Haryana: Opposition will seek to corner government on crop insurance, recruitments

Farmers are being forced to pay premium for insurance when they apply for bank loans even when they do not want it,” Congress Legislature Party leader

Written by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh | Published: August 23, 2016 9:45 am
A farmer in his crop field. The MGNREGA scheme or Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act has been allocated Rs. 38, 500 crore ahead of important elections in five states this year. Express archive photo. Opposition parties in Haryana to corner government in Assembly on crop insurance. Express archive photo.

The Opposition parties in Haryana plan to corner the government in the Assembly on several issues including, implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY), appointment of sahyogis as well as the manner in which people are recruited for various government agencies. The session is to commence on August 26.

“Farmers are being forced to pay premium for insurance when they apply for bank loans even when they do not want it,” said Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhry. The Congress will find support in the form of the INLD over the issue.

“The government is not keeping the interests of the farmers in mind. The scheme is a fraud. Farmers are being forced to pay premium. It should be voluntary. The appointments of sushasan sahyogis will also be opposed in the House. We had given memorandums to the deputy commissioners that the appointments are illegal,” said INLD’s Jasvinder Singh Sandhu.

Also figuring in the opposition agenda will be the fallout of the Jat agitation for quota in February. “The government had constituted the Prakash Singh Committee on its own to look into the role of authorities during the agitation. Now they are taking no action on the report. A decision on the other issues will be taken in the meeting of CLP that is scheduled for August 25,” said Choudhry.

Congress MLA and former Speaker Kuldeep Sharma said, “We will tear into the slogan of transparency that the BJP keeps harping on. While the government has been talking about selection on basis of merit, the manner in which the recruitment of additional managing director of Hartron was done on the recommendation of the Haryana Chief Minister shows the lack of transparency. It is a drama that we will expose in the Vidhan Sabha.”

The session will also see an increase in salaries and allowances of the MLAs. A Bill to this affect will be brought to the House. A House committee was constituted during the Budget session that recommended a hike in the salaries. Following this, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had announced that a Bill regarding this will be presented in the monsoon session and the hike will be done with affect from April 1.

The session which was earlier scheduled to start from August 19 was postponed by a week with the Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij leading a delegation to Rio and scheduled to return on August 23.

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