Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has found a novel way to get himself heard by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on issues related to the State. Mr. Chauhan will undertake an indefinite fast – “Savinay Agrah Upwas” -- from February 13 to draw the attention of the Prime Minister to the need for action on certain critical matters.

Writes to Manmohan

Mr. Chauhan has also written a letter to the Prime Minister drawing his attention to the issues raised by him (Mr. Chauhan) during the Chief Ministers' conference on Internal Security held earlier this month in Delhi and has expressed disappointment that none of the issues raised has been addressed by the Prime Minister so far.

Request ignored

In his letter, Mr. Chauhan has drawn Dr. Singh's attention to the fact that Madhya Pradesh had suffered severe crop damage due to the recent cold wave but the State Government's request for a special package has largely been ignored and the State's Central entitlement has been recycled and shown as additional assistance. Mr. Chauhan further writes that his repeated requests for reform in agriculture crop insurance and reviewing the methodology for fixing the minimum support price for agriculture produce have been met with silence or negative responses.

Besides agriculture, Mr. Chauhan's letter also points out pending issues like supply of coal to the State, allocation of foodgrains in consonance with the number of BPL families in the State, revision of allocation under Indira Awas Yojana and the shutting off of funding for Madhya Pradesh under the Prime Minister's Grameen Seva Yojana.