New Delhi, April 11: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Monday, April 11 hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government as "God's gift to India" even as he claimed that in the 10 years of the Congress-led UPA rule, welfare of farmers had remained restricted to "mere slogans".
"After Independence, no government has come to power that worries so much about the future of the country. In a way, to the people of the country, the Modi government and the Prime Minister are a God's gift," Singh said at a farmers conclave organised by BJP's Kisan cell.
Last month, another Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had also called the Prime Minister God's gift to India". In a veiled attack on the Congress leadership, Singh said, "There are some leaders who talk about the welfare of farmers. Some write it down and they read out aloud though they can't tell 'arhar' shrub from another plant."
He asked why the parties had not taken measures like making crop insurance norms farmer friendly, which the Modi regime has done now.
In his around 70 minute-long speech, Singh dwelt on various initiatives being undertaken by the Modi government ranging from crop insurance scheme to soil health cards, use of mobile apps and electronic trading platforms for farmers among others.
He said the amount disbursed as relief to framers under the Modi govermenthas also increased. Emphasising on the importance of disseminating correct information to farmers, he said, "There are some people, a party in this country, which does nothing, still talks big. For us, to do and then not speak would not be good."