Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North East Region (PM-DevINE)

New Delhi :- No: — Dated: Oct, 12 2022
Cabinet approves new Scheme “Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North East Region
(PM-DevINE) for the remaining four years of the 15th Finance Commission from 2022-23 to 2025-26
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today has approved a new
Scheme, Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North East Region (PM-DevINE) for the
remaining four years of the 15th Finance Commission from 2022-23 to 2025-26. The new Scheme,
PM-DevINE, is a Central Sector Scheme with 100% Central funding and will be implemented by
Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER).
The PM-DevINE Scheme will have an outlay of Rs.6,600 crore for the four year period from 2022-23
to 2025-26 (remaining years of 15th Finance Commission period).
Efforts will be made to complete the PM-DevINE projects by 2025-26 so that there are no committed
liabilities beyond this year. This implies front-loading of the sanctions under the Scheme in 2022-23
and 2023-24 primarily. While expenditure would continue to be incurred during 2024-25 and 2025-26,
focused attention will be given to complete the sanctioned PM-DevINE projects.
PM-DevINE will lead to creation of infrastructure, support industries, social development projects and
create livelihood activities for youth and women, thus leading to employment generation.
PM-DevINE will be implemented by Ministry of DoNER through North Eastern Council or Central
Ministries/ agencies. Measures would be taken to ensure adequate operation and maintenance of the
projects sanctioned under PM-DevINE so that they are sustainable. To limit construction risks of time
and cost overrun, falling on the Government projects would be implemented on Engineeringprocurement-Construction (EPC) basis, to the extent possible.
The objectives of PM-DevINE are to:
(a) Fund infrastructure convergently, in the spirit of PM Gati Shakti;
(b) Support social development projects based on felt needs of the NER;
(c) Enable livelihood activities for youth and women;
(d) Fill the development gaps in various sectors.
There are other MDoNER Schemes for the development of North Eastern Region. The average
size of projects under other MDoNER Schemes is about Rs.12 crore only. PM-DevINE will provide
support to infrastructure and social development projects which may be larger in size and will also
provide an end-to-end development solution instead of isolated projects. It will be ensured that there is
no duplication of project support under PM-DevINE with any of the other schemes of MDoNER or
those of any other Ministry/Department.
PM-DevINE, was announced in the Union Budget 2022-23 to address development gaps in the North
Eastern Region (NER). Announcement of PM-DevINE is yet another instance of the importance being
attached to the development of NE Region by the Government.
PM-DevINE is an additionality to the quantum of resources available for the development of the NER.
It will not be a substitute for existing Central and State Schemes.
While some of the projects to be approved for 2022-23 under PM-DevINE are part of the Budget
announcement, projects with substantial socio-economic impact or sustainable livelihood opportunities
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for the general public (e.g., basic infrastructure in all Primary Health Care Centres, comprehensive
facilities in Government Primary and Secondary Schools, etc) may be considered in the future.
The justification for announcement of PM-DevINE is that the parameters of NE States in respect of
Basic Minimum Services (BMS) are well below the national average and there are critical
development gaps as per the BER District Sustainable Development Goad (SDG) Index 2021-22
prepared by NITI Aayog, UNDP and MDoNER. The new Scheme, PM-DevINE was announced to
address these BMS shortfalls and development gaps.
Courtesy – Press Information Bureau, Government of India

 

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Cabinet approves MSP for all Rabi Crops for Marketing Season 2023-24

NEW DELHI :- Cabinet approves Minimum Support Prices for all Rabi Crops for Marketing Season 2023-24

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the increase in the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for all mandated Rabi Crops for Marketing Season 2023-24.

Government has increased the MSP of Rabi Crops for Marketing Season 2023-24, to ensure remunerative prices to the growers for their produce.  The absolute highest increase in MSP has been approved for lentil (Masur) at Rs.500/- per quintal followed by rapeseed and mustard at Rs.400/-  per quintal.  For safflower, an increase of Rs.209/- per quintal has been approved.  For wheat, gram and barley an increase of Rs.110/- per quintal, Rs.100 per quintal respectively has been approved.

MSP for all Rabi Crops for Marketing Season 2023-24

(Rs. Per quintal)

S.No. Crops MSP

RMS

2022-23

MSP

RMS

2023-24

Cost* of production RMS 2023-24 Increase in MSP (Absolute) Return over cost (in per cent)
1 Wheat 2015 2125 1065 110 100
2 Barley 1635 1735 1082 100 60
3 Gram 5230 5335 3206 105 66
4 Lentil (Masur) 5500 6000 3239 500 85
5 Rapeseed & Mustard 5050 5450 2670 400 104
6 Safflower 5441 5650 3765 209 50

*Refers to cost which includes all paid out costs such as those incurred on account of hired human labour, bullock labour/machine labour, rent paid for leased in land, expenses incurred on use of material inputs like seeds, fertilizers, manures, irrigations charges, depreciation on implements and farm buildings, interest on working capital, diesel/electricity for operation of pump sets etc., misc. expenses and imputed value of family labour.

