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Gujarat constructed most houses for urban poor: Official data

Gujarat has constructed the most number of houses for the urban poor under the Centre’s flagship housing scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban)’ in the country, official data shows.As many as 54,474 houses have been constructed in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, since 2014-15 under the scheme.This accounts for 18.70 percent of the 2.91 lakh total houses constructed in 36 states and UTs in the country, according to the data of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.Gujarat has received the central assistance of Rs 1,355 crore for construction of these houses.Under the PMAY(U) scheme, the government targets to construct 1.2 crore affordable houses for urban poor across the country by 2022. The government provides central assistance under various components for construction of the houses. Gujarat was followed by Karnataka with the construction of about 33,450 houses since 2014-15.Tamil Nadu constructed 32,730 houses, followed by Madhya Pradesh (27,862), Jharkhand (27,308), West Bengal (24,166), Maharashtra (22,699) and Andra Pradesh (21,794), according to the data.Delhi constructed 1,262 houses for urban poor, while Rajasthan constructed 12,274 houses.Tripura and Uttar Pradesh constructed between 5,000 and 10,000 houses, while Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Orissa, Punjab, Telangana and Uttarakhand constructed between 1,000 and 5,000 houses. Sikkim had just one house constructed under the scheme so far.Other states and union territories that had constructed less than 100 houses included Auranchal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, Goa, Meghalaya and Puducherry.

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Tender notice issued for police township

In one of the biggest construction projects to be carried out in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, a project belonging to the Brihanmumbai Police Co-operative Housing Society (proposed) will comprise 8,200 individual homes and cost Rs 1,225 crore. It will have houses for police constables and their widows and is located in Village Vayal close to the proposed International Airport in Navi Mumbai. The land was bought after 6,000 constables pooled in Rs 1.20 lakh each. They bought 107 acre of land from farmers and Rs 12 crore is still in excess.Pratap Dighavkar, Additional Commissioner, Thane Police, handling the project said, “We are going to give 650 sq ft carpet area project to every constable. These will be two bedroom hall kitchen flats with balconies. We haven’t decided the cost per flat but only construction cost will be charged to every constable.”If this is the first home of the constable then he will also be eligible for a subsidy of Rs 2.50 lakh under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna. “This is the biggest welfare project in the state concerning police personnel,” said Dighavkar.A tender notice was issued on Thursday by the Sanstha inviting contractors who have experience in planning, designing and constructing approximately 8,200 individual apartments within high-rise residential buildings including stilt parking, along with site development and infrastructure services for the housing project.The completion period for the project is 36 months from the date of Letter of Intent.
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Ujjwala scheme may not add power to BJP’s Gujarat campaign

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), touted as harbinger of change in the rural landscape, may not prove to be a big game changer for the BJP in Gujarat elections.The scheme that took off with great promise in May 2016 and has already released 3.12 crore gas connections in one-and-a-half years to the BPL families, up from 87 lakh connections in 2014, is attracting fewer customers for a refill in rural Gujarat.According to Vimesh Shah, one of the biggest Gas Agency of Hindustan Petroleum in Vyara, Tapi district, the scheme was a roaring success initially but is turning out to be dud as only 40% household have come back for a refill since May 2016.Lot of BPL families took the connection as the entire Rs 1600 cost, including security deposit (cylinder and regulator), hose pipe, book, installation and administrative charges was being borne by the government on one-time basis.”Due to enormous pressure of the government, we made rapid progress and registered 44,782 registration until November 5, 2017 in Tapi district alone. Of these 40,448 connections have already been installed. But almost 60% of them have not come back for a refill which raises a question mark of the efficacy of the scheme,” said Shah.The percentage of refill in rural area would plummet further if they take data of towns into account as BPL families in urban areas come back for refills, he said.Vindicating Shah’s figures Sylvi Gamit, a beneficiary from Dhamodi village of Sonegarh Taluka, said, there are very few takers of a refill in our village because it is much costlier than firewood.”Firewood remains a cheaper option as Rs. 1200 worth of wood lasts full one year whereas, a cylinder costing Rs. 714 plus transportation cost is barely sufficient for 3 months,”said Sylvi.According to Ashok Gamit, women in villages like to keep LPG cylinder handy for an emergency. They use it like costly medicine in times of monsoon when the dry wood is difficult to procure.With the increase in international crude and gas prices, the subsidy has also become less lucrative. Of the cost of Rs. 714, BPL families get only Rs. 214.88 as subsidy.”This subsidy too does not reflect initially as most BPL families take upfront loan for the gas stove that costs about Rs 1000 which means they will have to forego subsidy for at least 4 to five refills,”said a gas dealer in Sonegarh.

End to crop burning issue? NTPC to float tender for buying farm stubble

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Power Minister R K Singh said today that state-run NTPC will float a tender to buy farm stubble at Rs 5,500 per tonne for use as fuel at its power plants, a move that will check farmers from burning it — a key source of pollution.He said this move will help farmers earn around Rs 11,000 per acre from the sale of stubble/straw pellets.A large number of farmers particularly in Punjab and Haryana are burning the farm stubble/straw, which causes air pollution, in the absence of viable alternatives.”On an average a farmer gets around 2 tonnes of stubble or straw in an acre. NTPC will bring a tender to buy the pellets of this farm residue in next few days at a rate of Rs 5,500 per tonne,” Singh said at a press conference.Power Secretary A K Bhalla however told reporters that the stubble pellets procured for power plants may not be used for this season, but the system will be in place.On the likely bidders, Singh said a new market will be created under which service providers will bid after making arrangements with farmers.He assured that the use of farm residue pellets would not result in an tariff escalation for the thermal power generator, NTPC.Singh said that mixing of pellets up to 10 per cent of the total fuel in a power plant is possible without affecting its efficiency in terms of gross calorific value.The minister launched the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) Web portal which will help monitor household electrification progress. It will disseminate information on household electrification status (state, district, village-wise), household progress on live basis, state-wise target versus achievement and monthly electrification progress.Singh told reporters that camps will be organised under the scheme in villages where connections would be issued on the spot.”If we want to electrify all households then we would have to go out and do it without waiting for people to come to us and apply for an electricity connection,” he said.He informed that all states are on board under the scheme and 7 states have already send their formal proposals which are being examined.These states are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Mizoram, Nagaland, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, and Assam.Singh made it clear that although electricity will not be free for anybody, connections for the poor would be provided free of cost under the scheme.About the December 31, 2017 deadline for meeting stricter emission norms for power plants, brought out by the environment ministry in December 2015, Singh said that it is being revised.On issues related to backing out on power purchase agreements under solar energy auctions, the minister said that those are legal obligations.The minister also urged the startups to come forward to participate in domestic manufacturing of smart and prepaid electricity meters.The Saubhagya scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 25, 2017 with an outlay of Rs 16,320 crore including Budgetary Support of Rs 12,320 crore.Under the Saubhagya scheme, households in rural areas and poor families in urban areas are given free electricity connections.There are around 4 crore un-electrified households in the country and they are targeted for providing electricity connections by December 2018.

World Food India 2017: From pickles to murabbas, food processing is a way of life in India, says PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>We have been practicing food processing since ages and it happens to be a way of life in India, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while inaugurating World Food India 2017 in New Delhi. “Simple, home-based techniques, such as fermentation, have resulted in the creation of our famous pickles, papads, chutneys and murabbas that excite both the elite and the masses across the world,” he said. Talking about the World Bank’s recent report on the ease of doing business Modi said: “India has jumped 30 ranks this year in the World Bank Doing Business rankings. India was ranked number one in the world in 2016 in greenfield investment. India is also rapidly progressing on the Global Innovation Index, Global Logistics Index and Global Competitiveness Index”. Prime Minister claimed that farmers are central to the government’s efforts to improve food processing process in India. “We launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana to create world-class food processing infrastructure. This will leverage the investment of US $5 billion, benefiting 2 million farmers and create more than half million jobs,” Modi said. While recognising the increase in private sector participation in many segments of the value chain, he highlighted that many sectors need a lot more attention. “More investment is required in contract farming, raw material sourcing and creating agri linkages. This is a clear opportunity for global chains,” PM said. Prime Minister highlighted the nutritional value of our coarse gain and the advantages that come with it. “Food processing holds solutions to nutrition security. Our coarse grains & millets have high nutritional value. They can withstand adverse agro-climatic conditions. Can we take up a venture based on these? This will raise incomes of farmers & also enhance nutrition levels” Prime Minister said. World Food India 2017 Celebrates the food and beverage industry in India. The three-day event from November 3 to November 5, is packed with exhibitions, seminars, special tasting sessions and a whole lot of new opportunities. This is a great platform to network and collaborates with domestic and International businesses.

Govt to take away projects from ‘poor developers’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government is planning to eliminate developers who aren’t competent enough to complete projects under the Slum Redevelopment Authority (SRA) scheme. Earlier this month, the government had decided to give loans to developers involved in SRA projects that are stuck.In addition, the government is also considering another proposal whereby it will remove such developers whom they consider unable to finish the projects. In such projects, the developer will be paid all his dues and the whole project will be constructed for affordable housing after the government takes it over. This will help the government to have a bank of affordable homes in Mumbai.The government had announced that it will be giving loans to developers who have not been able to complete their rehab as well as sale component under slum redevelopment. The condition from the government was that the developer has to construct houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) scheme in the sale component. Under the new proposal, the government believes that the developer won’t be able to complete the project from such developers the government shall take over the project completely. After constructing the rehab building for slum dwellers, the sale component comprising affordable schemes shall be constructed.Speaking to DNA, additional chief secretary, Housing Department, Sanjay Kumar, said, “In cases, where we will feel that the developer cannot complete the project on his own. We will take over the project from them and clear their dues > Later, we shall hand over the projects to agencies such as MHADA. In such cases, the whole of sale component will be under the PMAY scheme, and will create affordable housing inside Mumbai city.”For the loan scheme, the government is yet to decide the percentage of affordable homes the developer has to construct in the sale component. However, in the complete take over the scheme, the government will see to it that all the homes in the sale component are constructed are only affordable housing under PMAY.A senior official from the government says that this will help getting rid of stuck projects in the city. “With the loan, genuine developers will be able to complete the project and even the government will be able to get the affordable housing. With the new proposal of taking over projects, the number of affordable homes will go up and stuck projects will see some movement. This will benefit Mumbai and homebuyers both,” he said.The government has an ambitious plan of constructing 19 lakh affordable homes under housing for all.NEW PLANSThe government is yet take a decision on the percentage of affordable homes the developer has built.
The government had announced that it will give loans to developers who have not been able to complete their rehab as well as sell component under slum redevelopment projects.

Dream Project PMAY(G) of power packed PM at snail’s pace in Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of providing every family a ‘pucca house’, full fledged water supply and electricity seems to be just on paper as far as Rajasthan is concerned as the government has clearly failed to achieve the targets set for 2017. The aim of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin was to provide the above-mentioned necessities to the needy at an ‘affordable’ price and to give shelter to each family by 2022, the year when India complete its 75 years of independence. But this dream seems far from reality. The year 2017 will be history in just three months and only five years will be left to the complete the task, which seems quite arduous for the government.Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna Gramin was launched with the aim of providing a roof to all poor and needy. The government every year sets target for the departments concerned. But it seems that the state ministry of rural development has failed to achieve even 20% percent of the target.Downfall of performance in 2 yearsA letter written by ACS Sudarshan Sethi to all the district collectors this September states that Rajasthan has completed only 15% of the target. What is more alarming is that 20 districts of the state did not even achive 10% percent of the target. The implementation figures have come down by 5 percent compared to last year. In the year 2016, the department had completed 20% of the target but till august this year it stood at 15%.The poor performersAs per the data of Central government, even after allocating Rs3003.99 crore in the year 2016 and Rs2683.54 crores in the year 2017, the department could only achieve 17 percent of its target. Rajsamand, Dausa, Karauli, Bikaner, Tonk, Barmer, Jodhpur, Baran and Dungarpur figured among the worst performers with achieving just three percent of their target. The data clearly indicate the poor performance of the department and challenges PM Modi’s vision of providing homes to the underprivileged of rural Rajasthan.Acting to these non-performance Rajendra Rathore told DNA “we are finding solution to these problems as we are sending notices to the BDOs and we are also fixing responsibilities of the officers”.But the scheme, headed by ACS (Rural Development) Sudarshan Sethi at the functional level appears to be a flop show. In fact, Sethi has not been able to provide the required leadership at the grassroots level. A senior bureaucrat remarked that Sethi has been overrated by Raje Government, because prior to this assignment also, Sethi has been an average performer. It is curious to know that what has inspired the state government to handover the charge of a few crucial departments to Sethi, which are very relevant and important in an election year.Knowledgeable sources reveal that Sethi does not listen to his own Minister Rathore, who is losing his voice in his own departments. The reason – a troubleshooter, a fairly competent and a trusted Raje ally Rathore,who is otherwise keeping a low profile these days, actually does not want to open a new front with the bureaucracy in Jaipur and Churu. So, the present stalemate and an era of non-performance is likely to continue.Source- Letter written by additional CS Sudershan Sethi and MIS.Data of the achieved target is till month of august while budget is for the entire year.

