Bhopal, Nov 29 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said ''unperturbed by pressures and hurdles'' he was focussing, ''in the manner of Mahabharat hero Arjun,'' on his target of development and committed to making the state rank among developed ones.
''As a resident of Madhya Pradesh, I always dreamt of that and now that I am in this post, the target is my sole objective,'' he told reporters at his residence on the completion of two years in office.
Mentioning that he was satisfied with his tenure thus far, Mr Chouhan added that a considerable distance remained to be traversed.
''The Centre has praised Madhya Pradesh's progress and the state was placed in the category of rapidly-developing ones, which reveals that the BJP government is advancing in the right direction. Serious endeavours were made for the welfare of women and labourers, expansion of agriculture and irrigation and higher investment. The positive results are before everyone,'' he said.
Responding to a query, the Chief Minister admitted that a lot remained to be done for the common man.
''There is a need of more schemes for labourers' welfare. Constant advancement should take place in the direction of quality education for all social sections and development of infrastructural facilities,'' he added.
Claiming that the government had notched up laudable achievements on various fronts besides the development one, Mr Chouhan pointed out that banditry was almost wiped out from the Gwalior-Chambal region and incidents of torching of stored bamboo were checked in naxalism-affected Balaghat, Dindori and Mandla districts.
''The government has earned spectacular success in attracting investment. Implementation of investment proposals amounting to about Rs 44,000 crore are being implemented. Proposals of Rs 1,05,000 crore are on the threshold of implementation,'' he added.
Claiming that the regime was chiefly focussing on the common man, the Chief Minister added that schemes were formulated while paying attention to how the last man in the last row could be brought into the development mainstream.
''The political atmosphere is rather polluted these days. There was a time when politics was free from malaise but a lot has changed due to vested interests,'' he said over the main opposition Congress opening a front against him on the dumper purchase issue.
Mr Chouhan expressed confidence that he would emerge unscathed by the Lokayukt probe into the matter.