Dr Singh says government committed to welfare of farmers

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Pravranagar (Ahmednagar Dist) Feb 8 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the UPA government was committed to the welfare of farmers and had introduced many schemes and packages for their uplift during the last two years.

Addressing a large rally of farmers here, Dr Singh mentioned the insurance scheme and pension for old farmers, which would benefit them to a large extent.

Referring to the recent suicides by farmers in Maharashtra, he asked the state government to take urgent steps to ensure that the welfare schemes reached the poor farmers.

Dr Singh arrived here by a special helicopter from Pune. The town had distinction of having the most progressive co-operative movement in the country under the able leadership of MP Balasaheb Vikhe Patil, he said.

The congress-led UPA government was also concerned about the sugarcrane prices for farmers and assured that there would soon be uniform prices for farmers.

Earlier, He unveiled the statue of noted economist Dr D R Gadgil and also released a stamp.

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