Mumbai: In response to President Ram Nath Kovind’s speech on the debate on the Motion of Thanks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday considered a range of issues including farmers’ protests and international attention to it.
Talking about the situation of small-scale farmers in India, PM Modi said that regular government schemes of debt waiver do not benefit small farmers of India as they do not have loans. PM Modi mentioned his government’s Kisan Credit Card, Pension Scheme, Kisan Rail, Kisan Sewa, etc., which aims to help small farmers.
“Every government has raised the issue of small-scale farmers, whatever they could or could not do. Sharad Pawarji and Congress too talked about farm laws. But now there is a complete U-turn. You could have cornered us on the process but at the same time, you could have also explained to the farmers that it time to change,” PM Modi said.
As he was speaking on farmers’ protest, he referred to former PM Manmohan Singh and quoted from the latter’s speech, where Singh asked farmers to enable them to sell their produce. “Take pride in the fact that Modi has to do what Manmohan Singh said long ago,” PM Modi said in a lighter vein.
“Some people are trying to create unrest in India. We should not forget what happened with Punjab. In 1984, Punjab suffered the most. What happened in J&K, northeast hurt India. Sikhs are being misled. The country is proud of the Sikhs, “PM Modi said referring to the recent international support to farmers’ protest.
Terming this as a new FDI, which if foreign destructive ideology, PM Modi said, “The country needs to be saved from this FDI.”