Glaring gaps in crop insurance cover scheme: Cong

first_imgChandigarh, Mar 25 (PTI) Congress today flayed the BJP government for “glaring gaps” in the crop insurance scheme being implemented by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar dispensation in HaryanaIn a statement here, Kiran Choudhry, Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party (CLP), said Khattar said on the floor of the House that from the next season, farmers should not ask for compensation from the state for the crop damage due to natural calamities.They will be compensated under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), she said, adding that under the PMFBY, heat wave, cold wave and frost are not covered as natural calamity for giving compensation which will lead farmers to suffer great loses in kharif and rabi seasons. She asked how the state government plans to protect the interests of the farmers suffering losses on account of heat wave, cold wave and frost. She said when the Centre and the state governments planned to give direct subsidy to the farmers where was the need to involve insurance firms. This is being done just to benefit the insurance firms, not the farmers, she alleged. The Haryana government has not yet finalised the insurance firms which will be involved in implementation of the scheme in the state, she said. PTI VJ RCJ ZMN RCJlast_img read more

Congressional resolution introduced backing Indias UNSC bid

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, Jun 16 (PTI) A resolution has been introduced in the US House of Representatives supporting Indias bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, with the lawmakers saying a permanent spot for the country on the Council would strengthen democracy around the world.The resolution was introduced yesterday in the House by Congressman Frank Pallone, the co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans and Congressman Ami Bera, the only Indian-American in the Congress and current co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans.India is the only country which has been endorsed by the Obama administration for a permanent member of the UN Security Council.”At a time when international relations are being redefined, we should acknowledge and empower those nations that share our enduring core values,” Pallone said in a statement after he introduced the bill in the House.”Its in the interests of the United States and the world to have a UN Security Council whose members combine military strength with respect for democracy and pluralism, and an appreciation of the dangers posed by rouge states and terrorist groups,” he said.Last week, Pallone and Bera applauded Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modis call to strengthen ties between the US and India during a speech before a joint session of Congress.”I was honoured to meet with Prime Minister Modi during his visit and I am more committed than ever to the bond between our two nations share and the positive impact that India would have on the UN Security Council,” said Pallone, who along with Bera served on the escort committee that led Modi into the House chamber for the speech.advertisement”As the worlds oldest democracy and the world?s largest democracy, the United States and India share common values and a growing partnership on many fronts, especially on defence cooperation,” said Bera.”India plays a critical role as a strategic partner to the United States, and as a pillar of stability in South Asia. Securing a permanent spot for India on the UN Security Council would be beneficial for India and the United States, and would strengthen democracy around the world,” he said.In a statement Pallone and Bera said the UN Security Council still reflects the world as it was in 1945 when the United Nations was created. Despite the fact that the UN has grown from 51 member nations at its inception to nearly 200, the Security Council has not grown to reflect these dramatic changes, they said.There are currently five permanent members of the Council including the US, the UK, Russia, China, and France.The resolution reflects the sense of the US Congress and it does not has any legislative implications on the Obama administration. PTI LKJ NSAlast_img read more