Daily : February 20, 2018

Agriculture 2022- Doubling Farmers’ Income

National Conference “Agriculture 2022- Doubling Farmers’ Income”

Question: Where will the National Conference on the subject of ‘Agriculture 2022-doubling the income of farmers’ be organized between February 19th-20th, 2018?
(a) Lucknow
(b) New Delhi
(c) Udaipur
(d) Hyderabad
Answer: (b) 
Related Facts:

  • A two days National Conference under the title of “Agriculture 2022 – Doubling Farmers’ Income” is scheduled on 19thand 20th February, 2018 at National Agriculture Science Complex (NASC), Pusa, New Delhi.
  • The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) is organizing the Conference.
  • The Conference is being organized on the advice of the Hon’ble Prime Minister with a view to identify various critical issues relating to agriculture and farmers’ welfare and finding appropriate solutions.
  • The main aim of the conference is to build a consensus around appropriate recommendations that will help in shaping and sharpening the vision of the Government on Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022 into actionable points.
  • As many as seven broad themes have been identified for the conference and some of these also have sub-themes.
  • The participants comprising farmers, farmers’ associations, scientists, economists, academics, trade industry, professional associations, NGOs, policy makers and officers have been assigned to different themes and sub-themes, such that the issues are examined from multiple angles and comprehensive recommendations are made.
  • Government is keen to find and adopt the suggestions of the participants that will help in yielding quick results across the agricultural sector, comprising several sub-sectors in addition to initiating long term interventions.
  • The focuswould be on the human element of this primary sector, i.e., the farmer.  It shall be farming for the farmer.
  • The select participants numbering about 300 have been invited from across the country with varied background, and are expected to bring to the table their domainexperience and expertise.


Uttar Pradesh Budget 2018-19

Uttar Pradesh budget, 2018-19

Question: On February 16th, 2018, Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister Rajesh Agrawal presented the budget for the financial year 2018-19. To what percentage of gross state domestic product in the present budget, the fiscal deficit is limited?
(a) 2.46 percent
(b) 2.96 percent
(c) 3 percent
(d) 1.46 percent
Answer: (b) 
Related Facts:

  • On February 16th, 2018, Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal presented the budget for the financial year 2018-19.
  • The proposed budget of4 lakh 28 thousand 384 crores 52 lakhs is 11.4 percent larger than the budget for the previous financial year.
  • In the budget presentednew schemes of 14 thousand 341 crore 89 lakh have been included.
  • The fiscal deficit in the budgethas been restricted to at 2.96 percent less than 3 percent of gross state domestic product.
  • Similarly, the indebtedness of the state is estimated to be 29.8 percent which is less than 30 percent of the gross state domestic product.
  • 29 thousand 883 crores in the budget is proposed for projects of energy sector.
  • This is about 54 percent more than the provisional amount in the previous year’s budget.
  • 250-250 crores is proposed for the’Startup Scheme’ and ‘One District-One Product’ scheme.
  • 11,500 crores are proposed for the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Rural).
  • While Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (urban) is proposed a grant of Rs. 2217 crores.
  • 1650 crores are proposed under Smart City Mission Scheme forLucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Varanasi, Allahabad, Aligarh, Jhansi, Moradabad, Bareilly and Saharanpur.

Metro Rail projects

  • Lucknow Metro has started. Plan Regarding the commencement of metro rail service in Kanpur, Meerut and Agra, D.P.R. has been prepared. Metro projects of Varanasi, Allahabad, Gorakhpur and Jhansi will be modified in line with the new policy of the Central Government.


  • Year 2017-2018, till December, 2017, 50 thousand 668 majro (specified region) have been electrified, which is more than two times more than the previous year. The Government aims to provide electricity to 37 lakh 55 thousand houses by March 31st, 2018.
  • In addition to this, the Saubhayga Yojna of the Government of India is also being implemented in the state, under which there is the goal of providing power connections to about 1.5 crore households by March 2019.
  • Compared to last year, there has an increase by 23 percent in the supply provided to rural areas this year.

U.P. ‘Uttar Pradesh Solar Energy-Policy-2017’ and ‘Women’s Safety and Women’s Welfare by the Government

  • Marriage registration has been made mandatory by the state government.
  • Beti Bachao-Beti Padao program has been widely publicized to bring awareness about gender inequality.
  • 64 Rescue van has been arranged. The capacity of call center was increased to 30 from 6 seater in 181 Woman Helpline schemes by which Helpline facilities have been provided for 24 hour telephone calls for assistance to the suffering women.