Ujjwala LPG scheme to hit 3-crore mark today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will allot LPG connection to the 3,00,00,000th beneficiary under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) at Isanpur Mota village of Gandhinagar on Saturday, and also launch the LPG Panchayat.Launched in May 2016 by PM Narendra Modi, PMUY aims to provide LPG connection at a subsidised rate to 5 crore economically weaker households by 2022.”The idea of LPG Panchayat is to make people aware of benefits of LPG and to increase its penetration in rural areas. The Central government aims to hold around 1 lakh LPG Panchayats across the country. Tomorrow will mark its national launch,” Sanjiv Jain, state-level coordinator of Oil Industry, told media-persons.At the Panchayat, the beneficiaries will talk about how getting an LPG cylinder has changed their lives, its impact on their health, their experiences about the scheme, and other aspects. Talking about challenges faced during implementation of Ujjwala Yojana, Jain said that reaching out to women in rural areas, and servicing them were the key challenges.11.39L connections across GujaratAs many as 11.39 lakh LPG connections have been allotted in Gujarat under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, an industry official said. VK Verma, GM in-charge of LPG at IOC, said that the oil industry has contacted more than 31.3 lakh of the 39 lakh households identified as potential beneficiaries. “Of these, 16.27 lakh households have an LPG or PNG connection or were found to be ineligible for the connection. Another 42,000 had submitted incomplete documents, and 1.12 lakh others were not interested in getting LPG,” Verma said.

Centre to invest additional Rs 12,000 crore for nourishment of maternal, neonatal health till 2020

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre will for over the next three years invest an additional Rs. 12,000 crore for the nutrition of pregnant and lactating women, children in the age group of 0-6 years, and out of school adolescent girls. The decision was made during a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The Cabinet has approved the proposal for revision of cost norms with annual cost indexation for Supplementary Nutrition (SN) for the beneficiaries of Anganwadi Services and Adolescent Girls (out of school 11-14 years) under the Umbrella ICDS Scheme. This addresses a long-standing anomaly and ensures that the changes in norms keeps pace with changes in costs on an annual basis. This follows the decision by the Government to provide cash benefits to pregnant and lactating mothers under the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, and is part of an intensive effort to improve the nutritional status of women and children. The revision of cost norms for SN for beneficiaries of Aanganwadi Services would cost additional expenditure of Rs.9,900 crore and for beneficiaries of Adolescent Girls, it would cost Rs.2,267.18 crore as GoI share for a period from 2017-18 to 2019-20.The revision in the cost norms of SN for the beneficiaries of Anganwadi Services and Adolescent Girls would impact the health and nutritional status of about 11 crore beneficiaries per annum.

FULL TEXT ‘Mann ki Baat’: No one has right to resort to violence in the name of their beliefs: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In his monthly radio programme Mann ki Baat on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said violence in the name of faith won’t be tolerated, asserting that the guilty would not be spared.His comments are significant in the aftermath of the mayhem unleashed by followers of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim on Friday.PM Modi added that everybody will have to bow before the law and that the Constitution provides scope for redressal of all kinds of grievances.Also Read: Violence in the name of faith won’t be tolerated, guilty will be punished: PM Modi’s stern messageRead the full text of his address below:My dear countrymen, Saadar Namaskar. When on the one hand, a sense of festivity pervades the land, and on the other, news of violence comes in, from one part of the country, it is only natural of be concerned. Ours is the country of Buddha and Gandhi, it is the land of Sardar Patel who gave up his all for the unity of the nation. For centuries, our forefathers have imbibed community values, nonviolence, mutual respect – these are inherent to us. We have been hearing and saying Ahimsa ParmoDharmah from our childhood. In my address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, I had said that violence in the name of faith will not be tolerated, whether it is communal belief systems, whether it is subscribing to political ideologies, whether it is allegiance to a person or customs and traditions. No one has the right to take the law into one’s own hands in the name of one’s beliefs. In the Constitution given to us by Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar there is every provision for ensuring justice for each and every person. I want to assure my countrymen that people who take the law into their own hands and are on the path of violent suppression – whether it is a person or a group –neither this country nor any government will tolerate it. Each and every person will have to abide by the law; the law will fix accountability and the guilty will unquestionably be punished.My dear countrymen, our country is a land of diversities – these diversities are not limited to our cuisine, life style and attire. We observe diversity in every walk of life. Even our festivals are replete with diversity. Ours is arich cultural heritage, spanning thousands of years – when we look at our cultural traditions, social customs, historical events, there would hardly be a day left in the year which is not connected with a festival. You would have noticed, that all our festivals follow the almanac of nature. There is a direct connect with nature. Many of our festivals are linked straightaway with farmers and fishermen.Speaking about festivals today, I would first like to wish you all michhamidukkadam. The Jain community celebrated the SamvatsariParva yesterday. In the month of Bhadra, ParyushanParva is celebrated by the Jain Community. The last day of ParyushanParva is observed as Samvatsari. This is indeed a remarkable tradition. The festival of Samvatsari is symbolic of forgiveness, non-violence and brotherhood. It is also known as the KshamavaniParva, and on this day, people traditionally greet each other with, ‘michhamidukkadam.’ We have been hearing in our shaastras, our holy texts, “KshamaVeerasya Bhushanam”, that is, forgiveness is the adornment of the brave. The one who forgives is valiant. And Mahatma Gandhi always said, that forgiveness is the quality of great men.Shakespeare in his play, “The Merchant of Venice”, while explaining the importance of forgiveness, has written, “Mercy is twice blest, It blesseth him that gives and him that takes,” meaning, the forgiver and the forgiven both stand to receive divine blessing.My dear countrymen, Ganesh Chaturthi is being celebrated with great fervor all across the country. When we speak of Ganesh Chaturthi, it is but natural to talk about Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav, that is, community celebrations of the Ganesh Festival. This tradition was established by Bal Gangadhar Tilak 125 years ago, and it was 125 years ago that Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav became a symbol of India’s struggle for freedom. And after Independence, this festival has become a vehicle of raising social and educational awareness. Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day festival. This Mahaparva, mega-festival stands for unity, equality, integrity and honesty. My heartiest greetings to all of you on the occasion of Ganeshotsav.The festival of Onam is being celebrated in Kerela. Of the numerous colourful festivals of India, Onam is a prime festival of Kerela. This festival is known for its social and cultural significance. This festival showcases the rich cultural heritage of Kerala. It gives the message of love and harmony – awakens new hopes and aspirations, and gives new confidence to the people. Our festivals are now becoming great attractions for tourism. And I would like to mention to my countrymen, that festivals like Navaratri in Gujarat, or Durga Utsav in Bengal are tremendous tourist attractions. Other festivals of our country too, provide an opportunity to attract foreign visitors. We should think about what more can be done in this direction.In this series of festivals, Eid-ul-Zuha will be celebrated in a few days from now. Heartiest felicitations and best wishes to all countrymen on the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha. Festivals are of course symbols of faith and belief; in the New India, we should transform them into symbols of cleanliness as well. In individual households, festivals and cleanliness are linked together. In fact, preparationsfor festivals always begin with cleaning. This is nothing new for us, but it is important to convert it into a social character. Public cleanliness must be insisted upon not just in our homes but in our villages, towns, cities, states and in our entire country – Cleanliness has to be inextricably linked to our festivals.My dear countrymen, definitions of being modern are perpetually changing. These days, a new measure to gauge a new dimension, a new parameter, has come in to being. It determines what your upbringing has been, how modern you are, how modern your thinking is. And that measure is your level of environment consciousness. Are your activities ecofriendly, environment friendly or otherwise?It is considered to be unacceptable in society today, of you are not environment friendly. And as a result of this I find that, the ecofriendly Ganpati, in this Ganesh Festival has turned into a huge campaign.If you go on YouTube, you will see that children in every home are making earthen Ganesh idols and are colouring them. Some are using vegetable colours, while some are pasting bits and pieces of paper. All sorts of experiments are being carried out in every family. This is probably the first of its kind, the most widespread experiment in environment consciousness. Media houses too, are making a great effort in training people, inspiring them and guiding them towards ecofriendly Ganesh idols. What a massive transformation this has been; a pleasant one at that. And as I mentioned, our country is blessed with millions and millions of the brightest of brains. And it is nice to see all sorts of new innovations. Someone told me about a gentleman who is an engineer and who has collected and combined special varieties of clay, to give training in making Ganesh idols. The Ganesh Visarjan or immersion is done in a small bucket of water, where the idol dissolves within no time. And he didn’t stop there. A tulsi, Holy Basil, sapling was sowed in it. The campaign for Cleanliness which was initiated three years ago will be marking its third anniversary on the 2nd of October. And the positive results are now being seen. Toilets have increased from 39% to almost 67% of the population? More than two lakh thirty thousand villages have declared themselves open defecation free.Gujarat saw devastating floods recently. Many people lost their lives. When the waters receded, there was so much filth everywhere. That is when, in Dhanera in the Banaskantha District of Gujarat, volunteers of Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind cleaned twenty-two affected temples and two mosques in a phased manner. They came together and toiled collectively. The volunteers of Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hindset a fine, inspiring example of unity for cleanliness. If this committed effort towards cleanliness become inherent to us, our country will certainly take our nation to greater heights.My dear countrymen, I call upon you to begin a campaign, Swachchata Hi Sewa, Cleanliness is Service, at least fifteen-twenty days prior to Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October – on the lines of the age-old belief, Jal SevaYahiPrabhuSeva, Service to Water is Service to God. Let’s create an environment of cleanliness in the entire country. Whenever and wherever possible, let’s look for the opportunity. But we must all come together. We could look at this as preparations for Diwali, preparations for Navaratri, preparations for Durga Puja. Do Shramdan, Donate through labor. Come together on Sundaysand Holidays. Go to settlements in your neighborhood, go to nearby villages, but do this in the form of a movement. I urge all NGOs, schools, colleges, social, cultural and political leaders, people in the government, collectors and sarpanches, to begin creating an environment of cleanliness at least fifteen days ahead of Gandhi Jayanti on the 2nd of October so that it turns out to be the 2nd October of Gandhi’s dreams. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has created a section on MyGov.in where after constructing a toilet you can register your name and the name of the beneficiary family, who you helped. My friends from the social media can run a few creative campaigns and thus become a source of inspiration in the virtual world, to see results in the real world. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has organized, the Swachch Sankalp se Swachcha Siddhi Pratiyogita, From the resolve of Cleanliness to attaining Cleanliness Competition comprising an essay competition, a short film making competition and a painting competition. You can write essays in various languages and there is no age limit. You can make a short film even with your mobile phone. You can film a two-three-minute movie that inspires cleanliness. It can be in any language; it could be silent too. The best three participants – three at the district level, three at the state level will be given prizes. I invite one and all – Come, join the Cleanliness Campaign in this manner as well.I would like to reiterate, let’s resolve to celebrate, 2nd October Gandhi Jayanti this year as Swachch Do Aktoobar, Clean 2nd October. And to this end beginning 15th September let us take the mantra, the message, Swachchata Hi Seva, Cleanliness is Service to each and every home. Take one or another step towards cleanliness. Make your effort to be a part of it. You will see how the Gandhi Jayanti of this 2nd October shines. You can imagine the inner bliss of paying homage to our revered Bapu, with fifteen days of this cleanliness campaign, Swachchata Hi Seva, when we celebrate Gandhi Jayanti on the 2nd of October. My dear countrymen, I want to specially express my indebtedness to you. I want to thank you from the core of my heart, not because you have been connected with Mann Ki Baat, for such a long time – I want to express my gratitude and indebtedness as millions of people from across the country come together with Mann kiBaat. The number of listeners are in crores out of which lakhs of people write letters to me, send messages, and get their messages recorded on phone, which is a huge treasure for me. This has become a great opportunity for me to understand the hearts and minds of one and all. Much as you wait for Mann ki Baat, I await your messages with greater eagerness. I always look forward with anticipation, because I find so much to learn from all that you share. It is an opportunity to test my endeavors on this touchstone. Even the smallest of your suggestions help me in thinking anew on a wide variety of subjects. I therefore express my heartfelt gratitude for your contributions and also my indebtedness to you. My endeavor always is to see for myself, hear, read and understand your thoughts. All sorts of things come to me. Now take this phone call for example. You will be able to correlate with it. You too would feel that, you would’ve committed the same mistake. Sometimes certain things become a part of our habits, that we don’t even realize that we are doing something wrong.“Pradhan Mantri ji, I am Aparna from Pune. I want to tell you about a friend of mine. She always tries to help others, but one habit of hers amazes me. I went for shopping with her at a mall. She coolly spent two thousand rupees on a sari, and four hundred and fifty rupees on a pizza. Whereas, she haggled for a long time, over merely five rupees, with the auto driver, who took us to the mall. On the way back, we stopped to buy vegetables, and again she haggled with the vendors to save 4-5 rupees. I feel very bad. We spend extravagantly in high places, without a single thought, but when it comes to our hardworking brethren, we quarrel with them over small amounts. We don’t trust them. Please speak about this on Mann kiBaat.”Now after listening to this phone call, I am certain that you would have been shocked and awakened and would probably have resolved not to repeat such a mistake. Don’t you feel that whenever a vendor comes to your door to sell something, on his rounds, when we come into contact with small shopkeepers, vegetable sellers, auto rickshaw drivers – in fact any person who earns through sheer hard work – we start bargaining with him, haggling with him: “No not so much, make it two rupees less, five rupees less!” And it is us, the same people, who go to dine at a fine restaurant, we don’t even bother to check the bill, we just go ahead and pay the money, without thinking twice. Not just this, when we go to a showroom to buy a saree, we don’t bargain, but when it comes to someone poor, we just cannot resist bargaining. Have you ever wondered what a poor man goes through? It is not a matter of two or five rupees, it hurts him deeply, when he feels that you are questioning his honesty. Two or five rupees make no difference to your life, but have you thought how much heartache this petty habit of yours can cause him. Madam I am grateful to you for calling me with this touching message. I am certain that my countrymen, if they are in the habit of behaving in this way with the poor will now stop doing so.My dear young friends, the country celebrates National Sports Day on the 29th of August. This is the birth anniversary of the great hockey player, hockey wizard, Major Dhyan Chand ji. His contribution to hockey was unparalleled. I am reminding you of this because I want the younger generation of our country to take part in sports. Sports should become a part of our lives. If we are a young nation, our youth should get manifested in the field sports as well. Sports means, physical fitness, mental alertness and personality enhancement. What else does one need? Sports, in a way, is a recipe that brings people together. The young generation of our country should come forward in the world of sports – and in today’s computer era I would like to alert you to the fact that the playing field is far more important than the play station. Play FIFA on the computer, but sometimes show your skills with the football out in the field. You must be playing cricket on the computer but the pleasure of actually playing cricket in an open field under the sky is something else. There was a time when the children in the family went out to play, the mother would first ask, “When will you come back home?” Now the times are such that children, when they come home, they either start watching cartoons in a corner, or are glued to mobile games. And the mother has to shout, “When will you go out?” How times have changed! There was a time when the mother would demand to know when her son would be back. And today, she demands to know when he will go out.Young friends, the Sports Ministry is launching a Sports Talent Search Portal to search for sporting talent and to groom them. Any talented child who has an achievement in sports, can upload his biodata or video on this portal. The Ministry of Sports will impart training to selected emerging players. The Ministry is launching the portal tomorrow. The good news for our young friends is that the FIFA Under 17 World Cup is being organized in India, from the 6th to the 28th of October. Twenty-four teams from all over the world will be making India their home.Come, let’s welcome the young visitors from all across the world with the festival of Sports, let’s enjoy the sport, and create a conducive sporting atmosphere in the country. I speak about sports today, and just last week, a heartwarming incident took place, which I would like to share with my countrymen. I had the opportunity to meet some young daughters, some of who, were born in the Himalayas, who had absolutely no connection with the sea. Six of these young daughters are in the Navy. Their grit and zeal, is inspiring for all of us. These six young women will embark on a voyage across the seas, in a small boat, INS Tarini. The expedition has been named, NavikaSagar Parikrama. They will circumnavigate the globe and return home, after many months. Sometimes they will spend 40 days on the seas in one go; at times, thirty. Our six daughters riding the waves of the high seas, with courage, is the first instance of its kind in the world. Each and every Indian would be proud of these daughters. I salute their valour and I have asked them to share their experiences with the entire country. I too am making a separate arrangement for their experiences on the NarendraModiApp to ensure that you can read it. For this is a tale of heroism, a tale of personal experiences, and I would be happy to bring you the stories of these daughters. My best wishes and blessings to these daughters.My dear countrymen, we celebrate 5th September as Teacher’s Day. It is the birthday of our former President, Dr. Radhakrishnan ji. He was the President, but all through his life, he saw himself as a teacher. He preferred to live a teacher’s life. He was committed to being a teacher. He was a scholar, a diplomat, the President of India and yet, quintessentially a teacher. I salute him.The great scientist Albert Einstein said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” The most important quality of a teacher, is to awaken in his students, a sense of creativity and the joy of learning. As we celebrate Teacher’s Day this year can we come together and take a resolve? Can we run a campaign in mission mode? Teach to Transform, Educate to Empower, Learn to Lead. Can we move ahead with this resolve? Get someone committed to a five-year resolve. Show him the path of attainment, which he can achieve in five years – so that he can experience the joy of success in life. Such an atmosphere can be created by our schools, our colleges, our teachers, our educational institutions. When we speak about transformation in our country, we must think of our teachers as we do of our mothers. The teacher plays a vital role in transformation. In the life of every teacher, there are incidents of simple efforts that succeeded in bringing about a transformation in somebody’s life. We will play a big role in the transformation of the nation, if we make a collective effort. Come, let’s move forward with the mantra, Teach to Transform.“Pranam Pradhan Mantri ji, I am Dr. Ananya Awasthi. I am a resident of Mumbai and work for the India Research Centre of Harvard University. As a researcher, I have been specially interested in Financial Inclusion. With reference to the social schemes related to Financial Inclusion, my question to you is: In the backdrop of the Jan DhanYojna launched in 2014, can you say that, do the statistics show thattoday, three years later, India is financially more secure and stronger, and whether this empowerment and benefits have percolated down to our women, farmers and workers, in villages and small towns. Thank you.”My dear countrymen, the Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojna, financial inclusion, had been a point of discussion amongst Financial Pundits, not just in India, but all over the world. On the 28th of August 2014, we had launched this campaign with a dream in our hearts. Tomorrow on the 28th of August, the Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojna will complete three years. Thirty crore new families have been linked to this scheme, bank accounts have been opened. This number is larger than the population of many countries of the world. And today I feel a great sense of fulfilment, that within three years, the last man on the fringes of society has become a part of the mainstream economy of the country. His ways have changed, he has now started going to the bank. He has started saving his money. He feels financially secure. When there is cash in the hand, or in the pocket or at home, one is tempted to indulge in wasteful expenditure. There is now an air of prudence. He is now beginning to understand that the money can be of use for his children. The money can be used productively in the days to come. Not just this, when a poor person sees a RuPay Card, in his pocket, he finds himself to be equal to the privileged – that if they have a credit card in their pockets, I too have a RuPay Card in mind. He feels a sense of dignity.In the Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojna, almost 65 thousand crore rupees have deposited in banks by our underprivileged brethren. In a way, this is a saving for the poor, this is his empowerment for the future. And those who opened their accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojna, have received the benefit of insurance as well. Schemes like, Pradhan Mantri Jeewan Jyoti BimaYojna, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojna, with a small premium of one rupee or thirty rupees, are giving a new sense of confidence to the poor. For many families, in times of adversity, or on the demise of the head of the family, through the one-rupeeinsurance,they received two lakh rupees in a matter of days. Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna, Start Up Yojna, Stand Up Yojna – for Dalits, Adivasis, women, educated youth, youth who want to stand on their own feet – for millions and millions through Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna, they have been able to get loans from banks without any guarantee. They have been able to stand on their own feet and have succeeded in giving employment to one or two other people as well. Banks have conducted surveys about how the common man has benefitted from Jan DhanYojna, from Insurance Schemes, from RuPay Card and Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna. I recently met a few bankers, who shared inspiring stories from their survey. There isn’t enough time today, but I would certainly like request the bankers to upload these inspiring stories, on MyGov.in, so that people can read them and be inspired by how a scheme can bring about transformation in the life of a person, how it can bring a new energy, a new confidence – hundreds of examples have come before me. I will try my best to bring these to you; and the media can also take advantage of these inspiring stories. They too, can interview such people, and inspire the young generation.My dear countrymen, once again, I wish you “michchamidukkadm.” Thank you very much.

