22 May,Bhopal:The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh has scaled new heights of progress and development over last four and half years. A number of schemes have been efficiently implemented for the poor and backward sections of society. By virtue of these achievements Madhya Pradesh would become the number one state of the country soon, he added.
Shri Chouhan was addressing a Mahila Sammelan at Umaria today after laying foundation of various development works. He dedicated an airstrip developed at a cost of Rs. 3 crore 33 lakh and some buildings, a causeway-cum-stop dam and water structures on the occasion. He also distributed cheques to the beneficiary girls under Ladali Laxami Yojana and financial assistance of Rs. 22 thousand each to the families of three deceased workers. He mixed up with the women present on the occasion and discussed with them their problems and received their petitions.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included the Minister for Woman and Child Development Sushri Kusum Mehadele, Minister for Animal Husbandry Shri Ramakant Tiwari, Minister for Narmada Valley Development Shri Nagendra Singh and Minister of State Sushri Meena Singh.
The Chief Minister called upon the women to treat their daughters as a boon and not as a liability. The Ladali Laxami Yojana aims at putting an end to discrimination against girl child. He referred to the various schemes being implemented for welfare of girls in the state including Kanyadan Yojana, free distribution of uniforms and cycles and Gaon Ki Beti.
The Chief Minister informed about the provisions of providing Rs. 1400 to women for institutional delivery and Rs. 600 to the motivator. He also dwelt on Janani Suraksh Yojana and Janani Express Yojana. The aim is to the maternal mortality rate and to minimize the maternal and infant mortality rates.
The Chief Minister said that 50 percent reservation has been given to women in civic and panchayat bodies to provide them opportunity to be active partner in development process and public affairs. Besides, 50 percent posts of teacher and 10 percent posts in police force have been reserved for women.
Referring to the Annapurna Yojana the Chief Minister said that those found guilty of bungling in its implementation would be behind the bars.