PM Modi on Sri Anna: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman called Bajra ‘Shri Anna’ in her budget speech. Now Prime Minister Narendra Modi has revealed the logic behind it. Addressing a public meeting in Tumakuru district, the PM said that the name is derived from Karnataka, where millet is called ‘Siri Dhanya’, which is a colloquial way of saying ‘Sri Dhanya’.
He said, “People of Karnataka understand the importance of ‘coarse grains’ (millets). That’s why you all call it ‘Siri Dhanya’. Respecting the sentiments of the people of Karnataka, the country is promoting millets .” PM Modi further said that now millet will be known as ‘Shri Anna’ across the country. He said, ‘Shri Anna’ means the best of all food grains.”
People got excited about this talk of PM Modi
Prime Minister Modi informed that Karnataka produces Ragi (Maria), Navane (Foxtail Millet), Same (Little Millet), Harka (Kodo), Kuralu (Browntop Millet), Udalu (Barnyard Millet), Bargu (Proso Millet), Sajje (Pearl Millet) ) and billi jola (large millet). As soon as PM Modi mentioned ‘Ragi’ in the public meeting, people clapped loudly, because it is a popular local food.
PM Modi said in the public meeting that who can forget the taste of Ragi Balls and Ragi Roti? In this year’s budget, a lot of emphasis has been laid on the production of ‘Shri Anna’, which will greatly help the marginal farmers of the drought-prone areas of Karnataka.
What is the meaning of ‘Shri Anna’?
According to agricultural experts, millet is called ‘Sri Dhanya’ in Karnataka, as it is not only delicious and full of nutrition, but also has a lot of medicinal properties. The PM told in the public meeting that ‘Shri Anna’ means a grain which has divine grace.