No willpower in MP Govt to implement metro project: Gaur


Agencies, Bhopal Expressing concern over the delay in implementing metro rail projects in Bhopal and Indore, senior ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Babulal Gaur today alleged, in the Assembly, that the Government lacked the willpower to execute the project. Mr Gaur raised the issue during the Zero Hour. Speaker Sitasaran Sharma assured to take up a discussion on the issue through a calling attention notice. Later, while talking to reporters in the Vidhan Sabha premises, he said, “Fresh guidelines have been issued for the metro project implying that the dispensation is back to square one. The project would be placed again before the cabinet in accordance to new guidelines.” Mr Gaur said that the project is moving at a slow pace. It seems that metro train would never ply in the state. The regime has not even taken suggestions from Metro Man E Shridharan so far. Meanwhile, in her written reply to Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh, Urban Development and Housing Minister Maya Singh said that per-feasibility studies for running metro trains in Bhopal and Indore had been conducted and detailed project reports (DPRs) prepared. She said that these DPRs have been approved by the regime and sent to the Centre for approval. Per-feasibility studies are underway in Jabalpur and Gwalior.

Govt, Oppn trade charges over Ekatma Yatra in MP Assembly

Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and principal-opposition Congress members today traded charges in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly over the Ekatma Yatra taken out by the Government. Congress members Govind Singh and Ramniwas Rawat blamed the dispensation for splurging public money. “Is the regime allowed to spend money on a religious yatra under the Constitution? Planning, Economics and Statistics Gaurishankar Shejwar is claiming that it was not a religious yatra. On the other hand, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has described Ekatma Yatra as spiritual yatra,” said Dr Singh while raising the issue during the Question Hour. Dr Shejwar said that the Jan Ahiyan Parishad had been assigned the responsibility. In the meantime, the Minister made a comment concerning Dr Singh’s tenure as state minister. The latter retorted with a remark over reception of saints by Mr Chouhan during the yatra. In the meantime, heated exchanges took place between Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Gopal Bhargava and Mr Rawat. Amid a round of allegations between the two sides, Speaker Sitasaran Sharma announced the end of Question Hour and carried forward the proceedings.

MP Assembly passes budgetary demands of PHE, Agri depts

The Madhya Pradesh Assembly today passed budgetary demands of the Public Health Engineering Department of Rs 2,598.03 crore and the Farmers’ Welfare and Agriculture Department of Rs 9,255.51 cr by voice vote. Replying to a debate on budgetary demands of her department, Public Health Engineering Minister Kusum Mehdele said that urban and rural population would not suffer from lack of drinking water. “Adequate budgetary provision has been made to ensure supply of drinking water. In 2018-19, Rs 534.73 cr would be spent in this regard. Under the Madhya Pradesh Water Corporation, a provision of Rs 1,395 cr has been made,” she said. Ms Mehdele said that drinking water would be made be made available to 90 per cent of the rural population through the Nal Jal Yojana and 80 per cent families through domestic tap connection by 2022. A hand-pump would be dug at every crematorium. Replying to a debate on budgetary demands of his department, Farmers’ Welfare and Agriculture Gourishankar Chaturbhuj Bisen said that an amount of Rs 7,000 cr would be provided to peasants under the Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme for the loss to kharif crops in 2017. He said that a policy to provide grant to farmers – under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana – would be made for erecting fences around their farms to protect them from harm caused by animals.

32 tigers died in MP from 2017

Thirty-two tigers died in Madhya Pradesh over the past year and a quarter, the Government today informed the Assembly. In his written reply to Mr Satyapal Singh Sikarwar (ruling Bharatiya Janata Party), Forest Minister Gaurishankar Shejwar said that 32 big cats perished from 2017 and till February 2018. “Most deaths occurred due to natural reasons, fight between two tigers or diseases. Forest officials are carrying out patrolling and checking on a regular basis to check these incidents. No negligence on the part of officials has been found,” he said.

MP Govt admits irregularities in Bundelkhand Package

Madhya Pradesh Planning, Economics and Statistics Minister Gaurishankar Shejwar today admitted, in the Assembly, that irregularities were detected in the Bundelkhand Package received from the Centre. “Several irregularities were unearthed. Charge-sheets have been issued to officials concerned,” said Dr Shejwar while replying to a query by Mr Lakhan Patel (ruling Bharatiya Janata Party). He said that the Government has requested for over Rs 350 crore from the Centre under the Bundelkhand Package. Remaining works would be completed after receiving the amount. Earlier, Mr Patel said that works under the Bundelkhand Package had stopped three years earlier. Ponds have been built but canals could not be dug. He sought a time-frame for completing investigation into the matter. The Minister assured that a probe would be carried in the member’s presence in areas where he has information of inconsistencies.

Oppn raises issue of women’s security in MP Assembly

The principal-opposition Congress today raised, in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, the issue of women’s security again in the wake of suicides by a student each in Bhopal and Betul. During the Zero Hour, Mr Ramniwas Rawat (Cong) sought a discussion on the issue in the House. He alleged that women are unsafe but the dispensation was avoiding discussion. Speaker Sitasharan Sharma said that a discussion on the issue would be taken up through a calling attention notice. Raising the issue of distribution of ‘sarees’ to tendupatta collectors during the Zero Hour, Dr Govind Singh (Cong) demanded that the payment of bonus be made to tendupatta collectors in cash.