BJP govt ignoring farmers’ interests in the state: Sachin Pilot

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kota
  • Updated: Sep 29, 2015 16:06 IST
Sachin Pilot addresses the Kisan Swabhiman Rally in Kota. (AH Zaidi/HT Photo)

Taking a swipe at the Bharatiya Janata Party-led state government for “ignoring” the interest of farmers, Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot on Monday blamed the state government for failing to provide compensation to the cultivators who are suffering losses due to drought-like conditions.

Addressing the Kisan Swabhiman Rally, organised by the youth wing of the Congress in Kota, the former Ajmer MP accused the Raje government of failing to provide round-the-clock power supply, agricultural subsidy, fertilisers, seeds and crop compensation to farmers.

Lack of rainfall in the last leg of monsoon has hit crop production severely in the Kota’s Hadauti region. This comes as a second jolt to the farmers of the region, who faced major losses in the Rabi season too due to unseasonal rain and hailstorms.

“Around 10 lakh farmers in the state have not received compensation for the damaged Rabi crops… now drought conditions have emerged in the state and there is loss to soybean crop, but the state government has not taken any step to provide relief to the farmers,” Pilot claimed.

“Since there are possibilities of aggravation in drought conditions, the state government must provide relief to the farmers after conducting survey.”

He said that he was with the farmers and would stand with the farmers in distress. Accrediting party vice-president Rahul Gandhi for forcing the BJP-led Centre on the back foot over the land acquisition bill, Pilot said the Congress would not let the government to impose urban development tax in the state. He also attacked the BJP over the mines scam.

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