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    Modi allocates Agri Ministry to Narendra Singh Tomar for farm revival

  • Date : 31 May, 2019

     Prime Minister Narendra Modi has allocated key Agriculture and Farmer Welfare ministry to Narendra Singh Tomar, MP from Madhya Pradesh, to revive the farm sector in the country. The ministry holds significance as the government has promised to double the farmers' income by 2022 and there had been large-scale agitations across the country due to farm distress in the last few years. 


    The incumbent BJP governments in Rajasthan , Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh had to face defeat largely because of farm distress in the states. The voters in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana gave the BJP a clean sweep in the recent elections. Considering the even bigger mandate in the recent Lok Sabha elections, in which party almost clean swept most part of the country, expectations would be high from the government to take the sector out of doldrums. 

    Various economic indicators have signalled towards a slowdown in the economy and rural sector is also not left untouched with that. For economy to grow, agriculture sector holds importance as majority of population is dependent on agriculture for livelihood. 
    Recently, the sector has been witnessing low farm prices due to deflation in the sector. There has been a series of farm agitation across the country in the last few years. Sectors like agriculture and food processing require larger impetus that can help in farmer empowerment and generation of large scale sustainable livelihood. 
    Government realises the problem and has tried to introduce various farmer welfare schemes like direct money transfer plan, farm insurance and soil health cards, but a lot of structural reforms are needed to make the sector economically viable. 
    Modi has allocated the ministry to Tomar, the second strong BJP leader from Madhya Pradesh after former Chief Minster Shivraj Singh Chouhan. It was Narendra Singh Tomar who conducted the ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament when Narendra Modi was unanimously elected by the National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) constituent parties as their leader.

     Born on June 12, 1957 at Murar in Gwalior district, Narendra Singh Tomar was president of the Gwalior unit of the BJP youth wing from 1980-84.

    source-The Economic Times



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