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PTI mumbai India
Updated: 31-10-2018 15:43 IST

On a day the BJP-led government

in Maharashtra completed four years in office, the opposition

Congress Wednesday contested the ruling dispensation's claims

that the crop production had grown in the last four years

compared to the output recorded under the previous UPA regime.

State Congress spokesman Sachin Sawant cited the

agriculture department's data to claim that the collective

crop output from 2010 to 2014 stood at 734.52 lakh tonnes as

against 640.55 lakh tonnes recorded during 2014-2018 (under

the BJP government).

The Congress-led UPA government had ruled the state

for three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2014. The Bhartiya

Janata Party (BJP) government came to power in October 2014.

Increased crop production is one of the achievements

listed by the state government commemorating its fourth

anniversary in power.

"The Congress government had performed better than the

Devendra Fadnavis government in terms of crop production till

2014 (the year when the Bhartiya Janata Party came to power),"

said Sawant.

He cited the data provided by the state agriculture

department to back his claims.

"The claims made by the state government on enhanced

crop production are at variance with the data provided by the

agriculture department," he alleged.

As per agriculture department figures, the total crop

production stood at 193.26 lakh tonnes during 2013-14 when

rainfall was 109 per cent, according to Sawant.

"The present government, which has completed four

years in office, is lying when it says in its list of

achievements that the crop production stood at 137.91 lakh

tonnes and rainfall 124 per cent during 2013-14. The

government's claim that the crop production was recorded at

180 lakh tonnes despite 84 per cent rainfall in year 2017-18

also falls flat," said the Congress leader.

Citing the data, Sawant said the production of food

grains stood at 144.61 tonnes and that of oil seed at 48.65

lakh in year 2013-14--which comes at 193.26 lakh tonnes.

"Between years 2014 and 2018, the crop production

stood at 640.55 lakh tonnes whereas it was 734.52 lakh tonnes

between years 2010 and 2014. All these figures are available

on the government website, despite that the government is

making false claims," he said.

Maharashtra unit BJP president Raosaheb Danve had

Tuesday said his party's government has almost doubled the

investment in the agriculture sector, compared to the

erstwhile UPA government.

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