RANCHI: State farmers
will now be called ‘Birsa Kisan
’, chief minister Hemant Soren made the announcement on Monday during the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples celebrations at Project Building in Ranchi. The programme saw the distribution of kisan credit cards (KCC) and rollout of the Mukhyamantri Pashudhan Yojana
for the current fiscal year. Similar programmes were held simultaneously across all the 24 districts to mark the day.
Speaking at the event, Soren said, “Today, we are rolling out various farmer-centric schemes to mark the special day and to dedicate the day in honour of our annadatas (food providers).”
He added, “The term ‘Birsa Kisan’ will instill a sense of pride in the farmers. Jharkhand
is the land of Birsa and several other warriors who laid down their lives for their community and for safeguarding tribal rights and resources and they played a key role in India’s freedom struggle. But much before the freedom struggle began, our forefathers were already struggling for the cause of our jal, jungle, jameen (land, forest and water). On the other hand, you (farmers) are the ones who feed us and hence, my government has decided to recognize you as Birsa Kisans to provide you with a distinct identity.”
Expressing concern over many farmers shifting to other sources of incomes because of a host of challenges before them, Soren said that his government is working to revive the entire farming sector in the state. “The need of the hour is to address the farmers’ concerns and we are already working in this regard. For example, we are planning to set up a federation for market linkage of minor forest produce.”
In another significant announcement, the CM
said the government are soon going to provide eggs six days a week to schoolchildren “About 40% of the kids in the state are malnourished and we will give them eggs six days a week,” he said.
Meanwhile, while explaining the origin behind the term ‘Birsa Kisan’, state agriculture department’s director Nisha Oraon said they are working on providing unique IDs to every farmer on the lines of a unique identification system (Aadhaar) to curb duplicity of farm schemes.