Congress slams Centre, State Govt for neglecting farmers


Bhubaneswar, July 12

Congress workers staged a demonstration here today accusing both BJP-led NDA Government at the centre and BJD regime in Odisha of having betrayed farmers and neglected the farm sector.

“Farmers have been betrayed by the Centre and the BJD government in Odisha. They have miserably failed to discharge their duty towards the farm sector and peasants,” Odisha Pradesh Congress Committed (OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik said addressing the demonstrators.

In a stinging attack on the Centre, Patnaik alleged that BJP, during its four-and-a-half years of rule, has failed to fulfil the promised it had made to the farmers. “While the agriculture sector is in a miserable condition, the plight of farmers, mainly in Odisha, have grown manifold,” he said.

Terming as hollow and misleading the hike in Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy announced by the centre recently, the PCC Chief said the previous UPA government had increased MSP on paddy by Rs 170 per quintal.

Five years have elapsed since then, but the BJP-led government announced hike of MSP on paddy by Rs 200 without calculating the production cost, he said accusing BJP of being insensitive towards the farmers in Odisha.

Accusing the centre of having waived loans of big industrialists amounting to Rs 1.54 lakh crore, Patnaik said no such relief has been provided to the farmers by Narendra Modi Government.

The Congress leader also termed the centre’s promise to double the income of farmers by 2022 as a ploy to mislead the farming community.

The PCC President also mounted a scathing attack on the BJD government in the state accusing it of ignoring the problems of farmers while extending relief to industries in power and water tariff.

While several other states have been providing a number of relief to the farmers, Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha has failed to waive farm loans and to ensure remunerative prices for agriculture produces.

Hit by debt burden, farmers in the state are forced to resort to distress sale and even commit suicide, but the state government is unable to take any concrete step to save the farming community from crisis, Patnaik claimed.

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