The increase in MSP for Rabi Crops for Marketing Season 2023-24 is in line with the Union Budget 2018-19 announcement of fixing the MSP at a level of at lease 1.5 times of the All-India weighted average Cost of Production, aiming at reasonably fair remuneration for the farmers.  The maximum rate of return is 104 percent for rapeseed & mustard, followed by 100 percent for wheat, 85 per cent for lentil; 66 per cent for gram; 60 per cent for barley; and 50 per cent for safflower.

From the year 2014-15, there has been a renewed focus on increasing the production of oilseeds and pulses.  The efforts have yielded good results.  Oilseeds production has increased from 27.51 million tonnes in 2014-15 to 37.70 million tonnes in 2021-22 (4th advance estimates).  Pulses production has shown similar increasing trend.  The Seed Minikits programme is a major tool for introducing new varieties of seeds in the farmers’ fields and is instrumental for increasing the seed replacement rate.

The productivity of pulses and oilseeds have increased substantially since 2014-15.  In case of pulses productivity has been increased from 728 kg/ha (2014-15) to 892 kg/ha (4th Advance estimates, 2021-22) i.e. 22.53% increase.  Similarly, in oilseed crops productivity has been increased from 1075 kg/ha (2014-15) to 1292 kg/ha (4th Advance estimates, 2021-22).

The Government’s priority is on increasing production of oilseeds and pulses and thus fulfilling the objective of Atmanirbhar Bharat.  The formulated strategies are to increase production through area expansion, productivity through High Yielding Varieties (HYVs), MSP support and procurement.

Government is also promoting adoption of smart farming methods through the use of technology and innovation in the agriculture sector in the country.  Government is implementing a Digital Agriculture Mission (DAM), which includes India Digital Ecosystem of Agriculture (IDEA), Farmers Database, Unified Farmers Service Interface (UFSI), Funding to the States on the new Technology (NeGPA), Revamping Mahalnobis National Crop Forecast Centre (MNCFC), Soil health, Fertility and profile mapping.  Under the NeGPA programme, funding is given to State Governments for Digital Agriculture projects using emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML), Internet of Things (IOT), Block chain etc.  Adoption of drone technologies is being done.  To promote smart farming, the Government also promotes Startups in the Agriculture sector and nurtures agri-entrepreneurs.

Courtesy – Press Information Bureau, Government of India​​

THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005

New Delhi :-  THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005
ACT No. 22 OF 2005
[15th June, 2005.]

An Act to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens to
secure access to information under the control of public authorities, in order to promote
transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority , the constitution of a
Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions and for matters
connected therewith or incidental thereto.
WHEREAS the Constitution of India has established a democratic Republic;
AND WHEREAS democracy requires an informed citizenly and transparency of information which are
vital to its functioning and also to contain colTuption and to hold Governments are their instrumentalities
accountable to the governed;
AND WHEREAS revelation of information in actual practice is likely to conflict with other public
interests including efficient operations of the Governments, optimum use of limited fiscal resources and
the preservation of confidentiality of sensitive infonnation;
AND WHEREAS it is necessary to harmonise these conflicting interests while preserving the
paramountcy of the democratic ideal;
Now, THEREFORE, it is expendient to provide for fumishing certain information to citizens who
desire to have it.
BE it enacted by Parliament in the Fifty-sixth Year of the Republic of India as follows:—

CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY
1. Short title, extent and commencement.—(1) This Act may be called the Right to Information
Act, 2005.
(2) It extends to the whole of Indial***.
(3) The provisions of sub-section (1) of section 4, sub-sections (1) and (2) of section 5, sections 12,
13, 15,16, 24, 27 and 28 shall come into force at once, and the remaining provisions of this Act shall
come into force on the one hundred and twentieth day of its enactment.
2. Definitions.—In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—
(a) “appropriate Government” means in relation to a public authority which is established,
constituted, owned, controlled or substantially financed by funds provided directly or indirectly—
(i) by the Central Government or the Union territory administration, the Central Government;
(ii) by the State Government, the State Government;
(b) “Central Information Commission” means the Central Information Commission constituted
under sub-section (1) of section 12;
(c) “Central Public Information Officer” means the Central Public Information Officer designated
under sub-section (1) and includes a Central Assistant Public Information Officer designated as such
under sub-section (2) of section 5;
(d) “Chief Information Commissioner” and “Information Commissioner” mean the Chief
Information Commissioner and Information Commissioner appointed under sub-section (3) of section
12;

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