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COVID-19 situation is under control in Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Thursday May 20, shared his views and assessment of the COVID-19 situation with legislators and told them that there has been a rapid decline in positive cases detected in the State.

The State government is working round the clock in managing beds, and maintaining regular supply oxygen and medicines in hospitals, the CM told the MLAs. 

The Chief Minister said: ” we have succeeded in bringing the COVID situation under control with the help of the people.” He was particularly all praise for the district administration in this regard.

Addressing legislators, the CM said:

“We have been through a dire situation.

There is no need to describe the situation prevailing in hospitals. All of you are aware of it.

I give full credit to the party president and Suhas ji for their untiring efforts.

Also the endless hard work put in by the district administration. Barring a few exceptions, they did not leave a single stone unturned to address the crisis.

All have worked day and night.

The ruling party organisation, rank and file, my Cabinet colleagues – all have worked hard.

And today we have a reached a stage where the COVID situation is under control.

All of you can appreciate. There is progressive decline in number of Positive cases.

Today we had 4952 positive cases.

At one point of time Madhya Pradesh was 6th or 7th at the national level whereas now we rank 17th in terms of positive cases.

So total number of positive cases being detected is now going down.

Record procurement of 37.26 lakh MT of paddy at support price in Madhya Pradesh

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Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday 19 January 2021 announced that record 37.26 lakh metric tonnes of paddy have been purchased this year at the minimum support price in the State. 

The farmers have been paid Rs. 5,000 crore and 90 percent of the paddy has already been transported, the Chief Minister informed. He also congratulated the State Food department, Markfed, Civil Supplies Corporation and all the related departments for record paddy procurement in the state.

The Chief Minister has issued instructions that the remaining payment of the farmers should be made on priority and transportation of the remaining stock of paddy should be done at the earliest. Also, the work of milling the purchased paddy should be done without wasting time. 

The Chief Minister was reviewing the work of paddy procurement at minimum support price. Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Minister Bisahu Lal Singh, Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Principal Secretary Faiz Ahmed Kidwai, Principal Secretary Manoj Govil, Managing Director Markfed P. Narhari were present at the meeting.

This year, the procurement of paddy in all the districts, except Vidisha, has been more than last year. The districts with maximum procurement include Hoshangabad, Raisen and Sehore, where compared to last year. 25.85 lakh metric tons of paddy was purchased in the state in the year 2019-20 and 21.96 lakh metric tons of paddy in the year 2018-19.

2.24 lakh metric tons of jowar and millet purchased

2.24 lakh metric tons of sorghum and millet have been purchased this year at the support price. A total of 6491 farmers have sold jowar and 35926 farmers have sold millet at support price. Their total amount due to these farmers is Rs 497 crore, against which Rs 496 crore has been paid to the farmers.

Milling during procurement

This time the government has implemented for the first time the policy of clubbing milling with paddy procurement. During the current procurement, 60597 metric tonnes of paddy was lifted by the millers. Maximum 37800 MT of paddy was lifted by the Millers in Jabalpur district. Instructions have been issued by the Government for milling the entire stock of paddy purchased before the rainy season.

Registration of farmers for Rabi will be done between 25 January and 20 February

This year, the registration for the procurement of Rabi at support price will be done from 25 January to 20 February. For this, a total of 4529 registration centers have been set up in the State. Last year there were 2991 registration centres in MP.

New system of registration of Sikmi / sharecroppers

Chief Minister Chouhan said that a new arrangement is being made for registration of Sikmi / Bataidars during the Rabi season this year and registration will be done for procurement at the support price for the contracted area up to 5 hectares.

Kharif 2020-21 earnings

Quantity in MT, Amount in Crores
 GrainFeverMillet
Registered farmer7,18,77014,06339,977
Seller cultivator (% registered cultivator)5,86,683 (82%)6,491 (46%)35,926 (90%)
Total purchase volume37,26,4382,24,919
Total purchase amount6,961497
Farmers Payment Amount5,356496
Transport Quantity (% Purchased Quantity)33,41,551 (90%)2,24,878 (99.9%)
Accepted quantity (% transport quantity)30,78,217 (92%)2,24,669 (99.9%)

Year-wise comparative status of Kharif earnings

NoThe yearRegistered farmerSeller farmer% Seller farmer from registered farmerEarnings Volume (Lakh MT)
12018-195,61,7663,78,18767.321.96
22019-205,43,1424,29,14779.025.85
32020-217,20,1385,86,68381.537.26

Indore tent collapse should come as a lesson

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Indore: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had a providential escape on Monday, 5 June 2017 when a huge shamiana (tent) erected for a special function came crashing down as clouds gathered and soon winds at high speed and heavy rain ploughed through that area and the makeshift tent shelter came crashing down

The power supply was snapped and there was huge panic and those among the audience ran for their life. For some time, it was a stampde like situation. Besides the uprooted shamiana, what further added to the chaos was immense water-logging.

While the dignitaries were safe at least two dozen people were injured and some of them who were critical with head and chest injuries had been admitted in ICU.

Even as the other VIPs were rushed away, the Chief Minister chose to stay back and was seen supervising the relief operations.

May 5, 2016 Ujjain

Exactly a year ago – on May 5 – many persons were killed and over hundred were injured when makeshift tents erected for “Parva snan” during the Simhastha festival at Ujjain came crashing down when winds coupled with rain and hail swept through this area bring death and destruction.

These two incidents should wake up the authorities and it should be mandatory for them to check the meteorological report in advance before taking the reckless step of organising such functions in gross disregard of human safety under giant shamianas, which are becoming bigger and bigger under a robust democracy. Particularly, it should be mandatory for organisers to provide the Met report, 24 hours in advance, before going ahead with any function under a shamiana. Even at the last moment, the concerned authorities should have the powers to call off an event on grounds of adverse weather condition.


As per Government of India service tax rules under Finance Act 1997, “Pandal or shamiana” means a place specially prepared or arranged for organizing an official, social or business function.

 

There is no need for reservation for those who have talent: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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shivraj-singh-chouhan-addressing-ncc-cadetsBhopal: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today stated categorically that there is no need for reservation for those who have talent.

