MP could soon be country's ideal state: Goyal

Madhya Pradesh could emerge as an ideal state because of its growth in sectors like energy, agriculture and IT, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said Tuesday.

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh could emerge as an ideal state because of its growth in sectors like energy, agriculture and IT, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said Tuesday.

"The way Madhya Pradesh under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is progressing in the field of energy, agriculture, tourism and IT among others, I can say that it will soon emerge as an ideal state in the country," Goyal said.

He was addressing a function here on the occasion of raising minimum pension to Rs 1,000 under EPF pension scheme with effect from September 1.

"This is my first visit to the state capital and I found the city very clean. Right from the airport to the venue, I found no garbage dump in the city and I think it is one of the cleanest cities in the nation," Goyal said.

"The development is more remarkable in a way that everybody knows the kind of Madhya Pradesh the BJP inherited from Congress," he said. The state is providing round-the-clock power to the people and organising investors meet to generate employment. All these things will put Madhya Pradesh ahead in the country, said the Union Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy minister.

Informing about the EPF's minimum pension scheme, he said it was yet another idea of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 100-day-old government aimed at benefitting over one lakh families in Madhya Pradesh alone.

He also praised Union Minister for Labour and Steel Narendra Singh Tomar for launching the scheme within 100 days of coming to power. Addressing the function, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, while highlighting the state's development in various spheres specially agriculture, said Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country to achieve 24.99 per cent growth rate in agriculture.

On the lines of "Make in India" campaign, the state would also launch "Make in Madhya Pradesh" brand to promote the state and generate employment, Chouhan said.

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