Foodgrain productivity must rise from 2 tons per hectare to 3 tons per hectare: Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at the launching ceremony of DD Kisan Channel, in New Delhi on May 26, 2015.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at the launching ceremony of DD Kisan Channel, in New Delhi on May 26, 2015.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for increasing food-grain productivity from 2 tons per hectare to 3 tons per hectare.

The Prime Minister was addressing a gathering of farmers at Vigyan Bhawan here. The occasion was the launch of DD Kisan, Doordarshan’s channel dedicated exclusively to farmers.

The Prime Minister called for making the “Tehsil” the unit of agricultural planning and development and said if the country has to move forward, villages must progress, and if villages are to progress, then it is essential for agriculture to progress.

Modi said there was a time when agriculture was the most preferred of professions, but over a period of time, its attractiveness has declined to rock bottom. He added that with the right incentives and actions, this trend could be completely reversed.

The Prime Minister recalled hos former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastrihad inspired farmers to make the country self-sufficient in terms of foodgrain production. He said the same inspiration and spirit was needed once again, so that the nation could self-sufficient in the production of pulses and oilseeds.

The Prime Minister said the DD Kisan channel should keep the farmers informed about the changes in weather and global markets so that they can plan and take correct decisions at the right time.

Modi reiterates commitment to transform quality of life, infrastructure and services

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi: On the first anniversary of his government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said our objective is to transform quality of life, infrastructure and services. He also gave the assurance to the people that the goal is to “build the India of your dreams and that of our freedom fighters.”

In a letter to the people to mark his one year in office, the PM has said: “We assumed office at a time when confidence in the India story was waning. Un-abated corruption and indecisiveness had paralyzed the government. People had been left helpless against ever climbing inflation and economic insecurity.”

Stressing that urgent and decisive action was needed, the Prime Minister said runaway prices were immediately brought under control. The languishing economy was rejuvenated, building on stable, policy-driven proactive governance. Discretionary allotment of our precious natural resources to a chosen few was replaced with transparent auctions. Firm steps were taken against Black Money, from setting up an SIT and passing a stringent black money law, to generating international consensus against the same.

Uncompromising adherence to the principle of purity, in action as well as intent, has ensured a corruption-free government Modi has stated in his letter adding significant changes have been brought about in work culture, nurturing a combination of empathy as well as professionalism, systems as well breaking of silos. State governments have been made equal partners in the quest for national development, building the spirit of Team India. Most importantly, we have been able to restore Trust in the government, he has pointed out.

The PM has underscored the achievements of his government by stating that guided by the principle of Antyodaya, his Government is dedicated to the poor, marginalized and those left behind. He has further said in his letter: ‘We are working towards empowering them to become our soldiers in the war against poverty. Numerous measures and schemes have been initiated – from making school toilets to setting up IITs, IIMs and AIIMS; from providing a vaccination cover to our children to initiating a people-driven Swachh Bharat mission; from ensuring a minimum pension to our labourers to providing social security to the common man; from enhancing support to our farmers hit by natural calamities to defending their interests at WTO; from empowering one and all with self attestation to delivering subsidies directly to people’s banks; from universalizing the banking system to funding the unfunded small businesses; from irrigating fields to rejuvenating the Ganga River; from moving towards 24×7 power to connecting the nation through road and rail; from building homes for the homeless to setting up smart cities, and from connecting the North-East to prioritizing development of Eastern India.
In another letter to the people on economic issues, the PM said:

One year ago, you had entrusted me with the task of building a new India and putting a derailed economy back on track. We have achieved a lot. Economic growth has been revived, and is among the fastest in the world. Inflation is substantially down. Fiscal prudence has been restored. Confidence is up. Foreign investments have increased. This positive outlook is endorsed by major rating agencies and international institutions across the world.

Bold reforms pending for decades have been implemented. Diesel prices have been decontrolled. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is slated to be introduced next year. By facilitating companies to Make in India through a focus on Ease of Doing Business, new jobs are being created. Cooking gas subsidies are being paid directly to beneficiary bank accounts under PAHAL – ensuring the right amount of subsidy, reaches the right people, at the right time. FDI limits in insurance, railways and defence production have been raised. Moreover, we have embraced the states as equal partners in national development, working as Team India in the spirit of cooperative and competitive federalism.

Political interference in public sector banking decisions is a thing of the past. Transparent coal auctions and allotments have mobilized potential revenues of Rs. 3.35 lakh crores to coal-bearing states over the lifespan of mines. And reform in the Mines Act has replaced a discretionary mechanism with a transparent auction process. To combat black money, a Special Investigation Team has been appointed and a new stringent law passed.