The Chief Minister, who honoured and presented trophies to NCC cadets at a special function at his residence here today, was answering a pointed query by a journalist. He was asked whether the State Government will take the initiative of announcing reservation in jobs for NCC cadets. Chief Minister said it is not proper to link reservation with everything, If there is talent, there is no need for reservation, he went on to underscore.

Since the State Government, led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has challenged in Supreme Court the ordered passed by the Jabalpur High Court quashing the 2002 Madhya Pradesh Rule for promotion in reservation, it is an established fact that the State Government is bent upon continuing reservation in promotion for officers and employees belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Due to the Chief Minister’s statement today that there is no need for reservation for those who have talent, questions arises why there is reservation in promotion for SCs and STs in Madhya Pradesh? on the face-value of his stated position,one would not be off the track to ask is the Chief Minister trying to imply that there is need for reservation in promotion for SCs and STs because they lack talent? It is expected of the Chief Minister that he should honor his own words and abandon the system of reservation in promotion because officers across the board should be allowed to rise in their service on the basis of their talent or merit and experience.

Reservation in promotion and Supreme Court: Shivraj Singh Chouhan prefers to be quiet on this issue

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was greeted by State BJP chief Nandkumar Chouhan on compelting 11 eleven years in office
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan (right) was greeted by State BJP chief Nandkumar Chouhan on completing 11 eleven years in office

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today, on completing eleven years in office, gave the indication that he has toned down his rigid posture on the issue of reservation in promotion for State government officers and employees.

When the Madhya Pradesh High Court earlier this year had struck down Madhya Pradesh provision for reservation in promotions in state government departments for those belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Schedules Tribe (SC/ST) category, the Chief Minister had said in a speech that there is no power on earth that can stop reservation in promotions. Simultaneously the State Government also went to the Apex Court challenging the High Court order which implied that those from the SC/ST categories who had been promoted under the provision for reservation in promotions were supposed to be reverted. This case is scheduled to come up for hearing in Supreme Court tomorrow.

At a Meet the Press programme organised by the Central Press Club here today to mark the completion of eleven years in office by Chouhan which is a record inning, the chief minister summed up a query on reservation in promotion by just stating that the matter is sub judice.

The Chief Minister also announced today that his government will subsidise the fees for higher studies for girls from Madhya Pradesh. This scheme will not be restricted only to girls belonging to the reserved category, he added.

Answering another query, Chouhan said that he favours the idea of state funding of elections. He also extended support to the proposal for holding the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls simultaneosly.

 

AAP confronts Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on “payout documents”

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 AAP Madhya Pradesh unit president Alok Agarwal addressing media persons

AAP Madhya Pradesh unit president Alok Agarwal addressing media persons

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is in the midst of a raging controversy over documents said to have been recovered by the Income Tax Department during raids conducted earlier on Sahara Group that point to alleged payment of Rs. 10 lakh to “MP CM” in two installment on 29 September and 1 October,  2013.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today demanded that the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister should explain to the people why he took this huge amount of money and what he has done with it.

The chief of the Madhya Pradesh unit of AAP, Alok Agarwal, who addressed media-persons here today, has demanded that a Special Investigation Team (SIT), under the supervision of the Supreme Court of India, should investigate this extremely serious matter.

In a statement, AAP has pointed out that on 22 November 2014, the Income Tax department had raided the offices of Sahara Group and seized some incriminating documents. There is an entry in one of these documents showing that the CM MP was given Rs. 5 crore through an officer on 29 September 2013. Again on 1 October, there is an entry showing another payment of Rs. 5 crore to the MP CM. In this way, a total of Rs. 10 crore is shown as having been paid in cash to the MP CM.

The AAP statement further says that during the period in question, Shivraj Singh Chouhan was the State Chief Minister and the officer in question was posted at the chief minister’s residence.

The documents, according to AAP, carry the signature of Ankita Pandey, Deputy Director, Income Tax Department. This signature has been found to be genuine in a forensic test conducted at the initiative of senior Supreme Court lawyer Ram Jethmalani.

AAP today circulated copies of the documents in question (allegedly seized by the IT department). These also show that besides the MP chief minister, huge payments allegedly were also made to the chief ministers of Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Delhi.

Click here for documents circulated by AAP 1 and 2

The Hindu earlier on 15 November published a news story with the heading “Bhushan seeks investigation into political payouts”. The Hindu story has brought in sharp focus “Sets of documents, allegedly recovered during raids by the Income Tax Department and the CBI from the premises of two major industrial houses, detailing massive payouts to prominent politicians” on the basis of a complaint filed with the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) by senior advocate Prashant Bhushan.

Madhya Pradesh to spend Rs. 750,000 million on development of cities

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mp-cm-in-londonLondon: Madhya Pradesh will spend Rs. 750,000 million on the strategic development of cities in the next three years and ensure that both the big and small cities get developed simultaneously.

This was underscored by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who sought UK’s cooperation in development of smart cities in Madhya Pradesh during his interaction with investors and smart city development experts here today. Madhya Pradesh Minister for Industries Rajendra Shukla was also present.

Addressing the investors and experts, Chouhan said that the pace of urban development will get special momentum in Madhya Pradesh with the support of UK’s smart city management experts and use of modern technology.

Referring to UK-India age-old relations, Chouhan said that the relationship should become more strong. He said that Madhya Pradesh has several unique projects apart from the smart city projects.

Chouhan met the Deputy Mayor of London Rajesh Agarwal and representatives of different companies and invited them to the Global Investors Summit being held at Indore.

Secretary to the Chief Minister Vivek Aggrawal elaborated the concept of smart city projects and briefed the investors’ group about the Action Plan of Madhya Pradesh. Earlier, the Chief Minister and the delegation members were given a warm welcome on arrival in London by the top officials of the Indian Embassy.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan gets Policy Leadership Award

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Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Shivraj Singh Chouhan

New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been honoured with Policy Leadership Award by Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA).

Madhya Pradesh has been honoured four times with Krashi Karman Award.
The Policy Leadership Award was received by Madhya Pradesh Minister for Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Gourishankar Bisen on behalf of the Chief Minister at yje 9th Global Leadership Award programme organized by ICFA

Gaurishankar Bisen receives the Global Leadership Award from Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik
Gaurishankar Bisen receives on behalf of the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister the Policy Leadership Award from Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik

Governors of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh Kaptan Singh Solanki and Ram Naik presented the award at am impressive ceremony. Deputy Speaker of Rajya Sabha P.J.Kurian, and Chairman of ICFA Dr. MJ Khan.

