Centre allows Telangana to deposit 6.05 LMT of fortified parboiled rice with FCI of the remaining paddy of KMS 2020-21 & KMS 2021-22

Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution:

The Centre has allowed the State Govt. of Telangana to deposit a total of 6.05 LMT of fortified parboiled rice with FCI, out of the remaining paddy of KMS 2020-21 (Rabi crop) & paddy of KMS 2021-22.

The letter in this regard was issued on 11.05.2022, keeping view the request of the state government.

The original milling/ delivery of Customed Milled Rice (CMR) period of KMS 2020-21 (Rabi) in Telangana was upto September, 2021. 

On the request of State Govt. of Telangana, this has been extended seventh time upto May, 2022 vide GoI letter dated 04.05.2022.

Earlier, the Centre approved procurement estimate of 40.20 LMT of rice in Telangana during KMS 2021-22 (Rabi Crop) with procurement period upto June, 2022 and milling period upto September, 2022.

As requested by the State Govt. of Telangana in a letter dated 13.04.2022, the Department of Food & Public Distribution, Govt. of India, in its letter dated 18.04.2022 approved the procurement estimate.

Govt. of India has always supported procurement operations in all States including Telangana. As compared to 15.79 LMT of rice procured during KMS 2015-16 benefitting 5,35,007 farmers with MSP value of Rs. 3,417.15 Crores, 94.53 LMT of rice was procured in Telangana during KMS 2020-21 benefitting 21,64,354 farmers with MSP value of Rs. 26,637.39 Crores.

As on 11.05.2022, in the ongoing KMS 2021-22, 72.71 LMT of paddy (48.72 LMT of equivalent rice) has been procured benefitting 11,14,833 farmers with MSP value Rs. 14251.59 Crores.

Dept. of Telecommunication Launches “GatiShakti Sanchar” Portal for Centralised Right of Way approvals

Ministry of Communications:

Universal and equitable access to Broadband services across the country, especially in the rural areas- is one of the most important visions of Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. 

In line with the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & IT and Railways, has launched the “GatiShakti Sanchar” portal for Centralised Right of Way (RoW) approvals (www.sugamsanchar.gov.in) today

During the launch,  MoC mentioned, “The portal shall act as an enabler to the objective of “Ease of doing business” for telecommunications infrastructure works in accordance with the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister. The timely disposal of RoW applications of various Service and Infrastructure providers shall enable speedy infrastructure creation which would be an enabler for timely rollout of 5G Network also. He indicated advantages of adoption of technological tools in Governance. 

He emphasized and deeply appreciated the role and cooperation of the states and UTs with the Central Government in operationalization of the integrated centralised GatiShakti Sanchar portal.

The portal will enable applicants form various Telecom Service providers (TSPs) as well as Infrastructure providers (IPs) to apply at a common single portal for Right of Way permissions to lay down Optical Fibre Cable and for erecting mobile towers to State/UT Governments and local bodies.

As it smoothens the process of RoW permissions as well as faster approvals; it is believed to facilitate easy rollout of 5G services, in which a Base Transceiver Station (BTS) is installed at very short intervals.

For effective monitoring of RoW applications across the country, the portal even comes fitted with a potent dashboard showing State and District wise pendency status.


VIP culture will soon come to an end in Punjab jails! : Bhagwant Mann

Bhagwant Mann – CM, Punjab:

  • The VIP culture will soon come to an end in Punjab jails!

  • All VIP rooms in jails to be converted to blocks for staff

  • So far 710 phones have been recovered from jails.

  • From now on there will be no phone calls from jails, no fraudulent activities.

  • Action is being taken against those who sent the phones inside.

Congratulations and best wishes to Dr Manik Saha ji on being elected as the legislature party leader: Biplab Deb

Biplab Kumar Deb – CM, Tripura:

  • Congratulations and best wishes to Dr Manik Saha ji on being elected as the legislature party leader.

  • I believe under PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji’s vision and leadership Tripura will prosper.

  • I thank Central leadership & people of Tripura for giving me the responsibility to serve Tripura as a Chief Minister.

  • I have wholeheartedly served my State & will always work for the betterment of my State.

  • Tripura shall definitely march ahead in the path of development

  • Jai Hind.

30 years after 1991, it is felt that taking into account global and domestic developments, it is necessary to contemplate a reset of economic policies: P Chidambaram

Special Congress Party Briefing by Congress leaders P Chidambaram, Supriya Shrinate & Prof. Gourav Vallabh at the AICC Media Center, Udaipur. via INC India:

Over 400 Congress men and women have gathered in Udaipur to reflect on the state of the country. There are 60 members in our group. Yesterday 37 members expressed their views for 4 hrs. The discussions will continue today and tomorrow.

The state of the Indian economy is a cause of extreme concern. A slower rate of growth has been the hallmark of the present govt in the last 8 years. The post pandemic recovery has been indifferent and faulty.

The growth estimates for 2022-23 have been lowered from time to time in the last five months. Inflation has risen to unexpected levels and threatens to rise further. WPI inflation is at 14.55% and CPI inflation is at 7.79%.

The govt is actually fuelling the rise of inflation by its wrong policies – especially through high taxes on petrol and diesel, high GST rates, etc. The job situation has never been worse.

The labour force participation rate is at a historic low of 40.38% and unemployment rates stand at 7.83%.

We reiterate our charge that social services expenditure as a proportion of total expenditure has fallen to an average of 5% in the last 8 years, from an average of 9% in 10 years between 2004-14.

The external situation has added to the pressures on the economy. The govt appears clueless on the ways to deal with these developments.

$22bn have flowed out of the country in the last 12 months. The foreign exchange reserves have depleted by $36bn. The exchange rate stands still at Rs 77.58/USD – the highest ever.

A Congress led govt ushered in a new era of liberalisation in 1991. The country has reaped enormous benefits- wealth creation, new businesses, a huge middle class, billions of jobs, exports, and lifting 27cr people out of poverty during a 10 yr period.

After 30 years, it is felt that taking into account global and domestic developments, it is necessary to contemplate a reset of economic policies.

A reset of economic policies must also address the questions of rising inequality, extreme poverty among the bottom 10% of the population, India’s rank in the global hunger index 2021 which is 101 out of 116 countries.

A comprehensive review would also be justified by the health and educational outcome. We believe that the recalibration of economic policies can influence health and educational outcomes.

The time is ripe for a comprehensive revue of centre-state fiscal relations. The consequences of the poorly drafted and unfairly implemented GST laws brought in by the Modi government in 2017 are there for everyone to see.

The states’ fiscal position is fragile as never before and needs urgent remedial measures.

We believe that we must prepare the Indian economy and the Indian workforce to adapt to the ways in which industries, businesses, and trades will be conducted in the 21st century.

We also believe that important changes in economic policies will be required in light of climate change and the need for mitigation and adaptation.

All the reasons I have listed above lead us to believe that a reset of economic policies is necessary and the time is ripe for it.

I’m confident that our deliberations over three days and the decisions that have to be taken by the CWC in the days and weeks ahead will make a significant contribution on the nationwide debate on the economic policies.

Sri Sri at Sunrise

Gratefulness is inevitable, but when you go beyond gratefulness then union happens :
Sri Sri

Pic Credit : Sri Sri