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100 Smart Cities selected in 4 rounds—SPVS incorporated in all 5,151 Projects identified by Cities worth more than Rs. 2 lakh crore under implementation in 100 cities 534 Projects worth Rs. 10,116 crore completed Implementation commenced for 1,177 projects worth Rs. 43,493 crore

Tendering started for 677 projects worth Rs. 38,207 crore 78 Indicators in 15 categories ranked 111 Cities on ease of living index Smart City fellowship & internship programs launched Cities challenge launched in partnership with AFD & EU to select 15 innovative projects.

Urban Renaissance for Rejuvenating and Transforming Indian Cities

The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has embarked upon one of the most ambitious programmes undertaken in the world for Urban renaissance for rejuvenating and transforming Indian cities through several initiatives including infusion of more than Rs. 6,85,758 crore for ensuring citizen friendly urban areas.

Transformation has been undertaken by way of implementing key urban reforms Projects for urban rejuvenation

  1. Construction of public & household toilets and solid waste management under the Swachh Bharat Mission

  2. Initiation and implementation of more than 5000 Smart City projects worth Rs. 2,05,018 crore under the Smart City Mission

  3. Sanctioning of more than 65 lakh houses for construction under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana in urban areas

  4. Provision of water, sewerage and sanitation under the Mission AMRUT by sanctioning projects worth Rs. 77,640 crore

  5. Augmenting the urban transport by way of new metro lines

  6. Embarking on an ambitious target for skill development of urban youth for gainful employment under DAY-NULM

  7. Approving implementation of city HRIDAY plans for 12 cities

Ministry is also vigorously pursuing reforms in the real estate sector for the benefit of homebuyers by ensuring implementation of RERA in all parts of the country.

Smart City Mission

  • Under the SCM, 100 Smart Cities have been selected in 4 Rounds based on All India Competition.

  • All 100 cities have incorporated Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs).

  • Since the launch of the mission 5,151 projects identified by the cities worth more than Rs. 2 lakh crore are in various stages of implementation in the 100 cities.

  • 534 projects worth Rs. 10,116 crore have been completed, implementation has commenced for 1,177 projects with a cost of Rs. 43,493 crore and tendering has started for 677 projects with a cost of Rs. 38,207 crore.

  • The progress with respect to implementation of projects pertaining to Smart Solutions, Smart Roads, Smart Water, Solar Rooftops, and Visible Impactful is given below:

  • For Smart Command & Control Centres

    • Projects worth Rs. 1,558 crore in 11 cities have been completed;

    • Projects worth Rs. 3,049 crore in 29 cities are under progress;

    • Further tenders have been issued for projects worth Rs. 2,730 crore in 21 cities.

  • For Smart Roads

    • Projects worth Rs. 228 crore in 4 cities have been completed;

    • Projects worth Rs. 3,819 crore in 34 cities are under progress;

    • Further tenders have been issued for projects worth Rs. 2,069 crore in 10 cities.

  • For Smart Water

    • Projects worth Rs. 902 crore in 18 cities have been completed;

    • Projects worth Rs. 5,961 crore in 35 cities are under progress;

    • Further tenders have been issued for projects worth Rs. 921 crore in 17 cities.

  • For Solar projects

    • Projects worth Rs. 58 crore in 8 cities have been completed;

    • Projects worth Rs. 828 crore in 42 cities are under progress;

    • Further tenders have been issued for projects worth Rs. 300 crore in 9 cities.

  • For Visible and impactful projects,

    • Projects worth Rs. 179 crore in 16 cities have been completed;

    • Projects worth Rs. 3,701 crore in 32 cities are under progress;

    • Further tenders have been issued for projects worth Rs. 2,828 crore in 20 cities.

  • Value Capture Finance (VCF) Policy Framework was released by the Ministry on 28th February 2017.

  • It is an important tool for generating much needed additional finances required by the States/Cities for funding the infrastructural investments.

  • So far 17 States have already engaged professional firms for preparing the VCF framework.

Other Significant Initiatives under the Smart Cities Mission

  • The “Ease of Living” Index is an initiative of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) to help cities assess their liveability vis-à-vis global and national benchmarks and encourage cities to move towards an ‘outcome-based’ approach to urban planning and management. It was decided in June 2017 to rank 116 cities based on the liveability parameters.

