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Madhya Pradesh roundup: Poor monsoon, return of Medha Patkar and more

PTI8_1_2017_000086B (File) Representational image of monsoon | PTI

Poor monsoon a big concern in Madhya Pradesh

The state government of Madhya Pradesh is worried as monsoon seems to be failing this year. More than 29 districts out of 51 have recorded les than average rainfall.

According to agriculture department sources, the paddy and soybean crops have already been affected due to scant rainfall in Sagar, Chambal, Gwalior, and Shahdol divisions. The government had estimated that soyabean would be sown in 55 lakh hectare area. However, due to insufficient rainfall, the area was reduced to only 50 lakh hectares. This will affect the gross production.

Mohanlal Meena, Director of Agriculture department believes that there will be severe losses to crops of paddy and soybean if it does not rain in next one week. He said the loss of rain would affect the quality of produce.

Districts of Mahakaushal region like Balaghat, Chhindwara, Seoni, Mandla, Dindori, Narsinghpur and districts of Nundelkhnad region like Sagar, Damoh, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur, and Shahdol, Anuppur, Umaria, Dewas, Shajapur, Agar-Malwa, Morena, Sheopur, Bhind, Gwalior, Shivpuri, Ashoknagar, Datia, Bhopal, Sehore, Raisen, Vidisha, Harda and Betul districts have recorded insufficient rainfall.

Medha Patkar back to Narmada valley after bail

Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar was released from Dhar district jail on Thursday after the Indore bench of High Court granted her bail. Medha was arrested on the 13th day of her hunger strike; she sat on a dharna demanding rehabilitation of displaced people from Sardar Sarovar Dam. Upon her release, she said that she will not celebrate Ganpati festival and instead go to Narmada valley which was her home. She alleged that rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) affected families is still not complete despite the repeated deadline set by the Supreme Court.

Medha Patkar was arrested on August 9 but was denied bail by the lower court. High Court granted her bail in the case of "abduction and wrongful confinement of government employees". The case was registered against her by the police when she did not allow the officials to leave until the rehabilitation work was complete.

She told journalists that the government has hardly done anything to relocate the villages facing submergence. She charged the state government of submitting incorrect and false information before High Court. She alleged that thousands of families were still in their homes while government claimed that every family was relocated.

In one month, 16 die of swine flu

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh held an emergency meeting to review the preparations of health department after 16 deaths were reported in Madhya Pradesh due to swine flu in one month.

According to health department, another 44 cases were reported from various hospitals of the state. Out of the 16, the maximum of nine were reported from Bhopal. A health department official confirmed that "between July 1 and August 24, 16 patients died due to H1N1 virus infection. Eighteen patients are being treated in government hospitals and 26 in private’’. Out of the 455 suspected cases of swine flu, around 100 were tested positive.

In the meeting to take review of preparations of Heath Department, the chief minister directed officials to ensure adequate supply of medicines and preparation of isolation wards.

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