LS takes up agrarian crisis; Centre assures action

RSTV Bureau

rajnathMembers in the Lok Sabha including several from the ruling BJP today expressed grave concern over the current agrarian crisis and made a strong plea for a fair deal to the farmer. Raising the issue in Zero Hour, the MPs across the party line sought remunerative prices for farm produce and cheaper credit and loan waivers to the farmers in states like Uttar Pradesh which have witnessed drought.

BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh, Varun Gandhi talked of the severe agricultural distress in the state, saying 75 districts have been declared as drought hit. He said that Bundelkhand region of the state was worst hit with people not having enough to eat and has witnessed one hunger death.

The situation there was like that of famine in other parts of world, Varun Gandhi contended adding that the things have deteriorated for cane growers with the state government not raising the sugarcane prices for the last three years.

He also claimed that as many as 42 farmers have committed suicide in Lalitpur district alone.

Another BJP member Chhote Lal made a strong pitch for loan waiver for farmers in the state in view of the drought.

Participating in the discussion, Opposition JD (U)’s Kaushalendra Kumar expressed regrets that farmers were not getting better prices for their produce despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi assuring in the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign that he would raise them substantially after becoming Prime Minister.

Kumar also sought Indian companies to enter the seed production business dominated by foreign concerns which charge heftily from the farmers.

Speaking further, member of the ruling party, Sushil Kumar Singh suggested that his government should procure all wheat and paddy from the farmers under a guaranteed price, while his party colleague Rahul Kaswan underlined the need for a special economic package to Rajasthan to help drought-hit farmers.

Congress party MP Anto Antony made a strong plea for better price for domestic rubber, contending that lakhs of rubber farmers are facing a crisis due to import of the commodity. He was supported by members from Kerala.

As they sought a response from the government, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured them that he would bring it to the notice of the concerned minister.

(With inputs from the PTI)