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Hanuvantiya Tourist Complex : An Ethereal Unwinding Experience-Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 11, 2016

All work and no play, they say, makes Johan a dull boy. One needs leisurely moments to unwind oneself- preferably in natural surroundings. Failing this our life becomes dull and drab taking a toll on our systems prematurely.
During my last visit to the Sentosa Island in Singapore I was mesmerized by the charm of that wonder of nature. The way that island has been developed as a marvelous tourist spot inspired me to develop one such tourist complex in Madhya Pradesh that would be a dream destination for nature tourism buffs. Immediately the picture of Hanuvantiya conjured up before me. This is one of the many islands that have propped up in the backwaters of the Narmada Sagar dam in Khandwa district. There couldn't have been a better choice given its natural setting beautified by enviably opulent forests and fascinating landscapes. The moment you step into this salubrious ambiance you get the adrenaline flowing.
The limpid water of Narmada, the Lifeline of Madhya Pradesh, that looks charming as a saint's heart has fascinated me right from my childhood. Its very sight uplifts spirits. Hermitages and temples and other sacred places strewn across its mystical landscape have been attracting evolved souls, mendicants as well as household pilgrims since eons; however, there is lack of a leisure destination for weekenders and other adventure and water sports freaks.
Immediately after my return to Bhopal I shared this idea with the officials of MP Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) that appealed to them. The Corporation guys turned to and made short of the work translating the idea into reality within a record time. Now the challenge is to attract the tourists and the footloose to this unique place to unwind themselves. As we know tourism is about marketing. As part of marketing strategy we held a meeting of the cabinet on the beautiful cruise ship Narmada Queen and took several crucial decisions including constitution of a Tourism Cabinet to further boost tourism in the state. We also plan to promote other islands and vast reservoirs as tourism spots. I also dedicated a well facilitated tourism complex there.
In order to popularize Hanuvantiuya island a ten-day Jal Mahotsava- a water sports extravaganza is being organized there. Apart from tourists tour and travel companies are also going to participate in the event that would afford them an opportunity to explore prospects and potential of tourism in the unending and unfading tapestry of nature in this picturesque ambience. This water sports-cum cultural grand gala would also offer a rare opportunity to the adventure sports freaks. There would be adventure and other activities including kite flying, volley ball, camp fire, star gazing, cycling, para motoring, parasailing, hot air balloon, bird watching etc.
And of course, there would be gastronomical delights for the foodies in the food zone. The gala event will showcase the kaleidoscopic cultural heritage, customs, local crafts and art, folk music and dances of Madhya Pradesh especially Malwa and Nimar. Hilarious ride on the cruise ship Narmada Queen on the vast expanse of water in the gusty February wind would be an added attraction.
I, for one, can vouch that a visit to Hanumantiya would be a rejuvenating experience to anyone attending the Water Festival dedicated to joi de vivre. So, what are you waiting for? Do prepare to experience an adrenaline rush.


PR Minister Shri Shukla condoles death of mother of journalist Shri Malay Shrivastava
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 11, 2016

Public Relations, Energy, New & Renewable Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla expressed profound grief over the death of Smt. Pushpa Shrivastava, wife of veteran journalist Shri Satyanarayan Shrivastava and mother of senior journalist Shri Malay Shrivastava and Deputy Director Public Relations Shri Pralay Shrivastava.
Shri Shukla said that late Smt. Pushpa Shrivastava was a peace loving, courteous and religious woman. Late Smt. Shrivastava, about 78 years died after prolonged illness here on Tuesday.
Shri Shukla has prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss.


CM honours forest officers for bringing national and international laurels to MP
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 10, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan also felicitated forest officers for bringing national and international laurels to Madhya Pradesh at mega convention of tendu leaf collectors and forest committees here. Shri Chouhan gave away gold medals and letters of citation to 7 forest officers including APCCF Shri Y. Satyam.
Retired PCCF Dr. Suhas Kumar, APCCF Shri Ramesh Pratap Singh, CCF Shri R. Shriniwas Murthy, CCF Shri Jasveer Singh Chouhan were awarded for wildlife management, in-charge of state level Tiger Strike Force Shri Ritesh Sirothiya for wildlife crime investigation and CEO of Minor Forest Produce Processing Centre, Bhopal Shri Abhay Patil was felicitated for outstanding performance in herbal products.
Shri Y. Satyam got planted 55 lakh 26 thousand 945 saplings on one single day on July 22, 2013 in Shahdol district during his posting at Shahdol forest division. On the basis of certified evidence, record of 17 lakh 8 thousand 181 saplings’ plantation was included in Guinness Book of World Records. Shri Satyam got these saplings planted without government expenses through public participation and cooperation of joint forest management committees on private lands. For the second time, one crore 43 lakh saplings were planted as per action plan chalked out by Shri Satyam on one single day July 31, 2014 in the state, which beat previous world record and the feat of Madhya Pradesh was again recorded in Guinness Book of World Records.
Shri R. Shriniwas Murthy was awarded for setting a novel precedent in the world for skillful management of Panna tiger reserve and increasing number of tigers there to 31 from year 2009 to 2015. For this achievement, Shri R. Shriniwas Murthy has been conferred Friend of Tiger Award by World Nature Fund in year 2012 and “Earth Hero” award by RBS Foundation in year 2015.
Shri Ramesh Pratap Singh was conferred award for successful relocation of 35 villages from Satpura tiger reserve between year 2011 and 2015. As a results of Shri Singh’s efforts, Government of India declared Satpura tiger reserve as “Best Biodiversity Park” in year 2014 and was conferred “Most Visitor Friendly Wildlife Destination of the Year' Award by TAFT Foundation. Shri Singh also received Green Warriors Award of RBS Foundation in year 2015.
Dr. Suhas Kumar was honoured for successful translocation of 29 hardground swamp deer from Bandhavgarh and Kanha tiger reserves to Satpura tiger reserve. Shri Jasbeer Singh Chouhan was felicitated for successful translocation of 31 bison from Kanha tiger reserve to Bandhavgarh between 2010 and 2013 and non-chemical translocation of 29 highground swamp deer.
Shri Ritesh Sirothiya was conferred award for arresting and sending to judicial custody 76 criminals from 8 states while busting inter-state gang of pangolin poaching and illicit trade of its body parts. CEO of Minor Forest Produce Processing Centre, Bhopal Shri Abhay Patil was conferred gold medal for outstanding performance to populorise Vindhya Brand Ayurvedic and herbal products.


Ancient business centre: Ujjayani
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 10, 2016

Ujjayani was counted among major cultural cities in ancient India. This city gave major contributions to religion, philosophy, literature, music, drama and fine arts. It had the honour of being political centre stage of Malav Janpad for centuries. First Gantantra and then 'Nrip Tantra' developed here over the years.
Along with cultural and political importance, Ujjayani was also significant commercially. Western sea shore was far away from here. But Ujjayani had the benefit of being situated on main highways leading towards north and south India. Kshipra river also helped in its economic growth. A major trade route from Ujjayani led to Bharukuchh (Bhandonch). From Bharukuchh and Shoorparak (Sopara), goods from Malwa and Gujarat regions were exported to foreign countries. Central India was linked to foreign countries through these ports.
Thousands of ancients coins of Ujjayani and nearby areas have been found. Most ancient minted silver coins are of 4th centry BC. Ujjayani had mints and wealthy people had a number of establishments there. These establishments used to mint coins, manage markets and undertook a number of activities to promote trade and business.
A number of coins dating back to 2nd to Ist century BC have word “Ujino” or “Ujiniye” inscribed on them in Prakrit language was found. These coins were issued by above mentioned establishments. Besides, hundreds of Janpad level coins have also been found on which Lord Shiva in various postures has been depicted as main deity of Ujjayani. In some coins, he has been depicted with Uma Devi. A number of coins also have attractive images of deity of wealth Lakshmi and Kartikey. Vajra was one of main symbols of Ujjain, which was called “Ujjain Chinha”. It is found mostly on these coins. Besides, attractive images of Vedika Vriksh, Kshipra river, Mandook, hillock etc. are also found on these coins of Ujjain.
Large number of coins dating back to Shung-Satvahan era upto Kshahrat-Kshatrap dynasty kings are found in Ujjain. Coins pertaining to Gupt kings, Sasanis,Gurjar-Pratihars, Parmars and medieval Muslim rulers are found here in large number. These show that Ujjain was very important from point of view of trade and commerce. Large number of foreign businessmen, specially Romans resided there. Role of Ujjain in ancient trade with western countries was specially noteworthy. Ujjayani’s ancient names Hirnyawati, Bhogwati and Vishala justify it being a vast and rich commercial township.
Mention of Ujjayani is also profusely found in Vedic, Puarnas and Buddhist literature as well as ancient Jain literature. This shows its economic wealth. This city has been described as a major trade centre in Jain Kahkosu (11,4-5). Vehicles tranported goods from here (24,8).
Ujjain has been described as in as Pattan and Mahanagri in Jain Kahkosu. Pattan denotes to city where major commercial transactions took place. It had Haat (Bazaars), Vaishayawats. Due to being a major business centre, thieves were also active in Ujjain. Drirhsurya was a big thief, who was finally caught. He chanted Surya Mantra at the time of being crucified. The place where he was crucified used to be worshipped as Shuleshwar (place of crucifixion). The place still exists in Ujjain.
Ujjayani thrived as a major wealthy city in 3rd century BC. It was capital city of Avanti province during reign of Maurya empire. It witness meteoric rise during Shung era. Sanchi’s world famous Stoopa were constructed during Shung-Satvahan era. Records show that wealhy families of Arikipa Madhuvan, Nandinagar, Vidisha and Ujjaayani gave special contribution in this. The list of donors shows that most of donations came from Ujjaayani’s residents, specially Kul Wadhus and Tapaswinis.
Due to its political and economic importance, Gupt emperors considered occupation of Ujjayani very strategic. Chandragupt Maurya had vanquished the last satrap king Rudra Singh III. Chandragupt annihilated Shaka satraps from Avanti province and western India. He issued his coins in the area. After Chadragupta, Kumargupta-II and his son Skandgupt continued to rule the area. Malavs once again establish their rule in Avanti area in the last quarter of 5th century AD. In the meantime, Huns continued to launch vicious attacks on central India from north-western areas. Avanti ruler Yashodharma gave a resounding defeat to Mihirkul, the son of Hun king Torman. Mention of this great victory of Yashodharma is found on his Victory Pillars near Dashpur (Now Mandsaur). Due to Yashodharma and his descendants, this area earned much fame in India. Rulers of Aulikar dynasty also contributed to enrich Malwa and Ujjayani.
After Aulikar kings, the area was occupied by Kalchuris, Gurjar-Pratihars and Parmars, respectively. Since 7th century AD to 12th century, Ujjanyani and nearby areas prospered much. Large number of temples of various religions and artistic idols came up during this period. Ujjayani mainly prospered financially during pre-medieval era.


