Bhopal: During this monsoon season, it is not only raining but its also raining bonanza in Madhya Pradesh as state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is not losing any opportunity to announce special schemes for the widest cross-section of people when general election to the State Assembly is just round the corner.
Addressing a specially convened Shahri Hitgrahi Sammelan (gathering of Urban Beneficiaries) at Motilal Nehru Stadium in the State capital on Saturday (25 August 2018), the Chief Minister announced that the maximum compensation to small traders in natural calamities will be increased from Rs 16,000 to Rs. 100,000, spots would also be earmarked exclusively for hand-cart pullers/hawkers in the cities and banks will provide loans to 160,000 small traders under “Mukhya Mantri Swarozgar Yojana”, “Arthik Kalyan Yojana” and “Mudra Bank Yojana” on government guarantee this year. There was euphoria among those present when Chouhan declared that there will be a 15% loan subsidy and the Government shall bear 5% percent of the interest on the loan amount.
The event was telecast live across the state. On this occasion, the Chief Minister held a direct dialogue with beneficiaries at Hoshangabad, Vidisha, Dewas, Ujjain, Jabalpur and Gwalior. He also distributed papers to offer benefits to the beneficiaries from Bhopal.
Chouhan urged the small and marginal traders to join the Government in the fight against poverty. He asked them to join hands with the Government in efforts to improve their quality of life and overcome poverty. Besides increasing the income of the poor, the government is providing them cheap grains, free treatment, education, electricity on flat rate, blanket waiver of outstanding bills, pucca houses, assistance to women during pregnancy and post delivery, besides financial assistance on sudden death and also for the last rites. Work is being done to make the cities better. For the supply of pure drinking water, tap water schemes are being implemented in all the 378 urban bodies under the Chief Minister’s Drinking Water Scheme. Illegal colonies are being legalized. Smart cities are being created. Sewage system is also being made put in place in 60% of the cities.
Chouhan said that justice has not been done with the poor for centuries but now the poor will not have to resign to fate. Successive governments in the past have doled out money to money to big houses. But our government has diverted this amount towards the poor. Only slogans for eradication of poverty were raised but it is only his government that is working towards total eradication of poverty, the Chief Minister observed.
The Chief Minister said that the government has prepared a roadmap to eliminate poverty and the idea is to fulfill all the needs of the poor because natural resources are for everyone whereas till now only a few people were using them. Hence, a major portion of resources available with the Government are being diverted for the benefit of the “last man in the queue”. Keeping this in perspective, the “Mukhya Mantri Jan Kalyan Yojana” has been launched. For registration, only an application has to be given in writing that the applicant is a small and petty trader and there will be no verification for the purpose of registration. Whatever the public says will be considered right.
The Chief Minister said that the person registered under the Sambal scheme will be given land to the landless. If land is not available, the beneficiary will get an apartment in a multi-story residential building. In this way, in the next four years, pucca houses will be made available to all. The government will bear the education fees for children. Electricity bill will be made available at flat rate of Rs 200 per month. The outstanding balance of the bill will be waived. Women will be given Rs 4000 during pregnancy and Rs 12,000 post delivery for nutritious meals. They will also get free treatment. Also Rs 200,000 will be given for unnatural death, Rs 400,000 in case of death by accident to a person under the age of 60. Registration work is in progress.
Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country to have enacted the law for death penalty to rapists.
Benefits totaling more than Rs. 10 million were distributed 11,563 beneficiaries under Sambal Yojana by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation at this event.