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MP Chief Minister Chouhan bats for speedy clearance of development works in National Parks and buffer areas

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Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singhi Chouhan met Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on June 4, 2015
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singhi Chouhan met Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on June 4, 2015

New Delhi: Chief Minister of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan today met Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and climate Change (independent charge) Prakash Javadekar and brought to his notice difficulties being faced by the state government due to “non-clearance and delay in granting clearance” of development works in National Parks by the Union Ministry of Forests and Environment.

During his meeting with the Union Minister, the chief minister emphasised the need to start tourist activities in buffer areas of national parks asserting that this would provide employment to the local people and also make them emotionally attached with forests.

The Chief Minister expressed concern stating that the maintenance of the National Highway in Seoni district of MP and its conversion into to 4-lane highway is held up. He informed that Seoni national highway can neither be maintained properly nor expanded since the clearance for this has not been given by Ministry of Forests and Environment.

Chouhan also drew Javadekar’s attention towards the Mahan and Imaliya coal blocks where all work has come to a standstill. He said that this is leading to loss of revenue to the state. The Chief Minister said that the state government be allowed to invite tender to re-start the work in order to compensate the revenue loss. In this context, he informed the Union Minister that the area for compensatory afforestation has already been identified.

The Chief Minister expressed concern over the declining number of tigers in Panna district. He urged the Union Minister to release additional funds under CAMPA to re-settle villagers residing inside the Tiger Reserve. Chouhan said that there is no conflict between development works and environment. Balance should be struck between the two. Javadekar gave the assurance that hurdles in development works due to non-clearance from Ministry of Forests and Environment would be removed soon. Principal Secretary to the chief minister S.K. Mishra and Resident Commissioner of madhya Pradesh in Delhi Shri R.K. Chaturvedi were also present.

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.