There is not an iota of doubt in the fact that what Jawans are to people of India as far as their security and safety is concerned, the Kissans (farmers) are also no less in the way that they act as Anndatta for the nation providing food and health security at all times. The significance of both these sections of the Indian society was well understood by the second prime minister of the India Lal Bahadur Shastri, who from the podium at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi gave the slogan of Jai Jawan Jai Kissan in 1965 as on one hand India was attacked by rogue nation Pakistan and on the other the country faced acute dearth of food grains during those times. Akin to the situation then, the country is facing somewhat similar situation right now with multi-front aggression by the adversaries along her borders and manifold increase in hardships for farmers due to COVID-19 pandemic inviting government’s special focus to strengthen farming sector which along with Indian army is considered as the backbone of the nation. What is satisfying is the fact that akin to Lal Bahadur Shastri, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also enthused jawans and officers of the army to defend the nation from its enemies and cheered the farmers for their credence in stabilising the economy especially during COVID times. The role of farmers in making India self reliant as desired by PM Modi is of prime importance and taking this fact into account the prime minister on Saturday pitched for need to promote start-ups and agri-enterpreneurs to ensure innovation and use of technology in farming and allied sectors. He has rightly exhorted that traditional knowledge of Indian communities should be coupled with technology to bolster farmers’ position and in turn economy of the country, which traditionally relied on agriculture and formed basis for India’s bold face during times of world recession on many of the earlier occasions.
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