NEW DELHI: Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said that the government was working hard to double the income of farmers by the year 2022 and partnership of states is needed to realise the dream. The minister said that states should work hard to provide proper power facility to farmers.
The minister was in Rajasthan to review the progress of urban projects in the state. He, along with CM Vasundhara Raje, conducted an aerial survey of Dravyavati river project in Rajasthan. The project is meant for beautification of Jaipur city. The Union minister along with Rajasthan CM Vasundhra Raje conducted the aerial survey and reviewed the progress of the project undertaken by Tata Projects.
The 47.5-km long Dravyavati river, which has shrunk into a ‘nala’ (drain), is being rejuvenated under the project. The project will ensure seamless water supply in the river throughout the year. More than 16,000 trees will be planted and 65,000 square meters green area will be developed under the project worth Rs 1,667 crore.
Naidu also attended Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) in Kota where he said that the Centre was trying its best to provide electricity in the villages as well. This will enable the empowerment of the women, farmers, middle classes, and the youth in the villages, he said. He emphasized on the need for diversification of crops as the only way forward for the progress of the agriculture sector and the nation.
Naidu reiterated that the Centre is committed to achieve the Prime Minister’s mission of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. The minister said the government’s ambitious scheme of ‘one nation one market’ through e-NAM (National Agriculture Market) would help the farmers to sell their produce wherever they got the best price.