Madhya Pradesh has achieved a remarkable success in last ten years in agriculture sector. It registered 24.94 per cent growth in the agriculture and allied sectors during the year 2014-15. This is the highest growth rate recorded so far in the world. In the year 2004-05, total food grain production in the State was 1.43 crore metric tonnes, which increased up to 3.21 crore metric tonnes in 2014-15.

Twelve percent annual growth in agriculture sector by the state is a record in itself. The production of pulses in the State was 33.51 lakh metric tonne in 2004-05 and it rose to 47.63 lakh metric tonne in the year 2014-15. It is 42.14 per cent increase registered in the decade. This comes to 28 per cent of total production of pulses in the country. Availability of food grain per person in the State is now 61 gram per person per day. The agriculture area has also increased by 34 lakh hectare and now the total area under agriculture is 2.23 crore hectare.

In Madhya Pradesh: From “Narmada Samagra” to “Namami Devi Narmade” Campaign

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Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Anil Dave is seen addressing Samagra Narmada volunteers (Photo courtesy: Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Anil Dave is seen addressing Samagra Narmada volunteers (file photo, courtesy http://www.narmadasamagra.org/)
Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Anil Dave (with back to camera) is seen addressing a Samagra Narmada event. (Photo courtesy: http://www.narmadasamagra.org/)

Bhopal: Union Minister for Environment Forest and Climate Change Anil Madhav Dave, took the initiative a couple of years ago to protect the sanctity of the Narmada River and maintain it as a source of clean pollution free water by setting up the Narmada Samagra, a not-for-profit organisation.

Narmada Samagra website spells out its objective by stating that it is an initiative to foster a dialogue between all those already working for this noblest cause and others who want to contribute. Narmada Samagra desires collective action on all aspects of Narmada River. We Wish to bring together all dimensions and perceptions at one stage.

Narmada Samagra has raised a pertinent issue by asking the question – Everybody needs water from Narmada but where this water comes from? How to increase the available water wealth of Narmada? It goes on to underscore “this serious concern is missing all around.”

The Madhya Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party Government led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has started moving in the same direction through its “Namami Devi Narmade” campaign. This campaign is obviously inspired by the goals and objectives of the lofty Samagra Naramada campaign launched earlier by Mr. Dave, who has authored Narmada Samagra (travelogue) and Samgra Gram Vikas (Composite village development); and “From Amarkantak to Amarkantak”.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Yesterday, while launching the “Narmada Seva Yatra” website ‘Namami Devi Narmade’ the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister expressed the hope that the ‘ Namami Devi Narmade ‘ campaign, which will draw strength through the participation of entire community and supported to the hilt by “Madhya Pradesh Jan Abhiyan Parishad”¹, will become an example for the whole world when it comes to protecting the rivers. Under this campaign, a massive tree plantation drive would be undertaken for 118 days on both banks of Narmada River, the Chief Minister announced on this occasion.

The Chief Minister declared that compensation will be paid to the farmers who own agriculture land on the banks of the Narmada river for plantation of fruit bearing trees till they mature. He told the gathering that from November 11 this year the “Narmada Seva Yatra” (journey) will begin to build awareness among the people for the conservation of Narmada River and also to make it pollution free. Several water treatment plants will be set up to protect the Narmada from pollution at Amarkantak and various towns and villages falling along the river. All the villages along the Narmada will also be made open defecation and liquor free, he added.

Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker Sitasharan Sharma said on this occasion that ‘ Namami Devi Narmade’ is a campaign to save Narmada. Because of this campaign, Narmada will become medium for social and economic development of the state. Minister for Forest Dr. Gourishankar Shejwar said that gratitude is the component of Indian Culture. Narmada is our lifeline and foundation of rural economy. Awareness is needed to protect the pious Narmada from pollution. State BJP President and MP Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, who presided over the programme, said that this campaign has been launched to save the life of the future generation. Every section of the society should come forward and join this campaign. Madhya Pradesh has made the River Linking programme of the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpai meaningful.

Minister for Environment, Cottage Industries and Animal Husbandry Antar Singh Arya, Minister of State for Cooperatives Vishwas Sarang and Minister of State for Social Justice, Disabled Welfare Sanjay Pathak were present in the programme.

At the special function to mark the ‘Namami Devi Narmade’ Campaign, the chief minister presented awards for Narmada song to Mahesh Shrivastava, Shakti Rawat and Dr. Shailendra Mishra for bagging first, second and third position respectively. Similarly, for slogan awards were given to Pradeep Verma, Shivani Bhargava, Omprakash Sharma, Himanshu Shukla, Jitendra Thakur, Jairam Khangar, Ramakant Gupta and Sulabh Singh. Awards were also given to Ms. Gouri Vandalkar, Bhupendra Rohit and Devasheesh Mandal for the logo contest. Dr. Shailendra Mishra who received a sum of Rs. 21000 as reward money handed over the entire amount to the chief minister for the campaign.


Jan abhiyan Parishad¹ Jan Abhiyan Parishad (Council for People’s campaign) was registered in 1997 under the Madhya Pradesh Societies’ Registration Act of 1973. The Chief Minister is the ex-officio chairman of this organisation and its general body is headed by the State chief secretary. Its charter reiterates commitment towards its role as a coordinator between the government and NGOs. The main purpose of the Council is to build a public awareness campaign. It is engaged in capacity building and empowerment and is promoting networking among NGOs.

Working for country’s development is the best homage to the martyrs of Independence: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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Shivraj Singh Chouhan-Independence DayBhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged the people of the state that the country got Independence due to the sacrifices made by so many freedom fighters.

Recollecting the sacrifices of the freedom fighters, the Chief Minister asked the the people to take a pledge for the all-round development of the country. This would be the best and true homage to the martyrs. Chouhan was speaking on the eve of the Independence Day at Iqbal Maidan in the State capital today.

Chouhan said that we got Independence with great hardships and sacrifices and for this many freedom fighters laid down their lives. To remember them is the prime duty of every citizen. He said that on the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a “Tiranga Yatra” (tricolopur journey/march) is being taken out across the country. He urged the people to become a part of this Yatra.

