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Shivraj assures development

?MANY LEADERS made announcements about development of the Bundelkhand region but none of them worked for it. We will show that we are working for the region?, said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today while addressing a public meeting in Malthone, some 60 km from the district headquarters.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2006 12:54 IST

“MANY LEADERS made announcements about development of the Bundelkhand region but none of them worked for it. We will show that we are working for the region”, said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today while addressing a public meeting in Malthone, some 60 km from the district headquarters.

The CM, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Cooperatives Minister Gopal Bhargava, and PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya inaugurated the 30-bed hospital in Malthone and laid the foundation stone of 24 km road from Besra to Dugha-Khurd.

This was the first visit by any CM to Malthone since 1983 when the then CM Arjun Singh had come to address an election meeting.

The people were eagerly expecting some new development package for the region from Chouhan, but were disappointed when none came. Chouhan stressed that the earlier state government led by the Congress had done nothing for the region. He claimed that the BJP-led state government had tried to fulfil its promises made during the elections.

It had built 12,000 kilometre roads till date and in the next three years it would construct 40,000 kilometre roads. He informed that the state government was planning a development project for the State for the coming 25 years. He also claimed that the government was trying to improve irrigation system by launching new projects, specially in the remote and backward areas.

The Chief Minister asked the Panchayat Minister to prepare village-based industries’ projects, so that the youths may get employments from the projects. He appreciated the Collector’s ‘Janata Durbar’ and ‘Jan Samwad Satra’ the phone-in programme launched to compliance the public grievances on every Monday. He said that such programmes should be praised and followed by others so that more problems should come out and disposed of as early as possible.

Gopal Bhargava said that the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) was stared by the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the budget of Rs 70,000 crores and due to his initiative every village of the nation would have well transportable roads.

Local MLA Dharmu Rai demanded a college and irrigation facilities for the area. But later in his address the CM said nothing on the issue. Several party workers including MLA of Sagar, Sudha Jain, MLA of Deori Ratan Singh who is also the relative of expelled Uma Bharti, MLA of Bina Sushila Sirothia, MLA Harnam Singh, MLA of Naryawali Narayan Kabirpanthi and Member of Parliament Virendra Khatik were also present.