PM Modi chairs high level meeting with Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on drought & water scarcity in the state
MP CM outlined the preparations for implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana
PM Modi holds separate meetings with Chief Ministers of the drought-affected States
Highest ever relief given to farmers in Madhya Pradesh, 61 lakh benefited
PM Modi, MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan discuss strategies to increase awareness about water conservation and storage
PM Modi, Madhya Pradesh CM discuss steps for tree plantation & protection in the catchment area of the River Narmada

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a high level meeting on the drought and water scarcity situation in parts of Madhya Pradesh. The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, was present in the meeting. Senior officials from the Government of India, and the State of Madhya Pradesh, were also present.

Initiating the discussion, the Prime Minister said he is holding separate meetings with Chief Ministers of the drought-affected States, to assess the specific requirements of each, and to focus attention on both immediate and long term measures.

An amount of Rs. 1875.80 crore has been released to the State under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), after adjustments of the State balances. This is in addition to Rs 657.75 crore released as central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2015-16 to the State. A further amount of Rs. 345.375 crore has been released as first instalment of SDRF for 2016-17.

The Chief Minister thanked the Prime Minister for his initiative to hold meetings with all drought-affected States. Apprising the Prime Minister of steps being taken for drought relief, he said that 61 lakh farmers have been given a total of Rs. 4664 crore as relief assistance. This is the highest ever in the State of Madhya Pradesh.

The Chief Minister further said that due to preparatory steps taken over the last ten years, the State was relatively well placed to tackle the drought. These steps included creation of water storage structures. He said that despite the second successive year of deficient monsoon, transportation of water is required only in 113 villages. Even if it does not rain till the end of June, this number will be only around 400 villages out of approximately 50,000 villages. He also said that the State is giving highest priority to the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana.

The Chief Minister also outlined the preparations for implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.

The Prime Minister and the Chief Minister discussed various agriculture measures including micro-irrigation, use of liquid fertilizer, use of space technology, and focus on building farm ponds.

The Prime Minister and the Chief Minister discussed strategies to increase awareness about water conservation and storage, and involving the youth organizations such as NCC, NSS, NYKS, and Scouts and Guides, in these activities. They discussed enhanced steps for tree plantation and protection in the catchment area of the River Narmada.

The meeting ended with a resolve on the part of the Centre and State to work together.

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You hold the key to a better future and a Viksit Bharat: PM Modi at a public meeting in Aligarh

At the Aligarh event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted with love and admiration from all corners of Uttar Pradesh. He shared his transparent vision of a Viksit Uttar Pradesh and a Viksit Bharat with the crowd, reaffirming his commitment to serving every citizen of the country.

Initiating his spirited speech, the PM remarked, “When I first came to Aligarh, I asked you to lock away the factories of nepotism, corruption, and appeasement. You locked them so tight that even the two Shehzaades can't find the key. Today, I'm back to urge the people of Aligarh and Hathras. You hold the key to a better future and a Viksit Bharat. It's time to rid our country of poverty, corruption, and dynastic politics.”

Painting a vivid contrast, PM Modi highlighted the stark difference: "Once, bombs and shells rattled our borders daily, but now, all is calm. Terrorist attacks and serial blasts were routine, but not anymore. Under Article 370, separatists thrived in Jammu and Kashmir, but now they're silenced. Curfews were a daily ordeal in Aligarh, but not anymore. Under the SP government, riots, murders, and gang wars plagued us. Today, under Yogi ji's governance, peace reigns, and our sisters and daughters walk freely, without fear."

“Parties like Congress-SP always practised appeasement politics and never did anything for the political-social-economic upliftment of Muslims,” the PM added.

PM Modi enlightened the audience about several developmental initiatives aimed at uplifting various sections of society, PM Modi reflected that he had requested the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia to increase the Haj quota. “Today, not only has India's Haj quota increased but visa rules have also been made easier. The government has also allowed women to go for Haj without Mehram,” the PM mentioned.

Taking a firm stand against the opposition and their selfish motives, PM Modi emphasized, “The INDI Alliance members are hopeless, unwilling to look towards the future. They question why I speak of a developed India or making us the third-largest economic power. All they care about is their family and power greed.”

“Today, I must warn the people of Aligarh and the nation about the dangerous intentions of the Congress and INDI Alliance. The Congress and its allies have set their sights on your hard-earned money and property. The Congress leader has openly declared that if they come to power, they will investigate everyone's earnings and property, even down to how much gold women possess, how many FDs employees have, and how much land farmers own. They plan to confiscate property and money as they see fit, based on a survey they conduct. This is akin to communist ideology, which has ruined many countries. Now, they want to implement this policy in India. They want to seize your hard-earned money and property. These family-oriented politicians have amassed vast fortunes by looting the people. They have never shared their wealth with the poor. Now, they have their eyes on the wealth of the people,” the PM exposed the harsh realities of the opposition.

Training his guns further at Congress, PM Modi asserted, “The Congress considers it its birthright to plunder the wealth of the people, loot the nation's assets. The Congress, which engaged in corruption in every defence purchase, could never have built a defence corridor here. But now, our Uttar Pradesh is now becoming a major hub of self-reliant India, a self-reliant army. Just a few days ago, we exported the first batch of BrahMos missiles to the Philippines. In the coming days, these lethal BrahMos missiles will also be manufactured in Uttar Pradesh.”

Stressing how the BJP is strengthening the power of every industry in the region, PM Modi remarked, “BJP is supporting the One District One Product initiative to boost your work. Whether it's the locks of Aligarh, the asafoetida of Hathras, metal industries, garment industries, or gulal industries, the BJP government is dedicated to bolstering every sector.”

PM Modi also spoke about several development schemes that empower both agriculture and farmers here, stating, “BJP has also pledged in its Sankalp Patra to establish special storage clusters for potato, tomato, and onion farmers, which will greatly benefit the farmers of Aligarh and Hathras.”

In his concluding remarks, PM Modi exhorted the people of Aligarh and Hathras, “Now, to build a developed India, we need a strong government in India. For this, you need to vote for the BJP, vote for the NDA. I have one more request for you. Go door-to-door, tell them that Modi ji has said, ‘First vote, and then refreshment’.