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Ranchi: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Sunday laid stress on the need for second Green Revolution in the country.

“There is an immediate need of Green Revolution in the country. The Green Revolution should immediately start in eastern India, including Jharkhand, Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha and Assam,” said Modi.

The prime minister was addressing the people at Barhi, in Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand, after laying the foundation stone of the Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI).

IARI-Jharkhand would achieve inclusive agricultural growth through Integrated Farming Systems (IFS) in the region, an official release said here.

The institute will attract the cream of post-graduate and doctoral students from all over India and abroad to conduct region-specific research. The major regional challenges will be addressed by the IARI-Jharkhand, through prioritized thrust areas of research, integrated with post-graduate education and extension programmes, the release said.

“The government of India has started initiatives for the development of the region and decided to open the closed plants of fertilisers at Sindri of Jharkhand and Gorakhpur of Uttar Pradesh and opening new fertilizer plants in West Bengal. The opening of closed fertilizer plants and new plants will help the farmers and generate employment to youths,” the prime minister said.

Modi also appealed to the farmers to use scientific methods for modern farming. He asked them to use micro irrigation to increase production of food grain.

“I also appeal farmers to increase production of dalhan (pulses), as our country still imports large quantity of pulses. There is government policy to provide addition Minimum Support Price (MSP), to promote dalhan production in the country,” he said.

The prime minister appealed the farmers to avail the benefit of the Krishi Channel launched for the farming.

He expressed his concerns over the Indian farmers lagging behind in comparison to other countries’ farmers.

Besides Modi, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu, and Chief Minister Raghubar Das, were also present on the occasion. (IANS)

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As The Election Nears, India’s Opposition Promises Several Economic Steps

Modi said at the Delhi convention that the opposition was working on a "desperate alliance," while the BJP would give a "strong government."

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Rahul Gandhi, president of India's main opposition Congress Party, speaks at a rally ahead of October's 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 11, 2019. VOA

India’s main opposition Congress Party will simplify the goods and services tax (GST) and make “rational economic decisions” to attract foreign investment if voted back to power in a general election due by May, leader Rahul Gandhi said Saturday.

Launched in 2017, the GST was initially hailed as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biggest economic reform as it replaced more than a dozen federal and state levies and unified Asia’s third-largest economy.

But its chaotic implementation and complexities — months after a shock ban by Modi on high-value bank currency aimed at unearthing untaxed wealth — badly hurt small businesses and led to millions of job losses in the cash-driven economy, presenting the biggest challenge to Modi’s re-election chances.

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India’s Congress party President Rahul Gandhi displays documents in New Delhi, India. VOA

 

Gandhi, scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, said during a visit to Dubai that foreign investment was at a multiyear low in India because of the “ill-advised and badly thought out economic moves” such as the currency ban and a “poorly designed GST.”

Quick growth promised

“We will take some rational economic decisions,” he told a press conference, which was broadcast live on Twitter. “We will restructure the GST and we will embrace investments from the Middle East and other parts of the world. We are the party of [India’s economic] liberalization; we are the party that gave the fastest economic growth in the first decade of the century, and will do that again.”

He said his main priority would be to create jobs, simplify the GST, rebuild confidence in institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India — whose governor resigned recently after a fight over autonomy with the government, and the Supreme Court.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, is garlanded by BJP leaders on the first day of the two-day Bharatiya Janata Party national convention in New Delhi, Jan. 11, 2019. VOA

 

Four Supreme Court judges held a rare press conference early last year, saying that “unless this institution is preserved and it maintains its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country.”

Modi told a BJP convention in New Delhi on Saturday that for Congress “every institution was wrong and only they were right.”

The Congress press conference was organized by the Indian Overseas Congress, which is present in about 35 countries, as Gandhi tries to reach out to rich Indians living abroad for funds and social media support for the party that has dominated the country’s politics for decades before being nearly decimated in the last general election in 2014 by Modi.

But back home, Gandhi received a jolt when bitter rivals, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP), announced an election tie-up without Congress in Uttar Pradesh state, which sends the highest number of lawmakers to the lower house of parliament.

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Elaborate preparations for PM’s election rally. VOA

“The BSP and SP have made a political decision,” Gandhi said. “It’s on us on how to strengthen the Congress Party in Uttar Pradesh and we will fight with our full capacity. Whether we do or their alliance does, the BJP is not winning there.”

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Modi said at the Delhi convention that the opposition was working on a “desperate alliance,” while the BJP would give a “strong government.”

The Hindu nationalist BJP lost power in three key states recently, forcing the government to announce a flurry of measures to woo small businesses and the less well-off since then. (VOA)