Centre nod to procure mandua, Uttarakhand’s indigenous grain
Accepting a proposal of the Uttarakhand government, the Centre has permitted the procurement of 9.6 million kg of mandua (finger millet) in the first list for the crop year 2022-23.
Grown in the hills of Uttarakhand, mandua is a major source of earning for farmers. The minimum support price of mandua is fixed at Rs 3,574 per quintal. Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami termed it a major project, which could prove a “game changer” for the farmers. “We would like to thank the Union government for accepting the proposal and now it is time our teams worked in coordination to ensure proper procurement of mandua,” he said.
In the first phase, the procurement scheme would be implemented in the mountainous areas of the state on the fixed minimum support price from the farmers of Almora and Pauri districts under the pilot scheme. In the first phase, the purchased mandua would be distributed under the public distribution system in the districts in the plains — Udham Singh Nagar, Haridwar, Dehradun and Nainital. Around eight lakh families enrolled under the National Food Security Scheme of the above districts would be benefited from the scheme.
In a first, India among the top five ECM markets globally in 2022
India was among the top five markets, globally, in terms of equity fundraising despite the quantum of funds raised declining by 43 per cent. According to a report by Kotak Investment Banking, funds to the tune of $16.4 billion were transacted via equity capital market (ECM) activity in India in 2022.
India’s outperformance comes on the back of a sharper decline in ECM activity in major markets such as the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan. ECM activity globally took a hit on account of heightened volatility amid rising interest rates.
The equity capital market (ECM) refers to the arena where financial institutions help companies raise equity capital and where stocks are traded. It consists of the primary market for private placements, initial public offerings (IPOs), and warrants; and the secondary market, where existing shares are sold, as well as futures, options, and other listed securities are traded.
Vidisha becomes the 1st Indian district to implement cutting-edge 5G use cases
A joint initiative by the Vidisha District Administration and the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), Department of Telecommunications (DoT), under the direction of Additional Secretary (Telecom) & Administrator USOF, made Vidisha, a district of Madhya Pradesh, the first district ever in India for on-ground implementation of groundbreaking 5G use cases proposed by startups.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has been fostering partnerships of Digital Communication Tech – startups & SMEs to potential user communities, viz. State governments, Smart cities, Aspirational districts, vertical industries, etc., through the Telecom Startups & MSMEs Mission (TSuM) & 5G Vertical Engagement Partnership Program (VEPP). This is accomplished to accelerate Digital Transformation across socio-economic verticals.
To implement 5G/4G/IoT innovative approaches of Startups & SMEs at Vidisha (Aspirational district), Madhya Pradesh with a primary focus on Health, Agriculture, Diary, Education & Skill Development, benefiting the Vidisha community as a whole, the “5G use case promotional pilot” is being spearheaded by the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), DoT, which is a trailblazer in emerging Digital communication Technologies.
Centre Clears Rs 2,600 cr Scheme to Promote RuPay, BHIM-UPI
The Union Cabinet has approved the incentive scheme for the promotion of RuPay Debit Cards and low-value BHIM-UPI transactions (person-to-merchant) for the current financial year. The approved incentive scheme for promotion of RuPay Debit Cards and low-value BHIM-UPI transactions (P2M) in FY 2022-23 has a financial outlay of Rs 2,600 crore.
Under the said scheme, acquiring banks will be provided financial incentive, for promoting Point-of-Sale (PoS) and e-commerce transactions using RuPay Debit Cards and low-value BHIM-UPI transactions (P2M) for the current financial year FY 2022-23.
New Integrated Food Security Scheme Named as Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana
Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the new integrated food security scheme for providing free foodgrains to Antyodaya Ann Yojana (AAY) and Primary Household (PHH) beneficiaries, to be rolled out from 1st January 2023. The new scheme has been named Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY). The PMGKAY started on 1st January 2023, benefiting more than 80 crores of poor and poorest of poor people.
To maintain uniformity and for the welfare of the beneficiaries, free food grains will be provided under PMGKAY for the year 2023.
All the beneficiaries of the AAY and PHH will be provided with free foodgrains.
The integrated scheme will strengthen the provisions of the National Food Security Act or NFSA 2013 in terms of accessibility, affordability, and availability of food grains for the poor.