"‘Chai Pe Charcha’ on India’s agriculture sector held, Shri Modi interacts with farmers from over 1500 places"
"Narendra Modi shares his vision on the development of India’s agriculture sector"
"India needs a farmer friendly and agriculture friendly government that will address the concerns of the farmers: Narendra Modi"
"Through agriculture we need to increase purchasing power of farmers and people in villages. This will drive economic growth: Narendra Modi"
"Narendra Modi interacts with farmers from over 1500 locations, hears their ideas and solutions"

On the evening of Thursday 20th March 2014 Shri Narendra Modi joined ‘Chai Pe Charcha’ in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district. He joined the Charcha in Dabhadi village and interacted with farmers from all over the nation. Shri Modi interacted with farmers from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh among other places. Answering questions, Shri Modi outlines his vision for agriculture and talked about increasing its importance in the development journey of India. Shri Modi said that the nation needs a farmer friendly and agriculture friendly government in Delhi that will address concerns of the farmers. He also called for increasing purchasing power of farmers and people in villages through agriculture, as this would enhance economic growth.

Answering a question on increasing production in cotton and soya bean, Shri Modi said that soya bean has very high nutritional value and it could be used to fight malnutrition. On cotton, Shri Modi stressed on the need of value addition.

Farmers were keen to hear from Modi ji on what he would do towards improving cold storage facilities that would prevent crop loss. Shri Modi pointed that this is a very valid concern and opined that it is very sad that while on one hand there is hunger, on the other hand there is wastage of food grains. “We need to have real time data on grains production and if that happens we can even transport the grains to places where there is shortage. Similarly, the Railways can create special facilities to transport agriculture produce. Taking eggs in a train is much better than taking them in a truck,” he affirmed. 

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During the interaction, Shri Modi spoke about the importance of agri infrastructure, decentralization in agriculture and giving of loans and concessions to farmers. Answering a question on farmers having to go to moneylenders Shri Modi pointed, “When banks were nationalized, we were told that they would help the poor but sadly that has not happened. Farmers in rural areas are not getting enough loans. This must change. Atal ji had begun Kisan Credit Cards but that process seems to have slowed down. We need to work out the different types of dangers each zone faces and then make insurance schemes for farmers accordingly.” 

Farmers from Bihar and Jharkhand were keen to know about land reforms. On the issue Shri Modi stated, “Sadly, we don’t focus on the condition of our land in agriculture. We are only concerned about the length and breadth but we must think beyond. Every 2 years we should test the health of the soil. Satellite technology can help in proper mapping and measuring of land and then value addition can be done accordingly.” 

Shri Modi urged the farmers to focus on irrigation and lauded the efforts of the Madhya Pradesh Government in providing irrigation facilities to the farmers. He called for moving beyond dependency on rainwater for farming. Responding to a farmer from Bundelkhand, Shri Modi pointed that the region has 5 rivers yet the farmer is facing troubles because the government is not bothered. He even spoke on the need to embrace drip irrigation.

Shri Modi welcomed the participation of youngsters in agriculture. Shri Modi interacted with several people who had lost their relatives, who committed suicide. Shri Modi categorically stated that suicide is no solution to any problem and that everyone would address the problems of the farmers together. He lauded the contribution of women in agriculture.

On GM seeds, Shri Modi accepted that there are different views on this but made it clear that the interests of the farmers are paramount. He affirmed, “On the issue there are different views. It helped in Gujarat and in parts of Maharashtra. Yes, we should trust science but do nothing where farmers die.” Other ideas that Shri Modi talked about include APMC reform by making it more proactive to reduce influence of middlemen and setting up model farms to educate farmers.

‘Chai Pe Charcha’ on India’s agriculture sector held, Shri Modi interacts with farmers from over 1500 places

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Viksit Bharat Ambassador Meet-Up in Pune: Volunteers Assemble To Pledge Towards Building a Developed India
February 28, 2024

Volunteers in Pune responded to PM Narendra Modi's call to become "Viksit Bharat Ambassadors" by hosting a national meet-up on February 28th at the Sumant Moolgaokar Auditorium, MCCIA. The objective of this meet-up was to gather local support for the Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement, which aims to make a developed India (Viksit Bharat) a reality by 2047.

The event was attended by Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Hon'ble Minister of State for IT, Skilling and Entrepreneurship. Distinguished entrepreneurs, institution owners, corporates, and professionals from Pune were also present.

"In 2014, the economy that was left behind was one of the fragile five. 16 quarters of runaway inflations, 18 quarters of declining growth, a financial sector that had been shattered beyond bits, and an overall image of dysfunctional governance that was causing investors to pause and re-look at India. That was from 2004-14, which we refer to as a lost decade. From 2014-19, PM Modi rebuilt the economy and financial sector... The second term was about building the New India..." said Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar at the 'Viksit Bharat Ambassador Meet'.

The Vision of Viksit Bharat: 140 crore dreams, 1 purpose

The Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement aims to encourage citizens to take responsibility for contributing to the development of India. To achieve this goal, VBA meet-ups and events are being organized in various parts of the country. These events provide a platform for participants to engage in constructive discussions, exchange ideas, and explore practical strategies to contribute to the movement.

Join the movement on NaMo App:

https://www.narendramodi.in/ViksitBharatAmbassador

The NaMo App: Bridging the Gap

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personal app, the Narendra Modi App (or NaMo App), is a crucial technological link in taking this vision forward. The NaMo App has provided a platform for citizens to join, stay informed and create events around the Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement. Participants can easily track down and engage with various initiatives in their locality and connect with other like-minded individuals. The 'VBA Event' section in the 'Onground Tasks' tab of the 'Volunteer Module' of the NaMo App allows users to stay updated with the ongoing VBA events.


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Anurag Dhooth, MD of Epitome Component Pvt Ltd, emphasized that Viksit Bharat represents progress for all sections of society, noting ongoing transformative developments and global attention towards India.

Indraneel Chitale of Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale commended the campaign, remarking that it effectively portrays India's narrative on the global stage.

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