Mukherjee to award best performing states in agriculture production
President Pranab Mukherjee will present 'Krishi Karman Awards' for 2011-12 to best performing states in agriculture production on Tuesday.
Bihar, Manipur, Nagaland, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh will be awarded the Krishi Karman 2011-12 awards. In addition, ten States are being given commendation awards.
President Mukherjee will present the award to Chief Ministers or Agriculture Ministers of these States.
The awards were instituted in 2010-11 for recognizing the meritorious efforts of States in foodgrain production.
'Krishi Karman Awards' are given to best performing states in two broad sets. One for the total foodgrain production and the other for the individual foodgrain crops of rice, wheat, pulses and coarse cereals. States for total foodgrains category are further divided into three categories based on total foodgrain production capacity of the state.
The award winning states get a trophy, a citation and cash award. The cash award is Rs. 2 crores for total foodgrain production and Rs. 1 crore for each of the four individual crops.
A selection committee headed by Secretary (Agriculture and Cooperation) assessed the performance of States against criteria that took into account production outcomes, implementation of crop production programs and innovative approaches adopted for effective service delivery.
The commendation awards go to Punjab, Uttarakhand, Assam, West Bengal, Tripura, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Himachal Pradesh.
These states achieved record production and productivity levels in total foodgrains or in any of the individual crops but scored relatively lesser marks on other criteria compared to the top awardees.