Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil today termed as a "damage control exercise" the Centre's move to hike the MSP of Kharif crops to 1.5 times the cost of production.
Initiating a debate on the problems faced by farmers due to delays in procurement of tur, Vikhe Patil said there was a difference between what is preached and practiced by the government.
"The recent MSP hike is a damage control exercise by the government to cover its apathy towards farmers of the last four years. This is nothing but a damage control exercise on the eve of polls," Vikhe Patil said.
"The (Congress-JD(S)) government in Karnataka has announced a Rs 34,000 crore loan waiver for 39 lakh farmers which writes off their loans from December 2017. In contrast, the loan waiver in Maharashtra is complicated and so far only Rs 15,000 crore have been allotted to 37 lakh farmers," he said.
"Does the government want farmers to approach moneylenders? Why are farmers being denied the loan waiver? How will they get fresh loans for crops? he asked.
Pawar said 773 farmers in Beed district got crop insurance of just Rs 1, 649 farmers of Rs 2, and 772 farmers of Rs 4.
Pawar, a former deputy chief minister, demanded a separate law for awarding capital punishment to those who harass wives of farmers.
"Those involved in harassment of wives of farmers should be hanged to death," Pawar said while referring to two incidents wherein officials of a nationalised bank and a credit society in Buldhana and Yavatmal districts had sought sexual favours from wives of two farmers who had gone to seek crop loans.
"The government should ensure that such shameful incidents don't happen again. A new legislation prescribing capital punishment for those accused of such crimes should be enacted," he alleged.
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