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About The Paat Mitro

Context:

The Ministry of Textiles recently launched the “Paat-Mitro” mobile application to provide important information about MSP and agronomy to jute farmers.

Relevance:

GS II: Government Policies and Interventions

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Paat Mitro: Empowering Jute Farmers through Technology
  2. Jute Corporation of India Limited (JCI): Key Facts

Paat Mitro: Empowering Jute Farmers through Technology

  • Origin: Developed by the Jute Corporation of India Limited (JCI).
  • Purpose: Facilitate access to crucial information on Minimum Support Prices (MSP) and agronomy for jute farmers.
Key Features:
  • Multilingual Support: Available in six languages for wider accessibility.
  • Free of Cost: All functionalities are accessible to users without any charges.
  • Comprehensive Information:
    • Provides the latest agronomic practices and MSP details.
    • Includes Jute Gradation Parameters.
    • Highlights farmer-centric schemes like ‘Jute-ICARE.’
    • Offers weather forecasts, JCI’s Purchase Centres’ locations, and Procurement Policies.
    • Enables tracking of payment status for sold raw jute under MSP Operation.

Technology Integration:

  • Incorporates advanced features like Chatbot for addressing user queries.

Jute Corporation of India Limited (JCI): Key Facts

  • Founded in 1971 as an official agency by the Government of India.
Mission and Role:
  • Objective: To provide minimum support prices (MSP) to jute cultivators.
  • Implementation: Acts as the implementing agency for various Government of India projects aimed at enhancing jute crop and improving the lives of jute growers.
Administrative Structure:
  • Control: Under the administrative purview of the Ministry of Textiles.
Geographical Presence:
  • States Covered: Operates in seven jute-growing states: West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Orissa, and Andhra Pradesh.
Financial Structure:
  • Capital: Authorized and paid-up capital of Rs. 5 crore.
Procurement Policy:
  • Quantitative Commitment: Obliged to purchase any quantity of jute offered by growers at support rates without any quantitative limit.
  • Government Support: Losses incurred during policy implementation are reimbursed by the Government of India.

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