Category Archives: Agriculture

Odisha State Government to Credit 100% Argi-Insurance Money to Farmers’ Account

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Secretary A P Padhi recently directed to Credit the entire argi-insurance money to the bank account of the farmers during a district wise review meeting through video conference here at the Bhubaneswar Secretariat. Padhi also wanted to ensure 100% disbursement maximum within 15 days.

Development Commissioner R. Balakrishnan also advised the banks to open parallel savings accounts of the loanee farmers within 2 to 3 days and credit the insurance money to their savings account. Also attending the meeting Principal Secretary Cooperation Manoj Ahuja appraised that this insurance claim is being given against kharif crop loss of 2015.

Notably, around 11.61 lakh farmers will be benefitted from it. A total amount of Rs. around Rs. 1,776 crores will be distributed through their bank accounts. According to sources, till date around Rs.880 crores has already been credited to account of the farmers. Padhi also advised the Collectors to keep a close watch over the situation and ensure 100% disbursement of the compensation money to account of the famers.

He also directed the collectors to review the situation on a daily basis with commercial and cooperative banks and send the updated report to Principal Secretary Cooperation through a social media platform.

Further, Chief Secretary clarified that since the agricultural loan term is up to the month of March, no bank should adjust the insurance money against the loan of current year. The non-defaulter loanee farmers up to the last year should be disbursed 100% of the insurance money.

The Collectors were also asked to ensure 100% disbursement of drought assistance against Kharif-2015. Near about Rs.83 crores would be distributed to drought affected farmers in 24 districts at the rate of Rs.100/- per quintal of paddy.

Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Mohapatra present in the meeting also appraised that the entire money will be sourced through Secretary Central Cooperative Bank. Collectors were directed to complete the disbursement of the amount within 3 to 4 days. The Principal Secretary Finance T K Pandey, Joint Director Planning Jayanta Kumar Mishra, Principal Secretary Agriculture Monaj Kumar Ahuja, Principal Secretary Water Resources Pradeep Kumar Jena along with senior officers from concerned departments participated in the review meeting.

Odisha Cabinet Okays Use of Odia as Official Language and Other Proposals

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday at the State Secretariat approved the use of Odisha Official Language Rules, 2016 for successful implementation of Odisha Official Language Act, 1954.  A long standing demand for the use of Odia as official language from various quarters finally materialised and became operational after the cabinet nod.

Informing this to the media persons after the cabinet meeting Chief Secrretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said the cabinet also decided in setting the University of Odia language and Literature with “unitary” university status.

As regards implementation of the official language in the government Padhi said that a five-member official committee headed by Chief Secretary will be set up to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Act. Other members include Special Secretary in General Administration Department will also be the convener, Secretaries of Higher Education, School and Mass Education, Culture and Information and Public Relations Departments. The committee is set to hold review meetings of the implementation twice in a year.

Among other decisions made by the cabinet is the approval to the proposal to bring the State under National Agriculture Market (NAM) fold to take advantage of Agritech Infrastructure Fund. A proposal to amend Odisha Agricultural Produce Market Act, 1956 in order to incorporate provisions for allowing e-marketing of agricultural products was taken, Padhi said.

The cabinet sanctioned 40 acre of Government land at Laudigan in Ganjam district to the Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar for setting up of Bay of Bengal Coastal Observatory and Innovation Centre for climate change.

Cabinet also decided to exempt stamp duty and registration fee for Government land required for seven ongoing railway projects was also approved.

Tenders of Fortune Group, Bhadrak and NKC Projects Private Limited, Gurgaon to the tune of Rs 79.32 crore and Rs 104.23 crore were approved by the cabinet for the widening of Bhadrak to Pirahat and Pirahat to Chandbali carriage and the projects being implemented with World Bank assistance is said to be targeted to complete within 18 months.

CM Dedicates 100 Godowns to State, Distributes Free Mobile Phones to Kisan Credit Card holders

Bhubaneswar: In continuation of the celebrations of the birth centenary of Biju Patnaik who also happens to be one of the tallest leaders of the State, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated and dedicated 100 new godowns to the state through video conference here at the State Secretariat.

