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Amid COVID-19, Wheat Production And Procurement Records Smashed In Madhya Pradesh

The procurement is 4 crores more than last year. Last year 73.69 lakh MT wheat was procured.

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BHOPAL (Madhya Pradesh): Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh has had record production and procurement of wheat, thanks to hard work of farmers. It assumes greater importance in view of the Corona crisis, he added.

CM Chouhan has said that the farmers of those districts where wheat procurement has been delayed due to Corona crisis, need not worry, as procurement will continue till May 31 there.

Madhya Pradesh has smashed all previous records of wheat production due, mainly to hard work of farmers, he said.


The Chief Minister, in a message to the farmers today said that the situation was very difficult two months ago with no arrangements for wheat procurement in place. In a very short period, the state government has made all necessary arrangements for wheat procurement in a systemic manner.

Despite the adverse conditions arising out of Corona pandemic the state has registered a record wheat production and the government has made record procurement.

Farmers Benefited by Proper Arrangements


The Chief Minister said that two months ago there were no arrangements for wheat procurement in the state. From April 16 to May 25, total 114.70 lakh MT i.e. 11.47 crore quintals of wheat has been procured from 156.03 lakh farmers.

Private Mandis have also been opened. The option of E-trading has been made available. In places where wheat is yet to be procured, SMSs will be sent to farmer and procurement will continue till May 31 there, he said.

CM Chouhan has urged the farmers to reach procurement centres only after receiving the SMS and to observe social distancing there. They should wear a face mask or towel to cover the mouth and nose for safety against Corona. They should also maintain a distance of two yards from each other.

Important Decisions towards Farmers’ Welfare

The Chief Minister said that the state government has taken several important steps towards the welfare of farmers.


The state government has taken the initiative of paying last year’s contribution of insurance for 15 lakh farmers amounting to Rs. 2200 crore. This facilitated payment of Rs. 2900 crore crop insurance amount to farmers. It was decided to pay insurance amount for the year 2019-20. It cleared the docks for payment of over Rs. 4 thousand crores to farmers. CM Chouhan informed that under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Yojana a sum of Rs. 1362 has been released to 68.13 thousand farmers.

CM Chouhan said that last year crop loans on zero per cent interest were given to farmers. The last date for their repayment has been extended up to May 31. This has entailed a financial burden of Rs. 55 crore on the government.

The state government has decided to extend crop loans on zero per cent interest in the year 2020-21 also. The last date for payment of electricity bills of farm consumers without surcharge has been extended up to May 31.

It has been decided to replace burnt or defunct transformers used by farmers without any surcharge, he added.

All Records of Procurement Smashed

The state government has offered several options to farmers for selling their produce and the number of procurement centres has been increased from 3511 last year to 4507 this year. It has resulted in wheat procurement in record time and timely payment to the farmers.

The procurement is 4 crores more than last year. Last year 73.69 lakh MT wheat was procured.

Earlier, the maximum 84.89 lakh MT wheat was procured in 2012-13.

This year all records have been smashed due to excellent arrangements made by the state government despite Corona crisis.

Details of Whet Procurement


Year

     Number of        Farmers from whom Wheat Procured

     Procured Quantity

     2019-20

     9.66 Lakh

     7.36 Crore Quintal

Highest Procurement so far- 2012-13

     10.27 lakh

     8.48 Crore Quintal

Current Year-2020-21

     15.03 lakh

     11.47 Crore Quintal

Wheat Procurement: Highlights

Last year, in 2019-20 total of 7.36 crore quintal whet was procured from 9.66 lakh farmers. So far highest procurement of 8.48 crore quintal was made from 10.27 lakh farmers in 2012-13.

In current year 11.47 crore quintal wheat has been procured from 15.03 lakh farmers.

Other Procurements

Gram, mustard, Masoor have also been procured in the state. From May 24 1.40 lakh MT (14 lakh quintal) gram has been procured from 95 thousand farmers, 73 thousand MT (7.30 lakh quintal) mustard from 34 thousand 300 farmers and 600 MT (6000 quintals) Masoor has been procured from 1,047 farmers through 691 procurement centres.

