As Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi transferred the 14th installment of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, amounting to Rs. 17,000 crore, directly to the bank accounts of 8.5 crore farmers, the commitment of the Modi government to empower small and marginal farmers got further reinforced. It is to be noted that since the inception of this scheme, more than Rs. 2.6 lakh crore has been transferred directly to the farmers’ accounts, meeting their cash needs during agricultural seasons. The Modi government always had a special focus on farmers, agriculture, and the rural sector right from the beginning, aiming to enable and empower them by starting a large number of innovative schemes on the one hand and by providing a number of reliefs on the other. It is an example of PM Modi’s sensitiveness to the farmers’ needs that today, when the price of fertilisers is skyrocketing in the international market, India has maintained a stable price regime for its farmers by providing unprecedentedly huge subsidies. While the agricultural sector is experiencing a huge transformation, the manner in which MSP has been increased by one and a half times the investment and procurement is witnessing manifold expansion, and with a new range of crops on the list, farmers across India are now getting profitable returns on their crops.
The monsoon session of parliament, which opened under the shadow of misleading propaganda by the Congress-led Opposition and attempts to block its functioning,
The Modi government always had a special focus on farmers, agriculture, and the rural sector right from the beginning, aiming to enable and empower them by starting a large number of innovative schemes on the one hand and by providing a number of reliefs on the other
saw some crucial bills sail through both the houses. The bills like the Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2021, the Mediation Bill, 2021, the Multi-State Cooperative, Societies Bill, 2023, the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Third Amendment) Bill, 2022, the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2022, the Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill, 2022; and the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023, are aimed at addressing many issues that were being discussed and debated in the public domain. While the Mediation Bill, 2021, proposes facilitating and promoting the mediation process in India and recognises and encourages community, institutional, and online mediation as viable and cost-effective options for settling disputes, the Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill, 2023, aims to amend certain enactments for decriminalising and rationalising minor offences to further enhance trust-based governance for ease of living and doing business. At the same time, the National Capital Territory of Delhi Bill outlines several key provisions aimed at defining the administrative framework in the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT) and granting rule-making power to the Central Government, enabling it to regulate the appointment and conditions of service for officers and employees of the Delhi Government. It goes to the credit of the Modi government that despite disruptions, a negative approach, and the insistence of the Congress-led opposition to block the functioning of parliament, many bills were passed in the interest of the people. While the parliament is still in session, the opposition will do well to listen to the voice of the people and cooperate with the government to restore the smooth functioning of the parliament.
In a historic move, the Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for the redevelopment of 508 railway stations across the nation. The redevelopment plan, along with massive expansion and electrification of railways, freight corridors, Vande Bharat trains, and many more novel initiatives, have completely changed the face of Indian railways, making it the most competent and professional organisation in the world. It was the vision, leadership, and strong resolve of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi that made what was seen as a liability into an invaluable asset for the nation today. While a New India is taking shape, the dream of ‘Viksit Bharat’ in the ‘ Amrit Kaal’ seems a reality now.