Farmer welfare Current Affairs - 2020

New E-NAM Features launched by the Agricultural Ministry

On April 2, 2020, the Union Ministry of Agriculture launched new features of National Agriculture Market. This aims to strengthen agricultural marketing of farmers. The main objective of the features are to reduce the congestion at mandis that will help fight against COVID-19.

Features

The Ministry has launched new software modules on the E-NAM platform. They include

  • Warehouse based modules that will facilitate trade from warehouses itself. This helps to save expenses. The farmers can sell their produce anywhere across the nation. The prices will get stabilized maintaining supply and demand.
  • FPO (Farmer Producer Organization) based modules. These modules help the FPOs to trade their produce at their collection centres itself.
  • Trackable transport facilities for inter-state and inter-mandi trade.

Current Scenario

According to the Agricultural Ministry, currently there are 585 mandis operating in 16 states have been integrated with the e-NAM portal. There are plans to expand e-NAM to add 415 more mandis to the platform.

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Navaratnalu Pedalandariki Illu Programme: 25 lakh poor to get houses in AP

On March 31, 2020, the Government of Andhra Pradesh modified the guidelines of Navatatnalu-Pedalandariki Illu programme. The scheme is called “Houses for all the poor”. The guidelines were changed based on the directions of the High Court.

Highlights

Under the scheme, house sites are to be allotted to the poor at Re 1 to the poor with white ration cards. The State Government is to collect Rs 20 from the people (Rs 10 for stamp paper charges and Rs 10 for lamination charges).

The Beneficiaries shall use these sited to construct houses.

Other Rules

The beneficiaries have to compulsorily construct houses only. They cannot sell the sites. However, they can sell the houses after occupying them for a minimum of five years.

The site was to be distributed on Ugadi. However, it was postponed due to the threat of COVID-19 and local body elections.

Navaratnalu

The “Navartnalu” is a flagship scheme of the Andhra Pradesh Government. There are nine (Navaratna) welfare schemes.

YSR Rythu Bharosa

Under the scheme, the AP government is to offer Rs 50,000 financial assistance to farmers. From the second year of the scheme, every family will receive Rs 12,500. Apart from this under this scheme, the AP government will also offer free bore wells and 0% interest loans.

Fee Reimbursement

Under this scheme, Rs 20,000 allowance is to be provided to every student as fee reimbursement

Arogyasri

The scheme is applicable to all the medical treatments above Rs 1000. The State Government under the scheme would bear all the medical expenses.

Jalayagnam

The Government would take up completion of Polavaram project, thereby helping the farmers greatly in irrigation projects

Ban on Alcohol

Amma Vodi

Under the scheme Rs 15,000 was provided as assistance funds to all the mothers of school going children. The only condition was that the mothers should belong to Below Poverty Line.

Asara

The scheme issued 0% interest loans to backward communities, women, SC, ST of age above 45 years.

Pensionla Pempu

Senior citizens to receive Rs 2000 and the physically challenged were to receive Rs 3,000.

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