Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Monday accused the BJP government in Haryana of being indifferent towards the problems being faced by farmers in the State.He said the farmers were being forced to sell paddy and bajra crops at a lower rate than the minimum support price and yet the State government was not taking any steps to ensure that they got the assured price for their crop.“Farmers are facing exploitation at the hands of middlemen as the BJP government has become a mute spectator towards misery of the farmers,” Mr. Surjewala alleged.“The entire State, especially parts of north and south Haryana, saw unprecedented rain between September 22 and September 24 and there was another spell of rain last week, causing irreparable loss to the sugarcane, paddy, cotton and bajra crops. Yet, by not conducting a ‘special girdawari’ and by not paying compensation, the anti-farmer face of the BJP government has been exposed,” he said.Mr. Surjewala condemned the recent rise in the prices of DAP and NPK fertilizers and the continuous increase in diesel price and demanded immediate relief to farmers, who were already under severe financial distress.“The price rise of fertilizers and diesel have both hit the farming community hard. The anti-farmer face of the BJP has been exposed,” he said.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday said he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Mines Pralhad Joshi to seek solutions to restart the mining industry in Goa, which stands banned by the Supreme Court since 2018. Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a function in Panaji on Sunday, Mr. Sawant said he would meet them both after Mr. Joshi familiarises himself with his portfolio. He reiterated that resolving the mining deadlock was a priority for his government. Last month, Mr. Sawant had said harvesting of mining dumps near the mining leases was one of the options his government was examining to resume the mining activity in the interest of stakeholders, despite the Supreme Court ban on mining in 88 leases. There are currently over 736 million tonnes of iron ore dumped in mountain-like heaps in Goa’s mining belt. Mr. Sawant is expected to finalise a policy for dump ore harvesting by July this year.