New Delhi, July 26: BJP on Tuesday slams congress over allegation of being insensitive for farmers during the short duration discussion in Parliament. Members of all political parties raised the serious issue of farmer suicides and distress in Rajya Sabha.
BJP MP Prabhat Jha said that union government is providing all the necessary support to farmers through various schemes like crop insurance. He talked about the measures taken by the government to reduce the burden on farmers.
“India has witnessed a record crop production in the last three years, and this year there has been a bsumper harvest,” Jha said.
Jha also said that reforms brought in by the Narendra Modi government helped India become the largest producer of milk, fruits, and rice.
Earlier, Initiating the discussion, Congress senior leader Digvijaya Singh (Cong) accused the government of being insensitive to the plight of the farmers. The former Madhya Pradesh CM termed the imposition of import-export duties on foodgrains as one of the biggest scams.
“Despite the bumper crop, import duty on wheat was reduced initially to 10 per cent from 25 per cent and then to zero in December, impacting farmers adversely as imported wheat was available at cheaper prices,” Singh said.
The Congress leader also alleged that there was corruption in Food Corporation of India (FCI) and National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED).
Also, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said that the country lags behind in food processing sector due to which loads of perishable food items are thrown away every year. He asked the government to speed up building of storage facilities in rural areas.