City News
Bhopal, Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Efforts to get MP declared as Basmati paddy cultivator
Staff Reporter, Bhopal
hief Minister
Singh Chouhan has said
that efforts are being made
to get Madhya Pradesh declared as Basmati paddy cultivation area. Recently, discussions have been held with Central government for procurement of gram on support price.
He said that state government
has extended relief to hailstorm-affected and drought-hit
farmers from its own exchequer
without caring for Central assistance.
Chouhan was addressing an
“Aao Banayen Apna Madhya
Pradesh” convention at Raisen
today. Leader of Opposition in
Lok Sabha Smt. Sushma
Swaraj was also present on the
The Chief Minister said that
state government has made
agriculture profitable. It is the
result of farmers’ hard work
and state government’s efforts
in agriculture sector that Madhya Pradesh has received Krishi Karman Award for the second time consecutively. The
Chief Minister urged all sections of society to discharge
Chouhan distributes Rs. 439 crore benefits
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan gives away assistance to beneficiaries under various
schemes at “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh” convention at Raisen on Monday.
their duties earnestly, dedicatedly and honestly. He said that
no eligible person will remain
deprived of wheat, rice and salt
at Re. 1 per kg. Middle Class
Commission will solve prob-
lems of middle class. He said
that now scholarships will be
given to children of general
class also. He said that facility
has been given to reserved class
students to hire room in cities
to pursue education. On foreign
study of these sections’ children, Rs. 15 lakh per student
will be spent.
Smt. Sushma Swaraj appreciated Chief Minister Shivraj
Singh Chouhan’s efforts to
make Madhya Pradesh a golden state. She urged all to give
active cooperation in this. She
said that Madhya Pradesh was
once a sick state which has
been brought to the category of
developing states. Smt. Swaraj
gave credit for second time Krishi Karman award to Madhya
Pradesh to farmers’ hard work
and state government’s policies.
Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar said that Madhya Pradesh is the only state to
give bonus on wheat procurement. Revenue Minister Rampal Singh referred to welfare
schemes of state government
for all sections of society and
urged people to avail their benefits. Minister of State for
Tourism and Culture Surendra
Patwa also spoke on the occasion.
Active community partnership necessary
Rs. 157 per day
to create sanitation awareness
wages for MNREGA
labourers from Apr 1 A
Staff Reporter, Bhopal
Employment worth about 800 lakh
mandays generated so far
Staff Reporter, Bhopal
ow, job card
holder labourers under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act
will get minimum Rs.
157 per day wages. At
present, wages are
paid at the rate of Rs.
146 per day.
Panchayats, Rural
Development and Social Justice Minister
Gopal Bhargava has
directed that information should be disseminated on a large
scale about increase
in labourers’ wages
from April 1, 2014.
Through a notification on February 13,
the Central Government has fixed minimum
wages as Rs. 157 per
day from April 1,
Dr. Ravindra Pastor
has sent detailed
guidelines and instructions regarding
this to CEOs of Zila
They have been
asked to ensure that
wide publicity about
increased MNREGA
wages should be made
in Janpad and Gram
their jurisdiction.
For this, information should be written
no notice board of
every Gram Panchayat that revised minimum wages will come
into effect from April
1, 2014.
MNREGA is being
implemented in all 51
districts of the state.
There are about 82
lakh active job card
labourers in the state.
So far, 799.25 lakh
mandays of employment has been generated
scheme in the state
during the current
Of this, 148.05
lakh mandays worth
employment was given to scheduled cast
and 241.68 lakh mandays worth employment to tribal labourers.
women labourers was
42, who were given
338.25 lakh mandays
worth employment.
So far, about Rs. 1800
crore has been spent
under MNREGA during current fiscal.
one-day workshop on
Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan was held under Sanitation Awareness
Week here today. Youths’
organisations, community-based institutions and
media representatives
took part in the workshop
held by State Water and
Sanitation Mission. Inaugurating the workshop,
and Rural Development
Sanjeev Kumar Jha said
that sanitation should be
made a habit in life.
Community’s active
partnership is necessary
in this. He urged youths’
organisations, community-based institutions and
media representatives to
play an important role
awareness in rural areas.
Jha also laid emphasis on
Secretary Panchayats and Rural Development Sanjeev Kumar Jha inaugurates a workshop on Nirmal
Bharat Abhiyan on Monday.
Bharat Abhiyan in the
joint efforts to eradicate
state. She said that maxhabit of open-air defecaimum number of youths
should be associated with
State Programme Officer of State Water and
this campaign. Smt. VarSanitation Mission Smt.
Hemwati Varman threw
Maryada Abhiyan has
light in detail on strategy
been launched in Madhya
adopted for better implePradesh from year 2012
mentation of Nirmal
under Nirmal Bharat Ab-
hiyan to ensure women’s
large-scale participation.
The campaign to ensure
women’s dignity and security has yielded encouraging results. Under the
first phase of the campaign, 5800 villages
schemes are in operation
are being rid of open-air
In the second phase,
piped water schemes are
being started in 10 thousand other villages,
which will also be free of
this evil practice. In the
third phase, all villages
in the district will be free
of this problem. She informed that work to eradicate open-air defection is
in the final stage in
Burhanpur, Budhni development block in Sehore district and Badnawar development block
In Dhar district.
