Daily Archive: January 8, 2019

Dr G Vishwanathan,Chancellor,VIT University birthday celebrated in New Delhi


By Dr H Chaturvedi , DIRECTOR, BIMTECH

Dr G Vishwanathan,Chancellor,VIT University,Vellore is leading EPSI for last ten years as its President. He has been youngest Lok Sabha member in 1967, MLA and Minister in Tamilnadu. He has been a globe trotter and tried his best to market the brand of Indian Higher Education.He has recently set up two universities at Amaravati,AP and Bhopal,MP.

He has recently completed 80 years of his active life. His 80 th Anniversary has been celebrated in India and abroad with fanfare. Today,alumni of VIT,Vellore assembled at New Delhi to celebrate his 80th birthday.

In EPSI, we have closely worked with him for last ten years and seen him working tirelessly for the causes of Indian Higher Education.Office bearers of EPSI and two MP friends of Dr Vishwanathan joined the celebrations and felicitated him. Mr Thiruchi Shiva and Mr Rajagopalan are Rajya Sabha members from TN and belong to DMK and CPM.Both of them ,while speaking about Dr Vishwanathan ,were full of praise for his exemplary leadership and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Vishwanathan ji, we are proud of your leadership and dedication for the cause of higher education in India.Happy 80th Birth Anniversary!

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Dr G Vishwanathan,Chancellor,VIT University birthday celebrated in New Delhi

By Dr H Chaturvedi , DIRECTOR, BIMTECH

Dr G Vishwanathan,Chancellor,VIT University,Vellore is leading EPSI for last ten years as its President. He has been youngest Lok Sabha member in 1967, MLA and Minister in Tamilnadu. He has been a globe trotter and tried his best to market the brand of Indian Higher Education.He has recently set up two universities at Amaravati,AP and Bhopal,MP.

He has recently completed 80 years of his active life. His 80 th Anniversary has been celebrated in India and abroad with fanfare. Today,alumni of VIT,Vellore assembled at New Delhi to celebrate his 80th birthday.

In EPSI, we have closely worked with him for last ten years and seen him working tirelessly for the causes of Indian Higher Education.Office bearers of EPSI and two MP friends of Dr Vishwanathan joined the celebrations and felicitated him. Mr Thiruchi Shiva and Mr Rajagopalan are Rajya Sabha members from TN and belong to DMK and CPM.Both of them ,while speaking about Dr Vishwanathan ,were full of praise for his exemplary leadership and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Vishwanathan ji, we are proud of your leadership and dedication for the cause of higher education in India.Happy 80th Birth Anniversary!

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Diversion of highly subsidized urea towards non-agricultural purposes negligible after mandatory production and distribution of only Neem Coated Urea 

No shortage of Urea or any other Fertilizer in the Country and Availability is more than Sales: Shri Rao Inderjit Singh

Minister of State for Planning (IC) and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, in a written reply to a question on neem coated urea, in Lok Sabha today, said that ‘Diversion of highly subsidized urea towards non-agricultural purposes is negligible among farmers after the introduction of the mandatory policy of production and distribution of only Neem Coated Urea’, as per a studyinstituted by Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW), to determine the impact of Neem Coated Urea. The interim report prepared by Agricultural Development and Rural Transformation Centre (ADRTC), Bengaluru has been submitted by DAC& FW.

The Minister statedthat Government of India has declared fertilizer as an essential commodity under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955(ECA) and notified Fertilizer (Control) Order (FCO), 1985 & Fertilizer (Movement Control) Order, 1973 under the EC Act.  State Governments have been adequately empowered to check diversion of fertilizers and to conduct search, make seizures and take punitive action against any person violating provisions of FCO, 1985 and Essential Commodities Act, 1955.  Neem coating of Urea is one of the measures to prevent diversion. It is informed that during the period from 2016-17 to 2018-19 (till date) only one case of diversion (in the year 2017-18) has been reported by the State Government of Uttarakhand.

