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Like Sir Chhotu Ram, Centre working for welfare of farmers: PM

Press Trust of India  |  Sampla (Haryana) 

unveiled a statue of Sir here on Tuesday, recalling the contribution of the to pre-Independence and showcasing his own government's initiatives for farmers.

Our government is trying to set up a system of 'Beej se Bazaar Tak' in the same way Chaudhary Sahib thought about the welfare and upliftment of farmers and labourers, said, suggesting that Centre was looking at all aspects of the agriculture sector.

Apart from unveiling a 64-foot statue of the at his native Sampla village in district, the also announced the launch of a refurbishing workshop in district.

Sampla in Haryana's Jat heartland is also considered the bastion of senior and former

After unveiling the statue, visited a museum built in the memory

Birender Singh, who is a grandson of Chhotu Ram, and attended the ceremony.

Modi said his government had fulfilled a long-pending farmers' demand by raising substantially the minimum support price of several crops.

He also listed crop insurance, irrigation facilities and availability of urea among concerns addressed by his NDA government.

have been opened for farmers and small entrepreneurs so that they do not depend on money lenders, Modi said.

He said Chhotu Ram's statue was the tallest in the area and will give Sampla its identity.

The reminded he would also get to unveil in on October 31, and said both leaders had worked for the farmers.

was the voice of farmers, labourers and the deprived, he said.

Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram continued to raise his voice against the divide and rule policy of the British regime, Modi said.

He said several generations had been deprived of learning about Chhotu Ram's life.

Our government has been working towards honouring such people, who committed their lives to the nation, he said.

Modi lauded for sending its men to the armed forces in large numbers, and also for its contribution to the nation's

He said the state's sportspersons are bringing laurels to the nation and the daughters of are making the country proud.

He appreciated the state for having the first beneficiary under the mega healthcare plan, the Ayushman Bharat Yojna.

Modi said within just two weeks after the nationwide launch of the scheme, about 50,000 poor people have either got treated or their treatment was in progress.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 23:00 IST