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Continuing his campaign trail across Karnataka, PM Narendra Modi today addressed public meetings at Tumakuru, Gadag and Shivamogga. The PM said that Tumakuru was the land to several greats and Saints, Seers and Mutts here played a strong role in the development of our nation.

Attacking the Congress, he said, “For years, the Congress kept saying Gareeb, Gareeb, Gareeb. However, nothing came out of this rhetoric. They failed to transform the lives of the poor of India. Now, the Congress has stopped saying 'Gareeb' because the people of India have elected a person belonging to a poor family as their Prime Minister.”

The PM alleged that the Congress was trying to offer false rhetoric and empty promises to the farmers. He remarked that the Congress' neglect of the agriculture sector was very well known. “Which Congress government, either in Delhi, when they were in power for so long or here in Karnataka ever thought about solving the water problem in Tumakuru? Sadly, they do not bother about the farmers”, he added.

He questioned the Congress for not ensuring water of Hemavati River to farmers in the region. Stating that the BJP was working on water conservation, micro-irrigation and linking the waterways, which was a dream of the beloved Atal Ji, he said, “Our Government at the Centre has worked on irrigation projects on which no work had happened for 30 years. Some of these key projects are also in Karnataka.”

Taking a jibe at the JD(S), Shri Modi remarked, “Our respected former PM Deve Gowda Ji said so much during the 2014 campaign about me, made several personal attacks. After the elections I said that he need not remember all that he said.”

Stating that there was an unspoken alliance between Congress and JD(S), Shri Modi opined that people of Karnataka needed to know the “tacit alliance between Congress and JD(S)”. He said that the Congress and JD(S) pretended to fight in parts of Karnataka but in Bengaluru the JD(S) supported a Congress mayor, who was sitting in office. The PM questioned, “What is the deal between these two parties?”

The PM opined that the Central Government had worked substantially to improve connectivity and ensure better roads for the people of Karnataka. “Resources have been allocated for Tumakuru's development under Smart Cities project. These resources are aimed at transforming Tumakuru but the state Government prefers to loot money rather than work for people's welfare.”

He also urged people of Karnataka to join the battle against corruption and black money. “There is no way we can tolerate corrupt practices”, he remarked.

Launching attack on the Congress from Gadag, PM Modi stated that Congress Government in Karnataka was working only for 'Naamdaars' and not for 'Kaamgaars'. He slated the Congress party for ruining the Khadi and handloom sector in Karnataka.

Shri Modi clearly stated that the Congress was not bothered about the depletion of natural resources in Karnataka adding that as long as the pockets of their leaders were full, Congress was happy. “Congress sees corruption opportunities in the forests of Karnataka. Corruption is the key to the existence of the Congress”, he remarked.

Addressing an election rally in Karnataka's Shivamogga, Shri Modi said that like the Britishers, Congress is trying to divide the nation. He further said that the BJP works on the principle of 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas' and did everything possible to unite the nation.

He alleged the Congress for spreading lies, wherever they go, they spread lies among people. Shri Modi criticised Congress for looting the money belonging to the poor and the honest. “How is it that assets of their leaders keep on increasing,” he asks.

There is no difference between the 'C' of Congress and 'C' of Corruption. Even now they cry foul of demonetisation, he added furthermore.

The Prime Minister reached out to citizens of Karnataka, said when his Government at Centre formed, he ensured gas cylinders for the poor. Shri Modi said, “We want to make Karnataka a growth engine of the country.”

Confident of a BJP victory in Karnataka too, Prime Minister Modi ruled out a hung Assemblyin the state. "BJP will form government in Karnataka with full majority,” said the PM while addressing a public rally in Mangaluru.

Accusing the Congress party on raising questions at PM’s every step, he said that opposing Modi has become the only agenda of Congress. "After surgical strikes, they raised questions about the army. After poll defeats, they raised questions about the elections and Election Commission, remarked Shri Modi.

"Congress opposed the Swachchta Abhiyan, as if that is an issue which should be opposed. If I talk about building toilets, they make fun of me. If I talk about yoga, they have a problem with that too. They have decided not to go into the merit of any issue," the Prime Minister further said.

What did the Congress do to greats like Sardar Patel, Subhas Chandra Bose, Nijalingappa Ji is for all to see, wondered Shri Modi.

On the issue of development, Prime Minister remarked, “We gave Karnataka government funds to build houses in the state. But the work was not being done because Modi kept watching to prevent corruption.”

