Bhopal, Dec 18 (FN Representative) Underlining the Madhya Pradesh dispensation’s commitment to cultivators’ welfare, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan electronically transferred Rs 1,600 crore – as the maiden instalment of Rs 4,500 cr against crop damage – into the accounts of 35.5 lakh peasants during a Kisan Mahasammelan – in Raisen on Friday – that was also addressed online by Premier Narendra Modi. As many as 2,000 fishermen and cattle-rearing individuals were issued Kisan Credit cards on the occasion, it was officially learnt. The Premier’s speech was conveyed by the virtual medium to in excess of 50 lakh tillers across the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Chouhan averred, “Fresh legislation in the agrarian sector has made our farmer brethren truly independent. It is now their will whether ‘to deal or not to deal’. They may sell their yield anywhere. Ending stock limit will lead to higher procurement. My government deposited Rs 8,640 cr as crop insurance premium of kharif and rabi in the past eight months. A total Rs 6,815 cr were disbursed under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi. Minimum Support Price of Rs 35,000 cr was paid against procurement of wheat, paddy, gram, etc and Rs 14,408 cr as power subsidy. As much as Rs 82,422 cr were provided to growers under different schemes.”