Government striveing to strengthen rural economy: Patel
It is essential to strengthen rural economy for balanced progress of the country, said Praful Patel, Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
Ratnagiri: It is essential to strengthen rural economy for balanced progress of the country. The government is undertaking various schemes and development programs with the same ambitions, said Praful Patel, the Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
He was speaking at Swatantra Veer Sawarkar auditorium here on the occasion to launch Food Security Scheme and Health Card distribution under Rajiv Gandhi Jeevanday scheme. Along with him, Uday Samant, the Guardian Minister of Ratnagiri; Manisha Jadhav, President of Zila Parishad; Rajiv Jadhav, District Officer; Vijay Kalampatil, Chief Executive Officer; Harish Jagtap, Additional Chief Executive Officer; Umesh Birari, District Distribution Officer, Dr L D Narole, District Surgeon, Dr Rajendra Khandagale, District Medical Officer and Ramesh Keer etc were also present.
Patel said, we can notice positive results of strategies executed for governments agriculture land. The country exports agricultural goods worth Rs 30 lakh crore. We are number one in rice export. Like Basmati rice, Alphonso (Haapus) mango is most demanded worldwide. Farmers have accepted the new technology which in turn is giving them good results.
The government has executed farm loan waiver policy to motivate farmers. The provision of agricultural loan has been increased to Rs 8 lakh crore and it is being distributed to farmers now. The consideration for rice has also been increased substantially. And to facilitate public with the benefits of these projects, the government is now executing Food Security scheme. Rajiv Gandhi Jeevanday Scheme has also been launched to provide better health facilities to people in rural and urban areas. Public Distribution officers and Grampanchayat should inform people about government’s scheme, Patel said.
He further said about the progress of Konkan that the region must develop like neighboring districts. The wide range of natural resources available in the district should be used for development. Tourism potentials should be considered and motivated to benefit people and tourists as well. The government is taking efforts to develop such various sectors. Numbers of schemes are being executed to motivate fisheries.
11 lakh people in the district will be benefitted by Food Security Scheme where 14 lakjh will be benefitted byRajiv Gandhi Jeevanday Heath scheme, informed Rajiv Jadhav, the District Officer.