Shri Ashwini Vaishnav, Honourable Minister of Railway, Communication and Electronics & IT was the chief guest, Shri Suvendu Adhikari, Honourable Leader of Opposition, West Bengal Legislative Assembly was guest of honour. Elected public representatives and more than 2000 farmers and other stakeholders participated in the program.Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI welcomed the honourable minister and other dignitaries and briefed about the event activities. Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Honourable minister in his address as chief guest informed the gathering about the benefits accrued to millions of people all over India by all the schemes launched by Government of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. He emphasised that these schemes has benefitted tens of crores and address the most pressing problems of poorest segments of population, including housing, availability of potable water, food, health and nutrition, livelihood and financial inclusion etc.
As part of the event, Honourable Minister and other Dignitaries interacted with 8 beneficiaries of different schemes and with farmers and other stakeholders. After the interaction session, Main programme event at Shimla Himachal Pradesh was broadcasted live at the venue and listened passionately the speech of Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji. More than 2500 participants including 3 MLAs, public representative, 2000 Farmers, Beneficiaries of various schemes, Officers & staff members of ICAR institutes located in Kolkata and adjoining districts, Officers and staff members of Eastern, South Eastern and Metro Railway Zones, Officers of Department of Post were present on this occasion.