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A budget to realise vision of Madhya Pradesh’s development
Bhopal: February 26, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the budget presented in Vidhan Sabha today is the budget which will ensure faster development of Madhya Pradesh. The budget has taken care of welfare of all sections of society. It is revenue surplus budget for consecutive 11th year. He congratulated the Finance Minister for balanced and development-oriented budget.
The Chief Minister said that the budget aims at fulfilling targets of Vision-2018 for Madhya Pradesh’s development. The budget involving about Rs. one lakh 31 thousand 199 crore is 12 percent more than last year. In it, capital expenditure has increased by 13.8 percent and revenue expenditure only 9.9 percent. In comparison to gross state domestic product, loans have reduced to 19.6 percent from 20.7 percent last year. Loan interest payment compared to revenue receipts is only 7.04 percent, which was 22 percent during year 2003-04. Compared to revenue receipts, expenditure of payment of salaries/allowances has decreased constantly which will be reduced to only 22.63 percent during current fiscal.
The Chief Minister said that infrastructure development has been given priority in the budget. A sum of Rs. 5 thousand 900 crore has been earmarked for roads, Rs. 2 thousand 800 crore for rural roads, Rs. 9700 crore for power, budget of Rs. 22 thousand crore has been proposed for SC, ST and Backward Classes Welfare, Rs. 4400 crore for Women and Child Development and Rs. 15 thousand 700 crore for school education. Rs. 7400 crore has been allocated for irrigation and Rs. 19 thousand 600 crore has been earmarked for agriculture and allied sectors. Necessary arrangements for increasing skill development and investment have been made in the budget. Provision of recruitment of 5 thousand police personnel has been made in the budget to make law & order more effective. Apart from promoting tourism, sports and culture, adequate provisions for holding Simhastha has been made in the budget. The Chief Minister has described it as a balanced and welfare-oriented budget for ensuring infrastructure development and augmenting investment.

CM Shri Chouhan thanks Centre for increasing state share in Central taxes
Bhopal: February 26, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has expressed gratitude towards Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for accepting recommendations of 14th Finance Commission. On implementation of these recommendations, states’ share in Central taxes will increase from 32 to 42 percent.
The Chief Minister said that this will give more autonomy to states and they would be able to decide on expenditure as per their priorities. In it, Madhya Pradesh’s share has been increased from 7.12 percent to 7.54 percent. As a result, more funds will be obtained for development works. He thanked the Prime Minister for honouring sentiments of states. This will also increase amount for urban and rural bodies.

Demand and importance of technical education to rise in state
Bhopal: February 25, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that as a result of efforts being made in Madhya Pradesh, industrialists of the country and abroad have attracted towards investment in the state. This will lead to rise in technical education’s demand and importance and create new job opportunities for youths. Shri Chouhan was addressing engineering education conclave here today.
State government is endeavouring to solve problems of all sections of society. Apart from making smart global cities, problems of slum dwellers have also been contemplated and solved. Maximum welfare schemes for all sections of society are being implemented in the state. Efforts to increase employment opportunities have been made at all levels. State government’s one-point wish is to increase human resources and promote investment. Mukhyamantri Rin Guarantee Yojana has been implemented for higher education loans. For making available skilled labour to local industries as per their requirements, 66 new trades have been introduced in ITIs. The state government is reimbursing fees to SC, ST students studying in engineering and medical colleges. Engineers have been motivated for self-employment by implementing Mukhyamantri Contractor Yojana. As many as 500 engineers have been benefited in the first phase of the scheme. He said that demand of technical education on increase in employment opportunities will rise only when teaching is qualitative. He said that resourceful institution is necessary for imparting quality education. He said that state and private sector can make necessary arrangements through mutual discussions with practical viewpoint.
President of Federation of Madhya Pradesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries Shri Ramesh Agrawal while informing about the conclave suggested to accord status of service industry to technical education institutions. President of Engineering College Association Shri Sunil Bansal informed that there are 600 technical education institutions in the state giving direct employment to 70 to 80 thousand people and indirect employment to 2 to 2.50 lakh people. He informed that in Income Tax Act’s provisions, educational institutions have been described as non-profit institutions. Director Technical Education Shri Ashish Dongare was also present on the occasion.

Investors’ meeting with CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal: February 25, 2015
In the series of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s regular meetings with investors, Symbiosis Group’s Dr. Swati Majumdar and Kaul Group New York’s Shri Rajiv Kaul met CM here today. Symbiosis Group’s Dr. Majumdar offered to set up Centre of Excellence at Indore and Shri Rajiv Kaul of Kaul Group proposed to set up super computer lab.
The Chief Minister said that special attention is being paid to skill development of youths. He directed to examine both proposals within time-limit. He said that prompt action should be taken on investment proposals. It was informed that Symbiosis Group wishes to set up 2 Centres of Excellence at Indore at a cost of Rs. 80 crore at which training will be imparted as per requirements of industries.
Of these, one centre will be set up with the cooperation of Siemens Company and other with Lucas Germany. The Group is establishing a university at Indore at a cost of Rs. 100 crore. According to proposals made by Kaul Group, the super computer lab to be established by it will be first of its kind in the country.
Such lab exist in US and China. The Group will construct and manage the lab. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and Principal Secretaries of concerning departments were present on the occasion.

