Union minister of steel and mines Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday reiterated the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) commitment to Ram Mandir. He said that the temple would be built with general consensus.
"The party's stance on the issue (Ram Mandir) is known to all. The matter is pending in the court. We should wait.
Ram Mandir would be built with consensus of all…The party's commitment on the issue remains the same now and would remain the same," Tomar said.
Addressing a press conference in Bhopal on monday, the minister also highlighted the achievements of the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre in the last one year.
Tomar said there were several challenges when the NDA government took over at the Centre on May 26, 2014.
"The country's economy was in a poor shape and there was a sense of despair all around…But the NDA government not only successfully overcame the challenges, but also gave a direction to the development of the country," he said.
"The decision making process was expedited. The country's growth rate went up from 5% to 7.4%. The government initiated the process to bring back the black money (from abroad). No scam surfaced during this period and the government brought in transparency in the system.”
The Union labour and employment minister, however, admitted that unemployment was still a challenge before the government.
The cabinet rank minister said rising prices in the market had been arrested, but still high prices posed a challenge.
Penalty for illegal mining hiked
Taking a tough stand to curb the spiralling cases of illegal mining in the state, the minister said the government had now increased the penalty on illegal miners up to Rs5 lakh per hectare.
Earlier the fine was just Rs25,000 per hectare.
"Now, e-auction will be the only way to get mining lease. Also the district mineral foundation is being set up across the country… All the districts in Madhya Pradesh will soon see the foundation of such a panel," Tomar said, adding that auction of mines in the state would begin within the next three months.
He said the NMDC was working on a diamond mine in Chhatarpur district in Madhya Pradesh which had 30 times more deposit of diamonds than that in Panna.