Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with top officials yesterday visited Sherpur and personallymonitored preparations to make the visit "historic". The visit assumes more importance as BJP yesterday won the Maihar by-poll for the second time in the history with more than 28,000 votes.

Chouhan, on behalf of farmers will felicitate Modi as "Kisan Mitra" for launching Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna, Soil Health Card Scheme, National Agriculture Market scheme, relaxing rules for awarding compensation and for launching Kisan Channel, Agriculture department's principal secretary, Dr Rajesh Rajora told reporters.

On the occasion, PM Modi will also distribute soil health cards and compensation to three farmers each as a token. Hewill also handover the trophy of 'Krishi Karman Award' for 2013-14 to Chouhan as he was unable to receive it at a ceremony in Rajasthan.

"Madhya Pradesh has processed claims worth Rs 4,300 crore of nearly 20 lakh farmers - largest by any state in the country so far under the existing crop insurance scheme – whose crops were damaged due to various reasons," he said.

According to an official release, the Prime Minister is likely to arrive at Bhopal's Raja Bhoj Airport 12.55 PM and will leave for Sherpur in a helicopter and reach there at 1.30 PM.

PM Modi will visit Kisan Kalyan Mela at Sherpur and after taking part in the felicitation programme by farmers, he will leave from helipad at 2.45 PM for Bhopal from where he will leave for Delhi at 3.10 PM, it said.

State government has designated Minister for Higher and Technical Education, Uma Shankar Gupta and Revenue Minister, Rampal Singh as Minister-in-Waiting for the visit.

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