Jalabhishek Abhiyan to be conducted on massive scale in state
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 9, 2016

Jalabhishek Abhiyan will be conducted on a massive scale in the state. Under the campaign, water structures will be constructed on a war-footing. This was directed by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at high-level meeting of administrative officers here today.
He said that involvement of common people, public representatives, non-government organisations and all departments should be ensured in the campaign. Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de sa, all ACS, PS and heads of major departments attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that he would undertake Public Welfare Visits for surprise inspections of development works. During the visits, he will night halt at villages and take meetings of officers. He said that investment is a significant source of employment. Officers should have positive frame of mind in providing facilities to investors.
The state should have investment-friendly atmosphere. Water conservation structures holding water round the year should be constructed under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana in the places not having irrigation facilities. Preparations to deal with drinking water crisis in urban and rural areas should be chalked out right now.
The Chief Minister said that next year would be observed as Poor Persons Welfare Year. All departments implementing poor persons’ welfare schemes should make preparations for holding programmes during the year. All departments should act to achieve targets set under Vision Document-2018 along with constant monitoring.
Decisions taken at all recent departmental review meetings should be implemented speedily. Detailed departmental review meetings will be held every 3 months. Keeping in view priorities recommended by MLAs, development works should be undertaken with positive frame of mind. Departments should chalk out list of Vidhan Sabha constituency-wise works.


CM Shri Chouhan holds discussions with investors
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 9, 2016

Representatives of 3 companies held discussions with Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan on investment in the state here today. It is noteworthy that the Chief Minister holds discussions with investors and solves their problems instantly on first Monday of every month.
Messrs Hari Krishna Export Mumbai, a company with about Rs.5000 crore annual turnover offered to set up Diamond Institute to raise skilled human resources for diamond cutting and producing jewellery. The Chief Minister said that the state government is committed to ensuring skill development of youths. He said that along with skill development, investment is also welcome in diamond cutting sector. Company’s Chairman Shri Shavji Dolakiya presented copies of “Gita” specially printed in Sanskrit, Hindi and English languages.
Messrs Digipro System Private Limited New Delhi discussed investment in defence production manufacturing with the Chief Minister. Company’s Chairman Shri Deepak Gupta informed that the company wishes to set up a unit to produce 10-seater aircraft and maintenance of defence ordinance vehicles.
Company’s Chairman congratulated the Chief Minister for his foresightendness of formulating attractive policy of defence production manufacturing. The Chief Minister said that the government welcomes new investments in this sector and will extend maximum cooperation to investors.
Vice Chairman of Messrs Hindustan Kolkata Beverages Pilookheri (Rajgarh) Shri Ashutosh Singh informed that constant work is being undertaken in 2000 hectares to carry out corporate social responsibility in the interest of farmers. The company is interested in investing Rs. 600 crore in the first year. He informed that the company is getting government’s cooperation at every level.
Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary Industries Shri Mohammad Suleman, Secretary to CM Shri Vivek Agrawal and concerning officers were present.


Panchayat of Forest Committees to be held
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 8, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that a Panchayat of Forest Committees will be held soon. In it, suggestions will be elicited from members of Forest Committees. Welfare schemes for their welfare will be chalked out on the basis of these suggestions.
The Chief Minister was addressing a seminar of members of forest committees at Jamboree Ground here today. He said that the role of Forest Committees is very vital in conservation and management of forests. He lauded their works. Meanwhile, members of Forest Committees and Minor Forest Produce Societies put forth their suggestions.
The Chief Minister also inspected a photo exhibition put up by Forest Department. He apprised himself of measures for conservation and management of forests. The exhibition depicts dense forest cover of Madhya Pradesh, Joint Forest Management, Wildlife Management, increase of forest cover through public participation etc in attractive way.
Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar, Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, Farmers Welfare & Agriculture Development Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen, Sate BJP President Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan, other public representatives and officers were present on the occasion.


Tendu leaf collection rate increased to Rs. 1250 per standard bag
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 8, 2016

Addressing state level mega convention of tendu leaf collectors and forest committees at Jamboree Ground here today, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced to increase tendu leaf collection rate from Rs. 950 to Rs. 1250 per standard bag.
Shri Chouhan said that Forest Academy will be established at Bhopal. Training would be imparted in it to forest staff, members of joint forest management committees and Forest Produce Primary Cooperative Societies, bamboo craftspersons and farmers. He said that farm forestry policy to promote growing of trees and bamboos will be announced in the current year. He said that houseless poor urban families will be provided housing facility during Poor Persons Welfare Year.
Exhorting forest committees to conserve forests, the Chief Minister said that honorarium of managers of Forest Produce Primary Cooperative Societies will be increased from Rs. 5000 to 6000 per month. To benefit tendu leaf collectors, assistance of Rs. 25 thousand given on death will be increased to Rs. 2 lakh. Of this, Rs. one lakh will be given by state government and equal amount by insurance company. In case of total disability, assistance of Rs. one lakh will be given. Assistance of Rs. 25 thousand would be given on normal death of a tendu leaf collector.
Shri Chouhan said that distribution of dividend worth Rs. 45.40 crore on wood and bamboo for year 2015-16 has started. Dividend for wood payable to forest committees will be increased from 10 to 20 percent. He said that a reward scheme would be launched to give away annual cash prizes to outstanding forest committees and Forest Produce Primary Cooperative Societies. Joint Forest Management Committees' partnership in plantation by Forest Development Corporation will be increased and they would be provided dividend.
The Chief Minister said that instead of Revenue Department, Forest Department would give compensation against crop loss due to wild animals by separating it from loss due to natural calamities. Shri Chouhan said that compensation against loss of life due to wild animals will be increased from Rs. 1.50 lakh to Rs. 4 lakh. Compensation would also be given on injury to domestic animals by wild life.
The Chief Minister said that farmers will be given incentive amount on planting of saplings after obtaining them from any source. Till day, incentive was given only on plantation of saplings purchased from nurseries of Forest Department.
Incentive on plantation on private land will be increased from Rs. 10 to Rs.25 per plant. Similarly, incentive to Vandoots motivating to plant saplings will be increased from Rs. 4 to Rs.7 per plant. He said that status of sales centre will be accorded to Nistari depots and bamboo depots. The government will reimburse subsidy against supply of bamboo to eligible beneficiaries on concessional rate.
The Chief Minister distributed bonus of tendu leaf and dividend on wood and bamboo to forest committees. He launched new medicinal products of Minor Forest Produce Federation including 'Garbhnirasksha Wati' and 'Vamanrakshak Wati'. He released directory of Forest Produce Primary Cooperative Societies district union of Minor Forest Produce Federation. PCCF Shri Narendra Kumar delivered the welcome address.
Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar said that along with life-sustaining oxygen, forests are also source of livelihood. He said that forest dwellers have full rights over forest wealth and land. The government has launched a scheme to promote plantation on private land. Species of 53 trees of forest species on private land have been exempted from transit pass. Due to it, there would be no difficulty in sale of trees grown on private land.
Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava said that forests and their produce are main sources of livelihood for about 32 lakh tendu leaf collectors and 20 lakh bidi workers. He stressed the need to improve quality of forest produce and their better processing. He said that income of collectors and labourers will increase since high quality products will fetch more price.
Farmers Welfare & Agriculture Development Minister Shri Gaurishankar Bisen laid emphasis on joint augmentation efforts by Agriculture and Forest departments. He informed that a scheme is being considered to produce organic manure from dry leaves and saving crops from wild animals. MP and State BJP President Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan said that the state government has undertaken concrete efforts to strengthen forest protection committee. He said that forest dwellers are protectors of forests. Their protection and promotion are very necessary.
Technical Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta, MLA Shri Vishnu Khatri, Chairman of State Minor Produce Federation Shri Mahesh Kori, Chairman of State Forest Development Corporation Shri Guru Prasad Sharma, Principal Secretary Forest Shri Deepak Khandekar, senior forest officers, thousands of tendu leaf collectors and members of forest committees were present on the occasion.


