To implement various Schemes for promotion and development of Food Processing Sector, the Government has made a plan allocation of Rs. 5990 crore during the XII Plan.
The Government had launched a Centrally Sponsored Scheme – National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP) during 2012-13, the first year of the XII Five Year Plan. The major programmes/Schemes covered under the NMFP during 2012-13 are: -
(i) Scheme for Technology Upgradation/Establishment/Modernisation of food processing industries
The Minister of Urban Development Shri Kamal Nath in a statement laid on the table of the house today said that as per the Report of the Working Group on Urban Transport for 12th Five Year Plan, metro rail projects can be taken up for financial assistance depending upon population, trip length and peak hour peak direction traffic (PHPDT). As per National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP), 2006, Government of India has the following norms of financing including Metro Rail Projects:-
Union Tourism Minister Shri K. Chiranjeevi has said that Planning Commission of India has made budget allocation of Rs.1282.00 crore for the Ministry of Tourism for the year 2013-14. India’s share in the International Tourist Arrivals in 2012 was approximately 0.64% (provisional). The Minister said his Ministry endeavours to increase India’s share in the International Tourist Arrivals to 1% by the end of year 2016.
Government has taken various preventive/mitigating security measures, which inter-alia, include the following:-
1. M.S. Notice No.1 of 2011 issued providing for elaborate anti-piracy measures (Best Management Practices), including safe house/citadel.
2. Banning of sailing vessels to ply in waters south or west of the line joining Salalah and Male vide DGS M.S. Notice No. 3/2010.
3. Naval escort provided by Indian naval ships in the Gulf of Aden since 2008.
The Union Minister for Commerce, Industry & Textiles Shri Anand Sharma will leave for a two days visit to Kerala today. Shri Sharma will review issues pertaining to Commerce, Industry and Textile in the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, tomorrow. The review meeting is likely to be attended by the Industry Ministers of these states in Kovalam, Kerala.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the 45th Annual Convocation of Utkal University today (April 25, 2013) at Bhubaneswar.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said our universities and academic institutions must take a lead in imparting education which would help us meet the moral challenge of our times. It must help us build a modern democracy based on values of human dignity and equality.
Two Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) under the Department of Heavy Industries namely, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) have set up renewable energy projects for sustainable development.
As per the access and benefit sharing arrangements provided under the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and Rules 2004, any foreign individual, institution or company desiring access to biological resources occurring in India or knowledge associated thereto for research, commercial utilisation or biosurvey and bioutilisation is required to seek prior approval of the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA).
Two flagship schemes of Ministry namely (i) Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana and (ii) National Food Security Mission introduced/implemented during 11th Plan period for the development of agriculture in the country, have been reviewed and are continuing for implementation during 12th Plan. Due to special efforts under these schemes and other schemes of the Ministry and encouraging response by the farmers to various initiatives of the Government there has been substantial increase in agricultural production.
The Government is emphasizing on diversification of agriculture to include crops/varieties requiring less water.
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the World Bank have been implementing a joint National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) in the country.
The specific objective of the National Agricultural Innovation Project is to accelerate the collaborative development and application of agricultural innovations between public and research organizations, NGOs, farmers, private sector and other stakeholders. Some of the major achievements are as follows:-
Dr. C. Rangarajan, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister released the document ‘Review of the Economy 2012-13’ at a Press Conference in New Delhi today. Following are the highlights of the document:
Ø Economy to grow at 6.4% in 2013-14
• The Advance Estimates of CSO have pegged the growth of Agriculture at 1.8% in 2012-13. In expectation of normal or mostly normal monsoon, the farm sector growth is likely to improve and is projected to grow at 3.5% in 2013-14.
The following steps have been taken by the Government to support the shipping industry, which have contributed to an increase in the Indian Tonnage by 3.5 million gross tonnage (MGT) during the period from 2004 to 2011:
(i) With a view to provide a level playing field to the Indian shipping sector the Government introduced the tonnage tax system during 2004-05 which has effectively brought down the tax liability of shipping companies to a level comparable to the international levels from the previous levels of the corporate tax regime.
The international crude oil price of Indian Basket as computed/published today by Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas inched up to US$ 98.66/barrel (bbl) on 22.04.2013. This was higher than the price of US$ 98.33/bbl prevailing on the previous trading day of 19.04.2013.
The Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply today that since 2001-02 India is a net exporter of petroleum products. The Minister also informed that during 2011-12, the country exported 60.8 MMT of Petroleum products worth US Dollars 59.3 billion.