The President continues his speech
“Nearly 31 thousand crore rupees were also directly transferred to the Jan Dhan accounts of poor women. During this period, more than 14 crore free gas cylinders were also received by the poor women beneficiaries of Ujjwala scheme across the country.”
“In all its decisions, my government has also presented a unique example of the collective power of the federal structure. This coordination between the central and state governments has strengthened democracy and strengthened the prestige of the Constitution.”11.05 AM
The President pays tributes to former President Pranab Mukherjee and six MPs who lost their lives due to COVID-19.
“I am satisfied that due to the timely decisions of my Government, the lives of millions of countrymen have been saved,” Mr. Kovind says.
Lakhs of lives have been saved due to the timely decisions of my government, the President says. He lauds government’s initiatives such as One nation, one ration, Sharmik Special trains and Gareeb Kalyan Yojana for migrant workers.
“With the announcement of a record economic package to handle the economy, my government also took care that no poor have to starve.”
“Through the ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana’, 80 crore people were ensured 5 kg extra grain free of cost for 8 months. The government also cared for migrant workers, workers and people living away from their homes.”
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After extensive deliberations, the Parliament passed seven months ago three important agrarian reforms, the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Simplification) Bill, the Agriculture (Empowerment and Protection) Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Agreement Bill, and the Essential Commodities Amendment Bill.
The biggest benefit of these agricultural reforms also started getting more than 10 crore small farmers immediately. Many political parties had given full support to these reforms from time to time only after realizing these benefits to small farmers.
At present, the implementation of these laws has been postponed by the country’s highest court. My government will respect and follow the Supreme Court’s decision in full respect.
To make agriculture more profitable, my government is also paying special attention to modern agricultural infrastructure. For this, one lakh crore rupees agricultural infrastructure fund has been started.
Kisan Rail introduced across the country is writing a new chapter in providing new markets to the farmers of India. So far, more than 100 farmer trains have been run through which more than 38 thousand tons of grains and fruits and vegetables have been sent by farmers from one region to another.
The government has also set up an animal husbandry infrastructure development fund of 15 thousand crores to encourage the setting up of infrastructure and investment in the dairy sector.
In 2013-14, where only 42 lakh hectares of land had the facility of micro-irrigation, today more than 56 lakh hectares of additional land has been connected with micro-irrigation.
Today, food grain availability in the country is at a record level. While the country had produced 234 million tonnes of foodgrains in the year 2008-09, the country’s production has increased to 296 million tonnes in the year 2019-20.
Vegetable and fruit production has also increased from 215 million tonnes to 320 million tonnes in the same period. I congratulate the farmers of the country for this.
The government has attempted a positive change in every system from seed to market in the last 6 years, so that Indian agriculture can become modern and agriculture can also expand.
In the last 6 years, there has been an increase of more than 50 thousand seats in undergraduate and post graduate medical education. The government has also approved 22 new ‘AIIMS’ under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana.
President highlights the government’s flagship scheme — Ayushman Bharat.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, 1.5 crore poor in the country have received free treatment up to Rs 5 lakh. With this, more than 30 thousand crores rupees of these poor are saved from being spent.
Today, Ayushman scheme can be availed in any of the more than 24 thousand hospitals in the country. Under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Yojana, 7 thousand centers across the country are getting medicines at very cheap rates to the poor.
The self-reliant Bharat Abhiyan is not only limited to construction in India, but it is also a campaign to raise the standard of living of every citizen of India and increase the confidence of the country.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Kusum Yojana, 20 lakh solar pumps are being given to the farmers. The production of ethanol from sugarcane, maize, paddy etc. has also been encouraged by the government. Due to the positive policies of the government in the last 6 years, the production of ethanol has increased from 38 crore liters to 190 crore liters.
The need of the hour is that special attention should be paid to the small and marginal farmers who have only one or two hectares of land in the agricultural sector. More than 80 percent of all farmers in the country are small farmers and their number is more than 10 crore.
These are small and marginal farmers in my government’s priorities. In order to support the small expenditure of such farmers, more than Rs 1,13,000 crore has been directly transferred to their accounts through PM Kisan Samman Nidhi.
The Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme has also benefited the small farmers of the country. Under this scheme, in the last 5 years, farmers have received an amount of about 90 thousand crore rupees in lieu of premium of 17 thousand crore rupees
Improvement in the standard of living of the people of the village is my government’s priority. The best example of this is 2 crore houses built for poor rural families since 2014. The pace of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana has also been accelerated to provide a solid roof to every poor by the year 2022.
He quotes B.R. Ambedkar on water policy. “Water is Wealth. Water being the wealth of the people and its distribution being uncertain, the correct approach is not to complain against nature but to conserve water.”
“Taking the inspiration of Baba Saheb, my government is working on an ambitious plan of ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’. Under this, along with delivering ‘every house water’, water conservation is also being done at a rapid pace. Under this campaign 3 crore families have been connected to the pipe water supply so far.”
In this campaign, water connections are being given to the siblings of scheduled castes and tribes and other people from the disadvantaged sections on a priority basis.
PTI tweets, After extensive deliberations, Parliament passed 7 months ago 3 important farm laws, says President Kovind.
Nation at loggerhead with famers on 3 Agri-Laws later wants repeal three laws nor farmers protesing to continue.