Gandhinagar, Mar 4 : Gujarat Agriculture Minister R C Faldu here on Wednesday said that the state government was trying all out to ensure that the farmers get the crop damage related payments from insurance companies. The minister alleged that main opposition Congress which boycotted the Question Hour and walked out of the Assembly, had nothing to do with farmer's interests.
It had done so to avoid the embarrassment the party would have to face due to allegations leveled by its leader Paresh Dhanani in connection with the tablet purchased by the state government. Talking to mediapersons at the Assembly premises here, Mr Faldu said that despite a good yield of agri produces last year, the state government had pressurised the insurance companies to pay Rs 2,776 crore of insurance money to the farmers in the state.
"This time also we are making efforts for it. The government has so far held 13 rounds of meeting with the crop insurance companies. I want to make it clear that the government was not there to cover-up the companies. The farmers who have suffered damages due to non-seasonal rain and other listed calamities would get their dues," he said.
The minister said that while he was answering the Congress member's question regarding crop insurance issue, the party MLA Lalit Kagathara started interrupting for no reason. "The question was of importance to the state but the party was seemingly not interested in it. Rather we felt that the party was intentionally trying to find a reason to walk out as it was not willing to face embarrassment in the House due to the false allegation's of its leader Dhanani," he said.
Mr Dhanani had alleged that the government had purchased tablets for distribution at a rate of Rs 6,600 while the real price in the market was Rs 1,400 only. The Agriculture Minister said that even last year, Congress had alleged that no corp insurance money was being paid to the farmers but the government ultimately made the companies pay Rs 2,276 crore to farmers. (UNI)