  • The implementation of the assessment commenced formally on 19 January, 2018. The Ministry has launched the outcome/rankings of 111 cities on the Ease of Living index on 13 August, 2018

  • Indian Smart City Fellowship and Indian Smart City Internship programs were launched on 9 July 2018. More than 3000 applications were received for Fellowship. The first batch of 30 young graduates/post graduates and PhDs in the fields of Urban Planning, Urban Design, Engineering, Information and Technology, Urban Mobility, Finance, Social Sector and Environmental issues has been selected by the Ministry in November 2018.

  • An all-India Challenge named CITIIS (Cities Investments to Innovate Integrate and Sustain) was launched on July 9,2018 in partnership with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and European Union. A Loan of EUR 100 million will be extended by Agence Française de Développement (AFD), which shall be given as a grant to Smart Cities for implementation of 15 innovative projects selected through the All-India Challenge.

  • Smart Cities Digital Payments Awards 2018 were launched on 9 July, 2018. The objective of the awards is to guide, motivate, recognize and reward the Smart Cities for promoting digital payments and carrying out innovative payment initiatives. 65 cities have participated in Stage II of the questionnaire

  • 4,097 Projects Worth Rs. 54,816 Crore Awarded Under AMRUT 1,035 Projects Worth Rs. 2,388 Crore Completed Online Building Permission System (OBPS) Implemented In 1,453 Cities

  • Implemented in all ULBS in 10 States More Than Rs. 2,700 Crore Raised Through Municipal Bonds During 2018 for Upgrading Urban Infrastructure Works for 965 Projects Worth Rs. 29,205 Crore Awarded 154 Projects Worth Rs. 1,325 Crore Completed in Water Supply Sector Contracts for 491 Projects Worth Rs. 21,508 Crore Awarded in Sewerage & Septage Management Sector

  • 40 Projects Worth Rs. 520 Crore Completed. 151 Projects Worth Rs. 5,596 Crore Tendered & DPRs For 85 Projects Worth Rs. 4,507 Crore Approved Contracts for 1,881 Projects Worth Rs. 1,293 Crore Awarded in Green Spaces & Parks Sector

  • 772 Projects Worth Rs. 421 Crore Completed

  • 233 Projects Worth Rs. 231 Crore Tendered

  • DPRs for 211 Projects Worth Rs. 124 Crore Approved To Optimize Energy C

YEAR ENDER- AMRUT 2018

Urban Renaissance: Rejuvenating & Transforming Indian Cities

  • The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has embarked upon one of the most ambitious programmes undertaken in the world for Urban renaissance for rejuvenating and transforming Indian cities through a number of initiatives including infusion of more than Rs. 6,85,758 crore for ensuring citizen friendly urban areas.

  • The transformation has been undertaken by way of implementing key urban reforms, projects for urban rejuvenation, provision of water, sewerage and sanitation under the Mission AMRUT by sanctioning projects worth Rs. 77,640 crore.

ATAL MISSION for REJUVENATION & URBAN TRANSFORMATION (AMRUT)

  • Out of the total State Annual Action Plan (SAAP) size of Rs. 77,640 crore, contracts for 4,097 projects worth Rs. 54,816 crore have been awarded including 1,035 projects worth Rs. 2,388 crore which have been completed.

  • Tenders have already been issued for 755 projects worth Rs. 14,770 crore and DPRs for 458 projects worth Rs. 9,183 crore have been approved.

  • The sector wise progress in implementation of the Mission is as under:

  • In the water supply sector, contracts for 965 projects worth Rs. 29,205 crore have been awarded

  • In the sewerage and septage management sector, contracts for 491 projects worth Rs. 21,508 crore have been awarded

  • In the drainage sector, contracts for 516 projects worth Rs. 2,101 crore have been awarded

  • In the urban transport sector, contracts for 244 projects worth Rs. 709 crore have been awarded

  • In the green spaces and parks sector, contracts for 1,881 projects worth Rs. 1,293 crore have been awarded

  • AMRUT Mission also has a reform agenda spread over 11 reforms comprising 54 milestones to be achieved by the States and Union Territories over a period of four years.

  • During 2018 - 19, an amount of Rs. 600 crore has been earmarked to incentivize the states/UTs for implementing reforms out of which, Rs. 260 crore has been earmarked to incentivise the AMRUT cities for issuing municipal bonds.