Survey in districts hit by waterlogging soon: Har minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A survey would soon be conducted in the districts of Haryana hit by waterlogging due to heavy rains and compensation would be given to the affected farmers, state Agriculture minister O P Dhankar said today. The compensation for farmers would be Rs 12,000 per acre following the special ‘Girdawari’ (revenue survey to assess loss), he said at the one-day ‘Chintan Shivir’ organised in Panchkula to discuss various agriculture-related issues. When his attention was drawn to waterlogging due to heavy rains at 25 villages in Jind, Jhajjar and elsewhere in the state, Dhankar spoke to Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue, Keshni Anand Arora over phone, who assured that the department would start the survey soon. Dhankar said the state government has sent requisition for assistance to the tune of Rs 700 crore to the World Bank for renovation of irrigation projects and canal systems in Haryana. Also awards would be introduced under Soil Health Card scheme with a view to encourage people to work towards maintaining soil fertility, he said. The minister said that separate nodal officers have also been appointed for providing information regarding subsidies under various schemes, including the ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’. At the ‘chintan shivir’, discussion was held on various subjects such as Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, agriculture entrepreneurship and increase of crop yield.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

If we cooperate, I operate better: M Venkaiah Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Soon after assuming position as the new Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, M Venkaiah Naidu showed his penchant for one liners. “If we co-operate, then I can operate better,” he said. Naidu came to the Rajya Sabha after being sworn in as the 15th Vice President by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.Hailing Naidu as a farmer’s son, who had risen above life’s struggles to reach a high office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it showed “maturity of the Indian democracy and the strength of India’s Constitution” that “people from humble, rural backgrounds occupy the highest positions in India today.”Crediting Naidu for envisaging Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY), Modi said, “Such things take place when someone has an affinity towards villages, the poor, farmers, Dalits and the exploited, and takes a vow bring them out of hard times.”Wearing his trademark white lungi and white shirt, Naidu took the oath in Hindi in the name of god. “If the ruling party has power, Opposition must at least have its say. But, democracy says that the Opposition must have its say and the government must have its way because it is as per the mandate of the people,” Naidu said.Reassuring an anxious Opposition, whose speakers repeatedly remind the House that they expect impartiality, Naidu said he was “an all-party man” now and his role was “above politics”.”I will meet your expectations. Everyone among you will get an opportunity but everyone must follow the rules and regulations (of Parliament),” Naidu said, urging members not to look at each other as enemies but as “rivals” in their common endeavour of “working hard to strengthen the country and help people”. “Democracy is not about numbers but to understand and appreciate each others’ point of view. We must debate, discuss, decide and deliver,” he added.Trying to match Naidu’s sense of rhyme, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The opposition must have its say, but the treasury benches must have their way. When that happens, the Parliament will function better.”Besides PM Modi, ex-vice president Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, BJP veteran L K Advani and various union ministers, governors and chief ministers were present at the ceremony.

Rs 109 cr released to farmers as compensation in last 3 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Human-elephant conflict led to 423 human deaths in 2016-17, with a bulk of the fatalities concentrated in West Bengal, Assam, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. Also, the government paid Rs 109 crore as compensation to farmers between 2014-15 and 2016-17 for damage caused to crops by elephants and Rs 8.93 crore as compensation for human deaths during the same period.Minister for Environment and Forest Dr Harsh Vardhan shared this information in Lok Sabha on Tuesday while replying to DK Suresh’s question on human-elephant conflicts.The ministry’s data show that between 2014-15 and 2015-17, a total of 1,280 humans were killed in conflict with elephants. In 2016-17, 82 deaths were reported from West Bengal, 69 were reported from Assam and 67 from Chhattisgarh.Explaining the rise in human deaths in Karnataka, Dr Vardhan said, “The rise in such incidents is due to fragmentation of forests and increase in human population.” He added that there no scientific country-wide study has been carried out to assess losses incurred by elephant raids on crops and human settlements.Dr Vardhan said that solar-powered fencing and elephant-proof trenches are some of the methods used to curb conflict between humans and pachyderms. He added that WhatsApp, SMS-based alerts and use of radio collars were also used to minimise conflicts.In 2016, DNA had reported on the environment ministry sending a proposal to the agriculture ministry for bringing crop depredations by elephants under the coverage of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.Crop depredation by wildlife prevails almost across all states in the north and southeastern regions, data show. However, the central and eastern regions recorded the highest amount crop damage.

BSF to tie up with NSDC to impart skill development

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Security Force (BSF) is set to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to train unemployed men, women, and youths near international border areas. The force, with the help of NSDC, will also train its retired officials and those who are on the verge of retirement.They will be trained in various skills related to solar installation, rand air-conditioning, welding, electrician, automotive, appliances, bar-bending, security, plumbing, front office tourism and hospitality, beauty wellness, healthcare, and retail.”The idea is to support weaker and disadvantaged sections of society through focused outreach programmes and targeted skill development activities. The force also want to propagate aspirational value of skilling among youth by creating social awareness on value of skill training,” said a senior BSF officer.BSF, which guards the total of 6,623-km long border with Pakistan, has also stated that the programme will help the population living at the border to get employment. “By engaging the population living near the international border, it’ll help in reducing various kinds of illegal activities there,” said the officer.NSDC has already set up 38 Sector Skill Councils (SSC) of services, manufacturing, agriculture and allied services, and informal sectors. Sectors include 19 of 20 high priority sectors identified by the Government and 25 of the sectors under Make in India initiative.After signing the MoU with BSF, the NSDC will also set up centre in the remote areas where they would be imparting training under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) and Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY) to young people seeking global mobility or migrating overseas for jobs.The retired jawans and the jawans who are on verge of retirement will also bee trained at these centers. The NSDC, whose objective is to upgrade skills to international standards through significant industry involvement, will help these people to become self independent.This is part of NSDC plans to meet their target of providing vocational skills to 150 million Indians by 2022. So far, NSDC has trained just 11.51 million candidates through training partners.

