Sunday was an important day for the state government in the election year. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's announcement for round-the-clock domestic power supply was implemented for 1352 villages in Jabalpur in the first phase of the programme.
Farmers in these villages will also get regular power supply for eight hours daily.
CM was in Jabalpur with energy minister Rajendra Shukla, home minister Umashankar Gupta and authorities of energy department to launch Atal Jyoti Abhiyan to ensure round-the-clock power supply in Jabalpur, which is an outcome of feeder separation work going on in the state.
As per an official release, addressing a gathering on the premises of Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University, Jabalpur Chouhan said the state government had achieved a success in ostensibly impossible task of making available power for 24 hours. The uninterrupted power supply, which began at Jabalpur on Sunday, would be extended to all villages of the state.
He said the state government was committed to making the state a power cut-free state. About Rs. 12,000 crore would be spent on various works including feeder separation works under the campaign.
He said he would not allow Madhya Pradesh to lag behind in any sector. Madhya Pradesh had already shed the tag of a sick state and joined the list of fast developing states.
Referring to the Krishi Karman Award bestowed by the President on Madhya Pradesh he said even the union government had lauded the state's growth.
Giving credit to farmers for making Madhya Pradesh the largest food grain producing state in the country he said the country and state could not progress without prosperity of farmers and even business could not be transacted without it.
He said the area under irrigation in the state had been increased to 21 lakh hectares to ensure farmers' progress. It would be increased to 24 lakh hectares this year. A campaign would be launched to take water of Bargi dam to Ganga basin. Irrigation from state's projects would be made until the tail end of canals. He urged the union government to increase wheat support price to Rs. 1600 per quintal in the interest of farmers.
Congratulating officers and employees of the energy department and distribution companies CM exhorted them to remain alert towards distribution of power for 24 hours and streamlining the system further. He also appealed to consumers to consume power judiciously and to help the government curb incidence of power theft.
State assembly speaker Ishwardas Rohani said rural areas in the state were prospering under the leadership of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He described Atal Jyoti Abhiyan as a means of rural prosperity.