President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday lauded chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for his dedication to fulfil the Prime Minister’s ambitious target of Housing for All by 2022.
“The state government has articulated its intent to execute the central schemes, especially in the housing sector. The Government of India has set a target to construct 3.5 crore houses by 2022 and the state government is moving in right direction to fulfil the commitment,” he said.
Mukherjee handed over keys and ownership certificates of houses to six people from economically weaker sections at a function in Jiwaji University. The houses were built under the Integrated Housing and Slum Development Project. The Gwalior Municipal Corporation will construct a total of 1,088 houses under the IHSDP scheme both in rural and urban area.
The government will now have to think beyond the paradigm of ‘Roti, Kapada Aur Makan’ (food, cloth and house) and need to focus equally on education and health sector, he said. “Education and health are two important sectors which need attention to empower the young generation.”
Mukherjee hailed the Indian democracy which was manifestly demonstrated by 80 crore Indians who exercise their franchises during election held recently. “As far population is concerned, India is the second most populated country in the world after China but our democracy is unparalleled,” he said.
Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar, state urban development minister Maya Singh, education minister Jai Bhan Singh Pavaiyya, chief secretary Anthony DeSa, Jiwaji University vice chancellor Prof Sangeeta Shukla were present at the function.
Earlier on his arrival, Mukherjee was accorded a ceremonial and warm welcome at Maharajpura by a select group of citizens and politicians from BJP and the Congress. Chief whip of Congress and MP Jyotiraditya Scindia introduced guest and visitors to Mukherjee.
CM misses programme in Gwalior
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan could not attend the 60th Foundation Day Celebration of Scindia Kanya Vidhyalaya in Gwalior, after a two-km padayatra with Jain saint Acharya Vidhyasagar on Sunday left him with blisters on his feet.
Doctors advised him rest, following which he could not attend the foundation day celebration of Scindia Kanya Vidhyalaya, where President Pranab Mukherjee was the chief guest.
An official source said the chief minister would be joining work soon.
The chief minister called up the President and Governor OP Kohli to apologise for not attending the President’s programme. Chouhan welcomed the president on his visit to MP.
SK Mishra, principal secretary to the chief minister, said the cabinet meetings scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday were postponed.