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PM Modi attends meeting of Somnath trust, stresses the need to develop Somnath as ancient heritage pilgrimage
Somnath expected to witness over 1 crore Yatris, trustees call for state of the art infrastructure for all round development
Somnath gains over 2 million followers on social media
Somnath: PM Modi suggests excavations of areas to establish various missing historic links
Somanth: PM Modi suggests to bring maximum areas under CCTV surveillance network
Somnath Trust decides to deposit about 6 kg gold under Gold Monetisation Scheme of Government of India

A meeting of the Board of Trusties of Somnath Trust was held at the Prime Minister’s residence in Delhi, today. As the Chairman of the trust Shri Keshubhai Patel being unwell could not attend the meeting, Shri L.K. Advani chaired the meeting. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Shri Harshavardhan Neotia, Shri P K Laheri and Shri J D Parmar as the trustees, also attended the meeting.

The newly appointed trustee Shri Amitbhai Shah was welcomed by the board.

The Prime Minister stressed the need to develop the Somnath as an ancient heritage pilgrimage as well as a tourist destination. The Trust reviewed the progress of various Projects of continuous growth of devotees visiting Somnath. The Trustees also said that as Somnath is about to witness one crore of Yatris, the state of the art infrastructure for the all-round development should be envisioned. Somnath has more than 2 million followers on social media.

The Prime Minister also suggested excavations of areas to establish various missing historic links. He said that high-tech marine attractions and virtual reality shows should be covered in the future plan. He also suggested to bring maximum areas under CCTV surveillance network.

The Somnath Trust has also decided to deposit about 6 kg gold under Gold Monetisation Scheme of Government of India.

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PM to dedicate to the Nation 35 crop varieties with special traits on 28th September
September 27, 2021
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PM to dedicate the newly constructed campus of National Institute of Biotic Stress Tolerance Raipur to the Nation
PM to also distribute the Green Campus Award to the Agricultural Universities

In an endeavour to create mass awareness for adoption of climate resilient technologies, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will dedicate 35 crop varieties with special traits to the Nation on 28th September at 11 AM via video conferencing, in a pan India programme organised at all ICAR Institutes, State and Central Agricultural Universities and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs). During the programme, the Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation the newly constructed campus of National Institute of Biotic Stress Tolerance Raipur.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister will distribute Green Campus Award to Agricultural Universities, as well as interact with farmers who use innovative methods and address the gathering.

Union Minister of Agriculture and Chief Minister Chhattisgarh will be present on the occasion.

About crop varieties with special traits

The crop varieties with special traits have been developed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to address the twin challenges of climate change and malnutrition. Thirty-five such crop varieties with special traits like climate resilience and higher nutrient content have been developed in the year 2021. These include a drought tolerant variety of chickpea, wilt and sterility mosaic resistant pigeonpea, early maturing variety of soybean, disease resistant varieties of rice and biofortified varieties of wheat, pearl millet, maize and chickpea, quinoa, buckwheat, winged bean and faba bean.

These special traits crop varieties also include those that address the anti-nutritional factors found in some crops that adversely affect human and animal health. Examples of such varieties include Pusa Double Zero Mustard 33, first Canola quality hybrid RCH 1 with <2% erucic acid and <30 ppm glucosinolates and a soybean variety free from two anti-nutritional factors namely Kunitz trypsin inhibitor and lipoxygenase. Other varieties with special traits have been developed in soybean, sorghum, and baby corn, among others.

About National Institute of Biotic Stress Management

The National Institute of Biotic Stress Management at Raipur has been established to take up the basic and strategic research in biotic stresses, develop human resources and provide policy support. The institute has started PG courses from the academic session 2020-21.

About Green Campus Awards

The Green Campus Awards has been initiated to motivate the State and Central Agricultural Universities to develop or adopt such practices that will render their campuses more green and clean, and motivate students to get involved in ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, ‘Waste to Wealth Mission’ and community connect as per the National Education Policy-2020.