Bhopal, February 17, 2016 (Muslim Saleem): Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that strict action would be taken against those who subject loanees for forced labour. They would be sent to jail. He said that he would himself visit Sahariyan region from Shivpuri to Sheopur. He would interact with Sahariya people and get schemes chalked out for their development and welfare. Mr. Chouhan was addressing labourers assembled under aegis of Bandhua Mukti Morcha at Neelam Park here today. The Chief Minister said that people doing forced labour in lieu of loan are freed with immediate effect. He said that collectors and SPs will undertake monitoring of this work with personal responsibility. They would send to jail the persons subjecting people to forced labour in lieu of loan. He said that his OSD Mr. Komal Singh will tour the state to assess ground reality of implementation of schemes for welfare of forced labourers and the poor. He said that collectors will review employment and rehabilitation of freed forced labourers. Senior divisional officer will monitor the process. Mr. Chouhan invited those present to have meal at CM House and directed for arrangements to send them to their respective villages.
Mr. Chouhan said that the state government is waging war against poverty. Poor families are being provided wheat, rice and salt at the rate of Re. one per kg. He said that free treatment, medicines and tests are being conducted in government hospitals. Scholarships, free books, uniforms etc are being provided to ensure children’s education. He said that the poor persons will be made owners of the land occupied by them by framing law. He said that it is not sure whether one can attain God through worship in temples, observing fasts or doing meditation, but the people who wipe tears from eyes of the poor have Darshan of God certainly in the eyes of the poor. On the occasion, Swami Agnivesh threw light on problems and needs of forced labourers and handed over a memorandum to the Chief Minister.