Congress leader Rahul Gandhi while raising the issue of self-harm in farmers in Kerala said in the Lok Sabha on Thursday that the state of the foodgrains is miserable and the promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the farmers should be fulfilled. On this, Defense Minister and Deputy Leader of the House, Rajnath Singh said that the long standing governments for this situation of farmers are responsible and the Narendra Modi government has taken several steps in the interest of the farmers.
During the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi raised the issue of farmers and said that on Wednesday, a farmer committed suicide due to non-payment of debt in his parliamentary constituency Wayanad. 18 farmers have committed suicide in the last one and half years in Kerala. He said that the notice is being given to farmers for recovery of debt. The Kerala government had requested to curb debt collection, but the central government did not tell the Reserve Bank about it.
The Congress leader claimed that in the last five years, the Modi government has waived 5.5 lakh crore rupees of big industrialists, but farmers are being treated with step-motherly. Rahul Gandhi said that it is a matter of great sadness that no concrete measures have been taken to give relief to the farmers in the budget. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made promises to farmers five years ago, now the government should fulfill those promises.
In response to this, Rajnath Singh said that the condition of farmers is not done in the last few years. For this condition, people living in long-term governments are responsible. He said that most of the cases of farmers' self-harm came during the previous governments. Our government has taken several important initiatives, including doubling the income of farmers. He said that since the formation of a government under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, several steps have been taken in the interest of the farmers, in which all the farmers are given Rs. 6,000 per annum. Rajnath Singh said that in the last few years the cases of suicides in farmers have come down. After this, the Naxals were seen between the ruling party and the members of the Congress.