Obliquely mentioning the proposed legislation on land acquisition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday sought to link the Land Bill with the future of the next generations of farmers in the country, stating that development projects in villages were bound to benefit not only the farmer but their future generations too.
Exhorting the farmers not to get “misguided” by “lies,” the Prime Minister said the proposed land bill policy will not only safeguard farmers interest but will guarantee development and employment generation for villagers including the wards and family members of the farmers. “If there is no development, what will happen to your children? Do you want them to live in ‘jhuggi jhopris’ (slums) of Delhi and Mumbai? No one can harm your (farmers) interest and I assure the development thus achieved will bring benefits for your children and next generations,” Modi said without directly invoking the controversial Land Bill.
Addressing the gathering, essentially comprising Punjab farmers in majority, the PM said it was necessary to bring about development in villages and to create employment and business opportunities for farmer’s family. “Sso do not get carried by misinformation being spread by certain quarters; rather I expect you to be part of the revolutionary change that we have sought to bring in the life of not only a farmer but their sons and daughters too,” said Modi, who was here to attend a function to mark martyrdom day of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru.
Talking about the graft, the PM accused the previous UPA government of “destroying” the nation stating that his NDA government had to face the consequences of the “sins” committed by pervious UPA government. “After the coal scam, apex court cancelled the allocation of 204 coal blocks, there was shortage of coal and power plants started facing closure across the nation. But the day our honest government got in saddle, Rs two lakh crore was deposited in the national treasury on account of auction of just 20 coal blocks,” Modi said. He also invoked the LED bulb scam to castigate UPA government stating that his government succeeded in ending corrupt chain and thus brought down the process of LED blub from Rs 300 to Rs 80 per piece.
The Prime Minister, though, did not make any significant announcement as anticipated, but assured to “redress” each and every issue concerning Punjab welfare that was earlier enlisted by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and BJP state president Kamal Sharma in their speeches.