CM offers fresh sops to farmers
“I will eliminate this mentality of elimination (main is saaf karne ki mansikta ko saaf kar doonga)”, said chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan hitting back at leader Opposition Ajay Singh in the state assembly on Thursday during his speech on motion of thanks on governor’s address.
CM’s words came in response to Ajay Singh’s claim he made moments back that he would bring a no-confidence motion in the monsoon session of the state assembly and said, “If I could not wipe the smile off your face you can change my name (agar maine aapke chehre ki muskrahat gayab nahi kar di to mere naam badal dena)”.
In his more than one and a half hours speech CM offered several sops to farmers and claimed corruption would be eliminated from Madhya Pradesh.
Chouhan said the surcharge on the electricity bills issued to the farmers would be waived. Of the remaining amount, 50% of the bills would be waived while the farmers would be given an easy option of making the remaining payment in ten installments.
He said the farmers would not have to pay the power bill every month now as the government decided recently that they would pay their bills as per new tariff i.e. Rs. 1200 per horse power (for motor pumps).
He said the compensation amount to the farmers against damage to their irrigated crops due to natural calamity would be increased from Rs. 8500 to Rs. 10000 per hectare. The amount would be increased on the crops of lemon, orange etc.
He said by dubbing the Krishi Karman Puraskar he received from the Centre as fake the Opposition not only insulted the central government but also the President Pranab Mukherjee who gave away the prize and the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
Chouhan said it was nothing but a propaganda that the government had failed on investment front. The fact remained that production started in the projects worth Rs. 84000 crore last year alone while construction work was going on Rs. 1,10,000 crore worth projects. The factories could be seen at several places.
CM announced a Mukhyamantri Yuva Contractors scheme for the youths who studied in engineering colleges and polytechnics. The government would make available capital to them. The government would give guarantee against loans to youths who wanted to set up small scale or cottage industries.
He said the objective behind the feeder separation and thus to provide round the clock power supply to the rural areas was that a network of small and cottage industries be created in the entire state which would in turn solve the problem of unemployment. By May end, every village would get round the clock power supply.
He said slums would either not be removed. There would be removal only when there was pucca houses for slum dwellers. The government would grant lease rights ( Patta) to all those slum dwellers who have occupied the land up to December 2012.
People might have been upset with the government whether they stood this side or that side the government did not allow violence at Bhojshala, Dhar (on Basant Panchmi). No riot took place in the state after 2008.