Tirupati: A day after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to three farm bills, Congress Working Committee (CWC) Special Invitee Dr Chinta Mohan on Monday said, the bills were anti-farmer aimed at Corporatisation of Indian Agricultural Sector.
In a statement here, he said, all Congress Prime Ministers had strived hard to make India self-reliant in agriculture.
Former Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had promoted mega irrigation infrastructures like Nagarjunasagar Dam (AP), Bakra Nangal Dam (Punjab and Haryana) and Hirakud Dam (Odhisa) and also imported Rice from Myanmar (Burma) and Wheat from US to help farmers of these states.
He said, his successor Indira Gandhi had introduced subsidies in Fertilisers (Urea, NPK and SSP) and Seeds.
Besides introducing finer hybrid varieties of Rice and Wheat, Indira Gandhi also transformed India into a major exporter of food grains to the World.
The credit for introducing MSP for Paddy, Sugar and wheat in 1975 and saving farmers from exploitation also goes to Indira Gandhi, Dr Mohan added, adding that drip irrigation system in 1992 is also a Congress programme.
The veteran Congress leader stated, the present BJP-led NDA government has not done anything substantial for the benefit of farmers and instead it is harming the farmers with its anti-farmers bills which will only make subservient for global market conditions rather than local demand and supply environment.