Gadkari praises Madhya Pradesh for promoting the bamboo sector

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bamboo2New Delhi: Union Road Transport, Highways and Sea Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has congratulated Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for bamboo-based innovations and the state government’s initiative in this direction.

In a letter, Gadkari has expressed the hope that Madhya Pradesh will lead the country in the bamboo sector. Referring to recent consultation meeting on “Bamboo As Change Agent for a Better Country” at India Trade Centre in New Delhi, Gadkari said that this meeting was historic in respect of chalking out the roadmap and taking forward the new concept of bamboo-based development in India.

Gadkari has underscored a few major points discussed at the consultation meeting, including efforts to get the bamboo development task force included in NITI, preparation of white paper by all Ministries on efforts made in this sector, coordination between all concerning departments and organisations regarding bamboo, and the necessity of a National Bamboo Development Policy and the need to organise a Global Bamboo Summit to boost international bamboo trade.

The Union Minister has told the chief minister that he has asked Mission Director Madhya Pradesh Bamboo Mission A.K. Bhattacharya to ensure proper action regarding decisions taken at the consultation meeting.

Union Road Transport Minister Gadkari chaired the consultation meeting held by the Central Government in coordination with Madhya Pradesh State Bamboo Mission, which was attended among others by Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Joel Uraon, Union Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh, Union Science & Technology and Geology Minister Harshvardhan, Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industries Nirmala Sitaraman, Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Industries Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of State for Rural Development Sudarshan Bhagat and bamboo experts from India and abroad. Madhya Pradesh has been appointed coordinator for this project.

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2 comments on “Gadkari praises Madhya Pradesh for promoting the bamboo sector
  1. Sounds good but we should not forget that Madhya Pradesh has lost all the bamboo forest in 17 districts (including districts that are now in Chhattisgarh State). At present only Balahat district is having what we can call good bamboo forest. A large part of even this bamboo forest – nearly 50000 hectare – we lost due to gregarious flowering in the year 2004-2005. Nothing was done to save the bamboo forest that we have lost. Rge remaining bamboo forest may also vanish in future. The Government has no strategy to rehabilitate gregariously flowered bamboo forest – a cycle that occurs every 40 years. same is the story in other parts of India. We should not forget that a large number of wild species are dependent on bamboo for shelter and food.

  2. Bamboo, a very potential source of fibre and livelihoods of tribals has been discovered time and again with several initiatives but they have not achieved to intended/desired results. this time let us hope the mistakes will not be repeated.

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