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Rahul says FDI in retail will benefit farmers Last Updated : 05 Oct 2012 12:08:05 PM IST Mission Kashmir:Rahul says I am a Kashmiri,recalls bonhomie between Nehru and Sheikh Abdullah
During his two-day trip to Jammu and Kashmir, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said FDI in multi-brand retail will help farmers prosper by removing middlemen from the supply chain and generate new jobs.
On Friday,Gandhi will meet Panchayat members who have been resigning due to terror threats.
Addressing the national executive of Indian Youth Congress here last night, Rahul said FDI in retail will help farmers store their produce safely for a longer duration, thus ensuring best value for their crops.
The 42-year-old AICC general secretary, who is here on a two-day visit beginning yesterday, said around 60 to 70 per cent of all perishable products in the country eventually rot due to lack of proper storage facilities
Rahul says I am a Kashmiri,recalls bonhomie between Nehru and Sheikh Abdullah
To woo Kashmiris,AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi identified himself as a Kashmiri and said he wanted to understand their pain.
To bridge the gap between him and Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, Rahul Gandhi recalled the close ties between CM Omar Abdullah's grandfather Sheikh Abdullah and his great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru and said he is in favour of giving powers to the sarpanches in the Valley.
"I want to hear you, understand your problems and work for their redressal," said Rahul. Recalling his family ties with Kashmir, the Lok Sabha MP from Amethi said, "my family has come from Kashmir and we are Kashmiris. No power can separate us."
Rahul recalled the close ties between CM Omar Abdullah's grandfather Sheikh Abdullah and his great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru and his father Rajiv Gandhi's relations with Omar's father Farooq Abdullah. He wanted to work with Omar Abdullah similarly for the betterment of J&K.
Rahul says FDI in retail will benefit farmers
The situation, however, will change once FDI in retail comes in, Rahul was quoted as saying in a Youth Congress release.
He said farmers could not get good price for their produce as the middlemen in the 'Mandis' would buy from them at very low rates and sell the same at a much higher price in cities.
But once FDI comes in, they will be taken out of this equation, he said.FDI will also create lot of new jobs, which will not only
lead to higher income generation but also significantly reduce unemployment, thereby having a salutary effect on the economy,
He, however, said all contractual agreements that farmers get into with the retailers "should be carefully monitored" in order to ensure that interests of the farmer are not harmed.
Rahul noted that in the contemporary world, all economies are interconnected, thus having impact on each other."If something happens in the US, it will most likely affect events in India, and vice versa," he said.
Earlier, talking to members of the Jammu and Kashmir NSUI national executive, Rahul said it was important to win the hearts and minds of the student community in Kashmir."We need to earn their trust, their faith. I am here to win their trust through dialogue and deeds," he said.
Rahul also asked state NSUI leadership to bring a delegation of students to Delhi and meet Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal to sort out all issues concerned to them.
Rahul praises J-K Panchayati Raj model
After raising questions on the issue of empowering sarpanches in Jammu and Kashmir, Rahul Gandhi said the model of Panchayati Raj followed in the state will set an example for the whole nation.
"The model of Panchayati Raj which this region is following is far more effective than the one in practiced in Uttar Pradesh. This model is going to set an example for the entire nation," Gandhi said in Leh.
A press release issued by the Youth Congress also said that Gandhi was "effusive in his praise" of the Panchayat system followed in Kashmir. Speaking in Sonamarg in Kashmir, Gandhi said that he wants to work with state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for betterment of the state.
The Congress General Secretary was the guest of honour during the foundation laying ceremony of a tunnel here to provide all weather connectivity between Srinagar and Leh. On his part, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah described the Congress leader as his "personal friend".
The remarks of the two leaders reflecting the bonhomie between them come days after a delegation of sarpanches from the state met Gandhi in the national capital complaining against the state government's alleged unwillingness to empower the Panchayats.
The issues of targeting of sarpanches and panches by militants in the state and non-delegation of powers to them under the Panchyati Raj Act was also raised in the Congress Working Committee meeting on September 25 in which Rahul Gandhi had said that it was serious matter that needed to be looked into.
Ladakh to have air connectivity within next 3 months: Rahul
Rahul Gandhi promised air connectivity for Ladakhis from the remote region within the next three months.Gandhi said air connectivity was important for the people of Ladakh because on numerous occasions local people who fell sick could not be given best possible medical care in time because of its absence.
"Ladakh will have air connectivity within next three months," he told them.
Source: IANS, Other Agencies, Staff Reporters
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