PM address to farmers HIGHLIGHTS: Don’t play with farmers’ future for your politics, PM Modi to Opposition

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Updated: December 25, 2020 3:10:54 pm

PM Modi Address to Farmers, PM Kisan Scheme News Updates: Prime Minister Modi today targeted the Opposition parties including TMC for spreading "lies" against the Farm Acts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the farmers from six states.

PM Narendra Modi Addresses Farmers News Update: Prime Minister Modi today slammed the Opposition for “misleading” the farmers against three farm laws. Hitting out at Mamata Banerjee and Left, he said the parties which do not speak in the interest of farmers in West Bengal, they come here in Delhi and talk about the farmers. The Prime MInister also said that these parties are missing a lot of APMC-mandis nowadays. “But these parties repeatedly forget that there is no APMC-mandis in Kerala,” he said.

Earlier, Modi interacted with farmers from six different states. He discussed the benefits of PM-Kisan, Fasal Bima Yojna, and Kisan Credit Card with the farmers. The prime minister today released an instalment of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN). He released more than Rs 18,000 crores to more than 9 crores beneficiary farmer families.

Today, MoS Finance Anurag Thakur said that Centre was ready for talks and solution can be found only through dialogue. He said many farmers have thanked PM Modi for the new agriculture laws. “We will double farmers’ income by 2022. The government is ready to talk and clear doubts of the farmers who are protesting. A solution can be found only through dialogue,” Thakur said.

During the interaction with the Prime Minister today, the farmers will share their experiences with PM-KISAN scheme and also on various other initiatives taken by the Centre for the welfare of farmers. Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar will also be present on the occasion. The BJP has asked its district functionaries to ensure presence of at least hundred people to hear the Prime Minister’s address.

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    14:35 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Entire PM-KIsan fund does not reach farmers: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

    Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury says Prime Minister Modi doesn't have the courage to talk face to face with the protesting farmers. "Government talks about Rs 18,000 crore being directly transferred to bank accounts of farmers. But, I want to say that middlemen still exist and the entire amount doesn't reach farmers." 

    14:27 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    PM Modi lashes out at Mamata Banerjee for blocking Central benefits in West Bengal

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lashed out at Mamata Banerjee-led government for blocking Centre's PM-Kisan in West Bengal. He said that her government has destroyed the state and is doing politics by stopping over 70 lakh farmers of the state from getting benefits of the Centre's flagship PM-KISAN scheme under which Rs 6,000 is being provided every year. The prime minister wondered while there were agitations against the new farm bills, no protests were visible against West Bengal's decision of not implementing PM-Kisan scheme. Around 70 lakh farmers of West Bengal are not getting the benefit of this scheme, which is fully funded by the Centre, he said while addressing farmers from six states. Modi said the Mamata Banerjee government has destroyed West Bengal and was playing politics by stopping benefits for farmers in the state. He said the entire country is benefiting from the PM-KISAN programme, but only one state, West Bengal, has not implemented this scheme. As a result, over 70 lakh farmers are not able to take benefit of this scheme and this money is not reaching them, he said, adding that this is because of political reasons. Modi said more than 23 lakh West Bengal farmers have applied online to take advantage of this scheme, but the state government has stopped the verification process for so long. "Why there was no protest for ensuring PM-KISAN money," he said. "If you listen to 15 years old speech of Mamta Ji, then you will know how much this ideology has ruined Bengal," he said. Modi said everyone knows how the state has been ruined by the political ideology of those who ruled there for decades. "The public is watching those doing selfish politics very closely. The parties that do not speak on the benefit of farmers in West Bengal are engaged in harassing the citizens of Delhi here in the name of the farmers and are ruining the economy of the country," he said. (PTI)

    14:18 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Nirmala Sitharaman reminds Congress of its 2019 manifesto

    Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman: "Through his address, PM Modi has cleared that government is ready for talks with those who have any questions regarding the three new farm laws. I hope, now protesting farmers will speak to the government. I want to ask Rahul Gandhi that were these pro-farmers policies not mentioned in the 2019 election manifesto of Congress? They are protesting just because those reforms are being implemented by PM Modi, and not them."

    14:15 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Have written to Mamata Banerjee to join PM-Kisan: Agriculture Minister

    Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar: Except for West Bengal government, all other states governments have joined PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme. Till now, Rs 96,000 crore has been transferred to farmers. In West Bengal, this scheme will benefit 70 lakh farmers. I have written to West Bengal chief minister to join this scheme. 