Non-loanee farmers in Punjab can take PMFBY cover through CSC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Non-loanee farmers in 5,000 villages of Haryana can now avail the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) through Common Service Centres (CSCs), an official release said today. The Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department has launched this facility for the convenience of farmers. Loanee farmers will enter the scheme through banks, the release said here. It said that 312 CSCs have been established in all the villages of Fatehabad district. These would help the non-loanee farmers in getting their crop insurance under PMFBY. For this, farmers would not have to pay any kind of fee to the CSC besides the fixed premium for crops which Rs 578.70 per acre for paddy, Rs 558.47 for per acre for cotton, Rs 271.14 per acre for bajra and Rs 218.53 per acre for maize, the release said. With a view to secure crops from natural calamities, farmers can get their Kharif crops insured by contacting the in-charge of the nearest CSCs by July 31, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

FTII gets approval to conduct short-term skill courses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has received approval to conduct skill-oriented short-term courses under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), an official release said today. The approval from the National Skill Development Council (NSDC), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), will enable the FTII to conduct 11 film and television related skill development courses, it said. According to the release, the FTII, to begin with, will conduct these courses in Pune, Guwahati, Jaipur and Visakhapatnam. Gradually, the courses will be conducted at more locations. “This is a major boost to the FTII’s plans to take short courses to smaller towns and cities. The funding under PMKVY will further help lower course fees,” said FTII Pune’s Director Bhupendra Kainthola. PMKVY, the flagship scheme of MSDE, aims to enable a large number of youths to take up industry-relevant skill training that will help them in securing a better livelihood. The FTII functions as an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Women & Child Dev ministry to improve working conditions of

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has assured Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit that the ministry is seriously considering to improve the working conditions of Anganwadi workers (AWWs) and Anganwadi helpers (AWHs). The Governor had earlier written to the union minister urging her to intervene and resolve the issues of AWWs and AWHs who are facing immense problems due to lack of facilities, an official release said. Maneka assured the Governor that her ministry has been sincerely considering to improve the working conditions of AWWs and AWHs by extending facilities like paid absence on maternity, insurance cover under Anganwadi Karyakartri Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Pradhan Suraksha Bima Yojana. The Centre has taken measures to improve the working condition of AWWs and AWHs like raising their honorarium to Rs 3,000 and Rs 1,500 respectively, she said. Assam government is also giving an honorarium of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 to AWWs and AWHs respectively, raising the accrued amount to Rs 4,000 and Rs 2,000 for AWWs and AWHs, the release said. For the professional growth of AWWs, the ministry has issued guidelines on September 15, 2015 making inroads clear for absorption of 50 per cent of vacancies in the posts of supervisors for AWWs. Further 25 per cent of vacancies in the posts of AWWs are also reserved for Anganwadi helpers, it said. The Governor hailed the steps taken by the ministry, the release added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

44 villages in HP developed under PM Adarsh gram yojna: Min

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Himachal Pradesh Social Justice and Empowerment Dhani Ram Shandil today said 44 villages in Solan and Sirmaur were chosen for development under ‘Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana’ in the State. These villages have been equipped with all modern amenities, required for growth and development, he said during a regional conference of Ministers of Social welfare of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttrakhand, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh at Chandigarh. Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot lauded the achievements of the Himachal Pradesh government for successfully implementing ‘Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana’ and benefitting residents of 44 villages by transforming these villages into ‘Adarsh Villages’, he was quoted as saying in a statement here. Shandil said Rs 1,182 crore were spent during 2016-2017 under Scheduled Caste sub-plan for development works in the state for welfare of the scheduled caste community people, while Rs 1,436 crore were being spent in the year 2017-2018. He said social welfare has always been the top priority of the state government and it has launched ‘Mukhya Mantri Adrash Gram Yojna’ in villages having scheduled caste population of more than 40 per cent. Two villages in each constituency are included every year to award benefit to maximum persons under this scheme, the Minister said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC on farmer policies: Move from paper to implementation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed deep concern over the farmers? suicides in India and said that now time has come to move from paper to the implementation of the pro-farmer policies. However, the apex court admitted that the Union Government was doing good work but suicide cases of farmers are increasing day by day. The court was hearing the appeal, filed by NGO ‘Citizens Resource and Action and Initiative’ on issues related to farmers in Gujarat. The apex court said that the government has come up with good schemes for farmers including crop insurance and PMKSY (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana), but these need to be implemented properly. ?We want to move from paper to implementation,” the court observed. The Supreme Court, however, agreed to the Centre?s view that ?the issue of farmer suicide can’t be dealt effectively overnight?. The Centre sought a year?s time for showing effective results of its various schemes, including crop insurance. The bench advised the Centre to take views of senior advocate Colin Gonsalves in formulating measures to deal with the issue of farmer suicide and fixed the PIL for hearing after six months. While hearing the PIL in January, the Supreme Court had expanded the scope of the PIL from Gujarat to pan India and batted for the comprehensive national policy to protect farmers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana asks insurance cos to complete field survey on time

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government has directed the insurance companies to complete the field survey on time under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) in the state. Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Abhilaksh Likhi today said the government has already notified the PMFBY for year 2017-18. “The officers of the agriculture department as well as insurance companies have been directed for strict compliance of various provisions of the scheme,” he said. Likhi said the Deputy Director, Agriculture has been directed to take immediate action on the water-logging complaints. All the cluster heads have also been asked to monitor the situation, he added. All farmers have been advised to register water-logging complaints within 48 hours in the offices of deputy director, agriculture in the districts, Likhi said. So far, 195 complaints about water-logging has been registered from Kurukshetra, Kaithal and Karnal, he said. Action is being taken on these complaints, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pappu Yadav turns home to sarai for Bihar’s needy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At 11A, Balwant Rai Lane, the official residence of Lok Sabha MP Pappu Yadav, Shadiq Khan is a busy man. The house has been converted to a sarai for patients and their attendants coming from different parts of Bihar for treatment in the Capital. As Yadav’s Personal Assistant, it is Khan’s job to make sure that his leader’s vision is converted into reality without any hassles.The success stories of this noble endeavour are many. For instance, when 36-year-old Vijender Ram was diagnosed with a heart valve disease, he bore the news as a death sentence. The labourer from the Madhepura district had no money for expensive treatment, while queues outside government hospitals were too long.Ram then came to know about Yadav, the ‘messiah’ of poor people, who has been helping the needy since 1998. He immediately came to Delhi and with Khan’s help, received Rs 1,25,000 from the Pradhan Mantri Rahat Kosh. The remaining Rs 25,000 required for the surgery were given by the party. On May 5, 2017, Ram’s valve was successfully replaced and he is currently living in the sarai for the follow-up checks.”Powerful people have been deceiving the common man for long. I just want them to have a place where they can go, talk, trust and see results,” says Rajesh Ranjan, alias Yadav. “Instead of looking at issues of temples and reservations, I say we take care of their basic needs first. I am trying to help as much as I can. It is for my own peace of mind and conscience,” he adds.At any given time, the house can accommodate nearly 250 people. A dedicated staff of three helps these people visit hospitals, meet doctors, conduct tests, and, in some cases, arrange for alternate free options. A kitchen serves them food two times a day, and over 60 kg of rice, along with dal and vegetables, is cooked every day.Vijay Yadav, one of the staffers on AIIMS duty, dropped out of school in Class VIII. But now, he confidently talks about cardiology, nephrology, and neurology cases in detail. His work includes taking nearly 25 patients with him to AIIMS and making them meet senior doctors as per appointment. He knows all department heads at various government hospitals personally. For his work, he gets paid Rs 9,000 per month.With the help of Yadav, as many as 20 cardiology-related surgeries are performed at various locations in Delhi every month. Also, at least 30 chemotherapies or radiotherapies and seven to eight nephrology cases are dealt with every month. Some patients and their attendants have been living here for over 12 months. A similar sarai runs in Patna as well, and staffers at both locations coordinate among themselves.Maintaining the sarai costs about Rs 4 lakh a month, and as per the staffers and Yadav, this money comes from various sources, such as donations by people known to the MP.

Govt lens on franchise model as youth skilling scheme blips

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has temporarily halted skilling target allocation to a few sectors, states and franchise centres for laying down guidelines and fixing accountability of training partners. The move on re-examining the franchise ecosystem comes after three states — Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan — achieved their annual skilling targets under the PMKVY scheme way ahead of deadline, prompting an investigation into the reasons behind it. An in-depth monitoring of the mushrooming growth of training centres revealed that in the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, majority of centres came up in franchise modes and in job roles with low capital investment requirements leading to skewness in the skilling ecosystem. A skewed training ecosystem would have resulted in over skilling in some areas leading to massive scarcity of jobs and increased migration of job seeking youth. On further scrutiny of franchise arrangements in these centres, it was found that the core function of training itself including entire infrastructure was outsourced in most places with key training provider having a rent seeking attitude and charging up to 40 per cent of revenue, just for providing access to Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) system. “This is obviously having a deleterious impact on the quality of training in many of these institutes,” the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said. Moreover, it said a field inspection of several of these franchise centres found that 46 per cent of the them are non- compliant with accreditation guidelines implying non-readiness to deliver quality training, in spite of being recommended for accreditation by Quality Council of India. “In view of above, the target allocation to franchise centres have been temporarily stopped and the whole franchise ecosystem is being examined for laying down concrete guidelines clarifying the expected minimum roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of training partner and training centre under a franchise agreement, so that quality training can be ensured,” the ministry said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DDA opens housing scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After many delays, the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) new housing scheme with 12,000 flats on offer was rolled out by Union Minister of Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday.The houses on offer are across four income categories at different places in the Capital.Potential home buyers can fill in their applications and submit the forms latest by August 11 while the draw of lots will take place in the first week of November.The scheme has been launched at the time when the Centre’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been implemented from July 1.At the function, Naidu used the opportunity to promote GST.”The new taxation policy will reduce the prices of houses. GST will bring relief to home buyers. Real Estate developers must extend the benefits of GST to buyers,” Naidu said while addressing the media.The flats will be offered on a free-hold basis while the scheme has been linked with the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.”I feel it’s a good scheme and people must utilise it. Our vision is to provide affordable housing to people by 2022. Affordable housing is part of the Smart City Mission. Without proper housing, no city can become a smart city,” said Naidu. Most of these 12,000 flats are those which were surrendered or returned in the 2014 Housing scheme. While over 11,000 houses are the Janta (EWS category) and LIG flats, 404 are MIG flats and 87 are HIG.”Most of these flats were surrendered during the 2014 scheme. However, these have all facilities now. Only 300 are new houses which were built in north Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area,” said JP Agarwal, housing commissioner, DDA.The flats are scattered across Rohini, Narela, Dwarka, Jasola, Pashchim Vihar, Siraspur and Vasant Kunj, among others.DETAILS OF FORMSApplication form can be bought for Rs 200 from the DDA headquarters or the ten banks, the body has tied up with.
Refund to unsuccessful applicants will be made within 30 days from the date of draw of lots (only Online transaction) Grab it!Price range of 12,000 flats on offer (Between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 1.26 crore)
HIG: Rs 53.52 lakh to Rs 126.81 lakh;
MIG: Rs 31.32 lakh to Rs 93.95 lakh;
LIG: Rs 14.50 lakh to Rs 30.30 lakh;
Janta flats: Rs 7.07 lakh to Rs 12.76 lakh

Now, a MHADA CEO to head PM’s pet project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mission Director for State, an important post for Prime Minister’s pet project Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY), is now the Chief Minister’s new appointee Milind Mhaiskar in MHADA. The sudden change came about by replacing SVR Shrinivas, Chief of Dharavi Redevelopment, as Mission Director.Earlier, DNA had reported how the state in its own government resolution had claimed that red tapism was impacting the project. While the appointment of Mhaiskar may rake up controversies since he is considered to be close to the CM, Fadnavis insists that the change from a Dharavi CEO to a MHADA CEO was facilitated only because MHADA is a nodal agency of PMAY. MHADA as an agency is tasked to implement the projects under PMAY; hence it’s better to have a MHADA CEO as a Mission Director, to make the files move faster.The state government has been making a few changes in the distribution of power off late. Last month, the hierarchy structure in the PMAY team was changed and instead of a Deputy Secretary heading it, an Additional Chief Secretary rank officer was appointed to head it.