  • An amount of Rs. 340 crore has been disbursed to 21 States/UTs during the year 2018 - 19 for implementation of reforms.

  • Further, Rs. 119 crore has been awarded as incentive to 5 cities viz. Pune, Hyderabad, Indore, Bhopal and Amravati for issuing the municipal bonds.

  • The World Bank has recently released the Doing Business Report (DBR) 2019 and the country’s rank in Construction Permits indicator has gone up to 52 from 181, a year ago.

  • This was achieved due to the reforms implemented and consistent efforts of the Municipal Corporations of Delhi and Mumbai in facilitating Ease of Doing Business in construction permits.

  • The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW) fixes target for the production of food grains in the country annually.

  • The target for the production of food grains has been fixed at 290.25 million tonnes for the 2018 - 19.

  • The production of food grains in the country has been estimated at 284.83 million tonnes (4th Advance Estimates) for 2017 - 18, which is a record.

  • As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the rainfall in the country was normal (-9%) during South-West monsoon season (June to September 2018).

Year End Review 2018 - Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare

Production Scenario of Major Rabi Agricultural Crops 2017 - 18 (as Per 4th Advance Estimates)

Total Rabi Food grain production in the country is estimated at 144.10 million tonnes which is higher by 7.32 million tonnes than the previous record production of Rabi food grain of 136.78 million tonnes achieved during 2016 - 17.

Table Of Production Scenario

Table Of Production Scenario

Food grain

Estimated record (million tonnes) 2017 - 18

Estimated record (million tonnes) 2016 - 17

Increased production

Rabi rice

15.41

13.40

2.01

Wheat

99.70

98.51

1.19

Rabi Nutri/Coarse cereals

13.10

11.33

1.77

Rabi Pulses

15.89

13.55

2.34

Rabi Oilseeds

10.31

9.76

0.55

Production Scenario of Major Kharif Agricultural Crops 2018 - 19 as Per 1st Advance Estimates

The production of food grains in the country during Kharif 2018 has been estimated at 141.59 million tonnes (1st Advance Estimates) against 140.73 million tonnes (4th Advance Estimates) during kharif 2017, which is higher by 0.86 million tonnes. Further, kharif food grain production is 11.94 million tonnes more than the average production of five years (2012 - 13 to 2016 - 17) of 129.65 million tonnes.

Table Of Production Scenario

Table Of Production Scenario

Food grain

Estimated record (million tonnes) 2017 - 18

Estimated record (million tonnes) 2016 - 17

Increased/decreased Production

Kharif rice

99.24

97.50

+1.74

Nutri/Coarse cereals

33.13

33.89

-0.76

Kharif Pulses

9.22

9.34

-0.12

Kharif Oilseeds

22.19

21

+1.09

Sugarcane

383.89

376.90

+6.99

Doubling of Farmers’ Income

  • The Government has set a target of doubling of farmers’ income by the year 2022.

  • The Government has constituted an Inter-Ministerial Committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Executive Officer, National Rainfed Area Authority, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare to examine issues relating to doubling of farmers’ income and recommend a strategy to achieve doubling of farmers’ income in real terms by the year 2022.

  • The committee has identified seven sources of income growth viz, improvement in crop and livestock productivity; resource use efficiency or savings in the cost of production; increase in the cropping intensity; diversification towards high value crops; improvement in real prices received by farmers; and shift from farm to non-farm occupations.

  • The committee is also looking into the investments in and for agriculture e. g. increasing public investments for agriculture-rural roads, rural electricity, irrigation; the need for policy support to enable investments by corporate sector in agriculture.

Several initiatives

  1. Initiating market reforms through the State Governments by amending the agriculture marketing regime.

  2. Encouraging contract farming through the State Governments by promulgating of Model Contract Farming Act.

  3. 22,000 Gramin Haats are to be upgraded to work as centers of aggregation and for direct purchase of agricultural commodities from the farmers.

  4. Launch of eNAM initiative to provide farmers an electronic online trading platform.

  5. Implementation of flagship scheme of distribution of Soil Health Cards to farmers so that the use of fertilizers can be optimized. So far more than 15 crore Soil Health Cards have been distributed in two cycles.

  6. Per drop more crop” initiative under which drip/sprinkler irrigation is being encouraged for optimal utilization of water.

  7. Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) “ under which organic farming is being promoted. North East is being developed as organic hub.

