Modi accepts MP CM Chouhan's Simhastha invitation

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jun 04, 2015 20:50 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accepted the invitation of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to attend the mega religious congregation Simhastha to be held in Ujjain in April-May, 2016.

Chouhan met Modi in New Delhi and invited him to the event. The PM accepted to be present, a government release said.

The meeting lasted about half hour during which the chief minister informed the PM about the details of the programmes to be held as part of Simhastha.

Chouhan mentioned Simhastha would be a congregation of scholars where main discussions would be held on spiritualism and religion-based philosophies.

He also urged Modi to attend the world Hindi convention to be held in Bhopal in September.

He also shared the progress of development and welfare projects and investment inflow in the state.

'Resolve green clearance issues in forest areas'

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Union environment and forest minister Prakash Javadekar and urged him to resolve the issues related to delay in approvals for development works in the protected forest areas of the state.

He also urged the Union minister to allow tourism activities in the buffer areas of the national parks so that local people could get employment and their emotional attachment to the forests is strengthened.

Chouhan also expressed concern over the delay in repair of national highway and its conversion into four-lane road at Seoni that passes through protected forest area.

He also mentioned about the stopping of work on the Mahan and Imalia coal blocks in the state is causing revenue loss to the state.

He urged Javadekar to give permission to restart the work as the state has already identified areas for compensatory afforestation.

The decreasing number of tigers in the Panna National Park also came up in the meeting with the environment minister.

Principal secretary to the CM, SK Mishra, and resident commissioner of MP in New Delhi, RK Chaturvedi, were also present in the meeting.

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