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Empowering farmers is a top priority of Modi Government: Rupala

Empowering farmers is a top priority of Modi Government: Rupala

New Delhi , July 19 (UNI) Empowerment of the farmers is the topmost priority of this Government, Minister of state for Agriculture Purushottam Rupala said on Friday.

Responding to debate on a private members Bill moved in the Rajya sabha by the BJP lawmaker Vjiay Pal Singh Tomar to improve and strengthen the farmer's condition in the country, the Minister said,'empowering the farmers is the first priority of the er Narendra Modi led Government.'

He said this Government has initiated a multi pronged strategy to strengthen the condition of farmers.

“Doubling the farmers’ income is not our election slogan but it is a ‘guideline’ for our Government to work on”, he said

he said the good moves initiated by the Opposition party’s Governments in the states must be appreciated and that should be followed by others states also.

Elaborating the steps taken for the Kisan Credit card, Mr Rupala said that the Government has changed the rule and now the farmers have to give only three documents like documents of land, one identity card and address details to the banks and the card will be issued to them.

After the assurances by the Minister, the Member withdrew his Bill.

The Bill also aims to educate farmers about latest technologies and techniques to make the agricultural process simple and fast.

Earlier, during discussion on the Private Member Bill, the Biju Janata Dal lawmaker Pasanna Acharya said that the Government has constituted a ‘high power committee to revamp the agriculture policy in the Country which must be appreciated but the Government should also think over the increasing numbers of Famers’ suicide in our country.

RJD member Manoj Kumar Jha while debating on the resolution said that the farmers never go on strike and just imagine the scenario if the farmers go on strike.

He also urged the Government to initiate the land reform in the Country and without this the farmers’ suicide cannot be stopped.

The Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes should be given at least five acres of land and the ‘Land Acquisition Policy ’ should also be re-defined.

YSR Congress Party Member V Vijaysai Reddy urged the Government to increase the Kisan Samman Nidhi should be increased from Rs six thousand to 12 thousand as that has been implemented by the Andhra Pradesh Government.

The BJP lawmaker GVL Narasimha Rao alleged that many States have not being implementing the Centre’s welfare policies for farmers.

“ To improve the situation of the farmers, the Swaminathan Committee’s report must be implemented", Mr Narsimha Rao said.

The Aam Aadmi Party Member Sanjay Singh while debating on the resolution, said that the farmers’ land which were acquired by the State Government for Special Economic Zone should be returned to the farmers whereas the BJP member Harshvardhan Singh Dungarpur urged the Government to promote the use of sprinklers and drip water irrigation system which consume less water.

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