Congress on Saturday called for the enactment of a law guaranteeing a minimum aid price (MSP) for crops, saying its goal is to ensure farmers are “debt-free”.
Speaking at a press conference on the second day of the ongoing ‘Chintan Shivir’ here, Senior Congressman and former Haryana Prime Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda also said that the party will strongly oppose any government action to bring the three agricultural laws was repealed, returned. earlier.
Hooda, convener of the group discussing agriculture and farmers’ issues on shivir, said key issues for the committee included a law to guarantee MSP to farmers, the impact of climate change on agriculture, “poor” implementation of the government crop insurance scheme and institutional credit investment.
There is also a proposal to demand the establishment of a national commission for agricultural debt relief to propose ways and resolve debt-related complaints from farmers through conciliation and negotiation as done in the case of industrial loans, Hooda said.
Agriculture should be treated on an equal footing with industry in terms of the banking sector, he said.
“Our goal is to go from loan exemption to making farmers debt free. How will we do that? … Whether there should be a legal guarantee on the MSP. There is agreement that there must be a legal guarantee for this. That is the demand of all kisan unions, and as a farmer I also think it should be there, ”Hooda said.
He said the NDA government promised to double farmers’ income but doubled their debt instead.
The farmers’ debt, which amounted to Rs 9.64 lakh crore on 31 March 2014, is now Rs 16.8 lakh crore, he said, adding that no relief was given to the farmers by the center.
He said that from time to time, the state-run state governments granted loan exemptions to farmers and mitigated their problems.
He said the MSP should be based on the Swaminathan Commission’s C-2 formula and that it should be extended to all agricultural products.
Chhattisgarh Minister TS Singhdeo spoke about various farmer-friendly measures from the congressional government in the state.