16.10.18 Odisha (OPSC) Current Affairs



  • State to have policy for farmer producer bodies


  • The State Government is mulling to formulate a policy on farmer producer organisations (FPOs) for generating higher returns to farming communities.


  • The proposed policy would facilitate establishment of FPOs, while integrating and promoting the activities involved in the field of agriculture and allied sectors.


  • The Government would make a single-window clearance system to support FPOs for easy issue of licences to trade in inputs like seed, fertiliser, farm machinery and pesticides etc for use of their members as well as routing the supply of agricultural inputs through FPOs at par with cooperatives.


  • Sectors like fisheries, dairy, livestock, food processing, agri-business, warehousing and logistics will be given focused attention and with the support of global technologies, necessary infrastructure facilities will be in place.


  • The objective of the proposed policy is to strengthen collectivisation of producers, especially small and marginal farmers, into producer organisations as one of the most effective pathways to address many challenges of agriculture but most importantly, it will lead to improved access to investment, technology, input and market, experts say.


  • Several assistances like corpus funds, investment promotion subsidy, interest subsidy, equity grant, credit guarantee fund, exemptions from stamp duty and concession in registration charges are proposed for strengthening of the FPOs.





  • World Students’ Day: 15 October


  • World Students’ Day is observed to mark the birthday of A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. It is observed on Kalam’s birthday, 15 October.


  • In 2015 the United Nations declared 15 October “World Students’ Day”.



  • Kalam was the 11th president of India.






·        Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi launched

  • Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi was launched in Delhi by the Union Minister for Earth Sciences and Environment, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.


  • The System is designed to predict extreme air pollution events and give alerts to take necessary steps as per Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) of the Government of India.


  • The air pollution system has been developed jointly by the scientists at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, India Meteorological Department and National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF).


·        Government launches award scheme under ‘Saubhagya’

  • Awards would be provided for achieving 100 per cent household electrification at DISCOM/Power Department level of the States.


  • Eight States which have already achieved more than 99 per cent household electrification prior to launch of Saubhagya (Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab and Tamil Nadu), are ineligible for participation under the award scheme. All the remaining States and their Discoms are eligible for the award.

·        Drought conditions in 1/3rd of districts


  • The June-september monsoon, which was 9% below normal, has caused drought-like conditions in almost a third of the districts in India, putting farmers in these high-deficiency areas under stress, data from the India Meteorological Department and reports from states showed. Over 200 districts received below-average rainfall this year.


  • Ahead of a general election next year, rural distress will likely keep the Modi government under pressure from farmers already battling higher cultivation costs, pricier diesel needed to run farm equipment and poor returns due to a slump in commodity prices.


·        Centre is to set up a committee to deal issues raised by Metoo India movement


  • Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhiannounced that the Centre is to set up a committee of judges and lawyers to examine the existing legal and institutional framework. The committee is to deal with complaints of sexual harassment at the workplace that are emanating from the#MeTooIndia movement.
  • The move comes even as the government is yet to make a statement on allegations by several women journalists against Minister of State for External Affairs J. Akbar.