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Articles By Madhya Pradesh

Minimum Support Price: Lessons from the Malwa Experience in Madhya Pradesh

Minimum Support Price (MSP) is misunderstood. Often, all-India figures, such as that only 6% of farmers benefit from MSP, hide more than they reveal. MSP is functional where there are arrangements for procurement by government. This is applicable only for wheat and paddy and for certain regions in the country. If we wish to arrive at a normative of how MSP should work, it would be sensible to map out how this operates today. In this context, it is best to construct regional narratives to answer the question as to who all benefit from procurement operations in any region.

Regional Variation in Consumption Expenditure and Nutritional Intake and its Determinants: an Empirical Study of Madhya Pradesh

The 2030 Agenda for eradicating poverty and hunger, Sustainable Development Goals made progress in its blueprint and reaffirmed to eradicate poverty (SDG 1), end hunger, and improve nutrition (SDG 2) by 2030. The objective of this article is to study the changing status of consumption expenditure and nutrition intake over time in Madhya Pradesh. Further, it makes a comparative analysis of the consumption expenditure and nutrition intake in regions by mapping the districts to know the areas that lagged behind in terms of the growth rate of consumption expenditure and nutrition. Finally, it also identifies the factors that determine the consumption expenditure and nutrition intake. This study is based on the National Sample Survey unit-level household consumption expenditure data for 2011–12. The Shivpuri, Guna, and Ashok Nagar districts have high growth rates of protein intake in the northern region. However, the Sagar, Damoh, and Sehore districts have moderate growth rates, and the Vidisha, Bhopal, and Raisen districts have high growth rates in fat intake giving insights of more oil intake and consumption outside the home in the central region of Madhya Pradesh. The results of the two-stage feasible generalized least squares model support the existing literature showing that various determinants have significant effects on the dependent variables. The government should target the expenditure on social security at the young and elderly people in different districts of the state. The pulses should be brought under the Public Distribution System and government should target the region-specific policies that target the lagged regions of the states, which replicate the success stories of the advanced ones.

Electoral Contests in MP, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan

Using poll data from the last four Vidhan Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan, three findings are distilled in this article. It is noted that the 2018 elections were of great significance in all three states in terms of breaking from the trend of the previous three elections, which makes 2023 even more consequential.

What Explains the Decline in Infant Mortality in Demographically Underdeveloped States in India?

Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have the highest infant mortality rate both in NFHS-3 (2005–06) and NFHS-4 (2015–16); but there has been a noticeable decline in IMRs in both the states during 2005–06 and 2015–16. The study endeavours to explore the factors that explain the decline in infant mortality in these two states. Findings from multiple regression and decomposition analysis attribute low birth weight, age of the mother at birth, mother’s educational attainment, mother’s use of cooking fuel and wealth status as the major contributing factors for the decline in infant mortality between NFHS-3 and NFHS-4.

An Empirical Study of the Socio-economic Status of Baiga Tribe of Central India

The category of primitive tribal group was created to include those groups that were considered the poorest of the poor. The particularly vulnerable tribal groups, earlier known as PTGs, are characterised by forest-based livelihoods, pre-agriculture level of existence, stagnant or declining population, extremely low literacy, and a subsistence economy. This article investigates different aspects of the socio-economic life of the Baiga tribe, a PVTG of central India.

From Paper to Practice

While Madhya Pradesh is an acknowledged leader in implementing the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, operationalising the local-level biodiversity management committees is a continuous challenge. The state’s multipronged approach with a focus on bio-fi nance, regulatory fl exibility, convergence with other government schemes, and enabling policy environment holds the key to building empowered, Atmanirbhar biodiversity management committees.