Behind MP’s Amazing Irrigation Growth

DB Post 25 Aug 2018

NK SINGH

Disasters can become a learning experience. Think of irrigation department in Madhya Pradesh, and one is forced to think of Arvind Joshi, an IAS officer sacked after an income tax raid on his house yielded Rs three crore in cash. Joshi was heading the water resources department in MP at the time of the raid eight years ago.

“That was the turning point,” says Radheshyam Julaniya, additional chief secretary of water resources department. The senior IAS officer, known to be brutally frank, ads: “If Arvind Joshi had not happened, things might not have changed so fast.”

When Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan hand-picked an unwilling Julaniya to head the tainted department in the aftermath of the scandal, the situation was not exactly rosy.

Julaniya turned the challenge into an opportunity. Apart from government canals, MP has managed to establish an impressive network of tube wells, dug wells and ponds by incentivising private endeavours like Kapildhara. Continue reading “Behind MP’s Amazing Irrigation Growth”

Shivraj Singh Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai

 

DB Post 30 July 2017

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is, normally, polite to the core. Social grace, or small talk, may not be his strong point. But friends and foe agree, alike, that he is courteous. “I try not to hurt even a worm, I sidestep it,” he said in the just-concluded monsoon session of MP assembly recently.

Hence, affable Shivraj took everyone by surprise recently when he publicly threatened to “hang upside down” District Collectors if they failed to clear pending land dispute cases.

Warning officers of strict action on pending patta (land ownership right) and demarcation cases, he said: “If they don’t resolve the issue within a month, I would make sure that they are removed. “Collectori karne ke layak nahi chhodunga”, was the colourful phrase used in colloquial Hindi. Continue reading “Shivraj Singh Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai”