Jharkhand gets its First Mega Food Park Expected to benefit about 25,000 – 30,000 farmers

Jharkhand gets its First Mega Food Park

Expected to benefit about 25,000 – 30,000 farmers 
In order to give an impetus to the growth of the Food Processing Sector in Jharkhand, the first Mega Food Park in the State promoted by M/s. Jharkhand Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. was inaugurated today by Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries at Village Getalsud, District Ranchi. 

Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Badal informed that this Mega Food Park has been set up with the project cost of Rs. 114.73 crore in an area of 51.50 Acres. The park will have facilities of Multi Chamber Cold Storage, Dry Warehouse, Vegetable Dehydration Line, modern Quality Control& Testing Laboratory and other processing facilities for fruits & vegetables. The Minister expressed confidence that this Mega Food Park project will create a modern infrastructure for arresting post-harvest losses of horticultural and non-horticultural produce and provide impetus to the growth of food processing sector in Jharkhand. This Mega Food Park project will help in providing better prices to farmers, reduce wastage of perishables, add value to agricultural produce and create huge opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment for the youth of the State.

Shri Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries and Shri Ram Tahal Choudhary, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Ranchi were also present on the occasion.

The Jharkhand Mega Food Park will benefit the people of Ranchi district and the people of nearby districts of Lohardaga, Gumla, Ramgarh, Garhwa, Koderma, & Hazaribagh etc.as well. This Mega Food Park has a Central Processing Centre (CPC) at Ranchi and six Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) are being set up at Lohardaga, Gumla, Hazaribagh, Belchampa, Domchach and Patratu to provide strong backward linkages. The Mega Food Park is expected to provide direct and indirect employment to about 6000 people and benefit about 25,000-30,000 farmers in its catchment area.

Under the guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Ministry of Food Processing Industries is focusing on boosting the Food Processing Industry so that agriculture sector grows exponentially and becomes the engine of growth to drive the “Make in India” initiative. Ministry of Food Processing Industries has identified creation of modern infrastructure for food processing as a focus area and encouraging private investment. As a step in this direction, Ministry of Food Processing Industries has been implementing the Mega Food Park Scheme in the country to give a major boost to the Food Processing Sector along the value chain from the farm to the market with strong forward and backward linkages through a cluster based approach. 

COAS presentes President’s Colours to the corps of signals 
General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) presented the “President’s Colours” to the Corps of Signals of Indian Army at Gauri Shankar Parade Ground of 1 Signal Training Centre Jabalpur, on 15th February 2016. Lieutenant General Balwant Singh Negi, Army Commander, Central Command was also present. The Colour Presentation Parade was commanded by Brig Kanwar Vinod Kumar, Commandant, 1 Signal Training Centre. The honour has been bestowed upon the Corps of Signals in due recognition of its meritorious service rendered to the Nation since raising. To commemorate this historic event the Chief of Army Staff also released a “First Day Cover”.

The COAS reviewed the parade and during his address, appreciated the efforts and advanced technologies being used by the Corps in the field of telecommunications. He also appreciated the high standard of parade conducted at 1 Signal Training Centre.

It was a historic moment for the Corps of Signals to receive the President’s Colours on the occasion of its 106th Raising Day and 15th Reunion on 15th Feb 2016. Earlier the Corps of Signals had received the Regimental Colours on 20 Feb 1965 and 15 Feb 1981.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

India-UK explore pact on information exchange on criminals

British Minister of Immigration meets MoS (Home) Shri Kiren Rijiju 
The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju has said India will explore the possibility of signing an agreement with the United Kingdom on exchanging information about criminals. Interacting with the visiting UK Minister of State for Immigration Mr. James Brokenshire here today, Shri Rijiju assured that New Delhi will positively consider the draft and advance signing of the MoU on Information Exchange on Criminality and Criminals.

Shri Rijiju raised the issue of as many as 131 pending requests from New Delhi on extradition of wanted persons under the Extradition Treaty. The UK Minister clarified these matters were for the British courts to decide. Besides the provision of death penalty in India and the European Commission’s provisions on Human Rights proved to be hurdles in acceding to the requests, he added. Mr. Brokenshire however assured cooperation and said a team of experts may examine the pending issues on case-to-case basis.

The British Minister voiced concern on Indian migrants overstaying their visa tenure in the UK and pointed out that Indians constituted the largest such group. Shri Rijiju said India will cooperate but needs to verify the Indian citizens amongst such illegal immigrants. He also flagged India’s concerns on the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) set up by the UK that might impede those Indians travelling to the UK for travel and work. Mr. Brokenshire said the British Government has not reached a conclusion yet on its recommendations and said the UK in fact encourages Indian students to visit Britain for higher education. Also, 20,000 jobs are being offered to students and this will largely benefit the Indian students.

The visiting British delegation pointed out limitations on making payment for online e-Tourist Visa to visit India. Shri Rijiju assured that the payment gateway is being upgraded to facilitate the same. 
Union Home Minister chairs High Level Committee meeting for Central assistance to states affected by drought 

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting of the High Level Committee (HLC) here today for Central Assistance to States affected by drought.

The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information and Broadcasting Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Mehrishi and senior officers of the Ministries of Home, Finance and Agriculture attended the meeting.

The Committee examined the proposals based on the report of the Central Team which visited the affected states by severe drought. The HLC approved the assistance from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) in respect of Assam to the tune of Rs 332.57 crore, Rs. 336.94 crore for Jharkhand and Rs. 1,193.41 crore for Rajasthan.

The HLC also approved the assistance from NDRF in respect of Andhra Pradesh to the tune of Rs 280.19 crore besides Rs.9.00 crore from Special component of National Rural Drinking Water Programee (NRDWP) for repair of damaged rural drinking water supply works, Rs.170.19 crore for Himachal Pradesh and another Rs.12.00 crore from NRDWP and Rs 16.02 crore for Nagaland besides Rs.4.00 crore from NRDWP and Rs.1,737.65 crore for Tamil Nadu and Rs.32.00 crore from NRDWP.

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