MP government dealing firmly with mafias, says Governor | #childabductors

Bhopal, Feb 22 (PTI) The Madhya Pradesh government has
dealt firmly with real estate mafia, freeing encroached land
worth Rs 8,800 crore from their clutches, and other organised
gangs involved in illegal sand mining and abduction of women
and children, Governor Anandiben Patel said on Monday.
In her customary address to the assembly on the first
day of the budget session, she mentioned about the Freedom of
Religion Ordinance which penalises religious conversions by
misrepresentation, allurement, use of threat of force, undue
influence, coercion, marriage or by any other fraudulent

More than 9,500 girls were freed from abductors and
reunited with their families in the state in the last 10
months, Patel said.

My government is dealing sternly with all types of
mafias, including liquor, drug, land, cyber, sand mining,
ration, chit fund, and also history-sheeters and those
involved in crime against women and children by launching a
statewide campaign against them, the Governor said.

The campaign (against mafias and organised gangs) was
launched on April 1, 2020. So far, 500 people linked with land
mafia and encroachments on government land were identified and
more than 3,300 acres of state land worth Rs 8,800 crore were
freed from them by registering 384 cases, Patel said.

In her address, the governor mentioned about the
implementation of the new anti-conversion law, which came into
force in early January, providing for up to 10 years in jail
in some cases and hefty fine for violators.

Besides, action against chit fund mafia resulted in
investors getting back Rs 700 crore so far by registering 268
cases against more than 1,000 accused persons, she said.

Similarly, 172 FIRs were registered against those
involved in adulteration and 10 persons were sent to jail for
the crime under the stringent National Security Act (where one
can be detained without a charge for up to 12 months), the
Governor said.

So far, 227 persons have been arrested and adulterated
edible items worth Rs 400 crore seized by the government,
Patel informed the assembly.

Relevant IPC sections, too, were amended to make a
provision of life imprisonment for adulteration instead of the
earlier six-month jail term, she said.

Referring to the COVID-19 situation in MP, Patel said
the government has taken a slew of measures to deal with the
pandemic like augmenting medical facilities in public and
private sectors.

She said while the testing capacity for COVID-19 was
just 300 in March 2020, it is now more than 30,000 persons per

Eleven months back, the total number of general beds
available for COVID-19 patients was 2,500, while the counts of
oxygen-equipped and ICU beds stood at 230 and 537,
respectively, Patel said.

Due to sustained efforts by the government, the number
of general beds has gone up to more than 5,000. Similarly, the
state now has 9,000 oxygen-equipped beds and over 3,000 ICU
beds for dealing with the coronavirus, she informed.

The governor also highlighted efforts of the
government in areas like agriculture, economy, energy, sports,
education, tourism infrastructure and implementation of
schemes related to Aatmanirbhar MP, housing, cleanliness and
SC/ST welfare.

After the address, the assembly expressed its
gratitude to the governor following which new Speaker Girish
Goutam adjourned the house till Tuesday. PTI MAS

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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