If you are under the impression that children of politicians and bureaucrats do not go to government schools because of poor quality of education and infrastructure there, think again.
MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday claimed the children did not attend the government institutions to avoid overburdening these schools.
He was talking to journalists at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Central Press Club, Bhopal on his completing 11 years in office.
Chouhan, however, skirted another query on why politicians and government officers avoid going to government hospitals for treatment.
He said conditions of government schools and the government hospitals had improved a lot, though there was further room for improvement.
On alcoholism menace in the state, he said heavy drinkers could not be prevented from drinking by making prohibition laws. It was imperative to create awareness among such people, he added.
When asked if he had stopped inviting the BJP patriarch LK Advani to the state after Narendra Modi’s elevation to the post of Prime Minister or the former party president himself stopped coming to the state, CM said both Modi and he had a high regard for Advani and their relations didn’t depend on his visit to the state.
On the high and low points of his tenure so far as the chief minister, he said, “Launching of Ladli Laxmi scheme for empowering women and improving skewed sex ratio in MP has been my most significant achievement. The Petlawad blast that killed several people was the lowest point of my tenure.”
Both in case of Vyapam and Petlawad there was “no mistake” on his part, he said replying to another question. He claimed to have done his best to bring to book those responsible for the multi-crore cash for seat scam.
On Petlawad blast, he said it was difficult to prevent illegal storing of gelatin sticks that caused the explosion by some people as the explosives were also used in construction of wells under Kapildhara scheme.
On dubbing under-trial SIMI men, who were killed in an alleged encounter with the police recently, terrorists, he said it was his duty to safeguard people’s lives in the state.
He also refuted the charges that the bureaucracy in the state was uncontrolled. He said bureaucrats executed whatever responsibility was given to them.
On demonetization of high-value currency by the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, he said the move might have caused some inconveniences to the people, but in the long-run the country would benefit from it.
On his ambitious Namami Devi Narmade scheme, he said preservation of the Narmada river was always in his mind. Under the scheme a carpet of trees would be planted on one-kilometre wide stretch along both the banks of the river. The farmers who would plant saplings of fruit-bearing trees on their land would be given Rs 30000 per hectare for initial 3-4 years.
The chief minister also dismissed the allegation that he did not allow the second rung of leadership to grow in the government and the party.