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PM to interact with farmers in Kutch amid farm law protests, to lay foundation stones for several projects

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet a group of farmers amidst the ongoing protests in Delhi and other parts of the country on the issue of agricultural law. Amid the agitation against agricultural laws, the central government and the ruling BJP are going directly to the farmers to talk about the benefits of the new agricultural laws. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be among the farmers himself on Tuesday as he is going to Kutch in Gujarat on a day-long tour. Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of several development projects in Dhordo and interact with local farmers, including some Sikh farmers.

According to the official release, the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of several projects including the world’s largest hybrid renewable energy park, a desalination plant, and a milk chilling plant in Dhordo. The release further added that ahead of these event PM Modi will interact with the farmers and artists of Dhordo in Kutch. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will also be present on this occasion. The energy park to be built in Vighakot village of Kutch will be the largest renewable energy generation park in the country.

More than five thousand Sikh families live near the India-Pakistan border in Kutch district. PM Modi will meet some of these farmers. Most of the movements that are being organized on the borders of Delhi are led by Sikh-Punjabi farmers of Punjab and Haryana, it is believed that the Prime Minister will try to convey the message to the Sikh community and farmers through this meeting with farmers.

It is believed that the latest agricultural laws can be discussed with the farmers and their feedback can be taken. This will be the first time that PM Modi himself will be among the farmers amidst the ongoing opposition to the agricultural law. Apart from this meeting, PM Modi will meet with the handicraft artisans of Kutch.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach Kutch at 2:00 pm. Soon after his arrival the PM will virtually lay the foundation stone for a water desalination plant from Tent City in Dhordo to Gundayali in Kutch, Gandhivi Dwarka in Saurashtra, Ghogha Bhavnagar and Sutrapada Somnath. After this, he will lay the foundation of a 30 MW solar and wind energy park of alternative energy in the desert of Kutch.

The Prime minister will also perform rituals for the dairy plant to be prepared at an expense of more than Rs 129 crore by Kutch District Cooperative Milk Production Association Limited, under the PM Modi Kisan Vikas Yojana. This project will also be for the farmers only. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, a milk processing plant with a capacity of 2 lakh litres was started in Kutch district in the year 2013-14 with the help of Rs 8.37 crore from the state government.

Subsequently, the PM will interact with farmers and artisans and visit a memorial park being built in Bhuj to commemorate the 2001 earthquake victims. According to the information received, he will return to Delhi late evening.

On the issue of agricultural law, farmers have been living on the borders of Delhi for nearly twenty days. The farmers demand that the agricultural laws are withdrawn and the old system should be kept in place. If changes are to be made then MSP should be made part of the law. However, it is constantly being told by the government that the agricultural laws are for the benefit of farmers. Given the demand of farmers, the government has agreed to some degree of the amendment, but the farmers are adamant on repealing agricultural laws.

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