The Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday likened the governments led by his party at the Centre and the one steered by the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu to “double engines” that would ensure progress with double the speed.
The Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was agreed with Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam’s remark that people will gain if the Centre and State worked with synergy, he said it will ensure double progress.
While participating in the Prime Minister’s ‘Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana’ launch in Tamil Nadu, he said, “when the Central and State governments work together as friends, you can see double progress and double speed of progress.” “You all know that in a train if you put a double engine the train goes faster.”
While hailing the scheme Chief Minister K Palaniswami said it would benefit more than 22 lakh small farmers of Tamil Nadu and added that Rs 277 crore has been set apart for it so far following the Central funding for the rollout of the first instalment of Rs 2,000 to them.
Chief Minister Panneerselvam, who spoke ahead of Mr Goyal said that when the Central and State governments work in synergy, conceive and effectively implement well-thought-out programmes, the ultimate beneficiaries are the people.
The Deputy Chief Minister said the Information Technology infrastructure of the State enabled the smooth rollout of the Kisan plan, a “major path-breaking scheme”.
While citing the Union Budget’s increased allocation of Rs.1,41,000 crore for agriculture and allied sectors, he said this was nearly five times more than what it was when Congress and other earlier governments had allocated before 2014.
The Union Minister also said the people and farmers of Tamil Nadu are “grateful” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the scheme, which would benefit 12 crore farmers all over the country and more than 60 lakh farmers in the State.
The payout of Rs.2,000 has started today and “I must compliment the Tamil Nadu government, which already sent the first list of more than 20 lakh names of beneficiaries to Delhi.”