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New Delhi: India will fight the COVID-19 pandemic with full caution and vigilance, and will also fulfill its national interests, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.
After releasing the 10th installment of financial benefit under PM-KISAN, the Prime Minister said that the country must accelerate its pace in 2022. "Corona has its challenges, but Corona cannot stop India's pace. India will fight Corona with full caution and vigilance and will also fulfill its national interests," he said.
He also lauded India's achievement in providing over 145 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine, ANI reported.
The Prime Minister said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, additional food grains for free was provided to over 80 crore beneficiaries, which cost about Rs 2.6 lakh crore to the central exchequer. Also, he urged farmers to adopt natural farming.
"One big way to save our earth from becoming barren is chemical-free farming. Therefore, in the last year, the country has launched yet another visionary effort- Natural Farming. I urge my farmer friends to switch to chemical-free farming. Today, as we enter 2022, this is the year to indulge ourselves in new challenges," he said.
He further said that efforts have also been started for farmers to get money from crop residues, stubble, etc. "Efforts have also been started for farmers to get money from crop residues, stubble, etc. Hundreds of new units are being set up across the country to make biofuel from agricultural residues," he said.
Prime Minister Modi said over Rs 1.8 lakh crore has been transferred directly to accounts of farmers under PM-KISAN scheme.
Under the PM-KISAN scheme, a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year is provided to the eligible beneficiary farmer families, payable in three equal four-monthly installments of Rs 2,000 each. The fund is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. In this scheme, Samman Rashi of over Rs 1.6 lakh crore has been transferred to farmer families so far.