Prime Minister Narendra Modi, amidst the ongoing tiff between the farmers and the Centre, will address over nine crore farmers on December 25 on the occasion of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary.
During the interaction, PM Modi will clarify the government’s stand on farm laws and will also release ₹18,000-crore financial aid under the PM-Kisan scheme. The first batch of aid was released back in 2019.
“It will be a freewheeling conversation. The Prime Minister is likely to talk about the new farm laws and how they will benefit farmers,” an official said.
For the unaware, the PM Kisan scheme is an initiative to provide all eligible farmers, irrespective of the size of land they own, Rs 6,000/year in three installments. The scheme was launched on February 24, 2019, when the first installment was paid.
As per the reports, PM Modi will interact with farmers from six states. During the interaction, the farmers “will share their experiences… on initiatives taken by the government for the(ir) welfare”, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said Wednesday evening.
Over the last few weeks, PM Modi has been backing the new laws claiming that the laws will give farmers the leverage to sell their produce anywhere and to anyone across the country. He has also assured farmers that the MSP on listed crops is here to stay and the government is ready to provide a written assurance on the same.
Moreover, PM Modi believes that the new laws will execute the middle man in the selling process thus allowing increased revenue in the hands of our anna daatas.