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June 15, 2014

THE significance of the ' labto- land' programme, which aims at informing beneficiaries at the grassroots about schemes introduced by the government, dominated the discussion as Prime Minister Narendra Modi met four Union ministers at his residence on Friday.

The meeting was held to prepare contingency plans for farmers as India heads towards a poor monsoon, and discuss ways to minimise the impact of the consequent rise in prices of fruits, vegetables, pulses, oilseeds and other essential commodities.

In attendance were Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Ananth Kumar, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, along with the secretaries of their respective ministries. The secretaries briefed the PM on each of the ministries plans to deal with the poor monsoon forecast for India this year.

A top source said Modi emphasised on the need for effective implementation of the lab- to- land programme, and called for the use of information technology to make data available at the grassroots in real time.

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Source: Mail Today (India)

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