Nearly Rs. 1 lakh crores of public investment have been allocated in this year’s budget to improve physical as well as digital connectivity. A comprehensive transformation of the railways into a locomotive of growth has begun. Stalled highway projects are being restructured and revived. Power generation is at an all-time high. A new National Infrastructure Investment Fund has been set up with an annual government funding of Rs. 20,000 crores.

Economic growth benefits all Indians. Growth however, has meaning only if it empowers the poor, farmers, women, as well as middle and neo-middle classes of all communities. To enable us to continue paying remunerative prices to our farmers, we secured a permanent ‘peace clause’ at the WTO. The world’s largest financial inclusion project has brought banking to the doorsteps of the poor, opening a record 15 crore plus bank accounts with deposits of over Rs. 15,800 crores. An affordable social security system including pension, life insurance and accident insurance, has already witnessed 6.75 crore enrolments in its first week. MUDRA has been set up with a corpus of Rs. 20,000 crores to help our small businessmen, who despite being our biggest job creators have historically been starved of credit.

A lot has been achieved. However, this is just the beginning. There is much more to be done and I know your expectations are high. A year ago I gave you my word that while I might perhaps commit errors, I would always act with pure intentions and spend every available moment working for a better India. I have kept my word. I seek your continued support, suggestions and blessings in building the India of our dreams.

Delhi Police busts a human trafficking racket: Rape victim rescued, 3 arrested

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Human trafficking Delhi
Human trafficking Delhi

New Delhi: With the arrest of three persons, the Delhi Police has busted a human trafficking racket and solved a rape case involving a young girl, who was lured from West Bengal with promise of marriage, but was being forced into prostitution.

Those arrested in this case have been identified as Shahjahan Molliya, alias Bapi (27), resident of Majampur Uttarpara, North 24 Pargana, West Bengal, Nafees, alias Sameer (28 years) and an accused woman (27), both resident of Kabir Nagar in Delhi.

On the intervening night of 23 and 24 May, at about 12:10 am, a PCR call was received informing that a woman was being beaten by a couple of boys. The Welcome Police station responded promptly and sub-inspector Ombir Singh along with the staff reached the spot – 2nd Floor of H. No. C-16/2, Gali No. 16, Kabir Nagar, Delhi and found a girl, about 19 years old, who was extremely scared and unable to communicate as she knew neither Hindi nor English.

The investigating officer, accompanied by a lady constable, took the girl to GTB Hospital and got her medical examination conducted on 24 May. With the help of an NGO, the victim’s counselling was also done. She told the NGO voluneers that her father had died and she was living with her mother, who worked as a tailor at her native village. She also informed them that she had been given the mobile number of Bapi (Shahjahan) by one of her neighbors.

The victim further stated that she had been told by her neighbour that Bapi is a good boy and will marry her. So she started talking to him. She was initially reluctant but left with him on 19 May, when he promised to marry her and forced her to come to Delhi. After they arrived at the Old Delhi Railway Station on 20 May, Bapi took her to a Hotel near Jama Masjid and during the night he forced her into a physical relationship on the pretext of marriage. Next morning he took the girl to one Raju’s house, where they stayed for two nights. During this period, Bapi, Raju and his wife tried to force her into prostitution. Raju even tried to build a physical relationship with her and she was slapped and beaten up when she refused. After that Bapi brought her to another house, that of a woman, at Welcome in Delhi, where Bapi, the accused woman, Sameer and Irshad (a friend ofSameer) tried to force her into pprostitution and as she resisted, she was again beaten up. When she talked to a neighbour over telephone, she was advised to take to prostitution. At this stage, Irshad also tried to molest her.

According to Veenu Bansal, Deputy Commissioner of Police, North-East District: Delhi, the victim’s statement was recorded with the help of the NGO and an interpreter and a case under Sections 323/354/366/368/370/376/120-B of IPC was registered at Welcome Police station on 24 May.

The Police team that busted the traffickers’ gang comprised of Inspector Prashnat Kumar SHO-Welcome, sub-inspectors Manish Kumar and Gunjan, Assistant sub-inspector Bhisham Rana, Head Constables Jai Parkash and Yogendra and Constable Ravindra

The doctor who conducted the medical examination of the girl at GTB Hospital on 24 May, confirmed signs of sexual violence. Two of the accused – Bapi and Sameer were arrested the same day. The accused woman, who was arrested on 25 May, revealed during interrogation that she is a sex worker. On further investigation, the police learnt that the traffickers’ gang had hatched a plan for trafficking innocent girls from rural areas of West Bengal by luring them on the pretext of marriage and then pushing them into prostitution.