanjay Kothari and Joint Secretary Shri Pramod Kumar Das were also present on the occasion.
At the symposium, 12 individual and institutional presentations out of 57 were selected for awards for excellence in development of training content, pedagogy & methodology, management of training & training establishment and faculty/trainer development. Academy of Administration, Bhopal’s OSD (In-charge Training) Shri Sudhir Kumar gave a presentation on Entrepreneurship Amended Scheme including Training Calendar and Further Action subject under Training and Training Establishment Category and Shri Rajesh Tiwari, Director State Teaching Management and Training Institute and in-charge officer of virtual classes on “Interactive Awakening (Knowledge) Visual for Your Awareness” on the subject Pedagogy & Methodology gave a presentation of virtual classes. Both entries of Academy of Administration were awarded under institutional category.
Academy’s exhibition praised
Dr. Pragya Awasthi, Shri Pramod Chaturvedi and Sushri Ruchi Jain organised an exhibition focusing on Academy’s achievements and best training methods on the occasion. Institutions evinced keen interest and enquired about both winning entries’ indices and other training methods at the exhibition.
While inspecting the exhibition, Union Minister of State for Personnel and Training Dr. Jitendra Singh lauded Academy’s achievements and congratulated Academy’s Director Smt. Shikha Dube and her team present at the stall.
Minister Shri Gaur makes public contact in Karariya Basti
Bhopal: April 16, 2015
Home & Jail Minister Shri Babulal Gaur expressed unhappiness over chamber of drinking water supply pipeline lying open at Karariya Basti during visit of ward-74 here today. He directed Chief Engineer of Municipal Corporation to cover this chamber while warning grave consequences against this serious irregularity.
Shri Gaur directed to chalk out a proposal construction of road which would directly connect Karariya Basti and Semra Basti. He said that a culvert will also be constructed on Patra nullah flowing between the two habitats. Shri Gaur also inaugurated office of ward Corporator Shri Leela Kishan Mali.
Shri Gaur informed residents of Kailash Nagar Phase-3 that water logging due to absence of system to flush out water and problems cropping up due to it would be solved soon. Sanctioning Rs. 2 lakh from MLA’s Fund, he directed for construction of drain at the earliest.
Shri Gaur visited Karariya, Kailash Nagar, Kolua, Damkheri and Sharda Nagar areas and held discussions with residents on drains, roads, drinking water and other basic amenities. Corporators Smt. Asha Jain, Sushri Tulsa Verma and Shri Leela Kishan Mali accompanied Shri Gaur during visit.
Tourism to be boosted to strengthen economy and increase level of happiness in people
Bhopal: April 15, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that immense possibilities of tourism in Madhya Pradesh will be tapped to create employment opportunities, strengthen economy and increase level of happiness in people. He said that there are immense employment possibilities in tourism sector. The state needs only branding and marketing. Development of tourism will further boost state’s economy. Shri Chouhan was inaugurating Madhya Pradesh Tourism Year 2015-16 at a grand function at Sair Sapata here today. Home Minister Shri Babulal Gaur was also present on the occasion.
Shri Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh will fully establish itself in tourism sector during Tourism Year. He said that side by side heritage tourism, large-scale fillip will also be given to cultural tourism. He said that tourism can be enhanced only through people’s cooperation. Referring to tourist spots in Madhya Pradesh, he informed that Madhya Pradesh has maximum number of tourist destinations. He informed that it is being considered to give permission of tourism in buffer zones of National Parks even during rainy season. Scheme to see wildlife from close quarters is also being considered.
Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Shri Surendra Patwa said that number of tourists in the state has risen upto 6 crore 30 lakh. A target has been set to increase this number to 10 crore. He informed that the state has received 61 national and international awards for tourism management and promotion. He informed that year-long programmes will be held at Gwalior, Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur. District Tourism Development Councils will also do branding of tourist spots.
Travel and tour operators passed a resolution to promote tourism in the state. President of India Travel and Tour Operators Association Shri Subhash Goyal presented resolution letter to the Chief Minister.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan also released calendar of Tourism Year. He also released schedule of programmes to be held at Gwalior, Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur and tour package of Narmada Darshan.
He released coffee table book containing state’s delicacies, quarterly newsletter of tourism activities and renovated and more attractive website of Madhya Pradesh Tourism. He launched social media campaign to promote tourism and flagged of publicity vehicle. Shri Chouhan also released 600 feet painting of eminent painter Shri Naresh Kapooria focusing on Narmada. The Chief Minister also inaugurated an exhibition on Simhastha.
MP Shri Alok Sanjar, MLAs Sarvshri Rameshwar Sharma, Surendranath Singh, Vishwas Sarang and Vishnu Khatri, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, MD of MP Tourism Development Corporation Shri Ashwini Lohani, Secretary to CM Shri Hari Ranjan Rao and large number of tourists were present on the occasion.
Status of university to Dr. Ambedkar Social Science Institute
Bhopal: April 15, 2015
Union Minister of Food and Civil Supplies Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Social Justices and Empowerment Shri Thawarchand Gehlot and Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan unveiled the name plate giving status of university to Dr. Ambedkar Social Science Institute at Mhow today. It has been named as DR. B.R. Ambedkar Social Science University. On the occasion, the guests also inaugurated Constitution Preamble Pillar and Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Museum.
Chief guest and Union Minister Shri Paswan said that Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar worked for social harmony and equality. He said that the Central government has installed oil painting of Dr. Ambedkar in Sansad Bhavan, given reservation to neo-Buddhists, constructed DR. Ambedkar’s grand memorial in Delhi and is now trying to constructed Dr. Ambedkar’s memorial in America. He lauded Madhya Pradesh government for constructing Dr. Ambedkar Memorial.
Union Minister Shri Gehlot said that this university will be linked with famous universities of the world. He said that Union Ministry for Social Justice has made available necessary budget for 500-seater hostels for other backward classes and disabled students at Indore.
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh government has undertaken a umber of remarkable works in social justice sector. Mhow has been named as Dr. Ambedkar Nagar. Dr. Ambedkar Social Science University will be connected with Europe and America’s prestigious universities.
Madhya Pradesh to Emerge As Digital State
Bhopal: April 14, 2015
The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh will become fully Digital State. Addressing e-Governance Awards distribution ceremony for innovations and best practices organised by Science and Technology Department here today, he launched MPMobile Service for 120 public services. He also launched e-Shakti,
e-Dasksh Project to orient women about internet. State e-mail Service has also been launched by sending a greeting message to 17 thousand 800 employees. The rest will soon be connected to the service . Shri Chouhan also announced additional 6 percent DA to employees at par with Centre.
The Chief Minister stressed on innovative use of information technology to ensure speedy and effective delivery of public services. He said that delivery of public service can be radicalized using IT. Shri Chouhan reiterated the state government's commitment to transforming Madhya Pradesh in every sector.
The Chief Minister said that government has deep faith in people. Now, self-certified income and domicile certificates have been given recognition. He said that it is being considered to implement a new crop insurance scheme for the farmers within a year. Farmers must also have a minimum or assured income. He urged people present on the occasion to give suggestions for designing the scheme. He said that Farmers Welfare Fund should also be established to protect farmers in case of emergencies and compensate their crop loss. The Chief Minister congratulated awardees, departments and institutions and appreciated the Science and Technology Department for this initiative.
Minister for Information Technology Shri Bhupendra Singh said that good governance is soul of democracy. He said that good governance can be established by promoting use of information technology. He said that under the leadership of the Chief Minister, talents in the state are getting chance to realise their potential for the progress of the state. Young talents are also getting opportunities to contribute to the development of the state.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa said that the state is moving fast in use of information technology. Madhya Pradesh has also made important achievements in India’s journey from Manual Country to Digital Country. He said that good governance cannot be thought about without information technology. He informed that Madhya Pradesh is ahead of all in the country in e-Transactions as well as implementation of Open Data Policy. Under e-Shakti Project to empower women, training has so far been imparted to one lakh 60 thousand women. Secretary Information Technology Shri Hari Ranjan Rao while dwelling on establishment and process of e-Governance Awards said that 10 juries were formed to select the best from among 189 nominations for 10 categories. Award money has also been doubled from current year.
The Chief Minister felicitated office of the Labour Commissioner, Indore’s Shram Sewa Portal, the then Commissioner of Ujjain division Shri Arun Pandey and collector Shri B.M. Sharma for Mahakaleshwar Mandir’s management system, “Enterprise Information Management System” under Water Resources Department, NGOs “Citizen Cop Foundation”, Indore and Bhopa’s Asar Green Kabadi Private Limited, MP Online.
For innovative use of information technology in e-governance for database facility for neonatal monitoring, the then collector of Bhind for district election management, Mandla district for “Vatsalya Mandla Project”, MP State Education Portal for student tracking integrated scholarship and benefit management system and as runner up to Madhya Pradesh Employment Guarantee Council for MNREGA audit and fiscal management system and Mandla Collector for “Gyanranjan Project”.
A number of other awards were also given away on the occasion.
CEO of Madhya Pradesh Agency for Promotion of IT Shri M. Selvendran proposed a vote of thanks.
50 % amount of hailstorm-affected farmers’ electricity bills to be adjusted
Bhopal: April 14, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that 50 percent amount of hailstorm-affected farmers’ electricity bills will be adjusted. He said that fall in production will be compensated through crop insurance scheme. The Chief Minister was addressing affected farmers after inspecting hailstorm-affected crops at village Suhans in Gohad tahasil of Bhind district today. Shri Chouhan also announced to re-construct damaged pond and open a high school at the village. Women & Child Development Minister Smt. Maya Singh, Minister of State for General Administration Shri Lal Singh Arya and MP Dr. Bhagirath Prasad were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that natural calamity has badly affected crops. Farmers are in a state of crisis facing a number of challenges. He asked farmers not to worry at all. The government will leave no stone unturned to provide financial assistance to them against crop loss.
Referring to relief given by the state government to affected farmers, Shri Chouhan said that 50 percent amount of hailstorm-affected farmers’ electricity bills will be adjusted. He said that loan recovery from farmers with over 50 percent crop loss has been suspended and their short-term loans have been converted to medium-term. Such farmers will be provided wheat, rice and salt at Re. one per kg and sugar and kerosene on BPL rates till next crop. Rs. 25 thousand each will be given to farmers whose daughters are to be married. He said that directives have also been given for crop cutting experiment. Field staff has been given strict instructions to conduct survey honestly.
Strict action will be taken if any irregularity is found in this work. He said that a packed has been chalked out for protection of girls who have lost their fathers. A sum of Rs. 25 thousand will be deposited in the bank accounts of such girls.
The Chief Minister informed that the state government is considering a permanent solution to make available adequate relief against repeated natural calamities suffered by farmers. He said that the state government wishes to enter into contact with such an insurance company which might compensate losses suffered by farmers under any circumstances.