  • 100 crores arrangement is being arranged for the advance storage of fertilizers.
  • A budget provision of Rs. 31 crores is proposed for computerization of Primary Agriculture Co-operative Societies.
  • An arrangement of Rs.200 crores is proposed under the subsidy scheme to provide crop loan to the farmers at a lower interest rate.

Animal Husbandry

  • An arrangement of approximately Rs. 75 crores has been proposed for the improvement of the economic condition of small and marginal farmers of Animal Husbandry, P. Deendayal Upadhyay Small Dairy Scheme.
  • A provision of Rs. 100 crores is proposed for the National Animal Health and Disease Control Program.
  • For the welfare of the fishermen, an arrangement of Rs 25 crore has been proposed for the establishment of Fisheries Welfare Fund.
  • 20 crore rupees are proposed under the Blue Revolution Integrated Development and Management for Fisheries Scheme.
  • 20 crores for the Submission on Agro forestry scheme and establishment of tourism and biodiversity center in Kukral forest area is proposed.
  • In order to computerization of land records in the state grant of Rs. 42 crores is proposed.
  • A provision of Rs. 10 crore for ‘Aam Aadmi Bima Yojna’ is proposed for ‘Prime Minister Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana’ and Rs. 130 crore 60 lakh for Prime Minister Suraksha Bima Yojana.
  • In order to fund the disaster management in the state 777 crores, a provision of Rs.777 crores is proposed for the disaster relief fund.
  • It has been decided to run 170 National Mobil Medical Unit on PPP mode.
  • The aim is establishing of 100 new Ayurvedic clinics in rural areas.
  • A budget provision of Rs. 291 crore has been made for the ‘Prime Minister Mata Vandana Yojana’.

Medical Education:

  • Under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana’ Phase-3, the upgraded Super Specialty Departments are being set up in 4 Medical Colleges namely- Jhansi, Gorakhpur, Allahabad and Meerut and for the construction of Super Specialty Department in 2 Medical Colleges Kanpur and Agra; a total of Rs 126 crore has been arranged.
  • An arrangement of Rs. 214 crore is proposed for the Shyama Prasad Rurban Mission.
  • In the year 2018-2019, a provision of Rs.1, 500 crore for National Rural Drinking Water Program and Rs.120 crore for State Rural Drinking Water Program is proposed.
  • An arrangement of Rs 200 crore is proposed for the Chief Minister’s Housing Scheme.

Panchayati Raj

  • An arrangement of Rs 5000 crore is proposed for the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural Scheme)’ in the year 2018-2019.
  • In order to encourage the excellent village panchayats in the Chief Minister Panchayat Incentive Scheme, a provision of Rs. 20 crores is proposed.
  • An arrangement of Rs. 36 crores is proposed for the free boring scheme.
  • An arrangement of Rs. 10 crore is proposed for the implementation of Pt Deen Dayal Grameen Vidyut Yojana.
  • An arrangement of Rs. 20 crore is proposed for the Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay Khadi Marketing Development Assistance Scheme.

Medical and Health

  • For the rural area, 2 thousand Ayurvedic medical officers have been deployed at primary health centers.
  • First time, 595 dental surgeons have been created at Community Health Centers.
  • Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences has been admitted for 150 MBBS seats for the first time.
  • The 500-beded super-specialty hospital, paramedical and nursing college will be constructed in the new campus.
  • 5 districts of five districts of Faizabad, Basti, Bahraich, Firozabad and Shahjahanpur are upgraded to the State Medical College, in the financial year 2018-2019, for which a provision of Rs. 500 crores has been made.
  • The Government Medical Institute, Greater Noida, the academic session 2018-2019 will be started in MBBS 100 seats.
  • The Burn Unit will be set up Government Medical College Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Agra and Allahabad for which a provision of Rs. 14 crore is proposed.

Forest and Environment

  • State and Forestry-centric State Forest Policy -2017 has been named by Forest and Environment State Government.

Road and Bridge

  • A budget of Rs. 11,343 crore has been proposed for the construction of roads in the state by the Road and Setu PWD Department.
  • An arrangement of Rs.2, 200 crores is proposed for the construction, widening and strengthening of roads under central road fund scheme.


  • Electricity for the purpose of providing home-based electricity in the state.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Government to implement Power for allprogramme ‘ in the state with the Government of India.
  • Saubhyaga Yojna started by government of India is being implemented in the state, under which there is the goal of providing power connections to about 1.5 crore households by March 2019.

