BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh today welcomed the Centre’s decision to increase the MSP of wheat, barley and other crops and said it reflected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to stand by the MSP system and help farmers double their income.
In a statement, Chugh slammed the “misleading and deceptive propaganda” by some vested interests on the issue of the MSP to beguile the farmers.
He said right from day one the Modi government had expressed its commitment to stand by the MSP system and has increased the MSP of all crops from time to time besides making sure that the remunerations were transferred directly to the farmers’ accounts.
He welcomed the Centre’s decision to increase the MSP for sunflower by Rs 114 per quintal to Rs 5,441, and that for wheat and barley a hike by Rs 40 and Rs 35 per quintal, respectively. The MSP for wheat will be Rs 2,015 per quintal and Rs 1,635 for one quintal of barley.
He said the increase in MSP for rabi crops for RMS 2022-23 was in line with the Centre’s commitment of fixing the MSPs at a level of at least 1.5 times of the all-India weighted average cost of production, aiming a reasonably fair remuneration for the farmers.
The expected returns to farmers over their cost of production were estimated to be highest in the case of wheat and rapeseed and mustard at 100 per cent each, followed by lentil at 79 per cent, gram at 74 per cent; barley at 60 per cent and safflower at 50 per cent, Chugh added.
India records 28,326 fresh COVID-19 cases, 260 deaths in last 24 hours
India recorded 28,326 new COVID-19 cases and 260 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the overall caseload to 3,35,52,805 and the total death toll to 4,46,918, as per data released by the Ministry of Health on Sunday (September 26, 2021). Out of these, Kerala contributed 16,671 fresh cases and 120 deaths.
Over 26,032 recoveries were also recorded in the country in the last 24 hours, taking total recoveries to 3,29,02,351 and the active caseload now stands at 3,03,476.
An increase of 2,034 cases was recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate stands at 1.90 percent, while the recovery rate is currently at 97.77 percent. According to the data, 85.60 Crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive.
Meanwhile, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 231.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.74 million and vaccinations soared to over 6.07 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University`s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and vaccination tally stood at 231,477,987, 4,742,762 and 6,072,672,218, respectively.
The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world`s highest number of cases and deaths at 42,901,854 and 687,746, respectively, according to the CSSE. In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 33,624,419 cases.
Modi at UNGA: PM announces world’s first DNA vaccine for Covid-19 from global stage
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the world’s first DNA vaccine against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) from the global platform. Addressing the 76th United Nations General Assembly in New York, PM Modi said that the DNA vaccine can be administered to everyone above the age of 12.
“India, which lives on Sewa Paramo Dharma (service is the main duty), is engaged in vaccination development and manufacturing despite limited resources,” Modi said at the UNGA.
“I want to inform UNGA that India has developed the world’s first DNA vaccine, which can be administered to all people above the age of 12 years,” he added.
The prime minister was referring to Zydus Cadila’s Covid-19 DNA vaccine which received emergency use approval from the Drugs Controller General of India last month. The company expects to administer the first licensed shot from October but, according to the government, the price remains a “clear issue”.
On Thursday, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul told a press briefing that a decision on making the indigenously-developed needle-free Covid-19 vaccine as a part of the country’s vaccination programme will be taken soon. He said that preparations are underway and repeated discussions have been held to bring Zydus Cadila’s DNA vaccine in practical shape and implementation.
“The price is also a clear issue. Talks are going on and a decision will soon be taken. With full preparation, it will become a part of the country’s national vaccination programme. We are looking forward to receiving recommendations of the NTAGI on the beneficiary or target group to which the vaccine has to be given. The work is in progress and you will hear more about this in the times to come,” he said.
Two new airports to be established in J&K: Union Minister for Civil Aviation
Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia said that new two airports shall be established in Jammu and Kashmir soon.
He said this during an interaction programme with DDC, BDC members, PRIs and locals at Harwan block of Srinagar district.
As a major development, the Minister said that an airport worth Rs. 1500 crore shall be established on 25 thousand square kilometres in Kashmir, while as another airport worth Rs. 650 crore shall be established in Jammu on 22 thousand square kilometres land size.
He said that since a special focus is being given on development of both air and road connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir, a major road network including highways, ring road, tunnels and other projects are being constructed across Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
The Minister said that the development of connectivity shall bring more tourists to J&K and promote local craft. He said that the promotion of tourism and crafts shall boost economic activity and prosperity of people of J&K.
Scindia said that under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, an era of peace, progress and development has already started in Jammu and Kashmir and all the three regions including Ladakh have come on track to become number one in construction and development in the country.
He said that among other major projects, work was going on in full swing on ring road worth Rs 3000 crore, while as 100 percent households are being supplied electricity now, made possible by current dispensation.
The Minister said currently 82 percent population is connected and being supplied tap water, however, the government is committed to cover all households in near future.
He said that the Modi led government was not only successful in curbing corruption in J&K but sectors including health, education and others have also flourished in the UT during these years.
Present on the occasion, various DDC and BDC members, sarpanchs and other PRIs spoke on the occasion and raised their demands.
The demands raised by the members included bridging developmental gap between urban and rural areas, construction of degree college and AYUSH Hospital in Harwan, development of area for rural tourism, better health and education facilities, deduction in power and water tariffs, loan waivers for drivers among others.
DC Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Assad, Private Secretary to Minister, SSP Srinagar, ADC Srinagar, officers from RDD among others were also present on the occasion
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