Bhopal, Apr 11 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said a number of industrial units would be set up for developing backward Bundelkhand area.
Mr Chouhan, while addressing the stone-laying ceremony of the programme to beautify Lakha Banjara Lake at a cost of Rs 21 crore in Sagar, this endeavour would generate employment for maximum number of jobless people.
''No stone has been left unturned for the development of Sagar.
The demand for opening up a medical college -- which was pending for years -- was accepted and construction of its building is going on at war footing,'' he said, adding that if possible, students would start getting admission in this college right from this year.
Besides, the demand for a central university has also been met, an official release said.
Mr Chouhan said the Bundelkhand Development Authority would chalk out schemes and send it to the government and there would be no dearth of funds for these schemes. A Mahapanchayat of Bidi workers would also be convened, he added.
The government has decided to purchase wheat from farmers at the rate of Rs 1,100 per quintal for distribution among poor people at the rate of Rs 3 per kg.
He said farmers had been given ample facilities of irrigation.
Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country where loans are being extended to farmers at five per cent interest rate.
Sixty-three new small irrigation projects had been sanctioned for Sagar district after completion of which, 11 hectare more area would be brought under irrigation, the release added.
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