Maharashtra CM bats for states’ share in crop insurance scheme at 50%

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav

Thackeray on Thursday demanded that the states’ share in the Pradhan Mantri Pik Vima Yojana (PM’s crop insurance scheme) should remain at 50 percent.

He was speaking at a video conference with Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on the agriculture reforms ordinance.

Thackeray said the states’ share in the crop loan insurance scheme should be 50 per cent.

He also said that insurance companies should have their offices at district level, so that farmers can easily approach them for claim settlement.

The Centre should also take steps to ensure that farmers get timely crop loans from banks, the chief minister said.

The cap of 25 per cent for procurement of cereals and pulses should be scrapped, Thackeray said.

Maharashtra agriculture minister Dada Bhuse, who was also present at the meeting, demanded loans at one percent rate for creating infrastructure facilities in the agriculture sector.

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ICRA Q1 net profit declines 17% to Rs 17 cr, income down at Rs Rs 80.8 cr

Credit rating firm has reported a 17 per cent fall in consolidated net profit to Rs 17.04 crore for the first quarter ended June 30, 2020.

The company’s net profit had stood at Rs 20.53 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal.

Its total income also moderated to Rs 80.79 crore for the quarter ended June 2020, from Rs 88.69 crore a year ago, said in a regulatory filing.

The level of activity in the economy was significantly impacted by the coronavirus-induced lockdown in the first quarter of 2020-21, it said.

The rating agency also added that this along with less-than-expected pick-up in the economy in the second quarter due to partial lockdowns in some geographies have resulted in the agency’s estimate of GDP contracting further to 9.5 per cent, it said.

Based on the current assessment, this situation does not materially impact the company’s capital and financial resources, said.

However, the actual impact of Covid-19 may differ from that estimated due to unforeseen circumstances, it said. The company will continue to closely monitor any material changes to

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Truckers Block Chile Roads In Protest At Attacks

Truckers in Chile on Thursday partially blocked major roads linking the north and south of the country in protest at an increase in attacks by militant indigenous people.

Members of the Mapuche indigenous community have long-standing land disputes with the state, especially in the southern region of Araucania, around 600 kilometers south of the capital Santiago.

Some have taken their frustrations to extreme levels, attacking trucks and forestry machinery.

Several trucker unions called for the blockades, although sporadically some cars and trucks were allowed to pass.

“We’re asking for security, not just for truckers but all Chileans,” Jose Villagran, president of the Southern Truckers Federation, told national television.

He insisted that the blockade would not prevent deliveries of food and supplies.

The truckers want the government to pass a law that treats the breaking and entering into a truck cab on the same level as burglary, as well as greater security on the roads.

At the weekend, a nine-year-old girl was hurt after gunmen opened fire on a truck in Araucania.

She was traveling with her family, which was forced to flee the vehicle before the attackers torched it, police said.

Some people deny the Mapuche are behind the attacks

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