Neem Coated Urea

Neem Coated Urea 

Indigenous manufactures/producers of urea are allowed to produce Neem Coated Urea (NCU) upto maximum of their total production of subsidized urea and to restrict the extra MRP to be charged by the companies selling Neem Coated Urea to the extent of 5% of the existing MRP of urea i.e. Rs. 5360/- per MT. 

Further, it has been made mandatory for all the indigenous producers of urea to produce minimum 75% of their total production of subsidized urea as NCU for the year 2015-16. 

Research on NCU by Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi indicated increase in the rice grain yield by 6.3% to 11.9% over normal urea. 

NCU reduces consumption of urea by 10-15%. As far as environment is concerned, normal prilled Urea use-efficiency is 30% (Paddy crop) to 50% (Wheat crop) i.e. 50%-70% urea is lost/leached down resulting in nitrate pollution in underground water. In case of NCU, this loss is significantly reduced by about 10% – 15%, thereby resulting in less pollution of underground water. Moreover, the usage of NCU is environmental friendly. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in reply to an Unstarred Question in the Lok Sabha today. 

Naphtha Based Fertilizer Plants 

The Government has not given any assurance to the Naphtha based urea/ other fertilizer manufacturing plants that these plants/ would not be closed down. As per the Modified New Pricing Scheme (NPS)-III for existing urea units notified on 2ndApril, 2014, “the production of the high cost naphtha based urea units namely Southern Petro-chemicals Industries Corporation (SPIC) -Tuticorin, Madras Fertilizers Limited (MFL)-Manali and Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited (MCFL)-Mangalore was to continue till the gas availability and connectivity is provided to these units or June, 2014 whichever is earlier, beyond which subsidy for naphtha based plants was not be paid. 

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), in its meeting on 27th August 2014, approved the operations of these three Naphtha based urea plants in the southern states, from 1st July 2014 to 30th September 2014 and subsequently in its meeting on 10th December, 2014 for 100 days from date of notification of its decision i.e. 7th January 2015. The CCEA Note for continuation of these three naphtha based urea units beyond 16th April, 2015 has been approved by the competent authority and will be sent to the CCEA after inter-ministerial consultations. 

As directed by the CCEA in its meeting 10th December 2014, the Department of Fertilizers convened a meeting of all stakeholders to explore the other alternatives to supply gas to these Naphtha based urea manufacturing units and also review the status of conversion of these three naphtha based urea manufacturing units, availability of gas and gas pipeline connectivity on 09th March, 2015. 

In view of analysis carried out by Department of Fertilizers, operation of these three plants on gas supply through Floating Storage & Regasification Unit (FSRU)/ gas tankers is technically not feasible. The commencement of supply by tankers and FSRU needs at least 24 months period after getting all necessary clearances. So gas supply through pipeline is the best option. 

At present, MCFL-Mangalore and SPIC-Tuticorin are continuing urea production using naphtha as feedstock as per the direction of Hon’ble High Court of Delhi. However, MFL-Manali has shut down their plant from 17th April, 2015. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in reply to an Unstarred Question in the Lok Sabha today. 

President pays homage to Giani Zail Singh on his birth anniversary 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee paid homage to Shri Giani Zail Singh, former President of India on the occasion of his birth anniversary at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (May 5, 2015). 

The President, officers and staff paid floral tributes in front of a portrait of Shri Giani Zail Singh in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan. 


Prime Minister’s visit to China Mongolia and Republic of Korea (May 14-19, 2015) 

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will pay a three nation official visit to China, Mongolia and Republic of Korea from May 14 – 19, 2015. 

In China, Prime Minister will visit Xian, Beijing and Shanghai from May 14 – 16, 2015. He will hold bilateral meetings with China’s leadership and participate in cultural and business events. PM will attend an event organized by the Indian community in China. 

Prime Minister’s official engagements in Mongolia will be on May 17, 2015.This is the first ever visit by a Prime Minister of India to Mongolia. 

Prime Minister’s visit to Republic of Korea will be on May 18 – 19, 2015. PM will hold bilateral discussions with President Park Geun-hye and meet with important business leaders in Seoul. 


Arun Jha Takes Over as Secretary Ministry of Tribal Affairs 

Shri Arun Jha, IAS (BH:81), who was Special Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has taken over as new Secretary of Ministry of Tribal Affairs. 

Shri Jha has served Government of Bihar and Government of India in various capacities. In Government of India he served with the Ministries of Agriculture and Chemicals and Fertilizers. Shri Jha has also served as Chief Vigilance Officer in Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. In Bihar he served as SDO at Hajipur and Bhabua, DDC at Darbhanga, DM at Bhagalpur besides holding many other senior assignments in various Ministries and Department of the State Government. 

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