30 % government purchase must from SC, ST entrepreneurs
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 5, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that a special drive will be launched to fill backlog posts of SCs and STs. Instructions for mandatory 30 percent purchase in government purchase from SC and ST entrepreneurs should be followed strictly. He said that internal vigilance and file tracking system should be implemented in departments effectively. Immediate action should be ensured against government officers and employees trapped and punished by courts.
The Chief Minister was reviewing activities of General Administration Department here today. Minister of State for GAD Shri Lal Singh Arya, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary Shri M.K. Varshney, DG of Academy of Administration Smt. Kanchan Jain, Principal Secretary to CM Shri Iqbal Singh Bains and other senior officers attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister said that arrangements for mandatory 30 percent of government purchase from SC and ST entrepreneurs will continue. All departments will follow it strictly. He said that arrangements for online exam etc should be made to fill SC, ST backlog posts. Camps should be held at district headquarters for recruitment of candidates belonging to primitive tribes. Recruitment of all types of disabled persons should be made against post reserved for disabled persons.
The Chief Minister said that internal vigilance arrangements should be made to curb irregularities in all departments. Besides, file tracking system should be implemented to obviate inordinate delay in taking decision on files. The system will show as to which file is with whom, due to which action can be taken against officers indulging in inordinate delay. External assessment arrangements should also be made to assess functioning of departments.
Administrative Reforms Commission
Shri Chouhan said that Administrative Reforms Commission will be constituted to strengthen government's functioning. Home delivery system will be made for identified services. He said that those whose entry is necessary should not face any difficulty in entering Vallabh Bhavan while unauthorized entry of unnecessary people should be curbed. Pending cases of disciplinary action against government servants should be disposed of speedily. Circulars issued by government and protocol should be strictly follwed.
The Chief Minister said that good officers should be empanelled for selection as CEOs of Zila Panchayats and Municipal Corporation Commissioners. He directed departments to hold meetings of employees advisory committees and ensure dialogue with employees organisations. He directed to ensure disposal of cases of compassionate appointments, gratuity, pension etc.
The Chief Minister directed for constant monitoring of process to prepare caste certificates of SC and ST students. The meeting was informed that one crore 11 lakh 27 thousand 437 caste certificates have been issued. Deadline of backlog recruitment drive has been extended till June 30, 2016. So far, 14 thousand 110 backlog posts of scheduled castes, 24 thousand 806 of scheduled tribes and 9,317 backlog posts of backward classes have been filled.


Drive to include eligible and remove ineligible families under PDS
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 5, 2016

A drive would be launched to include eligible and remove ineligible families under public distribution system. This was directed by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan while reviewing activities of Food and Civil Supplies Department here today. Departmental Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa also attended the meeting.
Shri Chouhan directed to evolve such a system under PDS that no eligible family remains deprived. Maximum transparency should be ensured in food grains distribution. Preparations for food grains procurement should be completed within time-limit. Pending cases under Food Security Act should be disposed of speedily. The meeting gave in-principle consent to convert PDS shops into multi-purpose ones.
The meeting was informed that ration under PDS is being distributed to one crore 17 lakh families. Data of families under the system has been digitalised. POS machines providing option to consumers to purchase ration from any PDS shop of their choice will be installed at all 22 thousand 409 fair price shops by the end of March. So far, POS machines have been installed at 11 thousand 724 shops. Total, 12 lakh 66 thousand MT paddy has been procured on support price. Wheat will be procured on support price from March 16. Under special inspection drive, Weights & Measurements Department undertook 25 thousand 85 inspections and filed 4 thousand 365 cases. Scheme to distribute double fortified salt in 89 tribal districts has been chalked out.
e-warehouse licensing facility
The Chief Minister unveiled e-warehouse licensing facility. The system has been introduced by the department under Ease of Doing Business. He also launched POS facility. At present, this facility has been introduced in Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Harda and Indore districts.
Registrar of State Consumers Forum Shri Avdhesh Kumar Shrivastava, Principal Secretary Food and Civil Supplies Shri Ashok Warnwal, Principal Secretary Finance Ashish Upadhyay, Commissioner Food and Civil Supplies Shri Manohar Agnani, Secretary to CM Shri Vivek Agrawal and departmental officers also attended the meeting.


Scheme to promote private sector to increase hostel facility
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 4, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to chalk out a new scheme to promote private sector to increase hostel facility in the state. He said that this will facilitate students pursuing higher education in cities.
He also directed to develop Hostel Service Management Portal. The Chief Minister was reviewing activities of Higher Education Department at Mantralaya here today.
Shri Chouhan directed to start necessary preparations for establishment of Law University at Jabalpur. He congratulated the department for improving quality of higher education. It is noteworthy that GRE of Madhya Pradesh has gone upto 20.04.
The Chief Minister directed to improve and make more effective schemes including Gaon Ki Beti, Vikramaditya Free Education, transport facility for girl students and Vivekananda Career Guidance Scheme.
Shri Chouhan said that new norms for extension of grants to universities should be laid down. Shri Chouhan directed to chalk out a plan to ensure global level of teaching and academic activities in selected universities and colleges.
The meeting was informed that an action plan has been chalked out to ensure teaching quality and increase infrastructure in collaboration with World Bank.
Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta, Minister of State for Higher Education, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and other senior officers attended the meeting.


