State Council Overview
Madhya Pradesh, India's second largest state, which occupies 9.38% of the country's area, is also the second richest state in terms of its mineral resources. Primarily, it has an agricultural and pastoral economy. A large part of the mineral production of India is contributed by Madhya Pradesh. Madhya Pradesh boasts of big reserves of Manganese. The state also produces about 45% of Bauxite in India as well as Iron ore deposits are also found. The state also has rich reserves of coal. The state has the distinction of being the only diamonds producing state in India.
Over 30% of the State's total area is enveloped by the forest. The abundantly found trees include Teak, Sal, Bamboo and Tendu. Agriculture is the main occupation of villagers, Wheat, Soybean and Jowar (Sorghum) are the main Crops. Paddy and Coarse Millets are also sown in large parts. Pulses, Cereals and Groundnut are also grown. Important among the cash crops are Cotton, Sugarcane and Oil Seeds. Mandsaur is the largest opium producing district in the country.
The Chambal valley and the Narmada valley offer good potential for hydroelectric power generation. Besides Thermal and Hydro power generation, numerous other conventional and non-conventional power projects are in place or in the stages of progress. Road density is increasing continuously with present road length being over 80 thousand kms. Communications are well developed.
Rail route connecting different parts of India passes through Madhya Pradesh. Major airports link all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Nagpur, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai etc. Cement, sugar, paper, textile, steel, soya, vehicles and medicine are the major industries today. Mineral development, industries based on agricultural and forest produce continue to be the mainstay of industrial production in the state.
Madhya Pradesh has enormous potential and resources to become a major tourism destination. Numerous monuments of historical, archaeological, architectural and pilgrimage importance dot the state. The forests are teeming with all kinds of wildlife. Because of its central location and easy accessibility, tourism is becoming a major attraction.
FICCI M P State Council has been working actively with the State Govt. especially on Tourism, Skill Development, MSME etc. The State Council past organised events pertaining to Solar Energy, Smuggling & Counterfeit Goods, Workshops on topics pertaining to Finance, HR etc., Interactions with bureaucrats from Central & State Govt. M P State Council in FY 19-20 will be addressing MSMEs problem areas through policy level interventions as well as will be organising MICE activities for the benefit of Industry, Academia and Govt.