CM Shri Chouhan calls for using Gramodyog product
Bhopal: February 21, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called for maximum use of cottage and Gramodyog products. He said that this will not only increase employment in rural areas, but will also help get pure and certified products. Shri Chouhan was distributing Kabir and Vishwakarma Awards at Gauhar Mahal here today.
The Chief Minister said that Kabir and Vishwakarma Awards should be given away in concerning years only. He said that apart from marketing of Gramodyog products, every possible effort should be made to encourage their use. He said that he would himself promote Kabira Brand clothes. At government programmes, only packaged water of Vindhya Valley should be used, he added.
The Chief Minister said that every possible effort is being made to improve livelihoods of craftspersons, artisans and weavers. A policy for weavers will be chalked out by holding their Panchayat. He said that no stone will be left unturned in publicity and propaganda about mesmerizing the world by products of state’s craftspersons, artisans and weavers. When other countries were leading primitive life, use of cotton and cotton clothes had started in India. Indian weavers had weaved a cloth called “Malmal” which used to pass through a finger ring.
Cottage and Gramodyog Minister Sushri Kusum Mahdele said that state government is committed to preserving and promoting folk arts and talents. She said that craftspersons and weavers should continue production at home. Departments is making efforts for sale of their products in country and abroad.
ACS Shri Rakesh Agrawal informed that cooperation of National Institute of Fashion Technology has been sought for designing of Kabira Brand. Information about folk art is also being documented. Information about small industries in the state has been published in book “Virasat”. He informed that latest products of state’s weavers and craftspersons have been displayed at the fair.
At the outset, the guests inaugurated the function by lighting a lamp. Book “Virasat” compiled by Sericulture Department was released. Kabir and Vishwakarma awardees were presented shawls, coconuts and citations. The 10-day exhibition “Srijan” of Village and Gramodyog was inaugurated. Kabira Brand of departments’ khadi clothes, online shopping website and 17 new Vindhya Valley products were also launched on the occasion.

Take pledge to conserve lakes, ponds and rivers
Bhopal: February 21, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged people to take resolve to conserve, keep clean and beautify all types of water bodies including lakes, ponds and rivers. The Chief Minister said that besides development, now the government will move towards increasing people’s happiness. Now efforts will be made to increase happiness index.
The Chief Minister said that water is nectar. Its conservation is responsibility of all. He said that there has been tradition to worship water in India. Lakes and rivers have been witness to development of human civilizations. He said that water conservation and augmentation work cannot be undertaken without people’s participation. He said that Upper Lake is pride of Bhopal and its distinct identity. Bhopal will now become IT city, green city, smart city and heritage city. It is responsibility of all to conserve and beautify Bhopal’s lakes.
Boat dance wins hearts
Jheel Mahotsav organised jointly by Sports & Youth Welfare, Tourism, Culture and other departments began with Vande Mataram. A dance-drama on water worship was staged. Artistes presented water as a factor of life lively. Lauding players of state Water Sports Academy and National Sailing School for attractive boat dance, the Chief Minister said that winning of 25 awards in boating is a major achievement of Madhya Pradesh. Once the state lagged behind in sports, but is now marching ahead. He urged players to also win medals in major competitions.
The boat dance was so attractive that it left the audience spell-bound. Boats in the lake were decorated with series of small and colourful electric bulbs. Lighting arrangements were made at railings on the banks of the lake. Viewers captured the attractive scenes in their mobile cameras and video-graphed unforgettable moments. Chief Minister and guests released burning lamps. Thousands of burning lamps twinkling on lake surface presented a unique scene. Sports Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, former CM Shri Kailash Joshi, Bhopal Mayor Shri Alok Sharma, Municipal Corporation Chairperson Shri Surjeet Singh Chouhan, .Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, DGP Shri Surendra Sinh and large number people were present on the occasion.

Indore to be made global, smart and digital city
Bhopal: February 20, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Indore will be developed as global, smart and digital city. He said that city’s heritage places will be decorated and beautified. Indore will be made a symbol of good governance. Efforts will be made to get it included in best cities of the world. Shri Chouhan was addressing oath-taking ceremony of Mayor and Corporators of Indore Municipal Corporation today.
Shri Chouhan said that he would himself lead Swachchhata Abhiyan at Indore on February 21. Shri Chouhan announced Rs. 5 crore for purchase of materials needed to make Clean Indore. He said that availability of toilet in every household at Indore will be ensured. He said that shelter will be provided to labourers coming to the city. He asked newly elected corporators to work with sense of responsibility like servants of people. He said that all corporators should beautify their respective wards.
Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has launched Swachchhata Abhiyan. It would be implemented in Indore effectively. She said that it is our responsibility to develop Clean Indore. She said that no paucity of funds will be allowed in Indore city’s development.
Urban Development and Environment Minister Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya and newly elected Mayor Smt. Malini Laxman Singh Gaud also spoke on the occasion. Collector and district election officer Shri Akash Tripathi administered oath to newly elected Mayor Smt. Gaud and corporators. At the programme, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan released a booklet on Indore’s development.
MP Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan, outgoing Mayor Shri Krishna Murari Moghe, MLAs, newly elected corporators and other public representatives were present on the occasion.

PM Shri Modi says Madhya Pradesh came out of “BIMARU” category under leadership of Chief Minister Shri Chouhan
Bhopal: February 20, 2015
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has said that Madhya Pradesh has come out of “BIMARU” category under leadership of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He lauded campaign for development launched by Shri Chouhan. Prime Minister Shri Modi was addressing National Krishi Karman Award distribution function at Suratgarh in Rajasthan today.
The Prime Minister gave away Krishi Karman award to Madhya Pradesh for maximum increase in wheat production. The award comprises Rs. 2 crore, trophy and citation. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was scheduled to receive this award, but could not attend the programme since air traffic control did not allow him air travel due to inclement weather. Senior officers of Union Ministry of Agriculture received the award on behalf of Madhya Pradesh. It will be sent to Madhya Pradesh later.
The Prime Minister said that Madhya Pradesh has made miraculous achievements in agriculture sector. Area under irrigation has been increased in the state. Besides, modern farming techniques and methods have been promoted. Due to its agriculture growth, Madhya Pradesh has surpassed states in Ganga and Yamuna basins in agriculture sector.
The Prime Minister gave away Individual Krishi Karman Awards to 2 farmers of Madhya Pradesh for registering maximum increase in wheat productivity including Bhopal district’s Shri Manohar Patidar and Khandwa district’s Sushri Rekha Soni.
It is noteworthy that Madhya Pradesh has got this prestigious award for third consecutive year for excellent performance in agriculture production. Madhya Pradesh was conferred this award for excellence in overall food grains production in years 2011-12 and 2012-13. Krishi Karman Award for year 2013-14 has been conferred to Madhya Pradesh for excellence in wheat production.
Madhya Pradesh achieved 19.85 percent growth rate in 2011-12, 20.16 percent in 2012-`13 and 24.99 percent (provisional) in 2013-14.
During year 2013-14; 174.78 lakh MT wheat was produced in the state, which is 20.15 percent more than last year. The average increase of 29.76 quintal per hectare was also registered in wheat productivity, which was also 20.15 percent more than last year. Wheat is grown in 57 lakh hectares in Madhya Pradesh. As much as 200 lakh MT wheat is estimated to be produced in the state in 2014-15.