Sindhi community’s contribution in state’s development unparalleled: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal: April 13, 2015
Taking forward tradition of respect to all religions, birth anniversary of Lord Jhulelal was celebrated with traditional joy and happiness at CM House here today. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan extended greetings of Cheti Chand to invited members of Sindhi community. Chief Minister’s wife Smt. Sadhana Singh was also present at the function.
The Chief Minister said that the state government will take initiative of every possible assistance to Sindhi families grappling with problem of relocation. He said that Sindhu Darshan Yatra under Mukhyamantri Tirth-Darshan Yojana will be held in June. He said that he would himself take part in this pilgrimage journey.
Shri Chouhan said that Sindhi community is hard working. Their contribution in development of Madhya Pradesh is unparalleled. Referring to religious gurus and Shaheeds of Sindhi community, he said that country will remain dynamic only through preservation of culture and civilization. Sindhis never forgot their sense of belonging to the community. Mother tongue should not be forgotten. He said that members of Sindhi community should converse with each other in their houses only in Sindhi. He referred to Avtaran of Lord Jhulelal. Shri Chouhan prayed to him to shower blessings on devotees.
Welcome address was delivered by Shri Ashok Rohani. On behalf of the community, he expressed gratitude towards Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan for holding Sindhu Darshan Yatra.
The Chief Minister inaugurated the function by lighting a lamp. He felicitated representatives of various religions with shawls and coconuts. Swami Swaroopanand, Swami Shyamanand and Swami Hansanand presented devotional songs at the programme. Artistes from Mumbai presented programmes focusing on Sindhi culture. Sushri Manjushri presented Sindhi songs. Sindhu Social presented a programme focusing on Beti Bachao Abhiyan.
Food & Civil Supplies Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah, Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, Mayor Shri Alok Sharma, MLAs Shri Vishwas Sarang and Shri Surendranath Singh, Vice-President of Senior Citizens Welfare Commission Shri Nanak Ram Wadhwani, State President of Madhya Pradesh Sindhu Sabha Shri Bhagwandas Sabnani, Shri Shankar Lalwani, saints & seers and large number Sindhu community men and women were present on the occasion.
Underground copper mine of 5 MT capacity inaugurated at Malajkhand
Bhopal: April 13, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan laid foundation stone of underground copper mine of 5 MT annual expansion capacity at Malajkhand in Balaghat district today. He said that 25 percent of total royalty on minerals mined from an area will be spent on development of concerning mining area. He said that Rs. 2000 core will be spent on this project. In the programme, inauguration and foundation laying is also take place of over Rs. 50 crore development works of district administration and Central schemes.
5000 people to get employment
Annual capacity of mine 5 MT.
Production capacity 142.8 Mt.
5 thousand people to get employment, 2500 direct and indirect each.
Rs. 2000 crore to be spent on mining.
Royalty received by state government to be spent on other important development works.
Company pays Rs. 45 crore royalty and Rs. 45 crore production fee to state government.
Mineral-based small industries in the area to get boost.
The Chief Minister said that names of Malajkhand and Baihar will be written in golden words for this Rs. 2000 crore gift. MoU for this project of Malajkhand was signed at Indore Global Investors Summit in view of immense deposits of copper and manganese in the area. Today, the project is being started with the cooperation of Central government. Production of copper will increase in the area and direct and indirect employment will be made available to 2500 people and same number of people will get indirect employment.
The Chief Minister directed project directors to make available jobs in the project to local people. Training arrangements can be made at local level, if local people require any training. The Chief Minister announced Rs. 13 crore 22 lakh from Mukhyamantri Shahari Peyjal Yojana for solution of drinking water problem of Malajkhand and Rs. 19 crore for Baihar drinking water scheme. A new crop insurance policy will be formulated in the state to compensate crop losses of farmers. He said that Poor People’s Welfare Year will be observed in Madhya Pradesh from September 2015 to September 2016.
One of biggest projects in Asia Presiding over the function, Union Minister for Mining and Steel Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said that Malajkhand copper project is among the biggest, not only in country but in Asia also. Its expansion could have been effected much earlier, but it got delayed due to non-coordination between Central and state government. The project has bee launched now when coordination started between Central and state governments. He said that as a result of sustained efforts of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan during last 10 years, possibilities of investment in the state have increased. Investors have evinced keen interest. He said that establishing of processing plant in the area will also be considered when the 5 MT annual capacity underground copper mine starts giving required production.
CM’a one-to-one with 35 domestic-foreign investors after Indore GIS
Following Global Investors Summit at Indore in October 2014, the Chief Minister has adopted approach of direct dialogue with investors. When in Bhopal , he holds one-to-one meetings with investors on every first Monday of month. After the summit, Shri Chouhan has held one-to-one meetings with 29 investors. During the period, 6 investors from America also met the Chief Minister and discussed their investment proposals.
Public Relations and Mineral Resources Development Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla said that Madhya Pradesh is 4th in the country in mineral wealth. Shri Shukla said that for the progress of state increase in mineral and forest produce production is necessary. Union Minister of State for Mining and Steel Shri Vishnudev Sai and state’s Agriculture Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen also addressed the function. MP Shri Bodh Singh Bhagat enumerated various problems of Malajkhand area and urged the Chief Minister to solve them.
The Chief Minister and guests also distributed benefits and materials to beneficiaries of various schemes of the state government.
Zila Panchayat Chairperson Smt. Rekha Bisen, Vice-Chairperson Smt. Anupama Netam, MLAs Shri Sanjay Uikay, Shri K.D. Deshmukh, Dr. Yogendra Nirmal, CMD of H.C.L. Shri K.D. Deewan, Chairman of District Cooperative Central Bank Shri Rajkumar Raizada, Chairman of Balaghat Nagar Palika Shri Anil Dhuware, Chairperson of Malajkhand Nagar Palika Smt. Meena Marskole, Baihar Nagar Panchayat’s President Smt. Yashwanti Markam and other public representatives were present on the occasion.
23 thousand teams for Indradhanush Mission in Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal: April 11, 2015
Mission Indradhanush has been launched in Madhya Pradesh from April 7. Besides, ANMs in the state have already been entrusted with special responsibility towards mothers and children through mother and child tracking system. Vaccines are administered at Gram Arogya Kendra level every Tuesday and Friday. Despite this, several children are left out.
Mission Indradhanush is an important medium to safeguard lives of these left out children. As many as 23 thousand teams are working in the state. Health workers are reaching even the places where government servants do not reach, generally. Vaccination teams are visiting door-to-door and even places inhabited by Nomadic and Banjara people to vaccinate children.
State-wide Mission Indradhanush was launched from Vidisha to mark World Health Day to safeguard lives of children through vaccination. In various districts of the state, the Mission activities are being conducted in week-long phases. Under it, children upto 2 years of age and pregnant women are being vaccinated. Campaign’s second phase will be held from May 7, third June 7 and fourth from July 7 for seven days each.
Campaign to dispel misgivings about lifesaving vaccinations against diphtheria, chronic cold, tetanus, polio, TB, small pox and Hepatitis-B will also be undertaken on state level. Chief Minister and Chief Secretary have chaired meetings and given directives for effective implementation of the Mission.
Percentage of vaccination is 66.4 percent in the state which is more than national average of 65 percent. Now, strategy has been chalked out to achieve 100 percent target under it. He said that success will surely be achieved in meeting this target with the cooperation of public representatives.
Government of India has selected 201 districts of the country for Mission Indradhanush including 15 top priority districts of Madhya Pradesh – Alirajpur, Anuppur, Chhatarpur, Damoh, Jhabua, Mandla, Panna, Raisen, Sagar, Rewa, Satna, Tikamgarh, Shahdol, Umaria and Vidisha. The state government is also paying attention to vaccination in the remaining districts.
Record rise in exports from Indore SEZ
Bhopal: April 11, 2015
Record rise has been witnessed in exports from Indore Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for the last one year.
Exports during the year rose by about 35 percent to Rs. 3,919 crore from last year’s Rs. 2,909 crore.
With this, total transactions at Indore SEZ rose to Rs. 5,310, which is 26 percent more than that of year 2013-14.
It is noteworthy that Indore SEZ is spread over an area of more than one thousand hectares.
At present, 47 units are in operation mainly engineering, pharma, textiles and food processing ones. Five new units are also under construction.
Increase in software exports as well
Software exports from Crystal IT Park in the SEZ has reached upto about Rs. 91 crore during last financial year. Last year, export was over Rs. 73 crore.
Industrialist Shri Tata meets CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal: April 10, 2015
MD of Tata International Shri Noel Tata paid a courtesy visit to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today. About future expansion plan of Tata International Factory at Dewas, he informed that large number of ancillary units of the factory are being set up in villages around Dewas.
This will end specially women’s problems of coming to Dewas from remote villages.
In these units, 100 villagers will get employment in 200 groups. Initial phase of production will be done at these units. Then the manufactured good will be brought to the main factory and given final touches there.
He informed that his factory is providing large number of jobs. Shri Tata expressed gratitude towards the Chief Minister for decision to allow women to work in night shift in Madhya Pradesh.
The Chief Minister while referring to contribution of Tata group in industrial development of the country discussed fast growing industrial scenario of the state. The Chief Minister said that industrialization is top priority to make available employment to maximum number of youths.
He has given this work shape of mission mode. Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra was also present during the meeting.
States given free hand to spend Central allocation as per requirement
Bhopal: April 10, 2015
At a high level meeting at CM House here today, Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley expressed consent on important fiscal issues of the state and assured about early solution. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave a detailed account of issues pertaining to fiscal management in the state to Shri Jaitley. Shri Chouhan expressed gratitude towards Central Government and Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley to increase states’ share in Central taxes from 32 percent to 42 percent and allowing states to spend it as per their requirements.
The Chief Minister informed that state’s economic growth rate stood at 9.94 percent during 11th Plan. A target has been set to increase it to 12 percent during 12th Five Year Plan. Growth rate was 10.9 percent during year 2014-15. Agriculture growth rate stood at 24.99 percent. He informed the Union Finance Minister that Madhya Pradesh has been a revenue-surplus state continuously since year 2004-05 and has been performing outstandingly in management of fiscal deficit during last 9 years.
Shri Chouhan informed that Madhya Pradesh is ahead of all states in Pradhanmantri Jan-Dhan Yojana by opening over 113 lakh bank accounts. Second phase of the scheme has already been launched.
Referring to recommendations of 14th Finance Commission, Shri Chouhan expressed gratitude towards Shri Jaitley on behalf of the state. He said that Central government’s decision to increase states’ share from 32 percent to 42 percent will accelerate pace of development works in states. The meeting also discussed grants received under lift irrigation programme, special backward area grant scheme, mid-day meal scheme, Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and National Agriculture Development Scheme.
