Prime Minister Modi Visits Indian Villages: Too Little, Too Late? 

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Finally, Prime Minister Modi has realised that it is time to look into the real issues affecting the ‘Bharat’. In a bid to reach out to farmers, PM is going on a four state visit including Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka starting February 18.

During this visit, he will be holding ‘Kisan sammelans’ or farmer rallies to highlight his government’s pro-farmer initiatives such as Pradhan Mantra Kisan Fasal Yojna, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana, Soil Health Card Scheme etc.

His plan to visit the Indian villages comes in the backdrop of a drought situation effecting more than eight states of the country. The Uttar Pradesh government has declared 50 of its 75 districts as drought hit. As per an independent survey, eight out of ten households in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh are eating chapatis with mere salt or spice. This is the condition of farmers who feed the entire nation.

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The Modi government, since its formation, has been focussed on helping the capitalists to grow. Be it be Make in India program or the Budget freebies such as reduction in the corporation tax, the real India or ‘Bharat’ has been in neglect, always. The reduction in funds of MGNREGA or the exemptions in the Land Acquisition Act, all point out to the fact that Indian villages do not seem to be the priority of the government.

PM’s Fasal Yojna was launched in the month of January this year. Sadly, it was too late for the farmers who have suffered the wrath of nature with unreasonable rain or pest attacks.

Now that the elections are due in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, the Modi Sarkar has realised its political imperatives. After losing out in the Bihar elections, BJP has realised that ‘Bharat’ has to be won over in order to capture power. For all we know, these Kisan sammelans could essentially be enlarging the vote bank of the party.

Whatever might be the objective of the government- to sort out the issues in agriculture or to win over votes, it is yet to be known. At least, Modiji has realised that the time for visiting the world is over. In the past one and half months of coming to power, PM Modi has visited more than 35 countries. We are not denying the fact that visiting nations like U.S.A and France is crucial for our economy as it helps in getting foreign investment but it is also imperative to address sensitive and vital issues back home.

However, this investment will be of no use until the issues affecting the homeland are solved. Unseasonal rain has created havoc on the farming community. Food inflation is still high due to hoarding by middlemen. The banking sector is in total mess with large Non Performing Assets. Moreover, the industry is still suffering with hurdles such as land acquisition. Parliament sessions are a total washout with government unable to pass many crucial bills such as Goods and Services Tax because of opposition’s disruption over petty and minor issues.

We feel it would have been better if the Modi government had woken up to the challenge a little bit earlier. Maybe, lives would have been saved by helping the distressed farmers who saw their crops being wasted.

Nonetheless, we have a quote in Hindi for you Sir, “Der aaye durust aaye”. Welcome home, Mr Prime Minister.

Nishant Kumar

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