Now, special focus on education and health in MP
Bhopal: February 19, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that bread, clothing, education and medical facilities are basic needs of human beings. After coming to power, first work was taken up to improve state’s infrastructure. Attention was focused on agriculture and industries. Now, special focus is on education and health. Shri Chouahn was addressing India Today Education Summit here today. Urban Development and Environment Minister Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya was also present on the occasion.
Shri Chouhan said that education is not a commercial activity but a mission. Private sector eager to work in mission mode in education sector is heartily welcome in Madhya Pradesh. He said that the government is making every possible effort to encourage private sector in education. Efforts are being made that children of ordinary families can also pursue education in private educational institutions.
The Chief Minister said that state has made rapid strides in economic sector. For last 9 years, growth rate is maintained in double digit. This year, state’s 11.08 percent growth rate is the highest in the country. Agriculture growth rate has been charismatic 24.99 percent this year. But all this is only a milestone. Real development is the one in which light of progress reaches homes of common people.
Urban Development and Environment Minister Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya said that the state government stands for development. The government is creating new records of development. Madhya Pradesh is emerging as education hub. It is endeavour of the government that education is expanded and its quality is also improved. Participation of private sector in these efforts is welcome with open hearth. During last 9 years, Madhya Pradesh has carved its distinct identity in the country due to state government’s efforts. People say that Madhya Pradesh is the state where the Chief Minister is doing public welfare works like a common man.
A question-answer session was also held at the programme. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan gave replies to students questions. ISACT University’s Chancellor Shri Santosh Chaube also spoke on the occasion.

Tenants of slums will also be given pattas
Bhopal: February 19, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that pattas will also be given to those who are living as tenants in slums. Those who did not get pattas, will be given pattas after survey. Shri Chouhan was addressing a felicitation function at Bhim Nagar here today.
The Chief Minister said that scheme will be chalked out for better public amenities in slum areas. Every household will have a toilet. He said that development of poorest of the poor and backward people is top priority of the state government.
Referring to schemes chalked out for socio-economic upliftment of poor and weaker sections, he said urged people to avail their benefits. Educate their children. Poor children have also talents and they can also become eligible for big posts. The government has made full arrangements of education from class I to college level, medical to engineering.
Shri Chouhan said that changing functioning of government and administration, suggestions and expectations of people have been included in policies with priority.
Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta said that Madhya Pradesh government’s novel schemes are being replicated by other states and Centre also. New Bhopal Mayor Shri Alok Sharma said that every possible effort will be made to make Bhopal clean and beautiful. Newly elected Corporators and large number local people were present on the occasion.

National Award to MP for outstanding innovations in Watershed Programme
Bhopal: February 18, 2015
Central government has selected Madhya Pradesh for National Award in the category of Best Practices in the remote sensing plan while lauding innovations being adopted for result-oriented implementation of Integrated Watershed Area Management Programme. The award will be conferred to the state by Union Ministry of Rural Development at a function in New Delhi on February 19, 2015 by Union Minister for Panchayats and Rural Development Shri Virendra Singh Choudhary.
Watershed projects in the state are being implemented under Integrated Watershed Area Management Programme. It is funded by Land Resources Department of Union Rural Development Ministry. Its main objective is conservation and augmentation of water as well as soil conservation in areas of rain-fed agriculture so that increase in agriculture production and sustainable rural livelihoods can be ensured. Under the programme, Rs. 3522 crore projects are under implementation in 29.35 lakh hectare area in the state at present.
Planned efforts are being made for effective implementation of Watershed Project in the state. Under it, a fulltime Watershed Development Team has been constituted while voluntary organisations and corporate sector have been involved in it. Apart from surveys like PRA and Net Plan, planning based on remote sensing and GIS has also been adopted. Android mobile-based application “WMGO” is being used ensuring quality of watershed works and their constant monitoring.
For remote sensing-based planning under Watershed Programme, Cartosat-1 satellite’s high-resolution panchromatic data, Lis-4’s high-resolution panchromatic data and geo-reference khasra maps have been used. Using this digital data, maps of 1 : 10000 scale, micro watershed boundary, drainage, khasra and contour maps been prepared. Besides, satellite imagery with natural colours has also been created. Plans have been given to field teams for various watershed development works like gullyplug, Gobian, check-dam, stop-dam, lake, farm pond, contour trench, field bund, plantation and meadow development by selecting suitable places using these maps. Village-wise final action plans have been chalked out on the basis of net planning.

May God bring happiness, prosperity in lives of state’s people
Bhopal: February 18, 2015
CM Shri Chouhan performs Puja on Mahashivratri
On the occasion of Mahashivratri, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with wife Smt. Sadhana Singh performed Puja at Badwale Mahadev Mandir here today. On the occasion, he prayed to God to bring happiness and prosperity in the lives of state’s people.
Shri Chouhan performed Puja and Abhishek at Badwale Mahadev Mandir. Later, he started Shiv Barat by pulling Rath of Lord Shiva.
MP Shri Alok Sanjar, MLAs Shri Rameshwar Sharma, Shri Vishwas Sarang and Shri Surendranath Singh were also present on the occasion.

