For the next five years, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s priority is to augment economic prosperity of farmers by turning agriculture into a profitable business in the state.
Chouhan, who always describes himself as son of a farmer, has pledged he would leave no stone unturned to eradicate economic backwardness of farmers in the state.
No wonder then he has put agriculture, irrigation and allied activities on top in his yet to be released “Vision Document 2018,” which the government will implement in letter and spirit.
The document calls for an inclusive growth in the state involving every section and ensuring that no one lags behind as the state progresses.
According to the document, a copy of which is in possession of dna, the CM wants to rewrite history of the state by providing quality education to children and youth, access to proper healthcare for all and empowerment of women.
The 77-page long document has the policy programmes framed in accordance with promises made in BJP’s election manifesto “Jan Sanakalp 2013”.
The programmes, to be implemented by state government, address wide range of issues, prominent being solving unemployment among youth. The government will encourage them to become self-reliant by helping them set up micro, small and medium industries and also train them in various skill to enable them take benefits of these schemes.
There is a special focus on brining socially neglected and marginalised people including Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minorities under this inclusive growth plan.
The government will be committed to address potable water crisis both in urban and rural areas and ensure that before 2018, every household in the state has a water connection.
To fast track developmental process, the document calls for connecting every village through proper network of roads, which will promote rural economy. Special stress has been laid on ensuring uninterrupted power supply and generation and use of the renewable energy.
The CM’s promise of building cost effective residential houses for rural and urban poor is also part of the document. About 15 lakh houses, 10 lakh for urban and 5 lakh for rural poor, will be constructed in the first phase.
The document has also put focus on promotion of sports, culture, heritage, tourism and good governance in the state.
With an eye on Lok Sabha polls, a 100-day target based on the document is likely to be given to commissioners and collectors in a meeting scheduled to be held here on Thursday.