Congress ensures loan exemption and free electricity for farmers, if elected to power in Gujarat

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Congress pledged on Friday that if the party is elected to power in Gujarat, where Assembly elections are due by the end of the year, it would waive agricultural loans of up to ₹3 lakh and would provide free electricity for 10 hours a day to farmers in the state. .

Gujarat Congress President Jagdish Thakor also said his party would pass a law prohibiting the purchase of agricultural products below the minimum support price (MSP).

Notably, the opposition party in the state led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made the announcements days after newcomer Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) made a host of promises, including free electricity up to 300 units per month, and an allowance for young unemployed people and women over 18 years of age.

“We will also set up Agri Assistance Centers in each village to guide farmers”Thakor jagdishPresident of Gujarat Congress

“Although the ruling BJP says Gujarat is an energy surplus state, farmers are not getting enough electricity for farming. If Congress comes to power, it will provide free electricity to farmers for 10 hours, that too during the day. We will also cancel the sanctions and electricity theft cases filed against the farmers,” Mr Thakor told a press conference here.

Other top Congress leaders such as Arjun Modhwadia and Tushar Chaudhary held press conferences in Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara on Friday to make announcements on the pledges.

‘Under debt’

“Farmers in Gujarat are reeling from huge debt. But instead of providing relief, BJP had waived loans to industrialists. to abolish all agricultural loans below ₹3 lakh,” Mr. Thakor said.

Apart from passing a law prohibiting the purchase of agricultural products below the MSP, Mr. Thakor promised that the Congress government will also pay an additional premium of ₹20 on the purchase of 20 kg of agricultural products from farmers .

Other promises

Other pledges made by Congress include 33% reservation for women in state co-operative bodies, a change in laws to “free the co-operative sector from the clutches of the BJP” and a ₹5 per liter bounty to herders. livestock in addition to the purchase price of milk.

Mr Thakor said his party, which has been out of power since 1995 in Gujarat, will confer the status of “farmer” on all herders, which will allow them to buy agricultural land.

Alleging irregularities and corruption in the preparation of new land records using satellite mapping by the Gujarat government, the Congress leader also vowed to scrap it and conduct a new mapping exercise in a “scientific way”.

“We will also set up agricultural assistance centers in each village to provide advice to farmers. To help farmers get more income from their agricultural products through value addition, we will set up agro-MSME units in each taluka to process agricultural products,” Mr. Thakor said.

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