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PM Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ to address farmers’ issue in March

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be talking to farmers and their families in his next Mann Ki Baat on 22 March.

Modi conveyed this through a tweet saying he would be talking to his farmer brothers and sisters through the programme on All India Radio (AIR).

In a subsequent tweet, Modi asked farmers and others to send in their views and questions and wanted them to write letters C/O All India Radio's Delhi office.

Last month, he had addressed students in schools, colleges and service exams in Mann Ki Baat.

Although the broadcast is on radio as Modi feels it reaches more people than television, Doordarshan and other TV channels are expected to simulcast the audio with suitable videos or stills.

Interestingly, the broadcast comes a day before the soft launch of Kisan TV, which is expected on 23 March. The channel will be formally launched on Baisakhi day (14 April) as it marks the start of the sowing season.

Kisan TV, to be managed by Doordarshan, will be a 24-hour channel devoted to farmers and rural India. The channel was earlier supposed to launch on Makar Sankranti (14 January) but I&B Minister Arun Jaitley has been assured that all arrangements would be completed by mid-April.

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