The Chief Minister paid floral tribute to the martyrs to honour the freedom fighters. He joined the candle light “azadi” (freedom) march from Iqbal Maidan to Ravindra Bhavan on this occasion. Along with a number of Freedom fighters, many senior politicians, public representatives, bureaucrats, sportspersons, teachers, students and prominent citizens participated were part of this event.

On reaching Ravindra Bhavan, the Chief Minister paid floral tributes to Ravindra Nath Tagore. He also witnessed the exhibition organized by the Swaraj Sansthan to mark the occasion.

Madhya Pradesh will lead in the sphere of Green Energy: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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CM at Mumbai-green energyMumbai: Chief Minister of the central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that Madhya Pradesh will become number one state in the field of green energy in the country.

Efforts are being undertaken by the state government to encourage different organisations and people and ensure a quantum shift when it comes to production and reliance on renewable sources of energy. This was underscored by Chouhan while addressing investors during a road show held here on Friday to attract investment in the renewable energy sector.

The Chief Minister said that the state government wants to work as a team with the investors for rapid development and progress of the State. Green energy is the energy of future, he said adding a 750 megawatt solar power plant, the biggest in the world, is being set up in Rewa with an investment of Rs. Rs. 4500 crore. He urged the companies working in the field of green energy to invest in Madhya Pradesh.

Minister for Commerce and Industry Rajendra Shukla said historic work has been done in the field of renewable energy during last few years and urged the investors to become a partner of the state in the field of green energy.

Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) Harsh Singh, Chairman of the Energy Development Corporation Vijendra Singh Sisodiya and Chief Secretary Antony D’sa were present. Principal Secretary New and renewable Energy Manu Shrivastava gave a presentation on the work being carried out in the field of renewable energy in the state.

Richard Verma and Chouhan discuss religious freedom, investment possibilities in Madhya Pradesh

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US Ambassador in India Richard Verma met Chief Minister Shivraj singh Chouhan in Bhopal on 25 May, 2016
US Ambassador in India Richard Verma met Chief Minister Shivraj singh Chouhan in Bhopal on 25 May, 2016

Bhopal: US Ambassador in India Richard R. Verma met Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today and held discussions on issues like investment possibilities, women’s empowerment and religious freedom in Madhya Pradesh.

Chouhan told the US Ambassador in India that tillrecently – a decade ago – Madhya Pradesh was counted among the backward states of India. The scenario has now changed and the state is maintaining growth rate in double digits and has registered, perhaps, the highest agriculture growth rate in the world.

The Chief Minister informed the US diplomat that unprecedented water conservation works have been undertaken in Madhya Pradesh and there is a target to irrigate 60 lakh hectares. Availability of water has increased due to maintenance of small and big water structures and especially due to efforts aimed at meeting the goal of water conservation.

Discussing community participation-based development, Chouhan said that the government and people work in close coordination in the state. Referring to the recently concluded Simhastha festival at Ujjain, the Chief Minister informed Richard Verma that due to cooperation of people 80 million devotees visited Ujjain. He informed that a campaign will be launched with public cooperation to rejuvenate rivers in the State. Rivers like Narmada do not draw water from glaciers but they are charged by the green cover and forests in the catchment area. Therefore, it has been decided that large number of saplings will be planted within one kilometer of both the banks of the Narmada with people’s cooperation. The Farmers have been urged to plant saplings of fruit-bearing trees, the Chief Minister said adding that they will be given adequate compensation till these trees start bearing fruits.

The Chief Minister informed the US Ambassador that a series of seminars, coinciding with the Simhasth festival, were held on global issues like climate change, global warming and religion for the sake of human welfare and value-based life. The series concluded with international Vichar Kumbh during Simhastha.

Global Investors Summit at Indore

Talking about the huge potential for investment in the state, the Chief Minister informed Richard Verma that a Global Investors Summit will be held in Indore from October 21 to 23 this year and invitations are being sent to American investors. Chouhan said that India and US have ideological similarities on several issues like climate change and terrorism.

Immense possibilities in green energy sector

During discussions with the State Chief Minister, Richard said that Indo-US ties have been cemented. Both countries wish to move ahead jointly in every sector. Lauding economic and social sector development in Madhya Pradesh, he said that there are immense possibilities to work jointly in the clean and green energy sector. The Chief Minister informed him that the world’s biggest ultra-mega solar power plant of 750 MW capacity is being set up in Rewa in eastern MP. Asia’s biggest 135 MW solar energy plant has already been set up in Neemuch. Rewa’s plant would start functioning in next two years, the Chief Minister said.

Richard Verma in BhopalThe Chief Minister also informed the US Ambassador that a new policy has been chalked out keeping in view investment potential in defence production sector. He also said that single-window system has been implemented for immediate land allotment, inspection of factories and completion of administrative formalities. He said that this has further increased investors’ trust in the state government since they have got considerable help in setting up their projects.

Referring to state government’s initiative on climate change issue, the Chief Minister said that special attention has been paid to sustainable use of natural resources and promotion of organic farming. The government wishes to make Madhya Pradesh an ideal state for efforts to overcome climate change.

Discussing efforts for women’s empowerment, Chouhan said that gender ratio in Madhya Pradesh is improving. Mindset towards birth of girls has changed. The state government has made all arrangements for girls education and marriage. Women have been given 50 percent reservation in local bodies. Schemes like Ladli Laxmi have supported poor families. Percentage of institutional delivery has increased from 22 to 82 per cent. Madhya Pradesh is the pioneer state in the country to undertake maximum women’s empowerment initiatives.

Discussing issue of religious freedom, the Chief Minister informed the American diplomat that festivals of all religions are celebrated at the official residence of the chief minister. People following different faiths, religions and sects co-exist peacefully, he said adding that those belonging to the Muslim community had opened their doors and given shelter to devotees in mosques when a storm had hit Ujjain during Simhastha. Richard responded with a word of praise for cultural diversity and communal amity in the state.

State Industries Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretary Industries Mohammad Suleman and Principal Secretary to CM S.K. Mishra were present.

PM Modi appreciates arrangements for Ujjain Simhasth

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan calls on PM Modi
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan calls on PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appreciated the extensive arrangements made for devotees and tourists for the ongoing Simhasth at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh.

In a series of tweets after meeting Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan yesterday in New Delhi, the PM has said that he was delighted to know about the usage of technology and the focus on cleanliness at Simhasth.

