Chandigarh, May 4: A special emphasis was given on reforms in agriculture marketing, management of marketable surplus, access of farmers to institutional credit and freeing agriculture sector of various restrictions with appropriate backing of statute.
These reforms were deliberated in a meeting held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. The focus was on making strategic interventions in the existing marketing eco-system and bringing appropriate reforms in the context of rapid agricultural development. Farmers interests have always been one of concerns of the Union Government. The relaxations provided to farmers time to time after the announcement of lockdown in the light of COVID-19 and the consolidated revised guidelines which were issued on April 15 show the central government's intent.
As a part of the relief package under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, farmer Paramjit Singh from Hoshiarpur district of Punjab said that he received Rs 2000 in his bank account under the PM-KISAN. Several farmers too gave details of similar experiences.
As harvesting season is on in Punjab and Haryana shops of agricultural machinery and its spare parts, repairs shops of combine and threshers units, welding shops etc have kept open. (UNI)