Madhya Pradesh Current Affairs

Madhya Pradesh selected for Krishi Karman Award for year 2014-15

Madhya Pradesh has been conferred the Union Government’s prestigious Krishi Karman Award in maximum food grains production category for year 2014-15 for the 4th consecutive year.

MP has been shortlisted for the award in the Integrated Agri Production category for the year 2014-15. It has produced record 328 lakh tonnes in the mentioned period compared to 280 lakh tonnes 2013-14 period.

Earlier the state had won this award in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The state will get an amount of five crore rupees along with Krishi Karman award.

Other winners

  • Chhattisgarh: Chosen for achieving growth in production of pulses.
  • West Bengal: Chosen for good agriculture production.
  • Odisha: Chosen for being the best performing state in overall foodgrains production among category-II states.

About Krishi Karman awards

  • Krishi Karman awards are given to Best performer States for raising country’s food grain production.
  • These awards were instituted in 2010-11 for recognising the meritorious efforts of the states in foodgrains production.
  • It comprises of three awards for total food grain production and four awards for production of crops that constitute the food grain viz. rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses.

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India’s Grid-linked solar generation capacity crosses 5,000 MW mark

Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has announced that India’s grid-connected solar power generation capacity has crossed the 5,000 Mega Watt (MW) mark.

Presently, Government has set an ambitious plan to achieve 175 Giga Watt (GW) of power generation capacity from renewable sources by 2022. It includes 100 GW from solar and 60 GW from wind.

Under the National Solar Mission (NSM), Union Government increased the solar power generation capacity addition target by five times from 20,000 MW to 100 GW by 2022.

Top grid-connected states

  • Rajasthan (1,264.35 MW).
  • Gujarat (1,024.15 MW).
  • Madhya Pradesh (678.58 MW).
  • Maharashtra (378.7 MW).
  • Andhra Pradesh (357.34 MW).
  • Telangana (342.39 MW).
  • Punjab (200.32 MW).
  • Uttar Pradesh (140 MW).

Major states lagging behind

  • West Bengal (7.21 MW).
  • Uttarakhand (5 MW).
  • Haryana (12.8 MW).

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Union Government announces central assistance of Rs. 6,794 crore to three drought-hit states

Union Government has approved financial aid of Rs. 6,794 crore for three states—Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh affected by drought in year 2015 due to deficit rainfall.

Of the total financial aid, government has approved Rs.3,100 crore for Maharashtra, Rs.1,672 crore for Chhattisgarh and Rs.2,022 crore for Madhya Pradesh.

Maharashtra, which had declared drought bout 15% of the state i.e. in more than 15,000 villages and had demanded Rs.4,003 crore in central assistance.

Seven other states—Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh also have been declared drought this year due to rainfall deficit. In 2015, the drought has affected crops spread over an area of 19 million hectare in just seven states. In all, 18 states have been recorded deficit rainfall this year.

Earlier in November 2015, Union Government had approved Rs.1,540 crore for Karnataka which was the first state in the country to declare a drought in August 2015.

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