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Javadekar lauds IT innovations of Madhya Pradesh
21-02-2015

BHOPAL: Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has congratulated Madhya Pradesh Forest Department for online payment to labourers in their own villages and IT innovations here on Friday.

Lauding the scheme, Javadekar said that it would continue since bank accounts of 12.50 crore people of India have been opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana. Javadekar was launching 3 softwares developed by the department including online payment to labourers, real time monitoring and joint forest management at Forest Department’s command room here today. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Anil Oberai presided over the function.

A presentation about online payments was also made before the Union Minister of State. Javadekar said that now labourers in remote areas of Madhya Pradesh will not need to go to banks or ATMs in other cities. It is praiseworthy that now they will get payment at home with transparency. Forest Department will make available banking facilities in every joint forest management committee in villages through its institutional correspondent with the assistance of State Bank of India.

Lauding Forest Department for evolving its joint forest management system with its own connectivity, Javadekar said that Madhya Pradesh will provide this technique to entire country. Javadekar said that it is praiseworthy that the software is of less than 5 megahertz with speed of 300 MBPS.

Javadekar said that Madhya Pradesh Forest Department has developed a system for real time monitoring of forests. This will help curb poaching, fire incidents, encroachments, illegal mining and other forest crimes in forest areas. It will also help in keeping an eye on movement of wildlife. In the first phase, 9 districts will be included. Javadekar said that no one had thought about such connectivity earlier.

Javadekar said that 15 hectare area of degraded forests has been identified around Chhindwara and city dwellers’ own jungle is being developed at Bharatdev. The jungle will have thousands of trees, birds will come, environment will become clean and water table will rise. Similarly, degraded forests will be replaced by jungles in entire state.