Union rural development minister Birender Singh on Tuesday asked farmers not to run behind politicians to seek government jobs for their children but “think beyond”.
“The agriculture is no more profitable now and you will have to look for alternatives for the bright future of your children,” said Birender Singh, “You cannot do that by depending on politicians.”
The minister was addressing a function organised to mark the 134th birth anniversary of farmer leader late Chhotu Ram at Garhi Sampla village in Rohtak.
The minister said farmers should ensure their share in the wealth of the world as a “real tribute” to Chhotu Ram. “People become multimillionaires within a few months after taking loans, but a farmer spends his entire life in poverty and running after politicians, who mislead them by promising government jobs for their children,” Singh said.
“Farmers should take loans and expand their work and learn to capture the wealth of the world to improve their financial condition.”
Addressing the gathering, Union minister of state for agriculture Sanjeev Balyan said the BJP was in favour of OBC reservation to the Jat community.
Without naming any politician, Balyan said, “Jats never opposed reservation for the other communities, but now the leaders of other communities also should not speak against the demand of reservation for the Jat community”.
“Some people are making statements against Jats but they should not mislead people, as BJP is in favour of reservation to Jats and they will get it.”
BJP MP from Bhiwani Dharambir also raised the issue of miserable condition of the farmers in the state and demanded focus on their welfare.
Earlier, Birender Singh laid the foundation stone of 64-feet statue of Chhotu Ram at Sampla. He said water of nine historical rivers had been brought to construct the foundation stone of the statue, which will be completed at a cost of `2 crore by May 2016.
One kg iron will be brought from 5,000 villages of the state for the statue, Singh added.