Bhopal: February 17, 2015
Three delegations of investors from United States of America met the Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today. They made investment proposals for setting up cutting edge technology based manufacturing units in the state. The investors were all praise for the Chief Minister's pro-active working, vision and behaviour.
Minister for Commerce and Industries Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister assured the delegations of every possible cooperation from the state government including making available land, power, water and skilled workers. Shri Himanshu Patel of Trenton Solar informed that his group would set up a Rs. 600 crore production unit in the state. Land has already been identified and DPR is under process for this. He informed that the nano glass, paper and battery would be produced by this unit. The nano battery would be paper thin which could be charged even in moisture. It is much in demand in health sector. It would not require sunlight for charging. He also showed the paper that would be charged by sunlight and would shine in the night. It is very useful in traffic system.
Shri Vipin Bhardwaj of DyeSpark from New Jersey informed that he is going to establish an IT unit in the state. For this 5 acre land has been identified at Indore. Action is in progress with IT department to obtain this land. He praised the fast working of the Chief Minister Shri Chouhan saying that he met him only a week ago and now the process is on to set up the unit in the state.
Shri Satyendra M.Gupta of U.S.T. Global informed that one of his units is operational in Kerala. Spread over 16 acre this units has employed 43 thousand persons. Another such unit would be set up in Madhya Pradesh that would employee over 10 thousand persons in the first phase. He said that he would also impart skill required for this unit. His group would give priority to people of weaker and deprived sections in the training, he added.

Bhopal: February 17, 2015
Madhya Pradesh would introduce an investment incentive scheme to provide the facilities under Industrial Promotion Policy 2014 for big-ticket industrial investment projects. This was informed at a meeting of the Investment Promotion Committee chaired by the Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today.
It was informed at the meeting that to avail the benefits of this scheme registration with the MPTRIFAC would be required. After registration the industrial units would submit a brief project report to the TRIFAC.
The scheme provides for reimbursement of the expenditure incurred on infrastructure development, encouragement to private sector for infrastructure, entry tax and power duty exemption for green industrialization, reimbursement of CST and Mandi fee, interest subsidy to textile projects and assistance to economically impaired units. The cases of the registered units would be presented to the state level empowered committee by TRIFAC for decision.
Minister for Forests Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar, Minister for Industries Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Minister for Revenue Shri Rampal Singh and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and other members of the committee attended the meeting.

Camps to be held to benefit the poor with welfare schemes
Bhopal: February 11, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that camps will be held at Bhopal to benefit eligible persons under schemes being implemented for welfare of the poor. He directed to hold a camp for making BPL cards at 12 No. Bus Stop on February 12 at 10 am. He was addressing a public meeting at Bus Stop No. 12 here today.
The Chief Minister said that it is a Jan Panchayat to solve problems of all people. He said that he has run the state government like a family. Bhopal’s City Government will also function similarly. He said that municipal corporation should chalk out a scheme to contrast toilet in the houses of the poor which do not have toilets. Process should be started to construct nullahs afresh. Efforts should be made that every household gets Narmada water. Process will be undertaken to merge colonies developed by private investors in Municipal Corporation. Pattas will given to people whose land falls in submergence area of Kaliasot Dam. Lease rent of lands will not be increased arbitrarily. It will be rationalized. Residents of shanties/urban slums will not be sent to other places with force. He directed to chalk out DPR for constructing new sewer system from E-1 to E-8. He said that arrangements for both the rich and poor will be made in the sewer project.
The Chief Minister said that he has made efforts to evolve a new political culture in the state. Government and society will pave way for development jointly. People of the Government will function among people. Government will run with consensus of all. Schemes will be chalked out with general consensus. He said that the state government has chalked out a number of schemes for welfare of all. But, the poorest of the poor is priority of the state government. He said that everyone has right over air, water and land. But they are not used by everyone. Therefore, the state government realises taxes from those who use these resources and spend the amount on welfare of the poor. Schemes have been chalked out for welfare of domestic women workers, handcart pullers, footpath vendors etc. It is the duty of the government and society to ensure that benefits of these schemes reach the needy. He informed that welfare schemes have been implemented for labourers by Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board including education of their children, family health and assistance in case of accidents.
On the occasion, Shri Chouhan administered a pledge to all for de-addiction and sending all children to schools. He asked corporators to ensure cleanliness in slums, disposal of water and proper roads.
MLA Shri Surendranath Singh and newly elected Mayor Shri Alok Sharma also spoke on the occasion. Shri Nikhilesh Sharma proposed a vote of thanks. MLA Shri Vishwas Sarang, newly elected local corporator Shri Surjeet Singh Chouhan, other corporators, party workers and large number of people were present on the occasion.

State Senior Citizens Welfare Commission report presented to CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal: February 11, 2015
Report of Senior Citizens Welfare Commission was presented to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan by Social Justice & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava at Mantralaya here today.
Commission’s Chairman Shri V.G. Dharmadhikari, member Shri S.K. Saraswat and Secretary Dr. M. Mohan Rao were also present on the occasion.
The state government has entrusted responsibility of identifying and solving problems of senior citizens in the state to the Commission, which is also expected to make available draft of policy to the state government.

NITI’s structure is national in real terms
Bhopal: February 9, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that structure of National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) is national in real terms. In it, key persons of all states and Centre are contemplating on giving direction to states’ development. He said that in the previous Planning Commission, states’ allocations were already fixed. Meetings were a mere formality and states used to return with increase of Rs. 25-50 crore. Shri Chouhan was addressing a meeting of NITI under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi today.
NITI’s Vice-Chairman Dr. Arvind Pangadhiya, fulltime member duo Shri Vivek Deboroi and Dr. V.K. Saraswat, other members, special invitee Union Ministers, Chief Ministers of states and Lt. Governors of Union Territories attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that at large meeting of NITI, it is not possible to discuss issues of all the states simultaneously. He suggested that it would be more useful if decisions are taken after discussions by forming 3-4 groups.
Shri Chouhan said that entire world is looking towards India with new attitude and hope. Due to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s diplomatic acumen and foreign policy, India has carved out a new identity in the world. He described success of his recent America visit as emergence of new vision of India. He said that NRIs are keen to contribute development of to their native states and country. Every state should take initiative on Madhya Pradesh’s pattern to create Global Talent Pool. He said that these Talent Pools will prove helpful in every situation.
After the meeting, the Chief Minister said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has long experience as Chief Minister. He knows how to bring about creative changes in situations and working styles of states. Nation will be developed at a rapid pace with strong federal cooperative arrangement and healthy competition between states. Besides, ties between Centre and States will also strengthen. Shri Chouhan said that spirit of Team India led by the Prime Minister came to the fore explicitly at today’s meeting.
He informed that the maiden meeting of governing council of NITI decided to constitute 3 sub-committees, effective implementation of 66 Centrally-funded schemes, skill development keeping in view specific areas and to carry out the ambitious work of developing an institutionalized arrangement for brining probity in Indian life. The Prime Minister suggested constitution of 2 task forces in all states. One task force will ensure poverty alleviation in the state and another one will take concrete steps to ensure state’s future development, agriculture growth and seek Centre’s cooperation in these tasks. Apart from repairing school toilets during summer vacation, the Prime Minister also stressed the need for use of MP and MLA funds in this work.

