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Lockdown extended till 3 May, no trains and Plane will run for next 19 days

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PM Modi extended the lockdown till May 3. In this way, the lockdown of 19 days has increased further in view of the risk of corona virus in the country. After this announcement by PM Modi, till May 3 neither trains will run in the country nor domestic or international plane. Prior to this, PM Modi announced a 21-day lockdown on April 24, after which the rail and air operations were canceled.

Following PM Modi’s announcement of extending the Corona lockdown across the country by 3 May, the Civil Aviation Ministry said that all domestic and international aircraft operations would be suspended till 11.59 pm on 3 May. At the same time, according to the Railway Ministry, ‘All passenger train services of Indian Railways including Premium Train, Mail / Express Train, Passenger Train, Suburban Train, Kolkata Metro Rail, Konkan Railway etc. will be suspended till May 3’.

Earlier, the Ministry of Railways distributed curfew passes to all safety railway personnel across the country. A senior Railway Ministry official had said that curfew passes were being given to railway employees associated with safety for two days. In this, along with the identity card of the department with the safety and running staff, there would be a letter from the class one officer of the railway, so that they can get approval from the police in reaching the railway station for duty. A computerized database is being created based on the home address of the running staff such as assistant driver, driver, guard, TTE, TC, station manager, electrical-mechanical engineer etc.

The Rail Tourism and Catering Corporation (IRCTC) Tejas Express running between Lucknow to Delhi and Mahakal Express between Varanasi to Ujjain will remain canceled till May 3. Till now these trains were canceled till 30th April. IRCTC regional manager Ashwani Srivastava said that the decision on advance booking will be taken after two-four days. People who have booked tickets are being refunded.

The nationwide lockdown implemented to prevent the spread of the corona virus has been extended until 3 May. Making the announcement on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi said that the lockdown has resulted in effective prevention of infection. The Prime Minister said in a 25-minute address to the nation that strict adherence to the lockdown will be ensured in the second phase and detailed guidelines will be issued on Wednesday to ensure that it does not spread to new areas.

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Govt plans to boost organic farming by doubling allocation,but experts say it’s anti Swadeshi

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  • Agriculture Ministry has proposed to double the allocation for the sector to Rs 1,300 crore annually in coming years
  • It has also proposed to bring additional 25 lakh hectares under organic farming in the next 5 years.
  • The current organic farming coverage of 28 lakh hectares is a measly 2% of the total farm land.
  • Zero budget farming expert Subhash Palekar thumbed down the government’s move saying it was a foreign concept and destroys fertility of the farmland

In a serious push to natural farming within the nation, the Agriculture Ministry has proposed to double the allocation for the sector to Rs 1,300 crore yearly. The Center has supplied Rs 660 crore to help the sector in its funds estimate (BE) for FY21. In a presentation to the Fifteenth Finance Fee, the Agriculture Ministry has proposed to convey extra 25 lakh hectares underneath natural farming within the subsequent 5 years. The present natural farming protection of 28 lakh hectares is a measly 2% of the entire farm land.

The federal government has been selling natural farming within the nation by varied central schemes. The transfer is geared toward decreasing the usage of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and progress regulators. States corresponding to Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Sikkim have boosted natural farming by offering varied incentives and help.

In January 2016, Sikkim was declared India’s first 100% natural state. Regardless of the federal government’s push for natural farming, its adoption has been sluggish. In comparison with a few of the European nations, the entire acreage underneath natural farming is far decrease. As per Eurostat, the entire space underneath natural farming within the European Union (EU) has been growing through the years. In 2018, the entire space underneath natural farming was 13.four million hectares of the agricultural land.

This made up about 7.5% of complete EU agricultural land in that 12 months. Moreover motivating farmers to take up natural farming, India has been pushing for exports of natural merchandise particularly vegetables and fruits. As per Agricultural and Processed Meals Merchandise Export Improvement Authority (APEDA), complete exports of natural merchandise in worth phrases recorded a 50 per cent leap in 2018-19 to Rs 5,151 crore. Among the many main meals gadgets that had been shipped out from the nation included flax seeds, sesame, soybean, arhar (purple gram), rice and tea. The US and European Union (EU) member-countries had been the most important consumers of those natural merchandise.

However not everybody is happy about natural farming. Subhash Palekar –  the pioneer of Zero Funds Pure Farming (ZBNF) – mentioned that natural farming is a overseas technique and shouldn’t be inspired when the federal government is stressing on AtmanirbharBharat.

“AtmanirbharBharat means Swadeshi. Natural farming will not be Swadeshi and it destroys the fertility of the land. It’s far dearer than standard farming utilizing chemical fertilizers. The enter value is much increased in case of natural farming. It is past my understanding that whereas the federal government is speaking about Atmanirbhar Bharat it has determined to advertise natural farming. This coverage will not be proper,” Palekar mentioned.

Agriculture coverage professional Vijay Sardana mentioned that there was no dependable information to conclude that productiveness goes up in natural farming. “There is no such thing as a subject in pushing for natural farming however the authorities also needs to spell out its meals safety plan. Then, the opposite subject is natural merchandise are offered at a premium so solely the wealthy can afford to purchase,” Sardana mentioned.

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