“Had an excellent meeting with MP CM @ChouhanShivraj, the PM wrote drawing attention towards the extensive arrangements at @Simhasth.

While stating that he Was delighted to know about the use of technology in @Simhasth, the PM has tweeted: It is gladdening that devotees and tourists visiting @Simhasth will witness cultural programmes that celebrate our great culture and rich history.”.

MP is island of peace and an ideal investment destination: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan addressed a seminar on Invetment in Madhya Pradesh in New delhi on April 7, 2016
MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan addressed a seminar on Investment in Madhya Pradesh in New Delhi on April 7, 2016

New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today told industrialists that Madhya Pradesh is an island of peace with no dearth of possibilities to set up new industries.

The Chief Minister was speaking at a seminar on  investment opportunities in Madhya Pradesh in the capital. The seminar was organised jointly by Madhya Pradesh government and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Chouhan invited the industrialists to invest in Madhya Pradesh and said that the state government will extend maximum cooperation to them. The seminar was organised to attract industrialists to the Global Investors Summit slated to be held at Indore in October this year.

Madhya Pradesh Industry Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia
Madhya Pradesh Industry Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia

The Chief Minister said that agreements worth Rs. 600,000 crore were signed at the last Global Investors Summit in 2014. Within the last 18-month period, investment to the tune of Rs. 200,000 crore is visible on the ground. The state government has a land bank of 26000 hectare for investors. They can even book land online. Now, the entire process of setting up industries is being handled through the single table concept in Madhya Pradesh. He said that the state government has constituted a separate department to promote small and cottage industries.

Commerce and Industries Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia also underscored the advatages of investing in Madhya Pradesh. State Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa spoke about the industrial scenario in the state and concessions being given to investors.

Shivraj invites Jyotishpeeth seer to the Simhastha Festival

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today met Shankaracharya of Sharda and Jyotishpeeth Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today met Shankaracharya of Sharda and Jyotishpeeth Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today met Shankaracharya of Sharda and Jyotishpeeth Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati and invited him to the Simhastha festival in Ujjain next month

at Jharneshwar Mandir here today. Seeking his blessings, Shri Chouhan invited Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati to Simhastha.

The Chief Minister, who met the Shankarachaya at at Jharneshwar temple here said that his government is making constant efforts to ensure public welfare. He also informed him about the arrangements for the Simhastha festival.The chief minister said that a Rs. 1500 crore project has been chalked out for purification of Narmada river. Under the project, arrangements will be made in all cities on the banks of Narmada to keep the river clean.

The Shankaracharya lauded the State Government efforts for the upcoming Simhastha. Regarding Narmada purification, he had a special word of advice and went on to stress the need to ensure continuous flow of the river.

People and government should join hands to build a golden Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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shivraj singh chouhanBhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged the people to contribute their maximum and join hands with the government to build a “golden Madhya Pradesh”.

The chief minister was addressing the people after unfurling the National Flag and taking salute at the Republic Day parade at Ratlam on Tuesday.He expressed confidence that the State will maintain the high growth rate even this year. The chief minister asked the people to conserve water and save electricity, educate girls and take a pledge for de-addiction. He underlined his vision saying we should take pledge to make Madhya Pradesh the most prosperous state not only in the country, but in the entire world.

The Chief Minister sought people’s cooperation and said all should connect with the Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign) and resolve to keep their houses and the environment clean. He said that toilets have been constructed in 50 lakh households till December 2015. A target has been set to make all 52000 villages in the State open defecation free.

Japanese industrial and business establishments keen to invest in MP

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Japan.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Japan.

Tokyo: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan concluded his 5-day Japan visit on Saturday with a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial built in memory of those killed in atomic bomb attack.

During his 5-day Japan visit, the Chief Minister held important discussions with major Japanese institutions regarding development of Madhya Pradesh. He received investment proposals worth about Rs. 15000 crore.

First day

On September 29, the Chief Minister met office-bearers of Japanese international organisations and received proposals to invest Rs. 15000 crore in state’s infrastructure. The investment will be made for energy, rural drinking water, metro rail project and Japanese Industrial Township in Madhya Pradesh. Mr. Chouhan held discussions with Vice Chairman of JICA Hideaki Domichi. Consensus was arrived with him on Bhopal-Indore metro train, power transmission and rural drinking water schemes.

In the presence of Mr. Chouhan, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between Japan External Trade Organisation’s office-bearers for establishment of Japanese Industrial Township in Madhya Pradesh.
Mr. Chouhan also held discussions with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on laying a rail line between Bhopal and Indore estimated to cost Rs. 12000 crore. JICA will send a team to Madhya Pradesh soon to study the feasibility of the project. Possibilities of collaboration in construction of low-cost houses and development of Smart Cities were also discussed with JICA. The organisation sanctioned Rs. 1038 crore for Madhya Pradesh-Trance Mission System Organisation Project, which would improve power supply and distribution system. JICA officers also congratulated the Chief Minister for unprecedented agricultural growth in Madhya Pradesh and offered cooperation in increasing soybean production in the state. The Chief Minister also held discussions on rural drinking water supply schemes and tourism development in national parks. Through rural drinking water schemes, 1 million rural people will be supplied piped water.

Second day

On the second day, the Chief Minister held discussions with CEO of Japan External Trade Organisation Hiroyuki Ishige on investment possibilities. He also addressed a business seminar. Ishige praised Chouhan for initiatives to push policy reforms for boosting trade and investment. The Japan External Trade Organization showed interest in partnership for Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. JETRO also signed a memorandum of understanding with Madhya Pradesh.

Addressing the seminar for heads of trade associations and investors’ community Chouhan listed the benefits of investing in Madhya Pradesh. He said that a seminar for dialogue with Japanese companies will soon be held in Madhya Pradesh in collaboration with JETRO. Chouhan urged the investors to visit Madhya Pradesh saying that it is a fast progressing state and an ideal investment destination. All requisite infrastructures have been established. He said that the State’s double digit growth rate continues to be highest among Indian states.

Third day

On the third day of his visit, the Chief Minister met Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso at Tokyo and sought greater cooperation between Japan and India saying that it will encourage bilateral trade to the optimum level. Taro informed that a large number of small and medium enterprises of Japan are keen on investing in India. Chouhan invited Taro Aso to Global Investors Summit -2016.

