New Delhi, Mar 11 (ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday demanded a special session of Parliament to discuss the agrarian crisis and to evolve a new agriculture policy based on the recommendations made by the Swaminathan Commission.
Naidu said majority of the farmers are shifting towards the urban areas, which is a very disturbing trend.
"River connectivity-connecting Ganga and Kaveri, connecting all the small rivers in between, this is very important. And along with that the Kisan Morcha demands a special session of parliament to discuss about the agrarian problems and the agriculture crisis because the farmers are leaving agriculture and moving towards urban areas. This is a very disturbing trend," said Naidu.
"That's why Bharatiya Janata Party demands, we should call a new session of parliament, we should evolve a new agriculture policy based on the recommendations made by the Swaminathan Commission," he added.
The National Commission on Farmers, chaired by Prof. M. S. Swaminathan, submitted five reports through the period December 2004 - October 2006.
The National Commission on Farmers submitted four reports in December 2004, August 2005, December 2005 and April 2006 respectively. The fifth and final report was submitted on October 4, 2006.
The final report focused on causes of famer distresses and the rise in farmer suicides, and recommends addressing them through a holistic national policy for farmers.
Meanwhile, Naidu ruled out the emergence of a third front in wake of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) inviting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for their swearing-in ceremonies
"What is the problem in meeting each other? The idea of a third front is not practical," he said.
The Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab have inviting Banerjee, the UPA's most troublesome ally at the Centre, to attend the swearing-in of their respective governments.
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's son Akhilesh Yadav, who played a major role in his party's victory in the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, will be sworn in as the chief minister on March 15.
Parkash Singh Badal will be sworn in as the chief minister of Punjab on March 14.he SAD-BJP combine returned to power in Punjab by defying the expected anti-incumbency factor. (ANI)
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