Campaign by Press Information Bureau on at Njarakkal

The proposed Food Security Bill will enable 70 to 80 per cent of the people in the country to get food grains at reasonable rates, said Union Minister of State for Agriculture K.V. Thomas here on Sunday. The Minister was inaugurating a public information campaign at Njarakkal, organised by the Press Information Bureau at the Manjooran Centre, said a press release here.

Programmes like integrated farming schemes, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana and the proposal to set aside a portion of the profits of public sector undertakings for the development of nearby villages and so on will help transform the agricultural sector, he said.

M.K. Purushothaman, MLA, presided over the inauguration of the awareness campaign. President of the Vypeen block panchayat Soujath Abdul Jabbar and president of the Njarakkal grama panchayat Jude Pulikkal were among those present on the occasion.

The information campaign is being organised in collaboration with various Central and State government departments; local self-government institutions; and voluntary agencies. The campaign will end on Tuesday.

Vice-president of the Vypeen block panchayat C.D. Desikan said that the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is a milestone in the path of progress. Kerala received a total of Rs.998 crore under it, he said, inaugurating a seminar on MGNREGS, organised as part of the campaign.

Member of the Njarakkal panchayat A.A. Suresh Babu presided over the inaugural function.

Bicycles distributed

Eighteen students in Njarakkal panchayat were gifted with a bicycle each on the day under a sponsorship programme by the State Bank of India, Union Bank of India, Corporation Bank and Bharat Petroleum Corporation-Kochi Refinery as part of the campaign.

The keys of the bicycles were handed over to the students by K.V. Thomas.

The three-day information campaign will highlight the flagship programmes of the Union government and includes an exhibition, public meetings, seminars, a free medical camp and cultural programmes, the press release said.