Addressing the 40th joint meeting of India-Japan Business Cooperation Committee (IJBCC) Chouhan invited the prospective investors and people of Japan to Madhya Pradesh. Chouhan had a series of important meetings. He met the heads of renowned companies and had fruitful discussions about investment avenues.

Holding discussions with the Vice President of Lixil Corporation Ryuichi Kawamoto about low cost sanitation in the state, Chouhan informed that Madhya Pradesh would construct 1.5 million well-designed houses in coming three years. Sewage system will also be developed.

The Chief Minister met the Chairman of Mayekawa Manufacturing Tanaka and discussed the possibilities of developing cold storage for onions, potatos and fish.

Chouhan also discussed the areas of cooperation with Executive Vice President of Fuji Electric Yashio Okuno and invited the Fuji Electric to collaborate in electrical manufacturing sector. He sought cooperation for providing technology for the upcoming smart cities.

During discussions with top officials of Furukawa Electric about investment in cable manufacturing, the officials informed that the company is planning to do feasibility studies for producing joint cables in MP.

The Chief Minister informed the top officials of NEDO Corporation that special cluster for investors of Japan will be established at Pithampur in Dhar district. The NEDO Corporation is an electronic manufacturer.

Chouhan also met the senior executives of Mizuho Bank and invited them to open a branch in Madhya Pradesh. Holding dialogues with the Softbank CEO Shri Masayoshi Son on the possibilities of investments in new and renewable energy development, Chouhan underlined immense investment scope in the sector. The Softbank expressed interest in meeting upto 40% of MP’s total renewable energy production target.

The Chief Minister also invited the New Energy & Industrial Tech Development Organization (NEDO) to collaborate with Madhya Pradesh in wind energy sector. He apprised the NEDO of huge possibilities in the sector. The NEDO officials expressed willingness to cooperate with Madhya Pradesh and promote industrial technology. It will support Japanese companies already working in the State.

Fourth day

On the fourth day, the Chief Minister signed an agreement with the Minister of Trade and Industry, Japan for cooperation to promote Japanese investment in Madhya Pradesh. The Ministry of Trade and Industry, Japan has agreed to promote Japan Industrial Township at Pithampur near Indore.

Chouhan had fruitful discussions with Executive Vice President of Panasonic Corp Yoshihiko Yamada about investment plans to harness renewable energy.

Describing Madhya Pradesh as perfect location to generate renewable power, Yoshihiko Yamada apprised Chouhan of the company’s solar energy projects designed for Madhya Pradesh. He said that the company will invest in this sector in coming two years. He also informed that feasibility studies will be conducted for 100 MW by end of 2016 and additional 100 MW in 2017 with an investment of 250 million USD.

During the visit, unprecedented keenness was witnessed among Japanese business and commercial establishments for investment in Madhya Pradesh. During discussions with them, the Chief Minister also dwelt in detail on immense investment potential in the state. He informed that Madhya Pradesh is a model destination for investment in the world. He informed that separate clusters are being developed in Madhya Pradesh for Japanese and South East Asian countries.

Fifth day

On the fifth, before embarking on the second leg of his tour to Seol, the capital of South Korea, where he will visit Songdo Smart City and the Samsung innovation museum and hold discussions with its director. Mr. Chouhan visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial and paid floral tributes to those killed in Atomic Bank attack during World War-11. He spent over one hour at the memorial.

BJP leadership grapples with VYAPAM scam issue and Lalit Modi controversy ahead of Monsoon session of Parliament

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan

New Delhi/Bhopal: The ruling BJP leadership, including prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, were busy on Sunday doing lot of firefighting and preparing the strategy to face the Opposition onslaught in the monsoon session of Parliament on the issue of the massive VYAPAM scam of Madhya Pradesh and the Lalit Modi controvesry involving Union Minuister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje .

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje

On Sunday, there were two rounds of crucial meetings – one at the prime Minister’s official residence and the other at BJP president Amit Shah’s residence. While Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh along with the Rajasthan Chief Minister attended the meeting at Modi’s residence, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who returned to Bhopal after taking off earlier during teh day due to bad weather and flew to Delhi later met the BJP president later in the evening.

According to party insiders, it has been decided by the BJP to go on the offensive by targetting the Congress led opposition for number of scams that had surfaced during the previous UPA regime. The BJP leadership has rubbished all talk of resignations.

While the outcome of deliberations in Delhi today have come as a respite for Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, who is facing heat due to the Vyapam scam, there is going to be turbulence in days to come especially as the main Opposition Congress has decided to go no holds barred on the issue of the Vyapam scam in the monsoon session of MP Assembly beginning on Monday.

BJP’s Goal is not just winning elections, we want India to become “World Guru”: Amit Shah

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The people have given BJP the mandate. We have to come up to the expectations of the masses and steer the course of history. Our goal was not just winning the election. – Amit Shah

Amit Shah-Shivraj Singh Chouhan
BJP President Amit Shah gives a warm hug to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Bhopal on July 13, 2015

Bhopal: Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah said here today that the BJP got people’s mandate in 2014 and the party is now ruling in 14 states. Even in states where we have not been able to form our government, BJP’s vote percentage has gone up.

Focusing on the massive membership campaign launched by the BJP, Shah said that it is based on missed mobile calls and new technology. The membership drive has been highly successful and we have made 110 million members.

The BJP president was addressing a regional (Madhya Pradesh-Chattisgarh) party session attended by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, MPs, MLAs, ministers and other party leaders.He said that the 110 million party members can ensure victory for the party in elections but winning elections is not our sole purpose. Our objective is to turn the course of our history, make our culture more rich and vibrant and catapult the nation to the position of “World Guru”.

In the context of a much discussed promise by Prime Minister Narenda Modi, the BJP president told party cadres to work for BJP’s victory in every election from Panchayat to Parliament. BJP should be in power for 25 years to ring in the “achche din” (good days), he went on to assert.

Shah said that the Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken 14 important initiatives. These would pave the way rapid socio-economic development. Each of these initiatives have empowered the common man. The “Jan-Dhan” scheme has given social prestige and opened the doors of the banks for the deprived sections. He went on to underscore how millions of new jobs have been created by the “Skill India” and the “Make in India” campaigns.

