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Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai loses Full Member status in BCCI, Northeastern States included

Under the one-state-one-vote rule, Maharashtra Cricket Association and Gujarat Cricket Association have been picked from their respective states

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Mumbai, March 19, 2017: Record Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai have been deprived of their Full Member status in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), while the Committee of Administrators (COA) has granted Full Membership to all northeastern states.

With the removal of the Full Member status, Mumbai, Vidarbha, Saurashtra and Baroda have also lost their voting rights as the Supreme Court-appointed COA on Saturday night listed the amended memorandum of rules and regulations that will now govern BCCI. Only the states, all of 30, have been given Full Member status.

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“In States with multiple Existing Members, the full membership shall rotate annually among such Existing Members such that only one of them will exercise the rights and privileges of a Full Member at any given point of time. The rotation shall be as per the policy framed by the BCCI,” the new constitution posted on the BCCI website says.

Under the one-state-one-vote rule, Maharashtra Cricket Association and Gujarat Cricket Association have been picked from their respective states. Cricket Club of India (CCI) and National Cricket Club (NCC) have also been removed, along with all government outfits.

“Each State shall be represented by a state cricket association duly recognised by the BCCI and such associations shall be Full Members. No State shall have more than one Full Member at any given point of time,” a note said.

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“At the Annual General Meeting/Special General Meeting, each Full Member shall have one vote. The Associate Members shall have no vote.”

Apart from the 70-year age-limit for an office bearer, it has been clarified that the nine-year cumulative clause for an office-bearer won’t be calculated separately in the cricket board and state association.

Among other things, it has also been noted that the BCCI shall appoint an independent auditor to scrutinise the statement of accounts with regard to the payments made by the Board to the member and all further payments due to a member, associate member and an affiliate member shall be released after the audit report.

The appointment of an ombudsman has also been included. The decision snaps the BCCI President’s power in dealing with the finality in case of dispute regarding a vote. (IANS)

 

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Food Processing Industry has Immense Potential in Northeastern States

PMKSY is a comprehensive package which will result in creation of modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management

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Speaking at the inaugural function of a workshop on Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (PMKSY) here, he announced that his Ministry is planning to establish a Food Technology Institute in Assam and that his ministry will leave no stone unturned to make it a game-changer. Pixabay

Food processing is an industry that has immense potential in the northeastern states but has not been explored to its optimum yet, said Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Rameswar Teli, on Tuesday.

“The northeast region, with its vast resources and bio-diversity, produces ample exotic fruits and vegetables which can be made economically viable through the food processing industry,” Teli said.

Speaking at the inaugural function of a workshop on Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (PMKSY) here, he announced that his Ministry is planning to establish a Food Technology Institute in Assam and that his ministry will leave no stone unturned to make it a game-changer in the region.

PMKSY is a comprehensive package which will result in creation of modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farms to retail outlets, Teli said.

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Food processing is an industry that has immense potential in the northeastern states but has not been explored to its optimum yet, said Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Rameswar Teli, on Tuesday. Pixabay

Citing the rich potential of Arunachal Pradesh in this sector, he called for creation of a food processing department to exclusively deal with the subject.

The Union Minister also urged the state government to fast-track the establishment of a Mega Food Park which has already been approved by the Ministry.

“Of the Rs 140 crore for northeast, we still have Rs 110 crore unspent. Therefore, states of the region need to accelerate development of Mega Food Parks and Mini Food Parks as envisaged and proposed.”

Teli urged entrepreneurs and farmers present at the event to take full advantage of the workshop and equip themselves with prospects and benefits under the PMKSY.

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Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that all decks have been cleared for the establishment of the Mega Food Park near the state capital and the state government will provide all basic facilities.

Underscoring the state’s potential in agri-horti produce like kiwi, orange, apple, pineapple, banana, tea, he said if food processing is taken up extensively, it could change the economy of the farming community.

“Nature has given us so much, we can easily become the richest and happiest state in the country. But lack of market knowledge is one big hindrance in the take off of the farming sector and there is need for enhancing farmers’ knowledge on latest market trends and demands,” the Chief Minister added.

Khandu said the state government has already prepared a roadmap to boost the agri-horti sector based on which schemes are being formulated and launched phase-wise.

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The northeast region, with its vast resources and bio-diversity, produces ample exotic fruits and vegetables which can be made economically viable through the food processing industry. Pixabay

“We have set a target to benefit 90,000 farmers in the state by 2022,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Teli called on Arunachal Pradesh Governor B.D. Mishra at Raj Bhavan along with Chief Minister Khandu and State Industries Minister Tumke Bagra.

Mishra requested Teli to assist the people of Arunachal Pradesh in setting up food processing units in the state as it is leading in the production of organic produce in the country.

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Explaining to the Minister that due to the difficult mountainous terrain, timely transportation of agricultural and horticultural produce is very difficult, Mishra said the best solution to address the issue is to set up small and medium food processing industries in different locations where agro-horti products are produced in surplus. (IANS)