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GREATER NOIDA: While addressing BJP kisan morcha meeting, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on the lines of smart cities, 300 smart villages to be developed in a year. These villages will be loaded with various hi-end facilities like digital connectivity, latest irrigation technology, street light, toilets, electricity etc.
Singh said that various steps have been taken by Modi government to render relief to the farmers. He cracked down on Congress party and held responsible for the pathetic condition of farmers in the country. “When Modi ji had tabled smart cities project, there were questions raised that this government is not thinking of farmers but I explain you that apart from various initiatives for farmers welfare, Modi government has planned smart villages project. 300 smart villages to be developed in one year. These villages will be loaded with various hi-end facilities like digital connectivity, latest irrigation technology, street light, toilets, electricity etc,” Singh said.
“Farming is no more a profitable activity. Our government has taken various initiatives to make it one of the major profitable business. We are working to expend economic space of farmers in the country,” he said.
“India would have been more powerful country than what it has today but to achieve that position, farmers’ issues would have been addressed. Unfortunately, post freedom farmers issues were ignored and they were exploited. For that Congress party is responsible. It was Atal Bihari Vajpayee government which first had seriously addressed farmers’ issues,” Singh said.
He said during Atal government regime, various steps including river connectivity, creating jobs in villages, provide electricity etc were taken. Atal Bihari Vajpayee had brought connectivity revolution in India.
“To complete the dreams of Atalji, our government has taken initiatives. We have resumed river connectivity scheme and work is on in various states. Our government committed to offer development and good governance to the farmers.
He said in one year 100 districts will be covered under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichai Yojna while in the next four and five years, the scheme will cover entire nation.
Singh said that there was dearth of laboratories for soil health card. “In 2016, five crore soil cards will be distributed to the farmers while in 2017 nine crore farmers will be covered. Number of laboratories is being increased,” Singh said that the government is promoting organic farming. 8000 clusters have been earmarked for organic farming and Rs 300 crore has been sanctioned for that.
He said according to 2011 social economic caste census, over 18 crore farmers families in India. 73 per cent are farmers and 6.5 lakh villages. “To make India a powerful and developed country, we can’t ignore this population,” he said.