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Farmers' protests in Guj a political stunt of Oppn: Rupani

Press Trust of India  |  Rajkot (Guj) 

has alleged that farmers' agitation being witnessed in the state were a "political stunt" of the opposition and urged cultivators not to get misled.

The always takes care of farmers, pays attention to their problems and constantly makes efforts to address their problems, he said.

was speaking during a programme organised by a national channel here last night.

The governments at the Centre and in are ready to solve problems faced by farmers. Therefore, this time the has purchased agriculture produce worth Rs 5 crore at the minimum support price, he said.

"The protests by farmers in are a political stunt of the opposition only because would be held next year," said, without naming any party.

"The opposition remembers farmers' problems only when elections are near, but farmers in Gujarat would not be misguided by opposition parties," he said.

The had yesterday carried out a statewide protest wherein their workers threw agricultural produce and milk on roads.

Later, the police had detained several workers.

Rupani said the has laid emphasis on the 'zero tolerance for corruption' methodology of work in its departments and to strengthen its anti-graft wing.

"Therefore, many corrupt government employees were caught accepting bribes recently in the state," he said.

To eradicate corruption, the state government has started granting permissions online, within 24 hours, for construction works in Gujarat, the said.

Now the state government is also in the process of implementing for (conversion of agricultural land) non-agricultural purposes, he said.

Later, the also unveiled stature of Ahir community warrior near the Mavdi chawk area.

According to the ballads and bardic literature from Saurashtra region of Gujarat, Bodar, who lived between 900 AD and 1025 AD, was known for his bravery, sacrifice and love for his motherland. He had sacrificed his own son for Ra Naghavan, the then heir to the throne of Junagadh.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 14:26 IST