A day after UPA government announced up to 33% cut in the subsidy rates of decontrolled fertilisers, Opposition INLD in Haryana alleged the move was meant to force farmers "part with their lands so that big builders and realtors can set up their project".
"Already, the farmers were reeling under the impact of sky-rocketing prices of DAP fertilisers. Now the decision to cut subsidy will further add to the woes of the farmers. We demand its immediate rollback," INLD president Om Prakash Chautala told reporters here on the sidelines of the ongoing budget session of the Haryana Assembly.
The government on Thursday announced up to 33% cut in the subsidy rates of decontrolled fertilisers such as DAP and MOP for 2012-13, a decision which will help the exchequer save about Rs 10,000 crore.
Despite industry maintaining the move will not affect maximum retail price of these fertilisers and in turn will not hurt the farmers, Chautala said, "Already, an ordinary farmer is facing lot of problems and farming has become unviable and unsustainable for them. Now, the latest move is an attempt to force these farmers part with their land so that big builders and realtors can set up their projects."
To another question, the former chief minister favoured inter-linking of rivers, saying he had been supportive of it all along.
He blamed the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government in Haryana for deliberately delaying the construction of SYL canal, claiming "no reference pertaining to its construction is pending before any court".
Chautala said that his party was against setting up of nuclear power projects including the one proposed in Haryana's Fatehabad district due to their safety concerns.
On the ongoing Jat stir in Haryana, the INLD leader said his party was in its favour.
"If Jats in Rajasthan can be given reservation, being a single majority community in that state, then why not in Haryana. However, we don't want anyone who is being given reservation at present to be deprived of it while other communities too should be considered taking economic aspect into account," he said.