Haryana agriculture minister OP Dhankar on Friday denied that any farmer had committed suicide due to crop damage in the state.
Interacting with mediapersons at a meet-the-press programme at the Chandigarh Press Club here, he said the farmers of Haryana were tough and courageous and would not end life because of the crop damage. "Haryana ka kisan dhadha hai, woh suicide nahi karega (Haryana farmer is tough and he would not commit suicide)," he said.
MEWAT FEEDER CANAL SCHEME
To another question pertaining to the problem of drinking water, especially in southern parts of Haryana, Dhankar said that the state government had sent a proposal of `1,059-crore Mewat feeder canal scheme to the central government to provide safe drinking water to the people of Mewat, Palwal and Faridabad districts.
On the supply of Yamuna water to Delhi, he said that Delhi was being given its due share of water and the supply had neither been increased nor decreased.
He said that the main issue was that the water which was being supplied to Mewat, Palwal and Faridabad through Okhla canal which was highly polluted and unfit for fields and animals, leave aside for human consumption.
He said that government was considering setting up an agri-business school to provide the farmers suitable market and the remunerative prices for their products. He said that the government was positive towards implementation of the Swaminathan commission report and work in this direction was in progress.