Rapid study: Mass unemployment worries over 90% migrant workers of Madhya Pradesh

A rapid study conducted by a Bhopal based non-profit Vikas Samvad Samiti (VSS), on situation of migrant labourers who returned to Madhya Pradesh reveals shocking results. The study was released in a virtual press meet on May 26 by social activists associated with VSS–Sachin Kumar Jain and Rakesh Kumar Malviya. VSS conducted the study on 310 migrant labourers from 10 districts of Madhya Pradesh.

Ground Tales: A tale of malnutrition-free village

Manish Chandra Mishra

Madhya Pradesh is ranked amongst few of the worst states of India in terms of nutrition and infant mortality rate. But there are some great initiatives taking place in small villages to overcome these issues that are worth sharing. Kotagunjapur, a village inside Panna Tiger Reserve has conquered malnutrition with kitchen gardens. The village that does not have access to roads and electricity has now attained freedom from malnutrition, something that even bigger villages and cities have been unable to achieve. Villagers realized that they are extremely poor and cannot afford dear vegetables from the market because of which their kids and women were not getting proper nutrition, leading to increase in malnutrition. Some social workers helped them develope kitchen-gardens in every household where they could grow iron and vitamin-rich vegetables and herbs. In a period of four years, the condition improved drastically. The villagers started getting fresh vegetables every day and that showed a positive impact on their health. The story about zero malnutrition villages is still untold. Ground Tales spoke to the social workers and the residents of Kotagunjapur to know more about the model and the struggle to make the initiative popular amongst villagers. We also interacted with activists behind this initiative who played a pivotal role in popularising the kitchen- garden concept to tackle the problem of malnutrition with a zero-budget plan. Listen to our podcast at http://www.groundtales.com

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Ground Tales: East Pakistan’s refugee recounts the horror of 1964 communal riots

In light of discussions over NRC and ridding India of “outsiders”, Ground Tales spoke to a senior citizen Sunil Sarkar who came to India as a refugee in 1964, after the riots in Pakistan and was welcomed with open arms India. Now a citizen of the country, he recounted his ordeal disclosing how the horrors of those days still haunt him and India, his new motherland gave him a new life.

Picture Tales #1: See the disastrous effects of backwater of Sardar Sarovar Dam in villages of Madhya Pradesh

Thousands of people have been evacuated from catchment areas of Sardar Sarovar Dam (SSD) in Barwani and Dhar districts in Madhya Pradesh as the Narmada river is flowing above the danger mark following heavy rains. Despite the protests of villagers the Gujarat government is not opening the gates of Sardar Sarovar Dam and with every passing minute the water level is increasing. The villagers are demanding proper rehabilitation and compensation from governments. Social activist Rehmat M shared the photographs of disaster with Grounds Tales.

GroundTales: Hellish life of people living near the backwaters of Sardar Sarovar

Thousands of families suffering from floods in Madhya Pradesh as Gujarat Government refuses to open the gates of Sardar Sarovar Dam. The dam has reached its peak and due to the backwater, a large part of Madhya Pradesh has been drowned. The affected people are not ready to leave their homes as they allege that the government has not provided them proper rehabilitation and compensation. They are living in a very bad condition with water-logging in their homes and fields and lack of electricity. Social worker Medha Patkar and other affected people share their ordeal with Ground Tales. Listen to our podcast