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Uma Bharti portrays rosy days ahead

By Our Staff Correspondent

BHOPAL, AUG 15. The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Uma Bharti, today said that her Government would adopt well defined policies and seek people's cooperation to set an example of rapid development. On a rain-drenched morning, Ms. Bharti was addressing a public meeting after taking the salute at Independence Day parade in the State Capital. She paid rich tributes to martyrs and greeted the people on the occasion.

The Chief Minister said that only politics of cooperation worked in the sphere of development. She said that the State Government's strategy was to ensure faster development while creating employment opportunities on a massive scale. She said the principle of mutual responsibility would be practiced for obtaining better results on the development front.

The Chief Minister said that her Government had accepted the challenge of providing livelihood to every citizen and asserted that it was committed to ensuring self-respect and dignity. She said that the State Government was taking special initiatives in five major sectors of development - Road, Power, Water, Education and Health. Similarly, development initiatives based on "Panch-Ja" or five components of development - Jan, Jamin, Jal, Jungle and Janwar (people, land, water, forest and animals) would be implemented with active public cooperation, she emphasised. Ms. Bharti said that special Action Plans have been taken up for construction of roads and power generation on a priority basis. She said that result-oriented action plans would make Madhya Pradesh a power surplus State within four years. In order to widen the road network, the resources available under different schemes are being mobilized under the special Swarnamala Yojana. She said that entrepreneurs would be encouraged under the new Industry Promotion Policy to accelerate the pace of industrialization. Besides, efforts have also been intensified to bring the State at par with other States when it comes to software and hardware development.

The Chief Minister emphasised the priority being given to the task of ensuring cent percent enrolment at the primary school level and said that the revised Mid-day Meal Scheme would be a great help in this direction.

She further said that the Gramin Sachivalayas (village secretariats) have started functioning to provide instant solutions for the minor village-level problems.

She drew people's attention towards the State Government's Action Plan for planting traditional species of trees to enrich the forest wealth and said that seven crore saplings would be planted across the State to match its population. She particularly asked the citizens to participate in this mega plantation campaign. She said that the system of district Governments has now been abolished and the "Gram Sabhas" have been made more dynamic for "real decentralization" of power at the Panchayat-level.

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