Maharashtra dams built to serve sugar industry, not farmers: Agriculture Minister

A question in Lok Sabha on drought yesday led to a war of words between the treasury and opposition benches, with Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh attacking erstwhile Congress-led governments alleging that dams were built in Maharashtra to serve the sugar industry and not the farmers.

When Singh was replying to a supplementary by a Shiv Sena member during Question Hour on whether government will extend relief to the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra for drought, some Congress members asked whether the relief would be extended.

An agitated Singh shot back, telling Congress members to have the “patience and courage” to listen to his reply. He alleged that dams were constructed in Maharashtra to serve the interests of the sugar industry and not the farmers.

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