16,000 women selected as PMUY beneficiaries in Sonitpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Altogether 16,000 women have been selected as beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in Sonitpur district of Assam. The welfare programme of PMUY aims to safeguard the health of women and children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel. Tezpur Lok Sabha MP R P Sharma today distributed gas cylinders to 21 women at a function organised under the aegis of the district administration and the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC). The scheme introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was beneficial for the poor, especially women, Sharma said on the occasion. IOC area manager Gajen Pathak said that the verification process was still going on and the 16,000 selected beneficiaries will get the connection through their respective dealers. He further said that till now 28,000 applications had been received from the beneficiaries in the district. The function was also attended by Sonitpur Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Deka and other senior officials of the district administration and IOC.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

WB gets gold memento for implementation of MGNREGA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has awarded West Bengal with a gold memento for its outstanding performance in convergence and livelihood augmentation in the implementation of MGNREGA. West Bengal has in total received five state-level awards and two for its districts for outstanding performance in several categories, state Panchayats & Rural Development Department Minister Subrata Banerjee today said. In the district category, Nadia has received award for excellence in MGNREGA while Coochbehar district was awarded for its outstanding performance in implementation of Geo-MGNREGA, he said. West Bengal has been pursuing convergence with 26 departments working in the field of rural development, thereby bringing synergy in development interventions, Mukherjee said. The state has also emerged as the first state in the country to complete the process of preparation of Permanent Wait List (PWL) in respect of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) recipients.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi arrives in Lucknow for International Yoga Day celebrations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Tuesday evening on a two-day visit to the Uttar Pradesh capital. Shortly after his arrival, the Prime Minister inaugurated to newly developed campus of Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) in the evening. He will also inaugurate the new building of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University. During the function, the Prime Minister will handover allotment letters of houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna to 20 beneficiaries. He will also dedicate to the nation of 400 KV transmission line between Lucknow and Kanpur. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Modi will participate in the International Yoga Day function at Ramabai Ambedkar Ground with over 60,000 participants. The 80-minute yoga session is expected to begin around 6:30 in the morning. Several dignitaries, politicians and bureaucrats will participate in the event. Massive security arrangements have been made for the Prime Minister’s visit. A large number of police personnel and 25 companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) have been deployed. Over 400 CCTV cameras have been installed, with drone cameras also pressed into service at different venues. The stage is all set as Prime Minister Modi, Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshaw Prasad Maurya will be performing Yoga along with above 60,000 participants including students of several schools, paramilitary personnel, government officials and volunteers. Several dignitaries, politicians and bureaucrats will also gather at the Ground to participate into the function. In an attempt to make the International Yoga Day programme a success, various organisations, NGOs and Yoga gurus have held camps and practice sessions. Through LED TVs installed all across the ground, there will be a live telecast of the yoga session. Those who will not be able to make it to the Ramabai Ambedkar ground will have an opportunity to perform yoga at any of the 11 parks across the city, selected for the event, where the event will be telecast live through LED TVs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmers protest demanding loan waiver after a cultivator

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demanding loan waiver, farmers in the district staged protests today after a cultivator committed suicide allegedly on receiving a debt repayment notice from a bank. The protesters in Berinag and Lohaghat came on roads and demanded that all loans taken by farmers in the region be waived off as their crops have been damaged first by draughts and then by rains. Farmers alleged that the state government was having an indifferent attitude to their demands for loan waiver after their crops were damaged due to heavy rains and hailstorm last month. “The farmers in the hill region of the state are not in a position to repay agricultural loans,” Block Pramukh in Berinag block, Rekha Bhandari said. Meanwhile, Pithoragarh district magistrate C Ravi Shankar said that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered after a farmer in a village near Thal town committed suicide yesterday allegedly due to bank notice on the loans he had taken from them. The farmer, Surendra Singh, a resident of Purana Thal village of the district, was declared brought dead by doctors when he was brought to Thal hospital after he consumed some poisonous substances at his home near the village. “We have found notice of bank beneath his bed, on a Rs 50,000 loan he had taken from Gramin Bank’s Berinag branch some six months ago and could not repay due to damage to our crop in heavy rains and hails this year,” said Manju, wife of the deceased farmer. Shankar said Berinag SDM Vivek Prakash will conduct the inquiry to find if he had committed suicide due to bank loans and whether his crops have been covered under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima yojana or not. While an official at Gramin bank confirmed notices being issued to farmers on payments of loans, Pithoragarh district magistrate said that the subject of incapability to repay loans will also be inquired.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Union Cabinet approves sops on short-term crop loan to farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to arrest farm distress and protests by farmers across the country demanding loan waivers, the Union Cabinet which met here on Wednesday under Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a 2 percent interest subsidy on farm loans and an additional three percent for timely repayments. According to government sources, the interest subvention scheme will provide a big relief to debt ridden farmers. The decision has come in the backdrop of protests by farmers in different states for loan waivers. The scheme will apply to short term crop loan upto Rs 3 lakh. The Interest Subvention Scheme (ISS) for farmers for the year 2017-18, as the scheme is named, will help farmers getting short term crop loan up to Rs 3 lakh, payable within one year at only 4% per annum. The government has earmarked a sum of Rs 20,339 crore for this purpose. The interest subvention will be given to Public Sector Banks (PSBs), Private Sector Banks, Cooperative Banks and Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) on use of own funds and to NABARD for refinance to RRBs and Cooperative Banks. The scheme will continue for one year and it will be implemented by NABARD and RBI.According to the Cabinet note, the objective of the scheme is to make available at ground level, agricultural credit for short term crop loans at an affordable rate to give a boost to agricultural productivity and production in the country. The scheme also envisages other benefits, including interest at concessional rate of 7% for storage in warehouses accredited by Warehousing Development Regulatory Authority (WDRA) for upto 6 months post harvest for avoiding distress sale. This provides institutional credit to the farmers and disengages them from non-institutional sources of credit, where they are prone to exploitation by private money lenders. All short term crop loan accounts will be Aadhaar linked from the current year.Salient features of the scheme:a) The Central Government will provide interest subvention of 5 per cent per annum to all prompt payee farmers for short term crop loan upto one year for loan up to Rs 3 lakhs borrowed by them during the year 2017-18. Farmers will thus have to effectively pay only 4% as interest. In case farmers do not repay the short term crop loan in time they would be eligible for interest subvention of 2% as against 5% available above.b) The Central Government will provide approximately Rs 20,339 crore as interest subvention for 2017-18.c) In order to give relief to small and marginal farmers who would have to borrow at 9% for the post harvest storage of their produce, the Central Government has approved an interest subvention of 2% i.e. an effective interest rate of 7% for loans upto 6 months.d) To provide relief to the farmers affected by natural calamities, the interest subvention of 2% will be provided to Banks for the first year on the restructured amount.e) In case farmers do not repay the short term crop loan in time they would be eligible for interest subvention of 2% as against available above.Major Impact: Credit is a critical input in achieving high productivity and overall production in the agricultural sector. The Cabinet’s approval of a sum of Rs 20,339 crore to meet various obligations arising from interest subvention being provided to the farmers on short term crop loans, as also loans on post harvest storages meets an important input requirement of the farmers in the country. This institutional credit will help in delinking the farmers from non-institutional sources of credit, where they are compelled to borrow at usurious rates of interest. Since the crop insurance under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) is linked to availing of crop loans, the farmers would stand to benefit from both farmer oriented initiatives of the government, by accessing the crop loans.An important initiative of the government is market reforms, with a view to ensuring that the farmers benefit from remunerative prices for their produce in the market. The electronic National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) that was launched by the government on April, 2016 aims at integrating the dispersed APMCs through an electronic platform and enable price discovery in a competitive manner, to the advantage of the farmers. While the farmers are advised to undertake on-line trade, it is also important that they avail themselves of post-harvest loans by storing their produce in the accredited warehouses. The loans are available to Kisan Credit Card (KCC) holding small and marginal farmers at interest subvention of 2 per cent on such storages for a period of up to six months. This will help the farmers to sell when they find the market is buoyant, and avoid distress sale. It is, therefore, needful for the small and marginal farmers to keep their KCCs alive. The government is keen in improving income of the farmers, for which it has launched several new initiatives that encompass activities from seed to marketing. The credit from institutional sources will complement all such government initiatives like Soil Health Card, Input Management, Per Drop More Crop in Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichai Yojana (PMKSY), PMFBY, e-NAM, etc.Background: The scheme has been running since 2006-07. Under this, the farmers can avail concessional crop loans of upto Rs 3 lakh at 7% rate of interest. It also provides for an additional subvention of 3%. Prompt Repayment within a period of one year from the date of advance. As a measure to check distress sale, post-harvest loans for storage in accredited warehouses against Negotiable Warehouse Receipts (NWRs) are available for upto 6 months for KCC holding small & marginal farmers. During the year 2016-17, the volume of short term crop loan lent stood at Rs 6,22,685 crore, surpassing the target of Rs. 6,15,000 crore.

Bihar not implementing agri-schemes;CM evades questions: Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Concerned over poor implementation of centrally sponsored farm schemes in Bihar, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said if Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wants farmers’ income to double then he should implement agri-programmes successfully. The state has not submitted a report on funds spent on farm schemes so far and the Chief Minister “deliberately” evades questions on progress of agri-schemes in the state, he said in a release issued by the Agriculture Ministry. “…what surprises me is that on one hand he INitish Kumar) is worried about the Prime Minister s plan to augment farmers income and on the other hand, he is not implementing the schemes sanctioned by the central government for the welfare of farmers and growth of the agriculture sector in Bihar,” Singh said. If the chief minister is really concerned about increasing the income of the farmers, he should show his commitment towards the implementation of the schemes approved by the Modi government in his state. “Just talking would not do any good for the farmers,” he said. “Whenever he is questioned about it, he deliberately changes the topic,” he alleged. Sharing data of funds unspent by the state, the minister said that the Centre had under micro-irrigation scheme granted Rs 35 crore in 2014-15 fiscal and Rs 10 crore in 2016-17 fiscal, but “it could not spend Rs 31.71 crore till the end of the year 2016-17.” Similarly, under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojana, about Rs 10.8 crore was unutilised though Rs 18.60 crore was granted during 2015-16. In 2016-17, Rs 21.60 crore was released, out of which Rs 10.8 crore was unspent. Under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, out of the amount given in the last three years, Rs 143.22 crore was not utilised. Even under National Food Security Mission, funds have been unutilised, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress politicising MP farmers’ agitation: Radha Mohan Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today accused the Congress of politicising the farmers’ stir in Madhya Pradesh. “The role of Congress leaders in farmers’ agitation in Madhya Pradesh has proved they have gained expertise in adding fuel to fire. They are simply politicising the issue,” Singh said at a programme to mark completion of three years of NDA government. While Narendra Modi government was working sincerely for speedy development of villages and welfare of the poor and the farmers, Congress was feeling frustrated because of growing popularity and success of BJP, he said. Stating that people across the country were impressed with the performance of the BJP-led government, he said that Congress was making a vain attempt to tarnish NDA’s image. Singh said that schemes like Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna, Jandhan Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, Fasal Beema Yojna and Sukanya Samridhi Yojna would go a long way in benefiting the poor and deprived sections of the society. He asked people of all segments of the society to cooperate with the government in making various welfare schemes really people-oriented.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IOC committed to increase LPG coverage in Arunachal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Oil Corporation is committed to increase its LPG covereage in Arunachal Pradesh from 65 per cent now to 90 per cent soon, a senior company official said today. IOC NE region chief area sales manager Saurabh Chaliha said that the state presently has total 42 LPG distributors and 14 more would be opened soon. Chaliha, who is here in connection with the launching of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) tomorrow, said Arunachal Pradesh has been at the top of the company’s priority and would be the fourth in the NE to launch the central programme. PMUY aims at providing LPG connections to the women of BPL households with a target to offer 5 crore connections during three years, he said.. Under the Yojana Rs 1,000 given as loan to be recovered from cylinder cost has been adopted from the Chattishgarh model and IOC has moved Assam government to adopt it for the welfare of the masses, Chaliha added. He said IOC data showed that 13-14 per cent LPG connection in Arunachal Pradesh had been surrendered within a year, which was a national record as the figure for the rest of the country was about 8.4 per cent.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Khandu discusses rural connectivity issues with Tomar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu discussed the issues related to rural development, specifically rural connectivity with Union Rural Development minister Narendra Kumar Tomar. During the meeting held yesterday at New Delhi, Khandu informed Tomar that road connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh was gradually improving with all-weather access to eligible unconnected habitations in the state under the flagship programme of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju was also present at the meeting. The Arunachal Pradesh chief minister said connectivity has been facilitating access to economic and social service and helping generate increase agriculture income, productive employment and reduce poverty, an official release said here today. Khandu thanked the RD Ministry under Tomar for sympathetically considering the unique demographic as well as geographic characteristics of the state and liberally funding projects to improve connectivity. The state government during 2016-17 submitted a proposal for 162 road works and 53 long-span bridges with a total length of 2,447 km for consideration and sanction. The ministry cleared 119 road and 36 long-span bridges in November 2016 after its empowered committee approved the proposals in principle, the release said. The chief minister requested Tomar to consider approval and sanctioning of the remaining 43 roads and 15 long-span bridges. He said all required technical corrections and modifications have already been made in the detailed project reports as per the directives of the National Rural Roads Development Agency. Khandu requested early release of the first instalment for the PMGSY, as pending bills for payment against the works executed need to be cleared. Tomar assured support and cooperation of his ministry and said that it was the vision of the Prime Minister that all rural villages of the state are connected by 2019, the release added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Crop damages plan withers in Agri Min