Last year gram was procured on the basis of a maximum of 15 thousand per hectare, which has been increased to 20 quintals per hectare as a result of which farmers are selling more produce.

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PM SVANIDHI: MoHUA And Swiggy To Take Street Food Vendors Online

Programme is launched with a pilot in five cities – Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Indore, and Varanasi.

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NEW DELHI: As a part of Prime Minister Street Vendor’s AtmaNibhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has entered into an MoU with Swiggy, the leading food ordering and delivery platform in India, to onboard street food vendors on its e-commerce platform, giving them online access to thousands of consumers and help these vendors grow their businesses.

The MoU was exchanged by, Joint Secretary Sanjay Kumar and Chief Financial Officer, Swiggy Rahul Bothra, through webinar in the presence of officials of Swiggy and Ministry. Municipal Commissioners of Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Indore, and Varanasi also participated in the ceremony through video conferencing facility.

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic where physical distancing is the key to check it’s spread, this novel initiative aims to radically transform the business of Street Vendors across cities, by facilitating them to receive orders and serve customers using online mode of business.


In a first of its kind initiative, MoHUA has coordinated with the key stakeholders including Municipal Corporations, FSSAI, Swiggy and GST officials to ensure that necessary prerequisites are completed for this initiative.

To begin with, MoHUA and Swiggy will run a pilot program by on-boarding 250 vendors across five cities namely – Ahmadabad, Chennai, Delhi, Indore, and Varanasi.

The street vendors will be helped with PAN and FSSAI registration, training on technology/ partner app usage, menu digitization and pricing, hygiene and packaging best practices.

Upon the successful completion of the pilot, MoHUA and Swiggy plan to expand this initiative across the country in phases.


This partnership is seen as yet another move by MoHUA to empower street vendors with digital technology and facilitate greater income-earning opportunities by being present on a popular e-commerce platform like Swiggy.

During the ceremony, Secretary, HUA also launched the updated and modified version of PM SVANidhi Dashboard, which facilitates users not only with a better granular view of the Scheme’s performance but also with additional tools for comparisons.

The Ministry is implementing PM SVANidhi Scheme since June 01, 2020, for providing affordable working capital loan to street vendors to resume their livelihoods that have been adversely affected due to Covid-19 lockdown.

This scheme targets to benefit over 50 lakh Street Vendors who had been vending on or before March 24, 2020, in urban areas including those from surrounding peri-urban/ rural areas.

Under the Scheme, the vendors can avail a working capital loan of up to Rs. 10,000, which is repayable in monthly instalments in the tenure of one year.

On timely/ early repayment of the loan, an interest subsidy @ 7% per annum will be credited to the bank accounts of beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer on a quarterly basis. There will be no penalty on early repayment of the loan.


The scheme promotes digital transactions through cash-back incentives up to an amount of Rs. 1,200 per annum.

The vendors can fulfil their aspiration of climbing up the economic ladder by availing the facility of the enhanced credit limit on timely/ early repayment of the loan.

As on October 4, 2020, over 20 lakh loan applications have been received under the PM SVANidhi Scheme. Out of these over 7.5 lakh loans have been sanctioned and over 2.4 lakh loans disbursed.

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World Cotton Day: Smriti Irani Launches First-Ever Brand Logo For Indian Cotton

India’s premium Cotton would now be known as ‘Kasturi Cotton’ in the world cotton trade.

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NEW DELHI: Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Textiles and Women & Child Development launched the 1st ever Brand & Logo for Indian Cotton on 2nd World Cotton Day on October 7, 2020, through Video Conferencing.

India’s premium Cotton would now be known as ‘Kasturi Cotton’ in the world cotton trade.

The Kasturi Cotton brand will represent Whiteness, Brightness, Softness, Purity, Luster, Uniqueness and Indianness.

Speaking on this occasion, Irani said that this is a much-awaited moment that TODAY the Indian Cotton has been endowed with a Brand and Logo. This event becomes more important as the 2nd World Cotton Day is being celebrated world over today.


The Minister recounted the importance of Cotton in the Indian economy:

Cotton is one of the principal commercial crops of India and it provides livelihood to about 6o lakh cotton farmers.

India is the 2nd largest cotton producer and the largest consumer of cotton in the world.


