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?Govt mulls SEZ for Gwalior?

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday claimed that pace of developmental activities in the State had accelerated with major thrust on infrastructure and agriculture sectors.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 13:50 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday claimed that pace of developmental activities in the State had accelerated with major thrust on infrastructure and agriculture sectors.

Chouhan was talking to reporters here after reviewing law and order situation in a meeting with administrative and police officials of Gwalior and Chambal region today.

He said the administrative machinery was assessing the damage to crops due to the recent unseasonal rains and hailstorms. He said the government is implementing growth-oriented schemes. The officials and bureaucrats have been directed to produce results with promptness and within specified timeframe.

There is no room for complacency or excuse in addressing public concerns or carrying out welfare activities, he added. Chouhan said the State is under grip of crisis in view of hailstorms and untimely rainfall in major parts of the State. Preliminary estimate indicate that nearly 44 of the total 48 districts have been affected by the nature’s fury.

Initial assessment indicated damage to crop in more than four lakh hectare in 8438 villages, loss of 84 human lives and 952 animals.

He said the damaged crops should be procured on the minimum support price and farmer or village in place of Tehsil should be taken as unit for consideration of crop insurance scheme. The State Government has initiated several farmer-friendly measures to give boost to agriculture sector including tax waiver on tractor purchase, power subsidy etc. Shortly, the Kisan Kalyan Ayog will be set up to transform agriculture to a profit-making venture.

He said the government was considering promotional schemes for the region including setting up of SEZ (special economic zone), IT park, district hospital, construction of Gwalior-Dewas four-lane road, irrigation canal (Harsi and Morena-Sheopur), strengthening of water bodies in Shivpuri etc is in pipeline.

He claimed the law and order situation is not all that bad in the region and fully under control. He was determined that police will capture bandit Gadaria gang soon. However, he said there is always a scope for improvement, he added.

Chouhan saw no challenge from Uma Bharti and added that the BJP plans to go ahead with national integration yatra next month. At another function, the Akhil Bharatiya Kirar Kshatriya Mahasabha honoured him by tying a turban and presenting sword. Speaking on the occasion, Chouhan said a Statewide Jalabhishek Yatra would be organised from April 2 to overcome the problem of receding groundwater level.

He said he has directed the officials to provide adequate relief to the farmers. The minimum amount of relief has been increased to Rs 500 from Rs 300, and the maximum limit was raised to Rs 20,000 from Rs 12,000 per hectare.

Mahasabha president Gulab Singh Kirar and many prominent personalities of the Kirar community were honoured on the occasion. Thousands of the delegates of the Kirar community from various parts of the country were present to honour the first Kirar Chief Minister of the country. The programme conducted by Dr Arjun Singh Rajput and thanks were expressed by Koksingh.

First Published: Mar 20, 2006 13:50 IST