Shri Singh further stated that there is no shortage of urea or any other fertilizer in the country and availability is more than the sales.The cumulative availability & sales of Urea and P&K fertilizers in the country for the year 2016-17 & 2017-18 and financial year 2018-19 (till December 2018) is indicated below in the table:-

(Figure in ‘LMT’)

Year Urea P&K Fertilizers
Availability Sales Availability Sales
2016-17 309.08 296.07 215.19 203.01
2017-18 313.56 303.20 223.46 212.39
2018-19 235.87 232.32 186.15 169.73

Source:iFMS.

 

The Minister also gave the details of production of Neem Coated Urea/Normal Urea in the country during the year 2015-16 and 2018-19 (up toDecember 2018), as given below:-

 

(Figure in ‘LMT’)

Year Normal Urea Neem Coated urea
2015-16 13.13 231.62
2016-17 242.01
2017-18 240.23
2018-19 (Upto Dec.18) 177.62

 

Source:mfms.nic.in

 

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Import of Fertilizers

Minister of State for Planning (IC) and Chemicals &Fertilizers, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, in a written reply to a question on prices of imported fertilizers, in Lok Sabha today, said that the price of urea is determined on the basis of demand and supply of urea in the international market.

In a written reply to another question on norms fixed by the Government for the agencies importing urea, Shri Singh stated that in order to bridge the gap between the assessed requirement and estimated production, the Department of Fertilizers (DoF) has been importing urea on government account.  At present the import of Urea is canalised through the two State Trading Enterprises (STEs) viz MMTC & STC. The STEs importbased on Global tendering.  The quantities are procured by the STEs at L1 rates out of the available bids.

Besides this there is long term agreement with Oman i.e. UOTA (Urea Off Take Agreement) under which the Government is importing approximately 20 Lakh Metric Tonnes urea from Oman India Fertiliser Company (OMIFCO).Further,there is no complaint received against any of the agencies importing urea, the Minister added.

For each season, the quantity of urea to be imported is decided by Steering Committee of Secretaries (SCOS).  Steering Committee of Secretaries, consists of Secretary (Fertilizers) (as Chairman), Chairman Railway Board, Secretary (Commerce), Secretary (Expenditure), Secretary (Agriculture) and Secretary (Shipping). SCOS decides the overall quantity of urea required to be imported on Government Account and authorizes Secretary (Fertilizers) as Chairperson of SCOS to determine the timing, quantity and STE to import urea on Government Account for ensuring adequate availability of urea in the country, Shri Singh informed.

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Non-Settlement of Claims Under PMFBY 

Admissible claims under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) are generally paid by the insurance companies within two months of completion of Crop Cutting Experiments/harvesting period subject to availability of yield data and total State share of premium subsidy from concerned State Government within time. However, payment of claims in some States/areas get delayed due to reasons like delayed transmission to yield data, dispute raised by Insurance Companies on yield data, reconciliation of individual farmer data on portal by bank branches, late release of their share in premium subsidy by some States and NEFT related issues, etc.

detailed activity-wise seasonality discipline, including timelines for settlement of claims by insurance companies within two months of crop harvest, subject to timely release of subsidy and yield data to the insurance companies, has been prescribed in Operational Guidelines of Pradhan Mantri Fasal BimaYojana (PMFBY) to ensure timely payment of claims to insured farmers.

With a view to ensure better transparency, accountability and timely payment of claims to the farmers, Government has comprehensively revised the Operational Guidelines of the scheme which have become effective from Rabi 2018-19. The Revised Operational Guidelines, inter-alia, envisage activities-wise seasonality discipline including timeliness for release of subsidy by Government to insurance companies and settlement of claims eligible farmers by concerned insurance companies. The following provisions, have also been made in the revised Operational Guidelines:

  1. Provision of 12% interest rate per annum to be paid by the Insurance Company to farmers for delay in settlement claims beyond 10 days of prescribed cut off date for payment of claims.
  1. State Government have to pay 12% interest rate for delay in release of State share of  Subsidy beyond three months of prescribed cut off date/submission of requisition by Insurance Companies.