Best work under MNREGA in MP: CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal: February 9, 2015
Madhya Pradesh has been conferred 10th National Award for best works under MNREGA. The award was presented to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at the cabinet meeting by Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava here today. On the occasion, the ministers congratulated on this important success in MNREGA.
The Chief Minister said that best works under MNREGA in the country have been accomplished in Madhya Pradesh. Creation of permanent assets through MNREGA convergence in the state has been lauded all over the country. Additional Chief Secretary Smt. Aruna Sharma, MNREGA Commissioner Smt. Seema Sharma and other senior departmental officers were present on the occasion.
On February 2, this award was presented by Union Rural Development Minister Shri Virendra Singh to Madhya Pradesh at the 10th MNREGA summit held in New Delhi. The award was given to Madhya Pradesh for working with convergence in rural areas under MNREGA and other schemes in year 2013-2014, and for excellent work in providing opportunities for earning permanent income and construction of permanent assets. Madhya Pradesh is at the top in construction of permanent assets through MNREGA convergence, and has emerged as a role model for other states of the country. Through MNREGA, 74 percent construction of permanent assets has been done. There are one crore 2 lakh job-card holder families under MNREGA. As many as 179 crore 11 lakh mandays of employment has been created. Out of these, 32 crore 52 lakh scheduled castes, 73 crore 88 lakh scheduled tribes and 77 crore 36 lakh mandays of employment has been provided to female labourers.
Electronic Fund Management System (e-FMS) was introduced in Madhya Pradesh in April 2013 to ensure transparency in accountancy and immediate payment of wages to labourers. Due to this innovative system, timely payment of wages to labourers, and providing them jobs on demand have been made possible. Payment to vendors for goods and wages to rural laboureres are being transferred directly into their bank accounts. Madhya Pradesh is the first state to implement e-FMS. More than 30 lakh e-musters have been issued in the state through eFMS. Through 4 crore 71 lakh transactions made through this system, Rs. 5617 crore have been deposited into the bank accounts of labourers and goods supplier vendors.

MP Govt. committed to fulfilling investors’ expectations
Bhopal: February 7, 2015
The state government is committed to fulfilling expectations of investors willing to establish industries in Madhya Pradesh. Expeditious measures are being taken to provide facilities to investors by Urban Development and other departments. This was informed by Principal Secretary Urban Development and Environment Shri S.N. Mishra at a workshop at Institute for Environmental Studies here today. The workshop has been held to discuss implementation of schemes of the department and Town & Country Planning and suggest ways for removing delays and difficulties and simplify processes.
Shri Mishra said that investors are being invited to establish industries to improve Madhya Pradesh’s economic condition and ensure state’s development. The state government is paying special attention to process so that willing investors can establish industries with ease. National consensus has been reached on 98 issues pertaining to investors and Ease of Doing Business. Madhya Pradesh has already ensured action on some of these issues while partial action has been taken on some others. After re-examining the 98 issues, the state government has distributed them department-wise. Urban Development and Environment Department has identified 32 issues of 6 subjects and proposed some amendments in them.
Shri Mishra informed that after detailed discussions on 32 issues, proposed amendments and suggestions from stakeholders, necessary changes will be made in the Act/Rules. He said that investors should be informed after making changes in procedure-related amendments. Shri Mishra informed that efforts are underway to bring all permissions on single platform. Efforts are also being made that all concerning agencies should examine simultaneously.
Commissioner Town & Country Planning Shri Gulshan Bamra informed about permissions given to investors within time-limit and sought suggestions from experts. He also informed about prescribed procedures for land layout and building permission. Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board’s Chairman Dr. N.P. Shukla informed about guidelines pertaining to environment. Commissioner Urban Administration Shri Sanjay Shukla informed about building permission, infrastructure-related process, finance and tax.
Concerning subject experts, architects, planners, officers of Town & Country Planning and Municipal Corporations, builders and colonisers were present on the occasion.

Inter-state seminar on chemical disaster management at Indore from February 9
Bhopal: February 7, 2015
An inter-state seminar on chemical (industrial) disaster management will be held at Indore from February 9, 2015. The conference will be held under the aegis of the state government, Federation of Chamber of Commerce & Industry, National Disaster Management Authority and Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board of India. Over 300 participants from Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring states will take part in the conference at Hotel Radisson Blue till February 11, 2015.
At the conference, eminent subject experts of the country will deliver lectures on disaster management in industries, prevention of disaster, speedy control on occurrence of disaster etc. Object of the conference is to minimise risks generated by petroleum, chemicals and natural gas to provide better security in industries. During the conference, representatives of various companies will narrate success stories, successful techniques applied at the time of disaster, caution to be exercised in transportation of inflammable materials etc. Participants will get opportunity at the conference for capacity building training in emergency situation on spot and outside. A mock drill for practical training will also be held on February 11.
During the 2-day exhibition, various companies will display their products, techniques and services. These companies include chemicals, oil & gas refineries and exploring units, petrol, hydrocarbon, petro-chemical manufacturers, iron & steel, fertilisers, pesticides, paper, textile, pharmaceutical, safety, security, emergency and healthcare products. Entry is free for government servants in the workshop.