Narmada-Kshipra Simhastha Link Project to be inaugurated today
Staff Reporter, Bhopal
Simhastha Link
Project will be inaugurated by former
Deputy Prime Minister
Lal Krishna Advani at
village Mundla Dostar
(Ujjaini) in Indore district on February 25 at 3
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will
preside over the function. MP and Leader of
Opposition in Lok Sabha
Smt. Sushma Swaraj,
Minister Nitin Gadkari,
MP Ananth Kumar, former Chief Ministers
Sundarlal Patwa and
Kailash Joshi and Yoga
guru Baba Ramdev will
be present on the occasion.
Urban Administration & Development
Minister Kailash Vijavargiya, Minister of
State for Narmada Valley Development Lal
Singh Arya, MPs Smt.
Narendra Singh Tomar,
Thanwarchand Gehlot,
MLA Jitu Patwari and
Indore Zila Panchayat
Chairman Omprakash
Paraswadiya will also be
Dedication at
Kshipra’s Ramghat
Project will be dedicated to people at
Kshipra’s Ramghat in
Ujjain on February 25 at
6 pm.
Former Deputy Prime
Minister Lal Krishna
Advani will be the chief
guest on the occasion
while Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan
will preside.
MP and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha
Smt. Sushma Swaraj,
Minister Nitin Gadkari,
MP Ananth Kumar, former Chief Minister
Sundarlal Patwa, MP
Kailash Joshi and Yoga
guru Baba Ramdev will
be present on the occasion.
Urban Administration & Development
Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, School Education Minister
Jain, Minister of State
for Narmada Valley Development Lal Singh
Arya, Narendra Singh
Tomar, Rajya Sabha MP
Thanwarchand Gehlot,
MLA Dr. Mohan Yadav,
Mayor Rameshwar Akhand and Zila Panchayat Chairperson Smt.
Vishnu Hakam Singh
Aanjana will also be present.
Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh a drive to promote sense of belonging
Staff Reporter, Bhopal
hief Minister Shivraj
Singh Chouhan has said
that “Aao Banayen Apna
Madhya Pradesh Abhiyan” is
a drive to promote sense of
belonging in every citizen of
the state. He said that Madhya Pradesh will be included
in the list of prosperous
states through people’s cooperation. Chouhan was addressing an “Aao Banayen
Apna Madhya Pradesh” convention at Vidisha today. He
inaugurated and laid foundation stones for Rs. 89 crore
public welfare works and
launched beneficiary-oriented schemes. Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and local
MP Smt. Sushma Swaraj was
also present on the occasion.
Referring to state’s public
welfare schemes, the Chief
Minister said that state government will never discriminate between citizens. Government wishes to help every
poor of all sections. He said
that poor students will be
given scholarship.
Every poor person will be
provided wheat and rice at
Crops damaged by hail
CNS, Satna: Hail extensively damaged crops yesterday in Maihar, Rampur and Amarpatan tehsils
of this district and officials are assessing the loss
today, official sources said.
“Wheat, gram and
‘masoor’ (a lentil) were harmed. The hail affected
about 25 villages,” Maihar’s Tehsildar Pankaj
Mishra said.
Body found under bridge in Jabalpur
CNS, Jabalpur: A youth’s corpse has been found
under the Govan India bridge spanning the Tebhar River, police said. The body found yesterday
was identified as that of Basant Bhoomiya (30)
who was a resident of the local Basant Nagar area.
No injury was observed on the corpse.
35 lakh for Saunsar college
Staff Reporter, Bhopal: Higher Education Department has sanctioned Rs. 34 lakh 14 thousand
to Government college Saunsar in Chhindwara
district for various construction works. Construction of cycle stand, classrooms, lab upgradation
and boundary wall will be made using this
amount. Commissioner Higher Education has directed to complete the works within prescribed
ITI exams now under OMR-based
semester system
Staff Reporter, Bhopal: For the first time, allIndia level ITI exams will be held under OMRbased semester system. Exams will commence
from February 25. District collectors have
arranged flying squads and observers for smooth
conduct of exam. Invigilators at exam centres will
be from other institutions. Exams will be held in
91 Industrial Training Centres.
Bride takes poison, hospitalised
CNS, Harda: A groom’s party, which came from
Burhanpur district to Dhankaar village, has been
compelled to return empty-handed after the bride
who was refusing to get married consumed poison, police said.
The woman, who took the extreme step on Saturday, was admitted to a nursing
home at this district headquarters. Further action
would be taken after the woman is in a position to
make a statement.
In a statement to police,
groom Rakesh’s father Shankarlal Mandlekar
Mishap kills 2, hurts 28
CNS, Satna: Two persons died on the spot and 28
were severely injured after a tractor-trolley carrying them overturned near Barhiya village today,
police said. This morning, the Mauhriya village
residents left for a temple in Maihar. The deceased
were identified as Sudha Dahiya (3) and Pyare Lal
Dahiya (40). Those hurt were admitted to government hospitals here and in Maihar.
