May 21, 2021, 7:12 p.m. IS

By Pragya Kaushika
New Delhi [India]May 21 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party President JP Nadda on Friday accused opposition parties of misleading farmers about MSP and new agricultural laws, and praised the central government for taking “holistic” steps in their efforts Having initiated progress.
Nadda spoke to representatives of the party’s Kisan-Morcha involved in “Sewa hi Sangathan” and “Mera-Stand Corona Mukt” to tackle COVID-19 and its effects, and recalled the campaign that the Kisan Morcha had started to reach out to farmers and inform them of the benefits of new farming laws.
He said Narendra Modi’s government has been committed to the welfare of farmers from day one in office and several initiatives have been taken for their welfare.
“Many political parties talked about farmers but did nothing. For farmers, programs like Kisan Samman Nidhi, Kisan Credit Card, Soil Health Card and neem-coated urea were introduced,” he said.
Nadda said government agencies continued to procure minimum price support (MSP) crops against Punjab and that extensive procurements have been made from Punjab.
“But our opposition is crying over MSP. PM Modi has repeatedly said that MSP will stay. The government is making sure that middlemen do not cheat farmers out of their fees now. Agricultural experts claim the government made record purchases of wheat this time around,” said Nadda.
He said several steps were being taken to increase farmers’ incomes, adding that 9.5 crore beneficiaries were distributed 20,000 crore on May 14 under Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi.
Nadda said Rs 1.36 lakh crore was transferred to farmers under the Kisan Samman Nidhi and Rs 60,000 crore was transferred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For the first time, Bengal has also received the benefit of the program. Bengal has so far been excluded and we have taken the matter up with the government intensely,” he said.
Nadda said the prime minister made a historic decision to increase the DAP subsidy by 140 percent on May 19. “The government will pay 14,775 rupees,” he said.
He said the Modi government paved the way for “One Country, One Market” and has taken steps to allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere.
He praised Kisan Morcha for his efforts to educate farmers about the new farm laws. “I was told that when the law was passed, 8,581 tractors were worshiped. Many avenues have been explored to promote new agricultural laws,” he added.
Nadda said steps have been taken to provide fertilizer subsidies through direct power transfer, bamboo has been removed from the tree category and the e-nam platform has been launched.
“We changed the name of the ministry to include farmers ‘welfare. A rupee 1 billion agricultural infrastructure fund was set up to increase farmers’ incomes and well-being. Kisan Morcha was supposed to ensure that this information reached farmers “said he said.
He recalled that a system had been started to give farmers a monthly pension of 3,000 rupees.
Nadda also spoke about steps to create FPOs and increase the number of central agricultural universities. (ANI)

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