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Take tribal, dalit population into account before fund allocation

Written by: Staff

Bhopal, July 3 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said the Centre must allocate funds to the states taking into account dalit and tribal population besides its area and population.

Speaking on the occasion of launch of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and in the presence of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and three Union Ministers, Mr Chouhan said many times injustice was meted out to the states due to fund allocation based on just area and population.

Pointing out that Madhya Pradesh was moving forward towards development, he said, ''We have taken it (development) as a campaign. Madhya Pradesh would soon join the league of top states in terms of road construction. Likewise, efforts are being made to increase power generation and irrigation capacity.'' He said the state has been included in the top ten states in terms of industrial development. Irrigation capacity was developed in additional 2.5 lakh hectare area.

He said the government had waived electricity bills of about Rs 1,783 crore and provided a subsidy of Rs 510 crore by way of giving relief in new power tariff.

He said girls from poor families were married under the Deendayal Antodaya Mission and other welfare schemes.

The poorer sections could benefit from the Deendayal Antodaya Upchar Yojna, Vivekananda Bima Yojna and other schemes. Around two crore poor people were brought under the Bima Yojna scheme. The scheme provides for payment of Rs 50,000 in case of untimely death of an insured person.

Mr Chouhan said he was glad to inform Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh - who was present on the occasion -- 14 government school students had come under merit list in board examination.

Earlier, Ms Gandhi launched the JNNURM scheme under which Bhopal and other districts were selected.

The Bhopal Municipal Corporation had sent proposals worth Rs 2,153 crore for urban development under National Urban Renewal Mission and 120 proposals were accorded financial sanction.


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