    14:13 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    People with political agenda bringing new unrelated demands: PM Modi

    PM address to Farmers: Prime Minister Modi says farmers had some apprehensions about new laws, but people with political agenda came in between and introduced new unrelated demands. 

    13:47 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    People have rejected Opposition which is misleading farmers: PM

    Prime Minister Modi says that at a time when protests were happening, many states witnessed local body polls. Many states have rejected the Opposition which is misleading farmers against the farm laws. The Prime Minister was referring to the elections in Assam, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir. 

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    13:42 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    PM Modi hits out at Congress for protest against Farm Acts

    PM Modi address to Farmers: Those who remained in the government previously for several years left the farmers on their own. Promises were made and forgotten. Due to the agriculture policies of the previous governmentt, the poor became poorer, was it not important to change this state of farmers?

    13:26 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Three farm reforms have given better options to farmers: PM Modi

    PM Modi address to Farmers: Through these agricultural reforms we have given better options to the farmers. After these laws you (farmers) can sell your produce to whomever you want. You can sell produce where you get the right price — you want to sell your produce at MSPMSP? You can sell it. You want to sell your produce in the market? You can sell. You want to export your produce? You can export. You want to sell it to the merchant? You can sell.

    13:22 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Mamata Banerjee's ideology has destroyed Bengal: PM Modi

    PM Modi address to Farmers: The farmers of Bengal have been deprived of the benefits of the Centre's schemes. Bengal is the only state which is not allowing benefits of the schemes (PM-Kisan being one of them) to reach the farmers. Mamata Banerjee's ideology has destroyed Bengal. Her actions against the farmers have hurt me a lot. Why is the Opposition quiet on this?: PM Modi

    13:19 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    PM Modi targets Opposition for sitting on Swaminathan Commission recommendation on MSP

    PM address to Farmers LIVE: Prime Minister Modi says that his government tried to ensure that the country's farmer gets a fair price for the crop. "According to the report of the long-standing Swaminathan Committee, we gave one and a half times the cost to MSP farmers. Earlier, MSP was available on only a few crops, we also increased their number," Prime Minister Modi said. He also targeted the Opposition parties for not mplementing Swaminathan Commission report on MSP. 

    13:06 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    PM slams Left for backing farmers in Delhi

    PM address to farmers: The parties which do not speak in the interest of farmers in West Bengal, they come here in Delhi and talk about the farmer. These parties are missing a lot of APMC-mandis nowadays. But these parties repeatedly forget that there is no APMC-mandis in Kerala.

    13:04 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    PM slams Mamata Banerjee for stalling PM-Kisan in West Bengal

    PM Modi addresing Farmers: Today, I regret that more than 70 lakh farmers and siblings of my West Bengal have not been able to get this (PM-Kisan) benefit. More than 23 lakh farmers of Bengal have applied online to take advantage of this scheme. But the state government has stopped the verification process for so long.

    12:46 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    End protests and hold talks with government, appeals Agriculture Minister

    PM Narendra Modi today released Rs 18,000 crore under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme to over 9 crore farmers. Ahead of this, Union Agriculture Minister said today we can say with confidence that the entire amount will reach the farmers' accounts directly. This will greatly benefit the farmers, he said. The minister also appealed to the protesting farmers to end their protest and hold talks with the government. "I hope they will understand the importance of the new farm laws, and the issue will be resolved soon," he said. 

    12:43 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Urge you to tell farmers about the Kisan Credit Card, says PM Modi to a farmer from Odisha

    PM Modi is currently interacting with farmers after the release of Rs 18,000 crores as part of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme. "I urge you to tell farmers about the Kisan Credit Card and its various benefits which include the availability of loans at low-interest rates," says Prime Minister to a farmer from Odisha. 

    12:33 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    There has been misconception MSP will end: Rajnath Singh

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh: There has been misconception that Minimum Support Price will end. Prime Minister has said and I will also give my word that MSP will not end. It is farmers who have supported the country whenever it underwent economic recession and we have seen this many times. 

    12:25 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    PM Modi releases Rs 18,000 crore to 9 crore farmers under PM-Kisan

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released an instalment of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN). He released more than Rs 18,000 crores to more than 9 crores beneficiary farmer families. The Prime Minister is now holding talks with the farmers from six different states. 