CM Shri Chouhan to return to country today
Bhopal: February 6, 2015
After his successful 6-day US visit, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will return to the country on February 6. Shri Chouhan will reach Delhi in the afternoon. He will arrive at the state hangar at Bhopal at 4.45 pm.
It is noteworthy that during his US visit, he took initiative to further cement Indo-US ties by launching website of Friends of Madhya Pradesh Forum in New York. Cross section of society has hailed these efforts.
Shri Chouhan emerged successful in associating about 3 thousand well wisher NRIs in America interested in Madhya Pradesh’s development with this initiative. Process of joining Global Talent Pool has started. During the visit, Shri Chouhan met companies willing to invest in the state and held discussions on possibilities for partnering in state’s development.
He also felicitated world-famous talents of Madhya Pradesh and Indian origin in New York.

Centre lauds Madhya Pradesh for bamboo innovations
Bhopal: February 6, 2015
The Central Government has lauded Madhya Pradesh State Bamboo Mission for novel initiatives of making available national-level forum to producers and artisans of bamboo in the country and state through Delhi Haat last month. Secretary Defence Shri Prabhu Dayal Meena has sent a letter in this regard to Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa.
In the letter, Shri Meena has written that team of Madhya Pradesh State Bamboo Mission is praiseworthy for innovative initiative of “National Bamboo Expo Mart”. Bamboo artisans, entrepreneurs and experts from a number of states, union territories and district-level bamboo artisans associations were invited to the Expo Mart held jointly by National Bamboo Mission and Madhya Pradesh State Bamboo Mission. Indeed, it was a unique experience for Delhiites, bamboo artisans and entrepreneurs regarding information about use of bamboo in day-to-day life.
Shri Meena said that while presiding over inaugural session on the first day and during Expo on the second day, he acquired useful and interesting information about multi-purpose use of bamboo, immense industrial potential and bamboo-based activities in Madhya Pradesh from participants from various parts of the country, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Shri Anil Oberoi and Mission Director Shri A.K. Bhattacharya.
Shri Meena has hoped that Madhya Pradesh State Bamboo Mission will continue to guide the country through such initiatives and encourage bamboo-based industries.

CM Shri Chouhan congratulates Mayors and other winners
Bhopal: February 5, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has congratulated winners of elections for Mayor of 4 Municipal Corporations.
Shri Chouhan has congratulated Shri Alok Sharma (Bhopal), Smt. Malini Gaud (Indore), Smt. Kanta Sadarang (Chhindwara) and Smt. Swati Godbole (Jabalpur) for being elected as Mayors.
Shri Chouhan also congratulated winners of elections for Chairperson and Corporators of other urban bodies. Shri Chouhan has also thanked voters for peaceful elections.

Public Service Delivery System unique in world
Bhopal: February 5, 2015
The Chief Minister, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan while continuing dialogue with the US based companies and investors willing to invest in Madhya Pradesh said that the public service delivery system has been regarded as the world's best practice. He said that it is probably for the first time when a system of public service delivery adopted by a state in a Republic has been accepted ideal system for entire world.
Discussing the proposals of investors after addressing a meeting of US - Indo Business Council at New York on fourth day of his visit, Shri Chouhan said that developing infrastructure and widening road-rail network is the top priority after achieving highest economic and agriculture growth rates.
Underlining the achievements and special features of the state, Shri Chouhan said that the situation of policy paralysis has come to an end in India. Programmes dedicated to economic growth are being designed. Madhya Pradesh would be the prime beneficiary. India will soon witness speedier growth rate. He said that Madhya Pradesh has evolved policies for every sector. The most congenial atmosphere for investment prevails with industrial peace. The entrepreneurs are also honoured. Farmers are getting interest-free loans.
Shri Chouhan said that it has been resolved to make Madhya Pradesh a top ranking state in respect of socio-economic and educational growth. Participation of everyone is a must. He said that the year 2015 has been declared as the Year of Tourism during which tourism industry would be promoted. Referring to immense investment potential in tourism sector, he said that international tourists would be attracted towards nature and history tourism.

Friends of MP" Initiative Starts Receiving Tremendous Response
Bhopal: February 4, 2015
The Friends of MP forum has started receiving tremendous response immediately after its launch by the Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at NewYork in USA. The third day of his ongoing visit witnessed nearly a dozen investors giving their proposals to forge development partnership with Madhya Pradesh. Shri Chouhan had a business dialogue with them at Manhattan New York.
The MP Medical Alumni Association of North America (MPMAANA) proposed to set up an advisory panel as a resource to the Chief Minister and the Director of Medical Education. It has plans for an exchange programme for faculty and students between Madhya Pradesh and MPMAANA, North America. The association members, according to the initial proposal will be given privilege of being a visiting faculty to the MP Medical University. It will create academic opportunities in the state. A memorandum to this effect was submitted to the Chief Minister.
Triton Solar company is planning to relocate its headquarters from New York to Madhya Pradesh. The company has expertise in manufacturing, distribution and sales facilities. Its operation will generate jobs at many levels on one hand and contribute to the local economy on the other. Besides, additional source of revenue will also be available to both the State and the Centre.
The New York’s Columbia University came forward with a proposal to develop Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE ) at Bhopal. The university will help the IASE Bhopal have a state-of-the-art academic infrastructure for faculties. It will first be developed at national level and later be transformed into a global institute.
Sushri Radhika Iyengar, director of education at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development, the Earth Institute, Columbia University,held discussions with Shri Chouhan on the proposal according to which faculty members will enroll themselves with Columbia University for two-month training. Armed with advanced skills they will be able to create state-of-the-art academic infrastructure in Madhya Pradesh.
Jitendra S Tomar of TTA Systems desired to participate as partner in operation of Mass Transit Rail System. The company expressed interest in public-private partnership projects. It has expertise in turnkey projects involving System Designs, Electrification, Tracking, Signaling, Fare Collection and the supply of rolling stock.
Shri Jasdeep Singh from Maryland talked to the Chief Minister about prospective sister relationship with Madhya Pradesh. He heads the governor’s Commission on South Asian Affairs. Besides, investment proposals for green energy projects, educational promotion, social sector initiatives, tourism promotion projects were received.

