UP: Cong to launch farmers` awareness campaign
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 03, 2011, 17:54
Lucknow: To woo farmers ahead of assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress would launch an awareness campaign to apprise them of what it alleged anti-farmers policies being pursued by the BSP-led Mayawati government in the state.

"Farmers will be told how the state has failed to take any friendly step for them in the past four years and how it has failed to provide them the real benefit of various central government schemes," chairman of the monitoring cell of the party for the national Floriculture Mission and the National Agriculture Development Scheme Shashikant Tewari said here on Saturday.

"In 2009-2010, Rs 390.87 crore were provided to Uttar Pradesh under the National Agriculture Development Scheme but because of indifferent attitude of the state officials Rs 314 crore could not be utilised.

"This is enough to show government's negligent attitude towards agriculture and farmers," he said.

A token sit-in would also be staged at the agriculture centres in all districts during the campaign, Tewari said.

Earlier, the BJP has announced to launch an eight-day sit-in in the state from September 11 to highlight the condition of flood-affected people and farmers.


First Published: Saturday, September 03, 2011, 17:54

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