Nitish govt befooling farmers, says RJD

Patna: Opposition RJD on Monday accused the Nitish Kumar government of befooling and cheating the farmers of Bihar in the name of preparation of Agriculture roadmap.

Talking to reporters, state RJD president Ram Chandra Purve and its RJD member Ram Kripal Yadav alleged that the state government had hoodwinked and cheated the farmers in name of first Agriculture Roadmap between 2008 and 2012.

"Now in the name of a fresh agriculture roadmap for 2012-17, the state government is once again trying to mislead the farmers," they said while talking to reporters here.

Our party legislators would expose the state government's initiatives during the debate on the fresh agriculture roadmap during the forthcoming budget session of the state legislature, Yadav said.

Yadav also alleged that against the schemes amounting to Rs 3757 crore enshrined in the first agriculture roadmap, the government had allocated only Rs 2095.15 crore during the past four years.

He said the farmers could not reap any benefit out of the first agriculture roadmap.

The new agriculture roadmap had nothing to do with the interest of farmers and it was engaging in 'false publicity and propaganda in order to befool farmers," Yadav alleged.

Yadav also accused the state government of failing to check smuggling and blcakmarketing of fertilizers alloted by the Centre for farmers in Bihar in during Rabi and Kharif seasons.