Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 20 March 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Dustlik exercise
  2. PMFBY implementation.

1. Dustlik exercise

News Summary

The second edition of the Indo-Uzbekistan Joint Field Training Exercise, EXERCISE DUSTLIK-II culminated on Friday, 19 March 2021, after 10 days of mutual learning.

Prelims GS – Internal Security/International Relations

  • Indo-Uzbekistan Joint Field Training Exercise is called Dustlik exercise.
  •  The training was focused on Counter Insurgency / Counter-Terrorism operations in urban scenarios as well as sharing of expertise on Skills at Arms.
  • The exercise also provided an opportunity to troops of both Armies to foster everlasting professional and social bonding.
  • After intense military training, the joint exercise concluded with both Armies exhibiting their combat power and dominance over the terrorist groups during the Validation Exercise.

Click here to view the official PIB release.

2. PMFBY Implementation

News Summary

Implementation of PMFBY was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in Rajya Sabha today.

Prelims GS – Agriculture

  • The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) introduced from Kharif 2016 season is voluntary for States since its inception.  Therefore, States are free to take decisions regarding implementing the scheme or not.
  • Further, the scheme has also been made voluntary for farmers w.e.f. Kharif 2020 season.
  • Therefore, the scheme is available for all farmers for crops and areas notified by the concerned State Government.
  • Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) aims at supporting sustainable production in the agriculture sector by way of –
    • a) providing financial support to farmers suffering crop loss/damage arising out of unforeseen events
    • b) stabilizing the income of farmers to ensure their continuance in farming
    • c) encouraging farmers to adopt innovative and modern agricultural practices
    • d) ensuring flow of credit to the agriculture sector; which will contribute to food security, crop diversification, and enhancing growth and competitiveness of the agriculture sector besides protecting farmers from production risks.
  • There will be a uniform premium of only 2% to be paid by farmers for all Kharif crops and 1.5% for all Rabi crops.
  • In the case of annual commercial and horticultural crops, the premium to be paid by farmers will be only 5%.
  • Risks to be covered under the scheme:
    • Yield Losses
    • Prevented Sowing(on a notified area basis)
    • Post-Harvest Losses
    • Localized calamities

Click here to know more about PMFBY on the official website.



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