Hyderabad: The Lok Satta member, Dr Jayaprakash Narayana on Friday alleged that the State Budget for 2011-12 has not touched the key issues being faced by the farmers and the agri-sector.
Participating in the discussion on the budget in the Legislative Assembly here, Dr Jayaprakash Narayaana said that though there was steep hike in crop production, there was no required godown space and marketing facilities resulting in losses to the farmers. Reminding that the production of horticulture was 2.03 crores tons per year, only two percent of the total crop produced had processing facility. He criticized the Government for not proposing new processing units in the budget. Due to lack of remunerative price and marketing facilities, the farmers were becoming poorer and poorer, he deplored. The Government has also not made any assurance in the budget to improve marketing facilities, he pointed out.
“Two crore tons of rice was rotting in the godowns, but the government was not permitting its export to other countries. The BPT verity of rice had good demand in foreign countries”, he added.
Reminding that huge quantity of paddy was discolored due to floods in the State, he said that the paddy may be converted into boiled rice, which had good demand in foreign markets. He wondered why the State Government had not taken steps in this direction to save the farmers from the losses. These factors were indicating the lack of sincerity of the Government towards farmers and agricultural issues, he added.
With Rs 17,000 crore of net borrowing in the budget, the credit of the State would reach Rs 1,80,000 crores in this year. It would cause an average indebtedness of each citizen would be Rs 20,000.
He also strongly objected to the decrease of expenditure for asset creation compared to credits in the budget year by year. The Erstwhile Rosaiah Government has cut the expenditure for asset creation by Rs 2,000 crores in the last year budget. Continuing the trend, the Kiran Kumar Reddy Government has also slashed it down by Rs 1,900 crores, he said and added that it was a negative indication. (NSS)