Hyderabad: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday demanded that the Centre initiate steps to introduce a separate Agriculture Budget one the lines of Railway Budget to ensure a focussed approach in solving the problems being faced by the farmers’ across the country. A similar budget has already been introduced by the Karnataka Government this fiscal.
Talking to reporters after meeting Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy at his camp office, senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh said that he apprised the Chief Minister of the problems being faced by the farmers in the Konaseema region where farmers have even declared a Crop Holiday about 100 days ago. He said presently farmers were getting an MSP of Rs. 1032 for paddy against the production cost of Rs. 1300. He demanded that the MSP be increased to Rs. 1800 per quintal of paddy.
Rajnath Singh also demanded a special session of Parliaments to discuss the problems being faced by the farmers across the country. He asked the Centre to implement a proposal on farmers’ insurance that he made as an Agriculture Minister. He said the same proposal has also been accepted by P Chidambaram, while he was the Finance Minister. He also demanded that the NREGS be linked with the farmers. The BJP leader said agriculture should be declared as national occupation.
The BJP leader asked the Chief Minister to fully implement the recommendations made by the Swaminathan Commission to ensure that all farmers are freed from debts. He said farmers should be given an interest-free loan for one year or exempt interest on existing loans.
The Chief Minister reportedly assured the BJP delegation of taking all steps to solve the problems being faced by the farmers. The chief minister said the government was taking measures to implement the recommendations of Mohan Kanda Report on farmers in the state. (INN)