Madhya Pradesh assembly budget session begins

February 25th, 2008 - 10:57 pm ICT by admin  

Bhopal, Feb 25 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Governor Balram Jakhar said here Monday his government was committed to the welfare of farmers and was working to create an atmosphere favourable to development works. Addressing the legislative assembly on the opening day of its 40-day budget session, Jakhar said the state government has made special provision for providing relief to the landless farmers and appropriate price of farmer’s produce. “It also organised an agro-business meet to promote agriculture sector,” he said.

The annual budget of the state for 2008-09 will be presented Feb 27.

Short-term loans for agriculture would be made available at five percent from next year as compared to seven percent at present and the state government would give Rs.100 per quintal of wheat as bonus, besides the minimum support price declared by the union government.

According to the governor, work is in progress to provide enough water for irrigation and drinking in all rural habitats. “Additional irrigation facility had been created for 129,000 hectares,” he added.

Also, the supply of power has been enhanced during Rabi crop season. The government has also launched a Sona Chandi scheme providing a discount of 15-20 percent to agriculturists taking temporary power connections.

Industrial consumers were also provided power round the clock, Jakhar added.

Power generation capacity of 86.67 MW through non-conventional resources, wind energy, biomass and solar energy has been achieved and special efforts were being made to increase the installed capacity for power generation.

Besides, the efforts to provide water in rural and urban areas would be completed by 2009, Jakhar said. Indore, Bhopal, Ujjain, Gwalior and Jabalpur would be benefited under the programme to strengthen infrastructure in urban areas.

Similarly, a master plan for 64 towns has been published and all arrangements were in place for implementing e-district projects in Indore and Sagar districts. At Sagar, a government medical college would also start functioning from next academic session.

Under total sanitation campaign, he said, the entire state would be covered by 2010-11. Toilets would be provided in all schools and aanganwadi centres by June this year.

The government is also making efforts to promote technical and higher education through popularisation of school education programme. As many as 1,110 middle schools, 737 high schools and 185 higher secondary schools have been given approval as part of the popularisation programme.

Moreover, Madhya Pradesh has created 574 posts for high schools and 120 posts for higher secondary schools. Posts for 18,000 schoolteachers have also been created and Shikshakarmis have been included in the cadre of regular teachers.

After the governor’s address, Kailash Chawla of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party proposed a vote of thanks on the speech. The debate on the vote of thanks would be held Feb 28 and 29.

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