Union minister of state for agriculture Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan on Sunday accused the Haryana government and chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of misleading farmers about drought relief and politicising the issue.
"The Haryana government is deliberately politicising drought relief and rice export issues. The CM is misleading the state’s farmers by creating the impression that the Centre is delaying the relief," said Dr Balyan, while addressing mediapersons on Sunday.
He said, “The state had to send the report by September 22, but it was received on October 1, and was incomplete in all respects. It was not mentioned what crops had been damaged and to what extent. We will announce the relief within 24 hours from when we receive the complete report and facts.”
He also accused the CM of propagating that the Centre stopped rice export and added that deals for over 15 lakh tones of rice had been finalized. About 12 lakh tonnes have had been exported, he said.
The union state minister said, "The state is not taking any action against purchasing agents who don’t pay the farmers.”
In response to questions about the upcoming Haryana assembly elections, he said, "The BJP will get majority and form the next government. It is due to the Modi wave in the state."