Kisan Sabhas to be held in Gram Panchayats
Bhopal:MMNN: Feb. 4, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to hold Gram Sabhas in all Gram Panchayats from February 15 to March 15. He directed to learn ground realities of implementation of beneficiary-oriented schemes from time to time. Shri Chouhan was addressing officers during Samadhan Online programme at Mantralaya here today. He solved problems of 12 applicants during the video-conferencing.
The Chief Minister said that Agriculture, Panchayats & Rural Development and Revenue departments should form joint team to inform farmers about salient features of newly introduced Prime Minister's Crop Insurance Scheme at Kisan Sabhas. He directed to fix dates and times of Kisan Sabhas as per local conditions. He instructed officers to ensure effective system for learning ground realities of implementation of beneficiary-oriented schemes. No eligible beneficiary is deprived of benefit. He would himself learn ground realities through fixed programmes as well as surprise inspections. If he gets information about non-delivery of benefit to an eligible beneficiary, strict action will be taken against concerning persons. Good work will be lauded adequately. Shri Chouhan asked collectors for effective operation of piped water schemes. Drinking water crisis-prone areas should be identified, new sources of water developed there and ensure effective arrangements for transportation of water as per need. He directed to evolve SMS-based system to inform beneficiaries about deposit of amounts in their bank accounts. Records of disciplinary actions taken during Samadhan Online should also be maintained. Cases should be monitored.
Shri Chouhan said that this year is being observed as Poor People's Welfare Year. It should be ensured that no poor person and beneficiary of BPL list remains deprived of benefit. He directed to re-start drive to identify and benefit beneficiaries. He directed for large scale drive to provide land right lease deeds. No eligible family should be deprived of it. The Chief Minister directed to prepare lists of beneficiaries evolve a transparent system to identify beneficiaries eligible for residential land lease deeds. He directed to collect and send information about de-notified, nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes to benefit them under schemes for their welfare.
The Chief Minister directed to sanction grant for tractor under mechanization scheme of Horticulture Department as a special case to Shri Arjun Prasad Patel of village Bargawan under Majhauli tahasil of Jabalpur district. Shri Patel had purchased tractor on intimation that his name has been included under tractor grant action plan whereas sanction was given to him 3 months after purchase of tractor. For this, the Chief Minister directed to initiate enquiry against the then concerning officer.
The Chief Minister directed divisional commissioner to withhold 2 increments of CEO of Ashok Nagar Janpad Panchayat for delay in payment of second installment under Indira Aawas Yojana to Shri Mahendra Singh of Jheela Panchayat in Ashok Nagar district.
Shri Maqsood Ahmad of village Damua in Junnardeo tahasil of Chhindwara district complained that scholarship was deposited in his bank account, but he was not informed about it. On this, the Chief Minister directed to evolve SMS-based system to inform beneficiaries about deposit of amounts in their bank accounts.
Similarly, the Chief Minister expressed displeasure over release of Rs. 4 lakh loans by bank in 4 installments for centring work under Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana to Shri Gajraj Singh Lodhi of village Kandari in Banda tahasil of Sagar district. He directed for lump sump payment of amount. He directed divisional commissioner to instruct MD of the bank to inform about details of the case.
The Chief Minister sought information from collector about non-payment of crop insurance amount to farmer Shri Laxman Laharpure, Shri Vinayak Rao and others of Athner tahasil in Betul district. He was informed that insurance company has sanctioned amount to all affected farmers, which would be paid soon.
The Chief Minister directed to reimburse Rs. 15 lakh spent on cochlear transplant of Kartisha, 4 years old deaf and dumb daughter of Khandwa resident Smt. Swati Gupta. Smt. Gupta had applied for treatment. Amount could not be provided to her at that time due to negligence of the then Joint Director Health Services. The Chief Minister directed to suspend Joint Director Health Services, Indore.
Collector Bhopal informed the CM that payment of wages has been made to 16 labourers of government agriculture farm, Chachod including Shri Doji Ram and Shri Kailash. In the case, the farm in-charge has been suspended.
The Chief Minister directed for immediate payment of stipend to nursing course trainees Sushri Saroj Meena and Poonam Godki with effect from July 2015. He directed for a system to ensure that payment of scholarships and stipends is not delayed due to lack of budget allocation.
On the complaint of Shri Jagdish Suryavanshi of village Badaud in Agar-Malwa district, it was informed that piped water schemes has now been started. The Chief Minister considered the delay as grave negligence. He directed to suspend the then sub-engineer and issue show cause notice to executive engineer.
The Chief Minister directed for immediate payment of amount of gratuity and leave encashment to retired peon Shri Gyarasi Lal Rathore of Government Madhav College, Dewas Gate, Ujjain. He directed to ensure timely payment of dues also to such other 40 employees.
Collector Shivpuri informed that Reader of concerning tahasil has been suspended for delay in disposal of case for assistance to Shri Mihilal of village Padra in Pichhore tahasil against death of his son Sonu. Assistance amount of Rs. one lakh has been deposited in bank account of Shri Mihilal.
Collector Dhar informed that rent worth Rs. 2 lakh 17 thousand 602 for veterinary dispensary conducted in the building of Shri Sardar Singh Fateh Singh Thakur at village Naugaon from year 1997 to 2013 has been paid to him.


CM Shri Chouhan releases "Logo" of Vindhya Mahotsav at Rewa
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 30, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan released 'Logo' of Vindhya Mahotsav at Chorhat airstrip at Rewa today.
It is noteworthy that Vindhya Mahotsav will be held at Rewa from April 1 to 5, 2016.
Those who welcomed the Chief Minister at the airstrip included MP Shri Janardan Mishra, Mayor Smt. Mamta Gupta, MLA Neelam Abhay Mishra and other public representatives.
Later, the Chief Minister left for Sidhi.


My resolve is that states youths become employers and not job seekers
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 30, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that he wishes to empower youths so much that they become employers and not job seekers.
Shri Chouhan was addressing young beneficiaries of Mukhyamantri Yuva Udyami Yojana at Jabalpur today.
Under the scheme, these youths have been provided loans worth Rs. 38 crore and subsidy worth about Rs. 5 crore for self-employment. Through it, 432 persons have got employment.
Under Mukhyamantri Yuva Swarozgar Yojana, loans worth Rs. 39 crore have been provided to 1130 youths.
The Chief Minister said that he wishes that state's youths become employers and give jobs to others. He expressed happiness over effective implementation of Mukhyamantri Yuva Udyami Yojana in Jabalpur district.
The Chief Minister said that through the scheme, he wishes to help those youths who are enterprising, but cannot set up self-employment due to shortage of money.
Now, the government is giving loan guarantee and loan subsidy to banks under the scheme. He urged youths to give suggestions to further streamline the scheme.
Benefited youths shared their experiences with the Chief Minister. Shri Chouhan also inspected youth Preetesh Dave's plastic water tank unit.


C.M. SHRI CHOUHAN EXPRESSES GRATITUDE TO PRIME MINISTER SHRI MODI
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 29, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivrj Singh Chouhan has expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Urban Development Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu for including Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur cities of Madhya Pradesh in the first list of 20 Smart Cities selected by the central government.
Describing it as a matter of immense pride for the state he thanked Shri Modi and Shri Naidu on behalf of the citizens of these three cities. Shri Chouhan said that NDA government's novel concept of Smart Cities generated a healthy competition among cities to improve civic services in larger public interest.
Congratulating the Mayors and team of officials of 3 selected cities the Chief Minister said that their relentless hard work has paid off. He extended best wishes to them.
The Chief Minister called for a resolve to work hard to turn dream of Smart Cities into reality. It will bring about sea change in urban life, he added.
It may be mentioned here that maximum 3 cities of Madhya Pradesh have been selected in the first list of 20 Smart Cities selected by the central government.


Maximum 3 cities of state among 20 selected for Smart City Project
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 29, 2016

Central government has selected maximum 3 cities of Madhya Pradesh among 20 for Smart City Project in the country. Projects of 7 cities of Madhya Pradesh were sent. In the first phase of 20 cities, maximum cities of Madhya Pradesh have been selected. It is major achievement for Madhya Pradesh with only 5 percent urban population that 3 of its cities have been selected for Smart City Project. These cities are Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur. Of these, Rajwada area at Indore, Rani Tal and Gol Market at Jabalpur and Shivaji Nagar at Bhopal will be developed as Smart Cities.
Smart City concept aims at providing mainly peaceful and well smart atmosphere to people. The facilities include wi-fi, delivery of other public services through mobiles and special initiative for community development. Besides, Smart Cities will also be developed on 24 other points.
Central government will provide Rs. 500 crore per city for cities selected under the project. Besides, integrated development will also be ensured through convergence with programmes like AMRUT, Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan, metro project and rapid bus system. Under this process, identified areas will be developed first. The process will be undertaken in such a way that other areas of the city are developed in phases.
Under Smart City Project, resources will be utilized efficiently, people's partnership will be ensured and developers’ expertise will be used for Smart City.
In the first phase, 2 years’ grant i.e. Rs. 200 crore will be immediately released by Central government followed by Rs. 100 crore each for next 3 years. Madhya Pradesh has chalked out a scheme of about Rs. 5000 crore for Smart Cities. Under it, funds would be raised from developing local resources in addition to amounts from Central and state governments.
Proposals for Smart City have been made in keeping with city’s needs and population. No additional burden will accrue to citizens due to development of Smart City.
Under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, maximum 3 cities of the state have been selected under project. The Chief Minister wishes that better results come to the fore in next 3 years.
Union Minister of Urban Development Shri Venkaiah Naidu announced names of first 20 cities under the project in New Delhi today. The Union Minister announced names of 20 citities following competition among 97 cities of the country. Shri Naidu said that this competition is like that of Union Public Service Commission.
Under Small City Project, 300 acre area of Shivaji Nagar, Bhopal will be developed. Its projected cost is Rs. 3437 crore. Development model has been evolved in keeping with environment friendly atmosphere of Bhopal city.
Similarly, 742 acre land near Rajwada, Indore will be developed at a cost of Rs. 5099 crore. Special attention will be paid to preservation of historic heritages in Rajwada area. Jabalpur would be developed as a centre of financial activities for exploring possibilities of investment and employment. Smart City Project would be implemented in Right Town, Napier Town, Gol Bazaar, Civic Centre and Rani Tal areas of Jabalpur at a cost of about Rs. 3939 crore.


CM Shri Chouhan welcomed on return from Singapore visit
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 21, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan was accorded warm welcome by workers and citizens at state hangar on return from Singapore visit here today.
The Chief Minister said that conferment of Lee Kuan Yew Exhange Fellowship to him at Singapore is recognition of state's development.
The state has witnessed remarkable achievements in development sector during last one decade.
The state is pioneer in economic and agriculture growth rates in the country. This fellowship is dedicated to state's people.
The Chief Minister extended Makar Sankranti greetings to people. He also flew a kite marking Makar Sankranti in outer area of state hanger.
Those who welcomed the Chief Minister included PWD Minister Shri Sartaj Singh, PHE Minister Sushri Kusum Mahdele, State BJP President Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan, Mayor Shri Alok Sharma, BDA Chairman Shri Om Yadav, Municipal Corporation Chairman Dr. Surjeet Singh Chouhan, MLAs Shri Rustam Singh, Shri Rameshwar Sharma, Shri Vishwas Sarang, Shri Surendranath Singh and other public representatives.


