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PMFBY completes 5 years; Narendra Modi says it benefited crores of farmers

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Wishing the beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) on completion of its five years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the crop insurance scheme benefited crores of farmers and mitigated their risks against the vagaries of nature.

The Prime Minister extended his wishes to farmers at a time when thousands of them were protesting at Delhi’s different borders against the government’s three contentious farm laws enacted in September last year during the Monsoon Session of Parliament seeking the withdrawal of these acts. The farmers’ agitation entered on 49th day on Wednesday.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said, “An important initiative to secure hardworking farmers from the vagaries of nature, PM Fasal Bima Yojana completes five years today. The Yojana has increased coverage, mitigated risk and benefitted crores of farmers. I congratulate all beneficiaries of the scheme.”

The Prime Minister also asked people to get information on how the ‘PM Fasal Bima Yojana’ has helped farmers from his NaMo app.

“How has PM Fasal Bima Yojana ensured greater benefit to farmers? How has transparency been furthered in settlement of claims? These, and other aspects relating to PM-FBY have been answered through innovative content on the NaMo App’s Your Voice Section,” he said.

PMFBY is the government sponsored crop insurance scheme that integrates multiple stakeholders on a single platform. The scheme was launched in 2016 by Prime Minister Modi. It is a comprehensive coverage scheme aimed at protecting farmers from sowing to post-harvest by combining extensive uses of technology to assess crop losses.

On the occasion, Union Agricultural Minister Narendra Singh Tomar also urged farmers to insure their crops.

“Many congratulations and best wishes to all of you on completion of 5 years of Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme. I want to urge all the farming brothers that if you have not yet insured your crop, then get your crop insured today,” he tweeted.

Earlier, the agitating farmers had announced to burn the copies of the new farm laws at all demonstration sites on the occasion of Lohri on Wednesday, marking their protest against the legislation and showing their anger against the government.

The development comes a day after the protesting farmer unions declared that they will not appear before the Supreme Court-appointed panel, alleging it was “pro-government”, and said they won’t settle for anything less than the repeal of the three contentious laws.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the controversial farm laws till further orders and set up the four-member committee to resolve the impasse between the Centre and the farmer unions protesting at Delhi’s borders over the legislations.

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Amit Shah to attend golden jubilee of Himachal’s statehood

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be the chief guest in the presence of BJP President J.P. Nadda at the golden jubilee function of Himachal Pradesh’s statehood here on January 25, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Saturday.

He told the media that the function would be held on the Ridge in the presence of 2,000 people owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The journey of the state’s 50 years would be depicted in an exhibition where various departments of the state government would showcase their achievements.

Governor Bandaru Dattatreya will preside over the function that will also be attended by Union Minister Anurag Thakur.

The Chief Minister said that a special postal stamp would be released to mark the occasion. A total of 51 events would be organised round the year to commemorate the golden jubilee of Himachal’s statehood, he added.

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Karnataka to soon issue directives to mine owners: Basavaraj Bommai

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Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said the state government will soon issue a directive to all mine owners and explosive material suppliers. The order would specify the quantity of explosives for storage, use or transportation at a time.

Inaugurating a Road Safety week organised by the Bengaluru Traffic police here, Bommai told the media that the state government would deliberate on what types of explosives could be allowed to be used.

“We need to have a system in place such as how much quantity of explosive material can the mine owners store, use or transport at a time. The Shivamogga blast is an eye-opener in the matter,” he said.

Responding to a query, the minister maintained that only the original mine owner Sudhakar was taken into custody for investigations in the Shivamogga blast.

“Sudhakar is the one who took mining lease of this ill-fated quarry on the outskirts of Shivamogga city,” he added.

The Home Minister said the state was awaiting forensic reports, explosives reports and various other reports in one or two days.

“Once we get these reports we will be able to ascertain the exact cause behind the accident and what kind of explosive material was used in this mine, besides the mine’s area of operation,” he added.

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BKU leader accuses govt of acts to disrupt tractor rally

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A day after the protesting farmers leaders on Delhi’s Singhu border caught a person who confessed to hatching a conspiracy to disrupt the proposed tractor rally on January 26, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Saturday alleged that the Centre and the administration are the ones behind such a “conspiracy”.

The farmer leader alleged that a conspiracy has been hatched to kill four of them and create disturbances during their tractor rally. The person was later handed over to the Haryana Police.

Tikait told IANS: “The man caught from the Singhu border’s protest site was a member of the gang. Only the central government and the administration can carry out such acts.”

“The government has been saying that the tractor rally on January 26 will be violent. How do they know that it will be violent?”

“1Our movement has been quite peaceful for the last two months,” the BKU leader added.

“The apprehended man was associated with a 10-member gang. We have handed him over to the police. Which agency will interrogate him is a matter to be seen,” he said.

Tikait said, “The same people were also part of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s programme. It has now been revealed that the government is behind all such acts.”

“Where there is a mob, violence has to be forcefully created and such an action is resorted to by the administration. These gangs have been imparted training, the same people are part of the mob and commit violence. “

“We have nearly 200 volunteers deployed at various borders of Delhi who are monitoring such suspicious people. We want a peaceful protest,” the BKU leader added.

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