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),"
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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