|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Jan 22: Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Kailash Choudhary today participated in a Public outreach Programme during a visit to Chak Chattakan, Ramgarh, Samba.
On the occasion District Development Commissioner, Samba Rohit Khajuria, Director Command Area Development, Smita Sethi, Senior Superintended of Police, Shakti Pathak, Additional Deputy Commissioner Vikas Gupta besides other District and sectoral Officers, BDC chairman, Sarpanches, Panches and locals in large number were also present. During the programme the visiting Minister laid foundation stone of the Jal Jeevan Mission, improvement and augmentation of WSS Balotra Chak, Chak Chattakan. Beneficiaries under State Marriage Assistance Scheme were also distributed sanctioned letters by the social welfare department through the Minister.
Speaking to the gathering the Minister informed that Government of India has launched number of farmer benefit schemes including strengthening of National Agriculture Market (E-NAM), Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY), consolidating Agri-business and logistics, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), Pradhan Mantri Kisan Mann Dhann Yojana(PM-KMDY), Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi(PM-KISAN), Construction of Cold Storage, and others. He further said that the government is duty bound to provide all necessary assistance to farmers of our country in order to double their income.
He said that under PM-KISAN farmers are getting 6000 per year as minimum income support and under PM-KMDY farmers are getting 3000 per month as Old Age pension from the govt after voluntarily contribution and these step will address the issues of social security and sustenance among the farmers. He said that the Cabinet has also approved extension by three years and revision of PM’s Development Package for Horticulture in UTs of J&K and Ladakh.
The widespread schemes like Ujwala, Ujalla, SBM, Aayushman Bharat, Jan Arogya, PMAY, PMGSY and others have taken care of the strata of society hitherto ignored. He said the govt of India post 370 abolition is ushering new schemes for development of JK including sanctioning of medical colleges, educational institutions and further strengthening of PRIs in the state.