Madhya Pradesh Gets its First Mega Food Park, Expected to Benefit About 25,000 – 30,000 Farmers

Madhya Pradesh 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 Madhya Pradesh, the first Mega Food Park in the state promoted by M/s Indus mega Food Part Pvt. Ltd was inaugurated today by Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries at Village Panwa, Tehsil Kasarwad, District Khargone. A 2nd Mega Food Park has been sanctioned by the Ministry in Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh, which will be ready in the next 24 to 30 months. 

Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Badal informed that this Mega Food Park has been set up with the project cost of Rs.127.70 crore in an area of 53.78 acres. The park will have facilities of 3000 MT Cold Storage, 9000 MT Dry Warehouse, Instant Quick Freeze (IQF) 5 MT per hour, modern Quality Control lab and other processing facilities for fruits and 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 Madhya Pradesh. 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.

Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Minister of Urban Development & Parliamentary Affairs Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, SadhviNiranjanJyoti, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries and Shri Subhash Patel, Member of Parliament from Khargone were also present on the occasion.

The Indus mega Food Park will benefit the people of Khargone district and the people of nearby districts of Indore, Ratlam, Ujjain, Dhar, Khandwa, Dewas&Barwani as well. This Mega Food Park has a Central Processing Centre at Khargone and three Primary Processing Centres are being set up at Bedia, Ratlam and Ujjain 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 to 30,000 farmers in its catchment area.

Under the visionary guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri NarendraModi, Ministry of Food Processing Industries is focussing 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. As a step in this direction, Ministry of Food Processing Industries has been implementing the Mega Food Park Scheme in the country. 

Shri Kiren Rijiju interacts with J&K children 
The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju met the children from Jammu and Kashmir here today. The group of various school students, comprising 25 students of class 8 to 10, are mainly from of remote area of Kupwara District. The students along with 2 teachers flagged off from Srinagar on 8th February, 2016. As part of the programme, the children were taken to Bengaluru and Mysore in Karnataka State. The tour of students is being organized by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

During the meet, the children shared their experience of visit to different historical places.

While interacting with the children, Shri Kiren Rijiju said that he is happy to meet the children of Jammu and Kashmir. Shri Kiren Rijiju appreciated the efforts of CRPF in organising special campaign for taking Jammu and Kashmir children to other parts of India. He thanked CRPF for not only securing the country but also involving themselves in the social service.

Shri Kiren Rijiju said that India is one of the beautiful countries in the world, with different cultures which are worth seeing and this tour will help the children to understand the diversity and beauty of India. The children should share their experience with their friends and families when they go back home, he added. In his message to children, the MoS told them to study well and make India proud.

The teachers, accompanying the children, requested the MoS for setting up IAS and IPS coaching centres in Jammu & Kashmir and Shri Kiren Rijiju assured them to consider their request. 

Two-day NDMA workshop on Urban Flood Mitigation inaugurated

NDMA official Twitter Handle launched 
A two day workshop on “Urban Flood Mitigation–Lessons Learnt and Roadmap for Future” was inaugurated by Shri S. K. Srivastava, Secretary (Coordination), Cabinet Secretariat here today. The workshop is being organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). The overall objective of the workshop is to carve out a policy roadmap towards effective mitigation and management of urban floods in our country. This workshop will deliberate upon key issues and concerns related to urban flooding from the perspective of urban land use planning, early warning system (forecasting), and sustainable drainage systems especially in the context of changing climate.

Shri S. K. Srivastava also launched the official NDMA Twitter Handle of the National Disaster Management Authority. The Twitter handle will help in using technology for better response mechanism during disasters.

While inaugurating the workshop, Shri S. K. Srivastava said that urban flooding is a man made phenomena that can be avoided unlike the earthquake. He said that this workshop will not only deliberate and discuss the issues related to urban flooding, but will also draw a concrete roadmap and action plan. He said that urban flooding is a global phenomena prevalent even in the developed countries. This trend of urban flooding is related to global warming and climate change, he added. He also said that it is appreciable to treat urban flooding as a separate phenomena from general flooding. He also emphasised that the guidelines related to use of urban land, encroachment of land, timely release of water from dams and water harvesting should be implemented. He also said that the case studies of floods in Mumbai and other cities during the workshop will be helpful to draw roadmap for future. Appreciating the NDMA for its Twitter Handle, he said that it will help in the flow of information and interaction with citizens at large.

Dr M. N. Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences said that global warming is the main phenomena that can be associated with the frequent rains. The number of rainy days are decreasing, but when it rains, it rains more, he added. He also said that man made reasons like encroachments, drainage etc. are also related to this phenomena. He assured full cooperation to implement the recommendations of this workshop.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri R. K. Jain, Member, NDMA said we have been facing urban flooding in different cities like Mumbai, Surat, Srinagar etc. and recently in Chennai. The intensity and frequency of this phenomena is going to increase, he added. Unlike earthquake where the prediction is not possible, urban flooding is a calamity which could be mitigated substantially, if not prevented totally. Adequate measures can be taken in consultation with all stakeholders, he added. This workshop will deliberate upon various issues related to it with the participation of national experts and stakeholders from states as well.

Shri B K Prasad, Additional Secretary, MHA, Shri O. P. Singh, DG, NDRF, members of NDMA, former members of NDMA, national experts, representatives from Nodal Ministries, State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs) and Secretaries of Urban Development Departments of flood prone states, Technical Agencies, Municipal Commissioners, District Collectors, Academia and NGOs are also participating in this workshop.

Dr P. K. Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister will deliver the valedictory address tomorrow.

During the two-day workshop discussions are being held on various themes including urban flooding in India, urban land use planning and urban flood mitigation, urban digital terrain modelling and early warning, cyclone monitoring and flood forecasting in mega cities, urban flood proofing in the context of changing climate, reservoir management and flood forecasting and drainage issues. 
Medical Bulletin of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa as on 11 Feb 2016 at 0800 hrs

Braveheart Lance Naik Hanamanthappa continues to remain extremely critical with worsening multiple organ dysfunction. His circulatory shock is now refractory to all drugs in maximum permissible doses and his kidneys remain non-functional. His pneumonia has worsened and the blood clotting disorder shows no sign of reversal despite blood component support. He is on maximal clotting disorder shows no sign of reversal despite blood component support. He is on maximal life support with aggressive ventilation and dialysis. He has slipped into a deeper state of coma. 

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