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Where is the money

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, India, is announcing doles that add up to thousands of crores in state funds. Chouhan's election-year spending sprees will leave the state finances in a mess, feels the editorial commentator of India Today. Last week, targeting the labour sector Chohan announced Rs 4000 for every pregnant woman, with a further Rs 12,500 to be given after childbirth. Compensation for the death of the head of the family, medical treatment, housing, education of wards up to doctorate level, coaching fees for children, loans to start their own business and flat electricity rates are some of the other sops worked pout for the sector. Initial estimates by the finance department suggest Rs 5000 crores will be needed. Cultivators will get Rs 200 per quintal for wheat production.The total payout of Rs 1660 crores will go to about 740,000 farmers. They will get an extra Rs 100 for every quintal of gram, mustard and moong dal to be procured at the central government MSP. Chouhan's government plans to procure over 10 lakh tons of gram. And it is not just farmers. In April, the state announced a three and a half fold rise in the wage of 97000 anagwadi workers and increased the retirement age of state employees from 60 to 62. Chouhan's generosity even extends to journalists who now have a Rs 4 lakh insurance cover. The state will also subsidise housing loans taken by them State finance minister, Jayant Malaiya says that these are public welfare measures and the government will find the funds. — India Today

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