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MP pushed to backwardness: PM

Lambasting the Digvijay Singh Govt the Prime Minister said, Madhya Pradesh has become a BIMARU state wherein development activities have taken a back seat.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2003 20:46 IST
HT Correspondent
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Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Wednesday declared that the NDA government has generated employment for one crore people during the last four years in office.

Addressing an election meeting here, Vajpayee said that he had informed the Lok Sabha about the NDA government being able to generate employment worth 88 lakh during his reply to the point raised by leader of Opposition Sonia Gandhi during the debate on the no-confidence motion. 'By now this figure would have surely touched 1 crore mark', he asserted.

Referring to the improving health sector in India, Vajpayee said the arrival of foreigners to India for health aid itself speaks about the quality of service rendered here. Besides, quality the treatment costs are economical also, he added.

The Prime Minister, in his indomitable style, boasted that foreign reserves have been swelling under him while prior to his government the nation was being run by disposing the gold reserve.

Talking about rural connectivity he said the Centre has launched an ambitious plan to link Kashmir to Kanyakumari through a four lane road. Once the project is complete it will lead to economic prosperity of rural areas. The project however, cannot be completed without the help of the States. Similarly, Vajpayee dwelt at lenght the plan to link rivers in the country to control floods and make water available to all corners.

Declaring that the figures can't be falsified, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said that the data reveals that the MP has become a BIMARU state wherein the development activities have taken a back seat.

Citing an example, he said, that the Centre has allocated funds to the tune of nearly Rs 4000 crore to Madhya Pradesh for the rural development in the last five years, however, the state government has failed to utilise these funds judiciously.

In his half-an-hour speech the Prime Minister blasted the Digvijay government for ignoring the development of the state and pushing it to 'backwardness'.

Armed with data on development, he said that the figures reveal that 47 per cent population live below poverty line (BPL) in MP whereas the national average of the people living BPL was 26 per cent. About the health services, Vajpayee said that the infant mortality rate in MP is 88 per cent against national figure of mortality rate of 68 per cent. He said that 64 per cent children were dying of mal-nutrition against the national figure of 40 per cent.

Furthermore, he said that the average age of women in MP is 57 years whereas in Kerala it is 75 years. Lambasting the state government for the bad road condition prevailing in MP, he said that the Centre has allocated a whopping sum of Rs 916 crores to MP under the Prime Minister Rural Road construction programme but the state has only used 42 per cent of the amount by July.

About the power crisis in MP, he said that though the state has the capacity to generate 2200 mw electricity, only 1200 mw power was reaching the people because of thefts and other factors.

First Published: Nov 19, 2003 20:46 IST