 

This Information was given by the Minister of State for Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri Parshottam Rupala in Lok Sabha today.

 

 

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Genetically Modified (GM) CROPS 

The productivity of cotton increased from 191 kg per hectare in 2002-03 to 477 kg per hectare in 2017-18 and the production of cotton has been increased from 86.21 lakh bales in 2002-03 to 348.88 lakh bales in 2017-18 due to adoption of Bt. cotton in the Country. There is a well established regulatory framework for approval of Genetically Modified (GM) Crops as per “Rules for the Manufacture/Use/Import/Export and Storage of Hazardous Microorganisms, Genetically Engineered Organisms or Cells, 1989” under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 in the Country.

Evaluation of each application of GM crop is done on a case-to-case basis after a thorough examination of health, environment, food and feed safety assessment studies undertaken in a systematic and scientific manner as per prescribed guidelines, manuals and standard operating procedures stipulated by various regulatory agencies under the Rules, 1989 from time to time. The data generated by the applicants is reviewed at every step in the development process of GM crops by various Statutory Committees under the Rules, 1989 such as Institutional Biosafety Committee, Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation and Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee.

This Information was given by the Minister of State for Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri Parshottam Rupala in Lok Sabha today.

Union Home Minister introduces the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha 

“The Act will not be confined to Assam, migrants can reside in any State; burden of these persecuted migrants will be shared by the whole country”: Shri Rajnath Singh Bill to grant ST status to six communities of Assam will be tabled in Parliament: HM Separate Bill to grant ST status to Bodo Kacharis in Hill districts of Assam and Karbis in the rest of Assam: HM

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha today. The Bill seeks to facilitate acquisition of citizenship by six identified minority communities namely Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who came to India before 31st Dec., 2014.

Moving the Bill, the Union Home Minister clarified that  the Act is not confined to the State of Assam. The Bill will apply to all States and Union Territories of the country. The beneficiaries of Citizenship Amendment Bill can reside in any state of the country. The burden of these persecuted migrants will be shared by the whole country. Assam alone would not have to bear the entire burden and Government of India is committed to give all help to the State Government and people of Assam, said Shri Rajnath Singh. 

Dispelling the misgivings about Citizenship Amendment Act, Shri Rajnath Singh highlighted the discrimination and religious persecution faced by these communities in these countries. They have no place to go to, except India, he said. The Act will provide relief to persecuted migrants who have come through western borders of the country to States like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and other States, he added.

Migrants from these communities were earlier given protection against legal action in years 2015 & 2016. Long term visa provision was made for them.

The proposed amendment will make these persecuted migrants eligible to apply for citizenship.  Citizenship will be given to them only after due scrutiny and recommendation of district authorities and the State Government. The minimum residency period for citizenship is being reduced from existing 12 years under the present law to 7 years.

The Union Home Minister said the present Government has taken several measures to implement the Assam Accord. An important pillar of Assam Accord is Clause 6 dealing with constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards for protection of cultural, social and linguistic identity and heritage of Assamese people, said Shri Rajnath Singh.  MHA has notified on 5thJan., 2019 a High Level Committee consisting of eminent and knowledgeable persons from Assamese society with a very wide mandate to suggest such safeguards for protection of the Assamese identity, including reservation in the State Assembly and in jobs. The Committee will submit its report within six months, he added.

The Union Home Minister said the Union Cabinet has also approved grant of ST status to Six Communities of Assam namely Tai Ahom, Koch Rajbongshi, Chutia, Tea Tribes, Moran and Matak. A Bill is being introduced in the current session of Parliament, he said.

At the same time, Shri Rajnath Singh said, full safeguards will be provided to protect the interests, rights & privileges of existing Scheduled Tribes of Assam.  A separate Bill will be brought to grant ST status to Bodo Kacharis in Hill districts of Assam and Karbis in the rest of Assam, he said. Sixth Schedule of the Constitution is also proposed to be amended to strengthen the Autonomous District Councils, he added.

 

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