Shah mentioned one scheme after another to underline Modi’s initiatives inlcudng the Smart City, Amrit-2022, to provide roof over each head, Deendayal Gram Jyoti scheme Digital India, Gas subsidy surrender, Atal pension Scheme, Accident Insurance Scheme on annual premium of Rs. 12, strict law to bring back black mnoney stashed abroad, Adarsh Gram Yojna, traditional Yoga Day, Prime Minister’s Irrigation scheme, “Swachch Bharat” (Clean India), “Namami Gange” (Clean Ganges), farmers’ relief schemes. All these initiatives have laid a solid foundation for building a strong India, the BJP president said adding the country’s growth graph has gone up, prices are now under control and the whole world is looking towards India.

Shah had a word of praise for Madhya Pradesh where the growth rate is above 10% and agriculture growth continues to be 24%. This has been possible due to the good work of the State BJP government and party workers.

Chhattisgarh has been heaped in poverty and hunger since Independence. The BJP Government in that state has ensured there is adequate in rice and wheat, iodised salt and kerosene in every house.

In the entire world, only BJP can claim popular leadership since it is the only party with such a committed army of party workers.

Death of another sub-adult tiger in Bandhavgarh: The alarm bells are ringing loud

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Inside BandhavgarhCoinciding with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s meeting with Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on Thursday to press for speedy clearance of development related projects in national parks and promotion of tourism in the buffer areas, those closely watching the fate of the highly endangered tiger were jolted by the news of the death of a sub-adult tiger under mysterious circumstances in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

About two months ago, a 6 month old male tiger was found dead hanging by a snare set up by poachers in a farmhouse adjoining the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. This property belongs to Rajendra Singh, the deputy Speaker of Madhya Pradesh Assembly.

An officer of the Wildlife Wing of the State Forest department told newsroom24x7 that the foresters had found the decaying carcass of a young tiger hidden in a bush near a water body in the buffer zone of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. This happens to be the territory of another adult tiger.

While the State Chief Wildlife Warden Narendra Kumar told a section of the media that this appears to be a case of poisoning, there were others in the wildlife wing who said it is too early to zero in and say anything specific regarding the cause of the tiger’s death. When probed, a senior officer said that Viscera samples have been sent for examination to Sagar and other places and as the forensic report is still awaited it is not possible to tell the exact cause of death. The tiger must have died about five or six days ago and this could be concluded from the fact that the tiger’s body had decayed a lot, he said. Drawing attention to the gravity of man-animal conflict, he stated: ” the immensity of the problem can be measured from the fact that cattle has become the main prey base for big cats.” Underscoring this, he did not rule out poisoning saying cattle kills are on the rise these days and villagers do resort to revenge killings.

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Modi will release Ujjain Declaration during Simhastha 2016

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his South Block office in New Delhi on June 4
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his South Block office in New Delhi on June 4

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accepted Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s invitation to visit Ujjain during the Simhastha festival next year.

Chouhan called on the Prime Minister at his South Block office in the capital. During the meeting lasting about 30-minutes, the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister briefed Modi about the preperations for the simhastha festival next year.

The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister informed the Prime Minister that Simhastha 2016 at Ujjain will be an ideological mega-event. As part of this festival, the State government will be organising a series of seminars revolving around spirituality and dharma. The festival will conclude with the release of the Ujjain Declaration by the Prime Minister.

The Chief Minister also took the opportunity to invite the Prime Minister to the Vishwa Hindi Sammelan to be held at Bhopal in September 2015.

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Chouhan wants proper utilisation of Madhya Pradesh properties in other States

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Edward Villa
Edward Villa at Colaba in Mumbai

Mumbai: Chief Minister of the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan has underscored the need to collect details and maintain properties owned by his State but are located in other States of the country.

Chouhan has asserted that the Madhya Pradesh owned properties should be reconstructed if necessary and properly utilized. He was sharing his views after inspecting the construction of “Madhyalok” and other properties of Madhya Pradesh in Mumbai, capital of Maharashtra, on Sunday.

The Chief Minister reached “Madhyalok” being constructed in Vashi area in Mumbai and reviewed the progress of this 5-story building, which will be completed by July 2016. The Chief Minister also visited Edward Villa at Kolaba and inspected VVIP Rest House, also under construction. Chouhan empahsized that these newly coming up structures should be green buildings equipped with solar panels for energy and rainwater harvesting facility.

Properties owned by erstwhile Princely States

At the time of Independence When the princely States merged with the Indian Union, the State of Madhya Pradesh took over the possession of the public buildings in the erstwhile States, a number of properties owned by these princely states in other states of the country also were taken over by the state Government. These properties, some of them coffee estates, orchards and farms remained out of the scanner of the state government for too long after 1947. Many of these propeties have been encroached and illegally occupied or were being used even as private property by some unscrupulous politicians, bureaucrats or their agents.

A company set up in the 20s of the last century – The Provident Investment Company – to manage properties of the erstwhile Gwalior State and a few investors, over a period of time came to acquire properties in Mumbai from investors who had turned defaulters. These are now worth thousands of crores from the real estate point of view. The Edward Villa, which will now house the Madhya Pradesh Government’s VIP guest house is one such property.

A huge coffee estate on the Kozhikode-Mysore highway in Kerala is another property owned by Madhya Pradesh that was leased to someone in 1950 at a throwaway annual lease and when the lessee stopped paying the lease rent the matter got entangled in legal wrangles.

 

MP, Rajasthan Chief Ministers discuss process for allocation of Central funds to States

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan

New Delhi: Chief Minister of central Indian state Madhya Pradesj Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje Scindia today held discussions with senior officers of Union Finance Ministry about the process to be adopted to allocate funds to states under Centrally sponsored schemes following the replacement of the now disbanded Planning Commission with NITI Ayog.

Chouhan is the Convener of the Sub-Group formed for rationalisation of states’ share in Centrally sponsored schemes and the funding pattern.

The Sub-Group had held its first meeting on April 27. It wa attended by members of the committee, including Chief Ministers of Manipur, Arunachal, Jharkhand and Rajasthan and Finance Minister of Jammu-Kashmir

NITI Ayog’s CEO Sindhushri Khullar informed the Chief Ministers that teams have started gathering suggestions from the States. After this process gets completed, a draft will be presented at Sub-Group’s meeting in Bhopal on May 28. State’s Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa and senior officers were also present at today’s meeting.

