Important Days and Events
On April 16, 2020 the Union Agricultural Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar chaired the National Conference on Kharif crops. The conference discussed measures to achieve doubling of farmers’ income and to achieve Kharif target.
Secretaries of DAC&FW and ICAR and also officers from state governments participated in the conference.
The conference fixed the target of food grains for the year 2020-21 at 298 million tonnes. The target was 291 million tonnes for the year 2019-20.
The new initiatives to combat COVID-19 were also discussed in the conference. It included
- Intensification of “Per drop more crop”. This is being done under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana
- PM-AASHA scheme. Under the scheme the Minimum Support Price (MSP) is to be fixed at a level at least 2 times the cost of production.
- Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, Rs 16,621 was disbursed to help farmers.
- New operational guidelines were framed for the E-Nam initiative to reduce the crowd at mandis and also help farmers in selling their produce.
Tags: COVID-19 • Doubling Farmers’ Income • e-NAM • Kharif crops • Mandi
On April 14, 2020, India celebrated the 129th birth anniversary of Bhimarao Ramji Ambedkar. Amidst the lock down, his birth anniversary is being celebrated digitally by the whole of India. The Indian Constitution was prepared under the leadership of Ambedkar.
Ambedkar was born in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh. It was a small cantonment in Indore district. The town was later renamed as Dr Ambedkar Nagar in 2003. He was born as Hindu and later converted into a Buddhist. He was recognised as modern Buddha of his age.
He was a great scholar who could speak Pali, Hindi, Sanskrit, French, English, Marathi, German, Gujarati and Persian.
Ambedkar was the last and 14thChild to his parents.
He has won several awards namely Bodhisattva in 1956, Bharat Ratna in 1990. He was also awarded The Greatest Indian award in 2012. When the Tri-coloured Indian flag was created, it was Ambedkar who placed the Ashok Chakra in the middle.