Shri Jaitley gave consent to making available amount of Rs. 512 crore as state’s share in Central Sales Tax for period from 2010-11 to 2013-14 in 2 installments. With reference to recommendations of 14th Finance Commission, the Chief Minister said that limit of fiscal deficit of states can be increased by over 3 percent in special circumstances. This would help states in mobilizing financial resources. Shri Jaitley consented and assured to consider this.
The Chief Minister urged that if Central budget given to states from Union Ministries is provide in the first quarter of financial year, it would facilitate in further continuing work of ongoing schemes. He also urged to reconsider interest rate on assistance received from NABARD for infrastructure development. The Chief Minister drew attention of the Union Minister towards different definitions of Jan-Dhan Yojana being used in rural areas by Insurance Regulatory Development Authority and Reserve Bank of India. This is creating difficulty on field level in implementing micro insurance. In this regard, definition of Business Correspondent Agents given by Reserve Bank of India will be suitable to maintain uniformity. The Chief Minister also urged to include Regional Rural Banks as members of Credit Guarantee Trust Fund for micro entrepreneurship.
The Chief Minister also drew attention of the Union Minister towards the point that innovative fiscal arrangements should be introduced for public-private projects by improving Viability Gap Funding Policy. Through this, projects like solid waste management, infrastructure development, metro rail, health and education can be completed.
Finance Minister Shri Jayant Malaiya, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, ACS Finance Shri Ajay Nath, ACS Planning Smt. Ajita Vajpayee Pandey, Agriculture Production Commissioner Shri R.K. Swai, Principal Secretary Industries Shri Mohammad Suleman, Principal Secretary Agriculture Shri Rajesh Rajora, Principal Secretary Commercial Taxes Shri Manoj Shrivastava, Secretary Commercial Taxes Shri Amit Rathore, Secretary Mineral Resources Shri Shiv Shekhar Shukla and Secretary to CM Shri Vivek Agrawal attended the meeting.
Strict action to be taken on irregularities in wheat procurement
Bhopal: April 9, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan made surprise inspection of wheat procurement centre of Raghuvesh Warehousing Private Limited at Mugalia Kot today. He got weighed wheat-laden trolleys twice. On noticing difference in weight, he directed to send team from Bhopal to investigate the matter. The Chief Minister said that the team from Bhopal will examine entire arrangements. Strict action will be taken if irregularities are found in any arrangement including weighing. Guilty persons will not be spared. Injustice with farmers will not be allowed anywhere in the state.
The Chief Minister held separate discussions with farmers present at procurement centre and sought information about procurement. Shri Chouhan examined samples of wheat procured from farmers and minutely inspected sample taking process. Shri Chouhan informed farmers that instructions have been given to all procurement centres to procure wheat which has lost shine due to untimely rains and hailstorm as well as thin grains. Discussions in this regard have also been held with Central government. He said that responsibility of procuring wheat from farmers has been entrusted to collectors and in-charge of concerning centre. Non-procurement of wheat from farmers will be taken seriously.
The Chief Minister had made surprise inspection of steel silo storage plant procurement centre following complaints by farmers about irregularities in weighing. He informed that he would inspect other procurement centres also similarly. At Mugalia Kot procurement centre, he got weighed trolleys of a number of farmers. Difference of 10 to 20 kg in weight was detected in one trolley. Collector Shri Nishant Warwade was also present on the occasion.
Health and accident insurance schemes to be implemented for regional journalists
Bhopal: April 9, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced to implement health and accident insurance schemes for regional journalism. The Chief Minister announced to double the amount of Rs. 51 thousand for regional journalism awards from current year itself. Remaining amount will be deposited in bank accounts of all awardee journalists.
Addressing Regional Journalism Awards function organised by Public Relations Department at Samanvaya Bhavan here today, Shri Chouhan said that process would be started to allocate land for Press Clubs at district headquarters. This will facilitate regional journalists in their work. Shri Chouhan said that a roadmap has been chalked out to construct an international level Press Club at Bhopal.
The Chief Minister also announced that excellence awards will be given for electronic media and photo journalism from next year.
Praising regional journalists who discharge their duties facing difficulties and adverse conditions, the Chief Minister said that the state government has taken initiative to honour excellence.
The Chief Minister said that good work should be accorded social recognition and praise. Journalists discharge their duty towards society. Therefore, it is the responsibility of society to felicitate them. He said that Regional Journalism Awards will be given every year regularly. Shri Chouhan said that it is a difficult task to disseminate credible and factual news from villages and towns. Giving news of about good social works being done in society is in itself a social service. Regional journalists do the work of awakening and alerting system. He said that government has always welcomed healthy criticism and strived for immediate corrective steps.
Family members and relatives of journalists in whose names awards have been instituted were also present at the function. The Chief Minister also felicitated them as well as members of jury.
In the welcome address, Public Relations Minister Shri Shukla congratulated awardee journalists. He said that journalism has done important work of lifting standards of life by making democracy a boon. He said that Regional Journalism Awards function will be held every year. The Minister said that Madhya Pradesh has shrugged off tag of a sick state during last decade. Media has played important role in this.
Jury member Shri Mahesh Shrivastava said that Shri Chouhan is a Chief Minister who gives respect to journalists. The Chief Minister also felicitated other jury members including Shri Madan Mohan Joshi, Shri Jai Krishna Gaur, Shri Jairam Shukla and Shri Sharad Dwivedi. Large number journalists from various regions, distinguished citizens and eminent media persons were present on the occasion.
Commissioner Public Relations Shri S.K. Mishra proposed a vote of thanks.
The Chief Minister gave away regional awards instituted in the names of Sarvshri Sharad Joshi, Rahul Barpute, Ratanlal Joshi, Jeevan Lal Verma Vidrohi, Kanhaiyalal Vaidya, Banarsi Das Chaturvedi and Master Baldev Prasad.
Shri Sharad Joshi Regional Journalism Awards were conferred to Shri Satish Alia, Shri Govind Badone, Sushri Rani Sharma, Shri Prabhu Pateria, Shri Pradeep S. Chouhan, Shri Rajesh Sharma and Shri Harish Diwekar.
Rahul Barpute Regional Journalism Awards were conferred to Sushri Rumani Ghosh, Shri Prabhakar Keralkar, Shri Dinesh Solanki, Shri Prem Vijay Patil, Shri Kirti Rana, Shri Dinesh Bamniya and Shri Navneet Shukla and Ratan Lal Joshi Regional Journalism Awards to Dr. Ram Vidrohi, Shri Pramod Bhargava, Shri Suresh Dandotiya, Shri Lokendra Parashar, Shri Rajdev Pandey, Shri Nirmal Sahu and Shri Ravindra Jharkhariya.
Jeevanlal Verma Vidrohi Regional Journalism Awards were conferred to Dr. Kishan Kachhwah, Shri Manish Gupta, Shri Mahesh Chandak, Shri Laxmi Narayan Awadhiya, Shri Sanjay Jain, Shri Sudhir Upadhyay and Shri Prem Shankar Tiwari and Kanhaiyyalal Vaidya Regional Journalism Awards to Shri Kailash Sanoliya, Shri Sunil Jain, Shri Rajesh Manav, Shri Ashok Jhaloya, Shri Nirukt Bhargava, Shri Lalit Jwel and Shri Satish Gaur. Banarsi Das Chaturvedi Regional Journalism Awards were conferred to Shri Umashankar Tiwari, Shri Ajay Singh, Shri Shaligram Sharma, Shri Brijesh Pathak, Shri Rajesh Dwivedi Shri Ramakant Dwivedi and Shri Sudama Sharad.
Master Baldev Prasad Regional Journalism Awards were conferred to Shri Bhola Ram Bhartiya, Shri Ravindra Vyas, Shri Sudesh Tiwari, Shri Abhishek Yadav, Shri Suresh Sharma, Shri Narayan Singh Thakur and Shri Pankaj Soni.
Unlimited scope in journalism: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal: April 8, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that there is unlimited scope in journalism. Shri Chouhan was addressing a cultural programme and award distribution function Pratibha 2015 held by Makhanlal Chaturvedi University of Journalism and Mass Communication here today. At the function, the Chief Minister presented Rs. 2 lakh cheque, shawl, coconut and letter of citation each for Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award for year 2012 to senior journalist Shri Madan Mohan Joshi and 2013 to Shri Shyamlal Yadav.
Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla and Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh university Shri A.K.D.N. Vajpayee were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that journalism has many dimensions. Role of journalism is important in democracy. It decides direction of politics. It is also social service to bring forth truth. He said that goal should also be high. There is way where is will. Referring to personalities and deeds of awardee journalists, the Chief Minister urged young journalist to draw inspiration from them. The Chief Minister said that Shri Madan Mohan Joshi has also associated himself with social concerns along with journalism.
Bhopal’s cancer hospital is the result of his efforts. Congratulating Shri Shyamlal Yadav for new heights in journalism, he said that Shri Yadav has shown to the world that Right to Information exists in India. Shri Chouhan gave mantra of success to young journalists. He exhorted them to make constant efforts with patience. For achieving targets, one must have conviction and steady mind. He reminisced about his entry into politics. He motivated youths for acquiring qualities of dedicated workers. He also directed to confer awards every year. The Chief Minister also released books published by Shri Saket Dube and Shri Manoj Chaturvedi under university’s series “Sanchar Ki Bharatiya Parampara”. As head of the institution, he gave away mementoes to guests.
Awardee journalist Shri Madan Mohan Joshi said that he entered field of journalism with foundation of Madhya Pradesh. He said that journalism has immense scope of work. Journalist Shri Shyamlal Yadav said that everyone has a proper place in democracy.
Vice-chancellor Shri Brij Kishore Kuthiala announced holiday in the university on April 8 and proposed a vote of thanks.
Negligence in public welfare schemes not to be tolerated: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal: April 8, 2015
Disposing of cases of complainants during Samadhan Online here today, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan directed for strict action against concerning officers for negligence and inordinate delay in disposal of cases.
On complaint of Shri Somwati Ahirwar of Sagar district for not registering timely under Ladli Laxmi Yojana, the Chief Minister directed Sagar Divisional Commissioner to investigate the matter and take action against concerning officer. Holding discussions with divisional commissioners and collectors, he said that negligence in the schemes to benefit common people will not be tolerated.
Umaria district’s complainant Smt. Bhagwati Rajak informed the CM that her husband died during agricultural operations. Despite this, she is not getting economic assistance under Mukhyamantri Krishak Jeevan Kalyan Yojana. Describing the delay as inhuman, the CM directed to suspend concerning naib tahasildars with immediate effects. He also sanctioned immediate relief of Rs. 50 thousand to Smt. Rajak from CM’s Discretionary Fund. He asked collectors to undertaken review of such cases earnestly in which delay is caused by officers and employees at lower level.
