Rampur (UP), 21 April 2016: My press release during address at Gram Sabha meetings at Rampur (UP) under “Gramoday Se Bharat Uday” campaign:


 Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that the Centre has been helping Uttar Pradesh and those other states who have been suffering from the problem of drought so that this problem doesn’t become a reason for suicide by the farmers who feed the nation.

Shri Naqvi addressed Gram Sabha meetings at various places in Rampur under “Gramoday Se Bharat Uday” campaign, which was launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The campaign had started on April 14, Babasaheb Ambedkar’s birth anniversary and will conclude on “Panchayti Raj Diwas” on April 24.

Addressing the people at Gram Sabha meetings at Patariya, Shankarpur and Rathaunda villages in Rampur, Shri Naqvi said that each and every paisa of money given by the Centre to the states should be utilized honestly and peoples’ representatives, farmers’ organizations, self-help groups, political parties should become “guard and watchman” of farmers’ interests. Gram Pradhans have a crucial role to play in this regard.

Shri Naqvi said that the Modi Government has changed the system of compensation in case of loss of crops. Now, compensation will be provided to farmers even in the case of 30 per cent crops loss.

Shri Naqvi said that the Uttar Pradesh Government has done nothing to improve situation of farmers and agriculture in the state. This has resulted into deteriorated situation of the farmers.

Shri Naqvi said that the Centre has allotted thousands of crores of rupees from 2014 under various schemes for farmers welfare in Uttar Pradesh.

At Gram Sabha meetings, Shri Naqvi also informed the people about welfare schemes of the Modi Government and sought suggestions from them. Purpose of this campaign is to ensure farmers’ prosperity through social harmony in villages, strengthening Panchayat system and bring the balanced and over-all development of villages at ground level.

Shri Naqvi informed the people about schemes aimed at socio-economic empowerment of villages and farmers which include Pradhanmantri Gram Sadak Yojana, MGNREGA, Pradhanmantri Gramin Awas Yojna, Pradhanmantri Suraksha Bima Yojna, Pradhanmantri Jiwan Jyoti Bima Yojna, Atal Pension Yojna, Pradhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojna, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna, Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao Yojna, Deen Dayal Gram Jyoti Yojna, Pradhanmantri Fasal Bima Yojna and Pradhanmantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojna.

Shri Naqvi said that the Central Government will provide Rs 80 lakh to every Gram Sabha of the country for development works per year.

Shri Naqvi said that the NDA Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Modi is dedicated to socio-economic-educational empowerment of villages, poor people, farmers, youths, women and weaker sections including Minorities.

Shri Naqvi said that the Modi Government’s target is to double the farmers’ income in 5 years. The General Budget 2016-17 is dedicated to farmers and villages. Such a Budget has come for the first time which is dedicated to over-all development and empowerment of villages, the poor and the farmers. This Budget has started a new chapter in farmers’ welfare. Rs 35,984 crore have been allotted for agriculture and farmers’ welfare.

Rs 19,000 have been allocated for Pradhanmantri Gram Sadak Yojna. Electrification of 18,000 villages is being done within time frame of 1000 days. An amount of Rs 38,500 crore have been allocated for MGNREGA for 2016-17.