The Ministry of Rural Development has sanctioned the release of second instalment amounting to Rs.40.50 lakh to the DRDA, Panna Distt. of Madhya Pradesh for implementation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme “Drought Prone Areas Programme” (DPAP) under “Hariyali Guidelines”. The Ministry of Rural Development has initiated `Hariyali’ for empowering the village community through Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) to undertake the area development progammes on watershed basis with financial and technical support from the Government. Under this initiative, all the on-going area development programmes, such as Integrated Wasteland Development Programmes (IWDP), Drought Prone Areas Programme (DPAP) and Desert Development Programme (DDP) are to be implemented through the PRIs. New projects under the aforesaid area development programmes are implemented under `Hariyali Guidelines’ from 1st April , 2003. Special emphasis is given to rain water harvesting and desilting of ponds under watershed projects.
Under Hariyal programme of the Ministry, the efforts have resulted in bringing 87 lakh hectres of wasteland under green cover.