India produces about 6.00 million tons of cotton every year which is about 23% of the world cotton.

India produces about 51% of the total organic cotton production of the world, which demonstrates India’s effort towards sustainability.

Smt. Irani said that to ensure sustainability, integrity and end-to-end traceability of the organic products, a certification system based on comparable international standards verified through an internationally acceptable institutional system is required to be put in place.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Textiles through APEDA under Ministry of Commerce and Industry has prescribed a certification system for organic Cotton which will be introduced in phases in the entire textile value chain.

Similarly, prescribing a certification system for non-organic Cotton has also been taken up with APEDA so that usages of cotton can be suitably augmented.


The Minister stated that Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) made ever highest Minimum Support Price (MSP) operation of cotton and hopeful that during the new cotton season, the procurement under MSP will be increased.

CCI has opened 430 procurement centres in all cotton-growing states and payments are being made digitally to farmers’ account within 72 hours.

Further, leveraging the technology, a mobile app, “Cott-Ally” has been developed by CCI for providing latest news regarding weather condition, Crop situation and best farm practices.

A discount of Rs.300/- per candy is being offered by CCI in its regular sale to MSME mills, Khadi and Village industry, Cooperative sector mills to enhance their competitiveness and efficiency.

It was also stated that cotton may be used across all dimension of Technical Textiles.

Further, Irani intimated that the government has passed bills for the welfare of the farmers, which also be beneficial to the industries.

The minister also attended the inaugural session of the webinar organised by TEXPROCIL and CITI on the theme of “NEW-LOOK COTTON” to facilitate the exchange of ideas on the emerging scenarios in cotton usage and application.

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Strategically Important Atal Tunnel In Rohtang Open Now

It is the world’s longest tunnel above an altitude of 3,000 metres.

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MANALI (Himachal Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the strategically important all-weather Atal Tunnel at Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh. PM Modi was accompanied by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur, Chief of Defence Staff, CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane.

Earlier CDS General Rawat and Army Chief General Naravane received the Prime Minister at the South Portal of Atal Tunnel of Rohtang. Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur received the PM at Sase Helipad at Manali.

Atal Tunnel, the longest highway tunnel in the world was built by the Border Roads Organisation. The tunnel reduces the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 km and the travel time by four to five hours. The 9.02-km tunnel connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley throughout the year, the valley was earlier cut off for about six months every year due to heavy snowfall.


The Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had taken the decision to construct a strategic tunnel below the Rohtang Pass on June 3, 2000, and the foundation stone for the access road to the south portal of the tunnel was laid on May 26, 2002.

In December 2019, the Government decided to name the Rohtang Tunnel as Atal Tunnel in honour of the former Prime Minister and scholar Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had passed away the previous year.

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Highlights:

  1. The Atal Tunnel is constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 3500-4000 crores.
  2. It reduces the distance between Leh and Manali by 46 km, the tunnel will bring down the driving time by around 4 hours.
  3. The BRO built this tunnel in the shape of a horseshoe.
  4. It is the world’s longest tunnel above an altitude of 3,000 metres.
  5. It is a 10.5-metre wide single tube bi-lane tunnel with a fireproof emergency egress tunnel built into the main tunnel itself.
  6. With the help of this tunnel, connectivity to the remote border areas of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh will easily be possible, regardless of the weather conditions.
  7. The opening of the Atal Tunnel will bring a boost in tourism activities in the Lahaul-Spiti region and will also simultaneously create more employment opportunities for locals in the area.
  8. The tunnel also provides a telephone facility on every 150 meters, a fire hydrant on every 60 meters, an emergency exit on every 500 meters, a turning cavern on every 2.2 km, an air quality monitoring on every 1 km, a broadcasting system, and an automatic incident detection system with CCTV cameras on every 250 meters.
  9. The construction of this tunnel consumed 14,508 metric tonnes of steel, 2,37,596 metric tonnes of cement, and 14 lakh cubic meters of soil and rocks.
  10. This tunnel is unique in its own way as it is India’s first tunnel to have an escape tunnel within the main tunnel due to the topography. It is also the first tunnel to deploy the Rowa flyer technology, which allows engineers to work at inverted levels.
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