States Current Affairs

Current Affairs 2019-2020 of all States with latest updates. Current Affairs will list latest developments, issues in all states and may be useful for State PCS / Civil services examinations of various states of India.

Odisha Government launches ‘Balaram Yojana’ for Landless Farmers

The State Government of Odisha has launched a scheme for the landless farmers in the state under which loans will be provided to around 7 lakh landless farmers or sharecroppers in the state. The scheme is named as ‘Balaram Yojana’.

The scheme was launched with the objective to provide financial support to the landless farmers in the state who are facing hardships due to the impacts of nationwide lockdown against the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a sequel to the Kalia Scheme of the Odisha Government, the Balaram Yojana was announced back in 2019 during the Vidhan Sabha Elections in Odisha by the ruling BJD Government. However, the scheme was launched on 2nd July 2020.

Balaram Yojana

The loans under the Balaram Yojana will be disbursed through joint liability groups. The loans will be available on the basis of social collateral. The credit facility to around 7 lakh farmers will be implemented in the next years. For this, 1,40,000 groups of farmers have been formed, in the current financial year, 70,000 such groups of farmers will be able to avail the credit while the remaining during the next financial year.

Each of these groups will comprise of 5 landless farmers. A loan of Rs 1.6 lakh will be provided to each of the farmer’s groups. In total, the State Government has estimated that loans amounting to Rs 1040 crores will be provided to 1,40,000 such landless farmers groups in the state.

In a collaboration between the Department of Agriculture and Farmers (of the Odisha Government) and National  Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) the Balaram Yojana has been prepared.

‘Intzaar Aap Ka’ Social Media Campaign by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board

In order to attract tourists in the state, the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board has started a social media campaign. The name of the campaign is ‘Intzaar Aap Ka’ meaning ‘Waiting for You’. The campaign will be conducted by describing the characteristics of the tourism destinations in Madhya Pradesh through photographs and videos.

Through the campaign, the tourism board aims to establish the confidence back in the tourism sector by offering tour packages to the tourists that are specially designed by keeping in mind safe travel, stay, and excursion for prevention from COVID-19 infection.

Madhya Pradesh the winner of the Best Tourism State National Award for three consecutive years from 2015 to 2017 has from religious ( Ujjain, Sanchi Stupa, Kundalpur, etc) to archaeological and Natural (Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pachmarhi, etc)  tourism places. Tourism Sector in Madhya Pradesh has provided an employment opportunity to thousands in the state, the success of the campaign in drawing tourists to the state in post-COVID-19 nationwide lockdown will be important for the economy of the state.

Recently, the Tourism Development Corporation of Madhya Pradesh has also started food home delivery services in 3 cities of the state by following all safety standards required for prevention from Novel Coronavirus infection. The home delivery service is conducted through a mobile application in order to keep the restaurants and hotels under the Corporation functional amid the COVID-19 pandemic.