Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that his government spends more than Rs 6.5 lakh crore annually on the agricultural industry and farmers, ensuring that each farmer receives a dividend of roughly Rs 50,000 annually.

Yes, Modi’s assurance exists. This is Modi’s assurance: Aur maine jo kiya hai, woh bata raha hoon, vaade nahin bata raha hoon. In an apparent jab at the Congress’s electoral assurances, Modi remarked, “And I am telling you what I have done, not making promises.

Before 2014, small and medium farmers were denied access to government assistance, Modi remarked in his speech at the 17th Indian Cooperative Congress’ opening session. “You are seeing the results of the decisions that have been made and the altered policies that have been implemented over the past nine years.

Do you recall what farmers wanted before to 2014? Farmers used to complain that the government provided them with virtually little assistance. And the limited assistance that was offered used to go to intermediaries. Small and medium farms continued to be excluded from the advantages of government programmes, he claimed.

Counter guarantees

The Prime Minister’s comments, in which he referred to government programmes’ benefits as “guaranteed,” came at a time when the Congress has made “five guarantees” a central election platform – first in Karnataka and now in MP, which holds elections this year.

The previous nine years have seen a shift in this circumstance. The PM Kisan Samman Nidhi is now being distributed to millions of small farmers. No more intermediaries, no more phoney recipients… Farmers have received a direct deposit of Rs 2.5 lakh crore in the previous four years, according to Modi. He said that the overall budget for agriculture for the five years prior to 2014 was less than Rs 90,000 crore.

“The increase in fertiliser and chemical prices throughout the world does not stress farmers. Additionally, this has been ensured. The BJP government at the Centre has given you Modi’s promise, he remarked.

The prime minister requested that cooperatives serve as an example of openness and corruption-free government and aid in the nation’s move towards cooking oil independence. The PM also spoke about the current PM-PRANAM programme, which aims to spread chemical-free farming and the use of alternative fertilisers.

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