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  • A dozen tribes living in Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra had gathered at the Adivasi Food Festival to celebrate their foods, which is basically an appreciation of the traditional food cultures linked to their age-old farming practices providing them nutritional security while protecting and conserving the nature’s bounty.
  • Members from the Kondh, Koya, Didai, Santhal, Juanga, Baiga, Bhil, Pahari Korva, Paudi Bhuiyan and Birhor from more than 300 villages spread across the tribal heartland came to showcase their foods, and also spent the next day discussing how to protect the traditional farming system from the onslaught of the National Food Security Act that aimed at providing them with 5 kg of wheat, rice or millets.



  • Bewar or slash-and-burn cultivation by the Baiga tribe is a combination of high-yielding millets and protein- rich cereals and pulses.
  • There are certain types of pulses that help in meeting the nutritional—protein and vitamins—needs of the Bewar ensures domestic food security and it also generates revenue. the Baigas currently practise could be the solution to global warming. Bewar does not involve the use of fertilisers, pesticides or modern implements.
  • To predict monsoon Baigas in Dindori district sow the local tuber, baichandi kanda, its first shoots depicts that monsoon will arrive nearly in next 10 days.
  • The peepal tree (Ficus religiosa) when shed its leaves and the fresh new leaves sprouts is the indicationthat the monsoon is 2-3 weeks away.
  • When Ghunghuti (tiny insect) in the region in abundance in summers , it is the sign of heavy rainfall in the monsoon and they plant more kutki, according to the baigas of the Bhalu Kodra village of Mandla.


Aspirational District


District: Chhatarpur in Madhya Pradesh

  • To make farming a profitable venture, the Horticulture Price Agreement Initiative was launched by the Aspirational District of Chhatarpur.
  • The initiative has forward and backward linkages and guarantees procurement at maximum price & partnership in local micro processing units for farmers, while generating employment for the localyouth.
  • The target groups in this Scheme are small and marginal farmers, families with female head, familieswith specially challenged people as head of the family and farmers of deprived castes.
  • Together, they constitute more than 85% of the farming population of the district and therefore, the Scheme is directly impacting the growth trajectory of the district.



District: Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh

  • Shortage of teachers in schools of rural areas is a major reason for poor learning The main reason for shortage is that teachers from urban areas are unwilling to move to rural areas due to lack of infrastructural facilities.
  • To address this issue and ensure availability of teachers in primary schools, Shiksha Saarthi Yojna was launched.
  • After the appointment of Shiksha Saarthis in 16 primary schools, student enrolments, attendanceand proficiency level in all subjects have risen.
  • The District Administration has received extremely positive feedback and overwhelming response fromall quarters for this initiative.



District: Damoh, Madhya Pradesh

  • Damoh District Administration launched the BOLO App by Google across Government Schools of the The App designed for primary grade children, is an innovative step towards ensuring improved learning outcomes.
  • Bolo App helps to improve both English and Hindi reading skills, by encouraging kids to read aloud.
  • Till now, this speech-based reading App has impacted more than 10,000 students in the district!



District: Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh

  • The Aspirational District of Khandwa has established a new dimension in the direction of good governance by using the Lok Sewak App; an e-attendance and field monitoring tool that uses Geo-tagging technology.
  • Through this App, the district has ensured presence of Government officials at workplace thereby leading to significant improvement in the quantum and quality of work and facilitating their accessibility to the public.
  • The App has also ensured availability of ASHA, Anganwadi workers, teachers and other key frontline workers involved in implementation of various The Portal has more than 8,500 logins per day.
  • Minerals in Madhya Pradesh occur in abundance in its several In terms of the mineral production the state ranks third next only to Jharkhand and Chhatisgarh.
  • The state of Madhya is said to have a favourable geotectonic setting that accommodates every episode of mineralisation the earth has experienced.
  • It includes the occurrences of almost all varieties of minerals required as industrial input in the growing economy.
  • The oldest group of rocks comprising of Archaeans and Proterozoic formation constitute nearly 45% area of the State.
  • The next younger formation of Carboniferous to lower Cretaceous comprising Gondwana Super Group covers 10% area while the formation of Cretaceous to Paleocene comprising mostly of Deccan Trap basalt constitutes 38% area of the 16 major minerals are considered of specific importance as they contribute significantly in development of economy of the state. These include the Limestone, Bauxite, Coal, Manganese ore, Diamond, Base metals, Dolomite, Rock Phosphate and Granite.
  • Others include Marble, Flagstone, Slate, Calcite, Quartz and Silica sand, Molybdenum and Fire clay.
  • The only working mines of diamond in India are in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Thickest coal seam of Asia lies in the Singrouli Coal Field, Sidhi and other coal blocks near Chhindwara of the state.
  • Country’s largest Open Cast Copper Mine is at Malajkhand in Balaghat district of the state
  • Occurrences of Paradiso granite is in a large tract of P.
  • Highest cement producing state in India with 8 major and 3 mini cement plants, producing 15 percent cement of the country.
  • Largest producer of copper, limestone, slate, diaspore and pyrophyllite
  • Leading producer of manganese, dolomite, rock phosphate and fire clay.


  • Base metals of Madhya Pradesh include copper, lead and In Madhya Pradesh as many as 117 base metals are on record.
  • The copper ore occurrences are in Balaghat, Bastar region, Jabalpur, Betul, Hoshangabad district, Chhindwara, Sagar, Datia, Sidhi, Dewas, Shivpuri districtand Tikamgarh districts.
  • The Malanjkhand copper mine is the largest hard rock opencast pit of the country.


  • Granites are in much demand in the modern construction work as decorative and ornamental Granite deposits are widespread throughout the state.


  • Moreover, Madhya Pradesh is fast emerging as marble producing state in the Exotic varieties of marble are available in Katni, Narsinghpur, Jabalpur, Mandla, Hoshangabad, Sidhi and Jhabua districts.
  • The polished marble of Katni district is considered as good as Italian marble.


  • Dolomite is another significant mineral found in the state.
  • High grade dolomite has become the major industrial mineral because of its use in iron and steel and refractory industries. Occurrences of dolomite have been recorded in Mandla district, Seoni district, Chhatarpur district, Sagar district and Jabalpur district.

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