Ahead of the 2017 Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch his flagship Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) from Mahoba district of Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh on October 24. The PMKSY has been formulated “amalgamating various schemes” of different ministries and with “the vision of extending the coverage of irrigation to fields in a focused manner with end to end solution on source creation, distribution, management, field application and extension activities”.
After launching the scheme, the prime minister will also address a public meeting for which BJP leaders are already at work to ensure maximum gathering of farmers. Poverty and drought in Bundelkhand region has remained a reason for politics and blame-game between the Centre and state governments for past several years.
BJP state president Keshav Prasad Maurya Friday confirmed that the prime minister will launch PMKSY from Mahoba. “The scheme will be launched from Bundelkhand region but there is no political reason behind it. The central government under the leadership of Modi ji is concerned about poor and farmers. The farmers of Bundelkhand region have been facing poverty due to crisis of water for irrigation,” Maurya said.
Bundelkhand region has 19 Assembly constituencies. Party sources said that by launching the scheme from Mahoba, the prime minister will project a pro-farmer image of his government ahead of upcoming Assembly elections when opposition parties have been accusing Modi government of being anti-farmer. Modi had earlier launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana for distribution of LPG connection to poor families from Ballia district of eastern UP in May. In July, he had laid foundation of AIIMS in Gorakhpur.