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Governor Will Prepare A Framework For Zero-Budget Natural Farming

Natural farming departments have been set up

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With Prime Minister Narendra Modi entrusting him the responsibility to lead Governors in expanding natural farming, Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat will coordinate and prepare a framework for making zero-budget natural farming feasible across the country.

Zero budget means without using any credit or without spending any money on purchased inputs, while natural farming stands for farming in accordance with nature and without the use of chemical fertilisers.

A government spokesman on Tuesday quoted the Governor as saying that natural farming departments have been set up in agricultural and horticultural universities in the hill state and instructions given to Ph.D students to work with the farmers in the field and share their research work with them.

Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat being welcomed by CM Virbhadra Singh and Speaker BBL Butail on his arrival on the first day of Budget Session of the State assembly
Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat being welcomed by CM Virbhadra Singh and Speaker BBL Butail on his arrival on the first day of Budget Session of the State assembly, Flickr

Devvrat said the state government had taken the modality of zero budget natural farming seriously and made a budgetry provision of Rs 25 crore this fiscal.

Devvrat attended the 49th Governors’ Conference held in New Delhi on June 4 and 5 where he discussed in detail the implementation of the centrally-sponsored schemes in the state, quality education at the university level, skill development, internal security and new initiatives through the Raj Bhavan.

In his address at the meet, the Governor said Himachal Pradesh was seriously working on the Prime Minister’s resolve to double the income of the farmers by 2022.

The Governor’s book entitled ‘Zero- Budget Natural Farming’ is being distributed free of cost among Himachal farmers.

In a first in India, Andhra Pradesh launched on June 2 a scaled-out plan to transition six million farms/farmers who cultivate eight million hectares from conventional synthetic chemical agriculture to zero budget natural farming by 2024, thus making it India’s first 100 per cent natural farming state.

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The programme is a contribution towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on ‘No Poverty’, Clean Water and Sanitation’, ‘Responsible Consumption and Production’ and ‘Life on Land’.(IANS)

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Hindus In Delhi Push For A Temple On The Ruins Of a Mosque

The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

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Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad gather during a rally in New Delhi, Dec. 9, 2018. The group gathered thousands of supporters to demand the construction of a Hindu temple on a site where a mosque was attacked, demolished in 1992. VOA

Tens of thousands of hardline Hindu protesters marched in New Delhi on Sunday, calling for a grand temple to be built on the ruins of a destroyed mosque in a flashpoint Indian city.

Trident-waving devotees clad in saffron filled a huge parade ground in the Indian capital under tight security, where speakers warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi they would not let up until the temple was sanctioned.

Some of Modi’s supporters feel the Hindu nationalist leader has not done enough to raise a shrine at a site in Ayodhya, a city believed by many to be the birthplace of the deity Ram.

The site was home to a medieval mosque for 460 years until Hindu zealots tore it down in 1992, kicking off riots across India that left thousands dead, most of them Muslims.

Its future has been tied up in courts for decades but some hardliners want Modi, who is seeking reelection in 2019, to push parliament to guarantee the temple by law.

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“The gathering here is telling you that Hindus won’t sit back until the temple is built, and our wishes are respected,” said Champat Rai, the leader of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) group that organized the protest.

Demonstrators chanting “Praise be to Ram” packed the Ramlila Maidan, a vast ground capable of holding more than 50,000 people, and filled the surrounding streets.

Some carried maces and tridents — weapons traditionally wielded by Hindu gods — and traveled great distances by train and bus to reach the rally.

“We have come here to protect our religion and Hindu pride. We want a temple for our Lord Ram,” Hitesh Bharadwaj, a teacher from Delhi’s satellite city Noida, told AFP.

The hardline VHP has applied pressure on Modi in recent weeks, staging a huge show of force in Ayodhya itself last month.

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A close ally of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the group is spearheading a push to raise the Ram temple, and is calling for more protests as the premier prepares to go to the polls by May.

The BJP was on the margins until the 1980s when its top leaders, including Modi, backed a growing movement for the construction of the Ram temple.

Its advocates want parliament to introduce a law bypassing legal hurdles blocking the temple before Modi’s term ends.

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The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

“We don’t care about the courts. A grand temple will be constructed in 2019,” Sushil Chawdhary, a VHP leader, told AFP. (VOA)