PM expresses pain over the loss of lives due to derailment of Kamayani Express and Janta Express


PM expresses pain over the loss of lives due to derailment of Kamayani Express and Janta Express, near Harda in Madhya Pradesh


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed pain over the loss of lives due to derailment of Kamayani Express and Janta Express, near Harda in Madhya Pradesh. 

"The two train accidents in Madhya Pradesh are deeply distressing. Deeply pained over the loss of lives. Condolences to families of deceased. 

My prayers with the injured. Authorities are doing everything possible on the ground. The situation is being monitored very closely", the Prime Minister said.

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PM congratulates the Indian contingent on the outstanding performance at Special Olympic World Summer Games 2015, held in Los Angeles


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has congratulated the Indian contingent on the outstanding performance at Special Olympic World Summer Games 2015, held in Los Angeles, United States of America.

"The Los Angeles 2015 Special Olympics were a triumph of determination, hardwork and sportsman spirit. Congratulations to all athletes who participated.

Achievements of Indian contingent at Los Angeles 2015 Special Olympics are truly gladdening. They are India's pride.http://nm4.in/1ON762o", the Prime Minister said.
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PM meets prize winners of Techno-Challenge 2015


Girl students from the New Horizon Educational Institution, Karnataka, today called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. These students had recently won the first prize in the Techno-Challenge 2015 competition in the United States. Inspired by the Prime Minister's Swachh Bharat" initiative, these students have developed a mobile app, which connects buyers and sellers of "waste." The Prime Minister wished the students well for their future endeavours.

Union Minister Shri Ananth Kumar, and MP Shri Prahlad Joshi were present on the occasion. 

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Setting up of Modern Yoga Institute
On the basis of information made available by the University Grants Commission (UGC), 108 colleges from 54 Universities are conducting courses on Yoga at various levels in the country during 2012-13. Ministry of AYUSH has also set up Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, an autonomous organization at New Delhi. However, the Government has approved setting up of Central Research Institute for Yoga and Naturoapthy (CRIYN) at Nagmangla (Karnataka) and Jhajjar (Haryana).

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to an unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha. 

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Highest Number of Registered Yoga & Naturopathy Practioners Reported by Tamilnadu Followed by Karnataka
There are 2034 Yoga & Naturopathy practitioners registered in various States and UTs of the country. The highest number of such registered Yoga & Naturopathy practitioners in Tamil Nadu that is 751 & followed by Karnataka which has 609 registered practitioners. As per the information given by the Government of West Bengal, there are many self educated practitioners in the State, but the specific figure is not available as they have not yet been registered.

At present, there is no Central legislation for regulation of education and practice in Yoga and Naturopathy systems. However, this Ministry had asked State Governments in 2006 to enact comprehensive legislation for the regulation of Naturopathy covering registration of practioners, medical education, etc. Further, it was recommended that in the meantime a system be set up for the registration of practitioners and the accreditation of institutes on the basis of guidelines formulated and issued by the Government of India. Some States, including West Bengal have taken action to implement the guidelines.

Further, the Government has undertaken discussion with the stakeholders on feasibility of regulation of Yoga and Naturopathy education and practice for maintaining quality and uniform educational standards and preventing the growth of fraudulent and fake institutions. Comments/ views of the various stakeholders including State/ UT Governments, Principals of BNYS degree colleges/ degree colleges (Yoga) and Vice Chancellors of Medical universities in all states/ UTs were invited for formulating appropriate regulatory authority at the Central level. Based on the comments received, the Government of India is evaluating various options for co-ordination of matters relating to promotion, development, standardization and accreditation of yoga, as well as, naturopathy practices, training and therapies. Separately, a Task Force has been constituted by the Ministry to deliberate and make recommendations on various important issues concerning the Ministry of AYUSH, including the preferred option for promotion, development and regulation of yoga & naturopathy for education and practice.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to an unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha.
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Co-Locating Modern and Traditional Systems of Medicine in One Place
Government of India has been coordinating with the State Governments regarding the development of AYUSH sector including the issue of establishing a separate AYUSH department in the States to effectively implement various initiatives of the Central Government.

In the first ever convened State/UT AYUSH/Health Ministers conference held on 20.02.2015, Ministry of AYUSH again drew the attention of State/UT Ministers and state officials for the need for separate AYUSH Department for the optimum growth of the AYUSH sector and all States/UTs need to have a separate AYUSH Directorate. Several letters & reminders have also been sent to States/UTS for mainstreaming of AYUSH and strengthening of administrative structure of AYUSH.

