Trying to get people out of struggle for daily needs: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said his government wants to get a large part of the population out of the struggle for small daily needs so that the present and future generations don’t face the problems experienced by earlier generations.

Asserting that the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra has not only become the journey of a government but of the country, he said when the poor, farmers, women, and youth are empowered, the nation will become powerful.

Addressing the Yatra in various parts of the country via video conferencing, the prime minister said that under earlier governments, the scope of discussions on agricultural policy was only limited to production and sale, neglecting the various issues faced by farmers daily.

“Our government has made all-out efforts to ease every difficulty of the farmers,” PM Modi said.

In his remarks, Prime Minister Modi also talked about the transfer of at least ₹ 30,000 to every farmer through PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, promotion of cooperation in agriculture with organisations like PACS (Primary Agricultural Credit Society) and Farmers Producer Organisation (FPO), increase in storage facilities and the “boost” to food processing industry.

The prime minister said that Toor or Arhar dal farmers can now sell their produce directly to the government online, ensuring purchase at MSP and better prices in the market.

The scope of this scheme will be extended to other pulses also, he added.

“Our effort is that the money we send abroad to buy pulses should be available to the farmers of the country,” he said.

He reiterated that the main goal of the Yatra is to ensure that no deserving beneficiary of the government schemes is left out.