Bhopal, February 4, 2019 – The Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath today met the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at New Delhi and had detailed discussions on issues relating to agriculture and mining to expedite economic activities in the state.

Shri Nath requested early action on 27 cases which are eligible for a grant of mining lease to speed up the state’s economic activities. Shri Kamal Nath apprised the Prime Minister of pendency of 170 such applications eligible for mining lease under Sections 10-A and 2-B of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act. Prompt decision on these proposals will spur the state’s economic activities.

The Chief Minister appreciated the amendment made by the Central Government in the Mine and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act in January 2015. He said that states like Madhya Pradesh are benefiting from the provisions of the District Mineral Fund. At the same time, they are also contributing in improving the other indicators for the development of infrastructure and people of the areas affected by mining activities.

Urges release of 575.90 crores of prize deficit scheme

Shri Kamal Nath also urged the Prime Minister to help release Rs 575.90 crore as the cost of implementing prize deficient payment scheme for the oilseeds. He expressed commitment to implementing Prime Minister’s Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan.

Shri Nath apprised Shri Modi of the prevailing scenario that Madhya Pradesh paid Rs. 1951.80 crore to the farmers as difference in the minimum support price and the model selling price. He said that if this crop had been procured by the Nafed at minimum support price, then administrative costs and losses would be around 2800 crore.

The Chief Minister urged the Prime Minister that in view of the dispensation of sharing 50% cost by the Government of India, Madhya Pradesh should get the remaining Rs.575.90 crore at the earliest.

Urge to fix Soybean target at 26.92 lakh metric tonnes

Shri Nath requested the Prime Minister to allow Madhya Pradesh increase the target for Soybean to 40% i.e. 26.92 lakh metric tonnes in the price deficit payment scheme.

Shri Nath said that in the guideline for PDPS should be at par with that of Price Support Scheme. He urged Shri Modi to approve the PDPS target for Soybean to 40 percent of the State’s production viz – 26.92 lakh metric tonne.