After receiving inputs from farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he feels “ashamed” at times over their “apathetic” condition and promised to change the situation.

“How much apathy has been meted out to you!...After reading (letters received from farmers), I sometimes feel ashamed over what we have done. I have no answers,” he said addressing farmers over radio in his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme.

“Yes, your issues have touched my heart. I will visibly make efforts to change the situation. On all these aspects, I will wake up and sensitise all parts of the government and make them run. I can assure you of that,” he added.

Citing the issues raised by the farmers, he said they talked about village “strongmen” troubling them, mafia harassing them, natural calamities hurting them besides non-availability of clean water and lack of means to remove animals which die.

“We can have the right to rule only when we address such small, small things,” the Prime Minister said.

The farmers had written to him after he sought suggestions and inputs for his programme over a week back.