The Modi government which held its first cabinet meeting post mega expansion exercise on Wednesday announced a host of new decisions concerning farmers and the health sector.
Addressing a presser, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that Rs 1 lakh crore fund for farmers through APMCs. The move will also strengthen mandis.
In order to increase Coconut farming, the government said it is going to amend the Coconut Board Act.
“The Coconut Board president will be a non-official person. He will be from the farmers’ community, who knows and understand the work of the field,” Narendra Singh Tomar said.
Speaking about farmers, Agriculture Minister once again reiterated that there will be no impact on Mandis (APMCs) once the new farm laws are implemented, in fact the government is taking steps to further strengthen them.
“APMC will not end. Even after the implementation of the new farm laws, the mandis will be provided with resources worth crores, which will strengthen them,” they said.
Furthermore, the Agriculture minister appealed, “I want to tell people associated with the farmers’ movement that the Government of India has tried to do what it has said. The markets will not end but will be strengthened.”
On the core issue of repealing the new farm laws, Narendra Singh Tomar asked people associated with farmers’ protests that the government is ready to discuss any proposal except repealing of the new laws.
In addition to this, the government also announced Rs 23,123 crore emergency health package.
To increase Coconut farming, we’re amending Coconut Board Act. The Coconut Board president will be a non-official person. He will be from the farmers’ community, who knows & understand the work of field: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on union cabinet decisions
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur and Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya briefed the media.
The decisions were taken in the first cabinet meeting following a mega expansion exercise that was held on Wednesday when 43 leaders were inducted into the government including 15 cabinet and 28 Minister of State (MoS).
In a major overhaul, Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought in Sarbananda Sonowal, Narayan Rane and Jyotiraditya Scindia in the Cabinet while dropping as many as 12 ministers including Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar.
Fifteen Cabinet ministers and 28 Ministers of State, comprising new faces and those elevated, were sworn in at a ceremony held in the Darbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. While most of the members took oath in Hindi, a few of them took it in English.
This is the first reshuffle in the Council of Ministers by Prime Minister Modi since he assumed charge for a second term in May 2019.
An extensive and protracted review was carried out by Modi and the BJP top brass through a series of meetings with ministers ahead of Wednesday’s big exercise.
These meetings were also held in the wake of widespread criticism of the Central government’s handling of the COVID crisis.