Taking serious note of complaint by Shri Abhishek Sahu of Damoh district about delay in scholarship under Super 500 Scheme, the Chief Minister directed for investigation in the case and fix responsibility of concerning officer. He provided immediate assistance of Rs. 35 thousand to Shri Abhishek Sahu and motivated him to continue studies. Shri Abhishek Sahu’s father is a labourer and he has secured 95 percent marks in high school exam and appeared in class XII exam. CM said that it is not proper to get attestation of eligibility repeatedly once Labour Welfare Card is issued.
The Chief Minister took serious note of delay in providing assistance amount for daughter’s marriage to Shri Lallu Dheemar of Tikamgarh and directed for strict action against concerning officers. Shri Mukesh Gehlot of Shajapur complained that payment against loss of animals due to hailstorm has not been paid to him. CM directed for strict action against concerning officer. The Chief Minister told collectors that he would himself visit districts and review difficulties being experienced in implementation of public welfare schemes.
Shri Kaniram Panchal of Sheopur complaint that benefit of Deenbandhu Yojana has not been provided to them. The Chief Minister directed for departmental disciplinary action against the concerning officer. Shri Umesh Sharma of Shivpuri informed that he did work of installing number plates in the houses in Janpad and Gram Panchayats in Jhabua district in year 2011 on the orders of the then Zila Panchayat CEO while he was not authorized to give work orders and order for payment. Chief Minister directed the Chief Secretary to investigate the matter and take strict action against the then CEO of Jhabua Zila Panchayat.
Review of crop loss
The Chief Minister held detailed discussions with collectors on survey reports pertaining to crop loss as a result of excessive rains and hailstorm. He praised collectors for systematic survey and that there is no dissatisfaction about it among farmers. Relief distribution will also start soon. The Chief Minister also directed to include names of affected farmers’ family members in Samagra database so that they can get wheat and rice at Re. one per kg and subsidised kerosene and sugar easily. The CM directed to hold programmes under the leadership of ministers in-charge of districts for distribution of relief information letters in affected areas. Relief amounts will be directed deposited in farmers’ bank accounts.
The Chief Minister informed that Central Government has given exemption of 40 percent in average quality of wheat and 10 percent relaxation will be given in broken and small grains. Therefore, every grain of wheat should be procured from farmers. He said that wheat of average quality can be used in public distribution system since there is not lacuna in its quality. He also directed Civil Supplies Corporation and MARKFED that there is no reason for not procuring wheat from farmers. Every single grain should be procured in right earnest. Madhya Pradesh has earned fame in the country in wheat procurement and storage. He said that he would himself visit procurement centres to take stock of arrangements there.
Referring to Mission Indradhanush for complete vaccination, the Chief Minister informed collectors that 15 districts of Madhya Pradesh are included in the 201 districts selected by Central Government for the mission where special attention should be paid to vaccination of children below 2 years of age and pregnant women.
Shri Chouhan said that Mission Indradhanush has been implemented in all districts of the state in view of importance of vaccination and safeguarding children’s lives. Ministers in-charge of districts will participate in these programmes and make people aware about vaccination.
Discussing matter of making CM Helpline-181 more effective, the CM said that this novel method of complaint redressal needs to be monitored specially. There is no justification of complaints remaining pending at collector level. The Chief Minister directed to pay special attention to complaints about corruption, saying that CM Helpline-181 is an effective campaign against corruption. He praised collectors of Mandla, Ujjain, Alirajpur, Panna, Sheopur, Datia, Burhanpur and Sehore districts for effective disposal of complaints regarding corruption. The CM said that complaints received at CM Helpline will be reviewed during Samadhan Online every month. He directed collectors to identify officers not sensitive toward redressal of complaints. Departmental action will be taken against them.
Curb illegal liquor strictly
Referring to law and order arrangements, the CM directed to take strict action to curb illegal sale of liquor. He directed to launch campaign against illegal liquor and anti-social elements. If people complain about it, SPs will be held responsible. SP and IG will be held responsible if situation of communal riot crops up in districts. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and Principal Secretaries of concerning departments were present on the occasion.
Top priority to people’s satisfaction
Bhopal: April 7, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that top priority should be attached to people’s satisfaction in disposal mechanism of CM Helpline. Compromise with credibility of disposal mechanism will not be tolerated. Penal action will be taken against those not disposing of cases properly. Shri Chouhan undertook review of CM Helpline and Public Services Delivery Guarantee Act here today. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa was also present.
The Chief Minister said that he would also review complaints received at CM Helpline. In this regard, he will chair meeting of Principal Secretaries of various departments every month. He said that effective arrangements should be made to dispose of complaints at the first level. For work assessment of officers, their promptness in disposing of complaints received at 181 should also be made a basis. He stressed the need to use data of 181 in assessment of departmental services. He said that apart from making concrete arrangements for time-bound disposal of complaints. Complainants should also be informed as to how much time will be consumed in disposal of their complaints and that they should wait till a fixed time.
It was informed at the meeting that 124 services of 22 departments are under the ambit of Public Services Delivery Guarantee Act. Of these, 68 services are delivered through 336 public service centres and 10 services are delivered online at departmental level. Under the Act, 2 crore 34 lakh applications have been received so far. Of these, one crore 97 lakh applications have been disposed of. Against 77 lakh applications for caste certificates received from students of class one to XII, laminated caste certificates have been distributed to over 33 lakh students. Department has received e-governance award for year 2014. State is pioneer in the country in implementation of e-District Project. Central Government has sanctioned Rs. 115 crore for the project. Director General of State Public Service Agency Shri Hari Ranjan Rao, Executive Director Smt. Swati Meena and MAP-IT’s CEO Shri M. Selvendran were also present on the occasion.
Investors meet Chief Minister Shri Chouhan
Bhopal: April 7, 2015
In the series of regular meetings with investors, 3 investors met Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today. They included Chairman of SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited, Kolkata Shri Hemant Kanoriya, Director of BP Food Products Private Limited, Gwalior Shri Ravi Bansal and Managing Director of Messrs Parental Drug Limited, Mumbai Shri Vinod Kumar Gupta. Commerce and Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia was also present on the occasion.
Shri Hemant Kanoriya of SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited proposed to establish integrated industrial park in Sehore district and smart city near Indore, Shri Ravi Bansal of BP Food Products Private Limited urged for sanction of customized package for research and development project. Shri of Messrs Parental Drug Limited proposed to establish a Rs. 150 crore pharmaceutical unit in Khargone district.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary Industries Shri Mohammad Suleman, Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra, MD of TRIFAC Shri D.P. Ahuja, Commissioner Urban Development and Environment Shri Sanjay Shukla and MD of State Housing and Infrastructure Board Shri Nitesh Vyas were also present on the occasion.
Judicial infrastructure and modernization possible only through partnership of executive and judiciary
Bhopal: April 6, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged for continued partnership of executive and judiciary for judicial infrastructure and modernization of courts. Shri Chouhan was addressing a joint convention of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of states in New Delhi today. Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court Shri A. M. Khanwilkar was also present on the occasion.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi also addressed the convention. Union Law Minister Shri Sadanand Gowda, Chief Justice of India Shri H.L. Dattu, Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of states attended the convention.
Shri Chouhan said that he is committed to extending every cooperation to judiciary in delivering less expensive, easy and speedy justice. There would be no financial constraint in this. Every assistance sought by judiciary will be provided by the state government from its own resources. Shri Chouhan said that he is ready to give fiscal autonomy and right to High Court to re-appropriate budget.
Shri Chouhan stressed the need for a new strategy and legal changes to reduce pendency in courts. He said that cases of cheque bounce and other petty revenue cases may be disposed of in initial proceedings in revenue courts. Similarly, cases under Motor Vehicle Act etc. can also be disposed of through penalty and chalan. Shri Chouhan said that most of the cases against state governments are filed by their own officers and employees. For this, state governments should dispose of cases of officers and employees through internal arrangements within time-limit. Shri Chouhan informed that Madhya Pradesh government implemented Public Services Delivery Guarantee Act in year 2009 under which services are delivered within time-limit.
Shri Chouhan informed that Labour Act and various other Acts have been amended in Madhya Pradesh keeping in view interests of labourers and employees. Policy of zero tolerance against has been adopted in crimes against children and women. The state government is using information technology, digitizing to modernize courts and making available skilled manpower who will be helpful to simplify judicial process and dispose of pending cases. The state government has implemented Mukhyamantri Adhivakta Kalyan Yojana 2012. Under the scheme, immediate financial assistance of Rs. one lakh is made available to next of kin in case of sudden death of an advocate. New advocates are provided Rs. 15 thousand to set up library and office. Financial assistance is also given in case of serious disease.
Regional Journalism Awards function on April 8
Bhopal: April 6, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will -confer Regional Journalism Awards to selected journalists on April 8 at 5 pm at Samanvaya Bhavan here. A jury has selected regional journalists for awards. National and State level journalism awards will be distributed at a function on April 19. Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla will preside over the function . Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa will also be present.
Selection of awards has been made for years 2008 to 2014. The state-level awards carry Rs. one lakh and regional awards Rs. 51 thousand each with mementoes.
Sharad Joshi (Bhopal) Regional Journalism Award
For Shri Sharad Joshi (Bhopal) Regional Journalism Awards, Shri Satish Alia, Bhopal will be conferred award for year 2008, Shri Govind Badone, Rajgarh 2009, Sushri Rani Sharma, Bhopal 2010, Shri Prabhu Pateria, Bhopal 2011, Shri Pradeep Chouhan, Sehore 2012, Shri Rajesh Sharma, Bhopal 2013 and Shri Harish Diwekar will be conferred award for year 2014.
Rahul Barpute (Indore) Regional Journalism Award
For Shri Rahul Barpute (Indore) Regional Journalism Awards, Sushri Rumani Ghosh, Indore will be conferred award for year 2008, Shri Prabhakar Keralkar, Omkareshwar 2009, Shri Dinesh Solanki, Mhow 2010, Shri Prem Vijay Patil, Dhar 2011, Shri Kirti Rana, Indore 2012, Shri Dinesh Bamniya, Khandwa 2013 and Shri Navneet Shukla, Indore will be conferred award for year 2014.
Banarsi Das Chaturvedi (Rewa) Regional Journalism Award
For Shri Banarsi Das Chaturvedi (Rewa) Regional Journalism Awards, Shri Umashankar Tiwari, Rewa will be conferred award for year 2008, Shri Ajay Singh, Rewa 2009, Shri Shaligram Sharma, Satna 2010, Shri Brijesh Pathak, Sidhi 2011, Shri Rajesh Dwivedi Satna 2012, Shri Ramakant Dwivedi Rewa 2013 and Shri Sudama Sharad, Satna will be conferred award for year 2014.
Shri Ratan Lal Joshi (Gwalior) Regional Journalism Award
For Shri Ratan Lal Joshi (Gwalior) Regional Journalism Award, Dr. Ram Vidrohi, Gwalior will be conferred award for year 2008, Shri Pramod Bhargava, Shivpuri 2009, Shri Suresh Dandotiya, Gwalior 2010, Shri Lokendra Parashar, Gwalior 2011, Shri Rajdev Pandey, Gwalior 2012, Shri Nirmal Sahu, Guna 2013 and Shri Ravindra Jharkhariya, Gwalior will be conferred award for year 2014.
