Shivraj meets PM Modi, apprises him about 'Atmanirbhar MP'

BHOPAL: On the day bypolls were announced on 28 assembly seats of Madhya Pradesh, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called on Prime Minister in New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss state’s initiatives on ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India) and issues related to Covid-19 crisis, damage to crops due to incessant rainfall and works done under the ’Garib Kalyan Saptah’.
Sources said that Chouhan also met top BJP leaders to discuss issues related to bypolls and the list of BJP probable candidates.
The chief minister reached New Delhi in the afternoon and met Prime Minister Modi at his official residence at Lok Kalyan Marg to present him the roadmap of ‘Atmanirbhar MP-2023’.
The meeting lasted for half an hour in which Chouhan is also learnt to have discussed situation and efforts made by the government to control the pandemic in the state. The CM also apprised the Prime Minister about welfare schemes being conducted by the BJP government in the state.
Chouhan also apprised Modi about damage to crops during heavy rains in parts of the state. He has sought a relief of Rs3,646.41 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund. “The fund would help provide relief to the farmers for damage to the crops due to heavy rains and pest attacks,” the CM is learnt to have said.
Chouhan has also sought permission to utilise Rs 291.15 crore for Covind-19 control from the Rs485.40 crore earmarked for State Disaster Response Fund.
Chouhan also presented a booklet regarding action taken by the state government on agriculture bills passed in the Rajya Sabha. He also informed about fairs organised by the state on nutrition, farmer welfare, forest rights, livelihood and Sambal scheme.
Chouhan also called on Union chemical and fertiliser minister Sadananda Gowda and demanded to increase the allocation of urea to 22 lakh metric tonnes from the current 18 lakh metric tonnes for Rabi crops during 2020-21.
Sources in BJP disclosed that Chouhan also called on senior BJP leaders including national president J P Nadda and organisation general secretary B L Santosh to discuss bypolls and programmes undertaken by the state organisation in coordination with the government.
Chouhan also discussed with Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Rajya Sabha member Jyotiraditya Scindia about the party’s poll campaign and candidates.
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