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Raman Singh regime completes nine years

Posted on Dec 08, 11:47AM | UNI

Dr Raman Singh-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regime in Chhattisgarh completed nine years in office today.

Claiming that the state made all-round progress during the period despite the Naxal problem, Dr Singh said that since next year is an election year as well as the final year of his second term, the task will be more challenging in the coming days.

"The state government is preparing a roadmap of Chhattisgarh's development for the next 30 years," the Chief Minister said while expressing optimism about scoring a hat-trick -- in the Assembly polls scheduled for November 2013 -- on the development plank.

Talking tough against the Maoist menace, he said though Naxalism is a national problem posing a threat to democracy, Chhattisgarh would take the lead in finding a solution to this decades-old problem.

Dr Singh, popularly known as Chaurwale Baba for his populist Re 1 per kg rice scheme for 34 lakh poor families, said successful implementation of welfare schemes launched by his regime had helped tackle the problem of malnutrition and migration.

Greeting people on the occasion, the Chief Minister said because of the massive mandate given to his party in 2003 and 2008, his government was able to make rapid strides in different spheres and ensure socio-economic development of the people.

The government also earned accolades at the national level for its sustained Gross State Domestic Product growth and unique Public Distribution System model.