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Govt taking all steps to improve farmers' lot: PM

Malout (Punjab)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that the Congress and its allies were losing sleep as his government was taking many initiatives to improve the status of farmers across the country.
Addressing a rally of farmers and farm labourers in this south-western town of Punjab, Modi said:"The Congress is losing sleep over farmers getting their dues from our government. Congress sat on all demands of farmers for years. They (Congress and its allies) are unable to comprehend what is happening now. They cannot accept the fact that the farmers of this country will get good sleep now."
Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan participated in the rally in the town, which lies close to the border of the three states."Our government is trying to restore the respect given to farmers and soldiers. We have increased the farmers'income by 1.5 times. We will try to double it by 2022,"the Prime Minister said.
The PM referred to the recent hike in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of kharif crops and said the hike ranged from Rs200 to Rs1,800 per quintal for various crops.
He blamed the Congress rule for the misery of farmers in the country, saying the Congress governments were working only for the benefit of one family."Congress has always cheated farmers. Farmers have suffered for many decades as the party that ruled the country for most part of the past 70 years did nothing for them.

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