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‘Gujarat’s declaration of Rs 1600 crore as crop insurance misleading’

While the Congress held a farmers’ convention at Rajkot on September 13,BJP is holding a similar one at the same venue on September 23.

Alleging that the state government’s announcement of Rs 1,600 crore as crop insurance for failed kharif crop in 2012 in Saurashtra and North Gujarat districts was meant to mislead the farmers,Gujarat Parivaratan Party (GPP) on Saturday challenged the government to submit an affidavit in this regard to the Gujarat High Court. The High Court has,in fact,already issued a notice to the state government as well as Centre about the amount of crop insurance due to the farmers who lost their kharif crops in 2012 due to failed monsoons.

The HC has issued notices on a public interest litigation,filed by GPP,seeking immediate payment of insurance cover to the farmers facing severe crisis due to failure of their crops in the last kharif season. However,neither the Gujarat government nor the Centre has so far replied to it with affidavits regarding the exact amount of loss to the farmers and compensation to be paid.

In a statement issued on Saturday,party general secretary Gordhan Zadaphia and treasurer Deepak Joshi said that while both the Congress and BJP were playing politics over the issue,their governments at the Centre and in Gandhinagar were avoiding to respond to the court notices in this regard.

While the Congress held a farmers’ convention at Rajkot on September 13,BJP is holding a similar one at the same venue on September 23.

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Holding the state government responsible for the delay in payment of crop insurance,GPP leaders said that if the BJP government was really concerned about the welfare of farmers,then why was it not depositing its 50 per cent share of the insurance cover to the Agriculture Insurance Company (AIC) that made the payment to the farmers.

He further asked the state government to ensure that interest on crop loans taken from the nationalised banks and other financial institutions were waived or paid by the state government to provide relief to farmers.