LS members concerned over farmers’ suicide, OROP


NEW DELHI: Spate of suicide by farmers, one rank-one pension (OROP), removal of toll tax all over the country, attacks on social media and immediate publication of the caste census were among a host of issues raised in the Lok Sabha today.

During the Zero Hour, BJP member Nana Patole made a strong plea for giving industry status to agriculture and accepting the recommendations of the M S Swaminathan Committee to give a fair deal to the farmer.

He said this was necessary as some three lakh farmers have committed suicide in various parts of the country so far.

Congress member Dipender Hooda wanted the government to effectively implement OROP for ex-servicemen, insisting that the scheme implemented by the government has several flaws and leaves out those seeking premature retirement.

An agitated Hooda later staged a walkout protesting against Speaker Sumitra Mahajan not giving him enough time to have his say. He had twice earlier come into the Well on the matter.


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