Bhopal: Close on the heels of a violent farmers’ agitation, and with State Assembly elections due next year, the Madhya Pradesh Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today took the decision to implement the “Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana” (Price Difference Payment Scheme) for the benefit of farmers.
The Price Difference Payment Scheme has already been implemented for Kharif 2017 season on a pilot basis to fetch fair price for farm produce.
Under the new dispensation, farmers will be paid the price difference between the minimum support price declared by the Government of India and Model Sales Tax declared as per the state government’s inherent procedure on the sale of crop in the notified krishi upaj mandi samiti premises by the farmers. Soyabean, groundnut, Sesame, Ramtil, Maize, Moong, Urad and Tuar crops of Kharif 2017 have been included in the Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana. Under this scheme, farmers would have to get registered on a web portal by 30 September 2017.
Madhya Pradesh Power Regulatory Commission has provided a discount in power cess on purchase of power from power company to captive power consumers in this year’s Tariff Order. The Cabinet has provided discount to these consumers from the electricity charges payable to the state government on its consumption. It has also been decided to extend the provision of discount on electricity charges for new captive power plants to be set up for power supply in the state.
The Financial Infrastructure Yojana implemented to make the three state-owned power distribution companies in state economically viable has been extended for three years.
The Cabinet has decided to continue the coordinated schemes of 108 ambulance service, Janani Express Seva and Deendayal Mobile Hospital Schemes to transport sick children and pregnant women under the Dendayal 108 ambulance service.
The Cabinet has also approved Rs 8422.86 crore and decided to continue the National Health Mission for the year 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.
The Cabinet took the decision to establish Madhya Pradesh Stamp Duty Charges Fund. Under this fund, 1 per cent out of 2 per cent additional fee taken by the Nagar Palika/Nagar Nigam along with the stamp duty will be transferred. This fund will be used by the Nagar Nigam, Nagar Palika and Nagar Parishad (local bodies) for infrastructure projects and the repayment of loan taken by the local bodies for such projects.
The Cabinet has also decided to free food processing units from Mandi fee under the Industrial Promotion Policy 2014.
The Cabinet also decided to provide grant of Rs 25 lakh to Ujjain Press Club.