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about two different people who marry each other after a drunken night in Las Vegas, For the bulk of the day they are teaching other women and girls in their village about the internet. 19 position. 42.By: PTI | Srinagar | Published: November 29 LeT and JeM have been directed by the ISI to set up their bases in North Kashmir and mingle with the local public with the help of over ground workers and sympathisers of terror groups, (Express photo by Oinam Anand) Top News Madhya Pradesh can offer UK investors a “win-win partnership” which will benefit the state as well as Britain,By: PTI | London | Published: September 28whalewatchingtv. Will it reduce your hold over the museum’s affairs? Legally speaking since it is a tripartite agreement between Bajaj Foundation INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) and BMC all the stakeholders have to agree to the new conditions within the next six months The resolution was signed in 2003 For the last 12 years nobody has even bothered to visit the museum I have strived to bring it to international standards and have restored more than 5000 objects in this museum Share This Article Related Article The corporators have alleged increased interference by you They also say that the events held in the museum are against Marathi culture For the last 12 years I have been pleading with the corporators to come and visit the museum before criticising us Asking for more say does not mean that the corporators can give permissions for exhibitions to be held by their relatives Their involvement in the programming has to be much more than this Till date whenever corporators have asked me to increase ticket prices for the museum I have always opposed it I love this city and I want every Mumbaikar to benefit from the museum We hold shows in English Hindi and Marathi for the citizens of the city We just held a Kahaani festival in Hindi inviting more than 1000 children I have an expertise in this subject and I am on the National Museum’s Advisory Board (New Delhi) What do these people think Do you think increased involvement by the BMC will hamper the creative process I would be delighted for an increased involvement I have been pleading with them for the same But the involvement has to be with finances also Giving Rs 2 crore to the museum only meets our administrative costs We get more funds from Bajaj and INTACH to keep the show running So if the corporators want to get involved more let them pledge more funds for the museum too What next Will the new project of adding an extension to the building still continue Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte has assured me that the project will continue as it is As far as the next move is concerned we have to consider all the legal options I love this city and I want to do something to uplift its social and cultural status I do not have any political agenda and neither am I interested in any kind of fame I belong to a famous family and with the kind of qualifications I have I can do much more It is just that I want to do more for this museum and the people of this city For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Harish Damodaran | Moradabad | Updated: December 10 2015 9:36 am A farmer near Bijnor prepares his field for sowing wheat (Express Photo by: Praveen Khanna) Related News Akhilesh Yadav’s government in Uttar Pradesh is turning out to be a pacesetter in implementation of direct benefit transfers (DBT) to farmers Farmers in UP got Rs 2860 per quintal from the state government for the sugarcane they supplied to mills during the 2014-15 crushing season The payments totalling Rs 212725 crore were made based on lists furnished by mills of their growers along with the quantum of cane delivered READ:A tale of two extremes This information — verified by district cane officers and cooperatives societies through whom the purchases were done — was used to credit the payments to individual bank accounts of growers A cross-section of farmers in Moradabad and Bijnor districts The Indian Express spoke to confirmed having received the Rs 2860 relief from the UP government during August-September even while they criticised it for not forcing mills to pay fully the balance Rs 25140 per quintal due last season But even more ambitious is an ongoing exercise of online registration of farmers for DBT purposes Since last September when it was launched the state government has registered over 36 lakh farmers each assigned a unique ‘Kisan ID’ number These cover details of the names of the farmers; the village block and district to which they belong; land particulars (holding size khasra and khatauni numbers etc); mobile numbers and bank accounts The DBT portal of the UP agriculture department is already being used for disbursal of subsidy on seed purchases by farmers registered with it For instance the subsidy on seeds of certified wheat varieties has been fixed at Rs 1400 per quintal in the current 2015-16 rabi season Farmers can buy these from stores belonging to the agriculture and cooperative departments UP State Agro Industrial Corporation UP Seed Development Corporation or Kribhco and Iffco at the notified market price of Rs 3000 per quintal The subsidy amount is then transferred directly into their bank accounts within 15 days of purchase “We have covered five lakh of the 36 lakh-plus registered farmers under DBT so far this season Since sowings are still on I won’t be surprised if the figure ends up at 8-10 lakh” Amit Mohan Prasad principal secretary (agriculture) UP government said He estimated the total seed subsidy credited through DBT to touch Rs 175 crore in rabi 2015-16 That includes Rs 161 crore just on 115 lakh quintal of wheat seeds and the rest for other rabi crops like chana (chickpea) matar (field-pea) masur (lentil) and mustard In the 2015 kharif season the DBT scheme was restricted to hybrid paddy seeds with 15000 quintal distributed to 15 lakh farmers at an average subsidy of Rs 130/kg “Apart from seeds we are providing subsidy on agricultural implements such as rotavators seed drills disc harrows cultivators and knapsack sprayers via DBT Our plan is to extend this to micronutrients gypsum and other inputs as well” Prasad said Incidentally the UP government’s direct transfer of relief to cane growers has been replicated by other states and the Centre too The latter on November 18 announced a production subsidy of Rs 450 per quintal on cane to be crushed in the 2015-16 season with this money to be “paid directly to the farmers on behalf of the mills” Earlier last month the Punjab government agreed for a similar direct subsidy of Rs 50 per quintal on cane processed by private mills in the state Subsidy