Published On:28 January 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Community-Government Partnership must for development: Madhya Pradesh CM

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called upon citizens to efficiently discharge their duties for re-building and development of the state. He reportedly said that the state government's approach to development is founded on community-government partnership. The state government is committed to ensuring the prosperity and progress of common people.

Mr. Chouhan was addressing the Republic Day function at Jabalpur on Thursday. He unfurled the national flag and took salute of the Republic Day parade. He said that the state government is committed to maintaining an atmosphere of peace and communal harmony without compromising on law and order.

The Chief Minister said that the state will ably achieve more than 10 per cent growth rate in this five year plan owing to its efficient financial management and result- oriented policies.

Separate Agriculture Budget

Mr. Chouhan said that annual growth rate of agriculture will also touch about 10 percent. Referring to farmer friendly steps like one per cent interest rate on cooperative loans, depositing money direct into farmers' accounts, Rs. 100 per quintal bonus on wheat and Rs. 50 per quintal on paddy, Rs. 1400 crore relief to frost-affected farmers, he said that presentation of separate agriculture budget will be a historic step this year.

Underlining an unprecedented increase in utilization of irrigation capacity, Mr. Chouhan said that farmers have been provided water through 650 micro irrigation projects completed in last one and a half years. The Narmada Valley mega irrigation projects have created 6 lakh 90 thousand hectare irrigation capacity. Over seven lakh structures have been constructed with public-participation under Jalabhishek Abhiyan. So far 2 lakh 17 thousand wells have been constructed under Kapil Dhara Scheme. In addition, 8500 Balram Tal (tanks) have also been constructed.

Highlighting major steps in energy sector, Mr. Chouhan said that a target of increasing 4745 MW has been set in coming three years. Feeder separation works involving a cost of Rs. 5157 crore is going on. In order to save farmers from the burden of increased power tariff, the state government is providing a grant of Rs. 1470 crore. The hydel power projects of up to 25 MW capacity will get industry status and will have all facilities under the new Hydel Power Policy.

Giving details about ongoing road construction projects, the Chief Minister informed that construction of state highways and districts roads measuring 6,690 km. have been taken up involving a cost of Rs. 16000 crore. Besides, 3585 km roads are also under construction. For maintenance of roads, a provision of Rs. 537 crore has been made, He said that this year 1857 km. roads have been constructed and 1463 km. renewed connecting 311 villages under the Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana. Similarly, three thousand bridges - culverts have been constructed under Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.

Referring to rural development initiatives, Mr. Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country to have started rural transport service. He said that Gram Panchayats under the new Panch Parmeshwar Yojana will set from Rs. 5 to 15 lakh per year for building basic development infrastructure. Besides, housing facilities for one lakh families are being provided under the Mukhya Mantri Awas Mission. All habitations will have drinking water 55 litre per person per day instead of present 40 litre per person per day.

Urban Revenue and Finance Service

The Chief Minister in his address said that urban infrastructure projects worth Rs. 12 thousand crore in public-private partnership are underway. Detail project report for metro rail service in Bhopal and Indore is being prepared. He said that urban revenue and finance service is being introduced to further strengthen urban bodies. It is for the first time separate budget provision has been made in the state budget for strengthening drinking water supply systems in urban areas.

Integrated Social Security for Street Vendors

Mr. Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh has stood first in the country to have enacted a legislation for protection of livelihoods of street vendors and introducing integrated social security scheme for them. Talking about youth welfare and educational facilities, he said that State Youth Commission has been set up and Rs. 50 crore Education Fund will be created. Education Guarantee Scheme will be simplified, he said.

Stressing the need for imparting moral education to new generation, Mr. Chouhan said that relevant portions from Bhagwat Gita will be included in the school syllabus. References from other religious texts will also be included. He said that Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University has been set up. Expanding the technical education, eight new polytechnics and 50 ITIs have been opened.

MSP on Forest Produces

Mr. Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country to have announced minimum support prices on minor forest produces like Achar kernel, lac, Mahua flower, Mahua seeds, Harra and Karanj. About 1.50 lakh forest dwellers holding titles for forest land are getting agriculture facilities. Giving details about the educational facilities to tribal students, the chief minister said that 5400 seats have been increased in hostels and residential schools for tribal students. A separate department has been created for effective implementation of welfare schemes meant for socio-economic amelioration of scheduled castes. Under the special recruitment drive, 8500 posts meant for scheduled castes, 17500 posts for scheduled tribes and 4750 posts for OBCs have been filled up. A separate department has been created for de-notified, nomadic, semi nomadic castes in order to give impetus to development schemes for them. Besides, a self employment scheme has been lunched for educated unemployed youths of minority community.

Ration through Food Coupon

Mr. Chouhan said that arrangement for distributing ration using bar coded ration card and food coupon will be implement across the state by next year. He said that Madhya Pradesh has carved out its an investment- friendly image. He said that Global Investors' Meet will be held at Indore in October this year. At present industrial projects worth Rs. 82 thousand 900 crore are being implemented. He informed that Industrial Areas Development Corporation is being created to accelerate industrial development of Bundelkhand region. It would be headquartered at Sagar. Besides, a separate department will be created for micro and small industries, he added.

Talking about the institutional reforms to have people-centric administration, the Chief Minster said that initiatives like e-tendering, e-payment and transparency in government recruitments meant for effective check on possible corruption have yielded good results. The use of Information Technology is increasing faster. As many as 52 services of 16 departments have been brought under the ambit of public service delivery guarantee Act. He hoped that the Centre would soon accord ascent to the legislation aiming at confiscating illegally earned properties.

[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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