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Government has only one religion - India first!

Government has one holy book - the Constitution.

The Government must be immersed in only one Bhakti- Bharat Bhakti!

The Government’s only strength is Jan Shakti!

Government’s only ritual is the well being of the 125 crore Indians!

The only code of conduct of the Government should be ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas!

- Narendra Modi

Never before in the history of Independent India has a political leader given such a resounding and mature message of unity with inclusion.

Narendra Modi has come a long way from how the political discourse has been conducted in India. Politicians in India have very often used & thrived on vote banks by playing emotions of one against the other. While some leaders pit one religion against the other, others pit one caste against each other. Some political parties have also tried to ignite the people’s sentiments against industrial development &encash it during the polls.

In such times, Narendra Modi’s thoughts strike a refreshing contrast & provide a much needed alternate perspective on what Unity really means. Narendra Modi has proven to be an apostle of unity and inclusivity having demonstrated how his words could be put into action in Gujarat.

His actions while in office, his policies and his speeches have all reverberated with his message of unity and inclusivity. The most important thing that he has done is to break the myth that growth of a caste, community, religion, village, city or sector has to be at the cost of another. He has shown that development, upliftment and progress need not be a case of one against the other, but it can include everyone.

One of the landmark events happened when Narendra Modi went to Patna to address the Hunkar Rally in October 2013. Bombs were going off in the historic Gandhi Maidan just as he was about to speak. Any other leader would have either panicked or would have incited the crowd against the terror plot. No prepared speech would have been useful at that time. At such a time, Narendra Modi spoke from his heartand delivered a powerful message of peace & unity to both Hindus and Muslims that went to the crux of the principal challenge before our nation. He announced that Hindus and Muslims should together fight poverty instead of fighting among themselves. This is the only way forward for the nation.

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At the heart of Narendra Modi’s success lies his Panchamrut philosophy that drives it. This philosophy has a vision for the all-round development at the core of it. Panchamrut is the integration of five different streams which drives growth. This confluence of the panchshakti (five vital powers) of Knowledge, Water, Energy, Security and Human Resources, the five fundamental powers required to achieve holistic and sustainable growth have resulted in unprecedented growth and improvement in the quality of life in the state during his tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.It is the amalgamation of mantra of ‘SabkaSaath, Sabka Vikas’ and Panchamrut philosophy that forms the corner stone of Narendra Modi’s model of governance.

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Narendra Modi’s model of development has been unique in the sense that it has not created inequalities or conflicts between contrasting requirements. While his model embraced urbanisation as an opportunity rather than a threat, it made provisions to modernise & improve lives in urban areas. Similarly, while Gujarat has focused on industrial development & investments, agriculture & farmers have been given special attention too. While private entrepreneurs big & small have thrived in the business friendly atmosphere, the Public sector companies have achieved a miraculous turn around too. Gujarat’s GDP growth increased significantly under Narendra Modi along with significant improvement in the social indicators. Technology has been given importance and at the same time people great attention has been given to skill development.

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Similarly people from all castes, communities & religions including minorities, & underprivileged sections of the society have progressed, prospered in Gujarat under Narendra Modi.

This model is unique & worth emulating as it focuses on removing fault-lines of discrimination & prejudice. Once everyone is placed on an equal footing & given equal opportunities, it can only result in the creation of a truly equal & healthy society.

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Empowering our Farmers
September 26, 2016
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Empowering our Farmers

The NDA Government under PM Narendra Modi has put unprecedented focus on agriculture. Numerous initiatives to improve productivity, safeguard farmers and augment their incomes and improve their overall well-being have been taken in the past two years. The steps taken by the Government are helping the farmers in a multitude of ways; from easy availability of fertilizers to improving irrigation facilities, from crop insurance scheme to easy access to credit, from scientific help to better price for their produce. PM Modi has also given a call to double farmers’ incomes by 2022 by multi-modal interventions.

India faced consecutive droughts in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Yet due to the resilience of Indian farmers, agricultural production remained stable and so did supply and inflation. Total foodgrain output in 2015-16 is estimated at 252.23 MT while Total foodgrain output in 2014-15 was 252.02 MT. Ministry of Agriculture has been renamed as Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare. This reflects a paradigm shift in the vision, which puts farmer first. Allocation for Agriculture and Farmers’ welfare has been increased substantially to Rs 35,984 crore.

