Ahead of PM Modi’s Midnapore rally, farmers appeal for basic facilities

Farmers from West Bengal have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide them with proper facilities and water, ahead of his ‘Krishak Kalyan Rally’ at Midnapore college ground on Monday.

Farmers of Midnapore and surroundings said they are unaware of various government facilities, including credit card, farmer’s loan and insurance.

“We want water, we are farming paddy, but due to water shortage farming is in a troubled stage. Vegetable farming has been affected as I don’t have enough money for farming. We want money and loan, we also want Kisan credit card. We are not that much educated that we will be able to know from where we get facilities. We didn’t get any fund for destroyed crops during rainy season,” said a farmer, named Lakhikanta Kalandi.

Others also echoed similar sentiments.

Farmer Chaya Kalandi said, “We are facing trouble in farming. If we invest in farming we can’t spend money for children’s education. We want some loan. Our vegetable crops have been destroyed by elephants, but we didn’t get any compensation for that.”

Another farmer, named Putputi Mahato, he “didn’t get proper price from paddy crops,” adding, “There is no good service of water, if we get water it will help in farming a lot.”

On the other hand, Nirmal Ghosh, Krishi Karmadhyaksa, Zilla Parishad said “farmers are living peacefully” in West Bengal.

“Farmers are not committing suicide after taking loan. Last year many crops got damaged in many blocks. We distributed Rs 83 crore to 5 lakh. However, there is a problem of irrigation water,” Ghosh said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a Krishak Kalyan Samavesh (farmer’s welfare rally) on Monday at Midnapore town in West Bengal.

The prime focus of the address will be on the Centre’s recent decision to increase the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Kharif crops.

West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Dilip Ghosh said, “The prime minister’s rally in Midnapore proves that Bengal is one of their top priority states in the Lok Sabha poll.”

Earlier on Sunday, BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said that the PM’s meeting would be a historic event.

“Narendra Modi’s meeting at Midnapore will create history. The ruling party had been saying a lot so far and trying to belittle BJP. This will be a fitting reply to them. After Amit Shah’s meeting at Purulia, TMC’s counter meeting at that place had become a lacklustre affair. After Modi’s meeting on July 16, Mamata’s July 21 meeting will meet the same fate,” Sinha said on Sunday after doing a recce of the venue.

The Central Government on July 4 approved the proposal to hike MSP by 50 per cent for 14 Kharif crops for the year 2018-19.

The meeting chaired by Prime Minister Modi approved the proposal made by Union Minister Arun Jaitley in the Budget 2018 of hiking the support price by one-and-a-half times of the production cost for Kharif crops.

MSP is referred to a price at which the government buys crops from the farmers, to protect agriculture producers from fall in farm prices.

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