Farmers families-make temple of Modi in Tamilnadu
Benefited By Welfare Schemes, Tamil Nadu Farmer Builds Temple For PM Modi
A farmer has built a temple for Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his farm at a village near, saying he was impressed and had benefited by welfare schemes like the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi.
The 50-year old farmer, P Sankar, inaugurated the temple last week at his farm in sleepy Erakudi village about 63 km from Tiruchirappalli and performs ''aarti,'' every day.
A traditional ''kolam'' (rangoli) welcomes people to the modest, 8 x 8 ft tiled roof temple, built at a cost of about Rs 1.2 lakh and a smiling bust of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is placed at the centre.
While a traditional lamp is placed on both the sides of PM Modi's bespectacled bust, it also features his trademark white beard and hairstyle.
Complete with a tilak on the forehead, the bust sports the Prime Minister in a pink kurta and a blue shawl.
The statue has been adorned with garlands and flowers.
"The work to build a temple for Ayya (a Tamil word equivalent to Sir in English and it refers here to PM Modi) began about eight months back.
I could not complete it immediately due to constraints and the temple was inaugurated last week," Sankar said.
Asked what prompted him to build a temple and offer worship, he told PTI he had benefitted from Centre's welfare measures and liked the Prime Minister for such initiatives.
"I received Rs 2,000 (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi) scheme for farmers, gas (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana) and toilet (Individual Household Latrine Scheme) facilities," he said.
"I like him for his personality as well. I have been keenly watching him for long."
Asked if Sankar was a party worker, BJP's Tiruchirappalli Zonal in charge and national council member La Kannnan said the farmer was not a member.
"I sent our party office-bearers to meet him after I came to know about this temple for Modi ji. We have requested him to join the BJP and work for people's welfare," he told PTI.
Sankar said he has consented to become a member of the BJP since he "liked Ayya."
"Now my desire is to perform a proper Kumbabishekam (consecration) for the temple," he said.
Keen to see the Prime Minister in person, Sankar said he went to Mamallapuram near Chennai in October when PM Modi visited the seashore town for an informal summit with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
"I could not meet him. But I am happy to got a glimpse of his cavalcade from a distance," he said.
The farmer said he was self made man after struggling for years in a Gulf country to buy land in his village.
The temple has portraits of deities, Mahatma Gandhi, noted freedom fighter and Congress icon K Kamaraj, AIADMK stalwarts M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa, Home Minister Amit Shah and Tamil Nadu Chief Minsiter K Palaniswami.
The number of farmers trained by government has increased significantly in at least one programme, if the figures given in the Lok Sabha are any indication.
In a recent reply to a question, Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, said training was given to 5.11 lakh farmers under National Food Security Mission (NFSM) till December 3 of 2019-20 as against 3.42 lakh for the whole of 2018-19. This amounts to a growth of 49.48 per cent over the full financial year of 2018-19.
He said NFSM is being implemented in identified districts of 28 States and two Union Territories (UTs) of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir to increase the production and productivity of rice, wheat, pulses, coarse cereals and nutri cereals (millets) through area expansion and productivity enhancement.
However, the numbers related to farmers training give a different picture in the case of Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH).
The Minister said 1,942 farmers have been trained in MIDH till December 3 of 2019-20 as against 1.91 lakh for whole of 2018-19. MIDH, which is a Centrally-sponsored scheme, is being implemented for holistic growth of the horticulture sector, covering fruits, vegetables, root and tuber crops, mushrooms, spices, flowers, aromatic plants, coconut, cashew, cocoa and bamboo. All States and UTs are covered under MIDH. Another Centrally-sponsored scheme on ‘Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension Reforms’, which is popularly known as Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) scheme, is under implementation in 684 districts and five UTs. According to the Minister, 7.73 lakh farmers were trained under ATMA till December 3 of 2019-20 as against 19.18 lakh for whole of 2018-19.
