Works taken up as part of NREGA scheme were found to help maintain ground water levels, aiding crop productivity

The UPA government’s flagship employment guarantee programme can play an important role in conserving natural resources and sustaining water supply and food production, according to a study. Conceived to provide livelihood security for the rural poor, the scheme can also help reduce and counter the impact of climate change in villages, according to the study, “Environmental Benefits and Vulnerability Reduction through Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme” by IISc, Bangalore in collaboration with the rural development ministry and the German international co-operation agency, GIZ.

In a move to bring down the man-animal conflict and early and safe rescue of wildlife, forest department has created four new rescue teams for Indore, Dhar, Jhabua and Alirajpur.

A group of researchers in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh has claimed to have found traces of a paleo-river.

A paleo-channel or paleo-river is an inactive river or water stream buried under sediment. Due to geological activities, the nearly 65 million year-old river might have got covered under basaltic lava, said Vishal Verma of the Mangal Panchayatam Parishad. The Parishad is engaged in exploration of the Narmada Valley.

Over Rs73 crore has been sanctioned for 23 road construction projects in various divisions of the State.. These roads will cover a total distance of 120.91.

The Supreme Court has pulled up the Centre for not being serious about cleaning up the toxic waste lying around for the past 28 years at the defunct Union Carbide plant in Bhopal. At a special hearing by the Court's Vacation Bench on Monday, the Judges asked if the Government's attitude stemmed from the fact that the victims were poor.

“You are not sure even after 28 years. It is because the people affected, and living in Bhopal, are poor. It is a failure on your part to deal with this,” said the Bench, consisting of Justices G.S. Singhvi and S.J. Mukhopadhyay.

A large population, especially children, in 27 of the 50 Madhya Pradesh districts are threatened by the fluorosis menace as people in these districts are being forced to drink water with excessive

Concerned about the serious threat posed by huge toxic material left in Union Carbide’s Bhopal plant after the 1984 gas tragedy, the Supreme Court on Thursday summoned top officials of the Union and MP government to suggest measures for its early disposal.

A bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and S.J. Mukhopadhyaya sought the presence of Union environment and chemical secretaries and Madhya Pradesh’s secretary for “Bhopal gas tragedy rehabilitation department” on Friday to give “assistance” to the court as how 350 tones of toxic waste deposited in Carbide plant should be disposed off as early as possible.

Vasudha Vikas Sansthan with the help of WaterAid and with technical Support of Peoples’ Science Institute, Dehra Doon undertook fluoride testing and fluorosis mitigation Programme in Tirala, Dharampuri and Umarban bloks of Dhar district. The program began in November 5th, 2008.

In order to ensure self help groups better livelihoods opportunities by strengthening them, the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) would be implemented in ten districts of the state that include - Mandla, Dindori, Balaghat, Shahdol, Anuppur, Sheopur, Dhar Jhabua Badwani and Aalirajpur. The NRLM would be implemented by the State Livelihoods Forum.

The State Government have allocated an amount of Rs. 44 lakh 18 thousand for transportation of drinking water in four districts - Dindori, Dhar. Anuppur and Datia.
Out of the sanctioned amount, a sum of Rs. 21 lakh has been allotted to Dindori district, Rs. 10 lakh to Dhar district, Rs. seven lakh to Anuppur district and Rs. six lakh 18 thousand to Datia district.