Roadmap ready to double farmers’ income

All villages to be connected with pucca roads in 3 years

Narmada water quota for state to be fully utilized by year 2022

Rs. 75 crore to be spent on urban development in next 4 years

CM Mr. Chouhan’s reply to motion of thanks on governor’s address

Bhopal, March 2, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan):  In reply to Motion of Thanks on Governor’s Address in Vidhan Sabha today, Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the state has witnessed all-round development during last 10-12 years. Comparing the present with state’s condition in year 2002-03, he assailed the Opposition citing figures pertaining to agriculture, irrigation, milk production, road construction, common people’s access to health services, expansion and improvement of education facilities, women’s empowerment and welfare of SCs, STs, OBCs, minorities and other weaker sections. Through these figures, the Chief Minister proved that there a world of difference between works of previous government and his government. Mr. Chouhan reiterated resolve to make Madhya Pradesh pioneer state of the country. He said that the state government has chalked out a roadmap to double farmers’ income in accordance with resolve of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.

As per it, a new strategy will be chalked out by merging agriculture and allied sectors like horticulture, animal husbandry, honey production, fisheries and dairy. The Chief Minister said that maintenance of growth rate in double digit for last 8-10 years and agriculture growth of the state rising from 20 to 24 percent are major achievements of this decade. The Chief Minister while referring to efforts to make agriculture profitable said that they would be continued along with laying a network of industries in the state.

He said that trust of domestic and foreign investors in Madhya Pradesh is increasing. A new department would be constituted to promote cottage and small industries side by side major industries. He said that the state government believes that agriculture alone cannot cushion entire burden of rising population. Therefore, focus is being made on skill development, promotion of allied sectors of agriculture and self-employment schemes.  Giving point-wise reply to questions raised by the Opposition, the Chief Minister highlighted state government’s achievements. He said that necessary action would be ensured taking proper cognizance of Opposition’s demand to install poles of solar energy in farmers’ fields.

Mr. Chouhan said that there would be no shortage of funds for development. He said that it should be endeavour of all political parties that state should witness all-round development irrespective of which party is in power. He urged the Opposition to cooperate in this regard. The Chief Minister forcefully denied that Central Government has curtailed grants to the state government. He said that the Centre has not only increased states’ share from 32 to 42 percent, but has also given freehand to them to use funds as per their requirements, which was not the case earlier.   In the beginning of his reply, the Chief Minister said that objections of the Opposition to expenditure on welcome of the Prime Minister are beyond his comprehension.

He said that Prime Minister’s welcome is protocol of the state government. He took pride in the fact that the Prime Minister chose Madhya Pradesh to launch his ambitious Crop Insurance Scheme. He described new Crop Insurance Scheme as important in the interest of farmers.  The Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh is pioneer in the country in various sectors.

He said that the state is pioneer in agriculture growth rate, organic farming, production of pulses, soybean, oilseeds, certified seeds, gram, medicinal & aromatic plants, garlic, guava and peas, establishment of steel silos under PPP mode, electronic procurement system, supply of power 10 hours daily for agriculture, construction of maximum roads in the country under PPP mode, construction of maximum roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, online registration of documents and e-stamping, selection of maximum cities under Smart City Project, implementation of disabled marriage incentive scheme, scheme to provide assistance to persons with multiple disabilities and physically challenged persons, Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivah/Nikah Yojana, Public Services Delivery Guarantee Act, call centres like CM Helpline and 50 percent reservation to women in local bodies.