Farmer Income Scheme benefited by small farming families which own two hectares of land or less, are set to receive a direct cash handout of Rs 6,000 a year, in three equal installments under the so-called Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme,said the acting finance minister Piyush Goyal while tabling the interim budget for 2019-20 on Friday.
Nearly 73.4 lakh agriculturists in the Tamil Nadu State may benefit under the Central government's proposed income support scheme for farmers.
There are 62.24 lakh farmers, who have less than one hectare and 11.19 lakh holding up to two hectares, according to the provisional results of the Agriculture Census, conducted keeping 2015-16 as the base year and which were made public in October 2018.
However, a senior policymaker said that before implementing the scheme in the State, a drive to 'update and purify' the land records should be done, just as it's done in Telangana state where a similar scheme is in operation since April last year.
Amidst the chaos caused by COVID-19, Government and the public are taking necessary precautions to control the malicious spread of the virus. But still, the virus seems to spread because of minor negligence and carelessness of some. The journalists are the essential social workers, who are carrying the duty of reporting the news to the public. Unfortunately, even journalists are getting affected by the virus. A few cases in the state of Tamil Nadu and Mumbai panicked everyone. A recent report states that a Telugu journalist has also been affected by this virus and has tested positive for COVID-19.
Mehboobnagar NTV staff reporter Ahmad Pasha, Cameraman Srinivas, and T-News staff reporter Naresh have tested positive. They have been moved to the isolation chambers at Mehboobnagar Government Hospital. Along with them are Prime 9 News staff reporter Shankar (Kotthapet), AP 24/7 staff reporter Harishankar (Gadwal).
While investigating their cause, it seems that they've got infected from Gadwal MLA Krishna Mohan Reddy. The MLA participated in the cremation ritual of his brother. MLA's brother passed away because of COVID-19. It looks like they've met him for consolation and had lunch with him. This has been recognized as the cause and it looks like each one of them went back to their homes after their lunch. Doctors and authorities are processing tests for their families too. The affected have moved them into isolation. They've alerted all the media personalities and channels to proceed with proper safety measures. The journalists are also under a keen watch now. They are taking strict measures.
With the rise in the number of positive coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu, the state government has imposed a lockdown. The lockdown has had a huge impact on the film industry. The Union Head of the Film Employees Federation of South India has released a statement. In the statement, the union head reveals the dire state of the union workers.
He says the virus has disturbed the nation and society. It has crippled the workers and technicians from being able to earn a living. The union has over 25,000 members and nearly 10,000 of them are daily wage workers. With the shutting of film shoots, they lost their source of income.
Selvamani cites the example of a lightman who is unable to met day to day expenses. Selvamani urges the film fraternity to come forward and help the union in this time of crisis.
Selvamani has requested his fellow film industry colleagues, especially those who are doing well to support their needy industry mates. He has stated that if they were to help each family to get a pack of rice, it will cost them about 2 crore rupees. He has urged the film fraternity to help the families of workers without whom they the production of films will be impossible.
Actors such as Suriya, Karthi, Roshan and Manobala have come forward to help.
Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth said today that there should be more space for young people - those under the age of 45 - in politics. The 69-year-old superstar, whose entry into electoral politics is keenly anticipated ahead of Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu next year, also played down talk of chief ministership, saying he had "never imagined me as Chief Minister" and "only want(ed) change".
We need a good leader. A good leader is someone who creates leaders. It is selflessness that drives me. I want a movement and a wave to come up. I believe there will be a wave to fill the leadership wave created by the death of Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi," he said. I have decided to be the party head, Rajinikanth said. "My proposal includes appointing educated and compassionate youngster as chief minister," he said. If he made the plunge, he said, he will encourage retired bureaucrats, judges and IPS and IAS officers would enter politics. He also called for a clear division between party and government.
Who will be the chief minister? Rajinikanth named no names at the Chennai event where his political vision outlined. But the veteran actor said he would pick a responsible, self-respecting person. After hearing this, we can recollect these words from someone from Telangana. Yes. During the Telangana movement, KCR announced that apart from him, he will make some other person as CM. Rajini's words are quite similar to KCR. Sources say that, as KCR failed to keep his promise, Rajini also might fail. If he really wants to see a change, it's a good thought of making someone else as CM. But if not? People will not believe Rajini anymore.