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Drought-hit farmers get raw deal: Tiwari

india Updated: Sep 30, 2006 16:20 IST

SENIOR CONGRESS leader Sriniwas Tiwari alleged that the State Government has taken no initiative to provide relief to farmers in vast areas reeling under drought. 

Addressing a press conference in the Capital on Friday, Tiwari said the State Government’s ‘anti-farmer attitude’ stood exposed as relief work was neither carried out in flood-hit nor in drought-hit areas. Seeds are not being provided to farmers of the affected areas and they are being forced to deposit land revenue and installments of debt, he alleged.

About Bansagar Project, he described its inauguration by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as ‘eyewash’. He said power production at the dam had begun in 1993. But as far as irrigation is concerned, unless canals are ready, there can be no irrigation, he pointed out.  

He opposed lifting of ban on the State Government employees to participate in the RSS activities. The RSS runs the BJP and if employees are allowed to participate in the RSS activities, they should also be allowed to actively associate with other political parties as well, he said.

He accused the BJP Government of failing on power and road fronts, the twin issues, which brought the BJP to power. Most of the roads constructed during the BJP regime washed away in the first monsoon. Alleging that huge corruption has taken place in road construction, he demanded an independent inquiry into the matter.

Tiwari said irregular power supply continues to be a constant problem with farmers.