CONGRESS MEMBER of Parliament Jyotiraditya Scindia on Saturday charged State Government with ignoring farmers.
Addressing a party rally attended by nearly 30,000 people, the Congress leader said that farmers in the State were starved of power and fertilisers.
Several Congress leaders, including Narayan Sami, in charge of party affairs in the State, AICC general secretary and spokesman Satyavrat Chaturvedi and PCC president Subhash Yadav attended the rally.
Scindia said the BJP government in the State was not able to provide the farmers six hours of uninterrupted power and despite the Centre’s allocation of adequate quantity of fertilisers, the farmers did not get it in time.
Criticising the fertiliser distribution system, he said 40,000 tons of fertiliser has gone to black market with the connivance of the State Government. He said the government should rise above the party lines and fulfil the demands of the farmers at the earliest.
He demanded that Banda and Shahgarh tehsils be declared drought-affected as crops there have failed due to insufficient rains. Scindia criticised the government for rising ‘atrocities’ on scheduled caste and scheduled tribe people and alleged that it was implicating Congress workers in false cases.
The Guna MP said the public distribution system in the State under the BJP government has also failed. Kerosene was being sold in the black market and essential commodities were far from the reach of the common people.
Most of the speakers praised the efforts of Scindia to secure rights of the people in the State. A memorandum, addressed to Governor Balram Jakhar was handed to city magistrate Pramod Shukla.
Sagar MLA and coordinator of the rally Govind Rajput informed that the party has decided to observe 2007 as ‘Sangharsh Year’ to protest the ‘failure’ of the BJP government in the State.
Later addressing mediapersons Scindia accused the State government of renaming Centrally sponsored programmes.
The Centre is pumping funds to the State, but the BJP government is using the funds after changing the names of the programmes, he alleged. Informing about the Central funds given to the state, he said that every year Rs 5500 crore are allotted for rural electrifications, Rs 2500 crore to provide loans to the farmers at an interest rate of 7 per cent.
Scindia promised to pursue the case of granting Central University status to Dr Hari Singh Gour University to strengthen education in the region.
He admitted that the Congress, which lost the last Assembly elections, committed some mistakes. “In ten years, we committed some mistakes,” he said.