Arunachal CM Pema Khandu Hails Delhi Decisions On Farmers, Traders
Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Saturday welcomed the ‘historic decisions’ taken by the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in its first meeting on Friday.
Khandu hailed the ‘philanthropic decisions of the Union Cabinet which will greatly benefit the hardworking farmers and industrious traders of the country.’
In what could be termed as a great relief to the farmers, the Union Cabinet approved to cover 14.5 crore farmers across the country under the PM Kisan scheme wherein farmers, irrespective of their land holdings will get Rs 6,000 in their bank accounts. The Cabinet also approved a proposal to spend Rs 10,774.5 crore for a period of three years for providing pension cover to crores of farmers.
As a great succour and relief to the traders, three crore retail traders, shopkeepers and self-employed persons in the country attaining the age of 60 years will be assured minimum monthly pension of Rs 3,000.
In an another historic decision, the Cabinet approved an ambitious scheme with a total outlay of Rs 13,343 crore to fully control Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis diseases amongst the livestock in the country in the next five years.“This scheme will greatly help the farmers of my State who are predominantly engaged in livestock rearing and had been struggling to eradicate the FMD disease”, Khandu said in a statement here. He extended his gratitude to the Prime Minister for subsiding the previous ratio of Centre and State share of 60:40 fund and Centre bearing the entire cost in the new decision.
“This is a welcome gesture for the farmers and the State Government like ours which has limited resources”, Khandu said.
The scheme envisages vaccination coverage to 30 crore bovines (cows-bulls and buffaloes) and 20 crore sheep/goat and 10 million pigs.
Khandu further lauded the Union Cabinet for enhancing the amount to be paid as part of Prime Ministers Scholarship Scheme under the National Defence Fund.
The rates of scholarship have been increased from Rs 2,000 per month to Rs 2,500 per month for boys and from Rs 2,250 per month to Rs 3,000 per month for girls.
The ambit of the scholarship scheme has also been extended to the wards of state police personnel who were martyred during terror/Naxal attacks. The quota of new scholarships for wards of State police personnel will be Rs 500 in a year.
Expressing gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his council of ministers for taking historic decisions for the welfare of traders, farmers and students, Khandu said the country is heading its way towards greater and newer heights.
“The Modi Government which symbolises Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas is standing tall and living up to the people’s aspirations. Narendra Modi will deliver what he has promised,” the chief minister said. “We know, it is just a beginning! India in another five years under the dynamic and charismatic leadership of Narendra Modi will see a new dawn of progress, prosperity and development,” Khandu added.
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