More than Rs 20,000 crore to more than 10 crore beneficiary farmer families transferred
In line with the continued commitment and resolve to empower grassroot level farmers, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released 10th instalment of financial benefit under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme today via video conferencing. This enabled the transfer of an amount of more than Rs. 20,000 crore to more than 10 crore beneficiary farmer families.During the programme, Prime Minister also released equity grant of more than Rs. 14 crore to about 351 Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), which will benefit more than 1.24 lakh farmers. Prime Minister interacted with FPOs during the event. Union Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and Chief Ministers, LGs, Agriculture Ministers and farmers from several states were linked to the event.
Interacting with FPO from Uttarakhand, the Prime Minister inquired about the choice of organic farming by them and the ways of certification of the organic products. He also talked about the marketing of the organic products of the FPO. The FPO also told the Prime Minister how they arrange for organic fertilizers. The Prime Minister said that it has been the efforts of the government that natural and organic farming is widely promoted as it reduces the reliance on chemical fertilizer and improves the income of the farmers.
The FPO from Punjab informed the Prime Minister about the ways of disposing off the parali without burning. They also talked about the superseeder and help from government agencies. The Prime Minister wished that their experience of Parali management should be emulated everywhere.
FPO from Rajasthan talked about the honey production. They said that concept of FPO has been very useful for them with the help of NAFED.
FPO from Uttar Pradesh thanked the Prime Minister for creating FPOs as foundation of the prosperity of the farmers. They talked about their process of helping the members with seeds, organic fertilizers, variety of horticulture products. They also talked about helping farmers with getting benefits of the government schemes. They are getting benefits of e-Nam facilities. They promised to fulfil the Prime Minister’s vision of doubling the farmers income. The Prime Minister said that the confidence of the country’s farmer is the key strength of the country.
FPO from Tamil Nadu informed that with NABARD support, they formed FPO to get better prices and the FPO is fully owned and operated completely by women. They informed the Prime Minister that Sorghum is being produced due to the weather conditions of the area. The Prime Minister said Nari Shakti’s success is indication of their indomitable will power. He asked the farmers to take benefits of millet farming.
FPO from Gujarat talked about natural farming and how cow-based agriculture can reduce the expense and stress on soil. Tribal communities of the region are also benefitting from the concept.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister offered his condolences for the victims of stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine. The Prime Minister also informed that he talked to the LG Shri Manoj Sinha regarding the arrangements for the injured.
The Prime Minister said that today when we are entering the new year, we need to embark upon a new journey taking inspiration from the achievements of the past years. The Prime Minister recalled the nation’s effort in fighting the pandemic, vaccination and making arrangement for the vulnerable sections during the difficult period. Country is spending 2 lakh 60 thousand crore rupees on making ration available to the vulnerable sections. The Prime Minister said that the governemnt is working relentlessly to strengthen its medical infrastructure. He listed efforts like new oxygen plants, new medical colleges, wellness centres, Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission and Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission in the direction of revamping medical infrastructure.
The country is moving with the mantra of SabkaSaath, Sabka Vikas and SabkaPrayas. Many people are spending their lives for the country, they are building the country. The Prime Minister said that they used to do this work earlier also, but now there work is being recognized. “This year we will complete 75 years of our independence.This is the time to start a new vibrant journey of the country’s resolves, to move forward with renewed vigour”, he said. Elaborating on the power of collective effort, the Prime Minister pointed out “when 130 crore Indians take one step, it is not merely one step but it amounts to 130 crore steps.”
Speaking about economy, the Prime Minister said that on many parameter, Indian economy is looking better than pre-covid days. He pointed out that “today the growth rate of our economy is more than 8%. Record foreign investment has come to India. Our forex reserves have reached record levels. Old records have also been surpassed in GST collection. We have also set new records in the matter of exports, especially in agriculture.” He said that in 2021 transection of more than 70 lakh crore rupees was done on UPI. More than 50 thousand start-ups are working in India out of these 10 thousand came up during last six months.