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Madhya Pradesh Government launches Deendayal Antyodaya Rasoi Yojana

Madhya Pradesh Government has launched Deendayal Antyodaya Rasoi Yojana, a populist subsidised meal scheme for poor in the state.

The scheme has been named after the BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya. The first phase of the scheme was launched by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in 49 districts headquarters across the state.

With this, Madhya Pradesh becomes third state in the country to launch populist subsidised meal scheme. Tamil Nadu was first to launch such scheme under brand name of Amma Canteens followed by Rajasthan.

Key Facts
  • Deendayal Antyodaya Rasoi Yojana will provide a full nutritious meal to poor people, workers and their families at subsidised rate of Rs. 5.
  • To implement the populist subsidised meal scheme, food centres (canteens) will be opened at each district. In case of big districts, more than one centre will be set up in accordance to local needs.
  • These centres will have arrangement to cater at least 2000 persons every day. They will provide cheap, good quality, nutritious and delicious food.
  • The funds for setting up these centres will be made available under CM’s Urban Infrastructure Scheme. Besides, local municipal bodies will make the water and electricity available free-of-cost to these centres.

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Pests eat away India’s 35% of total crop yield: ICAR scientist

According to Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) scientist, pests eat away about 30-35% of the annual crop yield in India.

Such large-scale crop-loss is having an adverse effect on the agricultural biosafety which is paramount to food security of the country. 

Key Facts
  • Among such pests, nematodes (microscopic worms many of which are parasites) have emerged as a major threat to crops in the country. They have caused loss of 60 million tonnes of crops annually.
  • They are causing loss of crops to the tune of almost 60 million tonnes or 10-12 % of crop production every year. Indian farmers are still not fully aware about these potential crop-destroyers.
  • In the past particular kind of nematode had affected plants such as potatoes and tomatoes in India. The Potato Cyst Nematode was first discovered in Nilgiris and now has spread to various parts of the country.
What are Nematodes?
  • Nematodes are microscopic worms many of which are parasites consisting of roundworms, threadworms and eelworms.
  • They have successfully adapted to nearly every ecosystem from marine (salt or brackish water) to fresh water, to soils, and from the tropics to the harsh polar regions, as well as the highest to the lowest of elevations.
  • Depending on the species, a nematode may be beneficial or detrimental to plant health. The predatory nematodes breed by soaking a specific recipe of leaves and other detritus in water.
  • Crop rotation of agricultural plants with nematode-resistant species or varieties is one of the simplest way of managing parasitic infestations of nematodes.

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Rajasthan Government to launch Annapurna Rasoi Programme to provide quality meal at cheap price

Rajasthan Government has decided to start Annapurna Rasoi Programme to provide quality meal at cheap and affordable price to people belonging to the weaker section and labourers.

The main beneficiary of the scheme will be rickshaw pullers, labourers, auto drivers, students, working women, elders and other weaker section.

Key Facts

  • The food under this programme will be provided at subsidized rates, breakfast at Rs 5 per plate and lunch/dinner at Rs 8 per plate.
  • In the first phase the scheme will be started in 12 districts. They are Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Kota, Bikaner, Bharatpur, Pratapgarh, Dungarpur, Banswara, Baran and Jhalawar.
  • The food will be distributed by 80 mobile vans at locations decided by local self-help agencies in districts. The remaining 21 districts of state will be covered in second phase.

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