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PM-KISAN launch HIGHLIGHTS: Have donated Seoul Peace Prize amount in service of river Ganga, says Modi

PM Modi in Prayagraj HIGHLIGHTS: He washed the feet of sanitation workers and felicitated them.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 24, 2019 6:54:23 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses public at Kumbh in Prayagraj, Sunday (Photo: Twitter/@BJP4India)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday hailed the sanitation workers and said they were an inspiration for people all over India. “The country is moving towards declaring itself open-defecation free before 2 October 2019. I believe that you ‘swacchagrahi’ of Prayagraj have come forward as an inspiration for the entire nation,” he said. He observed that he keeps coming to Kumbh but has not seen river Ganga so clean ever before. He also said that he has donated Rs 1.30 crore that he received as Seoul Peace Prize for ‘Namami Gange’ Mission. Amount collected from auctioning all the gifts he received in his tenure as the Prime Minister of the country is also being used in the service of river Ganga, he pointed out. He also washed the feet of sanitation workers there and felicitated them.

Earlier in the day, the PM launched the Rs 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme in Gorakhpur and led an attack against SP-BSP, Congress governments. Accompanied by Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Modi transferred the first instalment of Rs 2,000 each to over one crore farmers.

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17:39 (IST)24 Feb 2019
Donated Seoul Peace Prize amount to keep Ganga clean: PM Modi

PM Modi said he has also donated the amount of Rs 1.30 crore received as Seoul Peace Prize to 'Namami Gange' Mission.

17:35 (IST)24 Feb 2019
Amount collected from auctioning my gifts is usedin service of Ganga: PM Modi

He also said the amount collected after auctioning the presents that he received in the past 4.5 years as Prime Minister is being used in the service of river Ganga.

17:32 (IST)24 Feb 2019
Modi hails sanitation workers at Kumbh

PM Modi hailed the sanitation workers at Kumbh and said they are an inspiration for the country. "The country is moving towards declaring itself open-defecation free before 2 October 2019. I believe that you 'swacchagrahi' of Prayagraj have come forward as an inspiration for the entire nation, " he said.

17:27 (IST)24 Feb 2019
PM Modi addresses public at Kumbh

PM addresses public at Kumbh.

16:41 (IST)24 Feb 2019
PM Modi washes feet of sanitation workers

PM Modi washes feet of sanitation workers.

16:40 (IST)24 Feb 2019
PM Modi takes a holy dip at Kumbh

PM Modi took a holy dip at Kumbh.

16:28 (IST)24 Feb 2019
PM Modi washes feet of sanitation workers, felicitates them

PM Modi washes feet of sanitation workers and felicitates them at Kumbh.

16:00 (IST)24 Feb 2019
PM Modi attends Swachh Kumbh Swachh Seva

PM Modi attends Swachh Kumbh Swachh Seva at Prayagraj.

15:57 (IST)24 Feb 2019
PM Modi offers prayers at Kumbh

PM Modi takes a holy dip and offers prayers at Kumbh in Prayagraj.

15:35 (IST)24 Feb 2019
Narendra Modi arrives at the Kumbh in Prayagraj

Narendra Modi arrives at the Kumbh in Prayagraj.

13:57 (IST)24 Feb 2019
PM-Kisan scheme insult of farmers, reflects BJP's mentality: Mayawati

BSP chief Mayawati called PM-KISAN scheme an “insult” of farmers. Adding that the scheme shows BJP’s “mentality”, the former Uttar Pradesh CM said, “Giving @ Rs 17 per day to few farmers just before Lok Sabha elections is pure hoodwinking. BJP reflects poor in their thinking towards farmers and solving their misery. BJP misused govt power & machinery in a brazen manner and still not hesitating.”

13:41 (IST)24 Feb 2019
PM Modi lists out BJP's farmers' schemes

During his speech, Modi also spoke about Pradhan Mantri Krishi irrigation Yojana. “Our government is spending over Rs 1 lakh crore on the scheme. We had selected 99 projects across the country from which more than 70 are now coming into being completed. This is the work that will benefit farmers for many generations to come.” He also spoke about Minimum Support Price, soil cards, National Agriculture Market, among other things. 

13:36 (IST)24 Feb 2019
Akhilesh Yadav calls for 'Golden revolution' to resolve farm crisis

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav called for a “golden revolution” to solve farm crisis in India. “The farm crisis is a national crisis and needs a national solution, no poll-sop or individual state can implement change at this scale — we stand with farmers everywhere and promise to bring about a #GoldenRevolution for all farmers regardless of caste, creed or religion. Today a farmer committed suicide in Jhansi — it’s time for a 100% loan waiver to break farmers out of the prison of debt they are stuck in and transform their lives. It's time for a #GoldenRevolution,” he wrote on Twitter

13:31 (IST)24 Feb 2019
BJP, Congress spar over timing of PM-KISAN launch

Uttar Pradesh Congress spokesperson Ashok Singh had termed the scheme as a mere "eyewash" and said it would not reach the genuine beneficiaries. President of Rashtriya Kisan Manch Shekhar Dixit had also questioned the intention and the reach of the scheme.

