Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday dedicated 35 crop varieties with special traits to the nation in an attempt to create mass awareness for the adoption of climate-resilient technologies.
New Delhi [India], September 28 : The crop varieties have been launched by the Prime Minister in a pan-India programme organised at all Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Institutes, State and Central Agricultural Universities and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs). During the programme, PM Modi dedicated to the nation the newly constructed campus of the National Institute of Biotic Stress Tolerance in Raipur.
On this occasion, the Prime Minister also distributed Green Campus Award to Agricultural Universities, as well as interacted with farmers who use innovative methods and address the gathering.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel were present at the event.
The crop varieties with special traits have been developed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to address the twin challenges of climate change and malnutrition. Thirty-five such crop varieties with special traits like climate resilience and higher nutrient content have been developed in the year 2021.
The National Institute of Biotic Stress Management at Raipur has been established to take up the basic and strategic research in biotic stresses, develop human resources and provide policy support. The institute has started PG courses from the academic session 2020-21.
The Green Campus Awards has been initiated to motivate the State and Central Agricultural Universities to develop or adopt such practices that will render their campuses more green and clean, and motivate students to get involved in ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, ‘Waste to Wealth Mission’ and community connect as per the National Education Policy-2020.
‘Matter of immense pride,’ PM Modi on BJP’s first RS seat from Puducherry
With BJP getting its first Rajya Sabha member from Puducherry, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that it was a matter of immense pride for every member of the party.
Modi also congratulated Union Minister of AYUSH Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting L Murugan for being elected to Rajya Sabha. PM Modi tweeted: “It is a matter of immense pride for every BJP Karyakarta that our Party has got it’s first ever Rajya Sabha MP from Puducherry in Shri S. Selvaganabathy Ji. The trust placed in us by the people of Puducherry is humbling. We will keep working for Puducherry’s progress.
Selvaganapathy was on Monday elected unopposed to the lone seat in Rajya Sabha from Puducherry. The BJP is in power in alliance with the AINRC in the union territory.
The Prime Minister also tweeted “Congratulations to my Ministerial colleagues, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal Ji and Shri L Murugan Ji on being elected to the Rajya Sabha from Assam and Madhya Pradesh respectively. I am confident that they will enrich Parliamentary proceedings and further our agenda of public good,” he tweeted.
On Monday, Sonowal and Murugan were elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Assam and Madhya Pradesh respectively.
Newly-inducted Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sushmita Dev was also elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal.