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Madhya Pradesh

Scheme for tribalfolk

Issue Date: May 31, 2000
the tribal community of Bastar district of Madhya Pradesh will be involved in a scheme to process minor forest produce. With an estimated expenditure of Rs 16 crore, the scheme will provide employment opportunities to the tribals who will be involved in processing, marketing and transportation of minor forest produce. Besides this, there are also plans to promote horticulture and animal husbandry among the people.

A political drought

Author(s): Anil Agarwal
Issue Date: May 31, 2000
During one of the meetings of the World Water Commission, which recently submitted its report in The Hague to a bevy of water ministers, a member had strongly emphasised the need for educating politicians about the importance of water. I, however, found that argument incorrect because I have rarely met a politician, especially in India, who will not emphasise the importance of water. The real problem is that hardly any of them know how to solve the water problem. Teaching them is difficult.

Catching water where it falls

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2000
for years, Dewas district in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh, has been facing the grim prospect of desertification following the unregulated use of groundwater in the region. But it seems a people's movement launched by M Mohan Rao, district magistrate, may yet manage to avert such a fate.

Going places

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
At the instance of the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh has been invited to inaugurate a workshop on community-based watershed management at the Second World Water Forum to be held in The Hague in March. The invitation comes in the wake of recent success in implementing the novel technique in his state.


Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
Wildlife authorities in Assam are set to conduct a week-long census at all wildlife habitats in the state to estimate the tiger population. This is part of a countrywide tiger census to be taken up in the current year. Monkeys have become an endangered species in the Northeast due to certain tribes hunting them for food and medicinal use and also the superstition that a simian skull wards off evil spirits.

People's participation

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2000
madhya Pradesh has set a record by being the first state in the world to implement the new concept of People Protected Area (ppa). Introduced under the United Nations Development Programme (undp), the measure allows for sustainable and effective use of non-wood forest products (nwfp).

Follow up

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2000
Two years after the first agitation against the Maheshwar hydel power project at Jalud in Khar-gone, Madhya Pradesh, activists of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) have yet again mobilisedvillagers to embark on a non-violent, direct action to stall work at the site.

Zeroing in on coir

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2000
A ban on the use of forest wood had forced Tata Steel, based in Jamshedpur, Madhya Pradesh to look for an alternative to replace wooden dunnages (mats) used as separators between stacks of sheet/ plate packets during shipment. The company has come out with an alternative using the eco-friendly coir mats. Developed by Vysali Coir, Coir-Atlas is capable of sustaining 25 metric tonnes of static load and 40 metric tonnes of dynamic load. It can withstand temperature extremes and is also waterproof ( Nandini Chemical Journal , Vol 7, No 4).

Ghelhar Choti (Jhabua) Participatory success

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2000
A micro-watershed management project was launched under the Rajiv Gandhi Mission for Watershed Development in this village of Jhabua district in 1996. Since then, a lot has changed. The underground aquifers have been recharged and all the eight handpumps in the village yield water throughout the year, says Bhurji Bhawar of the village's watershed committee.

Short-term plans, long-term disasters

The government of Gujarat has launched a project worth Rs 70 crore to dig 120 bores in the Wankaner taluka of Rajkot district to supply drinking water to Rajkot city. At present, the city is supplied water for 20 miniutes every two days. According to P V Trivedi, district magistrate of Rajkot, the project is part of a 'short-term' policy. But there is great resistance to it among political circles.
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