  8. A revised farmer friendly “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) ” have been launched. The scheme covers various types of risks from pre-sowing to post harvest and the farmers have to pay very nominal premium.

  9. Under “Har Medh Par Ped”, agro forestry is being promoted for supplementing farm income, increase risk management and climate resilient agriculture as an important component of Integrated Farming Systems

  10. The Indian Forest Act, 1927 was amended to exclude bamboo from the definition of ‘trees’. Henceforth bamboo grown outside forest area will not be regulated under the provisions of felling and transit rules. As a corollary the restructured National Bamboo Mission was launched for development of the value chain of bamboo as a measure to strengthen rural economy by linking the producer (farmer) to markets (industry). (x) Launch of PM-Asha scheme which will ensure MSP to farmers for oilseeds, pulses and copra.

  11. Minimum Support Price (MSP) is notified by the Government for certain crops. Giving a major boost for the farmers income, the Government has approved the increase in the MSPs for all Kharif & Rabi crops for 2018 - 19 season at a level of at least 150 percent of the cost of production.

  12. Bee keeping has been promoted under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) to increase the productivity of crops through pollination and increase the honey production as an additional source of income of farmers.

  13. Rashtriya Gokul Mission has been implemented to enhance milk production and productivity of bovines and to make milk production more remunerative to the farmers.

  14. National Livestock Mission has been implemented to increase productivity and genetic improvement of livestock.

  15. Foreseeing high potential in fisheries sector, a Blue Revolution with multi-dimensional activities mainly focusing on fisheries production, both inland and marine is being implemented.

  16. The National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), on of the eight Missions under the PM’s National Action Plan on Climate Change is anchored in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

Higher Production through Productivity Gains:

National Food Security Mission: NFSM programme is being implemented in 638 districts of 29 states of the country for increasing the production and productivity of food grain crops (rice, wheat, pulses, coarse cereals & nutri-cereals) through area expansion and productivity enhancement, restoring soil fertility and productivity at the individual farm level and enhancing farm level economy to restore confidence amongst the farmers.

New initiatives taken for increasing production and productivity of Pulses from 2016 - 17 onwards:

  • Breeder Seed production of pulses was introduced under NFSM-Pulses programme.

  • 150 Seed Hubs are being implemented for increasing certified seeds of indigenous production of pulses in India through the Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR), Kanpur and their centres.

  • Supplying of Minikits of pulses seed varieties not older than 10 years free of the cost (100 % share) to the farmers.

  • In addition to State Governments, the ICAR/KVKs/SAUs also involved in conducting the demonstrations on improved latest package of practices of pulses.

  • 15 % allocation is earmarked for pulses under NFSM for production of quality seeds through State Governments.

  • The government has decided to create a buffer stock of pulses to control fluctuation of prices of pulses.

New initiatives taken for increasing production and productivity of Nutri-Cereals from 2018 - 19 onwards:

  • Breeder seed production of nutri-cereals.

  • Creation of seed hubs.

  • Certified seed production.

  • Seed minikits allocation.

  • Strengthening/creation of Center of Excellence.

  • Publicity of nutri-cereals.

Krishi Unnati Mela, 2018

  • A National level 3rd Krishi Unnati Mela was organized by DAC&FW jointly with Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Department of Animal, Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India from 16 - 18 March, 2018 at Mela Ground, IARI, Pusa Campus, New Delhi.

  • The objective of the mela was to create widespread awareness about the latest agricultural technological developments and receive feedback from the agricultural community, which helps in designing and shaping the Institute’s future research strategy.

Celebration of Mahila Kisan Diwas

  • Mahila Kisan Diwas was organised on October 14 - 15,2018 at NAS Complex with participation of various stakeholders’ viz. Women farmers, NGOs, Women Entrepreneurs, Academia, Researchers/Scientists, Farmer Organisations, Representatives from Banking Sector, Industry etc. In all around 450 participants attended this event.

  • The focus of the event was to learn and address issues and constraints related to women farmers in Agriculture; Animal Husbandry, Dairying, Fisheries and other off-farm activities and their access to institutional credit and micro-financing and building agri-enterprises.

