MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to release funds in Jabalpur on June 10 for Ladli Behna Yojana

Kumar Shakti Shekhar | TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Jun 8, 2023, 16:40 IST

NEW DELHI: With assembly election in 

Madhya Pradesh

 about six months away, chief minister 

Shivraj Singh Chouhan

 has stepped up efforts to woo all sections of the society. Towards that end, he will distribute Rs 1,000 each to about 1.25 crore women of the state under ‘Mukhya Mantri Ladli Behna Yojana’ at Jabalpur on June 10.

Chouhan will distribute the first instalment of the ambitious scheme which was launched on March 5, 2023. The scheme was launched under the women and child development department with the objective of enabling economic independence of women in the state, sustained improvement in their health and nutrition levels and to strengthen their decision-making role within the family.

Launching the scheme, Chouhan said the women will not have to depend on others for small expenditures as their “Shivraj Bhaiya” is with them.

Under the scheme, Rs 1,000 will be provided every month to women who are residents of the state, are between 23 to 60 years of age and are married (including widowed, divorced and separated women). The money will be transferred to their Aadhaar linked-bank accounts every month from June onwards.

There are 1.89 crore women in the age group of 23 to 60 years in the state. Out of this, 1.25 crore women (66.14%) will be benefitted out of the scheme for which Rs 80,000 crore has been earmarked in the state’s budget.

Women falling under nine criteria have been excluded as beneficiaries of the scheme. They include those whose family’s combined annual income is more than Rs 2.5 lakh, any member of whose family is an income tax payer, any member of whose family is a regular or permanent government employee, who herself is receiving an amount of Rs 1000 or more per month under any scheme of central or state government, whose family member is present or former MP or MLA, whose family member is the chairman, vice-chairman, director or member of any board, corporation or undertaking of government of India or the state government, whose family member is an elected public representative (except panch and up-sarpanch) in the local bodies, whose family members jointly have more than five acres of agricultural land and a four-wheeler (including tractor) is registered in the name of any family member.

Chouhan, who is popular by the nickname of Mama (maternal uncle) has launched a number of schemes for women, girls and boys in the state. He takes pride in calling himself the brother of every woman and maternal uncle of every boy and girl of the state.

Jabalpur has become the centre of political activities. Two days after Chouhan’s programme, Congress general secretary 

Priyanka Gandhi

 Vadra will sound the poll bugle by addressing a rally on June 12 at Jabalpur itself.

A spirited contest is likely to be witnessed between the ruling BJP and the principal opposition Congress in the forthcoming MP assembly election.

Kamal Nath

 was the Congress’s state president during the the 2018 Madhya Pradesh assembly election. 

Jyotiraditya Scindia

 was the party’s state election campaign committee chairperson.

The Congress emerged as the single largest party in a hung assembly. It won 114 of the total 230 seats. It fell short of an absolute majority by just two seats.

The BJP came a close second by winning 109 seats. At 41.02%, the BJP’s vote share was marginally higher than that of the Congress which garnered 40.89% votes.

Both Kamal Nath, 71 at that time, and Scindia, who was 47, staked claim for the CM’s post. They met the then Congress president 

Rahul Gandhi

, who preferred experience over age. As a result, Kamal Nath was sworn in as the CM and a Congress government was formed with the support of other MLAs, including two of Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

But the experiment failed as Scindia, the then Congress general secretary, kept sulking over being ignored for the top job in the state despite having worked hard for the party’s victory over the ruling BJP.

Scindia felt further humiliated as both Kamal Nath and former CM 

Digvijaya Singh

 worked in tandem while sidelining and “humuliating” him.

In March 2020, Scindia resigned from the Congress and joined the BJP along with 22 MLAs who were loyal to him. This caused the downfall of the 15-month-old government led by Kamal Nath.

Chouhan again became the MP CM and formed the government. Most of the Scindia loyalists fought the byelection on the BJP ticket and won. The BJP got an absolute majority after, what is called, ‘Operation Lotus’.

Later, Scindia was awarded the civil aviation portfolio in Prime Minister 

Narendra Modi

’s cabinet.

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