Bhopal: Kamal Nath meets PM, seeks release of pending fund

Bhopal: Kamal Nath, after assuming the charge of Chief Minister, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time on Monday. The Chief Minister sought the release of the pending grants related to minimum support price (MSP) of Tilhan. Nath asked for the expeditious release of Rs 575 crore for Tilhan to the state.

Nath said the Central government was supposed to contribute half of the amount under ‘Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyaan’, however, merely Rs 400 crore out of Rs 1951 crore had been received from the Centre so far. Nath also requested the Central government to decide soon in 27 cases eligible for grant of mining lease.

The chief minister also discussed with Modi on mining resources in the state. Nath told Modi about the initiatives taken by him in using mining resources of the state in development and employment. Nath also appreciated the steps taken by the Centre in maintaining transparency in allotment of mining resources. Nath had not gone to meet Modi after assuming the office of the Chief Minister. Two days ago, Modi had raised questions on the state government about farm loan waiver. Nath in his reply had accused Modi of speaking a lie.

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