Congress questions authenticity of Maharashtra agricultural growth figures
Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has questioned the authenticity of figures quoted in the state Economic Survey, tabled in the monsoon session of the state legislature which got underway Monday.
The senior Congress leader said there has been a "drastic revision" of the agricultural growth rate in the survey.
"As per the Economic Survey of 2017-18, the estimated agriculture growth rate was minus 8.3 per cent. But in the Economic Survey report of 2018-19, this figure was revised to 3.4 per cent. It is impossible to have such a big change of almost 12 per cent. The government should show proof of such drastic changes," Chavan said.
"In 2017-18, kharif crop production had gone down 12 per cent, while rabi production reduced by 63 per cent. Then how come the agriculture growth rate rose to 3.4 per cent for 2017-18 as stated in the 2018-19 survey," he said.