Madhya Pradesh on major economic growth trajectory
Bhopal: February 3, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh is on major economic growth trajectory. Conducive atmosphere for industries and trade prevails there. Referring to projections of international organisations, he said that India’s economic growth rate will soon surpass that of China. Madhya Pradesh will play important role in this.
Shri Chouhan was addressing Friends of MP Conclave in New York last night. The Chief Minister also launched website at the conclave at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center of New York. Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, over 3000 NRIs and other distinguished citizens were present on the occasion. The conclave has been organised in pursuance of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s call to states to create Global Talent Pool. Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country to take this initiative.
During his half-hour speech, the Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh’s growth rate is 11.08 percent. State’s agriculture growth rate has been 20 percent or above for many years. Shri Chouhan said that self-confidence of Indians and NRIs has increased manifold since Shri Narendra Modi became Prime Minister in May 2014. The country has come out of policy paralysis which had become hallmark of previous government. Shri Modi is emerging as not only leader of India, but also as a world leader. On his suggestion, United Nations Organisation has declared June 21 as International Yoga Day.
Shri Chouhan informed that Madhya Pradesh is pioneer in availing benefits of new policy initiatives of Central government. For this, the state government has framed a number of new policies, several existing policies have been amended and Ease of Doing Business has been improved. Referring to the advantages of Madhya Pradesh for investment, the Chief Minister said that the state has good law & order situation, communal harmony, industrial peace and investment-friendly policies. Land bank of 26 thousand hectares has been developed for establishment of industries in Madhya Pradesh. The Chief Minister said that he has implemented single-door policy instead of single-window for convenience of industrialists and investors.
Invitation for Simhastha
The Chief Minister invited NRIs and others to Simhastha to be held at Ujjain next year. Stating about Simhashta’s religious and spiritual importance, Shri Chouhan informed that scholars and thinkers rom all over the world have been invited to Simhastha to deliberate on global problems and challenges. Message for world will be released from Ujjain on the basis of conclusions of these discussions. The Chief Minister invited all to also visit Madhya Pradesh’s religious and tourism destinations.
Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia
Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia urged NRIs to become partners in India’s development through investment in Madhya Pradesh. The Industries Minister said that under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Madhya Pradesh has scaled new heights by implementing novel schemes in various sectors including agriculture, women and child development, education etc. He has now moved towards industrialization and infrastructure. Smt. Scindia urged NRIs to become partners in development of the state through participation in Make in Madhya Pradesh Campaign. Smt. Scindia also shared experiences of her years in the US. The Industries Minister also informed about efforts of Chief Minister Shri Chouhan for developing Madhya Pradesh as pioneer state in the country from a sick state.
Rousing welcome
Chief Minster Shri Chouhan was accorded a rousing welcome amidst beating of drums and cheers by NRIs. They were also swaying National Flags. The Chief Minister’s address was interspersed by thunder of applause and slogan of Bharat Mata Ki Jai.
NRIs felicitated
The Chief Minister felicitated NRIs for special achievements in various fields. He also referred respectfully to the Indians who have become part of American society. He made special mention of Nobel laureate Dr. Hargobind Khurana and astronaut late Kalpana Chawla. Other prominent American Indians include Indra Nui (Pepsicola), Satya Nadela (Microsoft), Vivek Murthy (US Surgeon General), Nina Davuluri (Last Years’ Miss America) etc. He also made special mention of Tulsi Gabbard, member of US Congress who had taken oath in the name of Gita.
Views of NRIs
NRI Pankaj Nayak attending the conclave belongs to Ujjain. He said that he liked speech of the Chief Minister in which has stressed on economic development and investment side by side important things about culture. I loved the entire speech, he added.
Another participant, 39-years-old software engineer Manish Dube was quite impressed by reference in Chief Minister’s speech about protection of girls and women’s rights. He also expressed happiness over 50 percent reservation to women in local bodies. Manish Dube belongs to Seoni.
IT professionals Lalji Goswami and Pramod Bhagat lauded initiatives taken in Madhya Pradesh during last some years.

CM Shri Chouhan in New York Felicitates 2 NRIs at Friends of MP Conclave
Bhopal: February 3, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan felicitated 2 NRIs at Friends of MP Conclave in New York on Sunday night. All the three are luminaries in their respective fields.
Dr. Nori
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan felicitated Dr. Dattareyudu Nori, who has international reputation as a pioneer and authority in the field of cancer treatment. Prestigious New England Journal of Medicine of the Harvard University has quoted him as “Recognised Leader in his Speciality”. Over the last 4 decades, Dr. Nori has tirelessly devoted himself to improving cancer care of patients. After receiving post-graduation medical degree in India, Dr. Nori joined the world renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in the US in 1976.
At present, Dr. Nori is Professor and Executive Vice-Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology, New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornel Medical Center and New York Hospital Queens and Director of the Cancer Centre at New York Hospital Queens. America-based Nargis Dutt Memorial Foundation and several other prestigious institutions have felicitated him. Dr. Nori was also conferred most coveted US award known as “Most Distinguished Physician Award”.
Prof. Manjul Bhargava
The third NRI felicitated by the Chief Minister was Prof. Manjul Bhargava, who is one of the most outstanding, influential and profound mathematicians in our times. He has done researches on algebraic number theory, combinatorics and representation theory. He graduated from Harvard University in 1996 and doctorate from Princeton University in 2001. His PhD thesis has astounded mathematicians.
Prof. Manjul has been felicitated by a number of organisations. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of USA and the Indian National Science Academy. His method of explaining the deepest mathematical truths in a simple and inspiring way is praised everywhere. He teaches mathematics as an art form. Even though he was brought up and educated in the United States, he has deep roots in Indian culture with a love for Indian classical music, Sanskrit and history of Indian mathematics. He remains in constant touch with Indian mathematicians and institutions and often visits them.

