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State will have agriculture budget if BJP voted to power, says Fadnavis

Congress - NCP government boasted of low-interest loans to the farmers but paid no heed to other aspects.

| Mumbai | Published: August 4, 2014 12:16:05 pm

Maharashtra BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said the state would have a separate budget for agriculture to tackle the socio-economic problems of farmers, if the BJP-led alliance was voted to power.

Addressing a farmers’ rally at Daund (Satara) on Sunday, Fadnavis said: “After the 2014 Assembly elections, when the BJP-led alliance is voted to power, we will ensure a separate budget for the farmers.”

Stating that the government was “indifferent” to the plight of farmers whose contribution was so immense for the sustenance and livelihood of others, the BJP leader said: “The state has lost 60,000 farmers till date. It has made a record of highest number of farmer suicides over the decades. There is no parallel anywhere in the country or the world.”

Fadnavis said while the Congress-NCP government boasted of low-interest loans to the farmers, it paid no heed to other aspects such as fertilisers, seeds, water pumps, irrigation facilities that added to the production cost and drove the farmers to land into debt traps.

“The entire farming sector is still rain driven. The Congress-NCP government has already spent Rs 70,000 crore in the irrigation sector but it has not resulted in the desired increase in the irrigation potential. The rampant corruption has adversely affected the irrigation sector whose direct bearing has been on the farmers’ life,” he added.

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