Incentive Backfires; Govt

In fulfillment of its commitment to welfare of farmers, Madhya Pradesh government has directly deposited over Rs one thousand crore in the bank accounts of farmers against procurement of wheat on support price in last 25 days. This amount includes bonus paid at the rate of Rs 100 per quintal by the state government.

The status of groundwater situation in Madhya Pradesh monitored by Central Groundwater Board in its January 2011 report shows a decline as compared to levels in previous years.

Groundwater levels have declined in 57 per cent of wells, of which about 40 per cent show a decline up to 2 metre, especially in eastern and central parts of Madhya Pradesh.

The winter season is yet to depart fully. Some time back the farmers crops were hit by frost; now, there are also reports of sudden rains in some parts. Now, news is coming that the groundwater level in the State has fallen by 2 to 3 metres. The lake of the State capital Bhopal at Bhadbhada has started drying. Rainfall during the last few years was less and the lake did not fill up to the brim.

With a view to providing shelters to the 52 thousand rural homeless people, the Chief Minister's Rural Housing Mission would be launched at Sukaldhana village in Hoshangabad district on February 22. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will launch this ambitious mission.

The achievements of Madhya Pradesh Fisheries Federation will be valuated by the State Planning Commission. It was decided at the meeting of Board of Directors (BoD) at Mantralaya on Tuesday. The meeting was chaired by the Fisheries Minister Ajay Vishnoi. Principal Secretary Fisheries Ajita Vajpayee was also present.

Notification for the constitution of Satpura Tiger Reserve buffer zone has been issued today. The notification has been issued after the recommendations of committee of experts and discussions with all Gram Sabha (villages).

There are 55 Gram Sabha (villages) under the buffer zone.

During the last two decades much has been written about the biodiversity richness of country. Avoiding all the numerical details about the documented species an attempt has been made to provide information about the relative forest systems of India. For classifying the vegetation the altitude has been adopted as vital factor in detailing the vegetation.

The state government has allotted Rs 1 crore 15 lakh 39 thousand to 9 districts to pay the long pending relief to the victims of fire, hailstorm and snake bites. This amount has been allotted to the district collectors of Raisen, Betul, Hoshangabad, Ujjain, Badwani, Morena, Tikamgarh, Shahdol and Khargone.

Afforestation and regeneration of degraded forests have been the prime objectives of all forestry activities undertaken by the Forest Department since inception. Poverty reduction and sustainable livelihoods are the two most important issues in JFM.