In discussion on agri budget oppn accuses govt of neglecting farm sector

first_imgNEW DELHI: In a tersely-worded take down of the government in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Congress MP Uttam Kumar Reddy pointed to the increasing number of farmer suicides and the ‘worsening’ agrarian situation in the country. Amid the growing opposition chorus asking the government to ensure adequate water, quality seeds and remunerative prices for farm produce, Reddy said the government’s flagship PM Fasal Bima Yojana had proven inadequate not only in providing cover to the total cropped area, but also in compensating farmers for their crop losses. Claims of farmers are not being attended to, he said, adding that insurance companies, instead of farmers, were profiting from PM Fasal Bima Yojana. Initiating a debate on Demand for Grants for Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Reddy alleged the government’s efforts in the agriculture sector were inadequate and claimed nearly 12,000 peasants commit suicide every year, but that the National Crime records Bureau had stopped releasing the data on farmer suicides since 2017. Citing an example of cotton, he also said farmers are getting one fourth of the cost. Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar will respond to once the discussion on demand for grants on agriculture and farmer welfare is completed tomorrow. Among other MPs who spoke, DMK’s SS Palanimanickam said the farm sector was lagging behind all other professions in the country. He also suggested that if the goverenment wants to double farmers income they need to give special importance to sectors like dairy, poultry and fishery. BJP’s Ramapati Ram Tripathi, however, argued that the main focus of the Union Budget was village people and farmers. He also asserted that the Budget would help double farmer incomes. While BJP’s Ram Shankar Katheria stressed that farmers were happy and better cared for than by the Congress government, TMC MP Pratima Mondal accused the government of making farmers suffering because of the lack of emphasis on the agriculture sector. JDU MP Kaushlendra Kumar requested the government to focus on Bihar and Assam, both reeling under severe flood situation. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for youlast_img

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