Master Baldev Prasad (Sagar) Regional Journalism Award
For Master Baldev Prasad (Sagar) Regional Journalism Award, Shri Bhola Ram Bhartiya, Sagar will be conferred award for year 2008, Shri Ravindra Vyas, Chhatarpur, 2009, Shri Sudesh Tiwari, Sagar 2010, Shri Abhishek Yadav, Sagar 2011, Shri Suresh Sharma, Tikamgarh 2012, Shri Narayan Singh Thakur, Damoh 2013 and Shri Pankaj Soni, Sagar will be conferred award for year 2014.
Kanhaiyyalal Vaidya (Ujjain) Regional Journalism Award,
For Kanhaiyyalal Vaidya (Ujjain) Regional Journalism Award, Shri Kailash Sanoliya will be conferred award for year 2008, Shri Sunil Jain, Ujjain 2009, Shri Rajesh Manav, Neemuch 2010, Shri Ashok Jhaloya, Mandsaur 2011, Shri Nirukt Bhargava, Ujjain 2012, Shri Lalit Jwel, Ujjain 2013 and Shri Satish Gaur, Ujjain will be conferred award for year 2014.
Jeevanlal Verma Vidrohi (Jabalpur) Regional Journalism Award
For Jeevanlal Verma Vidrohi (Jabalpur) Regional Journalism Award, Dr. Kishan Kachhwah, Jabalpur will be conferred award for year 2008, Shri Manish Gupta, Jabalpur 2009, Shri Mahesh Chandak, Chhindwara 2010, Shri Laxmi Narayan Awadhiya, Dindori 2011, Shri Sanjay Jain, Katni 2012, Shri Sudhir Upadhyay, Mandla 2013 and Shri Prem Shankar Tiwari, Jabalpur will be conferred award for year 2014.
Mukundpur zoo to be centre of international tourists’ attraction
Bhopal: April 4, 2015
Public Relations and Energy Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla along with Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Shri Surendra Patwa visited zoo-cum-wildlife treatment centre coming up at Mukundpur during his Rewa visit today. They also sought information about construction works. It was informed that most of works have been completed. Remaining would also be completed soon. MP Shri Janardan Mishra and Mayor Smt. Mamta Gupta were present on the occasion.
Shri Patwa directed that pace of bringing wild animals should be accelerated by completing remaining works. Describing the zoo as an achievement for Vindhya region and entire Madhya Pradesh, he said that its opening will boost tourism.
PR Minister Shri Shukla said that white tiger safari and zoo are major achievements for Vindhya region. With their opening the region will become an attraction of international tourists. This will pave the way for local employment and economic growth.
PR Minister Shri Shukla and MoS Shri Patwa inspected night house, enclosures and water body. They also inspected hospital and administrative buildings. All construction works in the zoo have been made as per norms of Central Zoo Authority. The Minister duo was also informed about layout plan and zoo plan.
It was informed that construction of night houses for tigers, white tigers, lions, panthers, bears etc. has been completed. Visitor road inside white tiger safari, management beyond fencing all around, water bodies and 6350 meter long wall to enclose 100 hectare area have been completed. Construction work of 5 enclosures, hospital and administrative building has also been completed.
It is noteworthy that 100 hectare forest area has been earmarked for establishment of zoo-cum-wildlife treatment centre, Mukundpur. Of these, 25 hectare area has been earmarked for construction of white tiger safari as per approval of Central Zoo Authority. Construction of zoo is in last phase. Process is also on to bring wild animals. Tourist will have opportunity to see 3 white tigresses and one white tiger, yellow tigers, lions, panthers, antelopes, foxes, swamp deer, deer and 463 wild animals of other species in this zoo.
Various competitions held on 3rd day
Bhopal: April 4, 2015
Vindhya Mahotsav is underway at Rewa with pomp and show. On its third day, various competitions were held including paintings on tourism, archaeology and heritage and Kala Yatra, tug-of-war and volleyball.
Hundreds of school students in 4 groups drew attractive and colourful paintings on the themes of nature, environment, tourism, archaeology and heritage of Vindhya region.
Kala Yatra processing depicting folk arts was taken out through various roads in the city. During Yatra, artistes performed folk arts of Baghelkhand region including Ahirai dance, Kali Khappad dance, Shaila dance and Holi Geet. The Yatra was marked by participation of elephants, horse, baghhis, bullock carts and folk traditions of the region.
Performance of International Maihar Band today
Under cultural programmes in the Mahotsav, International Maihar Band will present its performance on April 4. Child artistes of Banaras Gharana Aman Jain, Anannya and Prakriti Pandey will present Sitar performance. Eminent film actress Gracy Singh will present group dance.
Mehndi competition for school girls and women will also be held on April 4. School girls below 18 years of age will comprise the first group and school girls above 18 years and women in the second group.
Programme to rectify and certify electoral rolls to continue till August 15
Bhopal: April 3, 2015
On the directives of Election Commission of India, work to rectify and certify electoral rolls will continue in the state till August 15. The state government has directed all divisional commissioners and district collectors for effective implementation of the programme started from March.
The Election Commission had held a video-conferencing recently with States’ Chief Electoral Officers regarding preparations for the programme. At the video-conference, directives were given regarding fulfillment of all requirements of information technology for rectification and certification programme. Instructions were given to arrange computers, internet and data entry operators for Electoral Roll Officers (ERRs). The commission has also directed CEO to send proposal to meet these requirements to the state government.
Campaign to increase awareness about the programme will continue till July 31. A special camp will be held on April 12 and monthly special camp will be held on one Sunday during next month. Directives have been given to complete 25 percent activities of the programme by April 30, remaining 30 percent by May 31, 30 percent by June 5 and 5 percent by July 31. Other activities will be completed in remaining period.
Contemplation on development of 35 lakh hectare degraded forests
Bhopal: April 3, 2015
A scheme has been chalked out to develop degraded forest areas in the state with public participation for expanding activities of eco-tourism development. Madhya Pradesh Eco-Tourism Board held a one-day investors’ meet to chalk out strategy in this regard at Bhopal today.
Private investors attending the meet visited areas under Laharpur in the morning. Investors of the opinion that tourists can be attracted by developing degraded forests. Additional Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Shri Jitendra Agrawal informed that tourism activities can be expanded in about 35 lakh hectare degraded forests by developing water sources and grass.
Principal Secretary Forests Shri A.P. Shrivastava, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Shri Narendra Kumar and Managing Director of State Tourism Development Corporation were present at the meet.
Meaning of human life lies in upliftment of others
Bhopal: April 2, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that serving others is the biggest religion and causing difficulties for others biggest sin. He said that human life is meaningful only when one lives for others. Shri Chouhan was inaugurating Sadavart Dharmshala constructed by Gomti Bai Sarang Jan-Sewa Nyas on the banks of Narmada at Pipariya in Raisen district today. At the Dharmshala pilgrims of Narmada Parikrama will be provide lodging and health facilities.
The Chief Minister said that the state government has implemented a number of schemes to benefit the poor. The state government stands by every citizen in happiness and sorrow. He said that the government will not allow any shortage in providing relief to farmers affected by hailstorm. Referring to various welfare schemes of the state government, he said that side by side welfare schemes, development works are also being undertaken. Shri Chouhan announced to open high school at Doomerghat, Pipariya.
Chhattisgarh’s Minister Shri Brijmohan Agrawal, Vidhan Sabha Speaker Shri Sitasaran Sharma, former MP Shri Kailash Sarang and MLA Shri Vishwas Sarang also spoke on the occasion. Chhattisgarh’s Minister Shri Prem Prakash Pandey, state’s PWD Minister Shri Sartaj Singh, Animal Husbandry Minister Sushri Kusum Mahdele, Transport Minister Shri Bhupendra Singh, Minister of State for Culture Shri Surendra Patwa, former MP Shri Kailash Joshi and MLA Shri Ramkishan Patel were also present on the occasion.
CM Shri Chouhan extends greetings on Mahaveer Jayanti
Bhopal: April 2, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has extended greetings and best wishes on
Mahaveer Jayanti to state’s people.
In his message, Shri Chouhan said that Lord Mahaveer gave message of non-violence,
mercy towards living beings and peace to people.
His messages are still relevant and remain on in future.
CM Shri Chouhan releases Shri K. Suresh’s book
Bhopal: April 1, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan released senior IAS officer Shri K. Suresh’s book “Na Ki Jeet Hui” here today.
The book is a collection of memoirs.
The stories give glimpses of his vast experience.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and Principal Secretary to CM Shri S.K. Mishra were also present on the occasion.
Bhopal to have state-of-the-art media centre: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal: April 1, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that a state-of-the-art media centre will be constructed at Bhopal in consultation with journalists. Its architecture will be unique. Effort will be made to ensure that its foundation is laid in June. Shri Chouhan said this while talking to large number media persons who turned up at Chief Minister’s Residence here today. Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla was also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that the media centre will be autonomous. Government will cooperate in it, but there would be no intervention. Separate sub-committees have been constituted for construction of media centre’s building, running and administration. Their membership will not be permanent and of fixed term following which new members will be inducted. He said that selection of architect has been made for media centre in consultation with architects. Efforts will be made to accomplish work within time-limit.
The journalists present on the occasion included Sarvshri Mahesh Shrivastava, Lajja Shankar Hardenia, Mrigendra Singh, Arun Dixit, Rajesh Sirothiya, Anurag Upadhyay, Brajesh Rajput, Manoj Sharma, Dinesh Verma, Sunil Shukla, Manish Shrivastava, Nitendra Sharma, Vijay Das, Avdhesh Bhargava, Omprakash Mehta, Suresh Sharma, Girish Upadhyay, Ram Bhuvan Singh Kushwaha, Shashikant Trivedi, Girish Sharma, Chandra Bargal, Yogesh Tiwari, Vijay G. David, Sushri Mukta Pathak, Ravindra Jain, Prabhu Pateria, Rakesh Agnihotri, S.P. Tripathi, Sanjiv Shrivastava, Rajiv Soni, Pawan Devliya, Deepak Tiwari, Prashant Jain, Brajesh Chowkse, Vinod Khujneri, Dinesh Nigam, Shiv Anurag Pateriya, Jagdeep Singh Bains and Amit Jain etc.
Survey of crop loss should be completed by April 5
Bhopal: March 31, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has asked district collectors to ensure that survey of crop loss due to untimely rains and hailstorm is completed by April 5 at any cost. Survey lists should be displayed on Panchayat buildings and farmers’ claims and objections against them be immediately disposed of. He said that survey should be undertaken with humanitarian approach and intention to extend maximum cooperation to farmers in this hour of crisis. Large-scale amendments have been made in Revenue Book of Circulars for providing maximum relief to farmers. He asked collectors to include provision of relief against crops loss due to untimely rain in RBC. He directed that less shiny and thin wheat should also be procured.
