President Pranab Mukherjee said that the government is pledged to making inclusive growth goal possible through financial inclusion and social security, the two wings on which human aspiration takes flight.
Addressing a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, he said that “Kisaano ki Samriddhi”, the well-being of farmers is vital to the nation’s prosperity.
“Acknowledging this fundamental reality, my Government has renamed the ‘Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation’ as the ‘Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare’ and taken several measures for the same,” Mukherjee said.
The government has recently launched the farmer-friendly Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, with the biggest-ever Government’s contribution to crop insurance and with lowest-ever premium rates for farmers. “It has many firsts to its credit like national coverage of post-harvest losses due to inundation and unseasonal rains, no capping on Government subsidy, and use of technology for early and accurate settlement of claims. Assistance to farmers afflicted by natural calamity has been increased by 50% and eligibility norms have been relaxed,” he added..
Mukherjee especially mentioned policies and programmes like Unified National Agriculture Market, New Urea Policy, Implementation of Poultry Venture Capital Fund and Rural Backyard Poultry Development among others.
“ To fully harness the agricultural potential of eastern States, the government is taking several steps to usher in Second Green Revolution in the region. My Government has taken steps for strengthening agricultural higher education, setting up 109 new KVKs and three new Agricultural Technology Application Research Institutes. A 24×7 Kisan Channel has been launched to provide information on policy initiatives, prices and other agriculture related subjects for the benefit of farmers,” he said.
According to him, rural development is one of the top priorities. The grant of over Rupees two lakh crores by the 14th Finance Commission over a five year period from 2015-16, exclusively for Gram Panchayats has been received with great enthusiasm by the States. “This will move development activity closer to the people and enable them to decide how they want to improve their villages and wards. Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission has also been launched for 300 rural growth clusters for developing skills & local entrepreneurship and providing infrastructure amenities,” he said..
The President said that youth are the future of our country and ensuring Yuvaon ko Rojgaar through massive employment generation is a top goal for my Government. “We are driving job creation through an integrated set of initiatives including Make in India, Start up India, Mudra, Skill India, etc.”