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BJP slams BJD for neglecting farmers, farm sector




 When the ruling BJD government is organising press meetings to highlight its achievements in the last three years, Bharatiya Janata Party has blamed the Naveen Patnaik Government for not giving priority to farm sector in the State and turning deaf ears to the farmers’ issues.

Talking to media persons here today, Padmapur legislator and senior BJP Leader Pradeep Purohit hit at the ruling party alleging that there has been large scale corruption by the State Agriculture department in subsidies in purchase and supply of groundnut and soyabean seeds and tractors.

Citing the recently released Economic Survey Report, Purohit said though nearly 70 percent people of the State are engaged in farm sector, its contribution to the economy is a meagre 15 percent.

Lack of irrigation facility is the prime cause of poverty of the farmers of Odisha, said Purohit adding that the ruling BJD has failed to keep its promise to provide irrigation to at least 10 lakh hectares of additional farm land. He said that the Chief Minister, who holds the Water Resources portfolio, has admitted in the House that only 11.09 lakh hectares, which accounts for only 18 percent of the State’s farm land, had been provided with irrigation during Kharif 2015-16.

Purohit said that it’s a matter of regret that while the governments in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra made provision for compensation to the kin of the farmers who committed suicide due to crop loss, the Odisha shied away from its responsibility denying the fact that there was no death of farmers in State due to crop loss.

The BJP legislator also blamed the government for failing to utilize the central assistance. The Odisha Government could utilize only Rs 3.79 crore from Rs Rs 8.35 crore allocated to Odisha under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichai Yojana in the year 2015-16. Similarly, the Satte Govt could spend only 4.84 crore out of Rs 10.80 crore central assistance in FY 2016-17, said Purohit.

He also questioned why the State Government is not taking help of the Centre while the farmers of Odisha are facing distress sale of onion.

Purohit also criticized the State Government for failing to make Odisha self-sufficient in egg and milk production. While the State requires 103 lakh eggs, the state produces  just 64.5 lakh units. The annual milk production in the State amounts to 1861 thousand tonnes, which is a meagre 2 percent of the national production.

Among others, BJP Spokes person Sajjan Sharma and State Krushak Morcha president Shibajee Mohanty were present at the meeting.






Editorial

Précis 2017
From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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