Scindia blames Modi, MP govt for plight of farmers

HT Correspondent & Umesh Singh, Bhopal/Gwalior: It’s not Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but the

farmers who have 56-inch chest as they have been working in the most trying conditions, Congress chief whip in Lok Sabha Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Tuesday.
The Guna MP slammed the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh “for failing to compensate the farmers who have been losing crop to extreme weather conditions since the last three years”.
“It’s a shame that even after the special session of the state assembly, the BJP government has failed to compensate the farmers in the state for loss of crops,” Scindia told a farmers’ rally in Ambah in Morena district.He said the farmers had been feeding the nation despite severe constraints of water, seeds and fertilizers and were worthy of special praise.
Training guns at the Modi government, the Congress leader said the Centre had failed to implement the Swaminathan Committee report on raising the minimum support price for crops.
“Wherever bonus was being paid to the farmers, the present central government put an end to it,” said Scindia.
He demanded that farmers in the state be given copies of the official survey report of their damaged crops to prevent corruption.
The former Union minister said the entire country wants to know from the PM where the much-promised achchhe din (good days) are.
Instead, there is rampant corruption now in the present government and the BJP’s new slogan shall be Dikha do sapna-sabka maal apna (pocket all wealth after showing dreams), he said.
‘Time to give new Gwalior stadium a heritage look’
In Gwalior Jyotiraditya Scindia, who is also Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association chairman, suggested the Gwalior Division Cricket Association (GDCA) to give the main building of the new cricket stadium a heritage look.
Scindia visited the stadium site at Shankarpur on the outskirts of Gwalior and assured funds for construction of a new pavilion and galleries and infrastructure of an international-standard cricket stadium.
Construction work of the north and south blocks has begun. Tendering process for remaining work — East and West blocks — will be taken up after the India-New Zealand Test match scheduled to be played from October 8 at Indore.
Scindia told the GDCA officials that the game of cricket is depends on the ground and wicket. “The ground team has done a commendable job,” Scindia said.
BCCI additional curator Sanjeev Agrawal told HT the pitch square consists of 10 strips, including two strips of red soil top and eight strips of black soil.
GDCA chairman Prashant Mehta said the new stadium is being developed on a 60-bigha land, with seating capacity of 32,000 spectators. “The ground and pitch work is almost complete and we can expect to organise some local-level tournaments by the end of this year,” he said.
The project is estimated to cost Rs 110 crore and construction of North and South block/pavilion work was awarded to Vashista construction of Hyderabad, said Mehta.