Rajnath for separate bugdet for agriculture sector

Jaipur: Highlighting the importance of agriculture in growth, senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh on Saturday said a separate budget for the sector should be presented in Parliament like the Rail budget.

Speaking at the inaugural function of a farmers' workshop organised by the BJP Kisan Morcha here, Singh demanded a comprehensive action plan for improving the status of the agriculture sector.

"Farmers are forced to commit suicide even after 64 years of independence and they need special focus. Contribution of agriculture in GDP, once used to be 50-55 per cent, has come down to 14 or 15 per cent. This is alarming," he said.

"The UPA-I had set a target to double the agriculture production by 2015 but it is unlikely to be achieved if the current growth and condition of the agriculture sector remains the same," the former Union Agriculture minister said.

He said the CACP (Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices) which recommends Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops should be given statutory status.

Expressing concern at the decreasing ground water level, Singh said the government should introduce a law to prevent the misuse of water and the irrigation should be included in the concurrent list.