BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who has completed 11 years as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, has said that his job is to work honestly. Only the people know the secret behind his durability in office.
The Free Press Journal had an exclusive interview with Chouhan on this occasion. Excerpts:
FP: You have completed 11 years as CM. Have you achieved what you had set out to?
CM: We are coming closer to fulfilling the agenda drawn by us for development of the state. The changes in the state, after the BJP coming to power, are clearly visible. Irrespective of this, there is lot more to be done in the coming times.
FP: What are the things which could not be done?
CM: Work has been done in all the sectors but education and health are two sectors where more efforts are needed. The rural areas are still facing shortage of doctors and attempts are being made to address this problem. Significant changes will be witnessed in the coming two years in this area.
FP: Why corruption could not be checked?
CM: Madhya Pradesh remains in the news for action taken against the corrupt. I do not want to take names, but if raids are conducted in some other states, corruption in our state would pale in comparison. We are implementing the policy of zero tolerance to corruption and would continue to do so.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who has completed 11 years as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, has said that his job is to work honestly. Only the people know the secret behind his durability in office.
FP: It is said that officers take advantage of your humility?
CM: Neither any officer takes advantage of my humility nor anyone can do so. I have taken stern action whenever needed but I don’t believe in running the government with an iron hand. Officers in the state are working well and I have faith in Team Madhya Pradesh.
FP: It is said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move of demonetisation has led to inconvenience to people. What is your view?
CM: The Prime Minister himself had said that people would have to face inconvenience for some days. Whenever any big decision is taken, inconveniences are unavoidable. I am certain that demonetisation would put a tab on black money, terrorism and corruption.
FP: When you took oath in 2005, did you ever think that you would play such a long innings?
CM: I do not believe in length (of innings) but in quality. A chief minister should not work as a ruler but as a member of the public. Even today I feel elated when any old lady, rightfully stops me in public, to narrate her woes.
FP: What are your future plans?
CM: My biggest goal is to ensure that every person must have a piece of land to build his own house. I intend to work hard on the schemes launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi related to housing for all.
FP: In politics, becoming a chief minister is a big achievement. What is your next wish?
CM: I did not enter politics aspiring for any post. BJP is the only party where an ordinary worker like me could reach to the post of chief minister. It is my wish to serve people. I never aspired for any post nor do I do so.