Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday hinted at a possibility that a relief package was coming up for farmers hit by drought and erratic rainfall during this monsoon season.
His assertion came in the backdrop of recent incidents of suicides by farmers in the state and reports of massive crop loss. He was speaking to media persons at the state hangar upon his return from a ten-day visit to Japan and South Korea.
The CM said he wanted to assure the farmers that the state government would make all efforts to bail them out of the critical situation.
Speaking on the situation of drought and farmers committing suicide, the CM said, “I had reviewed the situation before leaving (on foreign tour). I want to assure farmers that relief amount would be given to them and also maximum benefit on crop insurance would be provided.”
He said the MP government had sufficient stock of seeds and fertilizers, abundant water in reservoirs and had started crop-cutting exercise to gauge the extent of crop damage. He added that the government would make necessary arrangements for Rabi cropping.
The chief minister also stressed on industrialisation to reduce dependence on agricultural sector.
“Industrialisation is the only way out and therefore, I’m making all out efforts to ensure that big, medium, small and even domestic industries are set up in the state,” he said.
JAPAN, S KOREA POSITIVE ABOUT INVESTMENT: CM
Chouhan said a positive environment for potential investment has been created in Japan and South Korea during his visit to the two countries.
He said a special business desk would soon be set up in the state to facilitate potential investors from both countries and business seminars would be organised to exchange ideas.
He said agencies like Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) as well as the Japanese government had promised encouragement to Japanese companies to invest in the state.
LOAN FOR BHOPAL-INDORE METRO RAIL, SUPPORT FOR JAPANESE INDUSTRIAL TOWNSHIP IN PITHAMPUR
JICA had offered long term loans worth over Rs 15,000 crores for three projects in MP, including the Bhopal-Indore Metro rail (Rs 12,000 crores), MP Power Transmission Company (Rs 1200 crores) and rural cluster drinking water supply project (Rs 2000 crores).
JBIC has offered support for setting up of Japanese Industrial Township in Pithampur and JETRO has promised investment encouragement to other companies.
In South Korea, the CM and members of his delegation met representatives of about 50 companies, many of whom have shown interest in investment, the CM said. CISCO Co. Ltd. has offered support for smart solution for crowd management for the upcoming Simhastha kumbh in Ujjain.