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.
Prime Minister rolled out the farmers' scheme - PM-KISAN - in Gorakhpur today. Follow HIGHLIGHTS
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.
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.
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.
PM Modi at Swachh Kumbh, Swachh Aabhaar’ programme: 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 pic.twitter.com/J5pboDub1b— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 24, 2019
PM Modi washes feet of sanitation workers, felicitates them
PM Modi washes feet of sanitation workers and felicitates them at Kumbh.
PM Modi offers prayers at Kumbh
PM Modi takes a holy dip and offers prayers at Kumbh in Prayagraj.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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.”
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
Giving farmers Rs 17 a day an insult to their work: Rahul Gandhi
Terming the interim budget presented by the Centre s “Aakhri Jumla Budget”, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said five years of incompetence and arrogance by the central government towards the farmers have destroyed their lives.
Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said, “Dear NoMo, five years of your incompetence and arrogance has destroyed the lives of our farmers. Giving them Rs 17 a day is an insult to everything they stand and work for.”
Farmers a priority for NDA: Yogi Adityanath
"The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Yojana is likely to benefit over 2 crore farmers in Uttar Pradesh. We are fortunate that the PM chose Gorakhpur to launch the scheme. People who ruled for 55 years never bothered to think about the farmers. But our government has kept farmers as a priority," Yogi Adityanath said.
Yogi Adityanath congratulates Modi for Seoul Peace Prize
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath extends welcome to PM Modi in Gorakhpur. “We all know that whenever prime minister goes to someplace he always brings some incentives for the people. We congratulate the PM for making the country proud,” says CM as he wishes the prime minister for Seoul Peace Prize.
Farmer payout Rs 6,000 won’t cost much but won’t mean much either
Work out the basic arithmetic of a farm’s expense — fertiliser, machinery, fuel, seeds — and an annual Rs 6000-payout, an average of Rs 16.40 a day, doesn’t add up to much.
In fact, a Rs 2,000 payout to about 12 crore farmers before the ensuing Lok Sabha polls — that’s what the government’s much-awaited “farm package”, unveiled in the Interim Budget for 2019-20 on Friday, would practically amount to.
What can Rs 2,000 do?
* It can buy 7.5 bags of urea (@Rs 266.50/bag) or, alternatively, nearly 1.5 bags of di-ammonium phosphate (DAP; @Rs 1,450/bag) and over 2 bags of muriate of potash (MOP; @Rs 900/bag).
* They can harvest just over one acre of wheat, given current rate of Rs 1,500 per acre charged by combine operators.
* And at around Rs 66/litre, they can purchase 30 litres of diesel, which will not even fill the fuel tank of a tractor whose capacity ranges from 35 litres to 60 litres.
* Rs 800 is the average cost of a packet of Bt cotton seeds. For one acre, a farmer needs 1.5 packets. Rs 2000 would barely cover two acres. Read more
PM Modi arrives in Gorakhpur
Prime Minister Modi arrives in Gorakhpur. To shortly launch the Rs 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme
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PM-KISAN to impact over 3 lakh farmers in Pune
Over 3.10 lakh farmer families in Pune district will receive the first instalment of Rs 2,000 under the newly-launched Pradhan Mantri Krishi Samman Nidhi Yojna (PMKSNY) by March 31. Officials of the state agriculture department said of a total of 1.52 crore farmers in the state, about 1.21 crore farmers who hold less than 2 hectares of land may be eligible for the scheme.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar will inaugurate the scheme for Maharashtra on Sunday at the Pune District Co-Operative Bank, in presence of State Agriculture Minister Chandrakant Patil, Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat and Minister of State for Agriculture and Water Resources Sadabhau Khot. Pune district has a total of 3,10,527 farm families that have been found to be eligible for the scheme.
PM-KISAN scheme launch: Chdidambaram calls it 'bribe for votes'
Ahead of PM-KISAN scheme’s launch, Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram termed it as a “bribe for votes.” Today is the 'Cash for Vote' day. The BJP government will officially give a bribe of Rs 2000 per agricultural family to get their votes,” Chidambaram said in a series of tweets. Nothing can be more shameful in a democracy than 'Bribe for Votes'. The greater shame is that the Election Commission is unable to stop the 'Bribe for Votes',” he said.
The greater shame is that the Election Commission is unable to stop the 'Bribe for Votes'.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) February 24, 2019
Army gave befitting reply within 100 hours of Pulwama attack, says PM Modi during Mann ki Baat
Even as the prime minister is scheduled to launch the scheme in Gorakhpur today, he reached out to supporters, listeners via his monthly radio address - Mann ki Baat. During the program, Modi paid a tribute to officers who lost their lives in the Pulwama attack. “You must have seen how the steps that have been taken within 100 hours of the Pulwama attack. The Army has now taken the resolve to destroy terrorists and their patrons,” he said.
What is PM-KISAN Yojana?
Called Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, the much-anticipated move will benefit about 12 crore small and marginal farmers and will come into effect retrospectively from December 1, 2018, and the first instalment will be disbursed before the elections.
“The amount will be transferred directly to bank accounts of farmers in three equal installments. The programme will be funded 100 per cent by the Central government. Twelve crore farmer families will benefit. The first installment will be issued soon after preparing a list,” Piyush Goyal said during his Budget speech in Lok Sabha.
The scheme will cost the government Rs 75,000 crore per year. Goyal said Rs 20,000 crore has been earmarked for this financial year. Besides the PMKSN scheme, Rs 60,000 crore has also been set aside for rural employment scheme MGNREGA.
There are 12.56 crore marginal and small farmers having less than 2 hectares (5 acre) holdings. If Rs 6,000 is paid to each farmer, the total outlay will be Rs 75,360 crore.
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