Prime Minister Narendra Modi has yet again reiterated the Centre’s commitment to double the income of farmers income saying that his government has been doing everything possible to make that happen. On the occasion of completing two years of the launching of the PM-Kisan scheme, PM Modi reminded that the people that his government has ushered a historic increase in MSP. He also hailed the farmers for their tenacity and passion.
In a series of tweets today, PM Modi said, “On this day, 2 years ago the PM-Kisan scheme was launched with an aim to ensure a life of dignity as well as prosperity for our hardworking farmers, who work day and night to keep our nation fed. The tenacity and passion of our farmers are inspiring.”
The Prime Minister added that over the last 7 years, the government has taken many initiatives for transforming agriculture. He said from better irrigation and technology to larger credit and markets, from proper crop insurance to concentration on soil health and eliminating middlemen, the efforts of his government have been all-encompassing.
In his tweet, PM Modi said, “Our Government had the honour of ushering a historic increase in MSP. We are doing everything possible to double the income of farmers. You can find insightful content on the NaMo App, offering a glimpse of the work done for farmers.”
PM-Kisan scheme and farmer protests
The PM-Kisan scheme ensures a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year to small and marginal farmers. The amount is paid in three installments of Rs 2,000 each, which are deposited into their bank accounts via direct benefit transfer.
As per the govt data, a total of Rs 58,600 crore has been released by 25 December 2020, which consisted of all three installments to the farmers.
The government claims to have supported the farmers during the Covid-19 pandemic, enabling them to fulfill their agricultural and family requirements.
The Prime Minister’s statement on MSP is in continuation of his assurance to the farmers on the issue in Parliament, when he said no matter what the mechanism of minimum support system will continue.
The statement holds significance in the context of the continuous agitation of the farmers at the borders of Delhi, where hundreds of them from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh have been protesting since November last year. The farmers have been demanding the repeal of three contentious farm laws and a written assurance on retention of MSP.