BJP defended the move saying launching any welfare scheme should not be questioned as no time frame can be attached in advance to such measures. BJP Kisan Morcha president and Bhadohi MP Virendra Singh Mast said, "It is wrong to say that the government is reminded of farmers during the election season only. There is no time frame decided in advance for taking any welfare step. The opposition parties have nothing to say."

Mast also challenged Congress president Rahul Gandhi to differentiate among various crops. "He cannot distinguish among the plants of paddy, barley, wheat and (maize). If he is able to distinguish the plants, I will garland and welcome him. "It is amazing that those who had not even given even six paise for agriculture, are now questioning the move by the government to give Rs 6,000 a year to the farmers (under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana). By the end of February, the farmers will start getting the money in their accounts," he added, reported PTI.

13:16 (IST)24 Feb 2019
Opposition gave 'rabris', we made impossible possible: PM Modi

"The NDA governemnt is making the impossible possible. The benefits of this scheme can be availed without the benefits of Aadhaar. I will not allow any middlemen to snatch the rights of the farmers. The money that the central government sends to the farmer will be directly disbursed in his bank account. This is the new India. The Opposition was never bothered about farmers. They gave ‘rabris’ (loan waivers), but we wanted effective solutions," PM Modi told the gathering

13:11 (IST)24 Feb 2019
Modi tears into Congress' farm loan waiver

Launching an attack at Congress, Modi said, “Congress remembers farmers only for polls. We will distribute Rs 7.5 lakh crore in 10 years. The previous government only talked, did not bother about the farmers. We could have also announced a loan waiver. But that was an easy solution. It would have been helpful for a few farmers but not effective for everybody. It would have helped only the middlemen of Congress."

12:57 (IST)24 Feb 2019
Modi warns Opposition against politicising PM-KISAN scheme

Talking about PM-KISAN scheme, Modi said, “Today I had the privilege of transferring the first instalment of the scheme to the bank accounts of over 1 crore farmers. This is only the beginning. All those farmers who have not got the first instalment today will get it in a few weeks. Farmers from 21 states will benefit and every single paisa will be delivered by the Modi government at Centre. All that the state government has to do is give us the list of farmers' that will benefit," Modi said. 

"There are however few states that want to politicise the issue. They are not sending us the list. I am warning them that if the list does not reach us, the curse of the farmers' will destroy the politics. You might be in opposition but the farmers belong to this country," he added. 

12:49 (IST)24 Feb 2019
Previous govts did not have the intention of improving farmers' lives: PM Modi

“I am very happy that the scheme was launched from Uttar Pradesh. The scheme will make the lives of farmers’ easy. Previous governments had spoken a lot about improving the lives of farmers, but they never had the intention. This is the reason why they never took the right decisions. This is why you chose us in 2014. We have not only focused on small issues but also on the holistic development of farmers. We are striving to double the farmers' income by 2022," PM Modi says in Gorakhpur

12:45 (IST)24 Feb 2019
Today is historic day, biggest ever farmer scheme rolled out since independence: Modi on PM-KISAN

Prime Minister Modi is now addressing the crowd in Gorakhpur. “Jai jawan, jai kisan,” he chants, extending greetings to the gathering. “Today farmers from across the country have joined us in Gorakhpur. I extend my thanks to all of you for joining us. I have come to Gorakhpur many times, but today is a historic day. Lal Bahadur Shastri had given us the slogan of ‘Jai jawan, jai kisan,’ but with the launch of this scheme, we have rolled out the biggest initiative for farmers since India’s independence.”

12:30 (IST)24 Feb 2019
Modi roll out PM-KISAN scheme

Accompanied by Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Prime Minister Modi launched PM-KISAN scheme and transferred the first instalment of Rs 2,000 each to over one crore farmers. He is now interacting with farmers from across the country using video conferencing

PM-KISAN is part of the government’s effort to address farm sector distress, caused by lower sales realisation on bumper production of foodgrains, oilseeds, sugarcane, cotton and horticulture crops. The scheme has been made effective from this fiscal itself and as a result, farmers would get one instalment before March-end.

“The Centre will transfer the amount to the bank account of the beneficiaries through State Notional Account. For transfer of benefit, district-wise beneficiaries’ list has to be certified and uploaded by the states/UTs on the PM-KISAN portal of the central government,” the Union agriculture ministry said in an official statement

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