The godowns are said to be constructed at the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Society (PACS) level by the Cooperation Department for conservation of fertilisers, seeds and storage of paddy having a cumulative capacity of 41,425 MT.

The Chief Minister also distributed mobile phones to 10 women Kisan Credit Card holders and under this programme another 41,000 free mobile phones will be distributed to Women Kisan Credit Card holders.

Speaking on the occasion CM Patnaik said, “today in continuation of our pro-farmer policies 100 godowns of 41,400 metric tonne capacity were dedicated. Besides, distribution of mobile phones to 41,000 women engaged in farming sector was also started to enable them to start a better access to agri information and agri marketing”.

Cooperation and Excise Minister Damodar Rout also informed that soon five hundred more godowns will be constructed and these newly constructed godowns will help the PACSs in enhancing capacity building.

The Cooperation Department through these programmes will strengthen the PACS and meet the requirements of the farming community, including dispensation of agriculture credit, storage and distribution of fertilisers and seeds and procurement of surplus agricultural produces at minimum selling price (MSP).

Also present in the meeting were Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy, Finance Minister Pradeep Amat, MLAs and Secretaries of various departments.

Monsoon Gains Momentum after a Slow Progress

New Delhi: After the weather had forecast an “above normal” monsoon this year but there was a slow progress over the last few days. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the southwest monsoon is expected to gain momentum and advance further into several parts of drought-hit Maharashtra and central India.

The southwest monsoon has further advanced into remaining parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal, more parts of north interior Karnataka, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Jharkhand and Bihar.

IMD also said the conditions are favourable for the monsoon to advance into entire Konkan and Goa, drought-hit central Maharashtra, Marathwada, remaining parts of north interior Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and parts of Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.

Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission for Integrated Development of the Rurban Areas

Bhubaneswar: An integrated and development programme for rurban areas of Odisha under the  Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM) – National Rurban Mission will be implemented with the joint support of the Central and State government. Odisha Chief Secretat A P Padhi chaired the newly formed State Level Empowered Committee (SLEC) that will look into the broad outlines of the Mission. Padhi as the chairman of the committee suggested prioritising the road, drinking water supply, and electricity, street lightening, sanitation, health and housing schemes along with establishment of agro-processing units in the rurban areas of the State in the first phase.

The Mission, launched by the Ministry of Rural Development, Govt of India targets at bridging rural urban divide, reducing poverty through enhanced income generating activities, development of small & medium enterprises and attracting investment in rural areas.

Panchyatiraj Secretary Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh said, the basic objective of the rurban mission is to stimulate economic development, enhance basic services and create well planned rurban localities in the State. And a decision in this regard has been taken to institutional structure for implementation of the Mission through a 3-tier structure in the State. These are Cluster Development and anagement Unit (CDMU) at cluster level, District Project Monitoring Unit (DPMU) under the chairmanship of Collector and State Level Empowered Committee ( SPMU). While the National Level the Empowered Committee of the National Mission Directorate with its expert group will monitor the programme. Panchayati Raj department has been nominated as the State Nodal Agency (SNA) for the Mission. The Director, NRLM P J Nath as State Mission Leader will and supervise on behalf of SPMRM. IIT, Kharagpur has been entrusted upon the task as the State Technical Support Agency (STSA) to provide technical support for preparation of action plans, project reports and provide handholding support for implementation of the scheme.

According to the Panchayati Secretary the rurban cluster has been conceived a cluster of villages that preserve the essence of rural community with focus on urban facilities. A cluster will consist of a unit of geographically contiguous villages with a population of about 25,000 to 50,000 in plains and coastal areas. In tribal, hilly and desert areas the cluster will consist of contiguous villages with a population of 5,000 to 15,000. The Mission Director, Nath added that it has been decided to cover 7 clusters including 5 from non-tribal and 2 from tribal areas in the first phase. The Mission will cover other areas of the State in phased manner. Integrated Action Plans will be prepared for each cluster. The fund for the projects will be mobilized through convergence of various central and state sector schemes and critical gap fund from the national rurban mission.

Principal Secretaries from the departments of Energy, Higher Education Industry, ST & SC Development and other senior officers from concerned departments also participated in the meeting.