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    12:15 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Agriculture minister begins address

    Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar says Prime Minister Modi will today release Rs 18,000 crore to over 9 crore beneficiaries under PM-Kisan. He says PM Modi has taken many steps like producers organisations and infrastructure fund to help farmers. He also appealed protesting farmers to end the protests and begin talks with the Centre.  

    12:10 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Three farm laws in favour of farmers: Amit Shah

    Home Minister Amit Shah says the three farm laws are in the favour of the farmers. He says nobody can remove minimum support price system or snatch farmers' land from them. "The government is ready to hold talks with farmers' unions with an open heart".

    12:05 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    PM true well-wisher of farmers: Home Minister Amit Shah

    Prime Minister Modi will release Rs 18,000 crore as the next instalment under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme to over 9 crore farmers today with a click of a button. He is the true well-wisher of farmers: Home Minister Amit Shah

    12:04 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Opposition misleading farmers on MSP, says Amit Shah

    Ahead of Prime Minister Modi's addtress to farmers, Amit Shah says the Opposition is misleading farmers regarding MSP. "I want to make it clear that the MSP system will remain." 

    11:59 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Amit Shah targets Rahul Gandhi

    Home Minister Amit Shah attacked Rahul Gandhi for opposing the new farm laws. He said the opposition leader has no locus standi to speak on farm issues or MSP. He said the Congress government did nothing to increase farmers' income. Shah assured the farmers that MSP will continue and their lands will be safe under contract farming.  

    11:45 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Centre's deploys big leaders to reach out to farmers

    The BJP has dispatched its big leaders in parts of country to speak to farmers. Union minister Prakash Javadekar has reached Tamil Nadu, Smriti Irani is in Amethi, and several other ministers are currently in different locations in the national capital. The Prime Minister will address farmers from six different states shortly.   

    11:41 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Amit Shah reaches Mehrouli, Delhi

    Home Minister Amit Shah has reached Mehrouli in South Delhi, where he will listen to Prime Minister Modi's address to farmers from six states under Centre's mega outreach programme. Prime Minister will shortly address farmers and release the next instalments of PM-Kisan.  

    11:13 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    PM Modi leads Centre's outreach programme to farmers

    The BJP has made plans to ensure participation of over one crore of them at thousands of venues across the nation today when Prime Minister Modi effects the transfer of Rs 18,000 crore to nine crore farmers and interacts with a section of them. BJP leaders, from Union ministers to its MPs, MLAs, all elected representatives besides organisational members, will fan out across the country to attend the programme and speak to farmers as well. The event coincides with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birth anniversary which the BJP observes every year as "good governance day" since it came to power at the Centre in 2014.

    11:01 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Centre sends fresh invite to protesting farmers for talks

    The Centre yesterday invited protesting farmer unions again for resumption of the stalled talks and asked them to choose a date of their convenience to end the deadlock over the three agri laws. But the farmer unions alleged that the government's latest letter for talks is nothing but a propaganda against them to create an impression they are not interested in dialogue. The farmers also asked the Centre to put the scrapping of the new farm laws in the agenda to resume the talks.

    The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions protesting at three border points of Delhi for the last 27 days, is likely to hold a meeting today to discuss the Centre's letter and respond to it formally. The agriculture ministry while extending the fresh invite, however, made it clear that it would not be "logical" to include in the agenda any new demand related to minimum support price, saying it was out of the purview of the new farm laws. However, the unions said the MSP cannot be separated from the demand of repealing the contentious laws, asserting the issue of a legal guarantee for it is a key part of their agitation The ministry also reiterated it is ready to find a "logical solution" to the issues raised by protesting farmer unions. (PTI)

    10:46 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Businessman holds session on farm laws at daughter's wedding

    A Kolhapur-based businessman used the auspicious occasion of his daughters wedding in Goa to express support for the new farm laws enacted by the Central government. He had kept a separate half-an-hour session on the eve of wedding ceremony of his daughter in a five-star resort in South Goa on Wednesday to explain the importance of the agri-marketing laws, which are facing opposition from a section of farmers who are protesting outside New Delhi. The marriage took place on Thursday. Talking to reporters at the pre-wedding event, he said the occasion was significant as December 23 is also National Farmers Day. I organised this event to address misconceptions that are being spread with reference to the farm laws, the businessman said. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tried to bring revolutionary changes through these new agricultural legislations which will help farmers," he said. Around 150 people had gathered for the event. (PTI)

    10:36 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Seven US lawmakers write to Pompeo on farmers' protest in India

    A group of seven influential US lawmakers, including Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, have written to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging him to raise the issue of farmers' protest in India with his Indian counterpart. India has called the remarks by foreign leaders and politicians on protests by farmers as 'ill-informed' and 'unwarranted', asserting that the matter pertains to the internal affairs of a democratic country. 'We have seen some ill-informed comments relating to farmers in India. Such comments are unwarranted, especially when pertaining to the internal affairs of a democratic country,' External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said earlier this month.

