BERHAMPUR: India has witnessed a visible change after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office, his initiatives not only developed the country but has also assured uplift of rural poor and womenfolk, said Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh.
Addressing a gathering at Digapahandi on Sunday, Singh said around 80 per cent population of the country reside in rural areas and measures have been initiated by the Centre to provide urban facilities in villages. Organic cultivation is being promoted by the Centre as rampant use of pesticide and fertiliser had an adverse impact on the fields, he added.
Steps have also been initiated to include 14 crore farmers in the country under crop insurance and other schemes to improve their standard of living.
Earlier, Singh attended Swachh Bharat programmes in MKCG Medical College and Hospital campus and also met the SOG jawan, who was injured in an attack by Maoists in Kandhamal district.
Among others, Ganjam BJP president Kanhu Charan Pati, State leaders Bibhuti Jena and Golak Mohapatra were present.
Keeping in view the opposition by the Congress activists, elaborate police arrangements were made for the visit. More than 20 activists were detained by the police at different places in Berhampur and Digapahandi.
Like his other colleagues at the Centre, Singh, along with local BJP leaders, had lunch at the house of one Bhikari Sethi in Dhoba Street of Digapahandi. The lunch was served on a banana leaf and the Minister praised Bhikari’s wife Sunita for her culinary skills.