Under National AYUSH Mission (NAM), Government of India has been encouraging co-location of AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and District Hospitals (DHs) in all the States/UTs. Support to States/UTs under National Health Mission (NHM) is provided for engagement of AYUSH doctors/paramedics on contractual basis in co-located public health facilities. The co-location of AYUSH facilities to various degrees is being undertaken in all States/UTs except in Kerala. As reported by Government of Kerala, State government is giving preference for separate AYUSH institutions than co-locating them in the existing allopathic health care institutions and presently there is separate Directorate that looks after the health care facilities of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani systems of medicine and separate Directorate of Homoeopathy that looks after health care facilities in Homoeopathy.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a starred question in the Rajya Sabha. 

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Standardisation and Certification of Traditional Medicines
Government has set up Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), which is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of AYUSH and is conducting clinical research through its 22 peripheral Institutes.

The Government has set up Pharmacopoeia Commission of Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy and Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Committee to develop the standards of Ayurvedic drugs. The quality standards of Ayurvedic drugs are published in the Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia, which is mandatory for the manufacturers to follow. Certification of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for manufacturing of Ayurvedic drugs is required under the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945. System of WHO-GMP and Certification of Pharmaceutical Products has been made applicable on voluntary basis to Ayurvedic drugs. Quality certification of Ayurvedic medicines on voluntary basis is also implemented by the Quality Council of India. For scientific validation of Ayurvedic medicines, Good Clinical Practice guidelines have been published for facilitating clinical trials and Rule 158-B provided in the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 to seek the proof of effectiveness and safety of various categories of Ayurvedic medicines.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to an unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha. 

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Introduction of Yoga in Schools and Colleges
Yoga is one of the subjects along with physical and health education and is also included as part of physical activity in all the schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) across the country. Yoga is also included as one of the units under physical education curriculum at the senior secondary level. Moreover, University Grants Commission(UGC) has informed that Yoga has been included in the modules on the health, nutrition, fitness and general well being in all courses at Under graduate and Post graduate level while framing the revised XII Plan guidelines on the scheme of development of sports infrastructure and equipment in universities and Colleges. Education is a concurrent subject and State Governments administer the schools in their jurisdiction as well as develop and prescribe their own curriculum.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to an unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha. 

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Setting up of Horticulture University
In the Union–Budget 2014-2015, announcement was made for establishment of Horticultural Universities in the States of Telangana and Haryana.

A Notification was issued by the Government of Telangana for establishment of Sri Konda Laxman Telangana State Horticultural University with headquarter at Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad.

The Government of Haryana has identified lands for establishing State Horticultural University in Karnal.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan in Lok Sabha today.

SS/CP horticulture university

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Web Portals for Farmers
The Government of India has recently launched three portals namely Participatory Guarantee System-India (PGS-India),Fertilizer Quality Control System (FQCS) and Soil Health Card (SHC).
PGS-India portal:       PGS is a process of certifying organic products in accordance with the laid down standards and with active participation of stakeholders including producers/farmers, traders and consumers in the certification system. The PGS-India portal is a web based application having online facility for (i) Registration (ii) Approval (iii) Documentation (iv) Record of inspection and (v) Certification. It can be accessed at the URL www.pgsindia-ncof.gov.inThe portal enables small and marginal farmers to have easy access to the organic certification system. It also promotes transparency in the certification process and results in creation of a database of (i) Organic producers and (ii) area under PGS certification with due traceability.
Fertilizer Quality Control System (FQCS) portal:    The FQCS portal is a web based and configurable workflow application developed for processing of fertiliser sample collection, testing and generation of analysis reports. It can be accessed at the URLwww.fqcs.dac.gov.in. The application leads to automation of most of the manual activities involved in quality control of fertilisers and thus, helps in improving the overall quality control system.
            Soil Health Card (SHC) portal:         The SHC portal is a web based workflow application with following major modules; (i) Soil Samples Registration (ii) Test Result Entry by Soil Testing Labs (iii) Fertilizer Recommendations based on STCR and GFR (iv) Soil Health Card generation along with Fertilizer Recommendation and micronutrient suggestions (v) MIS module for monitoring progress. It can be accessed at the URL www.soilhealth.dac.gov.in. The system aims to generate Soil Health Cards automatically based on either Soil Test-Crop Response (STCR) formulae developed by ICAR or General Fertilizer Recommendations provided by State Governments. It has sample tracking feature and provides alerts to farmers about sample registration and generation of Soil Health Card through SMS and Email. The system envisages building up a single national database on soil health for future use in research and planning.  
            The portals are funded under the centrally sponsored scheme National e-governance Plan in Agriculture (NeGPA), which aims at development and implementation of ICT enabled projects for ensuring timely access to agriculture related information for the farmers of the country.
PGS-India and Soil Health Card (SHC) portals are web based applications available in the public domain. The information on the portals, which is relevant to the farmers, can be accessed by them. Fertilizer Quality Control System (FQCS) portal is for official use by the fertilizer quality control laboratories.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh. Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundaria in Lok Sabha today. 

