New Delhi [India], February 21 (ANI): The paddy procurement in the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21 has increased by 15.91 per cent as compared to that of last year.
According to an official release by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, paddy procurement is going smoothly in several states and Union Territories (UTs) including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra with a purchase of over 651.07 lakh metric tonnes (LMTs) till February 19.
Out of these, Punjab has contributed 202.82 LMT which contributes to 31.15 per cent of total procurement
This is an increase of 15.91 per cent against last year’s corresponding purchase of 561.67 LMT.
The government continues to procure Kharif crops at Minimum Support Price (MSP) from farmers as per existing MSP Schemes, as was done in previous seasons, according to the ministry.
Moreover, based on the proposal from the States, approval was accorded for procurement of 51.92 LMT of Pulse and Oilseeds of Kharif Marketing Season 2020 for the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh under Price Support Scheme (PSS).
The sanction for procurement of 1.23 LMT of Copra (the perennial crop) for the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala was also given. Further, based on the concerned State Govt. proposals, the sanction for procurement of 26.69 LMT of pulse and oilseeds of Rabi Marketing Season 2020-2021 for the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu, was also given, informed the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
For other states and UTs, approval will also be accorded on receipt of proposals for procurement of pulses, oilseeds and copra under PSS so that procurement of FAQ grade of these crops can be made at notified MSP for the year 2020-21 directly from the registered farmers, if the market rate goes below MSP during the notified harvesting period in the respective States/UTs by the Central Nodal Agencies through State nominated procuring agencies.
According to the ministry, up to February 20, the government through its nodal agencies has procured 3,09,283.48 MT of moong, urad, tur, groundnut pods and soyabean having MSP value of Rs 1,665.68 Crores benefitting 1,67,740 farmers in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana and Rajasthan.
Similarly, 5089 MT of copra (the perennial crop) having an MSP value of Rs 52.40 crore has been procured benefitting 3,961 farmers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu upto February 20. At present, in respect of Copra and Urad, rates are ruling above MSP in most of the major producing States. (ANI)
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India reports 16,738 new COVID-19 cases, 138 deaths
New Delhi [India], February 25 (ANI): As many as 16,738 new COVID-19 cases and 138 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said on Thursday.
With the new cases, the Coronavirus tally in the country has reached 1,10,46,914 including 1,51,708 active cases and 1,07,38,501 discharges.
The death toll has mounted to 1,56,705 with the loss of 138 lives.
As per the Health Ministry, a total of 1,23,66,633 vaccine doses have been given through 2,63,224 sessions till Wednesday evening.
“This includes 65,24,726 health care workers who have taken the first dose 14,81,754 health care workers who have taken the second dose, along with 43,60,153 frontline workers who were administered the first dose,” it said.
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16, 2021. The vaccination of the frontline workers started on February 2.
The total number of samples tested up to Wednesday was 21,38,29,658, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research. The ICMR also said that 7,93,383 samples were tested on February 24. (ANI)
West Bengal labourer dies in Karnataka in pit collapse
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], February 25 (ANI): A 21-year-old labourer from West Bengal died after the pit he was digging collapsed on him in the Kengeri area of Bengaluru on Wednesday evening, said Karnataka Police on Thursday.
According to the police’s statement, deceased Chanchal Burman (21) was digging a pit to construct a wall against the Vrushabhavati canal when the pit caved in killing him.
“A person Chanchal Burman (21) belonging from west Bengal has died yesterday evening in Kengeri police station limits. He was working as a labourer with Vastu properties. He was digging a pit to construct a wall against Vrushabhavati canal. He died when the mud collapsed on him,” said the statement. (ANI)
Two jawans killed, one injured in Naxal incidents in Chhattisgarh
Narayanpur (Chhattisgarh) [India], February 25 (ANI): In three separate Naxal related incidents, two jawans lost their lives while one was injured on Wednesday.
According to IG Bastar P Sundarraj, on the morning of February 24 around 10 am, there was an encounter between security forces and Naxals in the forest hill of village Kukur under the police station Sonpur area of Narayanpur district. DRG jawan Kaner Usendi lost his life in the incident.
In another incident, an IED blast took place on February 24 around 11 am in the village Karelaghati under the police station Kukrajhore area of Narayanpur district. CAF constable Bankeshwar Paikra was injured when a joint police party was hit by an IED blast during area domination.
On the same day, a joint party of ITBP and District force left for RSO duty from Sonpur police station of district Narayanpur. Around 18:15 pm, a pipe bomb exploded a kilometre ahead of Sonpur police station in which ITBP jawan L.T. Balachandra lost his life. (ANI)
Lt Governor-headed committee to monitor Covid-19 vaccination in Puducherry
Puducherry [India], February 25 (ANI): A 22-member COVID Intensive Vaccination Committee led by Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has been constituted in Puducherry to monitor and upscale the inoculation activities in the Union Territory.
In a letter, Lt Governor asked the committee to meet once a week to discuss the progress and to plan future actions.
The committee shall access the gaps in implementation, she ordered. It shall adopt methodologies in upscaling the COVID vaccine and also review the awareness and outreach of the programme.
Puducherry has reported 39,656 COVID cases so far.
The second phase of COVID-19 vaccination in India will begin from March,1 in which people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities will be vaccinated, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday. The minister said that those who would take the vaccine at private centres will have to pay from their own pocket. (ANI)
Earthquake of magnitude 3.3 hits Manipur
Ukhrul (Manipur) [India], February 25 (ANI): An earthquake of magnitude 3.3 on the Richter scale hit Manipur’s Shirui on Thursday, informed the National Centre for Seismology (NCS).
According to the NCS, the quake occurred at 9.19 am today.
“Earthquake of Magnitude: 3.3, Occurred on 25-02-2021, 09:19:01 IST, Lat: 25.21 & Long: 94.37, Depth: 48 Km, Location: 10km NNW of Shirui, Manipur,” tweeted NCB.
Earlier today, an earthquake of magnitude 2.4 on the Richter scale hit Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba at 3.55 am. (ANI)
Navy sailor death case: Police probing suicide angle
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 25 (ANI): Maharashtra Police is probing the suicide angle into the death of the Navy official who succumbed to his burn injuries in Palghar, on February 6, said Dattatray Shinde, Superintendent of Police, Palghar on Wednesday.
“We found that Suraj Kumar Dubey (27) had invested money in the share market and took a loan which he couldn’t repay. To escape from this situation, we suspect he made up his abduction story,” said the SP.
He said that during the investigation, police found CCTV footage of the Dubey buying fuel at a petrol pump.
“We’re probing into the suicide angle. Before his death, he gave a statement against three persons who abducted him from Chennai airport at gunpoint and later burnt him alive in jungles of Vevaji in Palghar, Maharashtra,” Shinde added.
Dubey, a Navy official succumbed to burn injuries on February 6.
Police had earlier said, “Dubey was kidnapped from near the Chennai airport and taken to the jungles of Vevaji in Palghar. The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of Rs 10 lakh to release him, but the demand was not fulfilled by the kin of the Navy official. Enraged at this, the kidnappers set the man on fire and left him to die in the jungle.”
Based on Dubey’s statement before his death, the police had filed a case against three unidentified persons. (ANI)
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