Madhya Pradesh has posted country’s highest agricultural growth rate which had averaged
above 20 per cent over last four years. The state leads the country in production of pulses,
oilseeds, soyabean, gram, pea, garlic, guava and medicinal and aromatic herbs. Horticulture is
being promoted in a big way.
Top priority has been given to irrigation following which the area under irrigation has
increased from mere 7.5 lakh hectare ten years back to 40 lakh hectare now. Narmada-Kshipra
Link Project has been implemented. Three major, five medium and over 700 minor irrigation
projects have been completed over last five years, thereby increasing the canal irrigation capacity
by over 2.5. times.
Madhya Pradesh has witnessed a total turn-around in power sector. Power availability has
increased from just 4500 MW twelve years ago to 17,169 MW now. Country’s largest 130 MW
solar energy plant has been established in Neemuch.
In order to promote micro, small and medium industries, a separate MSME department has
been set up. Following implementation of MSME Promotion Policy of State Government 50,000
units were registered under industry based memorandum. With an investment of over ₹ 5
thousand crore these units have provided jobs to over 2 lakh people.
Department of Happiness
A Department of Happiness has been set up in the state as part of efforts to create an
enabling atmosphere for people to live a happy and blissful life. The concept of happiness that
Madhya Pradesh aspires to pursue is primarily based on time tested Indian wisdom besides
taking into account the indices that determine national growth as also the experiences of other
countries in our strategies and action plans.
Roads: The total length of roads in the state is 58,423 km. The length of national highway in the
state is 4,709 km while state highway extends to 10,501 km.
Railways: The main rail route linking northern with southern India passes through the state.
Main junctions are Bhopal, Bina, Gwalior, Indore, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Katni, Ratlam and Ujjain. The
divisional railways headquarters are at Bhopal, Ratlam and Jabalpur.
A number of festivals are celebrated in the state. An important tribal festival is Bhagoriya
marked by traditional gaiety and enthusiasm. Shivratri is celebrated in Khajuraho, Bhojpur,
Pachmarhi and Ujjain and has its own local flavour while Ramnavami festival at Chitrakoot and
Orchha has a unique sense of devotion imbued with tradition. Festivals of Orchha, Malwa,
Pachmarhi bring to the fore repertoire of culture and art of the people. Tansen Music Festival,
Gwalior; Ustad Allauddin Khan Music Festival Maihar; Kalidas Samaroh, Ujjain; and Festival of
Dances at Khajuraho was some of the wellknown art festivals of Madhya Pradesh. An annual
Narmada Festival has been started from this year at Bedhaghat in Jabalpur, famous for its marble