The Govt realises that agriculture needs to more predictable, productive and profitable. This needs a multidimensional approach to solving farmers’ problem throughout the entire cycle and hence the Govt has come up with solutions to various issues faced by a farmer.

Pre- sowing:

  1. Soil health Card to help farmers make the right choice.

The Govt has distributed 1.84 Cr. soil health cards. The target is to cover all 14 crore farm holdings & provide soil health card to all farmers.

  1. Fertilisers

Long queues for fertilisers are history now. The Govt is ensuring easy availability of fertilisers for farmers. Prices of fertilisers have also been reduced significantly. 100% Neem coated urea is available in the country. This will improve fertilizer use efficiency by 10 to 15 percent and thereby reduce the consumption of urea fertilizer.

  1. Finance

Govt approved Rs 18,276 crore towards interest subvention of farmer loans. This will ensure that a farmer pays 4% interest for short term crop loans, 7% for post harvest loans, 7% in case of natural calamity, against the market rate of 9%.

During sowing:

  1. Irrigation Facilities

Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana to be implemented in mission mode & 28.5 lakh hectares will be brought under irrigation.  Implementation of 89 irrigation projects under AIBP, which were languishing for a long time, will be fast tracked. A dedicated Long Term Irrigation Fund is being created in NABARD with an initial corpus of about 20,000 crore. 5 lakh farm ponds and dug wells in rain fed areas and 10 lakh compost pits for production of organic manure will be taken up under MGNREGA.

  1. Support & Guidance

Scientific advice in the form of sms and calls have been sent to crores of farmers.

After sowing:

  1. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojna

The PMFBY comes with the lowest ever premium rate for farmers. The PMFBY comes with One rate for One crop i.e. Kharif crops: 2 %, Rabi crops: 1.5 %, Horticulture Crops: 5 %. There is no capping on premium rates & no reduction in sum insured, thus ensuring full protection for farmers. Since independence, only around 20% farmers have been covered under insurance till now.  PMFBY targets 50%  coverage in next 3 years.

  1. e-NAM

Agriculture marketing is administered by the States as per their agri-marketing regulations, under which, the State is divided into several market areas. This fragmentation of markets hinders free flow of agri commodities from one market area to another and ends up escalating the prices for the consumers without commensurate benefit to the farmer. e-NAM addresses these challenges by creating a unified market through online trading platform, both, at State and National level and promotes uniformity, streamlining of procedures across the integrated markets, removes information asymmetry between buyers and sellers and promotes real time price discovery, based on actual demand and supply, promotes transparency in auction process, and access to a nationwide market for the farmer, with prices commensurate with quality of his produce and online payment and availability of better quality produce and at more reasonable prices to the consumer.

Apart from the above measures, a multi-pronged approach has been adopted to augment farmers’ income. Efforts are being made to increase in farm income through support to allied activities like fisheries, animal husbandry and dairy products. 850 crore for four dairying projects - ‘Pashudhan Sanjivani’, ‘Nakul Swasthya Patra’, ‘E-Pashudhan Haat’ and National Genomic Centre for indigenous breeds. Rashtriya Gokul Mission launched to conserve and develop indigenous cow breeds. Fish production has increased from 95.72 lakh tones during 2013-14 to 101.64 tonnes during 2014-15 The fish production for 2015-16 is estimated at 107.9 lakh tones. The ‘Saving-cum-Relief’ component provided to fishermen during fishing ban /lean period of three months has been increased to Rs. 1500 per month under Blue Revolution scheme.

There has also been a significant increase in relief provided by Government. For the years 2010-2015, a provision of Rs. 33580.93 crore was made for State Disaster Response Fund. The same has been increased to Rs. 61220 crore for the period 2015-2020. A relief of only Rs. 12516.20 crore was approved between 2010-14 crore to the States affected by drought and hailstorm. The NDA Government in year 2014-15 alone approved an amount of Rs. 9017.998 crore as relief to the States affected by drought and hailstorm. During the year 2015-16, Rs. 13496.57 crore have already been approved for till now.