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Addressing the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that a new development journey of Jammu and Kashmir has begun in last one year. he highlighted the government's focus on development of Leh, Ladakh and Kashmir regions.

The PM emphasised about building a development ecosystem in the country. He said that some parts of the county despite having people with huge potential have lagged behind in the development process and to address the same, the government is plugging those gaps.

PM Modi cited examples being Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, expansion of gas pipelines, brand new railway infra structure, which were ushering in a new era of development for the eastern and north-eastern India. He said that similarly the government plans to develop Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Speaking about how the abrogation of Article 370, has helped Jammu and Kashmir in last one year, he said that the government was making stupendous efforts to improve the lives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that it was a matter of pride for all Indians, that all the sarpanches across Jammu and Kashmir, were putting in a great effort to ensure development reaches everyone in the union territory and it progresses along with the rest of the country.

Talking about elections in Jammu and Kashmir, he said that the Delimitation process was underway in Jammu and Kashmir and once completed, an election will be held in the Union Territory and Jammu and Kashmir would have its own chief minister and ministers.

The Prime Minister spoke at length about development in Ladakh region. He said that Ladakh’s long-pending demand to be granted the status of a union territory had also been met and Ladakh was on the path to progress.

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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 Management 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 Management 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.