Modi to address farmers' rally in UP, MP, K'taka, Odisha

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New Delhi, Feb 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address 'Kisan Sammelans' in Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh starting February 18 to highlight his government's pro-farmer initiatives.

BJP general secretary Arun Singh said various farmer organisations will also felicitate the Prime Minister at these programmes for the initiatives taken by his government.

Narendra Modi

"Farmers will felicitate the Prime Minister during these 'kisan sammelans' where various initiatives taken by the government for their welfare will also be discussed," he said.

He said while the first such farmers' rally will be held in Madhya Pradesh on February 18, the second will be organised in Odisha on February 21, followed by Karnataka on February 27.

The last 'Kisan Sammelan' will be organised in Uttar Pradesh which goes to polls early next year. The party is, however, yet to finalise the places where these events will be held, Singh said.

Among the pro-farmer initiatives taken by the Modi government in the recent past are provision of soil health cards, Prime Minister's irrigation scheme, crop insurance scheme, providing neem-coated urea to farmers and helping their coverage under various social security schemes, he said.

Singh said the farmers are keenly looking forward to the restarting of fertiliser producing units in Uttar Pradesh that were shut earlier due to various reasons.

Touting the new crop insurance scheme of the NDA government as a "historic step" in farmers' interest, BJP's Kisan Morcha would organise the "Jan Jagran week" across the country from March 9 to 15 to help take the scheme to farmers.

PTI

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