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Bhopal: Directorate to launch stae's final census data today

HT Correspondent H HT correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, June 10, 2013
First Published: 14:56 IST(10/6/2013) | Last Updated: 15:32 IST(10/6/2013)

The Directorate of Census Operation Madhya Pradesh office will launch Madhya Pradesh’s final census data collected from Census 2011 on Monday at 12.30pm at the RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration.

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The data will include indicators on population, scheduled castes and tribes population, population density, sex ratio, child sex ratio, work participation and others.

Censusinfo- a software package developed in the state for users to easily access the data -- will also be shared at the meet.

The additional chief secretary, Dani, former bureaucrat MN Buch, secretary, home, Seema Sharma, chief of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) field office for Madhya Pradesh, Tania Goldner, director, census operations, MP, Sachin Sinha will be present at the launch.

An exercise aimed at controlling the unrestricted proliferation of hotels and lodges in Madhai - an entry point to the Satpura tiger reserve - stands the risk of being annulled after chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that the Madhai master plan would be redrawn. The CM’s announcement came while he was in Madhai some weeks ago.

The Madhya Pradesh government, for the first time in its history, had drawn up a master plan for an area around a tiger reserve. The objective behind the move was to check unregulated growth of hotels and lodges. This kind of unchecked lodging activity has happened in Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench National Parks- the more ‘established’ among the tiger reserves in MP.

Sources said a delegation of local people met Chouhan while he was in Madhai and said the draft of the Madhai master plan - for which objections and suggestions were being invited then - contained a provision that did not allow setting up of a hotel or jungle lodge in case the holding’s size was less than 20 acres. The CM was convinced that the provision would put local people with smaller holdings at a disadvantage compared to big landowners and announced that the plan would be redrawn.

The town and country planning commissioner Gulshan Bamra said he had not received any communication about the draft’s cancellation yet. “We’ve not received any communication as yet,” he said. Announcements made by the CM usually take a few weeks’ time before they are communicated to the concerned department for it to act on them.

“Announcements made by the CM have to be tenable in law for them to be followed,” said a forest department official, wishing anonymity. He further said “We were in fact looking forward to drawing up of similar master plans for Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench National Parks- the other reserves where mushrooming hotels and lodges is a bigger problem.” But the announcement by the CM was a setback as far as protection of the environment was concerned, he added.

Following the process in the town and country planning Act, the draft of the Madhai master plan was notified and objections and suggestions were invited. If the process is continued, the objections and suggestions will be analysed after which a committee will record reasons for accepting or rejecting any objection/suggestions.


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