20 April, New Delhi
The Union Government Monday said the NDA government is committed to the welfare of the farmers and has taken number of steps including higher compensation for crop losses.
Intervening in a discussion on the agrarian situation in the country in the Lok Sabha, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkiah Naidu rejected the opposition’s allegation that the Modi government is ignoring the interests of farmers and labourers.
He said the political parties need to come together to find an ever-lasting solution to the farmers issues.
Listing out the various initiatives by the Government in handling the situation which arose out of unseasonal rains and hailstorm in seven states, .Naidu said that the Prime Minister had instructed Union Ministers to visit the affected areas and assess the damages.
He said that the Prime Minister had announced the reduction in the extent of damage from 50 percent to 33 percent for the purpose of compensation. He told the House that the Swaminathan Comittee report needs to be studied and implemented.
Rahul Gandhi of the Congress, participating in the discussion criticised the Government for what he called not enhancing Minimum support price and agricultural credit. He alleged that instead of agricultural growth, the government was interested in pleasing the corporate Houses. He accused the Government of hurting the farmers by land acquisition.
Gandhi said that the Government is not being clear as to how much crop area had suffered the damage by unseasonal rain and hail storms. He demanded that Prime Minister should visit the affected areas to assess the situation. .Gandhi said, the harvested food grains are lying in the Mandis and the procurement agencies did not rise to the situation.