The Minister of Railways has launched a trial run of its e-catering service on six trains without pantries that run in the Delhi-Amritsar section. The trial run will be carried out by IRCTC which will serve food at five nominated stations. Depending on the success of the trial run, a decision will be made whether to launch them on a large scale or not.
Passenger with confirmed PNR number will be able to place an order through a phone call or SMS to the dedicated number. The food will be served from the IRCTC food plazas or catering units at select stations. Passengers will have to pay for the service only on delivery of the food.
Along with decline in the overall Credit Deposit (CD) ratio of banks in Punjab for the period ending June 2014, the CD ratio of state’s rural sector has been registered the “lowest” in comparison to that of in urban and semi-urban sectors. As per latest report of State Level Bankers’ Committee (Punjab), the CD ratio of banks in Punjab’s rural sector plunged to 60.76% as on June 2014 from 63.21% in corresponding period of year 2013.
“Credit Deposit (CD) ratio” refers to how much a bank gives as loans of the deposits it has mobilized. The low ratio shows banks are not fully utilizing their resources for banking activity.
The Punjab government had already expressed concern over the low deposit ratio in rural sector. It had even told the banks to increase the ratio. The overall CD ratio of Punjab has also reduced by 2.20% to 77.70% as on June 2014.
The Punjab Government has agreed to the Ghana Government’s proposal offering land to Punjab farmers. As per the proposal, the government of Ghana would provide fertile farmland on a long-term lease to Punjab farmers for farm activities. Ghana has made this proposal to promote agriculture as a tool of progress in Ghana and if possible then by Punjab’s expertise in farming.
Punjab Government has assured Ghana that a high-level delegation of officers as well as an expert from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, would be sent to Ghana to study the suitability of the entire project.
Ghana also offered Punjab to export finished goods to Ghana. It has invited Punjabi entrepreneurs to visit Ghana to start manufacturing facilities in the country and take advantage of Ghana’s natural resources like various minerals, timber, oil, cocoa, palm oil fish and cotton.