BJP condemned the alleged lathicharge on farmers (Photo Credit: Photo For Representation)
The BJP on Saturday staged protests at all the district headquarters in Chhattisgarh, accusing the Congress government of ditching farmers and committing irregularities in procurement of paddy.
After staging protest in all the district headquarters, BJP leaders handed over petitions of their demands, including extending the duration of paddy procurement process which ended on February 20 and purchase of grain of farmers, to collectors.
BJP state unit president Vikram Usendi said the Congress came to power by making promises to farmers and now after being elected, it has resorted to “barbarism” when they are demanding fulfillment of those promises.
Usendi condemned the alleged lathicharge on farmers by the police when they were protesting over anomalies in paddy procurement process in Kondagaon district on February 18.
Usendi said the BJP was in power for 15 years till 2018 during which it came up with a robust paddy procurement policy due to which farmers never faced any problems.
“During 2003-2018 period not a single agitation was staged by farmers over paddy procurement. But within a year of coming to power, the paddy procurement system collapsed under the Congress government. Now, farmers are facing all types of problems like computer software malfunction, lack of sacks, lack of coordination between officials and society management etc,” he alleged.
However, state government officials have claimed that Chhattisgarh has set a record of the highest paddy procurement at the support price this year (Kharif marketing year 2019-20) which is about 83 lakh tonnes.
“In comparison to the previous Kharif season, 2.50 lakh more farmers have sold paddy in the state this season. About 80 LMT of paddy was purchased in the state at the support price during the previous season,” they said.