Radha Mohan Singh attacks Congress on agricultural distress, says ‘Vidarbha not Italy’

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Thane | Updated: April 18, 2016 10:09 PM

The water crisis is the fallout of the "faulty planning" by previous regime, Union minister Radha Mohan Singh today claimed as he took a dig at top Congress...

budget farming irrigationThe Minister alleged that various measures for farmers undertaken by previous government failed to reach the end-beneficiaries as they were “riddled with leakages”. (Reuters)

The water crisis is the fallout of the “faulty planning” by previous regime, Union minister Radha Mohan Singh today claimed as he took a dig at top Congress leadership over the plight of farmers saying “Vidarbha is not Italy”.

“It’s you the people of India and not people of Italy who had elected them to power and (as a result) suffered for so many years.

“The water crisis you are facing is due to wrong planning of that government. Now is the time to rectify things and put them in place,” the Union Agriculture Minister said addressing a farmers’ rally in Bhiwandi taluka of the district.

The Minister alleged that various measures for farmers undertaken by previous government failed to reach the end-beneficiaries as they were “riddled with leakages”.

Taking a dig at Congress president Sonia Gandhi, he said, “Vidarbha is not Italy and one should realise this. These people do not know what is the difference between cereals and vegetables and they come to assist farmers.”

Launching a frontal attack on Congress, he told farmers that taxes they are paying to government are now “exclusively” used for their welfare.

“The tax money is not swindled and there is no corruption like previous times. The money which got swindled in 2G and Coalgate scams is getting deposited in government’s kitty now. There will be no shortage of money for farmers,” he said.

The Minister also appealed farmers to shift to modern agriculture.

The objective of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government is to provide electricity and water to every citizen by March 2018, Singh said.

He also listed various measures taken by the Centre for the benefit of farmers.

“More than 550 markets in country will get connected by March 2018 through e-marketing link. Farmers sitting in one mandi will know the rates in other mandis and can get best of the price for his produce. In this system the middlemen will get eliminated,” he said.

Singh said the ‘soil health cards’ would be distributed to all farmers by March 2018 through which they will know the condition of farm soil.

He said the irrigation plan is being prepared for 335 districts under respective district collectors.

“For the plan, the deciding authorities include the villagers themselves and their involvement in the decision is most important,” the Minister added.

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