National Conference on “Agriculture 2022 – Doubling Farmers’ Income”

  • Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) organized a two-day National Conference under the title “Agriculture 2022 – Doubling Farmers’ Income” on 19th and 20th February, 2018 at National Agriculture Science Complex (NASC), Pusa, New Delhi

  • The focus was being laid on four key areas: reducing input costs, ensuring a fair price for the produce, reducing wastage, and creating alternate sources of income.

Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH)

  • Area Expansion: - An additional area of 76015 ha. of identified horticulture crops has been covered

  • Rejuvenation: - An area of 5060 ha. of old and senile orchards has been rejuvenated.

  • Organic Farming: - An area of 200 ha. has been covered.

  • Integrated Pests/Nutrient Management: - An area of 33684 ha. has been covered under IPM/INM

  • Protected Cultivation: - An area of 22137 ha. has been covered under Protected Cultivation.

  • Water Resources: - 1814 water harvesting structures have been created.

  • Beekeeping: 29102 bee colonies with hives have been distributed.

  • Horticulture Mechanization: -9343 horticulture mechanization equipments have been distributed.

  • Post Harvest Management Infrastructures: - 3437 post harvest units have been established.

  • Market Infrastructures: - 215 market infrastructures have been set up.

  • Training of Farmers: -Under HRD, 98271 farmers have been trained under various horticulture activities.

M-Kisan Portal/Kisan Suvidha App

  • Number of farmers registered on M-kisan portal of this department for receiving agro-advisories increased to 49360436 as on 14 - 12 - 2018 from 24162069 as on 31 - 12 - 2017.

  • The downloads of Kisan Suvidha app increased to 901192 downloads as on 14 - 12 - 2018 from 294255 downloads as on 31 - 12 - 2017.

Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY)

  • The Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) is an important scheme of the Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (MoA&FW), aimed at strengthening infrastructure in agriculture and allied areas.

  • In order to promote agri preneurship and agribusiness by providing financial support and nurturing the incubation ecosystem, a new component under the revamped scheme RKVY- RAFTAAR has been launched in 2018 - 19 with 10 % of annual outlay including 2 % of the total outlay for administrative purposes.

Soil Health Management/Soil Health Card Scheme

  • Soil Health Management (SHM) is one of the components under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA).

  • SHM aims at promoting Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) through judicious use of chemical fertilizers including secondary and micro nutrients in conjunction with organic manures and bio fertilizers for improving soil health and its productivity; strengthening of soil and fertilizer testing facilities.

  • “Soil Health Card” Scheme is under implementation in the country since February 2015 to provide Soil Health Card to all farmers in the country.

  • Soil Health Card will provide information to farmers on soil nutrient status of their soil and recommendation on appropriate dosage of nutrient to be applied for improving soil health and its fertility. Soil Health card will be issued every 2 years for all land holdings in the country.

Parampragat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY)

It is the first comprehensive scheme launched as a Centrally Sponsored Programme (CSP) from 2015 - 17, which now has been revised for next 3 years.

Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER)

Realizing the potential of organic farming in the North Eastern Region of the country, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has launched a Central Sector Scheme entitled “Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region” for implementation in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura, during 2015 - 16 to 2017 - 18.

Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) –Per Drop More Crop

  • Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare is implementing Per Drop More Crop component of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), which is operational from 2015 - 16 in the country.

  • PMKSY (Per Drop More Crop) mainly focuses on water use efficiency at farm level through precision/micro irrigation.

    • Allocation for 2018 - 19: Rs. 4000 crore (BE)

    • Release made so far: Rs. 1978.26

    • Achievement: About 6.1 lakh ha so far

Micro Irrigation Fund

In order to achieve the objective of enhancing water use efficiency in agriculture sector and bring about desired growth, Finance Minister announced in the Union Budget for 2017 - 18 setting up of a dedicated fund in NABARD titled “Micro Irrigation Fund” (MIF) with initial corpus of Rs. 5000 crores.

Rainfed Area Development Programme

Rainfed Area Development (RAD) programme under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) focuses on Integrated Farming System (IFS) for enhancing productivity and minimizing risks associated with climatic variabilities.

MSP declared at 150 % of Cost of Production

  • The Union Budget for 2018 - 19 had announced the pre-determined principle to keep MSP at levels of one and half times the cost of production.

  • Accordingly, Government has increased the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for all notified Kharif, Rabi and other commercial crops with a return of at least 50 percent of cost of production for the season 2018 - 19.

Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan (PM-AASHA)

PM-AASHA will provide MSP assurance to farmers: A reflection of Government’s commitment to the “Annadata”

National Agriculture Market (E-NAM)

  • 115 Wholesale Regulated Markets Have Been Integrated with E-NAM Platform to Achieve the Target of Total 585 E-NAM Markets in 16 States and 2 Union Territories.

  • The Financial Assistance Has Been Sanctioned for Cleaning, Grading, Sorting and Packaging Facilities in 320 Existing E-NAM Mandis and for Compost Unit in 245 Existing E-NAM Mandis.

Upgradation and Development of Rural Haats as Gramin Agricultural Markets (GrAMs)

A survey of 9477 rural haats has been conducted through Directorate of Marketing & Inspection (DMI), an attached office under Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, for finding the status of infrastructure, type of commodities etc. in rural haats for better formulation of strategy of developing of rural haats.

Model Contract Farming Act

In order to optimize the use of scarce resources and mitigate the uncertainty in price and marketing, the Government has formulated and released a progressive and facilitative Model Act “The —-State/UT Agricultural Produce & Livestock Contract Farming and Services (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2018” in May, 2018 for its adoption by the states/Union Territories (UTs).

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana

Based on the experience gained in implementation of the scheme over two years and with a view to ensure better transparency, accountability and timely payment of claims to the farmers, Government has comprehensively revised the Operational Guidelines of the scheme recently. These revised guidelines have come into effect from 1st October, 2018 i. e, from Rabi 2018 - 19 season.

International Cooperation

  1. Bilateral cooperation

    MoU signed: Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare signed for cooperation in agriculture and allied sectors between India and Iran on 17th February 2018 and with Uzbekistan on 1st October 2018. Towards the implementation of the existing, meetings of Joint Working Groups (JWG) were held with nine countries, namely, Portugal, Madagascar, Dutch, Poland, Denmark, Philippines, Nepal, Russia and Australia.

  2. India-Nepal Cooperation

    1. The inaugural meeting of the ‘India-Nepal New Partnership in Agriculture’ was held under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Hon’ble Agriculture Minister of Nepal on 19.6. 2018 at New Delhi.

    2. Among areas of cooperation identified, India is assisting Nepal in developing organic farming and soil health cards with an expenditure of INR 432.397 lakh to be provided by India.

  3. USAID

    1. India is collaborating with USAID to provide training for nationals of 20 Asian and African countries viz. Liberia, Kenya, Malawi, Botswana, DR Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda from Africa and Afghanistan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Vietnam.

    2. 24 US-India-Africa Triangular International Training Programmes have been successfully completed during April to November 2018. Under this USAID funded project, 565 Executives from 20 countries have since been provided training.

  4. Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

    1. India officially joined SCO as full Member on 9 June 2017 at a summit in Astana. Accordingly this Ministry participated in the meeting of the SCO Permanent Working Group (PWG) on Agriculture and Agriculture Ministers’ of SCO Member States held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan during 18 - 19 September 2018.

    2. A 7-point SCO Action Plan for 2018 - 2019 on the implementation of the Agreement between the Governments of the SCO Member States on cooperation in agriculture was signed.

  5. International Events

    1. 70th Anniversary of India-Russia Diplomatic relations: 70th Anniversary of India-Russia diplomatic relations in the field of Agriculture sector was celebrated during 13 - 14 February, 2018.

    2. During the event, an Indo-Russian Agriculture Business Summit, 2018 was held at New Delhi on 13.2. 2018 and the main function was organised at Central State Farm (CSF) in Suratgarh, Rajasthan on 14.02. 2018.

  6. International Seminars/Workshops/Conferences etc.

    During 2017 - 18 (upto December, 2017), this Department took part in 97 International Conferences/Meetings/Seminars/Trainings etc. dealing with various aspects of agricultural development organized by the FAO and other International Organizations.

  7. A proposal of Government of India for celebrating an International Year of Millets by UN was endorsed by FAO Council for 2023. This would be placed in the FAO Conference in June 2019 before communicating to UN General Assembly for final declaration.

