It is a shame that 70 years after independence, villagers struggle for roads, power, drinking water and die of starvation, says Mudda panel; Aadhaar a nuisance, feels expert
Friday’s edition of Mudda discussed the death of farmer Satyabhan due to starvation in the Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh. Before dying, Satyabhan had written letters to the prime minister, the chief minister, the district magistrate and many other officials, but all his cries went unheard. The deceased’s wife and father told the media that no one came forward to help them.
The show was anchored by Anant Tyagi. The panellists were economist Dr Ravi Singh, social worker Kusum Sehgal, BJP spokesperson Rakesh Singh, Congress spokesperson Surendra Rajput, president of Kisan Shakti Sangh Chaudhari Pushpendra Singh and APN consulting editor Govind Pant Raju.
Singh blamed social workers and the opposition for the death. To this, Govind Pant Raju responded, saying: “The people in power should not play politics over such a tragedy. This death is a matter of shame for the entire society but more so, those in power. The Government which has brought policies like the Ujjwala Yojana so that people get gas cylinders at home should also be concerned about what the people would eat,” said Raju.
He highlighted difficulties people face because of the compulsion of having Aadhaar to avail the benefit of social welfare schemes. “A scheme which is still being debated in court being made compulsory for availing benefits under the public distribution system is ridiculous,” Raju said.
Commenting on the efficiency of government policies, Chaudhari Pushpendra Singh said: “The government is still preparing the detailed project report for many of its policies. Out of the Rs 40,000 crore to be allocated for agriculture, only 14,000 crore has been disbursed,” said Singh.
Kusum Sehgal rebuked the spokespersons of all parties saying that every party is very much aware of the facts and statistics of all the programmes launched by them but will not be able to tell the number of beneficiaries as they are very few. “All the policies of the present and the previous governments have been good on paper but it has brought no actual change in reality and nobody will be able to name the farmers who have actually benefited from these policies,” Sehgal said. She said that the issues of the farmers are still the most fundamental—water supply, roads and electricity
Sehgal said that it is a matter of shame for the government that even 70 years after Independence the farmers of the country are dying of hunger. “The government is answerable to every voter,” said Sehgal.
Rajput said: “We should not resort to mudslinging. Instead, we should focus more on how to improve the system. All of us are equally responsible but why the responsibility lies more on the part of the government is that they have the power and if they order the authorities will have to listen,” he said.
Compiled by Lilly Paul
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