Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that in the present political scenario, the new trend of politics of performance has begun. Only those who progress will succeed. Today Madhya Pradesh is a leading state in development and public welfare works.
About one and a half decade ago, the state was considered backward and bimaru. He said that Madhya Pradesh is a progressive and fast developing state.
It tops in agriculture, Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awas Yojana, Public Service Guarantee Act, Tourism, Solar Energy, Cleanliness Survey, Social Security schemes, Road, Power, Irrigation, Women Empowerment and Farmer Welfare works in the country.
Chouhan said this during an informal chat with journalists of Karnataka state at Vidhan Sabha premises today. On the occasion Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister S.K. Mishra and Commissioner Public Relations P. Narhari were also present.
CM Chouhan said that the state government has given topmost priority to development and public welfare works, made several innovations and implemented effective schemes. Nearly 50 percent jobs are reserved for women in local self governments and in teachers’ posts and in all other government jobs except Forest Department 33 percent has been reserved for women empowerment.
In year 2006, Ladli Laxmi Yojana was launched in the state to ensure that daughters are not considered burden besides proper arrangement of their education. Today there are 37 lakh Ladli Laxmis in the state. These girls are being provided with more than Rs one lakh for education and on attaining 21 years of age.
Good results of these efforts have also started showing. Bhind district was the most backward of all districts in the state in sex ratio but now this ratio has also improved.The bill related to death penalty to rapists has been passed in the Vidhan Sabha and has been sent to the President for his approval.
Similarly, farmers being given loan on zero percent. State government extends all possible assistance to farmers at the time of natural calamity. Several effective steps are taken along with relief works like Bhavantar Yojana to compensate for the losses.
Loss is estimated at the value of Rs 30 thousand per hectare so that the farmer does not get disappointed even in adverse circumstances. A law has been made in state and the poor person has been made land owners. Mukhya Mantri Medhavi Vidyarthi Chhatravritti Yojana has been started so that poor outstanding students get opportunities for development and shortage of funds does not hamper their growth.
In this state government bears the fees of higher education of outstanding children.
Chouhan told that Madhya Pradesh is being awarded the Krishi Karman Award for the last five consecutive years. Agriculture Growth Rate is 20 percent on an average.
Irrigated area has increased from 7.50 lakh to 40 lakh hectare. Work is on to increase the irrigated area upto 80 lakh.Narmada-Kshipra has been added to the Nadi Jodo Pariyojanas. Narmada-Gambhir work is near completion. Madhya Pradesh is on top in implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awas Yojana.
The state has bagged the Best State Award for Tourism. Madhya Pradesh is the first state to form the Public Service Delivery of Guarantee Act. In the Cleanliness Survey last year, 22 cities out of the selected 100 cities were of Madhya Pradesh. MP is leading in the country in environment conservation awareness and realization of duties.
The world’s biggest water conservation campaign was initiated in the form of Narmada Seva Yatra. Nearly 6.73 crore saplings were planted on both the banks of the river.
In a discussion with journalists Chouhan seconded the idea of conducting elections simultaneously all over the country. Lauding the efforts of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said that development is hindered when separate elections are held.
Holding elections at the same time is in the interest of the country. Chouhan said that he will hold a discussion in this regard during a meeting of Chief Ministers to be held shortly.