127 temples being renovated at a cost of Rs. 10 crore for Simhastha
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 21, 2016

As many as 127 temples in Ujjain city and nearby areas are being renovated in view of Simhastha to be held from April 22 to May 21 this year. A sum of Rs. 10 crore has been sanctioned for renovation of 84 Mahadev and 43 other temples. Of these, renovation of 90 temples is nearing completion.
The renovation works mainly include whitewashing/painting, boundary wall, flooring of premises, laying marble blocks in sanctum sanctorum, repairing of Sabha Mandal and water proofing. Approach roads are also being constructed in some temples.
12,000 workers of Jan-Abhiyan Parishad to render services
As many as 5 crore devotees are estimated to visit Ujjain during Simhastha. A number of voluntary organisations have expressed desire to render services in Mela area. Jan-Abhiyan Parishad's 12 thousand workers will also render their services. Parishad will also make arrangements for Ayurvedic mobile dispensaries during Simhastha.
Besides, 5500 volunteers of NCC, Scouts and NSS will also render services apart from 1000 volunteers of Congress Sewa Dal and 1100 workers of Sewa Samiti. Sewa Bharti will provide 10 ambulances during Simhastha. A list of 1000 blood donors is being chalked out.
Mela area for this Simhastha has been developed for stay of 20 lakh devotees. Arrangements are being made to render services to one crore devotees daily. Simhastha will have arrangements for 5 crore persons.


CM Shri Chouhan welcomed on return from Singapore visit
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 16, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan was accorded warm welcome by workers and citizens at state hangar on return from Singapore visit here today.
The Chief Minister said that conferment of Lee Kuan Yew Exhange Fellowship to him at Singapore is recognition of state's development.
The state has witnessed remarkable achievements in development sector during last one decade.
The state is pioneer in economic and agriculture growth rates in the country. This fellowship is dedicated to state's people.
The Chief Minister extended Makar Sankranti greetings to people. He also flew a kite marking Makar Sankranti in outer area of state hanger.
Those who welcomed the Chief Minister included PWD Minister Shri Sartaj Singh, PHE Minister Sushri Kusum Mahdele, State BJP President Shri Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan, Mayor Shri Alok Sharma, BDA Chairman Shri Om Yadav, Municipal Corporation Chairman Dr. Surjeet Singh Chouhan, MLAs Shri Rustam Singh, Shri Rameshwar Sharma, Shri Vishwas Sarang, Shri Surendranath Singh and other public representatives.


127 temples being renovated at a cost of Rs. 10 crore for Simhastha
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 16, 2016

As many as 127 temples in Ujjain city and nearby areas are being renovated in view of Simhastha to be held from April 22 to May 21 this year. A sum of Rs. 10 crore has been sanctioned for renovation of 84 Mahadev and 43 other temples. Of these, renovation of 90 temples is nearing completion.
The renovation works mainly include whitewashing/painting, boundary wall, flooring of premises, laying marble blocks in sanctum sanctorum, repairing of Sabha Mandal and water proofing. Approach roads are also being constructed in some temples.
12,000 workers of Jan-Abhiyan Parishad to render services
As many as 5 crore devotees are estimated to visit Ujjain during Simhastha. A number of voluntary organisations have expressed desire to render services in Mela area. Jan-Abhiyan Parishad's 12 thousand workers will also render their services. Parishad will also make arrangements for Ayurvedic mobile dispensaries during Simhastha.
Besides, 5500 volunteers of NCC, Scouts and NSS will also render services apart from 1000 volunteers of Congress Sewa Dal and 1100 workers of Sewa Samiti. Sewa Bharti will provide 10 ambulances during Simhastha. A list of 1000 blood donors is being chalked out.
Mela area for this Simhastha has been developed for stay of 20 lakh devotees. Arrangements are being made to render services to one crore devotees daily. Simhastha will have arrangements for 5 crore persons.


MP and Singapore sign 4 MoUs for collaboration in 4 sectors
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 15, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan's Singapore visit has been very fruitful for Madhya Pradesh. During the visit, Shri Chouhan was conferred prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship and the Chief Minister succeeded in motivating foreign investors to invest in the state.
During the visit, 4 MoUs have also been signed between Madhya Pradesh and Singapore for collaboration in 4 sectors.
On the third day of his Singapore visit, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan attended a business seminar. During it, 4 MoUs were signed for mutual collaboration in 4 sectors including urban planning, skill development, clean energy and food processing.
An MoU was signed between Madhya Pradesh's Directorate of Town and Country Planning and Singapore Corporation Enterprises. Madhya Pradesh's Technical Education and Skill Development Department singed MoU with Singapore's ITE Education Services.
Madhya Pradesh's Renewal Energy Department signed MoU with Singapore's Sembcorp Green Infrastructure Limited for establishment of 1000 MW wind energy plant in western part of Madhya Pradesh. Besides, an MoU was signed between LT Foods India Limited and DSM Nutrition Products, Singapore.
Under this MoU, works pertaining to urban planning, capacity building, skill development and food processing will be undertaken. Besides, various alternatives and proposals will be studied and discussed and works of proposed undertakings will be undertaken.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan informed that roadmap for development has been followed in Madhya Pradesh which has yielded positive results. The state has shrugged tag of sick state and become fastest-growing state in the country. He also enumerated state's resources, immense investment potential and other salient features of Madhya Pradesh.
Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia and other members of Madhya Pradesh's delegation were also present on the occasion. The Chief Minister will depart from Singapore for country on January 15.


All investment infrastructures available in MP
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 15, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan met delegation of International Enterprise and Singapore Business Federation at Singapore today. Chiefs of about 20 prestigious Singaporean companies were present on the occasion. It is noteworthy that Singapore Business Federation explores possibilities of investment in various countries and helps investors to complete necessary formalities.
Shri Chouhan discussed major investment sectors' investment possibilities in Madhya Pradesh. Referring to state government's priority sectors, Shri Chouhan said that new strategies have been chalked out to promote skill development, job creation and construction sectors. All necessary infrastructures for investment exist in the state. He informed that schemes to transform cities are being implemented.
In them, guidance of city planners and experts of urban construction will be required. Regarding expansion of IT-based services, the Chief Minister said that work to expand public services by expanding virtual space is also being undertaken rapidly.
The delegation included Head of South Asia/Pacific & General Manager, Handelsbanken Shri Jan B Djeft, Executive Director, Thakral Group of Companies Shri Karan SinghThakral, Director Edge Capital Pte Ltd Shri Ameerali Jumanbhoy, Head of India Practice, Duane Morris & Selvam LLP Sushri Babita Ambrekar, Director (Industry Development Department), PUB, Shri Geoffrey Stephens, Vice President and Head, Strategy and Market Development, Infineon Technologies AG Shri Rohit Girdhar, Director - Strategy and Market Development, Strategic Investments, , Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific Shri Marc Teo, Deputy CEO, Singapore International Mediation Centre Sushri Eunice Chua, Director Corporate Development and Planning, Keppel Corporation Ltd Shri Lim Meng Ann, Senior Manager, Corporate Development, Keppel Land Limited Shri Sim Puay Kiak, Group President & CEO, Sembcorp Shri Tang Kin Fei, CEO, Clifford Capital Shri Clive Kerner Director & CEO, Flagship Ecosystems Shri Theron Madhavan, Founder and CEOP, Ecosfott Shri Stanley Samuel, CEO, Century Water Systems & Technologies Shri Eugene Liu, CEO (International), Surbana Jurong Shri Teo Eng Cheong, Group Director IE Singapore Shri Benjamin Yap, Divisional Director IE Singapore Sushri Magdalene Loh, Senior Manager IE Singapore Shri Goh Keng Phang, Chairman and Co-founder, Global Schools Foundation Shri Atul Temurnikar, General Manager (Business Development) Regional Investments, Keppel Land International Limited Shri Vernon Low and Executive Chairman, Meinhardt Group International Limited Dr. Nasim.


Singapore PM evinces interest in collaboration with MP in 5 sectors
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 14, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Singapore Prime Minister Shri Lee Husien Loong today. The Chief Minister discussed investment potential in major sectors like renewable energy and urban planning in the state. The Singapore PM evinced interest in collaborating with Madhya Pradesh in 5 sectors.
PM Shri Loong assured the Chief Minister that a business delegation of Singapore will attend Global Investors Summit to be held at Indore on October 19-21. The Chief Minister invited Shri Loong and Shri Iswaran to the summit.
The Chief Minister also met Singapore's Emeritus Senior Minister Shri Goh Chok Tong and Trade and Industries Minister Shri S. Iswaran. The Chief Minister informed about investment potential in Madhya Pradesh in solar, wind and biomass energies, urban planning, capacity building, food processing and information technology sectors.
Shri Chouhan said that MoUs with various Singapore entities will be signed tomorrow. One of these will be for 1000 MW wind farm in Western Madhya Pradesh.
The Chief Minister was also conferred Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Fellowship. On the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the school has emerged as pioneer in education and research fields. He urged the school for academic and ideological exchange with Madhya Pradesh's educational institutions.
Tomorrow, the Chief Minister will address a business seminar and throw light on investment potential in Madhya Pradesh.


