In a rare gesture,Chief Minister Narendra Modi had a word of appreciation for the Central government during his valedictory address at the Vibrant Gujarat Agriculture Summit 2013 here on Tuesday.
A day after painting a grim picture of Indias farming during the inauguration of the meet,Modi said,The Government of India has helped us identify progressive farmers from each district of the country. How else could we have found the right persons?
Of the 640 districts,one farmer each from 543 districts were felicitated on Tuesday with cash award of Rs 51,000. The Indian Council of Agriculture Research helped the Gujarat government identify farmers who have done exemplary work.
Modis remarks came after two top Central government officials,including ICAR Director General S Ayappan and Union Agriculture and Cooperative Secretary Aash-ish Bahuguna appreciated the efforts of the Gujarat government in organising the event.
Modi,however,took a indirect dig at Leader of Opposition in Assembly Shankersinh Vaghela,who critcised him for giving away cash rewards to farmers from other states. I am trying to unite farmers. One should get rid of narrow mentality. This nation is one. Do we not owe it to farmers of other states? In times of drought is it not farmers of other states who help us?he said.