CM to make surprise visits to take stock of relief distribution and wheat procurement.
Directs for liberal assistance to farmers with humanitarian approach.
Apart form excessive rains, loss due to untimely rains should also be included in RBC 6-4.
Rs. 500 per tree relief against loss to fruit bearing tress including orange.
Directives to ensure that farmers’ crops are not sold on throwaway price.
Sample of wheat should be preserved if procured below support price in any Mandi.
Mandis should not be closed unnecessarily.
Rains again in next 2-4 days forecast: Directives to specially alert farmers of Gwalior, Chambal, Shajapur, Datia, Chhatarpur, and Tikamgarh districts.
Excessively affected farmers to get wheat, rice, salt and sugar at Re. one per kg and 4 litre kerosene.
Rs. 25 thousand cash on marriage of daughter.
Relief against loss to vegetable and spices crops increased to Rs. 26 thousand per hectare.
The Chief Minister held a video-conference at Mantralaya today with divisional commissioners and collectors of calamity-affected districts regarding crop loss, public participation-based survey for assessment of crop loss and arrangements for wheat procurement. He also directed to redress the problems narrated by farmers to him during his visits to affected areas. He said that he would visit affected villages again.
Regarding relief, the Chief Minister said that every field was irrigated as a result of good rains this year. Therefore, survey should be undertaken considering entire crop as irrigated. He informed that relief has been fixed at Rs. 15 thousand per hectare. He said that spirit to help farmers should be considered in survey work. Recovery of loan has been suspended till next crop. Government will bear interest for this period. Therefore, banks should be prevented from recovering loans.
Affected farmers will be provided wheat, rice and salt at Re. one per kg, 4 litre subsidised kerosene and one kg sugar. Affected farmers will be given Rs. 25 thousand for marriage of daughter. He directed to increase compensation of Rs. 40 on loss of poultry to Rs. 60 per foul. Relief against loss to crops of vegetables and spices has been increased to Rs. 26 thousand per hectare. The Chief Minister praised collectors for promptness and sensitive approach in survey of crop loss.
The Chief Minister directed collectors to make available benefit of crop insurance necessarily to farmers. He said that it would give a major relief to farmers. For this, it is necessary that crop cutting experiment is undertaken timely and collectors should remain alert in this regard. He said that failure to make available benefit of crop insurance to farmers is a criminal negligence. For this, collectors will be held responsible. He said that there should be no discrepancy in crop cutting experiment so that farmers get benefit of crop insurance easily. The Chief Minister also directed to provide immediate relief for repair of house damaged by excessive rains and hailstorm.
During discussion on wheat procurement, the Chief Minister said that the wheat which has lost shine or has remained thin should also be procured. He said that discussions have been held with Central government to relax procurement norms. Approach of Central government is also positive regarding this. He said that sample of wheat must be taken if it is procured in any Mandi below support price.
Shri Chouhan said that he would himself inspect procurement centres. He directed that Mandis should remain open regularly for farmers even on Sundays. He directed to initiative against Mandis which are not following their own calendar. He directed collectors to keep watch over procurement in Mandis and keep in constant touch with Mandi administration. Rate list at Mandis should be displayed electronically so that farmers get to know about procurement rates.
The Chief Minister held direct discussions with collectors of Ujjain, Neemuch, Mandsaur, Shajapur, Jabalpur, Mandla, Seoni, Chhindwara, Morena, Sheopur, Bhind, Gwalior, Shivpuri, Datia, Guna, Ashok Nagar, Rewa, Satna, Hoshangabad, Rajgarh, Vidisha, Dhar and Tikamgarh. The collectors informed about farmers of affected villages, affected area and expected relief. Agriculture Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and senior officers of concerning departments were present during video-conference.
Centre to extend every possible assistance to affected farmers
Bhopal: March 30, 2015
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has said that Central government stands by farmers in this hour of crisis. The Prime Minister has asked all states including Madhya Pradesh to provide immediate relief to affected farmers and send survey report on crops to the Centre. He said that Central government will extend every possible assistance on the basis of survey report. Shri Singh took stock of crop loss due to hailstorm at village Khera Tanka in Gwalior district and consoled farmers today. He was accompanied by Union Steel and Mines Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Expressing grief over extensive damage to crops by hailstorm, the Union Home Minister said that he has seen a natural calamity of such magnitude for the first time. He urged farmers to have patience and not to lose heart. At village Khera Tanka, Shri Rajnath Singh inspected crop loss in the fields of Sarvshri Devendra, Ram Singh, Jagendra, Sukhlal, Kundan Singh, Bharat Singh etc. and consoled them.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan reiterated that there would be no lack of funds for providing relief to affected farmers. He said that apart from all types of relief under provisions of Revenue Book of Circulars, affected farmers will also be provided benefit of crop insurance scheme. For this, directives have been given to collectors to undertake crop cutting experiment. The Chief Minister said that the state government had distributed Rs. 3300 crore relief to natural calamity affected farmers last year. This year also, no stone will be left unturned to provide relief to affected farmers.
Shri Chouhan said that the government has suspended recovery of loans from affected farmers. Besides, interest will also be paid by the government for one year. He said that the state government will provide Rs. 25 thousand for marriage of affected farmers’ daughters. They would not be bound to get their daughters marries at mass marriage functions for this amount. He also reiterated that affected farmers will be provided wheat, rice and salt at Re. one per kg and 4 litre kerosene and subsidised sugar. The Chief Minister urged the Union Home Minister to make efforts that Central government relaxes FAQ norms in procurement of wheat since it would be a major relief for farmers.
Union Steel and Mines Minister Shri Narendra Singh Chouhan assured every possible effort for Central assistance to Madhya Pradesh’s farmers. Shri Tomar lauded state government’s measures in favour of farmers.
MLA Shri Bharat Singh Kushwaha, ex-MLA Shri Jawahar Singh Rawat, Zila Panchayat Vice-President Shri Shanti Sharan Gautam and large number of farmers were present on the occasion.
Jain religion precious gem of Indian culture: Shri Rajnath Singh
Bhopal: March 30, 2015
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has said that Jain religion is a precious gem of Indian culture. It believes in “Ahinsa Parmo Dharm”. Peace can be established and terrorism decimated in the world only by following path of non-violence. Shri Singh was addressing Chaturvid Sammelan of Shwetambar Jain community at Indore today.
Shri Singh said that entire world is in the clutches of terrorism today. Decimation of terrorism is possible only through philosophy of non-violence. He said that crowning of Emperor Chandragupt Mourya in ancient India was done in accordance with Jain religious rites. Jain religion has a deep impact on Indian culture.
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Jain religion emphasizes on control of desires. Jain is one who controls desires. Jain religion believes in “Sat, Chit and Anand”. One is happy or sad due to results of one’s deeds.
Apart from saints and seers, Urban Development Minister Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Shri Surendra Patwa, Mayor Smt. Malini Gaud, MPs Shri Nandkumar Singh Chouhan and Shri Satya Narayan Jatia, VHP leader Shri Ashok Singhal etc. were present on the occasion.
CM Shri Chouhan meets Prime Minister
Bhopal: March 28, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi today.
He apprised him of the loss caused to farmers by excessive rains in Madhya Pradesh and demanded Central assistance for them.
It is noteworthy that standing crops in the state have suffered heavy damage due to untimely rains and hailstorm this year.
State’s Revenue and Agriculture staff is assessing crop loss continuously by visiting fields.
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will also tour Madhya Pradesh in this regard on March 29, Sunday.
CM Shri Chouhan convenes first meeting of Sub-Group on Centrally Sponsored Schemes
Bhopal: March 28, 2015
Maiden meeting of CMs’ Sub-Group on rationalisation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes to given new direction to development in the country was held at National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) in New Delhi today. The meeting under the convenership of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan constituted a working group headed by NITI’s CEO Smt. Sindhushri Khullar to chalk out further course of action of the sub-committee on the basis of Chief Ministers’ suggestions at the meeting and to prepare a draft for consideration. The working group will comprise concerning senior officers of Centre and states. This was informed by Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan after the meeting.
Shri Chouhan said that the meeting also discussed making schemes flexible as per requirement for their effective and result-oriented implementation, states’ active participation in making and proposing plans i.e. removal of tendency to impose schemes from higher level and changes likely to be made in view of increase of states’ share by Centre from 32 percent to 42 percent. Chief Ministers present at the meeting gave suggestions in the present context and requirements. Written suggestions were sent by some Chief Ministers who could not attend the meeting. Shri Chouhan said that concrete path of development will be paved in next meetings with all members’ consultation.
Chief Ministers of Arunachal, Jammu-Kashmir, Jharkhand, Nagaland and Rajasthan, Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar, NITI’s Member Shri Vivek Deboroy, Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and concerning officers were present on the occasion.
MP ahead of all in country to provide relief to farmers on natural calamity
Bhopal: March 27, 2015
Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh has said that Madhya Pradesh government is ahead of all to provide relief to farmers. Under leadership of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan during last 10 years, the state government has amended Revenue Book of Circulars
6-4 from time to time. Shri Singh said that through these amendments, outstanding increase of amount has been made in all provisions for relief in natural calamities in the state. He said that in several provisions, 2-fold to 10-fold increase has been made. Many new crops have been brought under ambit of relief.
Shri Singh said that for the first time in the state, crops of arhar and isabgol have been recognized as all-season crops. Financial powers of SDOs/Tahasildars have been enhanced for relief except loss of life/limb. Relief of Rs. 16 thousand per hectare or 400 per Paari is given on loss of 25 percent to 50 percent suffered by Pan Barejas. For over 50 percent loss, compensation worth Rs. 25 thousand per hectare or Rs. 625 per Paari will be given.
Minister Shri Rampal Singh informed that norms for giving relief have been enhanced remarkably following amendments in Revenue Book of Circulars 6-4. Relief of 3500 per hectare will be given for 25 percent to 50 percent loss to crops of vegetables, melons and water melons, Rs. 6000 per hectare on irrigated crops, Rs. 6000 on all-season crops if damaged during 6 or less months. If crops suffer over 50 percent loss, relief of Rs. 5500 per hectare will be given, Rs. 10 thousand for irrigated crops and Rs. 9500 per hectare on all-season crops if damaged during 6 or less months. If perennial crops suffer over 50 percent loss after 6 or more period after sowing, Rs. 10 thousand per hectare will given as relief for crops of vegetables, Rs. 13 thousand per hectare for vegetable crops grown through plantation, Rs. 4000 per hectare for sericulture, ericulture, mulberry and tussar crops and Rs. 5000 per hectare or moong crops.
