MP govt focussing on infrastructure: CM

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Jabalpur, Feb 15 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today claimed that his government was focussing on development of infrastructural facilities for making the state rank among developed ones.

''Madhya Pradesh has made noteworthy progress in agriculture, infrastructure, energy, industry, education and health,'' the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said while addressing the inaugural session of the Investors' Meet 2008 at Tarang Auditorium here.

Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla was the chief guest.

Among those present were Assembly Speaker Ishwardas Rohani, Industry Minister Jayant Malaiyya, Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi, Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni, Secretary (Industry) Satyaprakash, State Industry Development Corporation Managing Director Praveen Garg and Mayor Susheela Singh.

''The government's objective, in organising this gathering, is to provide investors with details of Mahakaushal region's resources for attracting investment,'' said Mr Chouhan.

Pointing out that about Rs 5,000 crore were invested in textile over the past three years, he added that implementation of Vardhaman, Abhishek Mahila Purespun, Kamal Coats Limited, Bhaskar Group and Pratibha Sintex Group projects were being implemented.

''Cement projects worth Rs 6,000 crore are on the verge of implementation. Memoranda of understanding (MoU) for cement factories worth Rs 20,000 crore were inked. During last year's Global Investors' Meet at Indore, either foundation-stone laying or inauguration of pharmaceuticals sector industrial units worth Rs 350 crore took place,'' Mr Chouhan added.

Pointing out that MoU worth Rs 1,20,541 crore were signed during that gathering, the Chief Minister added that his government was working to develop a tourism circuit in Mahakaushal.

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