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Chouhan urges Centre for a new reserve battalion in Madhya Pradesh

BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday urged the Centre to raise a new reserve battalion in Madhya Pradesh. Chouhan, along with Union Labour Minister and MP from Madhya Pradesh Narendra Singh Tomar called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi in this regard.

Chouhan said that 208th Cobra Battalion was deployed to eradicate Naxalism in Madhya Pradesh, which has been withdrawn now. Rajnath Singh assured Chouhan and Tomar of every possible cooperation in raising a new reserve battalion in Madhya Pradesh.

Referring to increase in agriculture growth rate in Madhya Pradesh and bonus given to farmers, the Chief Minister said that bonus has promoted agriculture production and enthused farmers of Madhya Pradesh are contributing in increasing national agriculture production. Madhya Pradesh has been registering 20 percent agriculture growth rate consecutively for last 3 years.

On the problems of farmers in Madhya Pradesh, the Chief Minister said that excessive rains and hailstorm caused widespread loss to soybean crops in Madhya Pradesh in year 2013. Besides, crops of 31 lakh 46 thousand farmers in 49 out of 51 districts of the state were damaged again by excessive rains and hailstorm in February-March 2014.

He informed the Union Home Minister that the state government distributed relief worth Rs 2150 crore to farmers from its own resources, which was deposited directly in farmers’ bank accounts. He urged the Union Home Minister get sanctioned this relief in the interest of state’s farmers.