Congress demands committee to probe MOUs by MP govt
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Last Updated: Friday, February 25, 2011, 19:15
Bhopal: The main Opposition Congress on Friday demanded setting up of a committee of MLAs for probing the status of Memorandums of Understanding signed by the Madhya Pradesh Government from January 1, 2007 to January 31, 2011 at several investors' meets in the country and abroad.

Raising the issue during the Question Hour, Deputy Leader of the Congress Legislature Party Choudhary Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi said during the over four years' period, the state had inked 195 MOUs and spent Rs 1.56 crore on organising 21 investors' meets.

He said that out of 195 MOUs, 57 were annulled later. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra, replying on behalf of Industries Minister Kailash Vijaywargiya,

informed the House that only those MOUs were cancelled where work had not commenced within the stipulated period.

He said that so far investment of Rs 24,210 crore has been made in the state following the MOUs and 13 industrial units have started production, providing employment to over 37,000 people.

However, disagreeing with the Opposition's demand, Mishra said there was no need for such a probe.

Chaturvedi said if it was not possible to constitute the MLAs' committee, then the Speaker should refer the matter to any Standing Committee of the House for probe.

Speaker Ishwardas Rohani replied that it would have a detrimental impact on investors and discourage others from investing in the state.

Finally, the Speaker asked Chaturvedi to submit in writing the points that need to be probed, so that he can take a decision on the issue after studying it.


First Published: Friday, February 25, 2011, 19:15

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