Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh government starts e-registration of property in 5 districts

Madhya Pradesh has started the facility of e-registration of property documents in 5 districts. This e-registration aims to curb illegal registration and forgery.

  • These five districts include Ujjain, Sehore, Tikamgarh, Balaghat and Anuppur.

Under this facility, people can obtain e-stamp through internet banking or service provider. They may also obtain information about market value of their property and registration fees to be payable on its purchase or sale through internet. Besides, information about registry at any place can be obtained through search and a copy of it could be downloaded online.

This initiative will help to enhance transparency and curb delays in property registration. State government is aiming to launch it all the districts of the state from April 2015.

Bhopal gas tragedy completes 30 years on 3rd December

Bhopal gas tragedy which is considered as the world’s worst industrial disaster has completed 30 years on 3rd December. Members of both the Houses of the Parliament stood in silence for a few minutes as a mark of respect to those who were killed. They even expressed their support and commitment to the people affected by the gas leak.

Bhopal gas tragedy

  • It occurred on the night of 2-3 December 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Over 500,000 people in Bhopal and surrounding area were exposed to Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) gas and other chemicals after gas leak incident.
  • The government of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh confirmed 3,787 deaths as a result of gas leakage. Unofficial estimates exceeded 10,000.
  • More than a half-million people were injured, with many dying from illnesses including lung cancer, kidney failure and liver disease.
  • In 1989, Union Carbide paid $470 million to the Indian government to settle litigation stemming from the disaster.
  • In 2010, eight low-level Indian executives of Union Carbide’s Bhopal subsidiary were convicted of negligence in this tragedy.

Warren M Anderson: In September 2014, former Chairman of Union Carbide Corporation, Warren M Anderson died. He was officially labeled as a fugitive by Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal on 1st February 1992 Bhopal disaster. The judge also called him an absconder for failing to appear at the court hearings in a culpable homicide case. Union government had requested the US government to extradite him several times but it was always denied since the first extradition request in 2003 due to lack of evidence.

Madhya Pradesh becomes first state to formulate defence products investment policy

On 5th November 2014, Madhya Pradesh state government approved its ambitious Defence Products Investment Policy. Madhya Pradesh has become the first state to formulate such a policy in the country. The cabinet meeting was chaired by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Key facts of the policy

  • This policy will help those investors who are willing to invest Rs 500 crore or more for setting up public and private sector defence manufacturing units near Katni, Itarsi, and Jabalpur.
  • 50-acre undeveloped government land will be provided and even land belonging to the closed down and sick units would be purchased for setting up defence equipment manufacturing units.
  • Subsidy will be provided for creating infrastructure and dedicated escort officers would be provided for special units, besides offering a special package to those units making a permanent investment of Rs 500 crore.
  • Besides, vendor units of defence manufacturing plants will be allotted land on sub-lease. Facilities like mother units will be provided to vendor units of big industries if vendor units sell 75 per cent of their products to mother units.
  • Subsidy: Provision for providing subsidy for transporting goods and raw material to and fro the ports.

Under the policy, 50 per cent subsidy will be given on expenditure on power, water and road infrastructure to be created on undeveloped land by defence equipment manufacturing units.

  • Units making permanent investment of Rs. 500 crore will be exempted from entry tax and 2 years exemption from power tariff. They will be given benefits under investment promotion assistance scheme.
  • Road and power to these units will be developed and made available by government.
  • Stamp duty will be reimbursed on purchase of closed, sick or acquired units for setting up defence manufacturing units.