The Madhya Pradesh government will name an engineering college to be opened at Jhabua district after Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced on Sunday, while laying the foundation stone of the college at tribal-dominated district.
Addressing a students' convention at Government Post Graduate College, Jhabua, on Sunday, Chouhan said every student should strive for a bigger goal and dream like late Dr Kalam.
He said his dream had always been to see students from the state get selected in the IITs, medical, CLAT, IAS and IPS. By securing the top three positions in IIT, the students fulfilled that dream; also, as many as 140 SC and ST students from various parts of Madhya Pradesh got selected in the IITs.
The chief minister also laid the foundation stone for the construction of the Government Model College in Jhabua district and named it after one of the prominent tribal faces of the party and MP Dileep Singh Bhuria. Senior BJP leader Bhuria passed away recently at a hospital in Gurgaon after a brief illness.
During the programme, chief minister inaugurated 26 different development projects, including a new government college at Ranapur in the district, worth Rs 135 crore in total. Additionally, the government will spend `2 crore on development of Krishi Upaj Mandis in Jhabua and Ranapur and 10 crore on road construction.
Bringing cheers to Jhabua residents, the chief minister announced that water from the Narmada Link irrigation project would be brought up to the district. "If not possible through canal, Narmada water will be brought to Jhabua through pipeline," he said.
During his visit, Chouhan, along with state higher education minister Umashankar Gupta, tribal welfare minister Gyan Singh and minister in-charge of district Antar Singh Arya, felicitated students of Jhabua Polytechnic College who secured more than 75% marks.
CM on Vyapam
Taking a dig at Congress party leaders in the state, the chief minister said the Opposition was using dirty tricks and trying to malign the name of Madhya Pradesh by playing up the Vyapam scam.
"(During) Congress' rein in the state, there was no process of government appointments. After the BJP government came to power, government appointments started - from patwari to constable and teacher to peon," Chouhan said. "When irregularities in recruitment surfaced, I was the first person who ordered the registration of an FIR in 2013 and a probe in the matter."
He said Congress leaders are creating buzz in the state that thousands of fake recruitments have taken place across different government departments, but the fact is only 1,641 fake recruitments occurred and everyone involved in the scam are now behind the bars.