Rohtak: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 64-feet-tall statue of peasant leader Sir Chhotu Ram at his native village Sampla in Haryana’s Rohtak district today. The Prime Minister also used the occasion to showcase the steps his government has taken for the welfare of farmers.
“Our government has initiated PM-AASHA (scheme), under which the government will compensate farmers if they do not get proper prices for their crops in the market,” he said.
“We are working to ensure that farmers get proper prices for their crops, they are given insurance for losses caused due to the weather, they get urea according to their requirement and that the soil remains healthy,” he further stressed.
He also claimed that the government has worked to provide easy credit and banking services to farmers.
Citing Sir Chhotu Ram’s contributions, Prime Minister Modi said, “Time and again our country has produced great personalities who have contributed immensely towards building India. Sir Chhotu Ram is one such personality”.
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Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union minister Birender Singh, who is the maternal grandson of Sir Chhotu Ram, were also present at the event, besides state ministers Ram Bilas Sharma and Captain Abhimanyu.
The 64-feet-tall statue has been sculpted by renowned sculptor and Padma Bhushan-recipient Ram Vanji Sutar. As many as 5,500 farmers from Haryana donated iron metal for the construction of the statue. Besides unveiling the statue, Prime Minister Modi also inaugurated a rail coach factory in Haryana’s Sonipat.
Have to admit, didn't know who Deenbandhu Sir Chhotu Ram was till this very moment, when the name started trending. Ashamed.
Did you know of him?
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