CM Shri Chouhan conferred Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship for giving dedicated leadership
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 14, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan was conferred prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship at Singapore on Wednesday for providing dedicated leadership for development. Shri Chouhan is the 4th Indian recipient of the award. Previously, 48 persons of world have received it. It is pleasant coincident that the award was conferred when Singapore is celebrating its 50th independence day. The award has been conferred to Shri Chouhan for excellent works and innovations in agriculture, irrigation, power, women's empowerment and other sectors.
Addressing a dignified function at Singapore to felicitate the Chief Minister, Chairman of Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship (LKYEF) Shri Eddie Teo said that marvelous development and public works have been undertaken in Madhya Pradesh under the leadership of Shri Chouhan. The institution has chosen Shri Chouhan for this prestigious award due to his innovative development works. He said that the institution feels proud by honouring Shri Chouhan.
Former PM of Singapore and now Emeritus Senior Minister Shri Goh Chok Tong had led a 15-member parliamentary delegation to Madhya Pradesh in year 2014. A presentation on inclusive growth, achievements in infrastructure development and innovation in public welfare works was given before him. The latter was all praise for inclusive development in Madhya Pradesh. He was very much impressed by Madhya Pradesh's growth rate, agriculture growth rate and works for women's empowerment and social sectors. He had recommended name of Shri Chouhan for the fellowship along with other persons. After scrutiny of all aspects of leadership, the institution decided to confer the prestigious award to Shri Chouhan.
At his felicitation programme, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan met Singapore's PM Shri Lee Husien Loong. He said that the industry interactive session to be held on January 14 in context of Madhya Pradesh will yield very good results.
Shri Chouhan also met Singapore's Emeritus Senior Minister Shri Goh Chok Tong, Industries Minister Shri S. Iswaran, Minister for Foreign Affairs Shri Mohammad Maliki Bin Osman. They congratulated and praise the Chief Minister. Shri Chouhan said that the fellowship is honour for people of Madhya Pradesh.
Previous Indian recipients of the fellowship include former Vice Chairman of Planning Commission Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former Union Minister for Disinvestment Shri Arun Shourie and Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh Dr. Chandrababu Naidu. Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship was incepted in year 1991. In selection of the fellowship, contribution to national development and efforts to promote international goodwill are considered.
The Chief Minister apprised Trade and Industries Minister Shri S. Iswaran of investment possibilities. Singapore's Defence and Foreign Affairs Minister Shri Mohammad Maliki Bin Osman hosted a lunch and President of Lee Kuan Exchange Fellowship Shri Eddie Teo hosted dinner in honour of the Chief Minister.
Shri Chouhan also met Emeritus Senior Minister Shri Goh Chok Tong. Shri Tong lauded development tof Madhya Pradesh during last 10 years. Commerce and Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia was also present on the occasion.


Public Relations website receives about 18 crore hits
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 13, 2016

Website www.mpinfo.org of state government's Public Relations Department is gaining popularity day by day. This year, the website received 17 crore 98 lakh 59 thousand 428 hits. Now, the website's mobile version is also being browsed extensively.
Mobile version m.mpinfo.org has received 81 lakh 35 thousand 754 hits. Not only India, the website is also being browsed in United States, Russia, Israel, United Kingdom, China, United Arab Emirates, Germany and Thailand.
The website of Public Relations Department is multi-lingual on which news can be seen in Hindi, English, Urdu and Sanskrit. Apart from day-to-day news, advertisements, articles, photographs and various information about the state are also posted on the website.
Besides, various departmental publications like weekly Rozgar Aur Nirman and Madhya Pradesh Sandesh are also available on the website.
Another website of department www.mpnewsarch.org also received 77 lakh 81 thousand 348 hits last year. On this website, scanned clipplings of newspapers are uploaded.
Apart from clippings of national and local newspapers, news of eveningers can also be seen on this website. Clippings of newspapers received from Delhi, Mumbai and divisional offices can also be seen on the website.


CM Shri Chouhan reaches Singapore on 4-day visit
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 13, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan reached Singapore on 4-day visit today. Shri Chouhan is accompanied by Industries Minister Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia and a delegation of eminent industrialists. Shri Chouhan reached Changi airport today.
He was welcomed by Indian High Commissioner Smt. Vijay Thakur Singh and First Secretary (Commerce) Shri Pradyumn Tripathi.
On January 13, Shri Chouhan will meet Chairman of Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship Shri Eddie Teo. He will also meet government delegates and others. The Chief Minister will also meet Singapore's Trade and Industries Minister Shri S. Iswaran and Minister of State for Defence Dr. Mohammad Maliki Bin Osman.
Later, Shri Chouhan will meet Emeritus Senior Minister Shri Goh Chok Tong and Prime Minister Shri Lee Hsien Loong.
The Chief Minister will also attend ISAS Public Lecture. He will deliver a lecture on 'How Can Light of Development Reach the Last Person in Last Row'. He will hold discussions with government and business delegates.
On January 14, the Chief Minister will attend a business seminar. He will also hold discussions with government and business delegations. Later, the Chief Minister will visit Sentosa island/gardens and meet government delegates.
The Chief Minister will attend a dinner to be hosted by Indian High Commissioner in his honour along with government and business delegates. Shri Chouhan will return to the country on January 15.


CM Shri Chouhan hold discussions with Union Minister Shri Geete on issues pertaining to MP
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 12, 2016

Union Minister of Heavy Industries Shri Anant Geete met Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan at CM House here today. He held detailed discussions on Madhya Pradesh's proposals pertaining to Heavy Industry Ministry.
Agreeing to Shri Chouhan's proposals, Shri Geete assured of positive solution. He informed that Centre is taking initiative to establish fully automatic auto hub at Indore. For this, Indore and Pithampur are most suitable. He said that every possible cooperation will be extended to Madhya Pradesh's proposals by the Central government.
Madhya Pradesh's issues discussed
Shri Chouhan urged the Minister that remaining land after establishment of auto testing track at Indore-Pithampur should be returned to the state government. It is noteworthy that the auto track has been established on less land than allotted by the state government. Shri Chouhan informed Shri Geete that on return of the land, Special Industrial Township for Japanese investors will be established on it.
The Chief Minister also put up proposal for use of 2500 acre BHEL land at Bhopal. He said that if BHEL is not expanding its unit in near future then the state government is willing to use this land to set up industrial township. He said that land has been provided for AIIMS also. He said that if 10 acre BHEL land is allotted then decks will be cleared for establishment of Central Institute of Plastic Engineering at Bhopal. Shri Chouhan also urged to return 25 acre land allotted for setting up micro, small and medium enterprises tool room.
Drawing attention of the Union Minister towards other BHEL-related issues, Shri Chouhan said that if 32 acre land is returned to Industries Department, it would be used for betterment of ancillary units.
Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, MP Shri Alok Sanjar, Bhopal Mayor Shri Alok Sharma, Shri Vijesh Lunawat, Secretary to CM Shri Vivek Agrawal and Commissioner Industries Shri V.L. Kanta Rao were also present on the occasion.


Road Safety Policy to prevent road accidents
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 12, 2016

Road Safety Policy will be chalked out to prevent road accidents in the state. A presentation of the proposed policy was made at a meeting of Road Safety Committee chaired by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today. Home Minister Shri Babulal Gaur, PWD Minister Shri Sartaj Singh and Minister of State for Urban Development Shri Lal Singh Arya were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that road safety rules should be strictly enforced. All concerning departments should make efforts to improve traffic through mutual coordination.
Scientific system should be evolved for road safety. Home Minister Shri Gaur said that all departments linked to Road Safety Committee should hold regular meetings.
The meeting was informed about efforts by various departments to increase road safety awareness. In the new road safety policy, for setting up a State Level Road Safety Training Research and Development Centre and state level traffic management centre is proposed for inter-departmental coordination.
Proposal has also been made to evolve State Road Safety Rules, prepared road safety information database, evolving road safety infrastructure and arrangements for road safety audit.
In it, stress has been laid on increasing road safety awareness and road accident management. Arrangements should be made to ensure that only fit vehicles ply on roads and training will be imparted to drivers. Establishment of State Trauma Centre for state road accident emergency medical services has also been proposed in the policy.
Bhopal Mayor Shri Alok Sharma, Indore Mayor Smt. Malini Gaud, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, ACS Home Shri B.P. Singh, DGP Shri Surendra Sinh and other senior administrative officers attended the meeting.