"We started the direct benefit transfer scheme, through DBT we stopped leakages, eliminated corruption. Rajiv Gandhi himself had said that the Re 1 which gets out of Delhi becomes 15 paise by the time it reaches the village. At that time, Congress was in power," he said.

Talking tough on child rapists, the PM mentioned that Surakshit Karnataka is his commitment and the centre has approved ordinance for death penalty for those convicted of raping children.

Click here to read PM's speech in Tumakuru

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May 31, 2023
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The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today approved the constitution and empowerment of an Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) for facilitation of the “World’s Largest Grain Storage Plan in Cooperative Sector” by convergence of various schemes of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

In order to ensure time bound and uniform implementation of the Plan in a professional manner, Ministry of Cooperation will implement a pilot project in at least 10 selected Districts of different States/ UTs in the country. The Pilot would provide valuable insights into the various regional requirements of the project, the learnings from which will be suitably incorporated for the country-wide implementation of the Plan.

Implementation

An Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) will be constituted under the Chairmanship of Minister of Cooperation, with Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Minister of Food Processing Industries and Secretaries concerned as members to modify guidelines/ implementation methodologies of the schemes of the respective Ministries as and when need arises, within the approved outlays and prescribed goals, for facilitation of the ‘World’s Largest Grain Storage Plan in Cooperative Sector’ by creation of infrastructure such as godowns, etc. for Agriculture and Allied purposes, at selected ‘viable’ Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS).

The Plan would be implemented by utilizing the available outlays provided under the identified schemes of the respective Ministries. Following schemes have been identified for convergence under the Plan:

(a) Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare:

Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF),
Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure Scheme (AMI),
Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH),
Sub Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM)
(b) Ministry of Food Processing Industries:

Pradhan Mantri Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises Scheme (PMFME),
Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY)
(c) Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution:

Allocation of food grains under the National Food Security Act,
Procurement operations at Minimum Support Price
Benefits of the Plan

The plan is multi-pronged – it aims to address not just the shortage of agricultural storage infrastructure in the country by facilitating establishment of godowns at the level of PACS, but would also enable PACS to undertake various other activities, viz:
Functioning as Procurement centres for State Agencies/ Food Corporation of India (FCI);
Serving as Fair Price Shops (FPS);
Setting up custom hiring centers;
Setting up common processing units, including assaying, sorting, grading units for agricultural produce, etc.
Further, creation of decentralized storage capacity at the local level would reduce food grain wastage and strengthening food security of the country.
By providing various options to the farmers, it would prevent distress sale of crops, thus enabling the farmers to realise better prices for their produce.
It would hugely reduce the cost incurred in transportation of food grains to procurement centres and again transporting the stocks back from warehouses to FPS.
Through ‘whole-of-Government’ approach, the Plan would strengthen PACS by enabling them to diversify their business activities, thus enhancing the incomes of the farmer members as well.
Time-frame and manner of implementation

National Level Coordination Committee will be formed within one week of the Cabinet approval.
Implementation guidelines will be issued within 15 days of the Cabinet approval.
A portal for the linkage of PACS with Govt. of India and State Governments will be rolled out within 45 days of the Cabinet approval.
Implementation of proposal will start within 45 days of the Cabinet approval.
Background

The Prime Minister of India has observed that all out efforts should be made to leverage the strength of the cooperatives and transform them into successful and vibrant business enterprises to realize the vision of “Sahakar-se-Samriddhi”. To take this vision forward, the Ministry of Cooperation has brought out the ‘World’s Largest Grain Storage Plan in Cooperative Sector’. The plan entails setting up various types of agri-infrastructure, including warehouse, custom hiring center, processing units, etc. at the level of PACS, thus transforming them into multipurpose societies. Creation and modernization of infrastructure at the level of PACS will reduce food grain wastage by creating sufficient storage capacity, strengthen food security of the country and enable farmers to realise better prices for their crops.

There are more than 1,00,000 Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) in the country with a huge member base of more than 13 crore farmers. In view of the important role played by PACS at the grass root level in transforming the agricultural and rural landscape of Indian economy and to leverage their deep reach up to the last mile, this initiative has been undertaken to set up decentralized storage capacity at the level of PACS along with other agri infrastructure, which would not only strengthen the food security of the country, but would also enable PACS to transform themselves into vibrant economic entities.