MEMBER OF Parliament Jyotiraditya Scindia on Saturday said he was trying hard to get Chanderi in Guna district included under Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (IIUS) in the 10th Five-Year Plan. Though the 10th Five-Year Plan was in its last leg, Chanderi’s incorporation will help facilitate socio-economic growth including better infrastructure from tourism point of view, he added.
Talking to reporters ahead of his two-day tour of his Parliamentary constituency, Scindia said development proposals worth Rs 20 crore for Chanderi under IIUS will have to get clearance from the Central Planning Commission before final approval by the Union Finance Ministry. A series of discussions on this issue with Planning Commission vice-chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Scindia have already taken place with a positive response.
Scindia said that following its inclusion in the 10th plan, it will automatically be covered in the 11th plan with increased allocation of funds. Besides, the ongoing Chanderi-Rajghat irrigation schemes will also be completed within prescribed time schedule. He was monitoring on regular basis the progress report of ongoing schemes including irrigation, roads and power etc, said Scindia.
Expressing satisfaction over bullish growth recorded by service and manufacturing sectors, Scindia stressed focus on agriculture. Agriculture sector is trailing behind the anticipated growth due to a variety of factors including natural calamities, droughts, floods and changing monsoon pattern. There was need to integrate agriculture with employment generation activities and lay emphasis on agro-processing industries, said Scindia.
During the course of pre-budget consultation with Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Scindia is understood to have been making valuable suggestion to boost agriculture. He has earned the reputation of being impressive finance man, who has often been seen taking part in budget speeches in Parliament.
Scindia said progress of tourism circuit development works involving light & sound show redoing at Gwalior Fort, beautification and integration of Baijatal and Italian Garden etc was progressing as per schedule.