ATMA scheme promotes decentralised extension system with the objective of supporting State governments’ efforts to revitalise the extension system and making available the latest agricultural technologies and good agricultural practices in different thematic areas of agriculture and allied areas to farmers. The extension activities under ATMA include farmers’ training, demonstrations, exposure visits, kisan melas, mobilisation of farmers groups, and organising farm schools, etc.
The Minister said that 15.75 lakh farmers were trained in various thematic areas by Krishi Vijnan Kendras (KVKs) during 2018-19. It did not give figures for the current financial year.
As many as 716 KVKs of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have mandate of technology assessment, demonstration and capacity development of farmers. KVKs are imparting training to farmers for getting higher agricultural production and income.
Four Farm Machinery Training and Testing Institutes (FMTTIs) in the country have trained 5723 candidates till December 3 of 2019-20 as against 9905 for the whole of 2018-19.
These FMTTIs –– which are located at Budni in Madhya Pradesh, Hissar in Haryana, Ananthapur in Andhra Pradesh, and Biswanath Chariali in Assam – are engaged in imparting training to various categories of trainees, including farmers, in the field of farm mechanisation
over 44 lakh farmers have received waiver amounting to Rs 18,761 crore under the scheme, senior officials said.
Just as the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government is set to roll out a new farm loan waiver scheme in Maharashtra, it has been learnt that more than five lakh farmers with outstanding loans are yet to avail the waiver sanctioned by the previous Devendra Fadnavis regime, though the amount has been allotted to the respective banks in which they have accounts.
According to official figures, the Fadnavis government had finalised a list of 54 lakh farmers eligible for the loan waiver scheme announced in 2017, for which a sum of Rs 27,000 crore was allotted. This list of beneficiaries was described as a “green” list, as it was cleared after multi-layer screenings and application of several filters, as well as a ground-level verification.
The latest records show that so far, over 44 lakh farmers have received waiver amounting to Rs 18,761 crore under the scheme, senior officials said.
Ten lakh farmers’ accounts, which were on the sanctioned green list, have so far not availed the benefit. Of these, about 4.5 lakh accounts belong to those farmers who had applied for the one-time settlement scheme, announced as part of the previous waiver for loan arrears of over Rs 1.5 lakh payable by June 30, 2016. “There was a pre-condition that the beneficiary must first settle loan arrears over and above the Rs 1.5 lakh to avail the benefit,” an official said.But it is the remaining 5.5 lakh accounts that have rung alarm bells in the government. Despite a full loan waiver benefit sanctioned in the case of these accounts, sources said that the banks are yet to claim the waiver amount and close the loans.
Requesting anonymity, a senior official said that the unclaimed waivers have raised questions about the account holders and the scrutiny exercise to determine the green list.
Officials cited these unclaimed accounts as the reason why the Thackeray government will roll out its own loan waiver scheme in a phased manner. A full fledged investigation is expected to take place, but right now, the government’s priority was to implement the recently announced scheme, a senior official said.
On December 27, the Sena-led government had announced a full waiver for those who had availed loans between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2019, and whose total arrears as by September-end stood at Rs 2 lakh or less.
While the government has already come under pressure to widen the scheme’s ambit, Finance Minister Jayant Patil on Saturday said the government plans to roll out either a part or a full waiver scheme even for those whose arrears were over the Rs 2-lakh mark, and another incentive scheme for farmers who pay loan dues regularly. The state is collecting data regarding the farmers who have arrears above Rs 2 lakh, he added.
“Through the implementation of various farmer welfare schemes, Aadhar data has already been seeded with the bank accounts in the case of the 60 per cent of the proposed beneficiaries. Instructions to finish seeding off the data for the remaining accounts within a fortnight has been issued. Once this is done, the data will be proof checked on ground before the loans are written off,” the official said.Friends if you like my post comments And share the post to another friend your sharing is my pleasure thanks for Reading