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An environment ministry proposal from May last year, seeking inclusion of crop damages caused by wildlife, especially elephants, under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) is stuck in the agriculture ministry since then.The delay prompted AN Jha, Secretary (Environment Ministry), to write to Agriculture Secretary Shobhana K.Pattanayak in April to fast-track the inclusion of ‘wildlife crop depredation’ within the ambit of PMFBY. DNA has reviewed a copy of the letter.Environment ministry data showed that in 2014-15, compensation worth Rs 34.5 crore was paid as crop damage caused by elephants by Central and state agencies.The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana provides for insurance cover against crop loss caused by natural calamities. Farmers have to pay 2% premium for all Kharif crops and 1.5% for all Rabi crops while in the case of annual commercial and horticultural crops, 5% premium has to be paid.In his letter, Jha highlighted that “crop depredations by wild animals are causing immense hardships to farmers near forest areas and it is also an important reason for retaliatory killing of wild animals. In view of these facts, a proposal was sent to your ministry to bring crop damage caused by wild animals with the ambit of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.” Jha added.Multiple senior officials at the agriculture ministry, including Pattanayak, did not respond to calls and messages from DNA.The environment ministry has noted that there have been growing instances of crop depredations by wild animals.MAN VS BEASTThe Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana provides for insurance against crop loss caused by natural calamities
The environment ministry says there have been growing instances of crop depredations by wild animals

‘Modi govt generated 813 cr person days of work in last 3 yrs’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Narendra Modi government generated 813.76 crore person days of work under its flagship schemes in the last three years, Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar today said. He said the expenditure on rural development increased from Rs 58,630 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 95,099 crore in 2016-17, a whopping 62 per cent increase, as improving the quality of life of the people in rural areas tops the Modi government’s agenda. The Union rural development minister said the government enchanced the expenditure to make gram panchayats poverty free. The Rural Development Ministry aims to increase it to Rs 1,05,448 crore for 2017-18, he said. “The ministry generated 813.76 crore person days of work in the last three years through various flagship schemes,” Tomar told reporters here. A person day is the amount of work done by one person in one working day. The maximum 636.78 crore person days of work was generated under MNREGA, followed by 98.97 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana and 78.01 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, he said. Tomar said the government is also enabling rural households to access self-employment opportunities. Under the Deen Dayal Upadhyay-Grameen Kaushal Yojana, around 1,35,000 candidates got jobs in 2015-16. Tomar said rural sanitation coverage under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan went up from 42.01 per cent in October 2014 to 63.97 per cent in May 2017. As many as 1.95 lakh villages, 137 districts and three states have been declared open defecation free as of May 2017 and the government aims to make 300 districts ODF by the end of the year. During 2016-17, more than 1.23 crore assets created under MGNREGA were geo-tagged and placed in the public domain and about 96 per cent of wage payments were electronically credited into the accounts of the workers. On the PMAY, he said that in line with the government’s objective of “Housing for All” by 2022, it intends to provide houses to 1 crore poor people by 2019 in rural areas. The pace of construction of roads under the PMGSY has increased to a record 130 kms per day, the highest average annual construction rate in the last seven years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Modi govt generated 813.76 cr person days of work in last 3

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Narendra Modi government generated 813.76 crore person days of work under its flagship schemes in the last three years, Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar today said. He said the expenditure on rural development increased from Rs 58,630 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 95,099 crore in 2016-17, a whopping 62 per cent increase, as improving the quality of life of the people in rural areas tops the Modi government’s agenda. The Union rural development minister said the government enchanced the expenditure to make gram panchayats poverty free. The Rural Development Ministry aims to increase it to Rs 1,05,448 crore for 2017-18, he said. “The ministry generated 813.76 crore person days of work in the last three years through various flagship schemes,” Tomar told reporters here. A person day is the amount of work done by one person in one working day. The maximum 636.78 crore person days of work was generated under MNREGA, followed by 98.97 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana and 78.01 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, he said. Tomar said the government is also enabling rural households to access self-employment opportunities. Under the Deen Dayal Upadhyay-Grameen Kaushal Yojana in 2015-16, around 1,35,000 candidates got jobs. Speaking on the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Tomar said rural sanitation coverage has gone up from 42.01 per cent in October 2014 to 63.97 per cent in May 2017. As many as 1.95 lakh villages, 137 districts and three states have been declared open defecation free (ODF) as on May 2017, he said, adding the government is aiming to make 300 districts ODF by the end of the year. During 2016-17, more than 1.23 crore assets created under MGNREGA were geo-tagged and placed in the public domain and about 96 per cent of wage payments were electronically credited into the accounts of the workers. On the PMAY, he said that in line with the government’s objective of “Housing for All” by 2022, it intends to provide houses to 1 crore poor people by 2019 in rural areas. The pace of construction of roads under the PMGSY has increased to a record 130 kms per day, the highest average annual construction rate in the last seven years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Venkaiah Naidu to review progress of new urban missions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Urban Development and Housing Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu will review progress of new urban missions launched during the last three years in Chhattisgarh, in a high level meeting in Raipur on Friday. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, concerned state ministers, senior officials from Central and state governments including national and state level mission directors will participate in the meeting. Five Urban Missions, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Smart City Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) and Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana-NULM in Chhattisgarh will be reviewed. In a new initiative to ensure timely implementation of projects under new urban missions, Naidu has undertaken such joint reviews with Chief Ministers in respective capital cities in 19 States. These reviews are aimed at ensuring timely execution and completion of projects within the mission period by 2019-20, except in case of PMAY (Urban) under which all the eligible beneficiaries are to be enabled to own a house by 2022. Ahead of Chhattisgarh review, Naidu has said that he was delighted over the useful reviews in 19 States as they proved to be beneficial for both the central and state governments in the implementation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pvt companies made over Rs 10,000 crore under Centre’s crop

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today alleged that private companies were the biggest beneficiaries of the Centre’s crop insurance scheme while the interests of farmers had been ignored. Randeep Surjewala, chief spokesperson of the party, claimed today that a premium of Rs 17,184 crore had been paid to ten companies empanelled by the Centre under its ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’. But the amount provided by these firms to farmers was just Rs 6,804.48 crore, he said. “The net profit of these insurance companies was Rs 10,376.31 crore,” Surjewala claimed. He alleged that the BJP governments at the Centre and in Rajasthan had betrayed farmers and neglected their interests. “Farmers have no choice but to commit suicide. Bad loans of corporate sector were written off by the Modi government but it did not waive farmers’ loans,” he said. The government has only helped hoarders, he claimed. Surjewala also attacked the government saying it had reduced the money allotted for farmers’ welfare schemes. “Rampant corruption prevails under the BJP rule both at Centre and in states. Vyapam scam, PDS scam, Lalitgate scam are clear examples but no action was taken,” he alleged. Rajasthan Congress President Sachin Pilot said that Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje should make efforts to get a special package for the state from the Centre.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Around 12,600 farmers committed suicide in 2015, says Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming the Narendra Modi government as anti-farmer, the Congress on Tuesday alleged that around 12,600 peasants committed suicide in 2015 as the Centre failed to waive farm loans, hike minimum support price and procure crops.The party said of the 12,602 peasants who committed suicide, 8,007 were farmers while the rest were agriculture labourers.”The NDA government has become a curse of death for the farmers. Thirty-five farmers are being driven to suicide everyday in the country. Altogether 12,602 peasants committed suicide in 2015,” AICC spokesperson Dr Ajoy Kumar told reporters here.Accusing the Modi-led government of according special favour to “select cronies” while denying loan waiver to distressed farmers, the Congress leader alleged that Rs 1,54,000 crore loans of businessmen were written off by the BJP-led dispensation.Accusing the Centre of cheating farmers while benefiting private insurance companies in the name of Pradhan Mantri Crop Insurance Scheme, Kumar claimed that the premium paid to companies was much more than the compensation given to farmers.Of the 2.15 crore small and marginal farmers of Uttar Pradesh, only 86.68 lakh were under the banking system. As a result, 1.28 crore farmers were denied the ‘much-hyped’ loan waiver on account of indebtedness to money lenders, he claimed.In 2016 kharif crop season, Rs 17,184.79 crore was paid to insurance companies, while compensation paid to farmers stood at only Rs 6,806.48 crore. The profit earned by the companies amounted to Rs 10,376.31 crore, Kumar alleged.BJP came to power promising to raise minimum support price by adding 50% profit on cost of production but refused to do so in February, 2015, he said.Kumar said procurement of wheat dropped from 288.8 lakh tonne in 2015-16 to 229.62 lakh tonne in 2016-17, while rice procurement dropped by 37.83 lakh tonne during the period.Alleging that the BJP government permitted import of pulses at Rs 44 per kg in 2015-16 and it was sold at Rs 230 per kg, he said despite production of 221 lakh tonne pulses in 2016-17, the Centre again allowed import of 54 lakh tonne pulses at Rs 44 per kg.The BJP’s “anti-agriculture and anti-farmer mindset” was exposed as there were cuts in actual spending on schemes essential for farmers’ welfare, Kumar claimed.Schemes like National Food Security Mission and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana were badly affected due to reduced spending, he said.Kumar also slammed the Centre for “failing” to provide relief to states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh during drought over the last three years.

Around 12,600 peasants committed suicide in 2015: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming the Narendra Modi government as anti-farmer, the Congress today alleged that around 12,600 peasants committed suicide in 2015 as the Centre failed to waive farm loans, hike minimum support price and procure crops. The party said of the 12,602 peasants who committed suicide, 8,007 were farmers while the rest were agriculture labourers. “The NDA government has become a curse of death for the farmers. Thirty-five farmers are being driven to suicide everyday in the country. Altogether 12,602 peasants committed suicide in 2015,” AICC spokesperson Dr Ajoy Kumar told reporters here. Accusing the Modi-led government of according special favour to “select cronies” while denying loan waiver to distressed farmers, the Congress leader alleged that Rs 1,54,000 crore loans of businessmen were written off by the BJP-led dispensation. Accusing the Centre of cheating farmers while benefiting private insurance companies in the name of Pradhan Mantri Crop Insurance Scheme, Kumar claimed that the premium paid to companies was much more than the compensation given to farmers. Of the 2.15 crore small and marginal farmers of Uttar Pradesh, only 86.68 lakh were under the banking system. As a result, 1.28 crore farmers were denied the ‘much-hyped’ loan waiver on account of indebtedness to money lenders, he claimed. In 2016 kharif crop season, Rs 17,184.79 crore was paid to insurance companies, while compensation paid to farmers stood at only Rs 6,806.48 crore. The profit earned by the companies amounted to Rs 10,376.31 crore, Kumar alleged. BJP came to power promising to raise minimum support price by adding 50 per cent profit on cost of production but refused to do so in February, 2015, he said. Kumar said procurement of wheat dropped from 288.8 lakh tonne in 2015-16 to 229.62 lakh tonne in 2016-17, while rice procurement dropped by 37.83 lakh tonne during the period. Alleging that the BJP government permitted import of pulses at Rs 44 per kg in 2015-16 and it was sold at Rs 230 per kg, he said despite production of 221 lakh tonne pulses in 2016-17, the Centre again allowed import of 54 lakh tonne pulses at Rs 44 per kg. The BJP’s “anti-agriculture and anti-farmer mindset” was exposed as there were cuts in actual spending on schemes essential for farmers’ welfare, Kumar claimed. Schemes like National Food Security Mission and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana were badly affected due to reduced spending, he said. Kumar also slammed the Centre for “failing” to provide relief to states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh during drought over the last three years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

