Mumbai, March 17: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday took part in 'The Great Debate: Cooperate and Compete; The New Federalism' hosted on the first day of India Today Conclave 2017 in Mumbai.
He said, "We are focussing on our states and centre has its own role to play in the development of the country and the states." He added that states play an important role in the implementation of various public welfare schemes.
He endorsed the idea of 'Team India', but when asked if he would be moving to Delhi and be part of the Central government he said, "No one is going to Delhi, this is for sure."
Chouhan said that there is a healthy completion going on in the country and added that Niti Aayog is not partial towards BJP-ruled states. He gave an example that when Madhya Pradesh did well in the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, the state was given an extra Rs 200 crore.
On how growth has been in his state, Chouhan said, "There is doubdouble-digit wth in MP since past many years. Agricultural growth rate is 20 per cent plus in the last four years. It is no longer a bimaru state. He said that per capita income in MP has increased and 'we are gradually marching towards development'.
On farmer suicides, he said that a lot more needs to be done for the farmers as there are various reasons behind that.
On the biggest issue faced by his state, he said that conservation or rivers and environment is one of the biggest issues today. He said that now to conserve Narmada River lakhs of people have come together. He was quick to add that such a huge task can't be done by the government alone, he added that he was happy that conserving Narmada has become a mass movement.
Chouhan strongly supported demonetisation and said that, "It was Congress's immaturity to make demonetisation a poll issue and they paid for it." He said no one was annoyed with demonetisation and that the nation was standing strong with the PM on the decision.
Asked which Central ministry he would opt for if the PM calls him to Delhi, he said that he will not comment on a hypothetical question.