Raipur: Chhattisgarh BJP will stage a protest at the state legislative assembly on various issues related to farmers on the opening day of the monsoon session of the Vidhan Sabha on Monday.
Former Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal alleged that the Congress government in Chhattisgarh is not doing justice to the farmers. They are not being provided manure. The support price that was promised to them for their produce is also being given in pieces over several months. There is no such situation as of getting water from the dams to the fields. Due to power cuts, the work of agriculture is also seen to be affected. Due to this farmers are being forced to migrate.
Agarwal told the media persons that the farming season is going on right now. More than half of the population of Chhattisgarh is dependent on agriculture. At this time, farmers are struggling to get fertilizer which not available in government societies. He alleged that fertilizer is being sold at a higher rate in private societies and non-standard seeds are also being provided to the farmers.
He added that due to shortage of rain as of now, cracks can be seen in the fields and water is not being released from the dam. The previous government of Chhattisgarh was completely honest about giving support price to the farmers. In the current situation, money is not reaching the accounts of farmers for 16-16 months.
He said that the central government supplies the next batch of manure on the basis of the amount of manure left in the previous year. When the area under paddy has not increased in the state, why is the chief minister demanding additional 3 lakh tonnes of manure. More than half of the fertilizer is with private traders which is a big reason behind its shortage. He said that the government is buying cow dung at the rate of Rs 2 per kg and selling it to the farmers for Rs 10 per kg by mixing soil in it and treating it as manure. Farmers are facing different power crisis. The situation is that the farmers have been forced to migrate.
Aggarwal said that the BJP will hold a protest on July 26, the first day of the monsoon session of the assembly, regarding issues related to farmers. There will be a demonstration at the Fire Brigade Chowk in the state capital, in which BJP leaders and workers of all the four assemblies of Raipur will participate. After the agitation, a memorandum will be submitted to the Governor. In the rest of the assembly constituencies, the memorandum will be submitted to the collector or tehsildars.