In a discussion on the agricultural budget, the opposition accuses the government of neglecting the agricultural sector

NEW DELHI: In a government defeat in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Congress Deputy Uttam Kumar Reddy pointed to the increase in the number of farmers' suicides and the worsening of the agrarian situation in the country.

Amid the growing chorus of opposition calling on the government to guarantee adequate water, quality seeds and remunerative prices for agricultural products, Reddy said the government's first flagship, Fasal Bima Yojana, had proved inadequate not only to cover the Total cultivated area, but also to compensate farmers for their crop losses. He said that farmers' claims are not being addressed, adding that insurance companies, instead of farmers, were benefiting from Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana.

In launching a debate on the Demand for Grants for the Department of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, Reddy claimed that the government's efforts in the agricultural sector were inadequate and claimed that almost 12,000 farmers commit suicide each year, but that National Office of Criminal Records He had stopped spreading the data on farmers' suicides since 2017.

Citing an example of cotton He also said that farmers are getting a quarter of the cost.

The Minister of Agriculture, Narendra Singh Tomar, will respond to the debate once the discussion on the demand for subsidies for agriculture and the welfare of farmers is completed on Wednesday.

Among the other parliamentarians who spoke, S S Palanimanickam of DMK said that the agricultural sector was lagging behind all other professions in the country. He also suggested that if the government wants to double the income of farmers, it should give special importance to sectors such as dairy, poultry and fishing.

Ramapati Ram Tripathi of BJP, however, argued that the main focus of the Union budget was the villagers and farmers. He also stated that the budget would help double the income of farmers.

While BJP Ram Shankar Katheria He stressed that farmers were happy and better served than by the Congress government, TMC MP Pratima Mondal accused the government of causing farmers to suffer due to lack of emphasis in the agricultural sector.

The deputy of JDU Kaushlendra Kumar asked the government to focus on Bihar & Assam , both staggering in severe flood situation