16 Nov : The ruling BJP in the state claimed that ”bijli, sadak, pani (electricity, roads, water)” still comprised a poll issue and said a BJP govt would endeavor to ensure round-the clock power supply in rural areas after three years.
”Feeder separation work to cater to domestic, rural and agricultural consumers at different timings will be complete in three years,” Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told a press conference at Bhopal on Sunday after the formal release of BJP’s Madhya Pradesh election manifesto by party Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu.
Claiming that the state made rapid strides in the power, roads and irrigation sectors over the past five years, Chouhan added that in the next five years it was proposed to lay 40,000 km roads, enhance power generation capacity by 5,818 megawatt and 13 lakh hectares would be brought under irrigation.
Stating that power generation increased by 3,150 MW during BJP rule, the Chief Minister said at present an average 12-hour supply was provided in rural areas as compared to five years back.
Farmers, who were being provided fertiliser and seed loans at five percent interest, would be charged only three percent interest and a Kisan Kalyan Kosh would be set up in each district, Chouhan said, adding that stamp duty for peasants would be slashed from 11 to five percent.
A sum of Rs 50,000 crore would be spent on developing areas inhabited by Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
The BJP envisaged a Traders’ Welfare Commission to ensure welfare of the business community, while all categories of mazdoor (labourers) would be brought under the ambit of the Mukhyamantri Mazdoor Suraksha Yojana.