The women of Ramgarh village in Chhattarpur district in Madhya Pradesh's drought-affected Bundelkhand region have battled administrative apathy and non-cooperation by elected representatives to find a solution to the severe water problem they are facing.
Jabalpur: The Madhya Pradesh High Court has issued notices to the state government and Chhatarpur Collector for not removing illegal encroachment near Chandra Sagar lake and illegal allotment of 'pattas' near pond area of Chhatarpur.
There is no proper implementation of schemes for people's welfare as announced by the government. As a result several problems are raising their head. This year there has been a record purchase of wheat at the mandis on support price. However, the farmers who could not sell their wheat in the mandis had to sell the same to the cooperative societies. But, they could not get payment as yet. Dozens of farmers of Charkheda, Timarni are experiencing trouble. These farmers had sold 2 thousand quintal wheat at support price to a registered cooperative firm.
A serialised initiative has been undertaken by District Poverty Initiative Programme (DPIP) for making employment available to rural youths. Under this scheme, serialised Job Fairs are being organised in the districts covered under DPIP. Large number of rural youths have secured employment through these Job Fairs. The Job Fairs organised in DPIP jurisdiction districts Rewa, Chhatarpur and Raisen were attended by lakhs of jobless rural youths. In the same series, Job Fairs are also going to be organised in Shajapur, Sidhi, Sagar and Tikamgarh districts.
The problem this year is more acute and many are migrating to towns owing to financial problems occasioned by the drought- Anil Gulati Chhatarpur is one of the 37 districts of Madhya Pradesh, which are reeling under a water crisis and facing drought. This is winter and the worst is yet to come - the summer is yet to set in.