Archive | December, 2012

Pratibha Ray – Oriya novelist awarded by Jnanpith Award – 2011

28 Dec


A professor by profession and a writer by choice ,Pratibha Ray is one of the most widely read Oriya novelists and short story writers.

She is one of the leading fiction writes in India and she has been involved in active research also.Her novels and stories are deeply and persuasively grounded in the great tradition of story-telling.



Ray has 20 novels, 24 short stories, 10 travelogues, two poetry collections and a number of essays to her credit.

Ray is a household name in Orissa, having made a remarkable journey from her obscure village to the hearts and minds of readers.

Her writings have been translated into English, other foreign languages as also a number of other Indian languages.
Ray will be the 47th author to be bestowed with the honour.

Some facts about Jnanpith Award
It is awarded for : Literature
It is awarded by : Bhartiya Jnanpith
(trust founded by sahu jain family)
the publisher of The Times Of India
Award instituted in : 1961
First awarded to : G. Sankara Kurup
Prize given : cheque for 7 lakh,
a citation plaque and
a bronze replica of Saraswati

The 12th five year Plan – Food Security and Improvment of the Farmers

28 Dec

12th-five-year-plan-indiaA number of new initiatives have been proposed in the 12th Five Year Plan for retaining youth in Agriculture Sector and funding for research and innovations in the sector. The twin objectives of the plan are ensuring food security and improving the lot of farmers through higher investments in agriculture and allied sectors. To address the challenges in live stock sector, National Livestock Mission and National Programme for Bovine Breeding & Dairying has also been proposed in the Plan.

12th Plan will be focusing on strategies for stable and remunerative prices to farmers; greater role for the private sector in agriculture, diversification and R&D efforts; distribution of more institutional credit equitably; providing greater focus on small and marginal farmers, improving productivity in rainfed areas; and creating a more competitive environment for agricultural marketing.

The average annual growth rate achieved in the agriculture and allied sector during 11th Plan improved to 3.3% as against 2.5% and 2.4% in the Ninth and Tenth Plan periods, respectively. It is heartening that this was achieved in spite of a drought year in 2009-10 and drought like conditions in some parts of the country during 2010-11. This momentum needs to be sustained in the 12th Plan to achieve an average annual growth rate of 4% as envisaged in the 12th Plan Document.