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Madhya Pradesh is pride of India: PM Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the beneficiaries of SVAMITVA scheme in Madhya Pradesh, through video conferencing on October 06, 2021.

New Delhi/Bhopal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday 6 October said Madhya Pradesh is pride of India when it comes to implementation of schemes and development.

Madhya Pradesh is a pioneer in digital records and the State has taken rapid strides in the development spehere, the Prime Minister said. He was launching the SVAMITVA Scheme in Madhya Pradesh via video conferencing from New Delhi.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister electronically distributed 1.71 lakh e-property cards to residents of about 3,000 villages in 19 districts.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said availing loans from the banks have become easier with the launch of the PM SVAMITVA scheme. He lauded Madhya Pradesh for the speed with which it has implemented the scheme. Today 1.70 lakh families received cards in 3000 villages of the state. He said that this card will become a vehicle of prosperity for them.

The Prime Minister said though it is often said that the soul of India resides in villages, even decades after the independence, the villages are still in shackles. The power of the villages, the land and the houses of the people of the village could not be fully utilized for their development. On the contrary, the energy, time and money of the people of the village were wasted in disputes, fights, illegal occupations over village land and houses.

The Prime Minister complimented the villages for their performance during the corona period. He noted how the villages of India worked together and tackled the pandemic.

The Prime Minister stated that the SVAMITVA Scheme is not just a scheme to provide property documents, but it is also a new mantra for development and improving trust in the villages of the country with the help of modern technology. “The Udan Khatola (drone) that is flying in villages and localities for the survey is giving a new flight to the villages of India,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the efforts of the government for the last 6-7 years is to make the poor free from dependence on anyone. Now, money is being sent directly to the bank accounts of farmers under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi.

Reconstituted Madhya Pradesh State Wildlife Board: High Court allows revision of petition challenging nominations as violative of the Wild Life (Protection) Act

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Photo © Lalit Shastri

Jabalpur/Bhopal: A two-Judge Bench of Jabalpur High Court presided by Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and comprising Justice Anil Verma has allowed petitioner Ajay Dubey to file an application to amend the original petition challenging the formation of the Madhya Pradesh Wildlife Board by the previous state Government headed by Kamal Nath since the present BJP Government has disbanded that Board and constituted a new one. 

The High Court has given 4 weeks time to the petitioner to make the application for amendment in the petition. The original petition pointed to gross violation of the provisions for nomination of members in the State Wildlife Board under the Wildlife (Protection) Act. 

Aditya Sanghi, the counsel  for petitioner Ajay Dubey submitted during the hearing on Saturday through video conferencing that the respondent, i.e., State had passed a fresh order  re-constituting  the  Board on 20 November 2020. 

Another petition filed by senior journalist and eminent environmentalist Lalit Shastri in the same matter is also linked with the petition filed by Ajay Dubey. Shastri’s counsel in this case are Praveen Kumar Pandey and Suman Dubey.

Click links below to check background of this case:

Exclusion of some experts puts a question mark on the reconstituted MP State Wildlife Board

State Wildlife Board: Madhya Pradesh Government is in the dock and has a lot to answer

Petition challenging the reconstitution of Madhya Pradesh Wildlife Board: Jabalpur High Court serves notice to MP Government

Jabalpur High Court admits petition against reconstitution of State Wildlife Board

If you have “special interest in wildlife” you could be a member of State Wildlife Board in Madhya Pradesh

CREW launches Wild Madhya Pradesh

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Bhopal: Crew – Crusade for Revival of Environment and Wildlife, a not for profit organisation, Sunday 27 June, launched on Youtube a wildlife documentary titled “Wild Madhya Pradesh”.

Through this documentary, Lalit Shastri, founder President of CREW, especially addresses the young generation across the world urging them to come closer – much closer to nature and wildlife.

