Uttar Pradesh [UPPSC] Current Affairs - 2020

Etawah Lion Safari inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh

The Etawah Lion Safari, formally known as Etawah Safari Park was thrown open for public in Uttar Pradesh on 24 November 2019 without the lion segment. It is a drive-through safari park located in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh and is one of the biggest safari parks in Asia with an area of 350 hectares (860 acres).

About Etawah Lion Safari

Background: It was envisioned by then Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in 2005 and the permission to establish a lion breeding centre and lion safari were obtained from Central government in 2013. In 2014, the first pair of lions reached the safari and has now at least 18 lions roam in the premises. The wildlife officials entrusted with this project visited England’s Longleat Safari Park for inspiration.

Purpose: It has been developed as an educative tourist destination for children as well as youths. The safari is expected to attract tourist and make Etawah a major tourist centre in the country.

The park is officially categorised in Multiple Safari Park, Asiatic Lion Breeding Centre & Visitor Facilitation Centre. Besides being the lion breeding centre, the facility is also equipped with hospital, staff quarters backed by assured water and electric supply and is manned by trained staff.

Multiple Safari: The park will have a lion safari, a deer safari, an elephant safari, bear safari and a leopard safari. Park also has a 4D theatre, which gives visitors a real closeups with wildlife.

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UP govt launches e-Ganna app, web portal

Uttar Pradesh government has launched a dedicated web portal and a mobile application, named as ‘e-Ganna’, for sugarcane farmers of the state. It was launched by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at a function in Lucknow. Chief Minister also informed that during the last three years of his government, a record amount has been paid to farmers by sugar mills.

About web portal and e-Ganna App

The sugar mills will now issue the cane supply slip to farmers online. The step is to ensure that sugarcane farming becomes a profitable venture for farmers.

Both web and app will help in eradicating cane mafia and middleman and strengthen cane development societies. Moreover, besides ensuring transparency in the process of getting slips, the web and portal will also facilitate sugarcane supply by farmers to mills and check irregularities.

The app shows state government’s relentless commitment to pursue the goal set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to double farmers’ income.

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