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Encouraging the Production of Organic Manure from Bio-Waste
Government is encouraging the production of organic manure from bio-waste under the Capital Investment Subsidy Scheme (CISS) of “National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA)”  programme.  Under this scheme, financial assistance is provided @ 100%  upto a maximum limit of Rs.190 lakh to State Govt./Govt. Agencies and @ 33% upto a maximum limit of Rs.63.00 lakh per unit to individuals/private agencies through NABARD as capital investment for setting up of mechanized Fruit/Vegetable market waste/Agro waste compost production unit of 3000 TPA production capacity.
Government is encouraging the use of organic/bio fertilizer through various schemes/programmes viz: National Mission for sustainable Agriculture (NMSA)/Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY), Rashgtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), National Mission on Oilseeds & Oil Palm (NMOOP), National Biogas and Manure Management Programme (NBMMP), Network Project on Organic Farming of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and National Programme on Organic Production (NPOP) of Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).
            Ministry of New & Renewable Energy is implementing a scheme namely, National Biogas and Manure Management Programme (NBMMP) using cow dung, kitchen waste material etc., as mix feed to produce Biogas for cooking gas and organic enriched bio manure through the implementing Agencies such as State Nodal Departments/State Nodal Agencies and Khadi & Village Industries Commission and Biogas Development and Training Centers (BDTCs).  The pattern of assistance provided to state governments through various schemes for promoting use of organic/bio fertilizer is given below.

RKVY:
Under RKVY, State Governments have flexibility and autonomy in the process of selection, planning, approval and execution of schemes including Organic Farming, as per their priorities.  Accordingly, cost of projects under Organic Farming are approved by respective State Level Sanctioning Committees.

NPOP:
NPOP was notified under Foreign Trade Development & Regulation Act (FTDR) in  year 2001, primarily for regulation and certification of organic commodities meant for export.  It provides institutional mechanism for the implementation of National Standards for Organic Production, through a National Accreditation Policy and Programme.  It covers crop production, animal husbandry, food processing, labeling, storage and transport.

NMOOP:
Has launched a scheme for increasing production and productivity of oilseed crops in the country. The expenditure on subsidies is mostly shared on 75: 25 sharing basis between Central and State Government. Financial assistance is being provided for different type of components including bio-fertilisers, Supply of Rhyzobium culture/Phosphate Solubilising Bacteria (PSB)/ Zinc Solubilising Bacreria (ZSB)/ Azatobacter/ Mycorrhiza and vermi compost.

ICAR:
ICAR Research Centres are involved in developing Package of Practices for different crops and cropping system under Organic Farming in different agro-eco regions of country.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh. Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundaria in Lok Sabha today.
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Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana
Krishi Sinchayee Yojana with an outlay of Rs.50,000 crores for a period of 5 years (2015-16 to 2019-20) to achieve convergence of investments in irrigation at the field level.

Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) has been formulated amalgamating ongoing schemes viz. Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation; Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) of Department of Land Resources; and On Farm Water Management (OFWM) component of National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) of Department of Agriculture and Cooperation. PMKSY is to be implemented in an area development approach, adopting decentralized state level planning and projectised execution, allowing the states to draw their irrigation development plans based on district/blocks plans with a horizon of 5 to 7 years. States can take up projects based on the District/State Irrigation Plan.

All the States and Union Territories including North Eastern States are covered under the programme.

The National Steering Committee (NSC) of PMKSY under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Prime Minister, will provide policy direction to programme framework and a National Executive Committee (NEC) under the chairmanship of Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog will oversee the programme implementation at national level.

Provision has been made under PMKSY during 2015-16 for carrying out extension activities in the field with special focus on water harvesting, water management and crop alignment for farmers and grass root level field functionaries.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh. Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundaria in Lok Sabha today.

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Label on Pesticides Products
                         Failure to display mandatory warning or caution on labels of pesticides product is defined as “misbranding” under Sec 3 (k) (iii) and is liable to be prosecuted for an offence under Sec 29 (1) (a) of the Insecticides Act, 1968.

      Manner of labelling

  The label shall contain in a prominent place and occupying not less than one-sixteenth of the total area of the face of the label, a square, set at an angle of 450 (diamond shape). The dimension of the said square shall depend on the size of the package on which the label is to be affixed. The said square shall be divided into two equal triangles, the upper portion shall contain the symbol and signal word specified in sub-rule (4) and the lower portion shall contain the colour specified in sub-rule (5).

