Modi pitches for more Sone water from Bansagar dam

PATNA: Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said on Friday that the state government has taken a series of steps with a view to protecting the interests of farmers under a policy framework geared to increase agricultural production.

Modi, who inaugurated the state BJP’s one-day Kisan Morcha meet jointly with the party’s state chief Dr C P Thakur and party patriarch Kailashpati Mishra at its state headquarters, added that the state government was engaged in creating an atmosphere wherein farmers could conduct their agricultural activities in an innovative manner without facing cash crunch.

He called upon the Kisan Morcha leaders and workers to exert organisational pressure on bankers so that they are not hesitant in giving loans to farmers and also shed laxity in issuing Kisan Credit Cards to the farmers who are yet to be covered by it.

According to him, Bihar was not getting its due amount of water from Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh from Bansagar dam on the Sone river as per the agreement, and, therefore, it was necessary to lend support to those who are fighting for it in the court and outside it.

Modi said that Bihar, under the NDA regime, has been first to prepare a road map for the development and promotion of agriculture in a planned way. Moreover, Kisan Advisory Committees would be constituted at the district level for which discussion is to be held with CM Nitish Kumar. Besides, 13 subcommittees had been constituted to take care of agricultural practices in the state, Modi said, adding that farmers would get a subsidy of Rs 60,000 for purchasing tractors.

Dr C P Thakur stressed on interlinking of rivers in the state to promote preservation of rain water for use in irrigation, since north Bihar suffered annual floods, but south Bihar districts have been witnessing drought frequently. He also said that organic fertilizers should be used on a large scale to augment production and have quality yield.

Former Union minister and national in charge of Kisan Morcha Satpal Mallik, its national general secretary Naresh Sirohi and national vice-president Binda Prasad Singh also spoke on the occasion.

According to Mallik, the country was headed for a severe foodgrain and agriculture crisis, as agriculture land was shrinking. He said the Union government had been neglecting agriculture sector. On the other hand, Sirohi said that the Centre was bent on truncating the rights of states through bills that would directly affect the farmers. The bills proposed included those related to land acquisition, seeds production and pesticides management, Sirohi added. State Kisan Morcha chief Dhirendra Singh also addressed the meet.

Source: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-25/patna/29702132_1_agriculture-farmers-sone

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