Summing up 2015 in his write-up, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan listed “moments of glory” but failed to say a word about major tragedies that hit the state, such as the Petlawad blast, the botched-up cataract surgeries, the Harda twin train accident or even the mysterious deaths related to the Vyapam scam. He also glossed over precautions or new measures to be adopted to avoid such tragedies in the future.
In a year dominated by gloomy incidents, the CM only briefly touched upon ‘the challenging situation arising out deficient rains’. His write-up was released by the state government on Thursday.
Chouhan started with extending New Year greetings and good wishes to the people of the state. “We have before us new grounds to break, new horizons to scale and new expectations to fulfill. Let us ring in New Year-2016 with renewed vigour and resolve,” he wrote.
“The year gone by brought moments of glory as well as adversities. The state faced the challenging situation arising out of deficient rains. State government stood by the farmers during the trying time. We reviewed entire agricultural scenario in the new contexts,” he also wrote.
Touching upon the main events of the year, Chouhan said the state had the privilege of hosting the 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan with great success, writing, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to Madhya Pradesh on two occasions during his popular Mann ki Baat radio communication for its contribution to the Swachchh Bharat Mission.”
Mentioning the launch of several initiatives in the state, he wrote, “Dial 100 is a first-of-its-kind initiative to rush immediate police assistance to the needy. The decision of 33% reservation to women in government jobs would bring about revolutionary social change… The Adhyapak cadre would start getting the benefit of the 6th Pay Commission from the New Year. This will benefit over 1.84 lakh teachers.”
The CM also pointed out that they had implemented all the schemes in consonance with Antyodaya philosophy.
“Poverty alleviation schemes have been implemented more vigorously during Garib Kalyan Varsh with the objective to ensure that no eligible poor family is deprived of benefits of welfare schemes,” he wrote.
Listing priorities for 2016, he wrote, “In the new year, skill development, job creation and further improvement in education and health sectors will be on the top of our priorities. I want to ensure equal opportunities for progress to every citizen of the state and to improve employability of the youths. I wish happiness, prosperity, good health, peace and plenty to all the people of the state.”