Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Central Zonal Bench, Bhopal) in the matter of Mithlesh Bai Patel Vs State of Madhya Pradesh & Ors. dated 26/03/2014. This Application has been filed by one, Smt. Mithlesh Bai Patel who claims that she is an elected Sarpanch of Village Pratappur, Tehsil Siroha, District Jabalpur and she is filing this Application in larger public interest on behalf of the villagers of Pratappur. She says that she is challenging the order dated 15th May, 2013 in Reference No.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Central Zonal Bench, Bhopal) in the matter of Smt. Mithlesh Bai Patel Vs. State of Madhya Pradesh & Ors. dated 10/02/2014 mining license granted for the purpose of mining laterite.

After the job guarantee scheme played a crucial role in UPA’s reelection the government is working on a plan to reach out to 100 mil lion tribals to ensure remun eration for minor forest pro duce.

New Delhi In a move that is expected to benefit millions of people earning their livelihood from the forest, the government has decided to appoint a special commission for fixing minimum support price (MSP) for minor forest produce like bamboo, mahua and tendu leaves.

The commission is expected to be appointed by January 2013 under the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation (Trifed), tribal affairs minister V Kishore Chandra Deo said on Monday. The Planning Commission has already given its approval for setting up such a commission. “There is a procedure for setting up a commission. We have received a go ahead from the Planning Commission and Trifed will be its nodal agency,” Deo said.

One crore 60 lakh saplings have been planted in the state so far during the current rainy season. Similarly, five lakh saplings of Mahua have also been planted.

Ratan K Pani

PAIKMAL: Lack of rain has left residents of predominantly tribal block Paikmal high and dry. With irrigation still a mirage, the tribals depend on sale of non-timber forest produce (NTFP), mahua in particular, six months a year to eke out a living. For the rest part of the year rainfed agriculture and migration sustain them.

Plants are an integral part of life and culture. Folk songs give an idea of plants growing in the surrounding environs of tribal's and throw light on plant-based practices in usage in various spheres of their lives, including the material benefits derived and recreational opportunities offered. This article talks about the desert plants like khejri, ber and its uses.

Yet government policy has forced many people to give up mahua their nutritious staple food

Secretive. Exploitative. Is the market in Minor Forest Produce unmanageable? sopan joshi finds out

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