Sansad Ratna Awards: The Sansad Ratna Awards were instituted in 2010, inspired by the teachings of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, who launched the first edition of the Award function in Chennai. The jury committee comprises “eminent Parliamentarians and (members of) civil society”. The nominations were based on an MP’s cumulative performance in Parliament.
Factors that the decision is based on include questions asked, private members’ Bills introduced, debates initiated, attendance, funds utilised, etc. The performance data of the members have been sourced from information provided by PRS Legislative Research. The Sansad Ratna Awards are not given by the Government of India but by The Prime Point Foundation.
Jute Packaging Act,1987:Recently, the Government of India approved Reservation norms for the mandatory use of jute in the packaging of rice, wheat and sugar for the Year 2022-23.
The reservation norms under JPM Act provide for direct employment to 3.70 lakh workers and protect the interest of approximately 40 lakh farm families in the jute sector.
The Mandatory norms for full reservation for packaging of food grains and 20% reservation for packaging of sugar in jute bags will be a big boost for West Bengal. 75% of the total production of the Jute Industry is Jute Sacking Bags of which 85% is supplied to the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and State Procurement Agencies (SPAs) and remaining is exported/sold directly.
Jute: Jute is one of the most important natural fibres after cotton in terms of cultivation and usage.India is the largest producer of jute followed by Bangladesh and China. It is mainly grown in eastern India because of the rich alluvial soil of the Ganga-Brahmaputra delta. In India, major jute-producing states include West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya and Tripura.
Highly profitable commodity: Its leaves are sold in markets as a vegetable even before the crop is harvested. The inner stem can be used to manufacture paper while the outer layer produces fibre. It is known as Golden Fibre
Climatic conditions required for its growth:
Temperature: Between 25-35°C
Soil Type: Jute can be raised on all kinds of soils from clay to sandy loam, but loamy alluvial soils are best suited.
PRAGATI Platform: The Prime Minister of India chaired the 41st edition of the PRAGATI meeting. PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation) Platform was launched in March 2015.The main objective of the initiative is to introduce e-transparency and e-accountability with real-time presence and exchange among the key stakeholders. The platform aimed at addressing the common man’s grievances and simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important programmes and projects of the Government of India and projects selected by State Governments.
It also boosts the principle of cooperative federalism. It is a 3-tier system (Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Union Government Secretaries, and Chief Secretaries of the States).