UP govt decision to hike sugarcane price will benefit party in assembly polls: BJP

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New Delhi, Sep 27 | The BJP believes that the Yogi Adityanath government’s decision to increase sugarcane price by Rs 25 per quintal will yield political dividends in next year’s Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, especially in the western part of the state. Sugarcane is the main crop of western UP and farmers from the region led by Rakesh Tikait have been protesting since last year against three new farm laws.

The saffron camp believes that the increased price will benefit the party in next year’s state polls as it addresses the long pending demand of farmers to increase the prices.

BJP Kisan Morcha president and Lok Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh, Raj Kumar Chahar told IANS that the decision will benefit farmers. “The decision will increase farmer’s income and they (farmers) will realise that the BJP government is committed to their welfare and increasing their income. It shows that the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and the Yogi Adityanath government in the state are working round the clock for the welfare of farmers when some people with vested political interests are misleading them over new farm laws,” Chahar said.

A party functionary in Uttar Pradesh pointed out that in the past an increase in sugarcane price had yielded political benefits and this time also it will help the BJP in next year’s assembly poll. “With an increase in the sugarcane price, anger among farmers will likely to scale down specially in Western Uttar Pradesh where a section of farmers are part of the agitation led by Tikait,” he said.

Earlier this month, Union minister and Lok Sabha member from Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh, Sanjeev Balyan had told IANS that farmers of western Uttar Pradesh, who are participating in the Tikait led protests, have different issues.

“Our farmers’ issues are related to sugarcane. If those issues are resolved, everything will be fine. These three new farm laws are not an issue for our farmers. The increase in sugarcane procurement price, as promised by our chief minister, will make a huge difference,” Balyan had said.

Earlier this year, a delegation of saffron party leaders including Sanjeev Balyan, party MPs Chahar, Satypal Singh and Bhola Singh and others met Chief Minister Adityanath over the issues related to sugarcane farmers including the State Advised Price (SAP).

A senior party leader claimed that increased sugarcane price will help the party to win back the farmers’ support in next year’s assembly polls. “Increase in sugarcane price by Chief Minister Adityanath will benefit the party and consolidate our support base among farmers across the state and in western Uttar Pradesh,” he said.

Source: IANS

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Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal Campusutra.com  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

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These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

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The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

Author Name : Nirmalya Pal

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