Vested interest of parties block development process: MP CM
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 00:26
  
New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today alleged that vested interest set by different parties in state and in Centre blocks development process.

Addressing a seminar here, he said "In today's coalition politics it is very easy to say that we maintain rapid growth, but the reality is some what different. There are different ruling parties at state and Centre and are working to fulfil there set targets which in turn block the development process."

Chouhan said the one-sided decision taken by Centre to temporarily stop the works of multi-purpose Maheshwar project is a direct fallout of the coalition government. He criticised the "unilateral" decision taken by the Central for temporarily stopping the works.

He said almost 95 per cent of the works has already been completed and power generation was to be started from June onwards, and at the last moment in the name of relief and rehabilitation of the displaced persons which according to them has not been upto the mark, the Centre has stopped the construction works adversely affecting development process.

Chouhan called for streamlining decision making on developmental issues. "We should see that the benefits of welfare schemes should reach the common man," he said during 'Jagran Forum on Coalition Government and Rapid Growth', a function organised by Jagran group of publication here.

The whole process of development has no meaning until and unless the benefits reached the last strata of the society, he said.

Speaking about the Naxalite problem, he said that this is not only a law and order problem. In fact, we should ensure the benefits of the various welfare schemes reach the tribals.

He also called for the need to have a long term plan for the overall development of the society in which elections -- both Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha -- should be held together at one time after every five years.

"There should be state funding of elections. Even if this call for a amendment in the Constitution, this should be done," Chouhan added.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 00:26


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