Farmers to get livelihood security: PM assures Tikait

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New Delhi, Sep12: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today assured the farmers that the UPA government is committed to ensuring livelihood security for them and food security for all.

Dr Singh was talking to a delegation of the Bharatiya Kisan Union and the Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movement led by Mahendra Singh Tikait. Receiving their memorandum, he said the welfare of the farmers was the top most priority for the UPA Government, according to a statement by the PM.

Dr Singh told the delegation that in the past three years the UPA government had ensured remunerative prices and significantly increased the Minimum Support Price, reversing the neglect of the farming community and the policy of minimal hike in MSP under the previous NDA government.

Reiterating the UPA's commitment to offering insurance to farmers against risk, he said the government is considering a loan insurance scheme to mitigate risk for indebted farmers.

The Prime Minister also assured the farmers' delegation that the government is committed to increased investment in agricultural research so that the productivity of indigenous seeds and the productivity of land and water utilisation can be increased.

Dr Singh said that the government would safeguard the interests of Indian farmers in the WTO negotiations and would not accept any obligations that would hurt our farmers' interests. The Prime Minister assured the delegation that he would draw the attention of the Union Agriculture Minister to farmers' demands.


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