Export policy of broken rice amended to ensure adequate domestic availability: Secretary, Dept. of Food & Public Distribution

Ministry of Food & Public Distribution:

Shri Sudhanshu Pandey, Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution (DFPD), Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Food & Public Distribution, today emphasized that in order to ensure adequate availability of broken rice for consumption by domestic poultry industry and for other animal feedstock; and to produce ethanol for successful implementation of EBP (Ethanol Blending Programme) program, Government has amended the export policy of broken rice.

He said this while briefing the Media today.

About 50-60 LMT of broken rice is produced annually in India which is mainly used as poultry feed and feed for other animals. It is also used as a feedstock by the grain based distilleries for producing ethanol which is supplied to Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) for blending with petrol.

Need for amendment: Significant rise in export of broken rice: 

There has been a rise in global demand for broken rice due to geo-political scenario which has impacted price movement of commodities including those related to animal feed. The export of broken rice has increased by more than 43 times in past 4 years (~21.31 LMT exported from April-August, 2022 compared to 0.41 LMT in the same period in 2018-19).

Meet domestic requirement under Ethanol Blending Programme: Sugar based feed stocks alone cannot meet the requirements of 1100 crore litres of ethanol for 20% ethanol blending by 2025. Since Ethanol Season Year (ESY) 2018-19, India has allowed grain based ethanol and in ESY 2020-21 has also allowed Food Corporation of India to sell rice to ethanol plants for fuel ethanol production. However, in the current ESY 2021-22, against the contracted quantity of 36 crore litres, only about 16.36 crore litres (till 21.08.2022) have been supplied by distilleries due to low availability of broken rice for ethanol production.

Contain impact on poultry sector due to rising prices: Domestic price of broken rice, which was ~Rs. 16/Kg in the open market has increased to about Rs. 22/Kg in States because of exports due to higher international prices. Poultry sector and animal husbandry farmers were impacted the most due to price hike of feed ingredients as about 60-65% inputs cost for poultry feed comes from broken Rice and any increase in prices will be reflected in poultry products like Milk, Egg, Meat etc.

Domestic production scenario of Rice: The likely shortfall in area and production of Paddy for the Kharif season 2022 is 6% approx. The final area for Kharif in 2021 was 403.58 lakh ha. So far an area of 325.39 lakh ha has been covered. In domestic production 60-70 LMT estimated production loss is anticipated but due to good Monsoon rains in some pockets, the production loss may reduce to 40-50 LMT, however, this would be at par with last year’s production.

The domestic prices of Rice are showing increasing trend and it may continue to increase due to low production forecast by about 10 MMT of Paddy and 11% increase in export of Non basmati compared to corresponding period of last year.  However, with export of 212 LMT last year, it can be said that India is still surplus in rice production.

Amendment in export policy of Broken Rice: In order to ensure adequate availability of broken rice for consumption by domestic poultry industry and for other animal feedstock; and to produce ethanol for successful implementation of EBP program, Govt. of India has amended the export policy of broken rice (under HS Code 10064000) w.e.f  9th Sep, 2022 from “Free” to “Prohibited” as per Notification No. 31/2015-2020 dated 8th Sep, 2022 with certain relaxations during the period 9th-15th Sep, 2022 only for cases where loading of consignment has commenced before this Notification, shipping bill is filed and vessels have already berthed or arrived and anchored in Indian ports and their rotation number has been allocated before this Notification, consignment has been handed over to the Customs before this Notification and is registered in their system

Feeling immensely blessed to have visited the holy Ati Jangchup Choeling Gonpa at Ruksin today: Pema Khandu

Pema Khandu – CM, Arunachal Pradesh:

Feeling immensely blessed to have visited the holy Ati Jangchup Choeling Gonpa at Ruksin today.

Offered prayers for the well being of dear people of our Arunachal Pradesh.

Also performed the pious ‘Tashi Tsekpa, Sang & Serkyem’ prayers for the construction of a new building of Gonpa.

