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Production of Bio-Gas from Sewage Waste

The Delhi Jal Board is upgrading their sewage treatment plants on their own by including production of biogas from sewage sludge.

Productivity Gap between on-the-Field and Ideal Farm Practices Decreasing

Due to biotic and abiotic stresses including small holdings of lands there is a gap in productivity between the farmers field and recommended practices as is evident from the frontline demonstration conducted by All India Coordinated Research Projects of Indian Council of Agricultural Research in different crops like wheat, rice and pulses. The yield gap is less in assured irrigated ecology compared to rainfed ecology. About 25% to 30% gap exists between per ha. yield realized in demonstration and farmers practice.

Area under Cultivation of Hybrid Rice on the Rise

This information was given by Shri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

National Mission on Food Processing to provide greater role to States to develop Food Processing Sector

Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MFPI) provides financial assistance to implementing agencies for setting up of FPTCs on the recommendations of State Nodal Agencies appointed by respective States/ UTs.

84% Farmers Accessing Kisan Call Centres Satisfied with the Expert Advice

A study on evaluation of the Impact of Kisan Call Centers (KCCs) conducted by Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad (ASCI), revealed that 84% of the farmers expressed overall satisfaction regarding the advice provided to them by Call Centre Agents (CCAs). The study also pointed out that KCC advice resulted in effective control of pests, weeds and diseases and better management of fertilizer use. Advice given by KCCs enabled the farmers to take timely decisions and in the process crop production and productivity went up.

India, the Second Largest Producer of Fruits and Vegetables

The cumulative wastages in fruits and vegetables is estimated 5.8% to 18%. As per study by the Central Institute for Post Harvest Engineering & Technology, Ludhiana (published in 2010) post-harvest losses of major agricultural produces including fruits and vegetables at National level were estimated to the tune of about Rs. 44,000 crore per annum. Creation and Management of cold chain infrastructure for agriculture has been identified a thrust area by the Prime Minister.

Credit Coverage of Farming Community going up

As per National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) Report on the Indebtedness of Farmer Households released in the year 2005, of the 89.35 million farmer households, 43.42 million (48.6%) were reported to be indebted to either formal or informal or both sources of credit. As per the survey report, the most important source of loan in terms of percentage of outstanding loan amount was banks (36%) followed by agricultural/professional money lenders (26%) and cooperative societies (20%).

Widening Interest Rates in India and United States

This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Linking of GPF Interest Rates With EPFO

This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Use of Existing Infrastructure for Banking Services

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had issued guidelines for engaging of Business Correspondents (BCs) by commercial banks which inter-alia provides that banks may engage individual/ entities as BCs including those operating Common Services Centres (CSC).

Functioning of Cooperative Banks

1. Financial package for STCCS covering accumulated losses and assistance to bring all cooperatives, including PACS to minimum CRAR of 7%.

Exemption of Customs Duty

This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Shri S.S. Palanimanickam in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Soft Loans to Poultry Farmers

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries has reported that they have no proposal for providing soft loans to farmers engaged in poultry farming. A Central Sector Scheme Poultry Venture Capital Fund (subsidy) scheme is being implemented by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) under which back-ended capital subsidy is provided @ 33.33% for SC/ST & North Eastern Region and @ 25%, for others. The scheme has been extended for the financial year 2012-13 by the Government of India.

Cooperative Credit System

This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Transmission and Distribution Losses

Mid-Term Appraisal of the Eleventh Five Year Plan

Incomplete Projects under MPLAD Scheme

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Jena said, besides regular review meetings with the concerned authorities at the Centre, the States and at the District level, the Ministry directs the State/District Authorities from time to time to expedite implementation of the MPLAD Scheme on a time bound manner as stipulated in the guidelines.

No Hike in user Charges in AIIMS

All diagnostics procedures as mentioned inter-alia endoscopy, biopsy, CT scan and other tests are done free of cost for Below Poverty Line (BPL) poor patients in All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Shillong, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Smt. S.K. Hospital, New Delhi, Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore and Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry. Some of the hospitals also provide these services to poor patients either free of cost or on nominal rates.

More than 61 Lakhs Screened under NPCDCS

The targets set during the last two years of the 11th Five Year Plan under NPCDCS were to establish State and District NCD Cells for implementation and monitoring the programme and to upgrade/set up two to four bedded Cardiac Care Units (CCU) and NCD Clinics at District Hospitals. Financial assistance is provided for engagement of State Programme Manager, District Programme Manager and other logistics support at State and District level and also for hiring manpower consisting of a Physician (Endocrinologist/Cardiologist), Physiotherapist, Nurses and logistic support to run the District NCD Clinic. Similarly, support is also given for NCD Clinics at Community Health Centres.

New Interventions for Population Stabilization

1. A new scheme has been launched to utilize the services of ASHA to deliver contraceptives at the doorstep of beneficiaries. The scheme is being implemented in 233 districts of 17 states. ASHA is charging a nominal amount from beneficiaries for her effort to deliver contraceptives at doorstep i.e Re 1 for a pack of 3 condoms, Re 1 for a cycle of Oral Contraceptive Pills (OCPs) and Rs.2 for a pack of one tablet of Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECP).

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