Dhar: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that new Happiness Ministry will be constituted. The department will strive to bring happiness and bliss in people’s life. The department will promote sports and entertainment activities. Chouhan was addressing block level Antyodaya Mela at Ringnaud in Sardarpur development block of Dhar district today. He gave gifts of over Rs 125 crore to people. These included foundation stones/dedication of works costing Rs 86 crore, sanction letters, materials and cheques worth over Rs 40 crore.
The Chief Minister said that no stone will be left unturned to make agriculture profitable. Efforts would be made to reach water to every field. At present, 36.5 lakh hectare area is being irrigated in the country. In deference to wish of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the state government is committed to doubling farmers income in next 5 years. Efforts would be made to promote crops which give more income including spices, medicinal plants, fruits-flowers, vegetables etc. He said that Prime Minister has launched Agriculture Crop Insurance Scheme. Every farmer in the state will be covered under the scheme.
Expressing happiness over attendance of large number of women, the Chief Minister said that this is proving increasing awareness among then. He said that women have come forward in political arena after 50 percent reservation was given to them in Panchayats. The Chief Minister informed that after taking oath of Chief Minister for the first time, he had chalked out Ladli Laxmi Yojana. Till date, 22 lakh girls have become Ladli Laxmis. He said that a scheme will be implemented to provide LPG and stoves to poor tribal women in Dhar district.
The Chief Minister said that rules of free cycle and uniform scheme for students will be changed. Now, instead of deposting amount in bank accounts, it would be given directly. He said that a piped water scheme will also be sanctioned for Ringnaud. Rs one crore will be sanctioned to supply water from backwater of Mahi Dam in Rajgarh district.
Chouhan informed about sanction of Rs 14.43 crore for Billighati Mangarh lake in Sardarpur development block, Rs 3.15 crore for Dhumela lake and Rs 75 lakh from his discretionary fund for Sardarpur urban area. Besides, he informed about sanction of Rs 5 crore for construction of 100 housing units.