He says that the water crisis is result of forty-eight years of sins committed by a single family
Pune: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, on Saturday, said that he agreed there is a water crisis in the country, but that crisis is not the result of the past 48 months of the BJP rule but last 48 years of sins committed by a single family. He was speaking at an agricultural expo in the city.
The minister, while lauding the Jalyukta Shivar programme of the Maharashtra Government, said the earlier governments had not focused on water management.
“There are tremendous efforts being taken for water conservation in the country. Maharashtra is leading through the Jalyukta Shivar and Jalsinchan schemes. I agree that there is a water crisis across the country but it is not the result of 48 months of BJP policy but of the sins committed by a single family’s rule for the past 48 years. The results of our policy will be seen soon,” he added.
Singh said the country lacked an agricultural policy up to 1964. “Rajendra Prasad and Sardar Patel had a good hold on agricultural issues. After Patel’s death and Prasad’s presidency, the country saw tremendous growth in other sectors, but no one spoke about the farmers,” he said.
Singh added, “It was in 1964 when Shastri spoke of the Green Revolution and raised the slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’. Thus, the country found an agrarian focus and became self-sufficient.” “The Green Revolution also had its drawbacks,” the minister said, adding, “The technology of the revolution was high in input costs. As famines took place in the 1980s and 1990s, the farmer was burdened by the high input costs and became debt-ridden. The country did not see any agrarian reforms up to 1999-2000.”
Singh said that only the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government looked to reduce input costs but the research obtained by them was hidden in files by the Congress government.
“Only when a poor man’s son became the Prime Minister did someone look into the matter and gave farmers the benefit of research like Neem-coated urea,” Singh said. The minister said that soil is one of the most important factors in the current crisis in agriculture. “People have used urea and chemicals indiscriminately and damaged the soil.”