CM Chouhan calls on the Union Minister Piyush Goyal
Saturday - March 13, 2021 10:02 pm , Category : MADHYA PRADESH
Discusses Rail connectivity of Khajuraho and other Railways Related Issues
Also discusses Food and Public Distribution Related Issues
Bhopal 13 March 2021: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today called on the Union Minister of Railways, Commerce and Industry and Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal at his residence here today and drew his attention towards various state issues related to his portfolios and requested an early resolution.
Issues related to Railways
Chief Minister Chouhan requested the Union Minister to resume the trains connecting Khajuraho to other parts of the state and country which were suspended during Covid-19. He informed that currently only two trains Khajuraho- Kurukshetra and Dr Ambedkar Nagar- Indore -Prayagraj Express are being run thrice a week while earlier trains like Khajuraho- Jhansi Passenger, Khajuraho- Udaipur Express, Khajuraho- Bhopal Mahamana Express and Khajuraho -Indore Express are still not operational. He also requested that a new Shatabdi service from Delhi to Khajuraho (Saturday and Sunday) be started to boost tourism and create new employment opportunities in Madhya Pradesh.
Chief Minister Chouhan requested for an allocation of rupees 750 crores for land acquisition by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, Bhopal for effective implementation of Budhni- Indore Railway project. He informed that this aspirational project will benefit the people of Sehore, Dewas and Indore districts.
Chief Minister Chouhan reaffirmed his support to solar mission of Indian Railways to achieve zero carbon emission by 2030. He requested that a meeting between officials of Indian Railways and Madhya Pradesh Government and power utilities be called at an earliest for mutual consultations.
Issues related to Food and Public Distribution
Chief Minister Chouhan thanked the Union Minister for releasing subsidy of Rs. 2900 Cr. for PDS and requested that the remaining subsidy amount of Rs. 4000 Cr. be also released at an earliest.
Chief Minister also requested that CAP Hiring Scheme for 2021-22 be extended in the state with creation of an additional 10 Lakh MT CAP and extra storage by shifting and distribution of 30 Lakh MT wheat already stored in state warehouses. He urged that storage fees of steel silos be linked to Wholesale Price Index WPI and revised annually. He informed that the current storage fees is Rs. 24 per MT per month which was fixed in year 2013-14. He requested that the rate should be revised to Rs. 101.30 per MT per month.
Chief Minister Chouhan drew the attention of Union Minister to ICAR study report of 2020 which recommended procurement standards based on moisture content. He apprised the Minister that non-implementation of this report is resulting in loss for state agencies and requested that decision in this regard be taken at an earliest.
Union Minister Goyal listened to all the problems and issues raised by the Chief Minister Chouhan and assured him of an early decision – Window to News
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