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Madhya Pradesh

Jharkhand

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2001
ON NOVEMBER 15, 2000 when the collective dream of some 22 million people for half-a-century rolled into reality, there was hardly anybody to celebrate. Jharkhand, India's youngest state and one of the richest, was born at midnight. Twenty minutes later, a new government was sworn in to chart out its destiny - a century after the legendary Birsa Munda's call for self-governance.

Pitching in for a pond

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2001
for the people of Mandsaur, Dewas and Dhar districts of Madhya Pradesh drought has been a daily scourge that they learnt to live with. They would wait endlessly for water trains, lock barrels of water to prevent theft and protest sporadically against the scarcity. The recent drought, however, has made the government adopt a novel scheme in which it involved the victims themselves in conserving their lifeline.

Relaxed conditions

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2001
the conditions relating to rejuvenation, replacement, restoration and renovation, which are a part of the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme of the Union government have been relaxed for drought-affected state of Madhya Pradesh. This has been done for the implementation of Rural Water Supply Programme, said Union minister of rural development, M Venkaiah Naidu.

Chattisgarh

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2001
RAIPUR'S air is euphoric. The secretariat, earlier the main civil hospital of the city, still smells of fresh paint. A huge cutout of chief minister Ajit Jogi overlooks its premises, while residents of Raipur eagerly debate the future of this natural resource-rich state and the opportunities it brings. The general belief is that there will be a change towards better governance.

Bhopal revisited

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2000
as preparations for yet another anniversary to mark the Bhopal gas tragedy got underway, a rude shock awaited the victims. The Madhya Pradesh government was reportedly planning to close the down the Gas Relief and Rehabilitation department. Sixteen years ago, a leak of the deadly methyl isocyanate from the Union Carbide claimed more than 2,000 lives.

Leave them alone!

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2000
in the wake of Madhya Pradesh ( mp ) government's controversial decision to denotify parts of its reserve forests, the Supreme Court ( sc ) recently directed all state governments and Union territories not to denotify any area inside the 526 national parks and sanctuaries till further orders. The mp government had made the decision on the ground that it does not have funds to maintain the forests.

The verdict and after

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2000
Get on with it

Damn not the oustees

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2000
The Supreme Court judgement on Sardar Sarovar Project ( ssp ) has a lesson for environmentalists: if the judiciary is asked to decide between the environment and development, it will choose development. Therefore, the judges must be presented with a case that integrates the two issues. In the case of the dam on Narmada, this was not done.

You've got a verdict

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2000

Revamp forest policy

Author(s): Anil Agarwal
Issue Date: Oct 31, 2000
Since forest-dependent communities in India are amongst the poorest people, any bottom-up poverty reduction strategy will have to take forest management into account. Madhya Pradesh ( mp ) chief minister Digvijay Singh's letter to the prime minister asking for a review of the Forest Conservation Act ( fca ) has come not a day too soon. The cm 's letter should have, in fact, asked for a review of the entire forest and wildlife management strategy of the country.
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