Bye-elections to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from Kanpur Division Graduates’ Constituency



Bye-elections to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from Kanpur Division Graduates’ Constituency 

There is a casual vacancy in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from Kanpur Division Graduates’ Constituency.  The details of vacancy is as under:-


Name of Member
Cause of vacancy
Date of Vacancy
Date of retirement
Sh. Jagendra Swaroop
Death
30.07.2014 (A/N)
16.11.2016

The Commission has decided to hold a bye-election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council to fill up the above said vacancy in accordance with the following programme: -

1
Issue of Notifications
:
26th December, 2014 (Friday)
2
Last date of making nominations
:
2nd January, 2015 (Friday)
3
Scrutiny of nominations
:
3rd  January, 2015 (Saturday)
4
Last date for withdrawal of candidatures
:
5th January, 2015 (Monday)
5
Date of poll
:
19th  January, 2015 (Monday)
6
Hours of poll  
:
8.00 A.M. to 4.00 P.M
7
Counting of Votes
:
22nd January, 2015 (Thursday),    at 8.00 AM
8
Date before which election shall be completed
:
27th January, 2015 (Tuesday)
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Rise in Price of Onion 

As per estimates provided by the states, total onion production during 2013-14 was 19769 thousand Metric tonnes  which is about 18% higher than the previous year.  The production of onion in the country during the last two years is given at Annexure.  The figures for 2014-15 are not available

The rise in price of onion is not solely dependent on production but is attributed to several factors such as (i) seasonality, (ii) adverse weather conditions, (iii) cost of transportation, (iv) speculation on impending shortage situation, etc.

Production of Onion in the country

Year
Production
(In’000 Metric Tonnes)
2012-13
16813
2013-14*
19769





Source: Department of Agriculture & Cooperation
  *Provisional

 This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Shri Mohanbhai Kundariya  in  the Rajya Sabha today.

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Performance of National Food Security Mission (NFSM) 

The performance of National Food Security Mission (NFSM) during 11th Five Year Plan has been assessed through an independent agency. The Mission has helped in widening the food basket of the country with sizeable contributions coming from the NFSM districts. The focused and target oriented implementation of mission initiatives has resulted in bumper production of rice, wheat and pulses. The production of wheat has increased from 75.81 million tonnes in pre-NFSM year of 2006-07 to 94.88 million tonnes during 2011-12 i.e. an increase of 19.07 million tonnes against the envisaged target of 8 million tonnes at the end of XI Plan. Similarly, the total production of rice has increased from 93.36 million tonnes in pre NFSM year of 2006-07 to 105.30 million tonnes in 2011-12 with an increase of 11.94 million tonnes against the target of 10 million tonnes. The total production of pulses has also increased from 14.20 million tonnes during 2006-07 to 17.09 million tonnes during 2011-12 with an increase of 2.89 million tonnes against the envisaged target of 2 million tonnes. Thus, 33.90 million tonnes of additional production of total foodgrains against the target of 20 million tonnes. The various interventions of the mission have been instrumental in bringing about significant yield gain to the farmers resulting into increase in their income level. 

The Mission has been continued during 12th Five Year Plan with inclusion of coarse cereals crops and commercial crops (sugarcane, jute, cotton). The Mission has target of additional production of 25 million tonnes of foodgrains comprising 10 million tonnes of rice, 8 million tonnes of wheat, 4 million tonnes of pulses and 3 million tonnes of coarse cereals by the end of 12th Five Year Plan. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Shri Mohanbhai Kundariya in the Rajya Sabha today. 
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Use of Modern Agricultural Techniques 

Government has introduced and is supporting various techniques to sustain growth of agriculture under various Missions/ Schemes, such as integrated farming system/ cropping system with appropriate resource conservation technologies; development of high yielding pest/ disease tolerant crop varieties/ hybrids; water use efficiency enhancement through micro irrigation; soil test based balanced and judicious use of fertilizers; dissemination of agriculture related information to the farming community through various ICT enabled delivery channels including SMSs, internet kiosks, farmers portals etc; scientific storage of both perishable and non-perishable produce; precision farming; increasing the rach of farm mechanization by promoting “Custom Hiring Centres”, creating hubs for hi-tech & high value farm equipments; promotion of latest technologies on crops specific cultivation; protected cultivation of horticultural products, organic farming etc. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Shri Mohanbhai Kundariya in the Rajya Sabha today. 
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Antibiotic Content in Chicken Meat 

As per the available information, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a non-government organization, had released a laboratory study on antibiotics in chicken on 30.07.2014. CSE tested 70 chicken samples collected from Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR). Three tissues viz. muscle, liver and kidney from these samples were tested for the presence of six antibiotics commonly used in poultry such as Oxytetracycline, chlortetracycline, doxycyclines, enrofloxacin, ciprofloxacin and neomycin. 