End privatisation in crop insurance: AIKS appeals to Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The All India Kisan Sabha has appealed to the Centre to end privatisation in the field of crop insurance, while alleging that out of the huge premium collected from farmers only a “minuscule amount” has been given to them as insurance payment. “The corporate houses are getting the major chunk of the premium while farmers have been distributed mere 3.31 per cent of the total premium collected,” the Sabha today alleged. In a press conference held here, it also said that on May 15, a delegation of AIKS had met Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and submitted a memorandum with a set of demands. “One of our demands was that privatisation in the field of crop insurance be stopped,” a AIKS official said. In a major farm sector sop, the Centre on January 13 last year had announced a new Rs 17,600-crore crop insurance scheme to cover loss of crops due to natural calamities like drought at a very low premium payout by farmers. Under the scheme Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), the state will also provide a matching contribution while farmers will pay only only 2 per cent of the premium fixed by the insurance company for kharif foodgrains/oilseeds crops and 1.5 per cent for rabi foodgrains/oilseeds crops.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Union minister slams Bengal for ‘non-execution’ of schemes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Ram Kripal Yadav today reprimanded the West Bengal government for “failing to meet the targets in implementing central schemes” and alleged that it was “unwilling to execute” the Centre’s development projects. “I went on a field visit today to the panchayat areas in Howrah to oversee the progress of the construction of houses under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojana. To my surprise, I found the progress to be very poor. The block I visited had no such house standing,” he said. The Union Rural Development Minister claimed that even the toilets constructed under the central schemes did not have doors or roofs and added that the officials were “silent” when asked to explain the non-implementation of the schemes. “A lot of villagers, especially women, told me how they longed for their own houses. I want to ask the state government why were the houses not built? I think the state government does not want to implement the schemes and only wants to malign the Centre,” he said. Yadav described West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s scheduled meeting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi as an “attempt by the opposition forces to gang up due to political frustration”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Country’s development depends on progress of the states: Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Urban Development and Housing Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said the country’s development depended on the progress of the states. Naidu, who is here along with central officials to review various projects and schemes, said at a press conference that he is travelling to the states and meeting local officials to address any problems in executing them. “The country’s development depended upon the progress of the states,” Naidu said stressing on the three mantras of Prime Minister Narendra Modi reform, perform and transform. The Minister said he has visited the North Eastern states, Haryana, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Tamilnadu and will go to Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh next week to review the projects. Naidu reviewed the ongoing AMRUT, Smart City, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (urban) and Swachch Bharat Mission in Jharkhand and also announced a round-the-clock separate Doordarshan channel for the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Interview | We will develop ITIs into formal schools like CBSE, says Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy speaks to DNA on his ministry’s achievements on the completion of three years, how the ministry plans to redevelop ITIs like regular schools and plans to impart skill training to one crore people in the next three years. Excerpts:What according to you have been the achievements of the ministry in the last three years?One of the biggest achievement is creating a structure for short-term skill courses. We know how to train, whom to train and how to employ. There is a whole system where training partners chose the trades under which people are to be trained and employed. Under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna, we have a target of training around one crore people in the next three years.ITIs are a big part of skill training. A few days ago you had mentioned there is a mismatch between the trades available in ITIs and the numbers of students pursuing them.Out of 126 trades and 23 lakh students, 20 lakh will be fitters and electricians and rest in the other 122 trades, so there is a mismatch, and we have to correct that mismatch. We have to see at the policy level how we can correct this.We have plans to develop ITIs into proper formal schools like CBSE and ICSE schools. However, this is still at the policy level.There is a huge demand of Indian skilled workers abroad, what is the government doing to make sure they get employed?If you look at Saudi Arabia and other middle eastern countries, there are about 6,000 workers who are languishing. It all happened because they did not have the knowledge of the land where they are working, about visa and other similar things. As a result they were put behind bars. For the first time in this country, we have ‘International Skilling Centre’to place people internationally. People get a pre-departure training under a model decided by the Ministry of External Affairs.You mooted proposals to use retired personnel of the armed forces for skill development. How are these ideas working?The largest partnership which has taken place with armed forces is for skill courses. More than 60,000 people retire at the JCO level after serving in the armed forces. They have a lot of abilities with them, they are gunners, drivers, they lay tracks, they build bridges. But after retirement they could only work as security guards. On the other hand, we lack trainers. So we made this arrangement with Navy, Airforce and Army.

Goa govt to sign MoU under PMBJP for subsidised medicines

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa government has decided to sign memorandum of understanding with the Centre under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) to provide subsidised medicines in the coastal state. Union Minister of State for Chemical and Fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya who was in Goa today met Health Minister Vishwajit Rane to discuss the implementation of PMBJP. “I had a meeting with Mandaviya this morning at state secretariat. In principle, we have agreed to sign an MoU on lines with other states where government of Goa will implement Prime Minister s pet project PMBJP,” Rane told reporters emerging from the meeting. Goa will sign MoU with the Centre in the first week of June in presence of Chief Minister. He said all the state government run pharmacies would be converted into ‘Jan Aushadi Kendra’ in a phased manner. “We will have flagship store at Goa Medical College and Hospital. This will help the patients by reducing the cost of drugs,” Rane said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Health is a state subject and there is no shortage of funds: JP Nadda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With plans to move healthcare in India from merely disease management to a preventive and promotional model, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda talks about the National Health Policy and various other initiatives taken by his ministry..What are your plans for immunisation cover for children across India?Our pilot project Mission Indradhanush has been successful. The current total immunisation cover is 7 per cent, but we want to bring it to 19 per cent. We have already added 11 vaccines such as rota virus, rubella, JE adults etc, and plan to add more. Three phases of Mission Indradhanush have been completed till December 2016 covering 497 districts across 35 State and Union territories.How are you planning to make affordable medicines available for all?That is our main objective, especially the poor and the disadvantaged. A countrywide campaign for ensuring availability of generics at affordable prices for all, under the project title “Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana (PMJAY)”, was initiated by the Department of Pharmaceuticals in association with Central Pharma Public Sector Undertakings.This is very successful. In the last one year, around 60-90 per cent affordability of medicines has increased.How does involving private players help in providing quality healthcare?We have this idea that the private sector should share the responsibility of providing healthcare with government. The national dialysis care programme is running successfully. So far, around 2319 dialysis machines are functional and in the past 9 months we have already taken over 11 lakh patients for dialysis.How does your ministry plan to tackle increasing burden of non-communicable diseases?Our aim is to have a comprehensive healthcare plan. We have already started universal screening of hypertension, diabetes, cervical cancer, breast cancer and oral cancers that are most prevalent.Key remarks Our pilot project Mission Indradhanush has been successful. The current total immunisation cover is 7 per cent, but we want to bring it to 19 per cent.Our aim is to have a comprehensive healthcare plan. We have already started universal screening of hypertension and diabetes, etc

Support schemes promoting inclusive urban development: Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today urged global funding agencies to support programmes that promote inclusive urban development so that their benefits could reach all sections of the society. He asked the funding agencies to accord priority to areas such as affordable housing, basic urban infrastructure, solid waste management, environment-friendly public transport and skill development. The housing and urban poverty alleviation minister said that this would enable equitable sharing of public spaces and opportunities in urban areas. The minister was delivering the ‘Presidential Address’ at the Plenary Session of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya today. On May 8, India was unanimously elected as the president of the UN-Habitat, an organ of the United Nations promoting sustainable human settlements across the globe. On behalf of India, Naidu will preside over the deliberations of the 58-member Governing Council (GC) of the UN-Habitat for the next two years. Naidu, in his speech, also laid stress on the need for collective actions by the global community to take forward the New Urban Agenda which sets a global standard for sustainable urban development. The agenda was adopted at Quito, Ecuador last year. The minister suggested a five-point strategy to improve urban governance at the local level. He pitched for decentralisation of decision-making; devolution of functions and funds to urban local bodies; administrative and financial reforms; augmenting resource collection and enhanced citizen participation for effective functioning of urban local bodies. The minister said that urban missions like Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Smart City Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), among others, are aimed at ensuring inclusive and sustainable urban development in India, an official release said here.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Agriculture minister to CMs: ?Review measures to handle possible monsoon failure?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Union Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh has written letters to all chief ministers to review all measures to handle situation possible monsoon failure before time. ?Central Government permits States and UTs to earmark 25 percent of funds under centrally sponsored schemes as flexi-funds which, inter-alia, could be used for mitigation of natural calamities,? said Singh. In addition he emphasised that expanding the coverage of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana will enable farmers to minimise risks associated with loss of production in the event of a disaster. Singh urged all chief ministers to review the state of preparedness in managing weather related contingencies, if any, in advance so that the possible adverse impact of sub-par rainfall on farmers can be mitigated. Singh in his letter mentioned that the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has projected a likely rainfall of 96percent (+ 5%) of the Long Period Average during Kharif 2017 in its first stage forecast for the South-West Monsoon. An updated forecast will be issued by IMD in June, 2017 with details of temporal (monthly) and regional distribution of monsoon rainfall. Singh further wrote, ?2016-17 was a very satisfactory year for the agriculture sector as a whole. The state governments and farmers were able to take the best advantage of a normal monsoon to create record-breaking performance in the production of cereals, pulses and oilseeds. Yet, the normal rainfall notwithstanding, agricultural operations faced disruption in some states during 2016-17 on account of drought caused by aberrant weather conditions. It would, therefore, be helpful if a review of the state of preparedness in managing any weather related contingency is carried out in advance so that the possible adverse impact of sub-par rainfall, if at all, on the farmers can be mitigated.? Singh expressed confidence that the administration would have made arrangements to operationalise their drought mitigation strategies, in the event of failure of the monsoon rainfall. Singh suggested carrying out a review to include state of preparedness in districts in line with the District Agricultural Contingency Plan. He further emphasised the importance of progress in the implementation of schemes under District Irrigation Plans of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana. He also drew attention to the status of progress of water conservation/recharge/harvesting related works under MGNREGS and water-shed management. Singh highlighted the importance of establishment and activation of the Drought Management Centre at the state headquarters and arrangements for the monitoring of drought and progress in the restoration of irrigation infrastructure e.g, desiltaion of canals, repair/energization of tube-wells and replacement/repair of faulty pumps; repair of transformers/power lines, progress in the repair of hand pumps/drinking water projects. Singh hoped that all necessary and advance steps are being taken by state governments in the interest of farmers. Ends AM/AD NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Naxals set ablaze three vehicles in Rajnandgaon of C’garh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Naxals set on fire today at least three vehicles and a machine engaged in building a road in the insurgency-hit area of Chhattisgarh s Rajnandgaon district, the police said. The incident took place this afternoon between Gatapar and Malaeda villages under Gatapar police station limits, a district police official said. A road is being built under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) between Gatapar and Malaeda, over 150 kms away from the state capital Raipur. As per the information, around two dozen armed naxals stormed the construction site and after threatening the workers, torched a tractor, a tipper truck, water tanker vehicle and a mixture machine engaged in the construction works, he said. They also held hostage the workers till the vehicles and machine were completely gutted after which they fled into the forest, he added. On coming to know of the incident, a police team rushed to the spot and launched a combing operation in the area to nab the attackers, the official said. The Naxals have been opposing construction of this road which is being built in their stronghold, he added. On April 24, 25 CRPF personnel were killed and seven others injured when Naxals attacked a patrol party of the paramilitary force while they were ensuring security to the road construction work near Burkapal village of the state’s Sukma district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre’s urban housing scheme to be implemented in Delhi soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre’s urban housing scheme is set to be implemented in Delhi, nearly two years after the launch of the programme, after a key issue was resolved at a meeting chaired by L-G Anil Baijal recently. Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) scheme, the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) inks agreement with state governments for implementation of the scheme. The Delhi government had argued that since the land ownership in Delhi is under the jurisdiction of the Centre, which holds it through Delhi Development Authority (DDA), it would not be prudent to make some commitments on its part, an official said. Some land in the national capital also lies with the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) which is under the Delhi government. In a meeting held last month under the chairmanship of Delhi L-G Anil Baijal, it was decided that the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) will now be signed between the HUPA, the DDA and the DUSIB, enabling implementation of the Urban Housing Mission in Delhi, the official said. The MoA requires the states to commit that they would comply with certain mandatory conditions, including amending the master plan for earmarking land for affordable housing and putting in place a single window for time-bound clearance system for layout approvals and building permissions. The DDA and the DUSIB will be state-level nodal agencies as required under the guidelines for implementing various components of the PMAY (Urban) scheme, the official said. The HUPA ministry has so far approved construction of over 18.75 lakh affordable houses for the urban poor in the country with an investment of over Rs 1 lakh crore and Central assistance of Rs 29,409 crore.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Har farmers getting compensation for low yield: CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said farmers insured under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) were provided compensation for not only crop loss due to natural calamity but also for low yield. He said after giving away cheques amounting to Rs 61,30,584 as compensation to 27 farmers from different districts for Kharif-2016 under the PMFBY here. The chief minister said it was for the first time that farmers were also getting compensation for low yield. The scheme has been implemented in the interest of the farmers, he said. The Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Om Parkash Dhankar, said an amount of Rs 219.70 crore was to be disbursed as compensation for farmers in around 2,500 villages. He said this compensation is in addition to the Rs 9.86 crore already disbursed among 3,593 farmers on the basis of local calamity. This compensation has been fixed through crop-cutting experiments of claim crops by considering the average yield as the base, Dhankar said. The minister said all insured farmers in villages which have registered low yield as compared to pre-determined production will be given compensation on the basis of their insured sown area. The amount of compensation is being deposited directly into the bank accounts of farmers, he said. Dhankar said the process is underway for carrying out insurance of Rabi 2016-17 crops, under which insurance of wheat, gram, mustard and barley crops has been done. Under this, assessment of loss to be caused due to regional calamities such as hailstorm, water-logging and landslides has been done at the field-level, he said. Dhankar said under this scheme, the farmers neither required to make rounds of offices nor have to pass through any process. For Rabi crops, insurance of 5.75 lakh farmers has been done, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

