Madhya Pradesh

Fourth river festival begins in Madhya Pradesh

Fourth River festival has begun at Bandrabhan bank of Narmada River in Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh.

Three day festival was inaugurated by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Theme of this year’s river festival is River, its catchment area, chemicals and crisis.

In this year’s festival more than 100 participants will discuss topics like effects of chemicals used in agriculture on forests, wild life and human beings. Success stories on natural farming will also be part of discussion.

Madhya Pradesh gets 10th national award for excellent work in MGNREGA

Madhya Pradesh has been awarded the 10th national award for excellent work in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA).

Union Rural Development Minister Virendra Singh presented the award to state’s Panchayats and Rural Development Minister Gopal Bhargava at the MGNREGA summit held on the occasion of MNREGA Divas (observed on 2 February) in New Delhi.

Madhya Pradesh was chosen for this award for convergence of MGNREGA scheme and other schemes, which led to permanent construction of assets and providing opportunities for earning permanent income.

MNREGA Implementation in Madhya Pradesh

  • In Madhya Pradesh, there are 1 crore 2 lakh MGNREGA job-card holder families.
  • State also has topped in construction of permanent assets through MGNREGA convergence in the country.  It accounts for 74 percent construction of permanent assets.
  • State also has implemented Electronic Fund Management System, in order to ensure transparency in accountancy and immediate payment of wages to labourers.

About Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act

  • MGNREGA is social security measure that aims to guarantee the right to work and create durable assets (such as roads, canals, ponds, wells).
  • Objective: To ensure livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of wage employment in a financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.
  • Initially, it was started in 200 districts on 2 February 2006, since then it has covered all the districts of India from April 2008.

Madhya Pradesh government starts e-registration of property in 5 districts

Madhya Pradesh has started the facility of e-registration of property documents in 5 districts. This e-registration aims to curb illegal registration and forgery.

  • These five districts include Ujjain, Sehore, Tikamgarh, Balaghat and Anuppur.

Under this facility, people can obtain e-stamp through internet banking or service provider. They may also obtain information about market value of their property and registration fees to be payable on its purchase or sale through internet. Besides, information about registry at any place can be obtained through search and a copy of it could be downloaded online.

This initiative will help to enhance transparency and curb delays in property registration. State government is aiming to launch it all the districts of the state from April 2015.