New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi released on Friday, 25th December, the next instalment of financial benefit under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi through video conference, according to a press statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Modi said Rs. 18,000 crore have been deposited directly in the bank accounts of more than 9 crore farmer families in the country at the click of a button on 25th December. He added that ever since this scheme started, more than 1.10 lakh crore rupees have reached the account of farmers.
The Prime Minister expressed regret that more than 70 lakh farmers of West Bengal have not been able to get this benefit. He said over 23 lakh farmers of Bengal have applied online to take advantage of this scheme, but the State Government has stopped the verification process for so long. He said the parties which do not speak in the interest of farmers in West Bengal, come here to Delhi and talk about the farmer. He said these parties are missing APMC mandis nowadays, but these parties repeatedly forget that there are no APMC mandis in Kerala and these people never agitate in Kerala.
Prime Minister Modi said the Government worked at aiming to reduce the input cost of the farmers. He listed some farmer-centric initiatives of the Government like Soil Health Card, Neem Coating of Urea, and the scheme for distribution of solar pumps which helped in reducing the input cost for the farmers. He added that the government tried to ensure that farmers have a better crop insurance cover. Today, crores of farmers are getting the benefit of the PM crop insurance scheme, as the per the PMO press statement.
Prime Minister Modi said the Government tried to ensure that the country’s farmers get a fair price for the crop. He said the Government fixed one-and-a-half times the production cost as MSP for the farmers, as per the recommendations of the long-standing Swaminathan Committee report. He added that the number of crops for which MSP is available was also increased.
PM Modi apprised that the Government aimed to open new markets for the farmers to sell their crop. He said the Government added more than a thousand agricultural mandis of the country online. Among these, more than Rs. one lakh crore have been traded, he said, explaining that the Government worked towards forming groups of small farmers so that they can work as a collective force in their region. Today, a campaign is underway to form more than 10,000 Farmers Producer Organisations (FPOs) in the country and they are being given financial help, he said.
The Prime Minister said that today farmers are getting a pucca house, toilet, and clean piped drinking water. They have benefited greatly from the free electricity connection and free gas connection, he said, adding that free treatment up to Rs. 5 lakh under Ayushman Bharat scheme has reduced the major concern of the lives of farmers.
Prime Minister Modi said that through the agricultural reforms better options were provided to the farmers. After these laws, farmers can sell their produce to whomever they want, he observed, saying they can sell their produce wherever they get the right price. He said after the new laws, farmers can sell their produce at MSP or sell it at market or export or sell it to the merchant, or sell it in another state, or sell it through FPO, or be part of the value chain of biscuits, chips, jam, and other consumer products.
The Prime Minister said investment and innovation have improved in other sectors, income was enhanced, and ‘Brand India’ was established in that sector. He said now the time has come for ‘Brand India’ to establish itself in the agricultural markets of the world with equal prestige.
PM Modi thanked all farmers across the country who have fully supported and welcomed the agricultural reforms and assured that he will not let them down. He said people mainly from the rural areas participated in the recently held local body elections in Assam, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir and in a way rejected all the parties that misled farmers.
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