Mandla (Madhya Pradesh), April 24 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday claimed all villages in the state will be electrified by October and Rs 2 lakh crore spent on development of tribals in five years.
Speaking at the National Panchayati Raj Day event in Ramnagar here in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chouhan said his government was working for the welfare of the tribals and the poor.
"In five years, Rs 2 lakh crore will be spent on the welfare of tribals. Irrigation facilities will increase and job opportunities made available. Better avenues for education will also be provided," the Chief Minister said.
He said the Prime Minister wants the panchayats to be enabled and had distributed LPG connections and gas stoves under the Ujjwala Yojana to the poor to save them from diseases.
Union Panchayati Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said Modi is concerned about rural development and thus ensured a four-fold increase in the Union Budget for panchayati raj.
Modi inaugurated the Panchayati Raj Day event by garlanding the portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and Rani Durgavati.
Bhubaneswar, April 24 (IANS) Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday requested Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu to set up an airport in Odisha's industrial town Paradip.
In a letter, Pradhan sought the personal attention of Prabhu to examine the techno-economic feasibility for setting an airport at Paradip as soon as possible.
"The grand vision of development of Paradip would remain incomplete without an airport providing air connectivity, as the nearest Biju Patnaik International Airport at Bhubaneswar is 135 kms away and takes more than three hours by road," he said , adding that the Paradip Port Trust has already requested the Airport Authority of India to set up an airport there.
Paradip is one of the major ports in eastern India and last year became one of the three ports in India to have handled a total cargo of over 100 million tons.
The port is being further expanded and modernized and it is expected that by 2020 it would be able to handle 332 million tons of cargo per annum thereby making it the largest port in India, said Pradhan.
He said the Union government has declared Paradip Port as a Smart Port Industrial City, which is fast emerging as a major industrial hub in Odisha and Eastern India.
Besides having the port, Paradip already has an oil refinery of 15 MMTPA capacity, a 12 MMTPA pellet plant, two fertilizer plants together of 4 MMTPA capacity and a edible oil refinery, he said.
In addition, Pradhan said that his Ministry is implementing several big ticket industrial projects, including expansion of refinery to 21 MMTPA from 15 MMTPA, a 700 TMT Poly Propylene plant by 2018 and a 355 TMT Mono Ethyl Glycol unit by 2023-24 which will feed various downstream industries including plastics, paints, rubber and synthetic yarn industries, and all these initiatives "require seamless connectivity".