Modi took inspiration from Charan Singh, Rajnath says on ‘Kisan Diwas’
The Centre on Wednesday reiterated its commitment to the welfare of farmers, in view of the birth anniversary of former prime minister Charan Singh known for championing their cause. It expressed hope that the ones protesting against the new laws will soon understand and withdraw their agitation.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in a series of tweets, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken multiple steps to ensure farmers’ well-being while taking inspiration from Charan Singh. He will not allow any harm to them under any circumstances, the defence minister said.
Rajnath Singh has been one of the key government ministers to have engaged in talks with farmers to end the ongoing agitation against three new farm laws.
“Some farmers have been agitating due to the farm laws. The government has been talking to them with utmost sensitivity. I hope they will soon withdraw their agitation,” he said.
Charan Singh’s birth anniversary is observed in India as ‘Kisan Diwas’ (farmers’ day).
The senior BJP leader noted that Charan Singh voiced the concerns of farmers all his life and worked for their welfare.
“He always wanted that farmers get good prices for their produce so that their income increased and that their honour always remained secure,” Rajnath added.
“Taking inspiration from the former prime minister, Modi has been taking measures for farmers' welfare,” he asserted, while paying tributes to Charan Singh.
Lauding farmers, he said they have provided the country the shield of grain security.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday he is hopeful that protesting unions would soon complete their internal discussions and resume talks with the government to resolve the crisis.
Born in 1902 in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, Charan Singh espoused the farmers' cause and is credited with shaping several policies that helped cultivators. He died in 1987.