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Telangana’s first food park inaugurated in Nizamabad district

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated Telangana’s first food park at Lakkampally village in Nandipet Mandal of Nizamabad district, Telangana. It has been set up at a cost of ₹109 under Centre’s Food Park Scheme and is promoted by Smart Agro Food Park.

About Mega Food Park

It has been set up on 78 acre of land. It is estimated to provide direct and indirect employment opportunities to 50,000 youth and benefit one lakh farmers. It will generate additional investment of about ₹250 crore will be generated with setting up of 22 food processing units in the park, generating a turnover of about ₹14,000 crore.

About Mega Food Park Scheme

It is being implemented by Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries to give major boost to food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with particular focus on perishables. Projects under this scheme have been merged under Ministry of Food Processing’s comprehensive flagship scheme-‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana’.

Objective: To create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along value chain from farm to market through cluster based approach with strong forward and backward linkages.

Cluster approach: It is based on “Cluster” approach and envisages creation of state of art support infrastructure in well-defined agri/horticultural zone for setting up of modern food processing units along with well-established supply chain.

Implementing agencies of Mega Food Park project: It is implemented by Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which is Body Corporate registered under the Companies Act. State Government, State Government entities and Cooperatives are not required to form separate SPV for implementation of this project.

Funding: Central Government provides financial assistance upto Rs. 50 Crore per Mega Food Park project.

Mega food park Project Components: It typically consists of (i) supply chain infrastructure including, (ii) collection centres, (iii) primary processing centres (PPC), (iv) central processing centres (CPC), (v) cold chain.

CCEA approves 75 new Government Medical Colleges by 2021-22

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved establishment of 75 additional Government Medical Colleges by 2021-22. These colleges will be attached with existing district/referral hospitals under Phase-III of the ongoing Centrally Sponsored scheme. These wew medical colleges will be set up in under-served areas having no medical college with at least 200 bedded District Hospital. Moreover, preference will be given to aspirational districts and district hospital having 300 beds.

Benefits of establishment of new Medical Colleges

It will lead to increase in availability of qualified health professionals, improve tertiary care in public health sector by utilizing existing infrastructure of districts hospitals and promote affordable medical education in the country. It will lead to addition of at least 15,700 MBBS seats in the country.

Background

Government as part of ‘AyushmanBharat’ has announced two path breaking initiatives that address health holistically, impacting primary, secondary andtertiary care system as well as prevention and health promotion. Under scheme aimed at continuing  focus  on  creation   of  health care  infrastructure, Government  earlier had approved  establishment of  58  new Medical  Colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals (under Phase-I) and 24 (under Phase-II).Of this, 39 medical colleges under first phase have already started functioning, while remaining 19 will be made functional by 2020-21. Under second phase of the scheme, 18 new medical colleges were approved.