The meeting chaired by the Union Home Minister here was attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Uttrakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, a senior official said.

Giving details of the meeting, UP Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan said it was requested that density of roads should be increased specially in Chhattisgarh. "The issue was raised by Chhattisgarh as length of roads there is very low. MP and UP associated themselves with the demand," he said.

He said that it was requested that length of national highways should be increased. "In Uttar Pradesh, the length of national highway is 3.9 km per lakh population, whereas the national average is 5.6 km per lakh," he said.

The Chief Secretary said the discussions were also held to expedite the ongoing projects, besides on left wing extremism specially in Chhattisgarh and assistance needed to tackle the problem.

"Chhattisgarh CM said that funds were required to solve the problem. At present state governments are charged for deployment of Central forces. It was said that the expenditure should be borne by the centre," he said.

Ranjan said that UP presented a proposal of Rs 650 crore for modernisation of police in three years on which the Home Minister assured to provide assistance and asked to submit the plan.

He said that another issue was related to forest and environment and it was stated that it affected the pace of development therefore the Forest Act should be relaxed.

The chief secretary said that a discussion was also held on mines and minerals and it was stated that it should be kept out of the purview of the Act.

Ranjan said that discussions were held on modernisation of jails and Food Security Act. "It was decided that the states will complete exercise on food security by April," he said.

He said a discussion was also held on the provision of free education under which a student could not be failed upto class eighth.

"To keep a check it was suggested that some amendment should be made for assessment," he said, adding that provision of hostel should also be made in the model schools.

"Discussion was also held on ground water in UP on which the minister assured to consider it," he said, adding that on sharing of assets between UP and Uttrakhand it was decided that the chief secretaries would work out a solution in next 15 days in the matter.

He said that from railway side it was pointed out that crossings were not closed even after flyovers were
constructed.

On administrative reform committee report, the chief ministers said that they would look into the matter. According to Ranjan, from UP side it was also pointed out that fertilisers were not been provided as per the allocation.

Secretary of the Inter-state Council H K Das said the states could coordinate through it and discuss issues among themselves. He said that during the meeting, action taken report on the last meeting held in October 2010 was also discussed.

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