Bhopal: Anandiben Patel, who took oath as Madhya Pradesh Governor on Wednesday 1 July will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the new Ministers who will be inducted in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan led State Council of Ministers on Thursday.
Ms. Patel was administered the oath as Madhya Pradesh Governor by Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court Ajay Kumar Mittal at a brief yet dignified ceremony at the Raj Bhavan in the State capital. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, former CM Kamal Nath and top bureaucrats were present. The programme was conducted by Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Patel has been given additional charge of Madhya Pradesh as Lalji Tandon is indisposed and hospitalised in Lucknow.
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel today said that the people of Madhya Pradesh have given a mandate for change and expressed the hope that the new Government will come up to the expectations of the people.
Madhya Pradesh Governor was addressing the inaugural sitting of the budget session of the State Assembly today 8 January 2019.
The Governor said that her government has started working on the fast track. Farmers’ loan waiver, formation of the Department of Sprituality, increase in funds for “Kanya Vivah-Nikah yojana” (girls’ marriage-nikaah scheme), change in the industrial policy which proposes 70 per cent reservation of employment for local youth, and weekly off for police personnel are some of the major steps taken by the State government, she said adding this proves that the government is meeting its promises.
The aim of the State government will always be “Governance at doorstep”, the Government told the House as she went on to underscore that the cgovernment is committed to development from the State capital to the far flung areas of the State and it would ensure quick solution of people’s problems.
The Governor said that the first challenge before new Government when it came to power the State was facing acute fiscal crisis. There has been continues drop in surplus revenue over the last 7 year period and by the 2018-19 budget it became almost negligible. The supplementary budget shows that the State has been in the grip of a deficit budget.
In 2003-04, the State’s gross debt was Rs. 34,672 crore and in 2018-19 it rose to Rs. 1,87,636 crore. Similarly the interest payable on debt was Rs 3,207 crore in 2003-04, which has gone up to Rs 12,867 crore in the 2018-19 financial year.