BARGARH : Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken India to great heights and the world does not move ahead without consulting him. Addressing ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas Sammelan’ organised by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) marking three years of Modi-led BJP Government at the Centre on Saturday, Chouhan called upon the gathering to throw out the BJD to help Odisha join the development unleashed by Modi.
He said the Centre is providing `400 crore per month to Odisha Government to make `1-a-kg rice scheme possible. This apart, the NDA Government has allocated `3,672 crore in the last three years for strengthening rural roads under PMGSY. “Moreover, the Modi-led Government has allocated `1,752 crore for providing 24-hour electricity to rural dwellers under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Garm Jyoti Yojana,” he said. Altogether, the Centre has allocated `1, 75, 260 crore between fiscal 2014-15 and 2017-18. However, the State Government is reluctant to implement the Central Government schemes in Odisha, he alleged.
There is no dearth of funds for development of Odisha but the State is lagging far behind due to failure in delivery mechanism, he said and added that to tackle the failure of health system, the Centre has sanctioned five medical colleges for Odisha.
Reminding of ‘policy paralysis’ during the UPA regime, Chouhan said it is a thing of past and ever since Modi took over, one can see the PM has a clear vision. “While there was corruption in every sphere during the UPA regime, there is no scope for scam under the leadership of Modi,” Chouhan said. Although the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister did not touch upon the contentious issue of killing of farmers by the police in his State, he spoke about development in his State and said it can be also be true in Odisha provided the people of the State bring BJP to power.
Later, talking to mediapersons, Chouhan lost his cool when asked repeatedly about killing of farmers. He said Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations have been implemented in his State. He clarified that the farmers’ movement in his State was ‘handiwork of anti-social elements’ and Madhya Pradesh is the only State where there are numerous schemes for welfare of agriculture and farmers.
To prevent any untoward incident, police took into preventive detention more than 200 political activists of BJD, Congress and AAP, including BJD Bargarh Municipality Chairman Prashanta Behera, former Congress MLAs Nihar Mahanand and Sadhu Charan Nepak. Earlier, the political parties had decided to oppose the visit of Chouhan to Bargarh over Mandsaur killings. Among others, State BJP president Basanta Panda, BJP MLAs Pradeep Purohit, Radha Rani Panda and Rabi Narayan Naik and State BJP vice-president Ashwini Sarangi addressed the sammelan.
Shivraj unaware of ground realities, says POKSS
Sambalpur: Paschin Odisha Krushak Sangathan Samanwaya Samiti (POKSSS) spokesperson Saroj has charged Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with misleading farmers and people on implementation of Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations in his State.
He said not much can be expected from a State Government led by a Chief Minister who is not aware of the ground realities of his State. Daring Chouhan to implement Swaminathan Commission’s report in Madhya Pradesh, Saroj said had he done it, the farmers would not have agitated. He said as usual, the BJP Government in Madhya Pradesh is trying to fool people and distancing itself from key issues. “MSP of agricultural produce recommended by the commission is a Central issue and I fail to understand how Madhya Pradesh Government can alone implement it,” the farmer leader said.