MP Congress demands white paper on outcome of Global Investors' Summits

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore/Bhopal
  • Updated: Oct 06, 2014 21:36 IST

The Congress has demanded that the MP government should issue a white paper on the outcome of last three Global Investors' Summits (GIS).

"People want to know how many industries have been set up in the state and how much investment has the state attracted in the last meets," Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Arun Yadav told the media on Monday.

Stating that the GIS was waste of people's money, Yadav said about 27,000 hectares of land was lying unused with sick industrial units but the state government was in the process of acquiring 20,000 hectares more. "Why doesn't the government take back the land from sick industrial units?" he said.

Yadav claimed that in the last seven investors' meets held in Madhya Pradesh, 1,330 MoUs worth Rs 10,63,300 crore were signed. However, half of the MoUs did not materialise, he said.

Raising questions over land acquisition, Yadav said the state government leased out about 71,000 acres land to 40 big investors through MoU at Re 1 without taking approval from the gram panchayat. He said the state government had taken a loan of Rs 4,400 crore from the market and requested Reserve Bank of India for loan of Rs 10,000 crore.

Those present with Yadav included All India Women Congress president Shobha Oza, Rau MLA Jitu Patwari, ex-MP Sajjan Singh Verma, city Congress president Pramod Tandon and party MPCC spokesperson KK Mishra.

'Rs 250 crore expenditure a cruel joke'
The Congress said lavish expenditure on the proposed Global Investors' Summit in Indore was a 'cruel joke' with the state facing grave financial crisis.

State Congress vice-president Manak Agrawal said chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had spent thousands of crores from public exchequer on organising investors' summit, undertaking foreign jaunts to attract foreign investment but on the ground, only a handful of hundreds of MoUs signed during such summits and jaunts have actually materialised.

He said the logic behind organising such lavish summits was difficult to comprehend when they have failed the state government time and again. He expressed apprehension that such exercises could be part of BJP's 'hidden agenda' rather than their stated objective of investment promotion.

'Who is lying — Chouhan or Prasad?'
Agrawal, in a separate press statement, raised the issue of 'wide gap' between chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union IT minister Ravishankar Prasad's figures in terms of job potential the two IT parks in Bhopal and Jabalpur would generate.

Prasad said jobs would be created for 15,000 people of Madhya Pradesh once IT Parks in Bhopal and Jabalpur became functional while the chief minister put the figure at 8,000, Agrawal said, adding that such wide difference in the figures definitely suggests that either of the two BJP leaders were misleading the people.

He demanded that the Union government revealed the actual picture regarding employment opportunities from the projects so that there was no misgiving on the issue.

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