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COOPERATIVES TO BE TAKEN FORWARD WITH SPIRIT OF TEAM INDIA: AMIT SHAH

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Union Home and Cooperative Minister Amit Shah on Thursday appealed to the States and the Union Territories (UTs) to take forward the cooperative movement in the spirit of team India. “We will have to play the role of a team in India for the development of cooperatives. Different states will have to come forward in the role of a trustee for the development of cooperatives,” Shah said while addressing the inaugural session of the two-day National Conference of State Cooperation Ministers organised here in the national capital. Noting that cooperative is not a new concept, Shah said, “If we want to take forward the cooperative movement, we will have to follow one direction and one policy.” 

Shah focused on the equal presence of cooperatives in every state and UT, and for this, he said a “new cooperation policy will be needed.” The existing National Policy on Cooperatives was formulated in 2002 with the objectives of facilitating the all-round development of cooperatives and providing necessary support, encouragement, and assistance to them, so as to ensure that cooperatives work as autonomous, self-reliant, and democratically managed institutions accountable to their members and make a significant contribution to the national economy. The Cooperation Minister also stressed the need to strengthen primary agricultural credit societies (PACS) for a robust cooperative movement. “By strengthening the PACS, we will be able to strengthen the cooperative movement more,” said Shah while addressing the gathering that included 21 Ministers of different states and two Lieutenant Governors of Ladakh and Chandigarh. 

The Home Minister also emphasised the need to make PACS multipurpose and said, “We have identified those Panchayats where there are no PACS”. “We (states and UTs) will have to work to ensure that each and every panchayat has at least one PACS.” The Minister also stressed the need to liquidate the PACS which are defunct and make new PACS. The conference will provide a platform to formulate an implementable policy and planning framework through discussion and coordination among participants on important themes, covering not only the whole life cycle of cooperatives but also touching on all facets of their business and governance, a senior official said. 

The Union Minister of State for Cooperation, B.L. Verma, and Cooperation Ministers, Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Cooperative Registrars, and representatives of all 36 state governments and Union Territories of the country participate in the conference. The conference will cover policy matters like the National Cooperation Policy and National Cooperative Database as well as newly proposed schemes like PACS in every Panchayat, export of agro-based and other products, promotion and marketing of organic products, and expansion of co-operatives to new areas. Besides, issues related to PACS and model bye-laws, PACS computerization, action plans for the revitalization of defunct PACS, model bye-laws of PACS, and bringing uniformity in State Cooperative Laws will also be part of the discussion at the conference.

The conference will also discuss matters linked to primary co-operative societies, prioritise long-term financing, milk co-operative societies, and fish co-operative societies. As per the Ministry, the moves are being taken as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to bringing about a positive change in the lives of people associated with cooperatives through his vision of ‘Sahakar Se Samriddhi’. To realize this vision, the Ministry of Cooperation was formed on July 6, 2021, under the visionary leadership of PM Modi.Under the leadership of the Union Home and Cooperation Minister, the Cooperation Ministry is continuously working on giving a new impetus to the development of the cooperative sector, strengthening it and making it a model of all-inclusive development, said an official. 

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CM Bommai vows to bring BJP back to power in Karnataka

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Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has vowed to bring back the Bharatiya Janata Party to power in the Assembly polls scheduled next year.
Speaking after distributing various facilities to beneficiaries of the Chamaraja Assembly constituency here on Sunday, Bommai said, “We will turn your criticism into stairs and work 24 hours a day to bring back pro-people government to power”. The Chief Minister called for the last-man delivery of the welfare schemes and said that the schemes “must make people to lead independent and self-reliant lives”.
“The programs must not remain mere slogans but must be implemented. In the name of various Bhagyas, they pushed the state to penury. Those who gave the Bhagyas were rejected by the electorate. Someone can cheat some people for some time but they cannot cheat all people all the time. With a bundle of lies and a false campaign, they cannot win people’s hearts,” he said.
Taking a veiled jibe at the Opposition, Bommai said that the “power-hungry” politicians want to “grab power”.
“The power-hungry politicians would always want to grab power but those who wish to win the place in people’s hearts don’t grab power. Many people, once they are out of power, would act like fish out of water. Anybody can become anything with the support of people but they would not have the blessings of people by going in other routes,” he said.
“The chief minister said there are two kinds of characters, Arjuna and Karna. The warrior Arjuna would need to be praised to aim and shoot but Karna would need to be criticised to hit the bull’s eye. ‘I am like Karna, how much ever you criticise, I will get more strength. I will develop the state and help the party to come back to power. We will make you stand in the place where you standing to paste the poster,” he said. Bommai’s remarks followed in the wake of Congress’ aggressive PayCM campaign targeted against him. Under the campaign, Congress had started putting up posters on public walls in various parts of Karnataka accusing the Bommai government of indulging in corruption. Karnataka is headed into elections for its Legislative Assembly early next year.

