'Congress Remembers Farmers Only When Polls Are Near,' Says PM Modi In Gorakhpur

| February 24 , 2019 , 14:57 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his government’s flagship scheme for farmers, Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN), from Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur on Sunday.

The scheme proposes to give Rs 6,000 to farmers in three instalments annually.

Welcoming PM Modi, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said, “We welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh. We are proud of the PM for having been honoured with the Seoul Peace Prize.”

PM Modi called it a historic day, he said, "this is a scheme that will give wings to the aspirations of crores of hardworking farmers of India who feed our nation."

The launch of the scheme demonstrated two things, Modi said — NDA’s unwavering commitment to farmer welfare and speedy decision making, being launched on February 24 after having announced it on February 1.

PM Narendra Modi today rolled out Rs 75,000 crore KISAN income scheme for farmers from Gorakhpur. He then began interacting with farmers via video conferencing.

PM Modi chanted ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan,’ after launching KISAN income scheme.

He further said, "The first instalment has been transferred in the bank accounts of one crore and one lakh farmers. The money will also be transferred to more farmers in a course of few weeks.”

Criticising the opposition, PM Modi said, “Congress along with other parties in Opposition alliance remember the farmers of the country on when polls are near.”

“You might belong to Opposition, but why to involve farmers in politics, why to harm them, they belong to the country,” said PM Narendra Modi alleging that Opposition parties in other states are deceiving farmers by spreading rumours.

Slamming the previous governments, PM said, “Earlier governments made schemes for farmers only on paper, they never implemented any such scheme. However, our NDA government is committed to providing the farmers with all the facilities so that by 2020 his income doubles.”

“For us also loan waivers would have been easy and convenient, we also could have distributed ‘rewri’ for political and election benefits, but we can’t commit such a crime. Loan waiver benefits only a select few,” said PM Narendra Modi.

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He further said, “Earlier farmers could only take a loan of Rs one lakh without guarantee using the ‘kisan credit card’, they can now take a loan of Rs. 1,60,000 using the card.

“17 lakh solar pumps will be provided for the help of farmers. They will not have to spend extra on irrigation,” he added.

The agriculture ministry has said, "Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) would not only provide assured supplemental income to the most vulnerable farmer families but would also meet their emergent needs especially before the harvest season.PM-KISAN would pave the way for the farmers to earn and live a respectable living."