Out of 70 samples, 40 percent samples were tested positive for different antibiotics. Residues of more than one antibiotic were found in 17 per cent samples. Antibiotics were found in all three tissues tested. Liver samples contained the maximum level of antibiotics, followed by muscle and kidney tissue. Neomycin was not detected. 

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare vide GSR 28(E) dated 17th January, 2012 has amended Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, 1945 making it mandatory that the container of medicine for the treatment of food producing animals shall be labelled with the withdrawal period of the drug for the species on which it is intended to be used. State Drugs Licensing Authority are empowered under the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940 and Rules, 1945 thereunder to take action in case of violation of these requirements. Accordingly, animal products should not be used before the withdrawal period of the drug is over. 

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries had issued advisories on 03.06.2014 and 02.12.2014 to all States and UTs for judicious use of antibiotics in treatment of food producing animals and also stopping the use of antibiotics in animal feed. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan in the Rajya Sabha today. 
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Setting up of National Centres for Developing 
New Breeds of Desi Cows 

Government is implementing schemes having component for development and conservation of indigenous breeds namely National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development, National Dairy Plan-I, Central Cattle Breeding Farms, Central Herd Registration Scheme and Central Frozen Semen production and Training Institute. With a view to conserve and develop indigenous bovine breeds the Government has provided a further focus on indigenous bovine breeds by way of a new initiative Rashtriya Gokul Mission, under the National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development. Scheme National Kamdhenu Breeding Centre (NKBC) has been initiated for establishment of two NKBC as Centres of Excellence to develop and conserve Indigenous Breeds in a holistic and scientific manner. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Shri Mohanbhai Kundariya in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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Cold Storage Facilities for Horticulture Products 


             As per available information, during 2013–14, the production of fruits and vegetables was 254 million MT against which available temperature controlled storage capacity was 31.82 million MT.
           
             Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Food Processing & Industries and Ministry of Commerce and Industry is implementing programmes to improve cold storage facilities for horticulture produce.

            Besides, Government has taken following initiatives for improving the cold storage facilities for horticulture produce:

(i)       Funds have been earmarked for creating warehousing facilities (including cold storage) from the allocations of Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF).

(ii)    Excise Duty has been exempted on import of air conditioning equipment and refrigeration panels for cold chain infrastructure including conveyor belts. Exemption from basic custom duty for manufacture of refrigerated vans/trucks and service tax exemption for erection, commissioning or installation of cold storage has also been extended. 

(iii)   External Commercial Borrowing (ECB) can be raised for creation of cold storages, cold room including farm level pre-cooling for preservation or storage of agriculture/horticulture produce.
(iv)   Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is allowed under automatic route in storage and    warehousing including warehousing of agriculture products with refrigeration.

(v)     Creation of National Centre for Cold Chain Development (NCCD).

(vi)   Development of Technical Standards for establishment of scientific and energy    .
          efficient cold storages

(vii)           Reefer vehicle call-in-centre has been launched to facilitate smoother transportation of perishable goods.


             100% FDI is allowed through automatic route in the cold chain sector. As per the latest FDI statistics, released by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on monthly basis, the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows in food processing sector including cold chain, in the country during last 3 years and current year is as under:

S. No.
Year
FDI in Food Processing*
(Rs. in Crore)
FDI (US$ Million)
1.
2011-12
826.16
170.21
2.
2012-13
2193.65
401.46
3.
2013-14
25106.78
3982.88
4.
2014-15 (Apr. - Sep)
1706.35
282.63

Source: Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)

* The information on FDI inflow in Cold Chain, separately, is not released by DIPP.  
                                   
 This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Shri Mohanbhai Kundariya  in  the Rajya Sabha today.

GG: SB:CP: cold (rajya) 19.12.2014

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Conservation of Indigenous Cattles 

At present there are 51 semen stations in the country and out of this three massive semen are Sabarmati Ashram Goushala Bidaj, Gujarat, BAIF Development Research Foundation Urukanchal Pune Maharashtra, and Animal Breeding Centre Salon Raibarelli Uttar Pradesh During 2013-14, 120.93, 80.15 and 64.86 lakh semen doses were produced respectively by these semen stations. Apart from Sabarmati Ashram Goushala Bidaj, Gujarat, BAIF Development Research Foundation Urukanchal Pune Maharashtra, Uttarakhand Livestock Development Board Kalsi Dehradun Uttrakhand, Paschim Banga Gosampad Bikash Sanstha Haringhata West Bengal and Kerala Livestock Development Board Mattupatty Kerala have fully functional Embryo Transfer Laboratory. 

