Khattar hits back at Cong, INLD

July 10, 2017 09:58 PM

Rakhigarhi (Hisar) : Hitting back at the Congress following its onslaught on farmers’ issues, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today claimed that the BJP government had implemented more than half of recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission while accusing the rival party of shelving the report during its tenure. In the wake of a series of kisan panchayats being organised by former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Khattar alleged that the Congress leader had seen an opportunity to revive his political fortunes on farmers’ issues.

“A committee headed by Hooda had been constituted to go into and implement the Swaminathan report. It did submit its observations, but nothing was done to implement the report,” he said.

He said the state government would encourage farmers to adopt alternative crops to water-guzzling paddy. For this, the government was preparing a scheme under which between Rs 8,000 and Rs 10,000 per acre would be provided to farmers who decided to switch to other crops, he said.

The government had sanctioned a budget of Rs 2,200 crore to widen and strengthen the Western Yamuna Canal, which would be completed with the help of NABARD for improving the irrigation system, he said.

The CM also took potshots at the INLD, which had decided to stop Punjab vehicles tomorrow to press for construction of the SYL. He accused the party of playing politics on the issue. “Since both the INLD and Congress have no issue to be raked up, these are just trying to salvage their eroded political existence in the name of farmers and the SYL,” he said.

He added that hearing on the SYL case in the Supreme Court had been fixed for July 11 and the verdict was expected to go in favour of Haryana. “The INLD is engaged in drama in the name of sealing the border a day before the hearing,” he said.

The CM expressed concern over the fluctuation in vegetable prices and said the proposal of fixing minimum support price for vegetables was under consideration. “We are mulling to set up a price stabilisation fund for agricultural produce,” he added.

Earlier, he inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of various development projects worth Rs 84 crore in the district. He inaugurated an exhibition organised by the Department of Archaeology to showcase Rakhigarhi’s Harappan-era sites.

Khattar accepted the demands of Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu for development works worth about Rs 250 crore in Narnaund, his Assembly segment.

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