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Guv in sync with Chouhan

Bitter relations between the governor and chief minister -- like that of Digvijay Singh and Bhai Mahavir -- are now a thing of the past. Dr Balram Jakhar not only enjoys a good relationship with Shivraj Singh Chouhan but also extends his helping hand to the Government.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2006 02:35 IST

Bitter relations between the governor and chief minister -- like that of Digvijay Singh and Bhai Mahavir -- are now a thing of the past. Dr Balram Jakhar not only enjoys a good relationship with Shivraj Singh Chouhan but also extends his helping hand to the Government.

A meeting at Raj Bhawan, organised at the initiative of Dr Jakhar on Friday to boost agriculture in the State, stands testimony to this cordial relation. It reflects his proactive approach towards development of the State

The UPA Government appointed Dr Jakhar as the Madhya Pradesh Governor in July 2004. Though he belongs to the Congress,  Dr Jakhar comes forward to help the State Government.

The Governor advised the State Government to focus on farmers with small landholdings.   He said schemes for promotion of agriculture and horticulture should be implemented keeping in view resources available with farmers. At the same time, the progress in implementation of these schemes should be monitored and reviewed constantly.

He also suggested that demonstration of modern methods and techniques of farming, fruit growing etc. should be held at each village so that farmers could benefit from them.

Dr Jakhar said practical schemes should be drawn up and implemented so as to improve the economic condition of a majority of marginal and small farmers.

It will be his endeavour to take up with the Union Government various issues in the larger interests of farmers. Dr Jakhar lauded the State Government for launching the Jalabhishek Abhiyan.  The Governor said Madhya Pradesh could rise to the stattus of Punjab on agriculture.

Expressing his gratitude to the Dr Jakhar for  his interest in development of the State, Chouhan said the economic lot of farmers could be improved by making agriculture a profitable occupation, taking benefit of the experience and guidance of the Governor and the State’s newly appointed Planning Board Vice Chairman, Dr Sompal Shastri.

Chief Minister further said the cooperative movement in the State had not been successful and it has to be reviewed drastically. He was of the view that farmers should be given an agricultural loan at low interest rates and this matter will be taken up with the Union Government.

Dr Jakhar enjoyed good relations both with Uma Bharti and Babulal Gaur. This is not the first time the Governor extended his helping hand to the Government.

Earlier, he had offered to take up the case of an ‘auto testing facility’ near Indore. He had pursued the case of the Government on power front, sought financial assistance from the UPA Government for thousands of farmers whose crop was damaged due to pest attack.