Urban Development, Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation

  • An arrangement of Rs.1, 500 crore has been proposed for Urban Development, Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation in the budget for the Kumbh Mela 2019.
  • A budget of Rs 240 crores is proposed in the budget for the various projects run by the National Ganga River Basin Authority.
  • An arrangement of Rs 1,000 crore for the Swachh Bharat Mission is proposed.
  • An amount of Rs. 20000 crore has been arranged for the AMRUT scheme.
  • For the purpose of developing a Nagar Panchayat of each district, a provision of Rs 200 crore for Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Adarsh ​​Nagar Panchayat Yojana is proposed.

Secondary Education

  • A budgetary provision of Rs 480 crores is proposed for the secondary education campaign to improve the level of secondary education in the state.
  • Arrangement of Rs. 26 crores is proposed for the administration of Deendayal Upadhyay State Model Schools.

Higher education

  • An amount of Rs. 167 crores for the National Higher Education Campaign and Rs. 37 crores for the establishment of model colleges is proposed.
  • A provision of Rs 21 crore for ‘Ahilya Bai Nihshulk Shiksha Yojana’ is proposed.
  • Budget of Rs. 106 crores has been made for the establishment of new state colleges and completion of pre-existing colleges / universities.

Social welfare

  • An arrangement of about 7 thousand 858 crores is proposed for the welfare and development schemes of general category and scheduled castes.
  • The Chief Minister’s collective marriage scheme has been started for marriage of daughters of families of all sections of living below poverty line, for which a provision of Rs. 250 crore is proposed.
  • 121 crores and Rs. 82 crores respectively are proposed for the marriage of daughters of Scheduled Castes and the poor families of the general category respectively.
  • A provision of Rs 500 crore is proposed for the ‘National Family Benefit Scheme’ in the financial year 2018-2019.
  • 2,560 crores has been proposed under ‘Old Age and Kisan Pension Scheme’ for eligible older persons of all sections of the age of 60 years.


  • Uttar Pradesh has an important place in terms of tourism.
  • In order to give industry status to tourism in the state, the new tourism policy-2012 has been promulgated.
  • In this policy, attractive grants have been provided, envisaging Ramayan circuit, Braj Krishna circuit, Buddhist circuit, spiritual circuit, Sufi circuit, Bundelkhand circuit and Jain circuit.
  • An arrangement of Rs. 70 crores is proposed for successful implementation of the policy.
  • In order to promote pilgrimage in the Braj area, the Braj Shrine Development Council has been set up and there is a provision of Rs 100 crore for the development of infrastructure facilities.


Jain 'Maha Kumbh'

Jain ‘Maha Kumbh’

Question-At which of the following hill, the 57-feet high statue of Lord Bahubali is located in Shravanabelagola?
(a) Chandragiri hill
(b) Vindyagiri hill
(c) Nandy hill
(d) Brahmagiri hill
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • From 17th-25th February, 2018, Jain Maha Kumbh is being organized in Shravanabelagola (famous pilgrimage site of Jains) situated in Hassan district (Karnataka).
  • During this Maha Kumbh, Mahamastakabhisheka of Lord Bahubali will be performed.
  • This ritual of ‘Mahamastakabhisheka’ is performed once in 12-year.
  • This ceremony is an integral part of the ancient and overall Jain tradition in this pilgrim center.
  • It is said that the program was started by the President on February 7th, 2018, but the main ceremony started from February 17th, 2018.
  • An estimated 30 to 40 lakh devotees are expected to attend the ceremony.
  • The 57 ft-high statue of Lord Bahubali, son of the first Jain tirthankara Adinath, located on Vindyagiri hill here, was carved from a single rock and is said to be the world’s tallest monolithic granite statue.
  • This statue is made of the single stone.
  • It is probably the largest statue in the world created by intact granite.
  • This is the 88th edition of this ceremony.
  • This ceremony began in 981 AD during the Gang dynasty.
  • Since then this function is held regularly on every 12 years.
  • During this ceremony, the statue is bathed and anointed with milk, sugarcane juice and saffron paste and sandalwood, turmeric and vermilion are sprinkled on it.
  • 12 floating townships with all basic facilities have been created for this grand event.
  • Jogi, a separate township called ‘Tyagi Nagar’ has been built for the sadhus.
  • Rs. 300 crores has been allocated by the state government for this ceremony.
  • Shravanabelagola is situated between two hills named Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri, which has been the center of Jain pilgrimage since last 2500 years.


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