Mumbai: In a recent development, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said on Saturday that the state government has deposited Rs 13,600 crore in people’s accounts under various schemes in the last one and a half months.
“We are trying our best to help the people during the lockdown. In the last one and a half months, we have disbursed Rs. 13,600 crore to people’s accounts under various schemes. They include farmers, migrant labourers, construction workers, tribals,” a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) quoted Chauhan as saying.
Chauhan said that the state government is working towards attracting industries.
“We are arranging livelihoods for those who became unemployed during the lockout and still have no jobs. We have made policies to attract industries. We are in touch with embassies. Central Commerce. The Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry is also in touch with us,” he said.
“At this time, we do not consider it appropriate to impose a new tax burden. We have sought amendments to the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act. Under this act, the government is allowed to have a fiscal deficit of 3.5 per head. Percentage of GDP. We have urged the central government to allow to 5.5 per cent of GDP, then we will get Rs 15,000 to 16,000 crore separately. The central government is seriously considering it,” he said.
To prevent migration from metropolitan cities, Chauhan said that it is necessary that the state government should lay more emphasis on a small scale and cottage industries and generate employment in villages.
“We have to make small entrepreneurs. MSMEs provide more employment than large scale factories. We have to lay a net of small and cottage industries. The Madhya Pradesh government is working in this direction,” he said.
The Chief Minister also urged people not to gather in large numbers and follow social distancing and other health guidelines to combat COVID-19.