BHOPAL: On an afternoon he finished 12 years as leader minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday mentioned saying “instant total prohibition” used to be no longer a strategy to finish the consuming threat in the state and stressed out the will for adopting a gentle method.
While he counted his executive’s flagship schemes like ‘Ladli Laxmi’, which goals in bettering the standing of woman kid in the circle of relatives and society, and the rise in the realm underneath irrigation as main achievements in the ultimate 12 years, Chouhan admitted that so much wish to be completed in the well being sector.
“We have never said that we will go for the total prohibition. We have definitely said that liquor is not good. We will raise awareness in the society about (evils of liquor) and encourage people to quit it (drinking) and become liquor-free village,” Chouhan mentioned.
The BJP stalwart is the longest serving leader minister in Madhya Pradesh. He had assumed office because the 18th leader minister on November 29, 2005.
“In my opinion, instant announcement of total prohibition is not a solution. It (liquor consumption) cannot be wiped out completely till people are aware about its harmful effects,” he mentioned.
He mentioned his executive used to be seeking to cut back the choice of liquor stores yearly. “We reduced the number of liquor shops last year also and will bring it down further this year as well.”
Chouhan underlined that elevating consciousness on liquor intake is the one approach out “because even if total prohibition is implemented, people devise ways to consume alcohol illegally”.
“Raising awareness on the issue is the only solution that will lead the state towards that direction (total prohibition),” he mentioned.
When requested concerning the inconvenience led to to the folks, particularly ladies, because of liquor stores running in residential spaces, Chouhan mentioned he had issued instructions for figuring out and casting off them from the puts the place ladies, together with school ladies, are going through issues.
On his executive’s achievements in the ultimate 12 years, Chouhan referred to the ‘Ladli Laxmi’ scheme, upward push in the realm underneath irrigation from 7.five lakh hectares to 40 lakh hectares and the CM Meritorious Students Scholarship programme, which he mentioned provides him numerous delight.
However, he admitted that extra paintings wish to be completed in the well being and schooling sectors.
“We have to work a lot in the health sector. There is a shortage of doctors. We are not getting doctors. We have opened seven new government medical colleges in the state to deal with this problem. Besides, we have also raised salaries of the government doctors, ensured availability of medicines and provided dialysis facilities. But, still I feel that a lot need to be done,” he mentioned.
Chouhan blamed the erstwhile Congress executive for the “collapse” of schooling sector in the state.
“Education sector collapsed totally during the previous Congress rule. Teachers were appointed with the titles like ‘Guruji’ and ‘Shikhsakarmi’ on a meagre salary of just Rs 500,” he mentioned.
Chouhan mentioned his executive has addressed this drawback and is paying them Rs 30,000-35,000 per 30 days. “We are also developing school infrastructure,” he added.
Chouhan mentioned the state’s price range measurement has higher in the ultimate 12 years from Rs 80,000 crore to Rs 1.20 lakh crore and the state has pop out of the “BIMARU” (laggard) class.
“We have successfully came out of the BIMARU category in the 12-year period. Our GDP is maintained at double-digit while the agriculture growth rate remained at 20 per cent since the last five years which means doubling of production,” he mentioned.
On the infrastructure entrance additionally, the state has completed so much in the spaces of energy, water and roads, in step with the manager minister.
Chouhan sought to justify his fresh commentary that roads in Madhya Pradesh are higher than the ones in Washington.
“I have not said out of the blue that our roads are better than Washington. It was a fact that our super corridor road from the Indore Airport is better than that of the US capital’s aerodrome stretch,” he mentioned.
Chouhan mentioned the state has additionally completed so much in tourism sector and has been bagging the “Best Tourism State” award for the ultimate 3 years.
When requested concerning the Assembly elections, due in the state subsequent yr, Chouhan mentioned the BJP has set a goal of 200 plus seats.
“The BJP has also coined a slogan ‘Abki baar 200 paar’. I can only say that people of Madhya Pradesh have always showered their blessings and love on us. I can feel it wherever I go across the state,” he mentioned.
Responding to a question on most probably anti-incumbency towards sitting MLAs, Chouhan mentioned it could be untimely to discuss it at this juncture.
On the opportunity of Cabinet growth, he mentioned it’ll be completed however with none main exchange.
“It will be done. We will think on it soon. There will not be a major change in it,” he mentioned.
Madhya Pradesh lately has 29 ministers together with the manager minister. The Cabinet has 5 vacancies.