Modi Govt working on war-footing to solve agrarian crisis: Gadkari

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jun 2018 09:56:01


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“CENTRAL Government is working on a war-footing to solve the agrarian crisis in the country,” asserted Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Shipping on Saturday. The government is increasing irrigation potential in Maharashtra as work on 136 irrigation projects is underway, he said and added, very soon bio-diesel will be cheaper by Rs two per litre for farming purpose.

Gadkari was briefing mediapersons to highlight the achievements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central Government. “Farmers are facing hardship due to global economic situation and surplus production. The government is trying to create alternate sources to increase the income of farmers so that their economic condition improves. The government is working on long-term and short-term solutions as well as exporting excess production,” Gadkari said.

The Union Minister admitted that situation in Maharashtra had worsened as farmers were not getting proper minimum support price and lower milk prices. There is no proper godown to keep foodgrains, he added.

Talking about alternate sources to reduce dependability on crude oil, Gadkari said the government is trying to introduce ethanol and bio-diesel as alternative fuels.

“Every year, the government is importing crude oil worth Rs 7 lakh crore in the country. It is necessary to chase alternative sources to reduce the dependability on crude oil and increase our resources by using alternative mode,” Gadkari said “The government is trying to change the present system by introducing concept of ethanol and bio diesel. Farmers will get cheaper bio-diesel for farming work,” he furthered.

Gadkari claimed that around 13,000 youth get direct and around 75,000 youth get indirect jobs in MIHAN. “Around 50,000 youths will get direct jobs in MIHAN in next couple of years,” the minister announced.

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule and Nitin Bawankar, Additional Director General of PIB were present.