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UK minister offers 5 lakh pound assistance for MP’s smart cities

British minister for international development Priti Patel called on Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday and offered 5 lakh pounds (Rs 4.32 crore) assistance and expertise to the state, primarily for the proposed smart cities.

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Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with BJP workers during a candle light march to mark the 70th Independence Day in Bhopal.(PTI)

British minister for international development Priti Patel called on Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday and offered 5 lakh pounds (Rs 4.32 crore) assistance and expertise to the state, primarily for the proposed smart cities.

A delegation led by Patel, including British high commissioner to India Dominic Asquith, met Chouhan at his official residence and offered the assistance from the Department for International Development of United Kingdom, responsible for administering overseas aid, besides technical help to the state for smart cities, a senior state government official said.

The official said Chouhan requested the British minister for UK’s partnership in the Madhya Pradesh Global Investors’ Summit (GIS) in October, to which she readily agreed.

In reciprocation, the British minister invited Chouhan to address a business seminar in the UK, he said.

Patel held talks with Chouhan for business opportunities in the state, especially in the food processing industry and areas open for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), he added. She also lauded the socio-economic development taking place in Madhya Pradesh.