Efforts to be set up pea processing unit at Khachrod
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 11, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that every possible effort would be made to set up a pea processing unit at Khachrod. He was addressing Antyodaya Mela at Khachrod in Ujjain district today. Shri Chouhan directed collector to reserve land for this unit. He also directed to ensure sale of peas at Mandi. Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated and performed Bhumi Poojan of 51 development works costing Rs. 466 crore.
200 houses costing Rs. 10 crore for poor
The Chief Minister announced construction of 200 houses costing Rs. 10 crore for the poor in the first phase. He said that pre-matric hostel will also be established at Khachrod.
The state government will provide Rs. 25 lakh to Nagar Parishad for solid waste management and Rs. 39 lakh to chalk out plan to modernise city. Funds for internal city roads will be allotted after preparation of estimates. The Chief Minister also announced Rs. 2 crore to provide basic amenities in scheduled castes habitats in Khachrod Vidhan Sabha constituency.
MSc classes in government college
The Chief Minister dedicated gymnasium hall on premises of Khachrod Government Vikram College and announced to start MSc classes from next session. He said that statue of Swami Vivekananda will be installed on the college premises.
Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thawarchand Gehlot, School Education Minister Shri Paras Jain, MP Shri Chintamani Malviya and MLAs Shri Dilip Shekhawat and Shri Bahadur Singh Chouhan were also present on the occasion.
Over 7000 beneficiaries benefited at Antyodaya Mela
At Antyodaya Mela, the state government gave away benefits worth over Rs. 22 crore to 7,280 beneficiaries under welfare programmes. Social Justice Department gave away modern battery-run tricycles, crèches, hearing aids and wheelchairs to disabled persons.


Unique amalgam of knowledge, devotion and Karma in Kayasth Samaj
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 11, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that a unique amalgam of knowledge, devotion and Karma is seen in Kayasth Samaj. Shri Chouhan was addressing an Parichay Sammelan of All-India Kayasth Mahasabha's State Chapter on the premises of Neori Mandir here today. The Chief Minister performed Bhumi Poojan of Lord Chitragupt Ji's Mandir also.
The Chief Minister said that people of Samaj's possess unique intellect and talents. Sharing his memories of laureates belonging to Samaj, the Chief Minister said that these persons have contributed in development of his personality and deeds.
He assured maximum cooperation to Kayasth Samaj. If the community moves one step ahead for nation-building, the government will come to them by two steps. He congratulated Shri Kailash Narayan Sarang for being elected National President of Mahasabha for the third time. He also released Samaj's souvenir.
Mahasabha's National President and former MP Shri Kailash Narayan Sarang said that the Chief Minister's personality is inspiring. On behalf of Samaj, he felicitated Shri Chouhan with shawl and coconut.
MLA Shri Vishwas Sarang said that over 200 representatives from all over the world participated in the function. Senior journalist Shri Mahesh Shrivastava urged community members to contribute their mite in all sectors of nation-building.


MP to be pioneer in irrigating every field
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 9, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that no field in the state will remain unirrigated. Madhya Pradesh will become an example in the country for watering every field. He was addressing a 2-day workshop for chalking out irrigation plans of districts under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana at Academy of Administration here today. The workshop was organized by Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Department.
The Chief Minister said that minor irrigation projects will be promoted in every village. Jalabhishek Abhiyan should be continued to revive old water structures. This will increase groundwater level and make water available for irrigation. Every village will have minimum one source of drinking water and irrigation.
Shri Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh will also be pioneer in implementation of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana. He directed to chalk out irrigation plans of all districts. For this, the state government will also spend its own funds along with those received from the Centre. He directed to chalk out irrigation plan keeping in view all available sources. He said that farmers only want water.
Referring to features of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, the Chief Minister lauded perception of the Prime Minister. Positive thinking of using every drop of water for irrigation will result in bumper crop. He said that Madhya Pradesh has already done exceedingly well in irrigation sector. Now, 36 lakh hectares are being irrigated in the state. Record has been set by completing a number of major, medium and minor irrigation projects within a year, which were pending for years together.
Reviving canals, their water was flowed to tailend areas craving for water for 2 decades. He said that mantra of using every drop of water for good crop will also be revolutionary for the state. Every field and every farmer would have adequate water for irrigation.
District and division level officers of Water Resources and Agriculture departments are participating in the workshop. A team of experts has been invited on behalf of the Union Government to extend technical cooperation in chalking out irrigation plans.
Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, ACS Water Resources Shri R.S. Julaniya, Union Joint Secretary Shri R.V. Sinha, Academcy's Director General Smt. Kanchan Jain, Principal Secretary Agriculture Dr. Rajesh Rajora, Principal Secretary Horticulture Shri Ashok Warnwal and Director Agriculture Shri M.L. Meena were also present.


64 lakh hectares to be irrigated with Narmada water in state
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 9, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that every drop of Narmada water allocated to the state should be utilised. Concerning works should be completed within prescribed time-limit. Shri Chouhan reviewed activities of Narmada Valley Development Department here today.
Revenue Minister Shri Rampal Singh, Minister of State for Narmada Valley Development Shri Lal Singh Arya and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister apprised himself of utilisation of Narmada water. He reviewed progress of works project-wise. It was informed that a target has been set to irrigate 64 lakh 75 thousand hectares in the state with Narmada water by year 2024.
Accordingly, irrigation projects have been constructed and are under construction to irrigate 42 lakh 95 thousand hectares. Structures for remaining 21 lakh 80 thousand hectares are proposed. Of these, Narmada Valley Development Authority has chalked out projects for irrigation in more than 19 lakh hectares. Under it, irrigation projects have been constructed and are under construction for 8 lakh 45 thousand hectares.
Irrigation projects are proposed for remaining 10 lakh 56 thousand hectares. Similarly, Water Resources Department has chalked out irrigation projects for 45 lakh 74 thousand hectares. Of these, irrigation projects have been constructed and are under construction for 34 lakh 50 thousand hectares. Irrigation projects are proposed for remaining 11 lakh 24 thousand hectares.
The meeting was informed that 15 thousand hectares irrigation capacity Man project, 9 thousand hectare capacity Jobat project, about 10 thousand hectare capacity Upper Veda and 35 thousand hectare capacity Punasa lift irrigation project have been completed in the state. Kathora irrigation project is in final stage.
It was also informed that irrigation was undertaken for the first time in tailend areas of Indira Sagar canal in Barwani district and from Omkareshwar project canal in Kukshi in Dhar district.
ACS Water Resources Shri R.S. Julaniya, ACS Narmada Valley Development Shri Rajneesh Vaish and other senior officers also attended the meeting.


Canal water to reach village Kansa
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 7, 2016

At Kansa Gram Panchayat in Satna district, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced to bring water for irrigation. He directed collector to call a meeting of officers of Irrigation Department at Maihar tonight itself in this regard. The Chief Minister held dialogue with people at village Kansa in Maihar of Satna district today.
The Chief Minister apprised himself from students about distribution of text-books, uniforms and cycles. On students' appeal, he announced to open a high school at village Kansa from next session. On complaints about errors in electricity bills, he directed to rectify bills by holding a camp.
Welcome at several places
On way from village Kansa to village Jariyari, the Chief Minister was accorded cordial welcome by people at various places at villages Bathiya, Karhiya, Barhiya and Nadan. At all places, the Chief Minister held direct dialogue with a large number of people. He gave a patient hearing to villagers' problems and directed for their solution.
Warm welcome at Gobari and Tilaura
During visit to Maihar areas, Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was accorded warm welcome at villages Gobari and Tilaura by villagers and students. The Chief Minister was welcomed with garlands and showering of flower petals amidst beating of drums by villagers enthused by fulfillment of CM's announcement of opening high school last month itself. On students' appeal at village Bhatigawan, the Chief Minister announced to upgrade high school to higher secondary school from next session.
Energy Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla, MP Shri Ganesh Singh, former MLA Shri Narayan Tripathi, Mayor Smt. Mamta Pandey, MLA Shri Shankarlal Tiwari, Shri Harsh Pratap Singh and other public representatives were present on the occasion.


2016 to be celebrated as Poor Peoples Welfare Year
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 7, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that 2016 will be celebrated as Poor People's Welfare Year. Apart from giving land possession rights to the poor, works to ensure farmers' prosperity will also be undertaken during the year. The Chief Minister was holding dialogue with people at various villages of Maihar tahasil in Satna district today.
The Chief Minister said that during Poor People's Welfare Year, possession will be given to traditional forest dwellers and SC, ST people on forest land occupied by them till December 2006.
The Chief Minister said that dialysis machines will be made available in all district hospitals by January 26. Single-phase motor will be attached to handpump in drinking water problem-ridden villages. He said that Rs. 119 crore is being distributed to drought affected farmers in Satna district.
Shri Chouhan said that Maihar town will be made most beautiful city in the country and Maihar Vidhan Sabha constituency as Model Constituency.
He announced piped water scheme at Naraura, updgradation of middle school to high school at village Bheda, high school from next session and drinking water scheme at Karatha, high school at Amiliya, overhead tank at Bathiya and roads under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana.
The Chief Minister was accorded welcome by people at village Beldara, Lakhanpur, Naraura, Pahadi Bheda, Karatha, Gobariya, Gobri and Bhatigawan Bhatia. Public Relations Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla, MP Shri Ganesh Singh, MLAs Shri Harsh Singh, Shri Shankarlal Tiwari and former MLA Shri Narayan Tripathi were also present on the occasion.