Journalism has helped in shaping history: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

National and State-level Honours for Excellence in Journalism

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shiv Raj singh Chouhan and state Minister for Public Relations Rajendra shukla are seen honouring Founder of India TV Rajat Sharma at a glittering Award Function in Bhopal on April 19, 2015. Also seen are State chief Secretary Anthony de Sa and Commissioner Public relations S.K. Mishra
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shiv Raj singh Chouhan and state Minister for Public Relations Rajendra Shukla are seen honouring Founder of India TV Rajat Sharma at a glittering Award Function in Bhopal on April 19, 2015. Also seen are State chief Secretary Anthony de Sa and Commissioner Public relations S.K. Mishra

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said that Journalism has given direction and helped in shaping events through history. We cannot forget the role played by journalists during the French Revolution or India’s freedom movement, he pointed out.

Chouhan said that in the post-Independence period, journalists have contributed immensely in rebuilding the nation and keeping the public informed about their rights. He especially underlined the role of media during Emergency.

Powerful writings have ignited revolutions across the globe Chouhan said while honouring journalists for excellence and outstanding contribution at an impressive function held at his official residence here this evening

During the course of the event, the chief minister intervened to announce that these are not awards being given but journalists are being honoured. Those who pursue journalism as a mssion deserve to be honoured, the chief minister emphasised.

State Public Relations Minister Rajendra Shukla said in his presidential address that good governance is vital to turn democracy into a boon. He said that positive journalism sustains the spirit of good governance.

Founder of India TV Rajat Sharma said that scenario across India will change if all Chief Ministers demonstrate the same dedication and commitment for development as Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Recalling his association with Madhya Pradesh, Editor-in-Chief of India Today Group Shekhar Gupta said that Madhya Pradesh has witnessed unprecedented growth in agriculture and the state is no more a BIMARU (sick) state. He especially congratulated the Chief Minister for the rapid development of the state.

At the outset, the Chief Minister recalled the valuable contribution of  Vidya Niwas Mishra, Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi, Manikchandra Vajpayee and Satya Narayan Shrivastava in whose memory the journalism  awards have been instituted by the State Government to honour journalists.

The function concluded with a vote of thanks by Commissioner Public Relations S.K. Mishra.

Former Chief Minister Kailash Joshi, State ministers Maya Singh and Lal Singh Arya, MLAs Vishwas Sarang, Rameshwar Sharma, Bhopal Mayor Alok Sharma, Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa and leading personalities from the media attended the function.

Roll of Honour

Vidyaniwas Mishra National Journalism Honour for year 2011 was conferred on Rajnath Singh Surya, Lucknow, Asim Kumar Mitra, Kolkata 2012, Dhirendra Nath Chakravarti, Assam 2013 and Shekhar Gupta, Delhi for 2014.

Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi National Journalism honour was conferred on Kailash Chandra Pant, Bhopal for 2011, Mahesh Shrivastava, Bhopal 2012, Shankar Sharan, Delhi 2013 and Rajat Sharma, Delhi for year 2014.

Manikchandra Vajpayee National Journalism Honour was conferred on Shyam Khosla, Delhi for 2011, Baban Prasad Mishra, Raipur 2012, Rajendra Sharma, Bhopal 2013 and Baldev Bhai Sharma, Delhi for 2014.

Satya Narayan Shrivastava State-level Journalism Honour was conferred on Sashindra Jaldhari, Indore for 2008, Rajesh Sirothiya, Bhopal 2009, Mrigendra Singh, Bhopal 2010, Manish Dixit, Bhopal 2011, Nitendra Sharma, Bhopal 2012, Arun Chouhan, Bhopal 2013 and Atul Tare, Gwalior for year 2014.

Materialistic progress has no meaning without spirituality: Vasudev Maharaj

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Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Maharaj
Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Maharaj

Bhopal: Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Maharaj today emphasised that materiastic progress has no meaning without spirituality. Unless every individual has peace of mind, we cannot think of world peace, he observed.

Sadguru was addressing the opening session of the 3-day international seminar on “value based life” organised at the Vidhan Sabha auditorium in the state capital by the Madhya Pradesh Culture Department as part of a series of workshops and seminars to be held ahead of the Simhastha Mahakumbh at Ujjain next year. He said that Simhastha Mahakumbh-2016 will lead to spiritual awakening.

Sadguru was all praise for Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He said that under the imaginative leadership of the Chief Minister, these events will give an ideological dimension to Simhastha Mahakumbh. The session was presided over by the Chief Minister.

Sadguru lauded the state chief minister for the initiative being taken for spiritual awakening while paying full attention towards ensuring economic growth. He also talked of the unprecedented agriculture growth in the state. Urging all to participate in Simhastha-2016, he said that attending the Simhastha festival should not be just a ritual but it must be treated as a spiritual experience.

Sadguru said that India would be known as the most value-based country in the world 25 years from now. India alone can offer solutions to the problems the world is confronting today. He Said that being born as a human being is in itself an important event and the objective of human life should be attaining the capabilities to serve the larger human interests. He said that the soil of India is unique. ‘Bhav, raga and tala’ form India. While Raga is fixed, we have the option to select the tala (rythm). He said that life is a form of Karma. A human being performs actions – physical, mental, and emotional – but without being conscientious. He said that Dharma means the rules that govern and discipline inner-self and (human) nature.

Answering queries from the audience, Sadguru said that there is a cacophony in India. Everyone is free to do anything, but every person is peace-loving by nature and this is the true identity of India.

Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Maharaj and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Maharaj and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan

The chief minister underscored the purpose behind the seminar and said that it is a humble effort on the part of the state government to revive the tradition of discourse and discussion for human awakening. He described the event as “ideological Mahakumbh”. Solutions to contemporary problems will be presented through the “Simhastha Declaration”, he said adding that it would offer solutions to global problems.

The chief minister said that apart from materialistic progress, all governments should work towards raising the happiness index. Throwing light on the seminal idea behind the present seminar, he said that values are getting eroded in all walks of life. Life is meaningless without values.

Former Chief Minister Kailash Joshi, Minister of State for Culture Surendra Patwa, members of the State Cabinet and distinguished citizens were present on the occasion.