MP CM ends his indefinite fast
Bhopal, Jun 11 (UNI) A day after he started an indefinite fast for the restoration of peace in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ended his indefinite fast in the state capital’s Dussehra Ground today. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kailash Joshi and several elderly peasants offered him coconut water to bring up the moment. Prior to calling off his fast, Mr Chouhan appealed to public to alienate elements that are spreading anarchy and help in establishing peace in the state. He said that those who had spread violence would not be spared while assuring that no action would be taken against innocent persons. He said that the kin of peasants killed in police firing in Mandsaur on June 6 appealed to him to break his fast. He then told public gathered at the site that no violence was reported in the past two days. He then asked them whether he should call off his strike to which he got an affirmative response. Earlier, Mr Chouhan announced ‘Amul’ formula would be implemented for purchase of milk. He announced the formation of a ‘Price Stabilisation Fund’ with Rs 1,000 crore besides the creation of a state agricultural costs and marketing commission to determine remunerative prices. He also announced setting up of a state land use advisory service in pursuance of the Swaminathan Commission.
Mr Chouhan said that the state regime has gone ahead of the Swaminathan Commission in initiating steps for the betterment of agriculture sector. He read out several of the Commission’s recommendations and elaborated on measures taken by the dispensation. Pointing out that the Commission spoke about availability of water, he said that 40 lakh hectare land is being irrigated in the state. He assured that the government would ensure that the Narmada River’s water reaches to the last point. The Chief Minister announced setting up of a state land use advisory service in pursuance of the Swaminathan Commission, which would provide suggestions to peasants in accordance to weather. He said that ‘gyan chaupals’ would be organised to provide latest information to ryots. A ‘kisan bazaar’ would be established to reduce the influence of middlemen. He also mentioned about schemes for providing education and employment to children of farmers. Mr Chouhan’s wife Sadhna Singh, who was also sitting on fast with her husband, also ended her fast.
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