    This is an issue of particular concern to Sikh Americans linked to Punjab, although it also heavily impacts the Indian Americans belonging to other Indian states, the lawmakers said in their letter to Pompeo dated December 23. 'Many Indian Americans are directly affected as they have family members and ancestral land in Punjab and are concerned for the well-being of their families in India. In view of this serious situation, we urge you to contact your Indian counterpart to reinforce the United States' commitment to the freedom of political speech abroad,' they said.In their letter, the lawmakers said that the US as a nation that is familiar with political protests can offer counsel to India during their current period of social disturbance. 'As national legislators, we respect the right of the government of India to determine national policy, in compliance with existing law. We also acknowledge the rights of those in India and abroad who are currently protesting peacefully against agricultural laws that many Indian farmers see as an attack on their economic security,' the lawmakers said. (PTI)

    10:19 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Pro-agri laws farmers union 'Jaichand': BKU (Lok Shakti)

    Thousands of farmers from western Uttar Pradesh gathered in Noida yesterday on the call of the Kisan Sena, a farmers' union supporting the new farm laws, even as the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lok Shakti) which is demanding withdrawal of the legislations dubbed this farmers' faction as 'Jaichand' — after the 12th century ruler came to be known for treason and treachery. The Kisan Sena supporters, which included members from Agra, Mathura, Hathras, Mainpuri, Firozabad, Meerut and Muzaffarnagar, among other districts, remained on the road at the Mahamaya Flyover in Noida during the afternoon before they all returned to their hometowns. "While a majority of us were prohibited entry into Delhi by the police, a 21-member delegation of the union went to the national capital and met with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar," Kisan Sena's convenor Thakur Gauri Shankar Singh said. He said their demonstration was to apprise Tomar that the farmers union, especially from Punjab and Haryana, protesting at Delhi's borders 'do not represent' all Indian farmers. "Considering the situation after meeting with the minister (Tomar) and talking to our Agra MP (Rajkumar Chahar) we decided to go back to our homes," Singh said. This demonstration in Noida came even as two major farmers' unions — the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) and the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lok Shakti) — are camping at the city's border for over three weeks now to demand the repeal of the three new central farm laws. "The demonstration by farmers union in support of the new farm laws was a flop show and that is why they have returned. Such people are proving to be 'Jaichands' (the 12th century ruler of Kannauj known for his treason and treachery with Prithviraj Chauhan) who are hurting the cause of farmers," BKU (Lok Shakti) spokesperson Shailesh Kumar Giri said. (PTI)

    10:13 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Centre ready to talk, solution can be found through dialogue: Anurag Thakur

    Anurag Thakur: Many farmers have thanked PM Modi for the new agriculture laws. We will double farmers' income by 2022. The government is ready to talk and clear doubts of the farmers who are protesting. A solution can be found only through dialogue.

    09:58 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    Farmers protest at Delhi borders enters 30th day

    Farmers protest at Delhi's borders with Haryana at Singhu and Tikri enters 30th day. On Wednesday, farmer unions wrote to the government urging it not to repeat the "meaningless amendments" which they had earlier rejected and to come up with a concrete proposal in writing.

    09:54 (IST)25 Dec 2020
    PM Modi pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 96th birth anniversary. In a tweet, PM Modi says, 'He took the country to unprecedented heights of development. His efforts to build a strong and prosperous India will always be remembered.'

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    Prime Minister Modi's interaction with farmers is part of a massive outreach programme which Centre launched after its multiple rounds of talks failed to convince the agitating farmers — mainly from Punjab and Haryana. PM Modi has so far interacted with the farmers of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Thousands of farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws and demanding their complete rollback. The Centre, however, has made it clear that it will not take back laws but is open to make some amendments. The agriculture minister has held five rounds of talks with farmers but no breakthrough has been achieved so far.  
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