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Odisha hamlet declares itself ‘Birds Village’

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Govindpur village in the Bargarh district of Odisha has declared itself a ‘Birds Village’ and pledged to protect and conserve the migratory birds coming to Hirakud reservoir every year. This is the first instance in Odisha, where villagers have joined hands to keep their villages pollution-free in order to conserve and protect birds and the Hirakud landscape.
“With Govindpur village, two other adjoining villages named Tamdei and Ramkhol have also joined hands with them. All three villages promised and pledged in a recently held meeting that they will protect and conserve the migratory birds coming to Hirakud reservoir every year,” informed Anshu Pragyan Das, Divisional Forest Officer, Hirakud Wildlife Division.
“More than 2 lakh foreign birds migrate from different parts of the world to Hirakud every year during October and halt here for six months (more than 100 varieties of birds),” she said.
As per Das, many tourists from Chhattisgarh (Raigarh, Raipur etc.), Jharkhand and nearby districts like Jharsuguda, Bolangir, Sonepur, Sambalpur and all locals of Bargarh district visit these three villages for a picnic, boating and birding. Many photographers come here to photograph the temples submerged at Hirakud, the wildlife of Debrigarh that comes down to the water in the morning and evening, the beauty of the vast Hirakud Lake and forested hills within the water, and so on.
“All houses in these villages will have wall paintings of the colourful birds like Redcrested Pochard, Moorhen, Skimmer, etc. and they will as guides take tourists for boating and explain to them the interesting features of these birds, from which country they have come, why they have come,” Das added.
“To keep the landscape clean, villagers have taken the responsibility, Hirakud Division will provide all the required help, including the installation of enough dustbins for this purpose.”

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Alliance Air resumes air connectivity between Delhi and Shimla

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Alliance Air resumes air connectivity between Delhi and Shimla

After two years of Covid-19 pandemic, Alliance Air has resumed air connectivity between Himachal Pradesh and Shimla. Earlier, the resumption was to take place on 6 September. However, due to unpleasant weather circumstances, the plan was cancelled and the new date, i.e 26 September was fixed.
Yash Vardhan Singh, Deputy Engineer at Alliance Air, said, “Alliance Air has expanded its connectivity by recommencing the Delhi-Shimla-Delhi route that will operate effectively from 26 September.”
The departure time from Delhi is 7:10 a.m. and the take-off from Shimla is at 8:50 a.m. daily. The price is around Rs 2141. Furthermore, under the UDAN scheme, 50% of the seats on these flights will be discounted to Rs 2,480, with the remainder determined by the company.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur virtually inaugurated by flagging off the new ATR-42-600 aircraft of Alliance Air. He stated that the state government is making all the possible efforts to boost air connectivity, which will help develop tourism.
The flight can carry 48 passengers on board from Delhi to Shimla, while a maximum of 24 passengers can be accommodated upon returning (Shimla to Delhi).
Commenting on the development, Himachal Pradesh BJP Chief Suresh Kashyap added that he was glad to have the flight service back in Shimla. He also stated that he had repeatedly brought up this issue with the central government and the union minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya Scindia, assured him that the flight would be resumed soon.

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10 killed as tractor-trolley falls into pond

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Ten people were killed on Monday after a tractor-trolley carrying 46 persons overturned and fell into a pond after skidding off the main road on the Itaunja-Kumhrawan road in Lucknow. The injured were admitted to Itaunja CHC.
Laxmi Singh, IG Lucknow Range, said, “Tractor’s trolley got imbalanced and overturned in a pond in Itaunja when they were going to a temple. SDRF team rushed to the spot. 37 people were rescued and are healthy. Ten people were declared dead at the hospital. “
Suryapal Gangwar, District Magistrate, Lucknow said: “ State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) team are engaged in rescue operations on the spot. The injured have been admitted to Itaunja CHC. “
SDRF teams are on the ground helping in the rescue operations.

