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In Karnataka, PM Modi says his govt’s TOP priority is Tomato, Onion and Potato

According to the Prime Minister, the Budget allocation of Rs 14.5 lakh crore for agriculture and rural areas will benefit the poor and backward, and reduce pressure on urban areas due to migration from rural areas.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | Updated: February 5, 2018 7:36 am
In Karnataka, Modi says his govt’s TOP priority is Tomato, Onion and Potato Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP’s Karnataka leaders B S Yeddyurappa and S M Krishna in Bengaluru, Sunday. (PTI photo)

WITH KARNATAKA on election mode, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday that farmers producing vegetables and fruits will be given top priority by his government through the Operation Greens scheme announced in the Union Budget last week.

Modi also rolled out a new acronym to match the promise: TOP — Tomato, Onion, Potato.

Speaking at a pre-election rally, Modi said: “Even farmers producing fruits and vegetables are important to us. They have top priority. If you go to any corner of India, you will find three vegetables — tomato, onion and potato. That is why I call it top priority — the T of tomato, the O of Onion and the P of potato — TOP priority. Keeping these farmers in my mind, we announced Operation Greens in the Budget. Like how Amul is a model in the milk sector for enhancing the income of dairy farmers, Operation Greens will assure incomes for tomato, onion, potato… and all vegetable farmers.”

The Prime Minister also referred to “reform, perform, transform” while talking about his model of governance.

“Our government is working on the principles of reform, perform, transform. We try to solve the smallest of problems. In administration, in our policies and through our way of working, we are bringing change,” he said.

Read | Top quotes from PM Modi’s rally 

According to the Prime Minister, the Budget allocation of Rs 14.5 lakh crore for agriculture and rural areas will benefit the poor and backward, and reduce pressure on urban areas due to migration from rural areas.

Hitting out at the Congress state government, Modi claimed that Karnataka trails the rest of the south in health parameters. He said the Ayushman Bharat initiative under the Union Budget, including health insurance coverage up to Rs five lakh for 50 crore people, will help improve the health situation. “This will not only provide 50 crore people the assurance that their health will be taken care of, it will also help prevent repeated illnesses from occurring and will benefit the whole country,” he said.

Karnataka can benefit the most from these schemes if there is one party ruling at the Centre and in the state, he said.

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  1. Vimal Sehgal
    Feb 5, 2018 at 1:31 pm
    TOP.! Onions (prices) can make politicians cry. And tomatoes can leave them red faced. Vote for Modi. Modi is TOPS.
    1. blackpower 666
      Feb 5, 2018 at 2:02 pm
      the vedic evolutionary scholar shamelessly peddling his vedic theory of life! your stoopid book is not worthy of us as toilet paper. go get a brain transplatn from an ant to fill within thy intracranial gobar you moady toady
    2. S
      Feb 5, 2018 at 1:03 pm
      The voters in Karnataka should never allow this Gujarathi BETA version of BJP to set foot. This version of BJP is different from ATALJIs BJP. This BJP version is concentrating only in marketing NATIONALISM...They will fool people and only ensures ACHE DIN for Ambani I II, TATA, ADANI etc Eg: Airforce Ambani I II [Rafael from France Kamov from Russia] Adani [ Gripen from Sweden] Tata [F-15 from US] Ambanis Adanis dont have any experience in defence sector...Will a Bank Manager without a pilot licence, is allowed to fly an aircraft india? Note: Rafael, Gripen F-15 are not Gujarati snacks..They are fighter jets...
      1. G
        Gangu Radhakishan
        Feb 5, 2018 at 12:39 pm
        Telangana government built a ultra modern rythu (farmer's market) in Siddipet in about a year. Cold storage facilities, electronic weighting machines and many more facilities like access to wheel chairs etc are provided. Now all over India these kind of facilities should be developed under the guidance of central and state and local governments. Farmers should be happy, as well vendors and general public without any little corruption in weighing or selling bad/chemical sprayed vegetables/fruits, or any cheating so that our society follows Swachhata (cleanliness) in and around us.
        1. B
          Feb 5, 2018 at 12:34 pm
          If Tomatoes, onions and Potatoes(TOP) priority of the present regime then it means defense, education, farmers distress are not a TOP priority. There is a news item on cease fire violation where four armed force personnel including a Captain was killed. LOC pe hamare jawan shaheed ho rahe hai. Kahan gaye aapke waade - Ek ke badle dus sar layenge. Bharat waasi shayad aapko bhul sakte hai lekin aap apne antar atma jo kaise thag(deceive) sakte hain. Zara yaad karon unki Qurbani. Zara sochiye apne man ki baat mein.
          1. F
            Feb 5, 2018 at 12:02 pm
            Sir, I really want to appreciate your guts to face public even after deceiving them by ruining our lives with your failed polices, except copied policies from congress all your own ones like Demonetization and GST are all failed ones and send India 20 years back in Economic progress, Those appreciated you taking bold steps by demonetizing should realize that even Tuglaq was taking such bold decisions.
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