YEAR ENDER-HRIDAY 2018 - Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs

All 70 projects worth Rs. 422.61 Crore approved for 12 HRIDAY cities under various stages of implementation– Rs. 310.43 Crore released In 2018,20 projects worth Rs. 140.14 Crore completed

Urban Renaissance: Rejuvenating & Transforming Indian Cities

  • The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has embarked upon one of the most ambitious programmes undertaken in the world for Urban renaissance for rejuvenating and transforming Indian cities through a number of initiatives including infusion of more than Rs. 6,85,758 crore for ensuring citizen friendly urban areas.

  • The transformation has been undertaken by way of implementing key urban reforms, projects for urban rejuvenation among others besides approving implementation of city HRIDAY plans for 12 cities.

NATIONAL HERITAGE CITY DEVELOPMENT and AUGMENTATION YOJANA (HRIDAY)

  • The National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), launched on 21stJanuary, 2015, is being implemented in 12 cities, namely, Ajmer, Amaravati, Amritsar, Badami, Dwaraka, Gaya, Kancheepuram, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi, Velankanni and Warangal.

  • In 2018,20 projects amounting to Rs. 140.14 Crores have been completed in the cities of Ajmer, Amaravati, Amritsar, Badami, Dwaraka, Puri and Varanasi.

  • Few notable projects completed in 2018 are as follows:

  1. In order to enhance the experience of religious tourists visiting prominent heritage sites in the HRIDAY Cities, upgradation of 59 roads leading to various heritage sites in the city of Varanasi, Ajmer, Amritsar and Amaravati have been completed. Three projects for rejuvenation of public parks and gardens in the cities of Amritsar (Gol Bagh), Ajmer (Subhash Udyan) and Puri (Banki Muhana) have been completed.

  2. In order to revive the local heritage in cities and create additional tourist attractions, 3 projects for development of heritage walks in Pushkar, Ajmer and Varanasi connecting important monuments, along the lanes with historical architecture have been completed. With the objective of restoring existing heritage buildings, 2 projects for Adaptive Reuse of Rambagh Gate in Amritsar and Town Hall in Varanasi have been completed. Rambagh Gate will house a museum and Town Hall is being used as a cultural center or programs.

  3. Many traditional water bodies in heritage cities have no water, but lot of solid waste and have primarily become garbage dump sites. Under HRIDAY, revival work of few heritage water bodies has been taken place. 1 such project for Annasagar Lakefront Development has been completed. In order to promote the tangible and intangible heritage of HRIDAY cities, IEC events designed to create awareness and intervention of government for development are being organized in each city.

Status of HRIDAY in Graphs

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Some Success Stories

Restoration of Rambagh School: Rambagh gate, Municipal Printing Press and the Municipal School:

  • The Rambagh gate is the only surviving gate of the walled city of Amritsar from the times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh the famed Maharaja of Punjab.

  • The Rambagh gate was restored to house a ‘Peoples’ Museum’ locally called the Lok Virsa thus providing a cultural space for the community which showcases the historical and cultural narrative of the city of Amritsar and its people using art installations, films and information boards and graphics.

  • The Municipal Printing Press and has been provided with improved building infrastructure and services for continued use as a printing press.

  • It is important to note here that Dhani Ram Chatrik, a Punjabi poet and typographer standardized the typeset for Gurmukhi typeset too came from city of Amritsar and this Municipal Printing Press could commemorate his contribution.

  • Conservation and Development of Town Hall as Heritage Centre:

  • The Town Hall located at Maidagin was built in 1870 by the Maharaja of Vizianagram to commemorate the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh to Varanasi.

  • The project not only aimed to restore the grand heritage building (presently underused) but also to tap its potential to create a multipurpose Urban public space (Cultural centre) both for the citizens and tourists.

  • In order to do so, the project components included façade restoration and lighting of Town Hall building, repaired doors and windows, plastering of wall surface and colour wash, cladding of stage with granite stone, installation of acoustics, air conditioning and chairs.

  • The project was completed in August, 2018.

  • Development of Subhash Udhyan at Ajmer:

  • Subash Udhyan was built on a land where Jahangir had erected palaces which had later disappeared. The park provides facilities to all groups of people that visit it and makes for a flexible recreational space.

  • Development of landscape garden by using treated water from waste water treatment plant at bankimuhan:

  • The Puri Beach in Odisha has continued to be a sacred venue for endless number of pilgrims coming to pay homage to Lord Jagannath. ]

  • With the annual beach festival taking place in November, the beach has developed to be a popular spot for both Indian and foreign tourists.

- Published/Last Modified on: February 18, 2019

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