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If I were prime minister: Venkatesh

India will be holding elections over the course of one month from 16 April.

BBC News asked people from all corners of the world's largest democracy what they would do if they were prime minister.

VENKATESH, FARMER, 30, RAMPUR VILLAGE, KARNATAKA

Venkatesh
If I become the prime minister, my first priority will be to ensure that all the farmers in this country get a fair price for their produce, whether it's rice, wheat, sugarcane or some other crop.

If the government ensures that farmers get paid what's their due, then it will not have to spend any more money on their wellbeing. The farmers will use the money to improve their own lives.

Life in our villages can be tough - the roads are bad, there's no electricity or proper schools and hospitals.

But the villagers are more than willing to take matters in their own hands. So instead of having to depend on government handouts, I would make sure that they get the funds they need which they can administer directly.

Farmers make up more than half of our country, so it's important to focus on their needs instead of only taking care of people who live in the cities.




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