Odisha demands increase in minimum support price of paddy to Rs 2,930 per quintal

Odisha demands increase in minimum support price of paddy to Rs 2,930 per quintal

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has expressed dissatisfaction over the Minimum Support Price (MSP) announced for paddy at Rs 1,940 per quintal and urged the Center to increase it to Rs 2,930 per quintal. The state government said that this would benefit the farmers. Odisha Agriculture Minister Arun Kumar Sahu said that the Center has increased the MSP of paddy from Rs 1,868 per quintal to Rs 1,940 per quintal for the crop year 2021-22. While the MSP for Grade-A variety has been fixed at Rs 1,960. "This will not particularly benefit the small and marginal farmers of the state," he said.

The minister's statement came after the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved an increase in the minimum support price for Kharif crops for the marketing year 2021-22. Sahu said, “Odisha should not be treated like other states as our farmers often face natural calamities like cyclones, floods, droughts (at some places) and pest attacks. Hence, our state should should be taken in particular. 

The minister said that the central assistance for the farmers of Odisha is not enough. He said that the MSP of paddy should be increased to Rs 2,930 per quintal as per the recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee. Meanwhile, the Odisha government on Friday approved investment proposals worth Rs 1,637.41 crore in the state. With this, employment will be created for 1,116 people in the state. The officer gave this information. These proposals were approved in the meeting of the State Level Single Window Approval Authority chaired by the Chief Secretary of the State SC Mohapatra. After the meeting, Mohapatra said that the state government has given in-principle approval to four industrial projects. Many people will get indirect employment in these projects.


Amazon India to set up digital centers in various cities to support small industries

Amazon India to set up digital centers in various cities to support small industries

New Delhi: E-commerce company Amazon India is planning to open digital hubs in various cities to connect Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with its platform and empower them in online business. These centers will help small industries in their digital business by providing awareness and related facilities about e-commerce and will accelerate their growth.

Pranav Bhasin, Director (MSME, Sales Partner Experience), Amazon India said this. The company has opened a digital center for MSMEs in Surat, Gujarat earlier this month. This center will act as a resource center and will help in meeting the needs of MSMEs as well as solving their problems. Through these centers, the company will provide awareness and understanding about e-commerce, export market information, etc. 

Bhasin said, “We have planned to set up digital centers near clusters of small industries in the country to empower MSMEs in the field of digital business and to address their problems.” However, he did not say that Amazon. In which cities and by when India plans to open such digital centers. It is noteworthy that MSMEs play an important role in the country's economy. It contributes about 30 percent of the total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 48 percent of the exports. 

Bhasin said, “We recently opened the first Amazon Digital Center in Surat, Gujarat. This center will cater to all the needs of MSMEs to become digital entrepreneurs. In this, MSMEs will be given all kinds of support in terms of benefits of e-commerce and logistic support, digital marketing, GST and taxation. are MSMEs. These centers will help them in their digital business and accelerate their growth. We have set a target of digitally enabling one crore MSMEs by 2025, including through Amazon Digital Center. 

On benefits to MSMEs from e-commerce, Bhasin said, “From the beginning, we have been focused on digitally empowering MSMEs and other vendors by using technology to connect and reduce operational costs for them. . Our investments in technology and infrastructure have fueled their growth." He said, "It is because of our efforts that today lakhs of small and medium businesses are joining us. 

More than 10 lakh artisans and weavers and over 1.5 lakh local offline stores are working with Amazon through franchisees. More than 70 thousand small manufacturers have now launched global brands and exports have already crossed $3 billion.” He added that Amazon.in has more than 8.5 lakh sellers and more than 90 per cent of them are MSMEs. . More than fifty percent vendors are from small and medium towns like Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, Angul in Odisha, Idukki in Kerala.