According to Revenue Minister, Rs. 3000 per hectare relief will be given on 25 percent 50 percent loss crops of farmers 2 hectare or more rain-fed land and Rs. 4500 per hectare on irrigated land, Rs. 4500 per hectare on loss/damage to all-season sown/planted crops in less than 6 months and Rs. 8000 per hectare on loss/damage to all-season sown/planted crops during more than 6 months and Rs. 8000 for crops of vegetables.
The Minister informed that Rs. 4000 per hectare relief will be given on 25 percent 50 percent loss crops of farmers 2 hectare or more rain-fed land and Rs. 7500 per hectare on irrigated land, Rs. 9500 per hectare on loss/damage to all-season sown/planted crops in less than 6 months and Rs. 10000 per hectare on loss/damage to all-season crops during more than 6 months.
On loss of 25 percent to 50 percent, Rs. 300 per tree relief will be given if crops borne by trees of mango, orange, lemon, papaya, grapes, pomegranate etc. and Rs. 6 thousand per hectare on crops of orange, lemon, banana, grapes, pomegranate etc and Rs. 18 thousand per hectare or Rs. 450 per Paari on loss to Pan Bareja etc. On loss of over 50 percent on loss to crops, Rs. 400 per tree will be given trees of mango, orange, lemon, papaya, grapes, pomegranate etc, Rs. 8500 per hectare or Rs. 450 per Paari on crops of orange, lemon, banana, grapes, pomegranate etc. Rs. 28 thousand per hectare or Rs. 700 per hectare will be given if Pan Barejas suffer over 50 percent damage.
Following amendment in RBC 6-4, relief is also being given to affected families on loss of one big milch animal or 4 small milch animals and one big draught animal or 2 small draught animals.
Similarly, affected marginal and small farmers are being given relief of Rs. 25 thousand per hectare in case their land is eroded due to landslide or rivers changing their course. In place of Rs. 35000, compensation of Rs. 70 thousand is being given on damage of house and Rs. 20 thousand on kuchcha house. Relief of Rs. 5000 is being given instead of Rs. 2000 on loss of clothes, utensils and food grains.
Industries Minister Smt. Scindia inaugurates 8th Reverse Buyer-Seller Meet
Bhopal: March 27, 2015
Commerce & Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia inaugurated 8th Reverse Buyer-Seller Meet “Exportech-2015” here today. Bhopal MP Shri Alok Sanjar, 18 High Commissioners, Ambassadors and Consulars of 13 countries and about 80 buyers from 21 countries were present on the occasion. During the 3-day meet, state’s micro and small entrepreneurs will not only get opportunity to display their products directly to foreign buyers, but will also hold one-to-one meetings with importers.
The Minister said that efforts are being made to provide maximum facilities to foreign investors in Madhya Pradesh. Labour laws have also been amended due to which investors can obtain only 2 permissions instead 17. Similarly, all clearances are given at one place through single window system.
Representatives of SAARC and CIS countries, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asian countries and importers are taking part in the meet mainly Afghanistan, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Nepal, Hungary and Dubai. State’s entrepreneurs are displaying plastic and packaging material, spices and organic products, processed and unprocessed food product, herbal products and medicines, textile yarn & fabric, engineering and machine products (electrical products, fabrication, casting, fixtures & fittings, power & transformer equipments, insulation condensers and heat exchangers).
Among High Commissioners, Ambassadors and Consulars of 13 countries, Shri Maxwell Ranga of Zimbabwe, Shri Sabit Subasic of Bosnia, Shri Alem Tsehaye Wolmariam of Eritrea, Shri Carlos Durate of Brazil, Shri Shaida M Abdali and Shri Sayed Mujtaba Ahmadi of Afghanistan, Shri Ahmed Mohammed and Shri Ali Sajid Shakir of Maldives, Sushri Elizabeth Paula Napeyok of Uganda, Shri Octavian Dovre and Shri Lonout Mircea Viziru of Romania, Shri Mongy Badr and Sushri Nisha Shanmugam of Egypt and Shri Gayrat Tairov of Uzbekistan.
Entrepreneurs to participate in Hanover Trade Fair-2015
Industries Minister Smt. Scindia has invited state’s micro and small entrepreneurs to Hanover Trade Fair-2015 to be held in Germany. Smt. Scindia said that entrepreneurs interested in taking part in this fair display of their products in Madhya Pradesh Pavilion in this exhibition may contact Commissioner Commerce and Industries, MD of Madhya Pradesh Laghu Udyog Nigam and Vice-President of CII Madhya Pradesh Shri C.P. Sharma.
Farmers should face no difficulty at wheat procurement centres
Bhopal: March 26, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed for effective arrangements at wheat procurement centres in the state. He said that it should be kept in mind that farmers coming to procurement centres face no difficulty. Wheat which has lost shine due to hailstorm should also be procured.
The Chief Minister was reviewing arrangements for wheat procurement here today. Wheat procurement has begun in 4 divisions Indore, Ujjain, Bhopal and Narmadapuram from March 25 and will begin in remaining divisions from April 6. The Chief Minister will himself visit procurement centres and take stock of arrangements.
The Chief Minister sought information about arrangements for wheat procurement. He said that sieves and moisture meters should be made available at procurement centres. If any farmer’s wheat is assessed to be procurement on less than procurement price of Rs. 1450 per quintal, its sample should be taken and verified by Mandi Secretary. Weighing should not be repeated at places where big weighing machines are installed. One telephone number should be fixed for receiving complaints regarding wheat procurement so that farmers can register their complaints regarding procurement. Immediate action should be taken on such complaints.
The meeting was informed that 18 lakh 74 thousand farmers have registered themselves for wheat procurement, which is 1.50 lakh more than last year. As many as 2974 procurement centres have been set up. On the first day of procurement March 25, ten thousand 614 MT wheat was procured from 2 thousand 73 farmers.
The meeting was attended by Agriculture Production Commissioner Shri R.K. Swai, Principal Secretary to CM Shri Iqbal Singh Bains, Principal Secretary Agriculture Shri Rajesh Rajora, Principal Secretary Revenue Shri Arun Tiwari, Principal Secretary Cooperatives Shri Ajit Kesari and officers of Civil Supplies Corporation and MARKFED.
ALL MANREGA PAYMENTS MADE ELECTRONICALLY IN MADHYA PRADESH
Bhopal: March 26, 2015
Madhya Pradesh is the first state of the country where all payments under MANREGA are being made electronically. During the current financial year 18 lakh 7 thousand 789 works have been completed at a cost of Rs. 3,193 crore under the scheme in the state.
This was informed at a meeting of the general body of Employment Guarantee Council chaired by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today. Minister for Panchayats and Rural Development Shri Gopal Bhargava, Minister for Finance Shri Jayant Malaiya, Minister for Public Works Shri Sartaj Singh, Minister for Tribal and Scheduled Castes Welfare Shri Gyan Singh and Vice-chairman of State Planning Commission Shri Babulal Jain also attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister stressed on completion of MANREGA works within time limit with quality. Its implementation should be constantly monitored. He directed to draw up a comprehensive programme under Jalabhishek Abhiyan. The meeting was informed that a labour budget of every village has been prepared under the scheme.
The Electronic Fund Management System of Madhya Pradesh has been replicated by 28 states of the country. Priority is being given to Anganwari buildings, Gram Sampark and Khet Sadak roads and agriculture related works under MANREGA.
Prominent among others who attended the meeting include Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, ACS Rural Development Smt. Aruna Sharma, ACS Finance Shri Ajaynath and ACS Planning Smt. Ajita Vajpaiyee Pandy.
MP Governor’s son, accused in Vyapam scam, reportedly dies of brain hemorrhage
Bhopal: March 25, 2015
Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav’s son Shailesh Yadav, who was wanted in connection with the MPPEB scam, reportedly died of brain hemorrhage in Lucknow on Wednesday morning.
Both the Governor and his son are accused in the scam that broke nearly two years ago and involves several other accused from Uttar Pradesh.
While the Governor had challenged the FIR against him, his son was on the run and notices issued to him by the Special Investigation Team (STF) could not be served over last several weeks since his name appeared in a supplementary chargesheet filed in a local court. The Raj Bhavan in Bhopal had refused to accept a notice saying Shailesh did not live there.
The investigating agency was reportedly preparing grounds to attach the properties owned by Shailesh in UP. Veerpal Singh, an accused arrested in November 2014, had alleged that Rs 3 lakh in cash was given to Shailesh in Raj Bhavan to ensure that 10 candidates from Bhind cleared the examination for contractual teachers. None of the 10 candidates were eventually appointed because they did not hold a diploma or a degree in education.
Madhya Pradesh’s octogenarian governor was admitted to a hospital in Bhopal a few days ago. Calling Shailesh’s death suspicious, the Opposition Congress has demanded a probe.
Journalist attack: 24 hours on, Bhopal police still clueless
Bhopal: March 25, 2015
Even 24 hours after senior journalist Manoj Verma was attacked, the Bhopal police remained clueless about the assailants on Monday.
Verma works with a regional Hindi daily in Bhopal. Both his hands were fractured in the attack, and he was operated upon on Monday.
Superintendent of police (SP), South, Anshuman Singh said police teams have fanned out in the state capital to identity and nab the assailants.
“Three police teams from MP Nagar and Ashoka Garden police stations have been formed and they are carrying out searches. The investigation is being led by city superintendent of police (CSP) Arvind Khare,” he said.
On Monday, the police acquired the CCTV footages installed at different places of the state capital and scanned the footages to establish the identity of the assailants who attacked the journalist near Subhash Nagar railway crossing on Sunday night.
The senior journalist was returning home after work. Four bike-borne miscreants attacked him from behind.
The journalist sustained serious injuries on his head and also both hands got fractured. He is undergoing treatment at a private hospital and his condition is stated to be stable.
Meanwhile, journalists of the state capital held a meeting and condemned the attack on Verma and demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident. Senior journalist Sunder Rajan presided over the meeting.
“This is most unfortunate. Journalists in the state are being attacked at regular intervals and whenever a delegation of journalists meet the home minister Babulal Gaur for action against the culprits, there comes a rude reply from him,” alleged the journalists.
The journalists have now decided to meet chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and bring to his notice the attack on journalists in the state and demand all possible measures to check recurrence of such incidents.
CM Shri Chouhan holds discussions with NITI officials in New Delhi
Bhopal: March 24, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited NITI in New Delhi today and sought information from senior officers of Central government’s coordination and management-related departments about Centrally-sponsored schemes. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa was also present on the occasion.
It is noteworthy that Shri Chouhan is Convener of the sub-committee on rationalisation of Centrally-sponsored schemes. A meeting of the sub-committee is to be held on March 27. Taking seriously the responsibility entrusted to him by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister sought minute details of existing procedures etc. with a view to effectively implement country’s development schemes, fiscal partnership between Centre and states.
