Availability of Good Quality Seeds

There is sufficient quantity of certified/quality seed available for all farmers across the country. The details of requirement and availability of seed in the Country in last three years is given below:

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In order to make quality seeds affordable to farmers, Government ensures fixation of uniform breeder seed price in consultation with ICAR for minimization of the seed production cost in case of foundation and certified seed. Furthermore, Government provides financial assistance to different States and Government Seed Producing Agencies for production and distribution of seeds and for other interventions related to seed sector viz. National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), Sub-Mission on Seeds and Planting Materials (SMSP) etc. so as to make quality seed affordable and available to the farmers in timely manner.

Because of the program a significant production enhancement has been achieved across the crops, as a result there is 6.07 times production enhancement in food grains, 3.06 times in pulses, 6.98 times in oilseeds, 11.93 times in cotton and 7 times in case of sugarcane over 1950-51 till 2020-21. The collective efforts of ICAR and DA&FW have played a significant role in bringing newly released varieties into seed chain in recent year. During 2020-21, out of total 115517 quintals breeder seed produced, 44705 quintals (~38.7%) and 66422 quintals (~57.5%) accounts for varieties lesser than five years and ten years old respectively, some of which are bio-fortified and multiple stress tolerant varieties. All these efforts bolster varietal diversification and productivity augmentation. Furthermore, following steps are being taken up by DA&FW to ensure availability of quality seed to the farmers:-

1).        State Governments has been preparing Seed Rolling Plan for three years in advance to estimate the requirement of seed in their State and distribute seed production targets accordingly to different Seed Production Agencies. This system ensures timely availability of required quantity of seed to the farmers in different States.

2).        State Governments are placing their Breeder Seed indent in different crops one year in advance for systematic breeder seed production. After production the Breeder Seed is allotted to State Governments and Seed Producing Agencies for further multiplication into foundation and certified seed and its distribution to the farmers.

 3).        For any unforeseen climatic condition, a National Seed Reserve is established in different States for creating Seed Reserve every year which is having short, medium duration and stress tolerant varieties seeds.

This information was given by the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.



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Power availability witnesses marked rise across the Country

As per independent surveys, the availability of power in rural areas has gone up from an average of 12 hours in 2015-16 to 20.6 hours in the year 2020; and in the urban areas, the availability of power has gone up to 22 hours. In May, 2021, the average availability of power in the rural areas was 22.17 hours, and in urban areas it was 23.33 hours. Many States and UTs have reported 24×7 power supply other than the planned outages and interruptions due to unforeseen events.

Electricity is a concurrent subject. Supply/distribution of electricity to consumers is done by the respective State Governments and/or State Power Utilities. Government of India helps the States through its various schemes including DeenDayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) and Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) to help them to achieve the objective of providing uninterrupted power supply to all households.

There is no shortage of electricity in the country. Against a peak demand of 200 Gigawatts (GWs), the established generation capacity is 382 GWs.  Interruptions in the supply of electricity is generally on account of constraints in distribution network, or financial constraints with some Distribution Companies not having the money to pay for power.

This information was given by Union Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy, Shri RK Singh in written reply in the Lok Sabha today.



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Canada – Media availability and Technical Briefing – Receipt of the Third Independent Review of the National Defence Act

Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Media are invited to participate in a virtual technical briefing and media availability on receipt of the Third Independent Review of the National Defence Act and the associated recommendations for the ongoing and necessary evolution of the Canadian Armed Forces Military Justice system.

Technical briefing

When: Tuesday, June 01, 2021 at 11:30 am EDT
What: A virtual technical briefing will be held with subject matter experts. (With attribution to senior officials.)

Media availability

When: Tuesday, June 01, 2021 at 1:00 pm EDT
What: A virtual media availability will be held with the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, Anita Vandenbeld, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, and other senior officials.

Media registration
Interested media must register for either/both events by contacting the Media Relations Office no later than 11:00 am EDT on June 01. Call-in details will be provided upon registration.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and limitations on gatherings, in-person attendance will not be permitted.

A copy of the report will be available, following its tabling in Parliament, by contacting the Media Relations Office.

Daniel Minden

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of National Defence

Phone: 613-996-3100

Email : daniel.minden@forces.gc.ca

Media Relations

Department of National Defence

Phone: 613-904-3333

Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca