Government to harness rural development, progress of farmers: President

| Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 09:38
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Pranab Mukherjee, Budget 2016

Govt to harness rural development: President | Photo: IANS

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday that the government was keen to fully harness the agricultural potential of the eastern states and steps had been taken to usher in a second Green Revolution.
Addressing the sitting joint session of parliament, the president said that the government was also working to help farmers get fair and remunerative prices.
He said that the e-marketing platform was being created to connect all regulated agricultural markets.
"To fully harness agricultural potential of eastern states several steps have been taken to usher in the second green revolution," the president said.
 The central government is committed towards the development of rural areas and progress of farmers.
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“The wellbeing of farmers is vital to the nation," the President said, marking the beginning of the budget 2016 session of parliament.
"The government recently launched Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme to facilitate insurance for post harvest losses, unseasonal rains, and uncapping of prices for certain crops. Eligibility norms have also been relaxed by the government to facilitate the farmers,” Mukherjee noted. 
“My government in particular is focussed on 'Garibon Ki Unnati', 'Kisano Ki Samridhi' and 'Yuvaon Ko Rozgar'," the President said, adding, “My government is driving job creation through Make in India, Startup India and Mudra Scheme.”
The President said the central government firmly believes that economic development and environmental protection can co-exist. 
“As part of the Namami Gange Programme, my government is implementing several projects in all 118 cities and complete sanitation solutions for 1,649 gram panchayats, on the banks of the holy Ganga,” he added. 

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