Referring to Shri B.K. Chaturvedi Committee, the Chief Minister also enquired about rationalisation of schemes. It was informed that as per its wish, number of schemes has now been reduced to 72 including 66 old and 6 new. Of these, 18 schemes are of continuous nature and centre-state partnership is being considered in 38 schemes. Eight schemes have been freed from central assistance. It will depend on states whether to continue them with their resources or discontinue. Accepting recommendations of 14th Finance Commission, the Central Government will provide 42 percent state share instead of 32 percent. Therefore, Rs. 5.26 lakh crore is estimated to be provided to states instead of Rs. 3.48 lakh crore and Rs. 1.78 lakh crore.
Commission’s Executive Director Smt. Sindhushri Khullar, Union Secretary Economic Affairs Shri Rajiv Maheshwari, Union Secretary Expenditure Shri Ratan P. Watal and senior officers of NITI were present on the occasion.
Country to progress only with spirit of patriotism
Bhopal: March 24, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the country can progress only with the spirit of patriotism. India has attained independence due to sacrifices of thousands of youths. Shri Chouhan stated this while flagging off teams of girls on experience journey to international borders of India under “Maa Tujhe Pranam” Yojana here today. Sports & Youth Welfare and Commerce & Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia was specially present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that this is the day when Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru had attained martyrdom. They were hanged to death by Englishmen. Saluting the 3 martyrs, he said that over 30 thousand soldiers have laid down their lives for protecting borders. We are living peacefully since soldiers are working at borders under difficult situations. “Maa Tujhe Pranam” Yojana has been introduced to help youths understand these situations on borders. He asked the team members to assure brave soldiers deployed on borders that entire country stands by them, salute soil of border and take pledge not to let martyrdom of Shaheed go waste and to be always ready to sacrifice everything for the sake of country.
The Chief Minister handed over National Flag to the team. It was informed that this team comprising 130 girls will visit Wagha and Hussainiwala borders. Girls of 17 districts of Madhya Pradesh comprise the team. ADGP Shri Rajiv Tandon and Director Sports & Youth Welfare Shri Upendra Jain were also present on the occasion.
Work with spirit to provide liberal relief to farmers
Bhopal: March 23, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that he wishes to provide liberal relief to farmers in view of losses due to hailstorm. Officers should work with this spirit. The Chief Minister also directed to increase relief on loss to crops of spices and isabgol upto Rs. 26 thousand per hectare and provide compensation on loss of orange crop at the rate of per tree. Shri Chouhan was addressing a high-level meeting for providing relief to hailstorm-affected farmers at his residence here today. He directed for proper survey of crop loss. He said that orders regarding relief should be issued immediately so that there is clarity about distribution of relief in affected areas and the process can be started soon. Till late night, the Chief Minister held discussions with senior officers on various alternatives for giving relief and directed to issues necessary directives to all concerning departments.
The Chief Minister said that he had toured most of affected districts and held discussions with farmers. Shri Chouhan said that losses of farmers must be compensated at every cost. Government should adopt humanitarian approach to provide relief. He said that a farmer works very hard to grow crops. Under such circumstances, government will adopt fully liberal approach to compensate their losses.
Shri Chouhan said that farmers have full trust in the government. This trust will increase when people and government machinery will undertake survey of crop loss jointly. This will also minimize mistakes generally committed in distribution of relief. Shri Chouhan informed that farmers are satisfied with sensitive efforts of state government. He directed that claims and objections will be accepted after survey and any error in it will be immediately corrected. The meeting was informed that 2.50 lakh hectare area has suffered heavy loss affecting 2 lakh farmers. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and senior officers of concerning departments attended the meeting.
Top priority to helping farmers tide over crisis
Bhopal: March 23, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that every possible assistance will be given to farmers affected by untimely rains and hailstorm. Farmers should not worry as it is first priority of the state government to help them tide over this crisis at any cost. The Chief Minister was addressing farmers after inspecting crops affected by untimely rains and hailstorm at village Bagdua in Sheopur and village Sowat in Ashok Nagar district today.
He inspected crop loss in the fields of Shri Ram Prakash Meena, Shri Nathulal Meena, Prahlad Meena and other farmers and fields of Shri Devi Singh Raghuvanshi, Shri Shivam, Shri Rajkumar Singh, Shri Ghanshyam, Shri Bhure Ram and Shri Chain Singh Sahu in Ashok Nagar district.
The Chief Minister said that farmer grows crops with hard work. He will not left alone to shed tears. He said survey of crop loss will be undertaken by staff of Agriculture, Revenue and Rural Development departments with the cooperation of affected village’s people jointly.He directed district administration to conduct survey with transparency and impartiality. Name of any eligible farmer should not be left out in any case. He said that farmers whose crops of wheat, mustard etc have suffered over 50 percent loss will be given compensation at the rate of Rs. 15 thousand per hectare by considering it 100 percent loss while Rs. 26 thousand per hectare relief will be given against loss to crops of maithi, coriander and other spices.
Shri Chouhan said that farmers whose crops have suffered over 50 percent loss will be provided wheat, rice and salt at the rate of Re. one per kg till next crop. He said the crop cutting exercise must be undertaken on mandatory basis so that farmers can get maximum benefit of crop insurance. He said that loans will not be recovered from affected farmers, their short-term loans will be converted to mid-term loans.
MP Shri Anoop Mishra said that the Chief Minister is the son of the soil that therefore realises pain of farmers. Sheopur MLA Shri Durgalal Vijay and Ashok Nagar MLA Shri Gopilal Jatav demanded maximum assistance.
Crop cutting experiment to start soon in hailstorm-affected areas
Bhopal: March 21, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that crop cutting experiment will be started at the earliest to provide benefit of crop insurance scheme to farmers whose crops have been affected by hailstorm and untimely rains. He said that loans will not be recovered from affected farmers whose crops have suffered over 50 percent loss. Short-term loans will be converted to mid-term ones and interest will be paid by government. Affected farmers will be provided loans at zero percent interest for seeds and fertilizers.
The Chief Minister was addressing farmers after taking stock of crop loss at Sihora and Sehore Madaka in Seoni district today. He visited affected areas and inspected crop loss.
The Chief Minister said that farmers need not worry. Survey work is continuing on a large scale with total transparency. Loss of over 50 percent will be treated as 100 percent loss. Lists of surveys will be displayed at Gram Panchayat buildings for people to see. Anyone can register objection to lists and make suggestions. Survey will be undertaken afresh, if needed.
The Chief Minister said that the state government has arranged Rs. 500 crore to help affected farmers. More funds will be given, if needed. All steps will be taken to provide benefit of crop insurance to farmers due to which losses will be compensated to a large extent. Last year, farmers were provided Rs. 2187 crore crop insurance amount, which is maximum in the country. He said that farmers suffering over 50 percent loss will be given compensation at the rate of Rs. 15 thousand per hectare while Rs. 26 thousand per hectare relief will be given against loss to crops of vegetables and spices.
The Chief Minister said that relief of Rs. 1.50 lakh will be given on death of person, Rs. 16 thousand 500 on death of animal and Rs. 10 thousand on loss of small animal. Separate relief will be given against damage to house, roof tiles, etc. Rs. 25 thousand will be given for marriages of daughters of farmers who have suffered 100 percent loss. They will be provided wheat, rice and salt at the rate of Re. one per kg till next crop.
Consoling farmers, the Chief Minister said that we will overcome this crisis unitedly and assistance and relief to farmers will not be curtailed.
CM inspects crop loss in Satna district too Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan took stock of crop loss in farmers’ fields at villages Kuwan, Babupur and Pawaiyya in Raghuraj Nagar tahasil of Satna district today. At Pawaiyya, he inspected wheat crop of Nagendra Singh, gram crop of Amar Singh and Masoor crop of Arun Singh. He was accompanied by Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla.
Addressing farmers after inspection, Shri Chouhan said that government will give full compensation to them. Crop insurance benefit will also be provided. He gave detailed information to affected farmers about assistance being given by government.
Affected farmers to get Rs. 25 thousand for daughter’s marriage
Bhopal: March 21, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that farmers affected by hailstorm will be given Rs. 25 thousand for marriage of daughter. This facility will continue till next crop. Shri Chouhan was addressing hailstorm-affected farmers at village Gurawar in Shivpuri district today. He was accompanied by Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh and Commerce & Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia.
The Chief Minister said that the state government has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with farmers whenever any calamity struck them. He said that crop insurance benefit worth Rs. 2127 crore has been made available to farmers. He said that farmers are in crisis again this time. The state government is standing by them to deal with situation. He said that loan recovery has been suspended from farmers whose over 50 percent crop has been affected. Till next crop, they would be provided wheat and rice at the rate of Re. one per kg. If a farmer has any objection about survey, then survey of his crop will be done again.
Soon after reaching village Gurawar, the Chief Minister took stock of crop loss in the fields of Devendra Singh and Tara Singh. He assured that full compensation will be given against damaged crops.
Distinguished villagers also to be involved in survey work
Bhopal: March 19, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that distinguished villagers will also be involved in survey of losses to crops due to hailstorm to curb irregularities in the work. Shri Chouhan was addressing farmers of village Poonchhari in Morena district today. He was accompanied by Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, Minister of State for GAD Shri Lal Singh Arya and MP Shri Anoop Mishra.
The Chief Minister directed collectors to keep watch over survey. He said that 5 people of the village where survey will be undertaken will be involved in it, who will assist survey team. Later, objections raised regarding survey list pasted at Gram Panchayat building will also be disposed of by the villagers included in survey team.
The Chief Minister said that government’s top priority at present is to solve farmers’ problems in this hour of crisis. Referring to relief to affected farmers, he said that they would be given compensation of Rs. 15 thousand per hectare while Rs. 26 thousand per hectare relief will be given on loss of vegetable crops. He said that affected farmers’ short-term loans will be converted to medium-term ones and state government will also pay interest. He said that farmers will be provided loans at zero percent interest rate for next crop and they would not be considered defaulters.
The Chief Minister said that crop cutting exercise must be undertaken during survey so that farmers can get benefit of crop insurance. On reaching village Poonchhari, Shri Chouhan visited fields to take stock of damage suffered by crops due to hailstorm. He inspected crop losses in the fields of Munna Gaur and Bhajju Jatav and consoled them that state government stands by them in this hour of crisis.
Don’t shed tears, I am here to help
Bhopal: March 19, 2015
When Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited village Daru in Neemuch district to take stock of isabgol crops destroyed by hailstorm, farmer Kanwarlal could not hold back his tears while narrating his agony to CM. Shri Chouhan embraced the farmer and told him, “Don’t shed tears, I am here to help you”.
In the field of Kanwarlal, the Chief Minister talked to officers regarding assessment of loss to isabgol crops caused by hailstorm.
At village Daru, Shri Chouhan took stock of loss to isabgol crops of woman farmer Prem Bai Patidar and Dalu Ram Teli in their fields.
During discussions with farmers, he assured them every possible assistance to them.