New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a huge congregation of farmers – Kisan Kalyan Rally – in Punjab’s Muktsar district on Wednesday in the wake of Centre’s recent move to raise Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Kharif crops.
Today’s rally was jointly organised by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Malout.
Highlights of PM Modi Kisan Kalyan rally in Punjab
PM Modi’s speech | Highlights
# Every year, farmers face issue of burning crop residual which cause pollution not only in Punjab but in Haryana and Delhi too. This government has launched a scheme in which farmers are no longer required to burn crop wastage. I also appeal to all farmer brothers not to burn crop residual but use it as manure.
# During the Congress rule, there was severe scarcity of urea, water for irrigation but our government is providing urea at minimum rate to farmers. Several irrigation scheme have been launched to help the farmers.
# The government is committed to help the farmers of the our country. 15 crore soil health cards have already been issued to farmers across the country. Our government approved setting up of 9 thousand labs for soil testing, the previous government constructed only 40-45 labs. Congress spent just Rs 50-55 crore for the farmers, while BJP invested Rs 1200 crore to test the agricultural lands for better product.
# The Congress is nervous by the numerous developmental works carried out by the government and has now resorted to false allegations.
# The steps taken by the Central government for the farmers have benefited the agricultural sector.
# Ever since the Govt took the historic MSP hike decision, farmers are relieved, a big worry is gone. They are more confident of their products now.
# Not only in Punjab, but farmers across all states in the country are going to benefit a lot from the schemes that have been introduced by the Central government.
# BJP has allowed One Rank One Pension. The Congress never thought about providing any benefits to the farmers.
# Congress, for 70 years, made commitments, but did not do anything for the farmers. They only thought about their own family. Congress used farmers as their vote bank and the present Central government has worked hard to change that situation.
# In the past 70 years, most of the time the party (Congress) had the responsibility to uplift the living standards of the farmers but It did not value the farmers’ labour.
# Congress only saw farmers as a vote bank and always betrayed them: PM Modi.
# Congress only worked to uplift one family all these years. It neglected farmers and common people of the country, says PM Modi.
# Punjab has always inspired rest of the country, says PM Modi in Punjab’s Malout.
# Crowd at PM Modi’s Kisan Kalyan rally in Punjab’s Muktsar
सीमाओं की रक्षा हो, खाद्य सुरक्षा हो या फिर श्रम उद्यम का क्षेत्र हो पंजाब ने हमेशा से देश को प्रेरित करने का काम किया है। पंजाब ने हमेशा खुद से पहले देश के लिए सोचा है : पीएम मोदी https://t.co/XK4YL9RbIE, लाइव सुनें 9345014501 पर pic.twitter.com/dOdZKUfUqj
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# PM Narendra Modi addresses a rally
— ANI (@ANI) July 11, 2018
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“Tomorrow I would be visiting Punjab to address a Kisan Kalyan Rally in Malout, Muktsar district. Farmers from Punjab have an invaluable contribution in the growth of India’s agriculture sector. I look forward to tomorrow’s rally,” the Prime Minister had tweeted on Tuesday.
Tomorrow I would be visiting Punjab to address a Kisan Kalyan Rally in Malout, Muktsar district. Farmers from Punjab have an invaluable contribution in the growth of India’s agriculture sector. I look forward to tomorrow’s rally.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 10, 2018
MSP hiked by 50 percent
On July 4, the Centre approved the proposal to hike MSP by 50 percent for 14 Kharif crops for the year 2018-19.
The meeting chaired by Prime Minister Modi approved the proposal made by Union Minister Arun Jaitley in the Union Budget 2018.
MSP is referred to a price at which the government buys crops from the farmers, to protect agriculture producers from fall in farm prices.