Awards received for efficient irrigation management presented to CM Shri Chouhan
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 6, 2016

Award conferred by Central Board of Irrigation and Power,
New Delhi was presented to Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan by Water Resources Minister Shri Jayant Malaiya at Mantralaya here today.
Other members of the cabinet and senior officers were also present on the occasion.
The awards were presented by Union Water Resources Minister Smt. Uma Bharti for efficient irrigation management in Madhya Pradesh recently.
The award has been given to Madhya Pradesh for efficient management and conduct of water resources projects and best utilisation of created irrigation potential in the state.


Officers to face action for negligence in rural welfare schemes
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 6, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan began series of departmental review meetings with review of Panchayats & Rural Development Department at Mantralaya here today. Shri Chouhan warned that action will be taken against officers for delaying implementation or negligence in welfare schemes for rural people.
Expressing satisfaction over progress of Indira Aawas Yojana, Shri Chouhan stressed the need to improve it. He said that physical verification of cottages under the scheme is necessary. For this, inspection teams would be sent from state level. He directed for monitoring of construction of houses by collectors and fixing responsibilities of Zila and Janpad Panchayats.
Accelerate pace of houses' construction
On the feedback of using photograph of only one beneficiary and one dwelling unit for payment, the Chief Minister directed to fix responsibility of such officers, suspend them and if the case is grave then terminate their services. He said that such acts impede implementation of schemes and dent credibility of the government. He directed officers to begin intensive field visits. Directing to accelerate pace of works under Mukhyamantri Antyodaya Aawas Yojana, he said that housing facility should be provided to 28 lakh houseless families. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's dream to provide house to every family should be realised by holding Housing Fairs. Madhya Pradesh must have special contribution in this. He directed to fix responsibility of concerning officers in the districts where pace of the scheme has been slow. Teams will also be sent from state level to assess local level difficulties in construction of houses for the poor. Discussions will be held with concerning banks regarding Mukhyamantri Gramin Aawas Yojana.
MNREGA payment system should be effective
Expressing dissatisfaction over delay in payment of wages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Shri Chouhan directed to make the system effective. Identify and take action against officers causing delay in it. He said that Central Government will be urged to release MNREGA fund allocation for Madhya Pradesh. Increasing wages will also be considered. He said that collector will be held responsible if report about delay in MNREGA wages from a district is received.
MP to be first in Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana
Shri Chouhan said that in view of good performance in irrigation and agriculture in the state, Madhya Pradesh will also have to be pioneer in implementation of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana. Directing for managing and planning maximum number of water structures, he said that this is the finest way to convert fallow land into fertile. For this, he stressed the need for coordination between Rural Development, Water Resources and Agriculture departments.
Pay attention to quality of rural roads
Reviewing Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana, he directed to monitor quality of construction of roads from time to time. All villages upto 500 population should be linked with roads.
Shri Chouhan directed to pay attention to road maintenance also. He directed to prepare new proposals under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. The meeting was informed that 6500 villages have been linked with 6100 km long roads under Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana. Roads measuring 13 thousand kms will be constructed in future. The Chief Minister directed to accelerate pace of Khet Sadak Evam Sudoor Gram Sampark Yojana.
Under Panch Parmeshwar Yojana, 12 thousand 244 km long roads have been constructed. For this, directives have been given to complete all formalities in accordance with Government of India norms.
Every Gram Panchayat to have building
Directing to accelerate pace of community hall buildings for social and cultural programmes in villages, the Chief Minister said that every Gram Panchayat should have its own building. Community hall buildings should also be completed. Such buildings must be built in village with 5 thousand population. For this, detailed action plans should be chalked out. He directed to chalk out schemes for piped water supply in villages. He instructed to undertake stadium construction work as a campaign in the villages having land for sports activities and name the scheme as Mukhyamantri Khel Parisar Yojana. He said that local MLAs and District Collectors will jointly select land for stadiums. Sports and Rural Development departments should chalk out strategy for this with mutual discussions.
Regarding suggestions received during Jan-Sunwai in rural areas, Shri Chouhan said that a campaign needs to be undertaken to construct a crematorium in every village. He said that villages are demanding that crematoriums should have all necessary facilities.
Directing to speed up establishment of Mukhyamantri Gramin Haats, the Chief Minister said that action will be taken against officers and employees delaying this process. Reviewing progress of Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan, Shri Chouhan directed to undertake an intensive drive for toilet construction. The meeting was informed that Indore will be first open-area defecation-free district of the state. He said that public representatives should be involved in efforts to advise people to construct and use toilets and a sustained campaign should be undertaken for this. Shri Chouhan directed to release sanction of new works after completion of pending construction works in Panchayats.
Convention of self-help-groups
Reviewing efforts for livelihood augmentation and economic activities of self-help groups, the Chief Minister said that a movement needs to be undertaken to provide maximum number of employment through SHGs. The meeting was informed that one lakh 16 thousand SHGs have been formed under National Rural Livelihoods Mission and one lakh 74 thousand families have been associated with their activities. The Chief Minister directed to convene a convention of selected SHGs in current month itself. He said that he would invariably meet members of SHGs during his field visits. He said that 2 conventions will be held in February and a dialogue programme with SHGs will be held in March.
Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, ACS Rural Development Smt. Aruna Sharma and other senior officers attended the meeting.


Ensure timely payment of pension to beneficiaries
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 5, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to ensure timely payment of pension to beneficiaries. For this, a day should be fixed for pension distribution at Gram Panchayats.
Besides, second phase of Sparsh Abhiyan should be conducted for welfare of disabled persons. Madhya Pradesh Middle Class Commission will be constituted soon. The Chief Minister gave these directives to officers during review of activities of Social Justice Department at Mantralaya here today.
The Chief Minister directed that Ideal Mass Marriage Functions should be held with public participation in every district under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana. He directed with organize Antyodaya Meals purposefully and systematically.
He said that beneficiaries should be given actual benefit on the spot. Next phase of Sparsh Abhiyan should be conducted to identify and benefit disabled persons. State level panchayat of disabled persons should be held.
The Chief Minister said that process should be completed soon to constitute Madhya Pradesh Middle Class Commission to chalk out policies and schemes for welfare of middle class. A day should be fixed for distribution of pension at Gram Panchayats for timely and easy distribution of pension to beneficiaries by bank officers.
The Chief Minister directed officers to chalk out a scheme for proper rehabilitation of child beggars and rag pickers.
Panchayats, Rural Development and Social Justice Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary Finance Shri Ashish Upadhayay, Commissioner Social Justice Dr. Manohar Agnani, Secretary to CM Shri Hari Ranjan Rao and other senior officers were present on the occasion.
The meeting was informed that 346969 beneficiaries have been benefited under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana in the state so far. These include Nikahs of 5873 couples and marriages of 6765 disabled couples. Similarly, number of beneficiaries under various pension scheme is 316734.


Negligence of public welfare not to be tolerated
Bhopal:MMNN: Jan. 5, 2016

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that insensitive conduct with people and negligence of their welfare will not be tolerated. Conduct with gentle persons should be gentle, but strict action should be taken against evil-doers. Departmental Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and ACS Panchayats & Rural Development Smt. Aruna Sharma were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister said that public participation in monitoring of Panchayat construction works should be increased. He said that arrangements should be made that villagers can send photographs of poor quality of construction works through mobile to higher officers. Complicated departmental processes should be simplified. Arrangements should be made more transparent.
He said that monitoring of disposal of complaints received under CM Helpline and Chief Minister's announcements should be made more effective. He directed for disciplinary action against officers delaying and committing negligence in disposal of complaints. He said that fight against corruption should be intensified. Apart from identifying corrupt staff, conduct of their controlling officers should also be monitored.
He said that that village level employees should turn up at office on a prescribed day. Such effective arrangements should be ensured. For this, a draft should be chalked out by holding inter-departmental meeting. Panchayat officers and office-bearers should also be rewarded for outstanding work. For this, programmes should be held at state, district and development block levels.
The Chief Minister said that cases and complaints under Panchayats Act should be disposed of within prescribed time-limit. Action should be taken against concerning officer if case is not disposed of within prescribed time-limit.
He said that administrative control of Gram Panchayats on village level government servants should be strengthened further. Along with powers, duties should also be discharged effectively. Guidelines should be chalked out regarding duties and powers of Zila and Panchayat level public representatives.


 
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