Congress govt denied benefits to farmers: Sao

BJP Chief comes up with data in support to his claims

Central Chronicle News

Raipur, Jun 10:

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chhattisgarh Unit President and Lok Sabha member Arun Sao on Saturday alleged that the Congress government in Chhattisgarh has denied the benefits to the farmers over the hike in Minimum Support Price (MSP) on paddy to the farmers and added that the BJP government at the Centre is providing four-times more payment to the farmers against the paddy procurement.

Addressing a press conference, the BJP chief Sao said that instead of giving maximum benefits to the farmers on MSP hike, the Congress government had increased the price of Fertilizers which reduced the benefits to the farmers. In support to his allegations, the State BJP President Sao also presented the facts and added that comparative more payments to the farmers were provided during the BJP regime.

He further added that the Narendra Modi government has procured 61 lakh metric tonnes of rice under central pool utilising nearly 90 lakh metric tonnes paddy procurement from the farmers in Chhattisgarh. He also claimed that major subsidy was provided to the farmers against the purchase of fertilizers whereas the Congress regime had failed to check black marketing of the fertilizers which eventually resulted in lesser benefits to the farmers.

Sao claimed that the Central Government had provided central subsidy of Rs 1800 crore into the accounts of more than 40 lakh farmers to provide major benefits to them.

Leader of Opposition in Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly Narayan Chandel also questioned the silence on part of the state government to waive off agricultural loan taken by the farmers from Nationalized and Private Banks. He also stated that applications of agricultural pump connections is waiting for several months whereas the farmers are not on the priority of the Congress government.


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