Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Now, govt extends ESI scheme to whole of Karnataka

Source: TimeOfIndia

BENGALURU: Ministry of Labour and Employment under Government of India has extended the Employees' State Insurance (ESI) Corporation scheme to the entire Karnataka state with effect from September 1, 2016. Bidar, Chikkaballapura, Chikkamagalur and Kodagu have been recently included under ESI coverage as per the newly issued notification.

This extension is a part of series of 2nd Generation Reforms Agenda, known as ESIC 2.0, reported the Employees' State Insurance Corporation Regional Office, Karnataka. The scheme earlier covered 26 districts of Karnataka with effect from May 1, 2016, but with the extension of this scheme to the remaining four districts, the whole of Karnataka has been included under ESI coverage now.

An official statement from ESIC Regional Office Karnataka said, the extension of ESI scheme to the entire state will benefit thousands of industrial workers and their family members to avail various benefits provided under the scheme.

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All the employers have to get themselves registered online and the employees shall become eligible for certain benefits from the first day of the coverage. The employers need to visit www.esic.in for registrations. For further details, employers can visit the nearest ESIC offices or contact them on toll free number 1800-425-0626.

The statement reported that in the extended areas, medical arrangement for the time being is provided through state government primary health centres, community health centres and district hospitals.

source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Now-govt-extends-ESI-scheme-to-whole-of-Karnataka/articleshow/54365540.cms

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Bloodied village wants its place in history

Source:New Indianexpress

BIDAR (KARNATAKA): As the state commemorated the Hyderabad-Karnataka Liberation Day on Saturday, a tiny village in Bidar stands out as a symbol of the movement. Gorta witnessed one of the bloodiest struggles against the Nizam’s rule, 68 years ago. On September 17, 1948, over a year after Independence, Hyderabad was liberated from the Nizam’s rule and was annexed to the Indian state. Three months before the liberation, the people of Gorta village were massacred by the Nizam’s army.

Nizam of Hyderabad Osman Ali Khan with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel 

The massacre
The village in Basavakalyan taluk has a population of around 3,000. But Gorta (B) remains unknown to many.

On May 8, 1948, at least 200 people were killed when Razakars, a private militia organised by Kasim Razvi, attacked the village for the Nizam of Hyderabad. After 1947, Hyderabad state comprising Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Hyderabad-Karnataka (which includes Bidar and undivided Kalaburagi and Raichur districts) and Vidarbha region of Maharastra were under the rule of Nizam of Hyderabad. The Nizam decided to keep Hyderabad independent, but the residents of the erstwhile Hyderabad state began opposing the Nizam’s rule. But he suppressed the opposition with his army, Razakars. At this time, Gorta was one of the villages that resisted strongly against the Nizam’s rule. On May 8, 1948, the Razakars entered the village on horses, armed with rifles and other weapons and killed around 200 people. The Razakars took the bodies to the Lakshmi temple and burned them.

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K M Munshi, food minister in PM Jawaharlal Nehru’s cabinet and Agent General in Hyderabad, writes about his visit to Gorta after the massacre. They concluded that over 200 people were killed. He writes that though the massacre took place for two days on May 9 and 10, bodies were still lying around the village and panchanama (documentation of evidence) was not conducted till his visit. Munshi estimated a loss of `70 lakh.

Witness accounts
Almost 68 years after the incident, Gorta is trying to hold on to its place in history. When this correspondent visited the village, he found four people who survived the 1948 massacre.

Maruti Parit, 91, who was involved in the liberation movement, Veerupakshayya, 89, also involved in the liberation movement, Manikappa, and Basamma Ambesingi are the four people in the village who witnessed the incident. Parit recollects that over 500 people, including Razakars and their followers, ransacked the village and killed over 200 people. Parit expressed his unhappiness about successive governments not constructing a ‘Martyrs Memorial’ nor felicitating those who fought the Razakars.

Not yet a model village
In 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana where MPs were encouraged to develop one village in their constituency as a model village. Bidar MP Bhagavant Khuba adopted Gorta to make it a model village, but the situation remains the same.

source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/Bloodied-village-wants-its-place-in-history/2016/09/18/article3623524.ece

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Pilot project to sell grains online in Bidar

Source: The Hindu :-

The government will start a pilot project to help farmers sell grains through online platforms such as the National Commodities and Derivatives Exchange in two Gram Panchayats in Bidar district. The district administration has achieved significant success with its experiment to sell sugar seized from factories at a price higher than the market price.

The Gram Panchayats of Mannalli in Bidar and Telgaon in Bhalki taluk will be registered as sellers on online platforms. They will encourage farmers to store their produce in village godowns, and sell when they feel the price is right.

As a first step, the zilla panchayat will collect the details of types and quantities of crops grown in each hobli, or a group of gram panchayats. Officials will also study the market trends of the crop and its varieties, since market records have been maintained in the district.

The second step would involve construction of godowns or storage units in each of the 186 Gram Panchayats. Work on building 145 godowns, each of 60-tonne capacity, under MNREGA, is under progress. These will be built according to international parameters with pest- and snake-resistant platforms and minimal ventilation to contain moisture variations and fungus attacks. They will also be provided with a computer and an internet connection.

Modern silos to store grains scientifically will be built in each of the 30 hobli headquarters, using funds available under Backward Region Grant Fund. These will have larger capacity to store grains, compared to village-level godowns.

Two workshops on how to sell foodgrains on NCDEX will be held for Panchayat Development Officers, and officers of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee and Agriculture Department and farmers in the select GPs.

Red gram

Some of the grains will also be procured locally, says Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari. Red gram was sown on around 50,000 hectares in the district and the yield is expected to cross 77,000 tonnes this year. The district administration plans to buy all the red gram needed in anganwadis and primary schools, locally. This would be processed in the mills in the district and supplied through the mid-day meal scheme, according to the DC.

Around three lakh tonnes of green gram has been harvested in the district, but the farmers have not got a fair price. Around 25,000 tonnes of black gram and around 3 lakh tonnes of soya is expected to be grown this Kharif. "If the online sales system starts functioning properly in one month, we can provide competitive prices to all these crops," the DC said.

At a meeting on Monday, Mr. Anurag Tewari said the project would be extended to the whole district if it succeeds. Pawan Kumar Malpati, ZP chief executive officer, said the panchayats will create awareness among farmers about online sale of farm produce. This will empower them and help escape from the clutches of middlemen, he said.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/pilot-project-to-sell-grains-online-in-bidar/article9104162.ece

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