BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, rail and food minister Piyush Goyal and agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar during his visit to Delhi on Friday.
Chouhan demanded from these ministers the outstanding amount meant for Madhya Pradesh.
In a meeting with Goyal, Chouhan sought Rs 10, 700 crore outstanding amount. The state is yet to get from the Centre the amount spent on distribution of wheat, rice and other items among the poor during the corona pandemic. Chouhan requested the Centre to give that amount that is Rs 7,000 crore. Chouhan said the part payment for the grains bought under minimum support price has been pending for a few years. The amount is Rs 3,700 crore. He requested Goyal to give that amount. He also requested Goyal to lift 84 lakh MT of old wheat so that there happens to be enough room to store the new wheat.
Chouhan also sought funds for construction of 105 railways over bridges and under passes. Centre will pay half of the funds for the construction work, and the state will arrange half of it. Chouhan said he had sought Rs 330 crore from Sitharaman for setting up infrastructure. A sum of Rs 660 crore has been sanctioned for it. To consider borrowing under PM Swanidhi Yojna, the banks demand CIBIL rating. Chouhan urged Sitharaman that the banks should be asked not to demand CIBIL rating for sanctioning loans under that scheme. The Chief Minister also met BJP national president J P Nadda and informed him about the works going on in the state.