Bhopal, Apr 13: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said the 11-day village self governance campaign, to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at B R Ambedkar's birth place Mhow tomorrow, will be extended by 37 days in the state.
"Prime Minister Modiji is going to launch the campaign at Amdedkar Nagar (Mhow in Indore district) tomorrow on the 125th birth anniversary of Baba Saheb Ambedkar. We have extended the duration of 'Gram Uday se Bharat Uday Abhiyan' (village self governance campaign) of the Centre by 37 days," Chouhan said at a press conference here.
He said the central government will run the campaign from tomorrow to April 24, for 11 days. "To incorporate some more welfare schemes in the drive, we have decided to run it for the uplift and welfare of rural people between April 14 and May 31," Chouhan said.
"A flag and a song have been made to bind the rural populace and to infuse a sense of belonging in them," he said. On the request of journalists, the chief minister also sang a few lines of the song amid cheers.
He said that during the campaign, special plans will be charted out for the welfare and uplift of rural people, especially the farmers.
"We want to double the income of the farmers in next five years, as Prime Minister Modi wished during a farmers' rally in Madhya Pradesh's Sehore district in February this year," he said. "Village-level meetings and functions will be organised during the drive to promote social equality and harmony among other things," he added.