States Current Affairs – 2018

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Logo for Tripura tea unveiled

The Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb unveiled the official logo of Tripura Tea. The Tripura Tea logo features Neermahal, the iconic landmark of Tripura.

About Neermahal

Neermahal was built by then Tripura King Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman Manikya in the middle of Rudrasagar Lake, as his summer residence. It is located in Melaghar, around 53 km west of Agartala.

This is the largest water palace in India and one of two water palaces in India. The other water palace of India is located at Jal Mahal in Rajasthan.

Climatic Conditions favourable for Tea Cultivation

The following factors are favourable for Tea cultivation:

  • A temperature of 21-29 deg c.
  • Annual Rainfall of 150-200 cm.
  • The soil must be rich in humus as tea shrubs require fertile mountain soil mixed with lime and iron.
  • Well drained land to prevent stagnation of water.

Tripura and Tea cultivation

The tea cultivation in Tripura began at Hiracherra estate in Unakoti district in 1916. At present, Tripura is the second largest tea producing state in the northeast and produces 10 million kg of tea annually with an area of 6,430 hectares under cultivation.

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Madhu Babu Pension Yojana

The government of Odisha announced a hike of Rs 200 per month in the social security pension under Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY).

The Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY) is a pension scheme under the Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities for the disabled, old age persons in the state of Odisha. The Scheme was instituted by merging the two pension schemes i.e. namely, Revised Old Age Pension Rules, 1989 and Disability Pension Rules, 1985.

Beneficiaries of the Scheme

The Beneficiaries of the Madhu Babu Pension Yojana are:

  • Person of 60 years of age and above.
  • A widow (irrespective of age).
  • A leprosy patient with visible signs of deformity (irrespective of age).
  • A person of 5 years of age or above and unable to do normal work due to his/her deformity or disability being blind or orthopedically handicapped or hearing and speech impaired or mentally retarded or with Cerebral Palsy or with Autism or with mental illness or with multiple disabilities.
  • A widow of AIDS patient (irrespective of age and income criteria)
  • An AIDS patient identified by the State/District AIDS Control Society or district AIDS prevention control Unit.
  • An unmarried woman above 30 years belonging to a BPL Family

Conditions for the Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries have to fulfil the following conditions in the absence of specific exemptions:

  • Individual income from all sources not exceeding Rs.24,000/- per annum irrespective of the family income.
  • Has family income from all sources not exceeding Rs. 24,000- per annum or included on the BPL list (Tahsildar concerned to certify).
  • Is a permanent resident/domicile of Odisha.
  • Has not been convicted of any criminal offence involving moral turpitude.
  • Is not in receipt of any other pension from the Union Government or the State Government or any organisation aided by either Government.

The enhanced pension will come into effect from February 15, 2019, and would benefit 48 lakh elderly, disabled, widows and destitute women.

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