2 held while taking bribe
CNS, Jhabua: A sub-engineer and an employment assistant posted at Ranapur Block Panchayat were arrested by Lokayukta Police while accepting a bribe of Rs 6,000.
Mukam Singh Dabar demanded the money,
through the medium of employment assistant
Mukesh Parmar, from Tandi village for disbursing
an amount for digging a well under the Kapildhara Yojana. The duo was apprehended at Dabar’s
Crops damaged by hail
Staff Reporter, Bhopal: Wheat and gram crops
suffered damage in Seoni District due to heavy
hail at several places including the district headquarters. The regional Meteorological Centre today warned that morning fog would reduce visibility tomorrow in all divisions of Madhya Pradesh.
Hoshangabad and Jabalpur divisions are likely to
experience isolated hail over the next 24 hours.
Precipitation and hail are being caused at several
places by moisture from the Arabian Sea.
SFDC presents dividend cheque of Rs.
75.31 crore to CM
Staff Reporter, Bhopal: Chief Minister Shivraj
Singh Chouhan was presented a cheque of Rs. 75
crore 31 lakh 22 thousand on behalf of State Forest Development Corporation. The cheque was
presented by Forest Minister and Corporation’s
Chairman Gaurishankar Shejwar and former
Chairman Guru Prasad Sharma here today. This
is highest dividend given till date by the corporation. Forest Development Corporation is one those
corporations in the state which have no liability of
state government. Corporation’s Managing Director R.N. Saxena and Additional Director N.K.
Sapra were also present on the occasion.
IT survey uncovers Rs 1.25 cr
unaccounted income
CNS, Burhanpur: Income Tax sleuths conducted
surveys at nine premises of two groups related
with powerloom industry in Madhya Pradesh’s
Burhanpur district and uncovered unaccounted
income to the tune of Rs 1.25 crore, IT sources
said. The raid, which began yesterday and continued for 20 hours, was led by Joint Income Tax
Commissioner (Nimar Circle) GS Gautam.
authorities unearthed unaccounted income of Rs
52 lakh from one group and imposed a tax of Rs 17
lakh on it. Likewise, unaccounted income of over
Rs 75 lakh was unearthed from another group and
a tax of Rs 25 lakh was imposed on it.
‘Mukhabhinaya’ generating wide response
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan addresses “Aao Banayen Apna Madhya Pradesh Abhiyan” convention at Vidisha on Monday.
come partners in state’s deLeader of Opposition in
ernment employees that
Re. 1 per kg so that no one
velopment. She said that 2 of
Lok Sabha and local MP Smt.
Madhya Pradesh will revise
sleeps hungry in Madhya
its shining examples are that
Sushma Swaraj said that Rs.
their dearness allowance
Madhya Pradesh has re45 crore cancer institute will
every time the Central govThe Chief Minister said
be opened at Vidisha. She inernment revises it.
that Vidisha will be among
Award twice and genderformed that Rs. 189 crore has
After participating in the
leading districts in next 5
based discrimination has
been sanctioned to ensure
convention, Chief Minister
years. Irrigation facilities
been ended.
early construction of medical
Chouhan visited Vidisha’s
and roads have been expandRevenue & Rehabilitation
School of Excellence to see a
ed. Besides, every thing
Minister and in-charge of disSmt. Swaraj said that
cricket match. He congratufound lacking will be providtrict Rampal Singh said that
“Aao Banayen Apna Madhya
lated Mahendra Singh of Kaed in the district.
he will discharge responsibilPradesh” is a resolve, appeal
nara Club on being selected
Chouhan said that he is
ity of district entrusted to
and invitation made by head
in Ranji Trophy team and anconcerned about every person
him by the Chief Minister.
of the state to people to benounced Rs. one lakh to him.
in the state. He infored gov-
Staff Reporter, Bhopal: On the second day of
‘Mukhabhinaya’- the three day long National
Mask Dance festival at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya
Manav Sangrahalaya the audience gave over
whelming response to the traditional mask dances
of various states. The audience shared that they
are witnessing performances of some of the mask
dances which were till now unheard for them. The
‘Tiwa Mukha Dance’ of Assam and “Garaga
Dance” of Andhra Pradesh was the centre of attractions for the evening. Tiwa Mukha Nrutya is
performed by Tiwa tribe of Assam during the
‘Barat’ festival in the full moon night of Push
Month. Both male and females perform the dance
using masks of deities, demons and different animal masks. The performance is accompanied by
musical instruments such as – Paati Dhol, Taal,
Sarailow and Buffalo horn trumpet. This mask
dance is performed for whole night to celebrate
their Barat festival. Garaga dance - ‘Garaga’
means a pot. In the context of village rituals and
dance form, it is a pot, usually made of brass and
decorated with turmeric and vermilion and with a
colorful cloth. It is a vigorous dance, performed by
twelve to sixteen artists, to enthuse the devotees
during the all-night rituals.