Prime Minister Modi addresses farmers today as BJP plans to increase reach – India news

As protesting farmers increase pressure on the government to abolish a series of controversial agriculture laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach out to farmers in virtually every state on Friday and release the next batch of ₹ 18,000 crore financial aid from the PM program. -Kisan. The Prime Minister’s session with farmers is part of the national involvement of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with farmers on December 25, the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“Tomorrow (Friday) is very important for the Annadata of the country. He will have the opportunity to release the next installment of PM-Kisan for more than 9 million farming families via videoconference at 12:00. On this occasion he will also interact with farmers from many states, ”the Prime Minister tweeted Thursday.

The Center is also expected to provide ₹ 18,000 crore to 90 million farmers under the PM-Kisan program, a Narendra Modi government initiative to extend income support of ₹ 6,000 per year to small marginal farmers in three installments. equal to ₹ 2,000 each four months.

In a letter to BJP officials across the country, a copy of which was read by HT, Party Secretary General Arun Singh listed a number of steps, including installing large television screens in farmers’ meeting venues. , so that the prime minister’s speech gets a wide audience.

Singh told reporters Thursday that the party made arrangements for farmers to participate on December 25 at more than 19,000 locations across the country, and party members will also be in attendance.

While a crore of farmers will participate directly, over five crores of them will listen to Modi’s speech, he added.

In block-level events, the party intends to explain to farmers how the controversial three new laws, aimed at opening up trade in agriculture, are in their best interest.

Party officials were asked to detail the measures put in place by the Center for the benefit of farmers such as raising the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for farmers’ products, the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana securing their crops and the introduction of uro-coated neem to increase grain and paddy production. Singh urged BJP workers to meet outside the Agricultural Marketing Committees (APMCs), or government-controlled mandates, and offices of cooperative organizations for farmers’ events, which representatives would also attend. party elected officials.

The new contact with farmers will coincide with the completion of the first month of a sit-in protest by farmers who have gathered on the borders of Delhi to demand the repeal of the three laws which, according to them, will damage their means of subsistence.