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UP amends Mandi Act to facilitate direct procurement from farmers


After allowing FPOs to directly procure from farmers, Uttar Pradesh has announced another set of reforms to its Act.

The state joins the long list of domains that have used the Covid-19 crisis to make changes in their APMC rules in order to facilitate direct procurement from

The UP government yesterday decided to abolish certain provisions of the Uttar Pradesh Krishi Utpadan Act through an ordinance that will allow to sell 46 fruits and directly without bringing them to the mandis. But if they do bring these items to the mandis, only a nominal user charge will be levied on them, not the existing fees and charges.

The proposed amendments will also enable setting up of private mandis, designation of cold storages and warehouses as deemed market places and single license for traders to buy and sell from any mandi within the state. The measures have been announced so that get a good price for their produce, a large part of which has been impacted due to Covid-19 lockdown.

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HCL provides protective equipment to healthcare workers in Coimbatore


HCL is providing the District Administration of Coimbatore with vital protection equipment including masks, personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizers and hands-free wash basins.

The idea is to help frontline health workers as they battle the Covid-19 pandemic. HCL has provided 7,000 PPE kits complying to the SITRA and HLL specifications, 20,000 three-ply masks, 55 liters of sanitizer and two hands-free wash basins to the district administration.

These are being routed to the frontline workers of Coimbatore district working in the ESI Hospital, Government Hospital, Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, District Health Centres and conservancy workers across the district.

“We are committed to ensuring the well-being of all our citizens and have already taken several steps so that we are prepared to meet all requirements from a healthcare perspective. Our healthcare warriors and other frontline workers are helping us fight this pandemic every day and also saving precious lives. HCL’s support and the protection equipment being provided by them will ensure the safety of our bravehearts. We would like to thank HCL for this critical and timely support,” said K Rajamani IAS District Collector and District Magistrate, Coimbatore.

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