The documentary underscores how the tiger began its journey on Earth about 2 million years ago and has roamed in the Central Indian Highlands for billions of days and nights.
Central India is the heart of India’s wildlife. For several million years this part of the world has remained covered with Asian sub-continent’s largest forest tracts that have all through remained a perfect tiger habitat. Around 15 to 20 % of the world’s tigers, of course in the natural habitat, are found in this landscape.

We are trustees of nature, biodiversity, flora, fauna, rivers and forest ecosystems. We have to watch and protect our forests and wildlife from reckless exploitation for human greed. – Lalit Shastri

Water Capital of India

The Central Indian Highlands and the river basins of Madhya Pradesh form a huge watershed with Narmada river along with Chambal, Betwa, Son, Mahi and their tributaries charging rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Tapti, Mahanadi and Godavari. This landscape ideally should be treated as the water capital of India since it broadly takes care of almost 40 per cent of the water requirement of at least 10 Indian States.

The herbivore population in this territory is mainly represented by gaur, also called the Indian Bison, sambar, cheetal or the spotted deer and black buck. This region is also famous for the hard ground barasingha.

Kanha Tiger Reserve

The Kanha Tiger Reserve, apart from supporting the tiger population, has also played an important role continuously for so many years and saved from extinction the highly endangered hard ground barasingha – the last world population of this deer species.

Only recently, a few Barasinghas from Kanha have been relocated in Bori Sanctuary while some also have been brought to Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal.

Bori – the first Protected Area in the Country

When Bori sanctuary near Hoshangabad was declared a Protected Area by the British in 1861, it became the first Protected Area in the country.

Due to the forest management practices, we can still see living forests in this Central Indian landscape and one can truly call it a perfect tiger habitat.

Panna Tiger Reintroduction Project

The Panna Tiger Reintroduction Project was taken up to repopulate the Panna Tiger Reserve in 2009 after the last of the Panna tigers had vanished. History was created when a Panna tiger–Panna-212 discovered the Panna-Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve corridor and paired with a tigress in the Sanjay Tiger Reserve adjoining Bandhavgarh in 2017.

Living Forests

If we want to protect the tiger, we shall have to ensure our forests remain living forests. A forest can be a living forest only when the different strata of the forest community are intact; when there is abundance of grass, shrub, moisture, and enough worms, insects and reptiles to burrow the soil and make the ground porous to allow rainwater to percolate and recharge ground water; and when there are birds, bees and butterflies that serve as pollinators and seed dispersing agents.

Our forests can regenerate only when all this is constant. Let us not forget that the ecosystem has to be intact for survival of not only the carnivores and herbivores but also humankind.

The wildlife footage for thee documentary – Wild Madhya Pradesh – has been shot over a 20-year period. Most of the video footage used for this documentary has been recorded on first-generation DV handy-cams that could be treated as symbols of evolving technology. It has been produced to build awareness about conservation and protection of biodiversity, forest and wildlife. The documentary showcases the flora and fauna of Madhya Pradesh in its full grandeur. It contains exclusive video footage with special focus on Tiger that sits at the apex of the biotic pyramid and has to be protected at all cost.

Today tiger is greatly threatened. Only if we protect the tigers and ensure they continue to breed in their natural habitat we will be able to address the problem of climate change and guarantee the survival of humankind.

Just sit back and enjoy the documentary

Just sit back and enjoy the magnificent wildlife of Central Indian Highlands and treat this video as an ode to Wild Madhya Pradesh.

Forest staff attacked by encroachers in Madhya Pradesh

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Bhopal: A team of forest department that went to evict encroachers who were using bulldozers and porclain machine to level and plough a large area of illegally occupied forest land in the Berasia forest near Bhopal, the capital of the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, was surrounded from all sides and attacked by a mob carrying lathis and axes. 

There was also heavy stone pelting by the encroachers, many of whom were even using slingshots.

About half a dozen persons were injured and were rushed to hospital. One of the Forest personnel, Yashwant Singh Parihar, who was hit by an axe and severely wounded, has been referred to All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhopal. 

The spot where this incident took place falls under the Nazirabad police station in Berasia tehsil.