At present three semen stations located at Banwasi Karnool, Nandyal Yemmiganur Karnool and Vishakapatnam are functioning in the State of Andhra Pradesh. Under NDP-I assistance of Rs 9.94 crore has been sanctioned for strengthening semen station at Banwasi. Assistance of Rs 1.25 crore was released to the State under National Project for Cattle and Buffalo Breeding for establishment of Embryo Transfer Technology Laboratory. 

Government is implementing schemes having component for development and conservation of indigenous breeds namely National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development, National Dairy Plan-I and Central Herd Registration Scheme, Ongole. With a view to conserve and develop indigenous bovine breeds the Government has provided a further focus on indigenous bovine breeds by way of a new initiative Rashtriya Gokul Mission, under the National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Shri Mohanbhai Kundariya in the Rajya Sabha today.
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Agricultural Production in Bihar 


           
To increase agricultural production in the country including Bihar, a number of schemes like Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY),  National Food Security Mission (NFSM),  Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI), National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP) are being implemented through the State Governments. The State Governments take up various projects to increase agricultural production under RKVY.  NFSM aims to increase production and productivity of rice, wheat, pulses and coarse cereals.  BGREI, a sub-scheme of RKVY, focuses on enhancing production and productivity of rice based cropping system in Eastern Region including Bihar. NMOOP envisages  increase in production of vegetable oils sourced from oilseeds, oil palm and tree borne oilseeds. The details of allocation and release of fund to Bihar for 2014-15 is given below:-

(Rs. in crore)

Name of Scheme
Allocation
Release(upto date)
RKVY
391.73
391.73
NFSM
  96.78
  74.68
BGREI
151.00
151.00
NMOOP
    2.31
     0.81

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Shri Mohanbhai Kundariya  in  the Rajya Sabha today.
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Area Coverage Under Rabi Crops 

As per Rabi Crops data released by Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture, total area coverage as on today under Rabi crops moves to 511.13 lakh hectares while last year’s sowing area was at 540.02 lakh hectare. Wheat`s sowing area is at 268.26 lakh hectares as compared to last year’s 273.12 lakh hectares. The area under sowing of total Coarse cereals is at 48.24 lakh hectares as compared to last year’s 53.88 lakh hectares. The area under sowing of Gram is at 75.15 lakh hectares this year while the last year’s figure was 89.46 lakh hectares. Area coverage under Total Pulses is at 119.89 lakh hectares while the last year’s sowing area coverage was 132.79 lakh hectares. Similarly sowing area under total oilseeds is at 72.52 lakh hectares as compared to 78.05 lakh hectares last year. 
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Avian Influenza at Sukhna Lake Chandigarh 

Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries have informed that on receipt of information on 14.12.14 from Dr. V.M. Wadhawan, Joint Director, Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (NRDDL), Jalandhar, regarding samples of dead ducks from Sukhna lake, rapid tests conducted by NRDDL found them negative for AI. However, sample of one dead bird was sent to National institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) Bhopal for further testing and confirmation. On 16.12.2014, NIHSAD confirmed the sample positive for H5N1 AIV using Real Time RT-PCR, RT-PCR and virus isolation. 

On 16.12.2014, Dr. Wadhawan visited Sukhna lake along with Conservator of Forests, Chandigarh and Nodal Officer, Department of Animal Husbandry, Chandigarh Administration and the Senior Veterinary Officer, Chhatbir Zoo, Chandigarh and submitted a report informing that there were about 100 ducks at Sukhna lake at the west end of the lake. These ducks confined in the lake are supervised by the Wildlife Department of the Union Territory of Chandigarh. Mr. Santosh Kumar IFS, Conservator of Forests was apprised of the situation and was requested to be prepared for control and containment operation as per the Action Plan on Preparedness, Control and Containment of Avian Influenza. 

Since, the lake is under Department of Forest, UT of Chandigarh, the necessary instructions have been issued to the Conservator of Forests-cum-Chief Wildlife Warden, Forest Department, Chandigarh Administration to carry out the Control and Containment operation at the site. The Director, Animal Husbandry, Chandigarh administration and the Joint Director, NRDDL, Jalandhar have been requested to provide technical assistance to the Forest Department for carrying out the Control and Containment Operation. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also been requested to provide assistance in control and containment operations. 

Control and containment activities are already in operation at the site
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