Telangana Current Affairs September 19th 2015
Telangana farmers to get barcoded IDs
The marketing department will issue barcoded identity cards containing farmers’ details for use in cotton purchases to control irregularities at the market yards.Details of land, crops, bank account, pattadar pass book will be barcoded into the cards. Efforts are being made to start the commercial cotton purchases from September 27 in the district.
The government drew up plans to issue the barcoded ID cards following the reports of huge irregularities in cotton purchases last Kharif in Warangal, Karimnagar and Adilabad districts.
It was found that commission agents and owners of cotton ginning and pressing mills had purchased cotton at low prices from the farmers on benami names and sold it to the Cotton Corporation of India at higher prices.
The farmers, already facing distress, were deprived of even the minimum support price of Rs 4,050 announced by the Centre last Kharif.
Rise in water level hikes Jurala power, Telangana to get 200 MW Hydel boost
The Srisailam project has begun generating hydel power following the rise in water levels both at the dam and at the Jurala barrage upstream.
Power generation has commenced at two units in Jurala and one unit at Srisailam. TSGenco is planning to augment hydel production from other projects if inflows increase in the next few days.TSGenco chairman D. Prabhakar Rao said, “Nearly 200 MW of hydel power is being produced in Jurala and Srisailam projects. Of this, Jurala accounts for 60 MW and Srisailam 150 MW.”He said though TS had an installed capacity of 2,081 MW of hydel power, the plants had been lying idle due to scanty rainfall. The situation started improving only in the last one week. The water level at Jurala was 10.55 TMC on Friday against full storage capacity of 11.9 TMC. The project got inflows of 11,465 cusecs.
Eight more farmers die in Telangana
Crop failure and indebtedness claimed the lives of eight more farmers in the state on Friday. Three of the farmers were from Karimnagar, and three others from Medak district.
19th International Film Festival to be held in Hyderabad
The State Government has decided to conduct the 19th International Children’s Film Festival here from November 14 to 20 as a State celebration. Mr. Rajiv Sharma stated that 14 cinema halls, including three screens in I-Max, were selected here to screen films as part of the festival. The inaugural and valedictory functions will be held at Lalithakala Thoranam, while the workshops will be held at Bal Bhavan in Public Gardens. Stating that the CFSI had received 1,204 entries for the film festival this year against 984 last time, Mr. Arora said wide publicity would be given on the festival through different media. Chairman of CFSI, Mukhesh Khanna, said he would be stationed in Hyderabad throughout the festival and was ready to visit other places.
E-panchayat project to take off on October 2
The e-panchayat project aimed at providing citizens’ services in gram panchayats would be launched from the Gandhi Jayanthi day on October 2, Minister for Rural Development and IT K.T. Rama Rao stated here on Friday.At a departmental review meeting held here, the Minister said the e-panchayat project would take the fruits of e-governance to rural people.Stating that the arrangement for the launch of the project are nearing completion, Mr. Rama Rao said basic citizens’ services – such as issuance of birth and death certificates – would be taken up under the project, to begin with.Besides, services, including payment of wages under MGNREGS and disbursement of Aasara social security pensions would also be extended under the project.“The State Government is in talks with several banks having presence in the rural areas to extend banking services through e-panchayat project by appointing business correspondent,” the Minister explained.The e-panchayat kiosk would be connected with broadband and V-SAT communication facilities and they would be managed by village-level entrepreneurs (VLEs), the Minister stated adding that training of unemployed graduate youth for manning the kiosks had already been completed.
All households in Telangana will get broadband, says KTR
Telangana has larger ambitions than the Centre on the digital front, IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao said on Friday, adding that the State government proposed to provide broadband connectivity to every household.Addressing the opening session of India Gadget Expo 2015, a four-day event that he inaugurated on Friday, the Minister said the broadband plan is to be achieved over the next three years. Both the Centre and the State government’s emphasis to promote innovation, he said, could result in the next big start-up emerging from the country. The slogan of both the governments, he added, was to help innovate, incubate and incorporate.The second edition of the IGE features around 45 start-ups, he said, while expressing confidence that in the years ahead, the event would emerge as one of the most sought after international technology exhibitions.
IGE 2015 chairman J.A. Chowdary underscored the need for measures to support SMEs (small and medium enterprises) engaged in electronic manufacturing, including centralised testing facility. The ITIs also need to update their syllabus and reorient themselves by imparting training on the latest systems. This will help in ensuring a steady stream of trained manpower for the SMEs. The IGE has over 100 stalls of technology companies showcasing various products and solutions.
33 new PHCs sanctioned in Hyderabad
To expand health services in Hyderabad, which has won nomination as a Smart City, the National Urban Health Mission has sanctioned 145 Urban Primary Health Centres (UPHCs).GHMC Commissioner and Special Officer Somesh Kumar on Wednesday said the city already has 112 UPHCs and steps are being taken to add 33 new centres in the GHMC jurisdiction.
At a meeting with National Urban Health Mission Director Budhha Jyothi Prasad on Friday, Mr. Somesh Kumar said that as per norms, the GHMC would establish additional UPHCs and also take steps to provide better services in all the 145 centres.The National Urban Health Mission has released Rs.23.23 crore for the year 2014-15 for maintenance of health centres and sanctioned Rs.64.54 crore for the year 2015-16.
Focus back on bamboo
On this World Bamboo Day on September 18, the focus has again shifted to the expanding utility of bamboo to the extent of replacing brick and mortar in construction activity.Bamboo enthusiasts in Telangana have urged the State government to use bamboo for rural housing as it will not only reduce the cost of construction but provide green material. While the construction cost of a conventional structure nowadays is Rs. 1,000 per sq ft, the same can be built with bamboo at Rs. 200 per sq ft.Here are reports from districts on activity relating to bamboo.
ADILABAD: Adilabad Conservator of Forest T.P. Thimma Reddy says: We extract about 16 lakh bamboo poles from the forests every year which are sold to the communities and others. Until mid-1980s, the Sirpur Paper Mills was one of the biggest consumers of bamboo. After emergence of cheaper raw material around that time, the SPM discontinued use of bamboo. Even tribal people in forest habitations used to make incense sticks out of bamboo as a mode of value addition but they too have discontinued the use five years ago.
WARANGAL: The Forest Department harvests over one lakh bamboo trees from forest outside the Pakhal and Eturunagaram wildlife sanctuary area in the district every year. “We have very good quality of bamboo found in our forest areas in Warangal district. It is Dendrocalamus Strictus , locally known as, saadhanam, that is useful in construction industry and by basket weavers,” says Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife) Ch Ganga Reddy.
KARIMNAGAR: Karimnagar Medara welfare association president Rajanarsu said that the shortage of bamboo and its high cost had become a cause of concern for the artisans.
The bamboo cost had also escalated over the years. Now, bamboo is sold at the rate of Rs. 35 to Rs. 60 per length.
SANGAREDDY: On an experimental basis, cultivation was taken up on about 13 hectares of area under Narsapur forest in Medak district to test the conditions few months back and officials are sceptical about the result. “This is a dry forest area and it is not possible to grow bamboo in this weather,” said Sub- Divisional Forest Officer Ch. Balamani.
NIZAMABAD: DFO Ramesh says that the department has not been growing the bamboo species specifically, except raising the saplings at nurseries. Moreover, the climate in the district is also not so congenial.
While construction cost of a conventional structure is Rs. 1,000 per sq ft, the same can be built with bamboo at Rs. 200 per sq ft.
(Source: THE Hindu, DC)