Rajasthan: Locusts destroy crops in Dholpur
- A group of 10-15 locust swarms were seen in the area earlier as well. This time, they entered again through Madhya Pradesh.
- Locust swarms are reportedly damaging crops around the area creating a threat on the livelihood of farmers in Rajasthan.
- Locusts are the oldest migratory pest in the world.
- They differ from ordinary grasshoppers in their ability to change behaviour (gregarize) and form swarms that can migrate over large distances.
- No taxonomic distinction is made between locust and grasshopper species.
- Swarming behaviour is a response to overcrowding.
- The most devastating of all locust species is the Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria).
- When desert locusts meet, their nervous systems release serotonin, which causes them to become mutually attracted, a prerequisite for swarming.
Indira Rasoi: Rajasthan Government
- Urban development and local bodies minister Shanti Dhariwal said the state government is going to introduce Indira Rasoi Yojana in all the urban bodies of the state.
- The state government had made an allocation of Rs 100 crore a year for the scheme to realise the chief minister’s resolve of ‘no one sleeps hungry’ in the state.
Indira Rasoi Yojana:
- Under the scheme, food will be available at a concessional rate twice a day to make sure no one sleeps hungry in the state.
- For the successful implementation of the scheme, the state government will rope in local Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in every district of the state.
- For monitoring and evaluating the progress of the scheme, Information Technology will be used. In every district, a committee headed by the district collector will also be set up for monitoring the scheme.
- For the scheme, Rs 100 crore will be spent every year by the state government. The rate for the meals under the Indira Rasoi Yojna has not been finalized yet.