Bhopal: Ahead of the crucial by-elections to 27 constituencies in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Friday made a slew of announcements aimed at wooing farmers and the poor, among others.
The dates for the bypolls are yet to be announced, but they are extremely crucial for the longevity of the five-month-old BJP government.
देश के हर वर्ग के नागरिकों के जीवन में प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi ने आनंद और प्रसन्नता के रंग भरने के प्रयास किये हैं जिसके सार्थक परिणाम आ रहे हैं। उनके करकमलों द्वारा कल प्रदेश के करीब 1.75 लाख नागरिकों का पीएम आवास योजना के अंतर्गत निर्मित मकानों में गृहप्रवेश किया जाएगा। pic.twitter.com/SjrNTlaKxy
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) September 11, 2020
The largesse will be doled out on different days from 12-25 September. These dates will coincide with celebrations to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday, which falls on 17 September, the CM said. Beginning 16 September, they will continue until 25 September.
Chouhan named the celebration as ‘Garib Kalyan Pakhwada’ (Welfare of Poor Fortnight).
The CM, who often calls Modi ‘bhagwan ka vardan’ (boon from God), said the initiatives taken by the PM for the poor, farmers and women have been unprecedented.
Ration, forest land, keys to new homes
The sops announced by Chouhan will be doled out from Saturday when 1.75 lakh beneficiaries of the PM Awas Yojana will be given the keys to their new homes. PM Modi will virtually address a ‘Gruhapravesam’ event the same day.
On 16 September, as many as 37 lakh poor, who were not eligible for ration so far, will start getting ration, Chouhan added.
The same day, nearly 20 lakh farmers, whose crops were damaged last year, will get Rs 4,600 crore as crop insurance claims.
On 23 September, the state government will deposit Rs 800 crore in cooperative banks to enable them to give loan at zero per cent interest to farmers. On the same day, beneficiaries of PM Kisan Yojana will get Kisan Credit Cards.
The government will also give Rs 150 crore to self-help groups, Rs 100 crore towards crop insurance, horticulture crops, and distribute money to students to buy laptops and give forest pattas (land) to the eligible tribals.