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Published On:17 November 2011
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Union government sanctions Rs. 535 cr. for development works in Madhya Pradesh’s 8 backward districts

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: A sum of Rs. 535 crore for development works in eight Maoist violence-affected backward districts of Madhya Pradesh has been sanctioned by the Central Government.

These funds have been sanctioned for the construction of 1665 kilometer long 458 roads. Besides, consensus has been reached over connecting villages with 800 to 999 population in Madhya Pradesh with rural roads.

It may be mentioned that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been persistently demanding for connecting villages less than 1000 population with rural roads. So far, all the villages having 1000 population have been connected with roads in the state.

Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Union Minister for Rural Development Mr. Jairam Ramesh I New Delhi on Wednesday and expressed gratitude towards him for the sanction.

Mr. Chouhan urged Mr. Ramesh that Singrauli district should also be included with these eight AIP districts since it was earlier a part of Sidhi district. He demanded Rs. 80 crore for the construction of 252 kilometer long 51 roads in Singrauli district.

Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan urged Mr. Ramesh that like previous years, funds should be sanctioned to construct one lakh houses under Indira Awas Yojna this year also. Due to error in the figures of Census 2001, less number of houses were being allotted to Madhya Pradesh under Indira Awas Yojna. Mr. Ramesh reportedly apprised Mr. Chouhan that construction of toilets has also been included in the scheme being implemented under employment guarantee scheme.

Describing talks with Mr. Jairam Ramesh as very positive, Mr. Chouhan described him as a minister who takes prompt decisions. He also invited Mr. Ramesh to visit Madhya Pradesh which was accepted by him and he expressed his willingness to visit Madhya Pradesh.

Early release of MP’s share of Rs. 1668 crore urged

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan has urged the Centre to release delayed funds to the tune of Rs. 1668.59 cr. under various central schemes. He met the Union Finance Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi and sought cooperation.

The Chief Minister reminded Mr. Mukherjee that Central Govt. had assured Rs. 1400 cr. as a special package under SDRF/MDRF as a relief to overcome the loss of crops due to unprecedented frost early this year. Apart from this, a sum of Rs. 174 crore under UIDSSMT, Rs. 9.83 crore under IHSDP and Rs. 84.76 cr under JNNURM also need to be released at the earliest, he added. He urged the Finance Minister to intervene in this regard.

Mr. Chouhan said that people are not getting optimum benefits of natural resources like coal and minerals. He reiterated the state's commitment to protecting forest cover by taking all possible measures.

Referring to poor condition of national highways passing through the state, Shri Chouhan said that slow decision making process at the level of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has hindered the implementation of projects. He requested immediate release of Rs. 150 cr so that national highways could be repaired.

Mr. Mukherjee reportedly assured Mr. Chouhan that appropriate steps will be taken to include frost in natural calamity category. Regarding coal blocks, he said that process of giving environmental clearances will be speeded up.

CM urges Ms Natrajan to Clear Coal Mining Projects

Meanwhile Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan also met Union Minister for Environment and Forests Ms Jayanti Natarajan in New Delhi and urged her for early allotment of coal blocks for various energy projects by maintaining a balance between development and environment. Ms Natarajan reportedly assured Mr. Chouhan that decision will be taken soon on all the pending projects of Madhya Pradesh.

Mr. Chouhan drew the attention of Ms Natarajan towards the fact that coal blocks have been identified in Mandla in Chhindwara district, Mahan, Ageliya and Ageliya North in Singrauli district and Semariya and Pipariya in Umaria district. But all the energy projects' work is getting late since clearance has not been given so far by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. Power plants have been completed at Mahan, Ameliya and Morga (one), but generation of power cannot be increased since coal is not being made available to these plants.

Mr. Chouhan urged Ms Natarajan to make available Rs. 1130 crore funds of CAMPA. A sum of only Rs. 104 crore has been provided to the state during the last two years. The State Government has sent for sanction various projects worth Rs. 519 crore under CAMPA. Funds for this should be sanctioned soon.

Mr. Chouhan also drew the attention of Ms Natarajan towards re-settlement of 735 villages from Project Tiger areas and demanded Rs. 3300 crore for the same. From the point of view of forest reserves, 117 of these villages are highly sensitive. The State Government has made a provision of Rs. 208 in the current fiscal. But re-settlement of these villages is getting late since funds for this purpose have not been received from the Union Government.

Mr. Chouhan made an appeal not to ban tourism in national sanctuaries and Tiger Reserve forests and continue it. On one hand local people's economic development is ensured due to tourism activities in wildlife sanctuaries wildlife also remains safe on the other, he further clarified. Due to tourist activities and patrolling by government staff, wildlife in sanctuaries are not disturbed. The Union Government should plead in the public interest litigation pending in court that tourism in wildlife sanctuaries should not be banned.

Madhya Pradesh Tourism's advertisement praised

Meanwhile, during the meeting with Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan, Ms Natarajan praised an advertisement of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation being shown on TV. She also lauded the theme of the advertisement.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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