Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged the Central government to release Rs 1,500 crore to the state under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS).
The fund is to be used for payment of wages to the labourers and completion of pending works. The CM’s demand came at a meeting with Union minister for rural development and surface transport Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi on Friday. He said at least Rs 1,000 crore should immediately be released.
Chouhan also urged the Union minister to release Rs 2,800 crore immediately under the Prime Minister’s Rural Road Project and pending amount of Rs 600 crore under the Indira Aawas Yojana. He said the repair of Gwalior-Dewas section of Agra-Mumbai National Highway Number 3 should be completed at the earliest. Gadkari assured immediate action on all counts.
In a separate meeting with Union water resources minister Uma Bharti, the CM urged sanctioning of Rs 26,000 crore for the state’s river linking project.
The CM informed Bharti that a detailed project report for inter-linking of four important rivers of Malwa region has been sent to the Centre. He demanded sanction of funds so that work could be done at a rapid pace. Bharti assured that she would take a decision at the earliest. Bharti also lauded the development efforts in MP, saying the state was next only to Gujarat in ensuring better use of water.