Karnataka farmers need a govt. sensitive to their issues, says Modi

Siddaramiah government does not care about the benefits that a farmer can get from the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, he states.

May 02, 2018 11:30 am | Updated 07:12 pm IST - Bengaluru

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a poll rally at Chamarajanagar in Karnataka on May 1, 2018.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a poll rally at Chamarajanagar in Karnataka on May 1, 2018.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday hit out at the Siddaramiah government in Karnataka for its “indifference” towards implementing the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, and asked the BJP’s Kisan Morcha workers in the State to convince farmers on need for a government that is sensitive towards their issues.

In his address to BJP Kisan Morcha Karyakartas via the ‘Narendra Modi App,’ the Prime Minister said, agriculture and farmer welfare had always been the BJP’s legacy.

He said:

“I keep getting complaints regarding Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana from Karnataka, but one of our MPs has done a great work in his constituency with the help of Kisan Morcha workers.

“The Karnataka government was indifferent... it did not care about the benefits that a farmer can get from the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.

“If the State government was active during drought it would have benefited farmers, but they did not do it.”

Mr. Modi on Tuesday launched his campaign blitzkrieg by addressing three public rallies in the poll-bound State.

Highlighting the role of Kisan Morcha activists in reaching out to farmers, he said, “We have to convince farmers and we will have to give them confidence that this is the time, there should be a government that is sensitive to farmers, that understands their problems... welfare of farmers is its primary responsibility.”

Noting that the media had called his government’s 2018-19 budget as farmers’ budget and budget for rural India, he said, “Agriculture and farmers’ welfare has always been our legacy, it has been our nature, it has been our way of thinking.”

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