MP: Chouhan hikes MLA fund to Rs 2 cr, reminds Oppn of fund crunch

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 02, 2016 17:40 IST
CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan speaks on the Governor’s address in state assembly during the Budget session in Bhopal on Tuesday. (Praveen Bajpai/HT photo)

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday announced in the state assembly that MLA’s development fund will be hiked to Rs 2 crore from Rs 80 lakh at present. The CM made the announcement during his speech on the governor’s address.

MLAs from the Opposition and the ruling party had been raising demands to raise their development fund substantially. Chouhan said he was increasing the funds despite the state facing financial crises.

Showering praises over Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chouhan said the state’s growth rate has reached an impressive 80% in the past four years.

Taking a jibe at the way the Opposition had questioned the state’s qualification to get the Krishi Karman award for four consecutive years, Chouhan said, “The Opposition pointed out that the growth rate had come down from 24% to 20%. But they didn’t understand a simple arithmetic. An annual growth rate of 20% for the past four years added up to 80%.”

“During the UPA government, Madhya Pradesh got Rs 6,000 crore as the centre’s grant, but when Narendra Modi became the prime minister, the state got Rs 41,698 crore from the centre,” said the CM, adding that the state government was making a road map to double the income of farmers in the next five years as proposed by the Prime Minister.

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