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“Need to frame scientific Grassland and Grass Bank Policy to increase milk production” “Centre keen to promote Pink Policy (mutton export) rather than White Revolution” – Narendra Modi

Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi today asked the Centre to evolve a scientific Grassland and Grass Bank Policy to provide nutritious fodder to disease-free livestock with a view to increasing milk productivity and production. He was speaking as the chief guest at a function to launch Rs.2,242-crore National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) National Dairy Plan, called ‘Mission Milk’ at Anand in the presence of Union Agriculture Shri Sharad Pawar.

Shri Modi stated that whenever there is a drought in any part of the country, animals and milk production are among the first casualties. He expressed confidence that the Mission Milk will be of immense value to those working in this field.

Talking about Gujarat’s progress in the field, Shri Modi said that Gujarat had a vibrant dairy and cooperatives sector. He gave the example of the annual Pashu Arogya Melas. He said Gujarat holds between 3500 to 4000 Pashu Arogya Melas and special care is taken to ensure that animals don’t have to travel more than 3 km to receive treatment. He stated that the state has achieved 100 % vaccination that ensured that animals do not fall prey to viruses in the air or a change in weather.

The Chief Minister said that Gujarat holds as many as 27,000 cattle medical camps in the state every year, which has resulted in permanent eradication of 117 cattle diseases. He said that Gujarat has set up a Kamdhenu University to create awareness about enriched fodder in cattle rearing among cattle owners. He also added that Gujarat was perhaps the only state that was providing dental and cataract treatment for cattle. He said that Gujarat Government paid equal importance to agriculture, forestry and animal husbandry.

Shri Modi also warned about the phenomenon of the ‘Pink Revolution’, which was the Centre’s effort to provide subsidy to meat exports from India. He said that at a time when we are talking of a ‘White Revolution’, any talk of a ‘Pink Revolution’ is contradictory. “The subsidy given for mutton export is even bigger than Rs 2,242 crore - the financial outlay for National Dairy Plan. The official documents of Government of India suggest this. If this policy continues, no matter whatever efforts are made, cattle will be cut instead of being used for milk production. This is a big trouble,” said Shri Modi. He said that if such a policy continues, milk production would surely suffer. He also expressed concern about the smuggling of cows from India to Bangladesh.

The Chief Minister stated that the Prime Minister talks of the need to provide nutrition but asked if there was a problem of malnutrition among humans that what would be the condition among animal? Shri Modi shared his views on the need for animal nutrition and how a strong dairy network can truly complement this drive for nutrition among animals.

In his speech, Shri Modi also lauded the farmers of Anand and Kheda and said that had it not been for dairy production, he wonders what may have happened to farmers considering the threat of droughts that is constantly faced.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Agriculture Minister Shri Sharad Pawar said that India has emerged as the largest producer of milk due to the ‘White Revolution’ and we even saw the ‘Green Revolution’. He added that now the time has come to launch Phase-2 of these missions keeping in mind the needs of the country today and the growing population. He also said the nation can take a cue from women empowerment in Gujarat due to the dairy sector.

The Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Ministers of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, Chairmen of the State’s milk producing associations, office bearers of the organizations such as NDDB, IRMA and Gujarat State Milk Marketing Federation, Secretaries and senior officials, district collector Mrs. Avantika Singh, District police chief Rajendra Asari and District Development Officer K.K.Nirala was also present on the occasion.

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April 17, 2021
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Addressing a huge rally in West Bengal’s Asansol ahead of sixth phase of assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “TMC was broken after four phases of polls, `Didi' and `Bhatija' will be defeated by end of West Bengal elections. Voting of the fifth phase is also going on where people in large numbers are voting for the lotus flower to form the BJP government.”

“This region of Asansol has the potential to become the industrial centre of India since a long time. From bicycle to rail, from paper to steel, from aluminium to glass - people come from all across India to work in these factories. In a way, Asansol is mini India. People from all corners of India are seen here. But the misgovernance of Bengal governments affected Asansol,” said PM Modi while addressing the public meeting.

Speaking on Mamata Didi’s anti-development agenda, PM Modi stated, “Mamata Banerjee is against development of Bengal. We will work for the aspirations of the people of Bengal. New investment will come in. Bengal needs a government of double engines, not those who are stopping development. The BJP government of Bengal will implement every scheme that benefits you, which was stopped by Didi's government.”

Coming down hard at TMC supremo, the PM asserted, “Her politics is not limited to just protests, but it has crossed a dangerous limit of vengeance.” The Prime Minister also slammed Banerjee for skipping several meetings called by the Centre to discuss many key issues. He said, “In the last two meetings on Corona, the rest of the Chief Ministers came, but Didi did not. The rest of the Chief Ministers came to the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, but Didi did not. Such a huge campaign started in the country to clean river Ganga, but Didi did not even attend the meeting related to it.”

Prime Minister Modi while addressing a rally in Asansol said that on May 2, which is the day of assembly election results, Mamata Banerjee will be given the certificate of Bengal ex-chief minister by the people of the state.

Taking about the leaked audio of Mamata Banerjee, the Prime Minister remarked, “You must have heard an audio tape on what happened in Cooch Behar yesterday. The audio was of Didi doing politics after the tragic death of 5 people. In this audio, the TMC leader of Cooch Behar was being asked by Didi to organize a rally with the dead bodies of the slain.”