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Rajnath seeks ex gratia for Konaseema ryots

B.V.S. Bhaskar
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BJP leader promises loans at zero per cent interest to farmers if his party comes to power in Centre

Lending a keen ear: BJP national leader Rajnath Singh interacting with farmers at K. Peddapadu village in Amalapuram in East Godavari district on Tuesday. — Photo: S. Rambabu
Lending a keen ear: BJP national leader Rajnath Singh interacting with farmers at K. Peddapadu village in Amalapuram in East Godavari district on Tuesday. — Photo: S. Rambabu

Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh on Tuesday asked the State government to announce Rs. 10,000 ex gratia per acre to each paddy farmer who has declared ‘crop holiday' in Konaseema. He also wanted the government to give Rs. 200 as bonus per quintal and loans without interest.

Mr. Rajnath Singh, who was on a visit to the Konaseema region along with BJP State president G. Kishan Reddy, said that he would take up the ‘crop holiday' issue with his party colleagues in Delhi and see that it was raised in Parliament. Party leaders would also draw the Prime Minister's attention to the plight of Konaseema farmers.

MSP hike sought

If the party was voted to power in the next elections, it would give loans on zero per cent interest to all farmers in the country.

He said the Centre should enhance the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for paddy to Rs.1,800-2,000 from the present Rs.1,030.

Addressing a huge gathering of farmers, Mr. Rajnath Singh said in the BJP-ruled States of Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, loans at a low interest of 1-3 per cent were being extended to farmers. In sharp contrast, farmers were facing crisis in Congress-ruled States.

The BJP leader demanded that the Central government introduce agriculture budget on the lines of the railway budget and also implement Swaminathan Committee recommendations in toto.

The BJP leader said it was a matter of regret that for the first time in the country's history farmers had declared a ‘crop holiday'. Mr. Rajnath Singh started his tour from K. Peddapadu village in the morning and reached Potukurru village in Inavelli mandal.

He started “Rythu Avedana Padayatra” from Potukurru to Magham village and walked 3 km along with hundreds of farmers.

Former legislator K. Haribabu, Santha Reddy, Somu Veerraju, and Jammula Syam Kishore accompanied him.


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