Indian Railway Current Affairs - 2020

NMIS-National Migrant Information System developed by NDMA

On May 16, 2020, the National Disaster Management Authority launched the National Migrant Information System. It is a central online repository for the migrant workers.

Highlights

The online portal will help in inter-state communication to facilitate smooth movement of migrant workers. The portal also has added advantages such as contact tracing that will help in COVID-19 response work.

The repository will hold details such as name, mobile number, age, destination district, date of travel and originating district.

The GoI has been taking several measures to help the stranded workers and migrants wanting to shift to their home towns.

Shramik trains

The GoI operated more than 1,074 Shramik trains to allow migrants to return back to their home towns. These trains ferried more than 14 lakh workers. Of these 80% of the trains terminated in Uttar Pradesh. UP was followed by Bihar, Madhya Pradesh. This also shows that these states have the maximum number of migrant workers.

Initiatives to prevent disruption of farming activity during lockdown

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare has launched several initiatives to promote farming during lock down.

Highlights

The Ministry had allowed imports of more than 1.25 lakh metric tonnes of chemicals used in farming. The Agricultural and Processed Food products Export Development Authority (APEDA) focused specially on the transport of major exports in the country such as meat, diary, poultry and other organic products. Also, APEDA helped in resolving packaging units and curfew passes.

What are the initiatives?

  • The Certificate of Registration to indigenous manufacturing, raw materials for industrial units involved in chemicals (used in agriculture) were provided through Virtual Private Network (VPN).
  • The National Conference on Kharif Crops-2020 is to be conducted through video conference on April 16, 2020.
  • The Indian Railways introduced 67 new routes for parcel services. These routes are to be used to supply essential commodities such as agricultural inputs, horticultural produce and dairy products.