New Delhi, Jun 15 : Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday called on Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to discuss important issues relating to farmers’ welfare like Kisan Kalyan Nidhi Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.
A delegation led by Mr Rupani, comprising Gujarat Agriculture Minister RC Faldu, Chief Secretary JN Singh, Chief Principal Secretary to CM K Kailashnathan, Additional Chief Secretary (Agri) Sanjay Prasad and officers of the Agriculture Department met the Union Agriculture Minister in the presence of Union Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottambhai Rupala and discussed pending issues in agriculture sector of the state in the interest of farmers.
The issues on pending claims of interest subvention of crop loan advance by banks of the state and extension of date to purchase of mustard in the Price Support Scheme were also discussed in the meeting, an official statement here said.
It was decided in the meeting that the last date for purchase of mustard under the Price Support Scheme shall be extended up to June 30, 2019. The Union government also decided to expedite payment of interest subvention to the cooperative banks and nationalized banks so that farmers do not face any inconvenience.
The discussion also focused on measures being jointly undertaken by the Union and state governments to increase agriculture productivity to improve farmer income as well as on strengthening measures for farmer welfare.
Mr Tomar has given an assurance to the Gujarat Chief Minister that all pending issues relating to agriculture sector of Gujarat will be sorted out and necessary directions will be given to the senior officers of his Ministry. (UNI)