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Punjab’s kuharianwali village expands its forest cover

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Punjab’s kuharianwali village expands its forest cover

Kuharianwali village of Fazilka in the district of Punjab has become a trendsetter in expanding its forest cover. As per the data of the Forest Research Institute, Fazilka had only used 1.34% of the forest cover, one of the lowest in the state. To change the numbers in its favour, the District Administration adapted a Japanese technique called the Miyawaki Method to grow a forest at a fast pace.
The villagers open-heartedly welcomed the project named ‘My Village, My forest’ in October last year. The plan was to develop a forest on one acre of unused land in the Kuharianwali village by adopting the Miyawaki method. In just a time span of less than a year, the efforts have borne fruit as the area now has plants like Kachnar, Neem, Arjun, Ashok, Jamun, Guava and others.
Speaking to the The Daily Guardian, a local farmer, Shamsher Singh, said, “The forest is now self-sustainable as plants have gained enough strength. In the initial few months, the trees need attention, but once they grow taller, they are strong enough to sustain. “
The Miyawaki method, which was devised by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki in the 1980s, is a technique to create micro-forests over small plots of land. Achieving this goal requires planting a wide variety of plants in a fairly dense manner so that the plot of land has different layers of a forest, such as shrubs and canopies, and not just trees. Plants typically require anywhere between eight to nine months of care before reaching a point where the micro forest becomes self-sustaining.
The project was initiated by Sagar Setia, the then Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) of Fazilka. He was transferred in July this year.
Dr Himanshu Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner of Fazilka, said that since the project had worked well in Kuharianwali, more sarpanches were approached to replicate the success.
“It was decided that to celebrate 75 years of Indian Independence and Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, 75 such forests would be created by the end October 2022,” said Dr Himanshu Aggarwal.
The work for the coverage of such micro-forests has been completed in 12 villages. The process is underway in another 25 villages, and all 75 villages will see the project kick-off by the end of October. “Panchayats are being persuaded to give a chunk of land for this purpose. Everyone, including Sarpanch, Gram Panchayat officials or the localites, are very excited to have their own grown forests,” said Aggarwal. He shared that they are also constructing pathways inside these forests so that village residents can walk through them.
Last year itself, more than 11 lakh saplings of 23 different varieties were prepared in different nurseries in the villages—this was done with the help of workers under MGNREGA, the rural jobs guarantee scheme. A total of 6,200 plants can be grown on one acre of land, but many panchayats have planted as many as 8,000 as well. At a cost of Rs 5.3 crore, these 75 micro forests would be developed. In other words, the average cost per project is Rs 7 lakh.

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Shah to address public meetings in J&K

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be visiting Jammu and Kashmir from 30 September to 2 October, said BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh on Sunday. This will be Shah’s second visit to the Union Territory since the abrogation of Article 370. Last year, in October, the Home Minister visited Kashmir in the wake of rising attacks on minority community members by terrorists in the Valley.
During his visit, Shah will meet intellectuals and prominent personalities and will address two public meetings on 1 October in Rajouri and will also address another rally in Baramullah on 2 October.
“Amit Shah will visit different areas in this visit and this is a special occasion just like a festival as he was the key person to finish the controversial Articles 370 and 35(a) and broke the shackles of Jammu and Kashmir residents to free them from long bondage. SCs, women, Gujjars-Bakkarwals and other communities were empowered after being neglected for 70 years,” said Chugh.
He further said that the Rajouri and Baramullah areas have been neglected for all these years, hence Amit Shah has decided to visit these areas and address the rallies there.
“BJP has tried to politically empower all those who were denied due space for 70 years,” said Chugh.
The BJP leader further said that the Central government led by PM Narendra Modi has ensured the development of Jammu and Kashmir constantly despite Covid-19 and other
difficulties.
“Modi government is committed for “Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas” and not only the Vikas of Abdullah and Muftis, Modi government has ensured the development of Jammu and Kashmir constantly despite Covid and other difficulties. Today, Jammu and Kashmir airports are flooded with private airlines. Tourist places like Pahalgam, and religious yatras like Vaishno Mata, and Amarnath are flooded with visitors. Now ‘Pani and Jawani’ of Jammu and Kashmir are being utilised for the development of the region,” he said.

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