Industry not to be promoted at farmers’ expense: Bihar Dy CM
Patna, Jun 24 (PTI) Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today said the state government has accorded top most priority to agriculture and would not promote industry at the expense of farmers.
“We have accorded top most priority to agriculture…For the sake of industries, we will not let agriculture suffer because of acquisition of land for setting up new units,” he said, adressig the BJP Farmers” Morcha meeting here.
Modi said the state government had launched a new land acquisition policy for industries and other projects and those who voluntarily provide land for the new industrial units would be entitled for compensation, two-and-a-half times more than the existing circle rates.
He said the state had set a target of Rs 21,000 crore for distribution of loans to farmers this fiscal. Describing the UPA government as “anti-farmers”, Modi alleged that the Centre was not increasing the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for paddy in accordance with the recommendations of the Agriculture Production Cost and Value Commission.
The deputy chief minister said there was also proposal for setting up Farmers’ Advisory Committee in every district in Bihar.
Praising the Public Distribution System, Cooperative and the system of purchase of paddy in Maoist-hit Chhatisgarh, Modi said the state government had decided to study the existing systems in that state. “We will study and assess the PDS, Cooperative and system of purchase of paddy in Chhatisgarh,” he said. Modi said the system of purchase of paddy from farmers in Chattisgarh was ‘well-planned and specific’. He said the state government prepared roadmap for agriculture for boosting production of foodgrains. “We are happy to know that similar system has been adopted in Madhya Pradesh giving thrust on agriculture,” Modi added.
Referring to the police firing in Forbesganj on June 3 and the dispute over the construction of a power plant at Nabinagar in Aurangabad district, Modi said the problems there did not arise due to payment of compensation.
The Forbesganj police firing could have been averted had the previous regime acted properly as the land for the starch factory was acquired way back in 1984 and only fencing work was being done there, he said.
Modi said wherever land was acquired for industries and projects, the state government would ensure payment of compensation in keeping with the new land acquisition policy. PTI AJK SUS