Maharashtra government will spend Rs.

Jairam Ramesh finalises action plan for Saranda forest area in Jharkhand
The Central action plan entails an expenditure of about Rs.325 crore, besides the budgetary allocation under various heads covering the 56 villages of six panchayats of Saranda to benefit a population of about 36,000 tribals.

It includes free distribution of solar lantern, bicycles, and transistors to 7,000 families at an estimated cost of Rs.5.2 crore and 200 hand pumps at a cost of Rs.1.2 crore.

Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh has called for fast tracking construction of rural roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in Naxalite-affected districts.

A tribal village in Gadchiroli that has pioneered the community management of forest land and produce, this week added a new feather in its cap — it became the first village in the country to earn

This is a war the jury backed unequivocally.

Out of 102,692 children aged zero to six, 779 are in severe malnutrition category
Four-year-old Pravin Maskare has spent a fortnight at the Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) in Gondia where his weight increased to 8.3 kg. Even that is far from the ideal, but his mother is unwilling to let him continue here for another week, despite medical advice.

Gadchiroli in Maharashtra may have acquired the model district status for clearing a record number of community forest rights (CFR) claims, but its 298 villages are angry with the forest department for stripping them of the basic right to manage forest produce.

Over the last one year, villagers of Ghati in Gadchiroli have kept timber out of the forest department

In April this year, Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra made history. One of its villages became the country’s first to win the right to sell and harvest bamboo. Down To Earth reports how India's largest paper manufacturing company Ballarpur Industries Limited (BILT) is using most of the bamboo in Maharashtra, leaving little for residents.

Maharashtra government has demanded the Planning Commission to grant an environmental bonus for Gadchiroli to develop this region, known for its green cover.

"We have demanded environmental bonus for Gadchiroli in our recent meeting with the Planning Commission as the region has 85-87% forest cover, which has hampered development there," chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said.

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