Madhya Pradesh was declared the fastest mover among the bigger states in the fields of agriculture, infrastructure and overall development at the India Today Conclave here on Friday.
President A P J Abdul Kalam presented the awards to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The State also stands second in the category of good governance, third in law and order and fifth in physical potential, according to a study conducted by the India Today group.
Madhya Pradesh recorded faster progress between 2003 and 2006 as compared to its growth during 1991-2003, an official release said.
Congratulating the organisers of the event, the Chief Minister said he is committed to giving momentum to the development process in the State.
The Centre should be strong but at the same time it must chip in with adequate aid and relief when a state seeks help at the time of natural disasters, Chouhan said.
The Chief Minister used the occasion to point out that Madhya Pradesh had been deprived of its due share in coal royalties for a long time. He said the coal royalty should be determined in proportion to the value of the goog. PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvarghiya was present on the occasion.