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Major News and Events of 16 October 2017

What Happened on 16 October 2017

Gram Panchayats to directly get money from Central Government

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore has informed that government has started sending money to Gram Panchayats directly so that they can plan their development works on their own. The minister was addressing Sansad Aapke Dwar Programme at Khadav village in Jaipur, Rajasthan.  

The minister also stated that 29 crore new accounts have been opened in last two and half years and now benefits of different schemes are being transferred directly to the accounts of the beneficiaries. 

The Banks are made accountable and if they refuse to give the loan to any person under MUDRA Yojna then they have to give a reason. 

Food safety commissioners to take strict action against food adulteration

On the occasion of World food day, the Minister also launched a mobile app IFRA (Indian Food Recovery Alliance) to prevent food wastage. The app is created by Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) to manage surplus food recovery and stop food waste in the country. The App also creates a network of food recovery agencies and bring together donating bodies, beneficiaries, and volunteers. 

The minister also stated that there is a need to raise awareness about the food loss and waste amongst citizens and bring about behavioral change to prevent food waste at home, school or at the workplace.

According to reports, Centre has directed the food safety commissioners of all the states to take strict action against those involved in food adulteration. This was informed by Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey. He had also ordered concerned officials to be vigilant for adulteration during the festive season.

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