Nagpur: Not a single rupee of the compensation package of Rs 7000 crores declared by the Chief Minister has reached the farmers till date alleged Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde.
Dhananjay Munde also claimed that Nationalist Congress Party had staged demonstrations and agitations throughout the state with a demand for Government to provide food grains at cheap rate for Orange Coloured (Kesri) Ration Cards.
Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde was in the city for this agitation. He spoke to media personnel at a press meet organized at the residence of Former Minister Anil Deshmukh.
Munde alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP-Shiv Sena’s Alliance in the State has cheated the farmers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured the farmers during the programme “Chai Pe Charcha” that the Government will hike the Cotton Procurement rates by 50%. However, after BJP came to power, the leaders have forgotten their promises. Till date they have managed to hike the procurement rates by only 2%.
Drought situation existed even when UPA was in power. However, the government had given a package of Rs 10,000 crores.
However the situation is even worse now and 23000 villages are facing drought situation, but a meager Rs 7000 crore package is given, Munde alleged. If one was to calculate the package per hectares, it comes to around Rs 1800 per acre. Munde also alleged that the Central Government has refused the State Government’s proposal of Rs 6000 crores.
Munde claimed that the farmers are committing suicide because they are not getting sufficient returns for cotton production. The Chief Minister and his government are not taking any cognizance into this matter, Munde alleged. This is really very unfortunate. Munde opined that the farmers are left with no other option but to commit suicide.
Dhananjay Munde also claimed that the Kerosene quota in the State has been reduced by 72%. This in turn has brought-about tremendous dissatisfaction among the rural populace.
Former Minister Anil Deshmukh, Ramesh Bang, Former MLA Prakash Gajbhiye, NCP Spokesperson Atul Londe and NCP City Chief Ajay Patil were present for the press conference.