First Day of U.S. visit, C.M. Shri Chouhan commends contribution of NRIs, Investors
Bhopal: February 2, 2015
The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan's six day visit to United States of America began with formal meetings with Indian Consul-General Shri Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Non Resident Indians belonging to Madhya Pradesh and potential US investors.
The Consul-General hosted a dinner at the Consulate at New York. Addressing a gathering of nearly 150 guests, the chief minister praised the contributions of US-based investors, particularly NRIs belonging to Madhya Pradesh. Describing their contributions as important, he also said that advice, investment, expertise and friendship are the key components of development.
Referring to Make in India campaign, the pet project of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Shri Chouhan noted that Madhya Pradesh has been following the spirit of the campaign for past one decade. He said that the State has taken a lead role in implementing another ambitious scheme Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.
Shri Chouhan said that people-oriented programmes are already underway in Madhya Pradesh, He said that the good governance is a key to faster development. He also listed impressive achievements in key areas.
Talking about strategic measures for attracting investments, Shri Chouhan said that he holds meetings with potential investors every Monday to facilitate business.
Referring to the single-window system for easy business he said that Madhya Pradesh has now put in place more effective “single door” system, making it easier for prospective investors.
The chief minister received standing ovation from all the guests. The Consul-General informed that about 3,000 friends have already registered themselves for the Friends of Madhya Pradesh conclave.

Heads of offices of MP in Delhi should play active role in serving state’s interests
Bhopal: February 2, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged heads of various offices of the state at Madhya Pradesh Bhavan in Delhi to play active and partnering role in serving state’s interest side by side discharge of their duties.
It is noteworthy that Madhya Pradesh government has entrusted responsibility of advocating state’s interests to heads of state’s offices apart from discharging their duties. The Chief Minister asked them to keep in constant touch with a senior officer at Bhopal who is concerning Nodal Officer. Effective efforts should also be made to mobilise benefits of
Central schemes, assistance and cooperation. Officers in Delhi should convey information about new and other Central government schemes beneficial for Madhya Pradesh to the nodal officer so that the state can avail their benefits.
Resident Commissioner Shri R.K. Chaturvedi undertook point-wise discussions on the proposals pending with the Centre. He also informed about new arrangements made in this regard.
The Resident Commissioner also gave details about efforts being taken up with the Centre pertaining to Water Resources Department, irrigation projects, Textile Park, Swachchhata Abhiyan, Nirmal Gram Yojana, extension of facilities at railway rake points and creation of 4 new rake points in the state.
The meeting also discussed renovation of Madhya Pradesh Bhavan. IG Shri Alok Pateria posted at Madhya Pradesh Bhavan, New Delhi informed about Central assistance. Secretary to CM Shri Vivek Agrawal was also present. It was informed that the Chief Minister will review works done by office heads during his Delhi visits from time to time.

e-Governance Awards to state’s W&CD Deptt. and Power Distribution Company
Bhopal: January 30, 2015
Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Development Department and Central Region Power Distribution Company have been selected for National Award for e-Governance. The awards will be given away at Gandhi Nagar in Gujarat on January 30-31.
Women and Child Development Department’s “Anmol” Project has been selected for Gold Award under the category “CAT-X-Innovative Use of ICT By State Government”. Member Secretary of Jawahar Bal Bhavan and Commissioner Women Empowerment Smt. Kalpana Shrivastava has been invited to receive this award by the Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension.
Central Region Power Distribution Company has been selected for Silver Award for “SMS-based Field Distribution Transformer Information and Management System” project. This award will also be received on January 30-31 by Chief General Manager (IT) of Corporate Office Shri Sanjay Shrivastava at Gandhi Nagar.

CM Shri Chouhan lauds arrangements at J.P. Hospital
Bhopal: January 30, 2015
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has lauded arrangements for health examination and treatment of patients at J.P. Hospital, Bhopal.
In a demi-offcial letter of praise to the then superintendent of the hospital Dr. Veena Sinha, the Chief Minister said that availability of all the health facilities introduced about 2 years ago have been ensured under Health Services Guarantee Scheme launched since November last.
In the letter, the Chief Minister wrote that “I visited Jai Prakash Hospital in the midnight of January 7, 2015 to acquaint with implementation of all health schemes in the state and discussed it with indoor patients. I am highly pleased that patients are being provided free medicines, pathological tests, nutritious food and all other facilities. This implementation of schemes has been possible due to efficient leadership and constant supervision.
For this, I heartily congratulate you for this and hope that you would continue to work in the same vein in future also. Please, also convey my feelings to all of your colleagues.”

Smart Cities also to be developed under PPP mode
Bhopal: January 29, 2015
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa has said that cooperation will be sought from the British government, Siemens, Sysco, DFID etc. for development of Smart Cities in Madhya Pradesh. Smart Cities will also be developed under PPP mode. Shri de Sa was addressing an international workshop for development of Smart Cities in Madhya Pradesh organised jointly by Madhya Pradesh and British governments at Indian Institute of Management at Indore today. Discussions were held on developing cities of Madhya Pradesh as Smart Cities as per conclusions drawn at the workshop.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa informed that Madhya Pradesh is readying itself in the background of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s announcement for development of 100 Smart Cities in the country. An action plan on its concept is being chalked out with the cooperation of Britain. Result-oriented contemplation is being made so that people get maximum benefit of Smart Cities.
The Chief Secretary said that seminars will be held to develop Smart Cities identified under state’s Vision Document-2018 and expand traditional basic facilities there. Old cities will also be transformed under concept of Smart City. In-principle consent for this has been obtained during Global Investors Summit.
Director General of DFID Shri David Kennedy said that Smart Cities are vital for economic development of cities. Commercial activities, employment opportunities and economic development will be boosted with investment in Smart Cities.
Principal Secretary Urban Development and Environment Shri S.N. Mishra said that novel experiments of e-Municipal Corporation, e-Payment and communication revolution will be made under Smart City. Marshall Elliott, Richard Plaster of Britain and officers of Madhya Pradesh were also present on the occasion.

Shri Parasuram directs to prevent situation of re-polling
Bhopal: January 29, 2015
State Election Commissioner Shri R. Parasuram has said that integrated efforts should be undertaken to prevent situation of re-polling during second and third phase of Panchayat elections.
Shri Parasuram reviewed election preparations for Rewa, Sagar divisions and Bhind district today.
Shri Parasuram said that re-polling at most places in the first phase was held due to error in ballot papers. Special attention should be paid to this issue in next phases of polling.
He directed to make arrangements to control pre and post-poll violence.
Shri Parasuram directed for early distribution of voter slips. During video-conferencing, Commissioners, IGs, Collectors and SPs of Rewa and Sagar division informed about election preparations.

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