reform: Seeding DBT on the ground A farmer displaying the DBT credit entry in his bank passbook(Express Photo by: Praveen Khanna) Zaheer Ahmed a 12 bigha (two-acre) farmer from Chhajlet village in Kanth tehsil of Moradabad district bought two 40-kg bags of the high-yielding HD-2967 wheat variety seeds on November 15 That purchase from the Uttar Pradesh agriculture department’s local seed store cost him Rs 2400 On November 26 he got Rs 1120 credited to his account at the Prathama regional rural bank with the passbook entry showing it as a NEFT or National Electronic Funds Transfer from the UP treasury “I got the money (subsidy on the seed) without any problem It’s better than buying at Rs 1280 which is what I am effectively paying for the two bags” says Ahmed But how is paying Rs 2400 upfront and then claiming Rs 1120 as subsidy better than buying straightaway at Rs 1280 “It’s simple If something is offered at a subsidised rate it is prone to be bought by traders and resold at a higher price Here there is no scope for diversion as the seeds are being sold at the market rate and farmers not traders are getting the subsidy transferred separately into their bank accounts” he explains Farmers like Ahmed are beneficiaries of a direct benefit transfer (DBT) system introduced by the UP government from the 2015 kharif crop season Under it subsidy on seeds and other inputs are credited directly to the bank accounts of farmers registered with the state agriculture department’s online DBT portal Since every farmer has a unique ‘Kisan ID’ number carrying all relevant information including that of his bank account to which transfers are to be made the subsidy due to him is less likely to go to somebody else Farmers purchasing wheat seeds from a government outlet in Moradabad (Express Photo by: Praveen Khanna) Moreover the state government has capped the subsidy to a maximum area of five acres corresponding to the holding limit for a ‘small farmer’ At one bag of wheat seeds per acre it translates into a maximum subsidy of Rs 2800 per farmer “This again is good for small farmers like me Earlier the big farmers or even traders with connections to local agriculture and cooperative department officials would take much of the available subsidised bags in their trolleys leaving very little for others But now it is pehle aao pehle paao (first-come first-served) and nobody big or small gets more than five bags So the subsidy goes to 1000 farmers as against 500 previously” Ahmed points out In the new system the farmer pays by cash and collects the receipt against his purchase from the seed store-in-charge The latter deposits the monies received thus from all farmers to the state government’s designated nationalised bank account the following day He also submits online the list of farmers with their respective subsidy claims to the district agricultural officer who verifies these against the information already entered in the DBT portal The claims are further checked at the next level of the deputy director of agriculture for the district who approves the payment from the treasury to be directly made into the individual farmer accounts “The whole process is transparent and most subsidy transfers take not more than ten days from the date of purchase” claims Jitendra Kumar Tomar joint director of agriculture for the Moradabad division that also covers Bijnor Amroha Sambhal and Rampur districts The UP government has for the ongoing rabi 2015-16 season fixed the seed subsidy at Rs 1400 per quintal for wheat and a flat Rs 3300/quintal on pulses (chana matar and masur) The corresponding notified per-quintal market rates — which farmers need to shell out upfront — are Rs 3000 for wheat seeds Rs 6790 for red chana Rs 8650 for white kabuli chana Rs 5260 for matar Rs 9150 for large-seeded masur and Rs 9230 for small-seeded masur For kharif 2015 the DBT subsidy was limited to hybrid paddy seeds marketed by private players like Bayer CropScience DuPont-Pioneer Tata-Metahelix Nuziveedu and VNR Seeds These firms sold the seeds under the agriculture department’s supervision at prices ranging from Rs 270 to Rs 294 per kg — at six kg per acre — and the subsidy entitlement was set at Rs 130 per kg But can the DBT scheme be extended to other inputs especially fertilisers that are a big-ticket subsidy item for the Centre costing well over Rs 100000 crore annually if fully provided for Most farmers The Indian Express interacted with in Moradabad and Bijnor seemed unanimous that subsidy delivered through DBT did reach the right persons Be it the subsidy on seeds or the state government’s Rs 2860 per quintal relief payment to cane farmers there were no complaints of money not getting credited to bank accounts of the intended beneficiaries The one significant concern that farmers raised with regard to DBT pertained to the upfront money to be paid In the case of seeds this is a one-time affair entailing an expense of not more than Rs 6000 for a farmer planting five acres of wheat In fertilisers however it is a different ball game where a wheat farmer would have to apply about two 50-kg bags of urea one bag of di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) and 1-15 bags of 12:32:16 complex fertiliser per acre Even at the current subsidised rates — Rs 348/bag for neem-coated urea Rs 1191 for DAP and Rs 1075 for 12:32:16 — the total expenditure works out to over Rs 3500 per acre or Rs 17500 for five acres “If we were to pay the actual market rate the outgo would probably double Not all farmers can afford this in today’s context” notes Subodh Kumar who farms seven acres at Pipli Jat village of Bijnor’s Chandpur tehsil Farmers in his area are suffering the twin-blow of a crash in basmati paddy prices and not being paid fully for cane supplied to mills even in the last 2014-15 sugar season (October-September) “In 2013 we sold Pusa-1509 variety paddy for Rs 4400-4500 per quintal Last year it fell to Rs 2400-2500 and this time all we got was Rs 1200-1400 How can we pay more for inputs when our own crop realisations are virtually halving each year which is unheard of in any industry” he quips It is no different with cane Even as crushing for the new 2015-16 season has started UP sugar mills as on December 7 owed farmers Rs 2445 crore against the cane crushed in 2014-15 and valued at Rs 20645 crore at the state advised price of Rs 280 per quintal “There has been no payment from mills after March For most farmers even bare survival is in doubt” adds Kumar So much for DBT For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsThe staff at Homeschoolcom recently had the opportunity to go on a dolphin/whale watching expedition with Captain Dave in Dana Point CA?

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