Bina: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on Friday the Madhya Pradesh Government to take action
against officials responsible for lapses in implementation of
"Several complaints have been received about the
implementation of Central schemes like NREGA in the BJP-ruled
state. The state government had been asked to punish the
officials responsible for lapses," Singh said, addressing a
meeting of Congress workers here.
The conditions in under-developed Bundelkhand were not
good. The backward region had not been adequately developed
over the years, said Singh, who inaugurated an oil refinery
during his visit here.
"To urgently address the drinking water crisis in
Bundelkhand, spread over Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, the
Union Cabinet yesterday cleared an assistance of Rs 200
crore," the Prime Minister said.
Based on the recommendations of an inter-ministerial
committee, a Rs 7,266-crore package for the region was
announced in 2009. Of this, Rs 3,707 crore was meant for six
districts falling in Madhya Pradesh, he said.
Under the package, funds were allotted for digging
wells and lakes to meet irrigation requirements, Singh stated.
A power plant was being constructed at Chhatarpur with
NTPC`s assistance. After its completion, the power crisis in
Bundelkhand would be resolved to a great extent, he noted.
The PM said the new refinery at Bina will help in
faster development of the region and provide jobs. Rapid
development is possible only with the assistance of the Madhya