In August 2013, Siddaramaiah government launched a ‘Ksheera Bhagya’ scheme which provides a 150-ml glass of free milk daily to around 1.04 crore children: 65 lakh studying in government/government-aided schools and another 39 lakh in pre-school anganwadi centres.
This moderation in food inflation now being seen for consumers, though, is price deflation for farmers. And it is a generalised fall across agricultural commodities, a phenomenon that defies easy explanation.
Farmers’ Right to Guaranteed Remunerative MSPs for Agricultural Commodities: The MSPs would provide a minimum 50 percent return over production costs, which shall be “comprehensive” and covering all paid-out as well as imputed expenses.
According to the latest data from the UP Cane Commissioner’s Office in Lucknow, UP mills had, as on March 16, bought sugarcane worth Rs 25,349.96 crore at the state government’s advised price or SAP of Rs 315 per quintal for “general” and Rs 325 per quintal for “early-maturing” varieties.
Currently, over two lakh hectares area in MP is reported to be under cultivation of improved basmati varieties such as Pusa-1 and Pusa-1121. This constitutes nearly 10 per cent of the estimated total area under cultivation in the country.
Significantly the MCLR increases – which would ultimately translate into higher equated monthly installments or EMIs for home-loan and other borrowers – come even without the RBI hiking its benchmark repo or overnight lending rate.
The main reason that the 20th Livestock Census — a once in five years, nationwide headcount of livestock as well as poultry, dogs and rabbits — could not be undertaken as per schedule in 2017 was, ironically, the Centre’s Digital India initiative.