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November 22, 2001 - November 22, 2001

Surendranagar :: 5 assistant engineers suspended Thursday, November 22, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
GANDHINAGAR: The government on Wednesday announced suspension of five assistant engineers posted in the earthquake affected areas of Patdi taluka in Surendranagar district for dereliction of duty.

The punitive action against M K Majmudar (posted to Visavadar), Rakesh Patel (posted to Aadriyana), H N Mehta (posted to Zinzuwada), M A Mirza (posted to Sedla) and P R Rathva (posted to Upariyana) was taken as they did not work in accordance with the instructions in the rehabilitation work, an official press release said.

It further stated Chief Minister Narendra Modi in his video conference with senior officials had told them to deal firmly with the employees for dereliction of duty and indulging in corrupt practice.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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5 assistant engineers suspended Thursday, November 22, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
GANDHINAGAR: The government on Wednesday announced suspension of five assistant engineers posted in the earthquake affected areas of Patdi taluka in Surendranagar district for dereliction of duty.

The punitive action against M K Majmudar (posted to Visavadar), Rakesh Patel (posted to Aadriyana), H N Mehta (posted to Zinzuwada), M A Mirza (posted to Sedla) and P R Rathva (posted to Upariyana) was taken as they did not work in accordance with the instructions in the rehabilitation work, an official press release said.

It further stated Chief Minister Narendra Modi in his video conference with senior officials had told them to deal firmly with the employees for dereliction of duty and indulging in corrupt practice.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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5 assistant engineers suspended Thursday, November 22, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
GANDHINAGAR: The government on Wednesday announced suspension of five assistant engineers posted in the earthquake affected areas of Patdi taluka in Surendranagar district for dereliction of duty.

The punitive action against M K Majmudar (posted to Visavadar), Rakesh Patel (posted to Aadriyana), H N Mehta (posted to Zinzuwada), M A Mirza (posted to Sedla) and P R Rathva (posted to Upariyana) was taken as they did not work in accordance with the instructions in the rehabilitation work, an official press release said.

It further stated Chief Minister Narendra Modi in his video conference with senior officials had told them to deal firmly with the employees for dereliction of duty and indulging in corrupt practice.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Western dairy models not suited to India Thursday, November 22, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Recommendations for promoting large milch herd model is fundamentally inconsistent with the Indian environment, according to the National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India Ltd (NCDFI).

India produced 79 million tonnes of milk in 1998-99. If the high input output model is adopted to produce this quantum of milk, India will require only 45 million milch animals that are in turn reared by 3 million producers. Compare this with the existing profile of milk yield of 98 million milch animals owned by 50 million villagers. This is a major point raised by NCDFI in its annual report for 2000-01.

Rather than favour an input-intensive dairying model as followed by the advanced nations, India must continue to recognise that there are many positive interdependencies between agriculture and dairying and efforts should continue to be directed at effectively harnessing this advantage. While there has been no government policy to restrict or discourage anyone from owning or maintaining a large herd of milch animals, the very characteristic of Indian dairying lends itself to small holdings of milch animals. In India, only 15 per cent of the segment maintain four or more milch animals.

In 1970, India produced 20 million tonnes of milk. FAO sources forecast India's milk production to be 81 million tonnes in 2000 - a four-fold increase in three decades. This growth was possible as India adopted the strategy to develop dairying through the cooperative method.

More than 70 per cent of India's rural people are small and marginal farmers and landless labourers. Together they account for only 30 per cent of the land holding but 60 per cent of milch animals.

Today, India has more than 10 million farmers as primary members of around 73000 functional village dairy cooperative societies federated into 172 district cooperative unions and 22 state cooperative dairy federations. During 1999-2000, this structure procured and processed about one sixth of the nation's milk marketable surplus and was responsible for payments of around Rs 6000 crore to the milk producers.

For those who question the usefulness of the cooperative sector in India the NCDFI listed out the following facts. In the UK all the milk is procured by cooperatives and in New Zealand there are no private dairy plants. In Denmark, Netherlands and Sweden 100 per cent of the dairy industry is in the cooperative sector. In the USA 70 per cent of the dairy industry is in the cooperative sector. Many developed dairying nations subsidise a part or whole of their domestic milk production, restrict imports and do subsidise exports.

As on December 31, 2000 the Milk and Milk Product Order (M&MPO) 1992 had registered 666 units with processing capacity of 65.8 million litres per day. There are 390 private plants with a total processing capacity of 30.1 million litres per day registered under the M&MPO. In contrast, it has registered 212 cooperative dairies with an aggregate processing capacity of 28.4 million litres per day. Therefore, any observation that the M&MPO has favoured the cooperative sector in granting registration is misplaced and unfounded, according to the NCDFI report.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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GAU to introduce new courses Thursday, November 22, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: The Academic Council of Gujarat Agricultural University (GAU) in its meeting recently has approved the proposal for starting an international post-graduate course in Agricultural Business Management.

Dr M H Mehta, the vice-chancellor of GAU, said that the university has decided to review the changes in syllabi, course curriculum, etc. in various faculties such as dairy technology, veterinary science, home science, etc. to meet the challenges and future requirements. It has been observed from the list of students admitted last year that students with higher percentage of marks have opted for veterinary science and dairy technology including agriculture.

The vice-chancellor further emphasised the need for starting such an international agricultural business management course update with the changes in world scenario and having a large component of e-commerce.

"Information technology will play an important role in international agricultural business. GAU will also consider collaboration with national and international agencies for such courses. The university's unique GAUSATKRU (GAU Satellite Krushi Gosthi) will also be made useful for this purpose," he said.

Mehta said necessary provisions will be made in the rules for NRI students who can be admitted to various degree courses in the university which can generate foreign exchange also.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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