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Centre working for welfare of farmers: Modi

Press Trust of India  |  Sampla (Haryana) 

Tuesday unveiled a statue of Sir here, using the occasion to highlight the NDA government's initiatives in the agriculture sector.

The 64-feet-tall statue is installed in Sampla the native village of and also the bastion of former

The said he was surprised that the influence of was kept confined to the region. This deprived several generations from learning from his life, he said.

Chhotu Ram had played an instrumental role in empowering farmers in the pre-Independence era and getting pro-farmers laws enacted. He had also fought for farmers' rights during the British Rule.

Highlighting his government's initiatives for the welfare of farmers and traders, said," The doors of banks have been opened for farmers and small entrepreneurs so that they do not have to depend on money lenders."

The said his government has been constantly working to ensure that farmers get remunerative prices for their crops.

The government is also providing for crops, modern seeds, sufficient quantity of urea and good system of irrigation, and ensuring soil health, said at a public meeting here.

He said in Haryana, about 66.50 lakh accounts have been opened.

The prime minister, after unveiling the statue, visited a museum built in the memory Chhotu Ram.

The museum is based on the life of the and items related to him are on display.

Birender Singh, the maternal grandson of Chhotu Ram, and attended the unveiling ceremony.

Deepender Hooda, BJP chief were also present.

recipient has sculpted the 64-ft tall statue and as many as 5,500 farmers of the state donated from half kg to 2 kg iron for its construction.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 18:50 IST