Former chief minister and opposition leader Prem Kumar Dhumal on Wednesday hailed the upward revision in the relief norms to the distressed farmers for the crop damage due to natural calamities across the country.
Dhumal appreciated the concern expressed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in bailing out the beleaguered peasantry from the problems faced due to unprecedented abrasions in the weather over the past one year.
Lauding the landmark announcement of Prime Minister for making change in the norms for input subsidy, he said that now the farmers would be eligible for input subsidy if 33 percent of their crop had been damaged instead of earlier norms of 50 percent or more.
Dhumal also welcomed the pro-farmer initiative on the part of the Modi government to enhance the input subsidy by 50 percent of the existing amounts which would go a long way to mitigate the woes of farmers due to the vagaries of the weather. “These decisions prove that Modi government is working for the welfare of farmers in the country,” he said.
He also welcomed the decision to launch of Pradhan Mantri MUDRA (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) Yojana and said the bank would promote the interests of small entrepreneurs of country. “The bank would provide opportunities to youth who want to start small or medium enterprises and it would help them in becoming self reliant,” he added.