Agriculture Current Affair 20 October 2020

NCDC to launch Ayushman Sahakar scheme to fund co-operative healthcare facilities

Inspired by the successfully-run cooperative hospitals in Kerala, the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) has come up with a scheme, Ayushman Sahakar, to involve co-operatives in creating healthcare infrastructure.

Under the scheme, to be launched by Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday, the NCDC will give loans totalling ₹10,000 crore to prospective cooperatives to set up healthcare facilities.

The NCDC set up under the Ministry of Agriculture in 1963 has, till date, financed various cooperative initiatives aggregating ₹1.57-lakh crore.

Essential Commodities Act okay, but not law that deals with direct trade, say farmers

Over half the 5,000 farmers surveyed opposed the recently-passed farm laws, while one-third said they support the laws.

What is however is interesting in this survey carried out by Gaon Connection, an online independent media platform that writes on rural issues, is the graded approach by the farmers, spread across 53 districts in 16 States, in supporting or opposing each of these laws.

Government issues time-bound rules for farm contract disputes; says farmers have flexibility

The government has rolled out time bound rules and procedures for dispute resolution in the recently enacted farm law – Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 – which is related to contract farming.

As per the notified rules, sub-divisional magistrate would resolve the dispute by forming a conciliation board having equal representation from both sides.

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