Warm thanks to my dear local Buddhists and Adi community sisters and brothers for their love and affection.

New Vande Bharat trains to make the travel experience much better, with higher speed and more features: Min. of Railways

Ministry of Railways:

In the constant endeavour to give the best facilities to passengers, the Indian Railways will be introducing the new avatar of high speed train Vande Bharat i.e. Vande Bharat 2.

Vande Bharat 2 will be equipped with more advancements and improved features like 0 to 100 Kmpl speed in just 52 second, maximum speed up to 180 Kmph, lesser weight of 392 ton instead of 430 ton and WI-FI content on demand.

New Vande Bharat will also have 32-inch LCD TVs which was of 24 inch in earlier version. 15 percent more energy efficient ACs with dust free clean air cooling of traction motor will make the travel more comfortable.

Side recliner seat facility which is being provided to Executive Class passengers, will now be made available for all classes.           

In the new design of Vande Bharat Express, photo-catalytic ultra violet air purification system is installed in the roof mounted Roof Mounted Package Unit (RMPU) for air purification. 

As recommended by Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh, this system is designed and installed in both ends of RMPU to filter and clean the air free from germs, bacteria, virus, etc. coming through fresh air and return air.

Day 2 of Bharat Jodo Yatra winds down. 17 km today: Jairam Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh – MP, GS, Congress:

Day 2 of Bharat Jodo Yatra winds down. 17 km today. About 40 kms of 3570 kms done.

Rahul Gandhi’s press interaction at Nagercoil, walk with farmers, sanitation workers, tribal activists & YouTubers in Kanyakumari district, & interaction with panchayat leaders were the highlights.

CPWD completes challenging work on rejuvenation and redevelopment of Kartavya Path within a tight timeline: Ministry of Urban Affairs

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs:

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi unveiled Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s statue and inaugurated ‘Kartavya Path’ at India Gate, New Delhi, yesterday.

Interacting with the shramjeevis involved in its construction, the Prime Minister highlighted their efforts and contribution to the nation.

Expressing his gratitude for the workers, the Prime Minister said “Kartavya Path is not just a path of  bricks and stones. It is the living path of  India’s democratic past and all-time ideals.”

The Central Public Works Department, the agency entrusted with the rejuvenation and redevelopment of Kartavya Path, executed the challenging work within a very tight timeline.

The work of  Kartavya Path started in March, 2021 and its first phase was completed in time for the Republic Day Parade on  26th January, 2022.

The sanctioned cost of the project is ₹ 608 Crore and expenditure till date is ₹ 522 Crore with Phase-I being completed.

The total length of granite walkways is 16.5 Km. With 300 CCTV cameras, 422 sitting stone benches, a number of twin stone dustbins, nearly 165 Km  under-ground conduit for services and with a 10 km long under-ground storm water drains, the central pathway has been completely refurbished, strengthened and the landscape restored.

It may be noted that the Kartavya Path has been made more pedestrian friendly and easier for the traffic to navigate through.

A total of four pedestrian underpasses 8 m wide each – two each at Janpath and C-Hexagon junctions – have been provided keeping pedestrian safety in mind.

Eight underground public amenity blocks and six vending plazas have been thoughtfully located and designed, keeping existing trees in mind, to make it comfortable for civic users and tourists.

Parking has been designed to accommodate up to 580 cars and 35 buses in Phase I.

The footpath on edges of Kartavya Path, which used to be of Bajri / Murram earlier, have been replaced by granite walkways.

The previously inaccessible areas beyond the canal have been made accessible through the introduction of walkways and sixteen permanent bridges.

In addition, the Kartavya Path lawns have been refurbished and most of the original Jamun trees have been retained and more trees have been added through a planned strategy of plantation. The total area of grass lawns redeveloped is around 90 acres.

In accordance with the architectural character of the avenue, historic chain links and 79 light poles along the Kartavya Path have been preserved and restored and 58 new poles have been added.

Also, painted concrete bollards have been replaced with sandstone bollards to achieve coherence with the landscape.

It may be noted that CPWD has also refurbished the canals to stop seepage and additionally, 60 aerators and 28 filtration tanks have been added to ensure that the canals have clean water.

During the event, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs,  Shri G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of Culture, Shri Kaushal Kishore, MoS of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, MoS of Culture, Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, MoS of Culture,  Shri Manoj Joshi, Secretary, Ministry of  Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Govind Mohan, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Shri Shailendra Sharma, Director General, CPWD, various distinguished dignitaries and large number of officers and staff of CPWD, MoHUA and Ministry of Culture were present.

I am honour bound to ensure that not a drop of water flows through SYL canal: Sukhbir Singh Badal

Sukhbir Singh Badal – President, Akali Dal:

The SYL Canal can be built only on my dead body.

As the chief servant of Akali Dal, the army which has led the fight for Punjab’s interests from the front, I am honour bound to ensure that not a drop of water flows through SYL canal.

We cannot just stand there and watch as Punjab turns into a desert and its children watching their river waters carried to other states right in front of their eyes. I have a legacy of martyrdom to live up and no matter what my critics say, I am ready to die for it.

The first thing to decide here is the Riparian rights of states.

Everything else is irrelevant.

Day 2 of the padayatra started with flag hoisting at 7 am in Nagercoil: Jairam Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh – MP, GS, Congress:

Day 2 of the padayatra started with flag hoisting at 7 am in Nagercoil.

Bharat Yatris were joined by 89 year old freedom fighter Kodikal Sheikh Abdullah.

He inspired everyone by highlighting the need to stand up, unite and fight for the soul of our nation.

India is a conversation among its people. That conversation has broken down and it needs to restart. The aim of Padyatra is to start that conversation on ground: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi – Former Congress President, via INC India:

Shri Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with the Media on Day 3 of the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

The BJP and RSS are welcome to have an opinion. For the Congress party, this Padyatra is aimed at undoing the damage done by the ruling dispensation.

The BJP has taken control of all the institutions. The role of CBI and ED is being questioned. We are no longer fighting a political party.

The fight is not going to be easy. Media is under pressure. Media is no longer raising voice of the opposition. A lot of people do not want to fight. They are ready to bow down before the BJP.

My character doesn’t allow me to bow down before the ruling party. I will fight for the idea of India. There is an attempt to impose one vision on this country.

India is a conversation among its people. That conversation has broken down and it needs to restart. The aim of Padyatra is to start that conversation on ground

We are not opposing the idea of corporate India. Our objection is against the unfairness & injustice done to small farmers & MSMEs.

I decided to join the Yatra because it’s not an easy thing to do. It will be a personal journey for me as well. Hopefully I’ll get more understanding about our beautiful country.

Nothing from the past is going to save us. Those who have nothing to offer constantly dig into the past. Actions taken by us today will save the country.

I had memorable meetings with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. During one of the meetings she showed me the handkerchief Mahatma Gandhi gifted her on her wedding: PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a stalwart of our times.

She provided inspiring leadership to her nation and people. She personified dignity and decency in public life.

Pained by her demise. My thoughts are with her family and people of UK in this sad hour.

I had memorable meetings with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during my UK visits in 2015 and 2018.

I will never forget her warmth and kindness.

During one of the meetings she showed me the handkerchief Mahatma Gandhi gifted her on her wedding.

I will always cherish that gesture.

A special occasion which makes every Indian proud… : PM Narendra Modi

A special occasion which makes every Indian proud… highlights from the inauguration of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose statue and Kartavya Path in Delhi.

PM Narendra Modi

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri at Sunrise

Make the Divine your sweet beloved. This is the first thing to do and the last thing to do :
Sri Sri

Pic Credit : Sri Sri