Published On: Sun, Mar 25th, 2018

Each input cost to be considered while fixing MSP: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that each and every expense incurred by a farmer will be considered, including his labour, while fixing the minimum support price (MSP) at 1.5 times the input cost.

Prime Minister Modi said that the “New India” belonged to the poor and the backward

While addressing his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, the Prime Minister said a major decision was taken in this year’s budget to ensure adequate returns to farmers when the government decided to give at least one-and-a-half times the input costs as MSP for the scheduled crops.

Modi said while calculating the MSP, the input cost to be cosidered will include the labour cost, expenditure on machines and animals-also including machine and animals on hire-cost of seeds, fertilizers, irrigation, land revenue, interest on working capital, rent of leased land and even the labour cost of the farmer and his family.

“Further to ensure adequate income to farmers, agriculture marketing reforms are being initiated in a big way. Efforts are being made to link village markets to wholesale market and global market,” he said.

The Prime Minister added that in order to ensure that farmers do not have to go far to sell their produce, 22,000 village haats are being upgraded to agricultural produce market committees (APMCs) and being integrated with e-NAM (National Agriculture Market) platform.

“Such a system is being evolved that farms can be connected to any market in the country,” Modi added.

He urged the people to be more conscious about preventive healthcare because prevention was not only beneficial for a person but also for his or her family and the society.

The Prime Minister said: “Preventive healthcare is most cheap and easy. As much as we are conscious about preventive healthcare, it will be beneficial for the person, his family and society.”

To be healthy, the Prime Minister also stressed on the need for sanitisation because “a healthy India is as vital as clean India”.

“I believe that healthy India and clean India are related to each other. The country has moved ahead in the health sector with conventional approach. Earlier, every health related work was the only responsibility of the Union Health Ministry. But in the current scenario, every department, state governments and other departments are working together for healthy India.”

Modi said yoga was a form of preventive healthcare and urged people to start a movement from right now.

“Yoga Day will be celebrated on June 21. Can we start working from now to encourage people for Yoga?”

Modi said the government had opened over 3,000 ‘Jan Aushadhi Kendra’ (people’s medicine centre) and was working on it continuously to open more such centres.

Calling it BR Ambedkar’s India, Prime Minister Modi said that the “New India” belonged to the poor and the backward.

The Prime Minister said Ambedkar showed that it was not necessary for a person to be born in a rich family in order to succeed, but even those born in poor families can dare to dream and realise those dreams.

“Many people mocked Baba Saheb Ambedkar, tried to pull him back and made every possible effort to ensure that the son of an impoverished and backward family would not progress in life, be something and succeed in life,” Modi said.

“But, the picture of New India is altogether different. It is an India which is Ambedkar’s India, of the poor and the backward.”

Modi said Ambedkar was an “inspiration for millions of people like me, who belong to backward classes”.

He said to honour the architect of India’s constitution, the government would begin the ‘Gram-Swaraj Abhiyan’ on his birth anniversary on April 14 which will go on till May 5.

“Under the aegis of this campaign, separate programmes on village development, poverty amelioration and social justice will be held throughout India,” he said.

Modi said in the era of 1940s, when the whole world was focused on the Second World War, the looming Cold War and the partition of the sub-continent, Ambedkar laid the foundation of “Team India’s spirit” as he talked about federalism, and on Center and states working together for the upliftment of the country.

“Today, we have adopted in all aspects of governance the mantra of co-operative federalism and going a step further, we have adopted competitive cooperative federalism,” he added.

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