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Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan (HT)
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan (HT)

MP is ready to be atmanirbhar: Chouhan

Road construction, agriculture and agro-based industry, and tourism were some of the key elements in the infrastructure development of the state, the chief minister said

The Madhya Pradesh government has prepared a detailed road map to make the state atmanirbhar or self-reliant, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and chief minister of the state Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Thursday.

Infrastructure development, health and education, good governance, economic development, and employment generation were the pillars that will make Madhya Pradesh self-reliant, Chouhan said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit (HTLS).

Chouhan said that since the coronavirus outbreak he has been working to help the people of the state and to ensure that the financially weaker sections do not face shortage of food and other resources.

“I took oath as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh in March and went straight to my office to work. Covid-19 had spread in the state and there was no plan made by the previous government to tackle it. There was no meeting, no training for medical staff, no PPE kits. There were no dedicated hospitals for treating coronavirus patients. I worked like a one-man army because I was all alone and no other minister had taken oath," Chouhan said.

Road construction, agriculture and agro-based industry, and tourism were some of the key elements in the infrastructure development of the state, the chief minister said. The aim of the state government is to ensure development and good governance for the people, he said.

Discussion and debate are essential and there is no space of violence in a democracy, Chouhan said with reference to the growing protests by farmers in Punjab, Haryana, and parts of western Uttar Pradesh. Farmers should be flexible in the dialogue with the Union government, which is making efforts to allay the fears of the farmers, Chouhan added.

The Madhya Pradesh chief minister also said there was no attempt to end the minimum support price regime.

“Debate and discussion are the essence of democracy. We have to continuously talk and debate in a democracy. I support the one nation, one mandi decision and farmers should get an opportunity to sell their produce wherever they get better prices," Chouhan said.


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