The Chhattisgarh government Thursday launched the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojna, by transferring Rs 1,500 crore into the accounts of more than 18,000 farmers.
This was the first installment of a Rs 5,750-crore scheme, meant to benefit farmers sowing 14 types of crops. The scheme was inaugurated through video conferencing on the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, in the presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, at Baghel’s residence office.
The scheme aims to ensure minimum income availability to farmers growing one rabi and 13 kharif season crops in the state. It is similar to the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) that was proposed by Rahul Gandhi in the last Lok Sabha polls.
Commenting on the scheme, Rahul Gandhi said that the state government has ‘set an example for the entire country on how to help people in time of crisis’.
“I had requested the Prime Minister to provide financial aid to poor people instead of loans, as they presently need cash more than credit. Chhattisgarh is the first state of the country to transfer financial aid directly into the accounts of farmers. We all know that the economic condition of the state is not that good, but the Chhattisgarh government still decided to bring relief to farmers,” he said.
“This is not a decision of one person, rather, it is the voice of Chhattisgarh. People of Chhattisgarh have expressed their needs and guided us towards this decision,” Rahul Gandhi added.
“जो कहा- सो किया”
कांग्रेस अध्यक्षा माननीय सोनिया गांधी जी एवं माननीय राहुल गांधी जी आज करेंगे “राजीव गांधी किसान न्याय योजना” का शुभारंभ pic.twitter.com/Gs1a4vbueX
— Bhupesh Baghel (@bhupeshbaghel) May 21, 2020
Congress president Sonia Gandhi said, “As per the vision of late Shri Rajiv Gandhi, the Chhattisgarh government has taken a great step of supporting poor, tribal people and farmers. The decision to include rural landless labourers in the second phase of the scheme is commendable. Implementation of such schemes at ground-level to benefit each and every person will be the true tribute to late Shri Rajiv Gandhi, as he believed that agriculture is the foundation of development.”
The Congress government has already transferred nearly Rs 40,700 crore into the accounts of farmers in form of payment against paddy procurement, loan waiver, crop insurance claim, irrigation tax waver and bonus. The government had promised a sum of Rs 2,500 per quintal to the paddy farmer last year, which was Rs 1,300 more than the central government’s price.
“Looking at the Covid-19 crisis, we decided to pay for sugarcane and maize and other crops too. An exchange grant of Rs 13,000 per acre will be provided for sugarcane farming and Rs 10,000 per acre for paddy farming,” a senior official from the state government said.
He added, “As of now, we are collating the data for maize, as we didn’t have such a data base. However, for sugar, we have received the data from the four cooperative sugar mills in the state.”
The assistance shall be provided in a proportionate manner from Kharif 2019 season, depending on the quantity acquired through the cooperative society. Under this scheme, 18, 34, 834 farmers will be provided Rs 1,500 crore as the first installment for paddy crop. Similarly, for sugarcane crop, payment of maximum Rs 355 per quintal will be made depending on the quantity of sugarcane purchased by the cooperative mill in the crushing year 2019-20.