National Farmers Day- Key Facts

December 23 is celebrated as National Farmers Day to mark the birth anniversary of Choudhary Charan Singh, the country’s 5th prime minister, and to honor the farmers of the country. This year, at present the farmers in the country are protesting against the three agricultural bills passed by the government. The farmers decided to celebrate the day by skipping a one-time meal.

Key Points

  • The government of India decided to observe December 23 as National Farmers Day with an aim to recognize the contribution of Choudhary Charan Singh in the agriculture sector and for the welfare of farmers.
  • Choudhary Charan Singh was born on December 23, 1902, that is why December 23 was chosen.
  • Since then, December 23 is observed as Kisan Divas or National Farmers’ Day.
  • On this day, many awareness campaigns are organized in the country for educating people on the role of farmers and their contribution to the economy.

Connection of Choudhary Charan Singh with Farmers

Chaudhary Charan Singh was the prime minister of the country between 1979 and 1980 and is considered the most famous leader of farmers. He is known for his work for the welfare of farmers and the agricultural sector.

He was also the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the biggest agrarian state of India. He passed several important bills in his tenure like the Debt Redemption Bill in 1939 and the Land Utilisation Bill of 1939.

In the year 1952, being the Agriculture Minister of UP, he led the efforts to abolish the zamindari system.

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