Rajiv Gandhi Current Affairs - 2020

May 21: National Anti-Terrorism Day

Every year on May 21, India observes National Anti-Terrorism Day. The day is observed to mark the death anniversary of the former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Highlights

Rajiv Gandhi was the sixth prime minister of India. He served as the prime minister of the country between 1984 and 1989. He was assassinated in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu in May 1991.

National Anti-Terrorism Day is marked to raise awareness about terrorism and its impact on human society. The day also spreads the message of peace and humanity.

Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi took the office of Prime Minister after his mother, the former PM of India, Indira Gandhi was assassinated.

Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated while he campaigned for a Lok Sabha candidate at Sriperumbudur. He was killed in a bomb blast. The Supreme Court confirmed that Mr Gandhi was killed by the LTTE organization. India was to send an Indian Peace Keeping Force to Sri Lanka to contain the activities of LTTE.

Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana to be launched by Chhattisgarh

The Chhattisgarh State Government is to launch the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana. The scheme is to be launched on May 21, 2020. The scheme is being launched to commemorate the death anniversary of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Highlights

The scheme will infuse Rs 5,100 crores into the rural economy of the state. This is to be done through Direct Benefit Transfer. The provisions for the scheme was made during the State Budget 2020-21.

Features

Under the scheme, the farmers are to be paid Rs 10,000 per acre for the crops such as sugarcane, corn and paddy. The scheme will benefit more than 1.87 million farmers. The funds are to be transferred to the farmers based on the registered and notified areas for oilseeds and pulses

Other States

It is to be noted that Telangana became the first state to tell the farmers what to grow. And through this, the state government has reduced the paddy growing to 50 lakh acres. Also, it will prioritize the other required food grains based on the requirement of the state.

Vocal for Local

These schemes will make the states self-sufficient and will aid in the Vocal for Local that is to be implemented in the country. The COVID-19 crisis has very well shown the importance of local produce. This boosts the income of the farmers and also makes the essential goods available in affordable prices.