New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and discussed in detail the pending schemes in State’s interest and the release of Central funds on priority.The Chief Minister especially congratulated Modi for his second consecutive term in office.
The Prime Minister gave Nath the assurance that he would be directing the concerned Ministries to take prompt action in keeping n view the long-term interests of Madhya Pradesh.
Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana
The Chief Minister drew Prime Minister’s attention towards the present state of rural roads and underscored the need for their upgradation in the proposed third phase of Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana and also urged that villages and habitations should be covered under this scheme on the basis of 2011 census- something that was not done earlier.
Approval for Major Mining Projects
The Chief Minister told the Prime Minister about 20 major mineral exploration projects that are pending with various departments of the Government of India for necessary approvals and permissions. He went on t tell the Prime Minister that if these permissions are granted, Madhya Pradesh will be able to strengthen its revenue base.
Wheat Procurement Limit
The Chief Minister also urged the Prime Minister to increase the wheat procurement limit to 75 lakh metric tonnesfor Madhya Pradesh. He said that presently procurement limit has been fixed at 67.25 lakh metric tonnes under the Food and Public Distribution System while the Government of India had agreed to fix the limit at 75 lakh metric tonnes in February this year. This limit was fixed on the basis of the procurement figures of previous 4 years.
Assistance in MNREGA
Giving details of the status of payment to the workers of MNREGA, the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said that till now the approved labor budget under MNREGA gets exhausted before January. Due to this, the payment gets delayed by 3 to 4 months.
Talking about the tribal areas of Bundelkhand and Nimar region, the Chief Minister apprised the Prime Minister of deficient rainfall in these areas and as a result people are forced to migrate to other areas in search of jobs. To prevent this migration adequate assistance under MNREGA is required, he emphasised.
Nath also requested the Prime Minister to open a Regional Center of Indian School of Mines Dhanbad at Singrauli. He informed the Prime Minister that the Government of India had decided to start this center in 2008. For this, 163.25 acres of land has already allocated by the State Government. This Center should be opened soon, he added.