The upper portion of the square, referred to in sub-rule (3) shall contain the following symbols and warning statements—

i.        Insecticides belonging to Category I (Extremely toxic) shall contain the symbol
      of a skull and cross-bones and the word "POISON" printed in red;

The following warning statements shall also appear on the label at appropriate place, outside the triangle,

a.      "KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN"
b.      "IF  SWALLOWED,  OR  IF,  SYMPTOMS  OF  POISONING  OCCUR  CALL
PHYSICIAN  IMMEDIATELY"; 

ii.      Insecticides in Category II (highly toxic) will contain the word "POISON" printed in red and the statement "KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN"; shall also appear on the label at appropriate place, outside the triangle,

iii.    Insecticides in Category III (moderately toxic) shall bear the word "DANGER"
and the statement "KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN"; shall also
           appear on the label at suitable place outside the triangle;

iv.    Insecticides in Category IV (Slightly toxic) shall bear the word "CAUTION". 

The lower portion of the square referred to in sub-rule (4) shall contain the colour specified in  column (4) of the table below, depending on the classification of the insecticides  specified  in  the corresponding  entry in column (1) of the said table.

TABLE          

Classification of the
Insecticides
Medium lethal dose by
the oral route acute toxicity LD 50 mg/ kg.. body weight of test animals
Medium lethal dose by the dermal route dermal toxicity  LD 50 mg/kg. Body weight of test animals
Colour of identification band on the label
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2
3
4
1. Extremely toxic
1-50
1-200
Bright red
2. Highly toxic
51-500
201-2000
Bright yellow
3. Moderately toxic
501-5000
2001-20000
Bright blue
4. Slightly toxic
More than 5000
More than 20000
Bright green

In addition to the precautions to be undertaken under sub-rules (3), (4) and (5) the label to be affixed in the package containing insecticides which are highly inflammable shall indicate that it is inflammable or that the insecticides should be kept away from the heat or open flame and the like.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan  in Lok Sabha today. 

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Salient Features of Crop Insurance Schemes
Agriculture Insurance Company of India (AIC), 10 private General Insurance Companies namely,  ICICI-Lombard, IFFCO-TOKIO, HDFC-ERGO, Cholamandalam-MS, Tata-AIG, Future Generali India, Reliance, Bajaj Allianz, SBI and Universal Sompo General Insurance companies for implementation of crop insurance programme.  Share of AIC in terms of coverage of farmers has decreased during last three years. 
Salient features of National Crop Insurance Programme (NCIP)
The salient features of the National Crop Insurance Programme (NCIP) are :
Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (MNAIS)
-      actuarial premium rates are charged with a provision of subsidy upto 75%, which is shared by the Central and State Governments on 50 : 50 basis;

-      entire liability of claims is on the implementing insurance companies;

-      it is compulsory for loanee farmers and optional for non-loanee farmers;

-      risk coverage for pre-sowing/prevented sowing and post harvest losses due to cyclone in coastal areas;

-      on account payment up to 25% advance of likely claims as immediate relief in the areas which suffered atleast 50% crop yield loss;

-      more proficient basis for calculation of threshold yield;

-      two higher indemnity levels of 80% & 90% instead of earlier 70%, 80% & 90%;

-      reduction in Unit Area of Insurance to village/ village Panchayat level; and

-      private insurance companies have been involved to provide the benefits of competition.

Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS)

-      Provide coverage against weather deviation from the notified standards on the basis of weather data received from the notified Automatic Weather Stations (AWSs) and Automatic Rain-gauges (ARGs);

-      actuarial premium rates are charged with a provision of subsidy upto 50%, which is shared by the Central and State Governments on 50 : 50 basis;

-      entire liability of claims is on the implementing insurance companies;

-      it is compulsory for loanee farmers and optional for non-loanee farmers;

-      add on coverage in respect of hailstorm and cloud burst on individual assessment basis.

-      private insurance companies have been involved to provide the benefits of competition.

Coconut Palm Insurance Scheme (CPIS)
-      Individual farmer/planter/grower offering atleast 5 healthy nut bearing palms in a contiguous area/plot is eligible for insurance;

-      Provide coverage against total loss of palm on account of happening of peril insured leading to death of the insured palm or its becoming unproductive;

-      Fixed premium rates ranging from Rs. 9/- to Rs. 14/- per palm depending upon the age of palm.  However, Government is providing subsidy upto 50% by GOI and 25% by State Government;

-      Sum insured per palm is ranging from Rs. 900/- to Rs. 1750/-;

-      Scheme is being implemented by AIC.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Sh. Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundaria in Lok Sabha today. 

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