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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh awarded honorary doctorate by Punjab Agricultural University

December 8, 2012 - Ludhiana, Punjab, India

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has reiterated that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail would benefit farmers and consumers. Speaking at the Punjab Agricultural University's golden jubilee function in Ludhiana, Manmohan Singh said that the FDI in retail would help introduce new technologies in agri-marketing, which will in turn benefit farmers and consumers.

The UPA Government has managed to win the FDI vote both in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha after Speaker Meira Kumar allowed the vote. At the Rajya Sabha, 123 members have voted in favor of FDI, while 109 voted against it.

Congratulating the students of the Punjab Agricultural University, he said that he is confident that all new graduates will use their knowledge and skills for benefit of the society and the country as a whole.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who presided over as the chief guest at the function was also honoured with a Doctor of Science degree. The citation described him as the architect of economic reforms in the country. Honorary doctorates were also awarded to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, former director general of ICAR, RS Paroda, and renowned soil scientist Jaswant Singh Kanwar.

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