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Central sector companies to invest crores of rupees in Madhya Pradesh

BHOPAL: On the initiative of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, major central sector companies including Steel Authority of India, National Mineral Development Corporation, Hindustan Copper Limited, NALCO and MOIL Limited will invest crores of rupees in Madhya Pradesh.

Union Minister for Steel, Mines and Employment Narendra Singh Tomar and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan discussed investment opportunities and other issues pertaining to Madhya Pradesh here on Wednesday. Tomar took several important decisions.

After review of employment situation, it was decided that a model ITI will be opened in the state. Besides, one of the 12 advanced training centres proposed in the country will be established in Madhya Pradesh. The Chief Minister said that the state government will make available land for it.

Tomar said that gift of ITIs will be given to Madhya Pradesh’s 134 unserviced development blocks. He informed that such trades will be conducted in consultation and coordination between ITI s and industries, which are needed by industries and which have more employment possibility. Model career centres will also be opened in the interest of youths.

The meeting also held detailed discussions on issues pertaining to mineral resources development and mining. The Chief Minister said that the state government is fully committed to ensuring transparency in issues related to mineral resources and mining. A geochemical survey of state’s mineral resources will be undertaken to assess exact quantity of deposits. The work will be entrusted to National Mineral Resources Development Corporation. For this, an agreement will be signed between the state government, NMDC and Geological Survey of India. The work will be completed in 3 years. Tomar said that this system will be proposed for entire country to know exact quantity of mineral deposits.

On the proposal of Steel Authority of India (SAIL), the Chief Minister gave consent for iron ore in Chhatarpur district. SAIL will establish a steel plant costing Rs. 12 thousand crore on 1500 acres. The Chief Minister said that this plant will create employment in the state. A proposal was made on behalf of SAIL in view of deposits of iron ore in Jabalpur.

NMDC made a proposal for mining in Panna in view of availability of 10 million carat diamond deposit there. It was also informed that scientific proofs have come up for presence of diamond in Tikamgarh also. This will cause no harm to tiger reserve. State-of-the-art technique will be used in it.

Hindustan Copper Limited sought permission for mining of 5 MT copper in Malajkhand in Balaghat district. The company has sought permission for mining in the area adjoining Malajkhand. The Chief Minister said that value addition is necessary with mining for increasing employment opportunities in the area. He said that warehousing facility will be provided to Hindustan Copper.

Manganese Ore India wished to invest Rs. 200 crore in solar energy sector. National Aluminium Company proposed to set up a production unit of wind and solar energy under PPP mode.

Tomar informed that Employees Provident Fund Organisation will make available funds for construction of a 300-bed hospital at Indore and new hospital at Pithampur. Similarly, a dispensary will be established at Budni to examine health of labourers in view of density of industries there.