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12 Dead As Boat Capsizes In Bhopal During Immersion of Shri Ganesh Idol

18 people were aboard the boat, of which four are missing. Those killed are said to be residents of Piplani.

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BHOPAL (Madhya Pradesh): At least 12 people died after the boat they were in capsized during Ganpati Visarjan at Khatlapura Ghat in Bhopal on Friday morning.

Five others have been rescued, officials said. A search operation is underway.

The police said the incident occurred at around 4.30 on Friday morning when a boat carrying a group of 16 people for Ganesh immersion capsized at Khatlapura Ghat.


Five people have been rescued out of 16 and we have recovered 11 bodies till now. A search operation is underway and we are trying to rescue other people as well. According to the locals, only these many people had drowned here, but we are still searching in case we find some other people,” Akhil Patel, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) was quoted as saying by newswire agency ANI.

He added that at least 40 police personnel are present at the spot along with other authorities and professional swimmers. “State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) team is also present at the spot,” the ASP said.

Calling the incident “unfortunate”, Madhya Pradesh Law Minister PC Sharma announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the families of the deceased. He has said the reason behind the accident will be ascertained soon.


(Further details awaited from our Bhopal Bureau)

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Madhya Pradesh Displaces Punjab To Become Top Wheat-Procuring State

Madhya Pradesh has contributed 33% of the 386.54 lakh MT wheat procured in India, the highest in its history.

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BHOPAL (Madhya Pradesh): Madhya Pradesh on Monday became the largest wheat-procuring state for the central pool during the 2020-21 Rabi marketing season after surpassing Punjab. Food Corporation of India (FCI) data has revealed that as of June 6, MP has procured 125.59 LMT wheat — 98.62 per cent of the total arrival of 127.34 LMT wheat in the state.

MP has contributed 33 per cent of the 386.54 lakh MT wheat procured in the country, the highest in its history.

Wheat procurement in Madhya Pradesh increased by 74 per cent, compared to last year. Last year, a total of 73.69 lakh tonnes of wheat was procured in the state on support price.

Procurement in Punjab ended on May 31. Madhya Pradesh’s procurement was delayed by nearly three weeks. It was to begin the process on March 25 but could begin it only on April 15 after postponing it twice.


Soon after taking over as the chief minister of the state in March, Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave top priority to the management of wheat procurement. In 75 consecutive meetings conducted by the Chief Minister from March 23, wheat procurement was reviewed daily.

Arrangements were made for gunny bags and storage while setting a target of 100 lakh metric tonnes more than the procurement made last year. The government was aware that more procurement would have to be made from farmers compared to the previous year in a short time due to recession and disrupted movement. The government made arrangements for additional gunny bags and storage immediately.

Despite the lockdown, additional gunny bags were arranged for 25 Lakh metric tonnes. Due to planned management, there was no shortage of gunny bags even after such a huge purchase beyond the target. While working in lockdown, storage was arranged for additional 10 lakh metric tonnes.


The biggest challenge was to ensure more procurement in a short time from more farmers. For this, the number of procurement centres was increased from 3,545 last year to 4,529 centres.

While adhering to social distancing, the system of sending SMS to farmers was ensured so that only those who received the SMS reached the procurement centre.

For the first time, in view of the challenge of completing procurement at the appropriate time, the facility to determine the SMS number at each centre was given to the collectors.

At least 75 lakh SMSes were sent to farmers to ensure their awareness about Corona and other related information.

The amount of wheat procurement was directly transferred to the accounts of farmers by the state government in an average of 7 days.

So far, an amount of Rs 20,253 crore has been deposited in the accounts of 14,19,000 farmers.

To ensure timely payment to the farmers, adequate funds were arranged before the procurement period.


Out of the total wheat procured, 118 lakh metric tonnes safely which is almost 95 per cent of the quantity purchased have been transported and stored.

This time 81 per cent of the farmers who were registered came to the procurement centres to sell wheat, which is a record.

Last year the turnout of the farmers was 48.36 per cent, which has increased to 81 per cent this time. This is the highest turn out so far.

Last year, the percentage of small and marginal farmers who participated in the procurement was only 40 per cent, which has increased to 84 per cent this time.

MP administration has developed a storage capacity of 130 lakh metric tonnes, which is remaining for storage of wheat and its storage will also be ensured very soon. More than 10 thousand trucks have been used in the transportation of wheat.

The government has also made arrangements for gunny bags to purchase 135 lakh metric tonnes.

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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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COVID-19: Displaced Students In MP Will Be Able To Take Exams From Current Location

Online applications should be registered from May 25 to May 28.

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BHOPAL (Madhya Pradesh): The remaining examinations of Higher Secondary, Higher Secondary Vocational and Higher Secondary (blind, dumb, deaf) are being conducted by the Board of Secondary Education from June 9, 2020.

For all such candidates who have been displaced from their place of residence due to lockdown or other reasons, the Board of Secondary Education has decided that the displaced candidates can attend the examination from the particular district in which they currently reside under special circumstances.

Giving the above information, Secretary, Board of Secondary Education Anil Suchari said that the candidates who want to give the remaining examinations from any other district; they can apply through online kiosk/portal or through the board’s mobile app from May 25 to May 28 at 4 pm.


The facility of online application will also be available in the District Education Officer’s office, the coordinating body of the district and the Divisional Offices of the Board.

In case of a change in the district of the candidate, the examination centre will be allotted at the district headquarters of the newly selected district. Center change will not be allowed inside the district.

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