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Hyderabad: After a five-hour cabinet meeting that discussed farmer suicide deaths and agriculture crisis in the Telangana districts, the Telangana government decided to hike compensation for farmer suicide deaths from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh.

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Deputy chief minister Kadiam Srihari announced that the hiked compensation would be effective from September 19. This is likely to become controversial as those families where farmers killed themselves before September 19 will get only Rs 1.5 lakh as compensation.

Besides, critics are asking if the government is expecting more farmers to kill themselves instead of reaching out to them and stopping them from taking the extreme step.

”We appeal to farmers with folded hands to face the situation bravely, and assure that the government will stand by you,” the deputy chief minister, agriculture minister and home minister said in a joint press conference after the cabinet meeting.

So if earlier compensation to family was one lakh rupees for creating livelihood, now that is five lakh rupees. And earlier, Rs 50,000 was for one-time settlement of all outstanding loans, that has now been increased to one lakh rupees.

The government said a decision on declaring districts or mandals as drought-hit would be taken after September 30.  In a welcome move, the government also announced that 1,000 new agriculture officers will be appointed to observe and offer advice for every 2000 hectares of farm land.

According to the government, 430 farmer suicide deaths have been reported in the last one year of which 141 have been found eligible for compensation in accordance with the government’s criteria.

Opposition parties have claimed at least 1200 farmers have killed themselves in the same period.

(With inputs from NDTV)

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Telangana To Declare 2020 as The Year of Artificial Intelligence: Report

This was announced by Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao during a meeting with NASSCOM President Debjani Ghosh

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The IT minister said the state government was happy to collaborate with NASSCOM in bridging the skill gap in the emerging tech sectors to bring Artificial Intellegence. Pixabay

The Telangana government will declare 2020 as the year of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to promote its use in various sectors such as agriculture, urban transportation and healthcare.

This was announced by Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao during a meeting with NASSCOM President Debjani Ghosh here on Friday.

The minister announced that the government would organise a series of events throughout the year centred around the AI theme.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, highlighted the various initiatives taken by the state government in the areas of emerging technologies.

“Telangana government is continuing to attract investors from marquee companies which are setting up their R&D and technology development centres in emerging technologies such as IoT, AI, machine learning, cyber security and blockchain,” KTR said.

The IT minister said the state government was happy to collaborate with NASSCOM in bridging the skill gap in the emerging tech sectors.

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The Telangana government will declare 2020 as the year of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to promote its use in various sectors such as agriculture, urban transportation and healthcare. Pixabay

Ghosh said that NASSCOM would be delighted to collaborate with government of Telangana in launching AI applications in various sectors and also creating an ecosystem for startups to implement these AI applications.

Ghosh informed that NASSCOM is proactively preparing a list of new job roles getting created in the emerging technology space. She said that NASSCOM would also be interested in partnering with the Telangana government on the open data initiative and also in skilling youngsters in data sciences.

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Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan, Director, Emerging Technologies, Rama Devi, and Director, Digital Media, Dileep Konatham were also present in the meeting. (IANS)