Non-NDA parties in LS on crop loss: the center must still provide monetary relief to the states

New Delhi, December 5 () Expressing concern about the losses farmers face due to floods and non-seasonal rains, non-NDA parliamentarians alleged Thursday that the Center will not yet provide monetary relief to the states.

By participating in a discussion about crop loss due to various reasons and its impact on farmers, S S Palanimanickam (DMK) demanded that there should be a complete loan exemption for farmers due to the losses they face. He added that fishermen should be treated alongside farmers, as they have also been affected by natural calamities.

Kalyan Banerjee (TMC) said the Center had secured compensation to the West Bengal government after Cyclone Bulbul hit the state this year. However, he has not received money, he added.

Banerjee claimed that the Center shows rapidity in the release of money for Gujarat, a state ruled by BJP.

Vinayak Raut (Shiv Sena) said that seasonal rains have severely affected Maharashtra and 34 of the 36 districts have been affected by this.

First unprecedented floods and then little seasonal rains have hit farmers very hard. Natural calamity has spared no single harvest. Rice, wheat, bajra, pomegranate, cotton ... all have been destroyed, Raut said, demanding that the Center give immediate relief of Rs 40,000 crore.

Raut said the fishermen were also beaten. The Arabian Sea has witnessed the formation of five cyclones in 2019, a development recorded after 127 years.

Bhartuhari Mahtab (BJD) also said that his Odisha state has not yet received relief from the Center since two cyclones, Foni and Bulbul, have hit them.

He said that farmers by purchasing fertilizers, pesticides, tractors and other equipment and accessories related to agriculture pay GST of Rs 15,000 crore.

Farmers are being impoverished, Mahtab said.

Kaulshendra Kumar of JDU, an ally of the NDA, said the government intends to double the income of farmers by 2022, but that it will not be possible by giving them Rs 2000. He was referring to Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi. According to the scheme, farmers will earn an income of Rs 6000 in a year in three installments. Fifty-one members participated in the debate and it was not conclusive. PR NAB ZMN

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