What’s in a name? Rashtrapati, Pradhan Mantri, Miss Call et al

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you hear someone saying here “Rashtrapati has gone to graze goats” or “Pradhan Mantri has left for the city to purchase essentials”, don’t be surprised. Also a doctor being asked to prescribe medicines for Samsungs or Androids suffering from dysentery isn’t something uncommon. Names of people after top-ranking posts, high offices and mobile brands and accessories aren’t something new in this district. So apart from Rastrapati, Pradhan Mantri, Samsung and Android, there are others who have names like SIM Card, Chip, Gionee, Miss Call, Rajyapal and High Court. In Ramnagar village, which is about 10 km from the district headquarters and has a population of a little over 500 people from the Kanjar community, the names are usually after top ranking posts, high offices and popular figures. Though most of the people in the village are illiterate, their names speak otherwise. A woman was so impressed by the aura of the district collector during his visit to the village that she named her grandson Collector, who never went to school and is now 50 years old. “Several people in the village often engage in illegal activities and frequent police stations and courts. Influenced by the reputation and dignity of officials, they tend to name their children after posts and offices like IG, SP, Hawaldar and Magistrate,” says a teacher in the government school of the village. Congress, a passionate fan of Indira Gandhi, named all his family members as Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka. A disabled person named High Court is popular in the village for his fierce nature. At the time of his birth, his grandfather was granted bail by the high court in a criminal case and hence his name. People of the Moggiya and Banjara communities living in villages in Nainwa region of the district name their children after mobile brands and accessories. “So you will several people named Nokia, Samsung, SIM Card, Chip, Gionee in Bargani, Arniya, Hanumantpura, Suwaliya and Sesola villages of Nainwa,” Ramesh Chand Rathore, a government employee at the registration counter of Nainwa’s Community Health Centre, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BHIM-Aadhaar app will be a game changer for country, world: CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BHIM-Aadhaar Pay mobile application launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today will be a “game changer” not only for the country but at world level also, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said. “The BHIM-Aadhar concept of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be a game changer not only for India but at the world level,” Fadnavis said while addressing a programme to mark the culmination of “Digi Dhan Mela” organised by the NITI Aayog at the divisional sports stadium located in Mankapur area. Apart from Modi, Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Ravishankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal, Hansraj Ahir, and Ramdas Athawle were present on the dais. Modi today paid tribute to B R Ambedkar at Deekshabhoomi here, where the Dalit icon had embraced Buddhism, to mark his 126th birth anniversary. BHIM-Aadhaar is a biometric-based payment system which will make payment through thumb impression a reality. The CM said that the app will facilitate a huge economic change for the poor by bringing financial independence and transparency. “The culmination of the 100-day Digi Dhan mela had a huge impact enabling increased usage of digital payment methods and has built a huge infrastructure for various state governments to take it forward more effectively. “This is the baton passed on to us by the Central government in a bid to reach out to the last man in the state,” the chief minister said, adding that the PM has implemented the vision of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar “in a real sense” which could not happen in the last 60 years. Fadnavis said that the BHIM-Aadhaar initiative will be effectively implemented in Maharashtra. “Today itself, we have provided BHIM Aadhaar Pay machines to 100 villages in Nagpur district, which will start doing transactions. Similarly, 10,000 POS (points of sale) machines have been provided to gram panchayats,” he said, adding that all gram panchayats in the state will be provided Aadhar-enabled Pos machines within one month. He said that the government has also decided to set up infrastructure to achieve the target of 10 crore transactions. “15000 gram panchayats out of total 29000 gram panchayats in Maharashtra will become digital by May end. All infrastructure which is required for electronic payment will be set up in all gram panchayats to boost Bharat Net. “We have decided that all villages in Maharashtra will be connected through fibre network under the digital mission by December 2018 through MAH NET,” he said. The CM said that the government today started construction of 42,000 houses in 21 cities in the state under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana’. “We will not be satisfied with just 42,000 houses, but the number of houses under construction will be increased every three months,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Women free to retain maiden name on passport post-marriage/

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said there was no need for a woman to change her name on the passport after marriage or divorce and that she could get the travel document by giving the names of either of her parents. “There has been an important change in passport rules. Now, it will not be necessary for a woman to give the certificate of her marriage or divorce. It will be up to her to have either the name of her father or mother on the passport,” Modi said addressing an event of industry lobby IMC’s women’s wing over a video link. Modi said his government was committed to empowering women and spelled out a slew of schemes and measures, which are being undertaken towards it like granting 70 per cent of the Rs 3 trillion Mudra loans to women entrepreneurs. He said his government’s “priority” was to register the homes being constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in the name of the woman in a family as their names were seldom found in property registrations. The government has also decided to accord women the first right in all the schemes being executed by it, he said. The PM said the government has so far been able to save two crore women from the harmful effects of “chulhas” (earthen stoves in which fire is lit using wood or cowdung cakes) by giving them free gas connections under the Ujjwala scheme. The government wants to include five crore more families under this scheme over the next two years, he said, adding it has been made possible because of the LPG subsidy surrendered by 1.2 crore people following an appeal by him. “The government’s resolve to extend maternity leave to 26 weeks from the earlier 12 weeks and also to transfer Rs 6,000 each into the bank account of every pregnant woman, who chooses institutional delivery to check child-birth mortality, are also attempts in the same direction,” he said. Modi said over one crore bank accounts have been opened under the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, which attempts to give a higher rate of interest on savings by women. Addressing the 50th anniversary of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber, Modi praised women for their entrepreneurial spirit, saying wherever women have been given an opportunity, they have proved they are two steps ahead of men. The biggest contributors to the dairy and livestock sectors are women, he said, and noted that Lijjat Papad and dairy wonder Amul are the shining examples of what our women can do if empowered. “Women of our country have the patience, ability and the confidence to struggle for achieving success,” he said. Stating that everyone’s contribution was necessary for the success of the goods and services tax regime, Modi asked the IMC to conduct GST training workshops for common people in the limited time that is available before implementing the biggest indirect taxation reform in the nation’s hisotry. He also urged IMC and other industry bodies to formulate a plan and make some changes for the betterment of the nation before 2022, which is also the 75th anniversary of the Independence. Modi said the nature of Indian democracy is changing from merely voting once every five years to being more participative in the development process.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha Govt hijacks central schemes: Ram Kripal Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister of State for Rural Development Ram Kripal Yadav today alleged the BJD government in Odisha is hijacking some of the welfare schemes launched by the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. Yadav said this during his day long visit to this tribal dominated district, where he addressed BJP workers at Umerkote and Raighar. He said the Centre has as many as 93 welfare schemes, but the BJD government is branding its own label and marketing them in the state. The Minister asked BJP workers to make people aware of the central schemes. Yadav alleged that even after 17 years of BJD rule, Nabarangpur district continue to remain backward and the much needed irrigation facilities have not been provided to the people who mostly depend on agriculture for their livelihood. He also said the poor are deprived of the benefits of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in the district. Stating that the Narendra Modi government at the Centre is working for villages, villagers and farmers of the country, Yadav called upon party workers to see that the welfare schemes are implemented fully in the district. During his visit to Beheda, a small village in Umerkote block, the Minister entered the house of one Sabita Harijan, where he was offered a glass of raggi gruel, which he consumed gladly. Later when he asked about her husband, Sabita told Yadav that he has gone to Andhra Pradesh in search of work as there is no work in the village. Getting the information, the Union Minister said “MNREGA is not being implemented here as expected,” and alleged that the BJD government in Odisha is cheating the innocent people and that the people should review the work of the state government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre gives Rs1,712cr to TN, Rs 1,234cr to K’taka for drought

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has released Rs 1,712.1 crore for Tamil Nadu from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) for drought and cyclone relief and another Rs 1,235.52 crore to Karnataka for drought. The decision comes in the wake of Tamil Nadu farmers protesting here in the national capital demanding loan waiver and other assistance. Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are both facing severe drought in many districts. “The Central government is concerned at prevailing drought situation in the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka,” an official statement said. The decision to provide relief under NDRF to both states was taken in the recent meeting of a High Level Committee (HLC) chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Out of Rs 1,712.1 crore released to Tamil Nadu, Rs 1,447.99 crore is for kharif drought relief and Rs 264.11 crore for cyclonic storm ‘Vardha’. For Karnataka, the entire Rs 1,235.52 crore is for drought. The committee has approved sanctioning of Rs 1,793.63 crore to Tamil Nadu for kharif drought, but the Centre has released a sum of Rs 1,447.99 crore to Tamil Nadu after adjusting Rs 345.64 crore lying in the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF). In case of Karnataka, the HLC has approved sanctioning of Rs 1,782.44 crore to Karnataka from NDRF, but the Centre has released Rs 1,235.52 crore after adjusting Rs 96.92 crore available with the state as balance in the SDRF and earlier release of Rs 450 crore by the central government. The two states have been asked to disburse relief funds directly to the bank account of beneficiaries. Farmers belonging to the Cauvery belt in Tamil Nadu are protesting here demanding a drought relief package of Rs 40,000 crore from the Centre, farm loan waiver and setting up of Cauvery Management Board. Yesterday, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi visited Jantar Mantar to express solidarity with the farmers from the southern state who are camping here for the 18th day in a row. As per the official statement, the relief fund released to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are over and above the amount allocated to them as devolution of 42 per cent of central taxes as per the recommendation of the 14th Finance Commission. For 2016-17, Rs 6.08 lakh crore has been released to all states as devolution of central taxes. “Tamil Nadu has received Rs 24,538 crore and Karnataka has received Rs 28,750 crore under devolution formula during 2016-17.” During 2016-17, the central government has also provided Rs 48,869 crore to all states as grant for rural and urban local bodies to primarily meet the requirement of basic necessities for people living in these areas. For the benefit of farmers, Rs 13,240 crore has been provided under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana in 2016-17. Also, Rs 2,45,435 crore has been provided under Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) for transfer to states from the central government during 2016-17. This includes Rs 47,499 crore under MGNREGS which is used for employment generation and water conservation works. In view of onset of summer season, the Prime Minister has instructed that in the next three months all the states should focus on water conservation related works by utilising funds available under schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana and MGNREGS.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

President to unveil skill development initiatives on April 2

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the National Skill Exhibition, launch driver training institutes and 31 Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras in Jharkhand on April 2. “The launch of 31 multi-skill Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras is a historical move as it will cater to needs of youngsters from Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Rajasthan, J&K, Telangana, Karnataka, Chhatisgarh, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh. “These Kaushal Kendras will be a model centres for training and skilling youths to make them employable,” an official statement said. While the national skill exhibition is being organised in Deoghar, two large scale driver training institutes (DTIs) will come up in Dhanbad and Godda. Mukherjee will also lay foundation stone for building two new DTIs at Deoghar and Ranchi. “More than 20 sectors under MSDE, will be seen coming together and sharing possibilities of career progression in the Kaushal Shivirs and also will be setting up Kaushal Rozgaar on spot interactions and interviews to extend employment opportunities to the youth of Jharkhand,” according to the statement. The Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship will set up camps to undertake the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL programme), which is a component of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) of the government, in certain trades recognising and certifying existing skill sets of the people. Jharkhand’s auto and auto components sector employs around 70,000 people in the state and contributes roughly 7 per cent to India’s GDP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

President Mukherjee to inaugurate NSE, DTIs and PMKK in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> President Pranab Mukherjee will visit Deogarh, Jharkhand on April 2 where he will inaugurate the National Skill Exhibition (NSE), Driver Training Institutes (DTIs) and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK). The President will also lay the foundation stone for building two new DTIs at Deogarh and Ranchi. The report says the Skill India initiative has always been quite close to the President?s heart and in a recent initiative the president has ensured that 1500 skilled employees at the Rashtrapati Bhawan get certified for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY). Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the President supports and encourage that we must go full throttle on education and skill development to change from ?low skill, labour-intensive goods and services to providers of more skill-intensive goods and services. Rudy said his ministry is working towards that vision and he is sure that government?s offering will fulfil the aspirations of the youth and give them a direction to grow in their respective career. According to report, Jharkhand is rapidly gaining recognition for its auto and auto components industry, the sector employs around 70,000 people in the state and contributes roughly 7% to India?s GDP and with the launch of 31 multi-skills Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKK) it will cater to the needs of youngsters from Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Rajasthan, J&K, Telangana, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh. These Kaushal Kendras will be a model centres for training and skilling youths to make them employable. As per the report, the ministry will also set up camps to undertake the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL program), which is a component of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) of the government, in certain trades recognising and certifying existing skill sets of the people.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Number of schemes initiated for prosperity of Bundelkhand:Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government today said it has initiated a number of schemes, including four irrigation projects, to take the parched region of Bundelkhand on the path of prosperity. “The government has allocated Rs 20,000 crore for irrigation under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojana (PMKSY), which has identified 99 projects. Out of these, four projects are for Bundelkhand region,” said Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala. He was replying to a debate on a private member resolution during which the members were of the view that not much has happened in the parched region even after the previous UPA government had given Rs 7,000 crore package. The Bundelkand region falls in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and has been suffering from severe droughts and scaracity of water for many years. The minister said the government is not just working to improve the irrigation but is also providing better quality seeds and farm technologies to the farmers. “We are also working to increase live stock ouput and have allocated Rs 8,000 crore for the dairy sector. Some of the benefits of this initiative will also go to Bundelkhand region,” Rupala said. He also talked about introduction of drip irrigation technology in Bundelkhand to deal with scarcity of water in the region. “With all these measures, I think that the region would move in the direction of prosperity,” the minister said. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said, “Some of the irrigation scheme were there but funds were not allocated under those programmes. Now we have changed the process and have allocated the funds.” Citing an example, he said that delivering a baby is not enough as one has to bring the child up to dispense with his or her responsibility. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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