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  • 29 December, 2020

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Modiji on Kisan Rail and Farm Protests

Modiji on Kisan Rail and Farm Protests

  • Amid continuing protests by farmers near the Delhi border over the new farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the 100th “Kisan Rail” service from Sangola in the Solapur district of Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal.
  • He said the Centre’s policies that aimed at providing access to newer and bigger markets for smaller farmers were “clear” and its “intentions are transparent”.
  • Mr. Modi said the service would transform the economics of Indian agriculture while strengthening the country’s cold supply chain.
  • In August, the first ‘Kisan Rail’ train dedicated to agriculture and farmers was begun to connect farmers and markets across the country. This experiment will prove especially beneficent for the country’s 80% small and marginal farmers, who constitute the backbone of the agrarian economy.
  • On Farm amendments, Mr. Modi said announcements regarding modernising agriculture had already been made in the Budget which had envisaged the “Kisan Rail” service and the “Krishi Udaan” scheme.
  • “We are transforming our claims into reality when we say that India’s farmers can now transport their produce to far-flung places within the country as well as gain access to international markets … Earlier, the ‘Kisan Rail’ was being run only once a week. But now, such is its demand that we are running it three times a week … It is also proof that farmers are open to new possibilities in agriculture. The farmers in the north are already benefiting from ‘Krishi Udaan’ scheme. It is only after this solid preparation that we had moved towards the new farm amendments,” he said.
  • Stating that the ‘Kisan Rail’ service and the amended farm laws would help protect farmers against the fluctuations in demand and supply, the Prime Minister underscored that farmers in India had an option today to send their produce to any part of the country where there was a demand for a particular crop.

Source: TH


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